The $549 Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 has the same CPU as the HP Elite Dragonfly for half the cost (Update: now $479!) | Whuff News

For the second time that I can remember since the July launch, the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 with a 12th gen Intel processor was discounted. This Chromebook has the same CPU as the HP Elite Dragonfly but is half the price at the current retail price of $549. The sale runs through Sunday, so you have all week to grab the deals, found here.

Update: While the $549 sale price was advertised well through Sunday, Best Buy is running a bigger discount right now. The same link below points you to the sale price of $479.

I show the price difference between the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 and the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook mainly for the budget conscious. There is no doubt that you will get a more premium device if you choose HP.

It uses a lightweight magnesium alloy for the chassis, for example. It also has a backlit keyboard and a fingerprint sensor, which the CX5 lacks. And the HP model weighs 2.8 pounds, which is significantly lighter than the CX5’s 4.77 pounds. But if performance for price is your main decision factor, you’ve got a rough equation without spend more than $1,149, which is HP’s MSRP for the Dragonfly Elite.

2022 Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 front

The internals of both devices are almost identical. And that’s a good thing based on my review of the HP Elite Dragonfly: Even with “only” a 12th generation Intel Core i3, ChromeOS flies. Both devices also include 8 GB of memory and a 128 GB SSD for fast local storage.

Here are the full specs of the Asus Chromebook CX5 for another hardware story. The main differentiator is the much larger 16-inch display which isn’t powered by Intel Xe graphics but rather the less capable Intel UHD 630. That’s the same GPU in the base HP model.

CPU 12th generation Intel Core i3-1215U processor, up to 4.4 GHz,
6 cores / 8 threads
GPU Intel UHD 630 graphics
Display 16-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS glossy display, 16:10 aspect ratio,
300 nits brightness, external monitor support at
4k at 60Hz, 45% NTSC color gamut
Memory DDR4x 8 GB memory
Storage 128 GB NVMe M.2 storage,
microSD card reader
Connectivity 802.11ax (2×2) Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
Input Non-backlit keyboard, multi-touch trackpad, USI stylus compatible,
RGB FHD 1080p webcam, with privacy shutter, dual array microphones
Port 2 USB Type-C 3.2 / Thunderbolt 4 ports, 1 USB Type-A,
HDMI output, headphone/microphone jack
Battery 57 WHr battery with an expected run time of up to 10 hours
Body weight 4.77 pounds
Software Chrome OS automatic updates until June 2030

While the lack of a fingerprint sensor and backlit keyboard may be a big deal for some, the CX5 is a Chromebook that’s a lot for the money. It’s not something I’d want to carry to and from work or school, given its size and weight. So it’s probably better used as a desktop replacement around the house. At least that’s how I might use it. I don’t go out much today!

Keep in mind that while the keyboard isn’t backlit, you do get a full-sized numeric keypad. That’s rare on Chromebooks with 12th generation Intel processors now.

Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 keyboard

People who want the best of the best are more likely to consider HP’s premium look and feel. I can totally understand that. Anyone else been using a more entry-level device and ready for something better?

The retail price of $549 is an opportunity to get high-end performance for the cost of a mid-range upgrade. With the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5, you can easily run web activities on dozens of tabs and run Android apps without breaking a sweat. Who knows, you might use all that new performance to run Linux apps!

Updated on 7/10 at 11:40 am EDT to show an additional $70 off.

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