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Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 review: High performance at a high price

Excellent hardware ... meets a high-quality case in the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5. Hardly any other Chromebook has a more powerful processor or more RAM. The convertible delivers strong performance and is also suitable for gaming, as some tests with Steam games show. Only the price of the CX5 is annoying.

A common prejudice against Chromebooks is that they are underpowered laptops that owe their existence in everyday life to their slim operating systems. The Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 refutes this prejudice. With an Intel Core i7-1255U, 16 GB of RAM and a fast Intel NVMe SSD, it delivers excellent performance. Despite the powerful hardware, the notebook is quiet and has good stamina. A stylus rounds off the strong features.

The Chromebook Flip CX5 has a high-quality feel. Like the predecessor model, this is due to a stable mix of metal, glass and plastic. Moreover, the price of the CX5 is still well over EUR 1,000: Asus adds another EUR 200 to the already high price of last year's CX5, bringing it to EUR 1,400. A very high price for a Chromebook.

Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Processor
Intel Core i7-1255U 10 x 1.2 - 4.7 GHz, Alder Lake-U
Memory
16 GB 
Display
15.80 inch 16:10, 1920 x 1200 pixel 143 PPI, 10 point multitouch, native pen support, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ, 512 GB 
, 500 GB free
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5mm combo jack, Card Reader: Micro SD
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20 x 358 x 260 ( = 0.79 x 14.09 x 10.24 in)
Battery
55.4 Wh, 4800 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Google Chrome OS
Camera
Webcam: Full HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo 4 speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Stylus, 24 Months Warranty, Guaranteed updates until Jun 2030
Weight
2.142 kg ( = 75.56 oz / 4.72 pounds), Power Supply: 180 g ( = 6.35 oz / 0.4 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

There are some strong Chromebooks with high-quality cases in our database. However, even the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16 is not as well equipped as the Asus Chromebook CX5.

Possible Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
84.8 %
02/2023
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
i7-1255U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
2.1 kg20 mm15.80"1920x1200
83.4 %
12/2022
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
i5-1235U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
1.8 kg19.95 mm16.00"2560x1600
83.7 %
06/2022
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
i3-1115G4, UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
1.4 kg19.3 mm14.00"1920x1080
79.9 %
04/2022
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
3015Ce, Vega 3
1.7 kg18.6 mm14.00"1920x1080
79.4 %
01/2022
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
SD 7c, Adreno 618
715 g7.2 mm13.30"1920x1080
79.5 %
10/2021
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
SD 7c, Adreno 618
583 g7.7 mm11.00"2160x1440
83.6 %
09/2021
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
2 kg18.5 mm15.60"1920x1080

Case & Equipment - Dual USB-C with DisplayPort and PowerDelivery

In appearance, the design of the Chromebook Flip CX5 has hardly changed. Most of the chassis is still made out of plastic; only the display lid is made out of aluminum. In addition to the two-color variant, there is now also a black variant of the excellently manufactured Chromebook. The slightly different arrangement of the ports is only noticeable in detail: these now make room for a pen slot on the left side, while a Kensington lock slot has been added to the right side. Lastly, the current version of the CX5 has three USB ports, two of which are USB-C with DisplayPort and PowerDelivery.

Size Comparison

358 mm / 14.1 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2.1 kg4.72 lbs356.5 mm / 14 inch 253 mm / 9.96 inch 19.95 mm / 0.785 inch 1.8 kg4.02 lbs357 mm / 14.1 inch 240 mm / 9.45 inch 18.5 mm / 0.728 inch 2 kg4.3 lbs326.5 mm / 12.9 inch 228.8 mm / 9.01 inch 18.6 mm / 0.732 inch 1.7 kg3.64 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 219.8 mm / 8.65 inch 19.3 mm / 0.76 inch 1.4 kg3.09 lbs305.9 mm / 12 inch 186.8 mm / 7.35 inch 7.2 mm / 0.2835 inch 715 g1.576 lbs252 mm / 9.92 inch 177 mm / 6.97 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 583 g1.285 lbs297 mm / 11.7 inch 210 mm / 8.27 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 5.7 g0.01257 lbs
USB 3.2 Gen 1, USB-C with PowerDelivery and DisplayPort, Kensington lock slot
USB 3.2 Gen 1, USB-C with PowerDelivery and DisplayPort, Kensington lock slot
Stylus, USB-C with PowerDelivery and DisplayPort, HDMI, 3.5 mm headset port, microSD card reader
Stylus, USB-C with PowerDelivery and DisplayPort, HDMI, 3.5 mm headset port, microSD card reader

The Chromebook's microSD card reader is quite fast. We observed a transfer speed of up to 90 MB/s with our Angelbird AV PRO microSD V60 reference card.

The webcam has a resolution of 2.1 megapixels. A mechanical privacy shutter is available for protection against prying eyes.

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Intel Core i7-1255U
90 MB/s
Average of class Convertible
  (17.7 - 209, n=35, last 2 years)
78.2 MB/s -13%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4 (AV Pro SD microSD 128 GB V60)
72 MB/s -20%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7 (AV Pro SD microSD 128 GB V60)
57 MB/s -37%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U (AV Pro SD microSD 128 GB V60)
41.5 MB/s -54%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c (Angelbird V60)
36.1 MB/s -60%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce (AV Pro SD microSD 128 GB V60)
32 MB/s -64%
ColorChecker
21.1 ∆E
20.3 ∆E
25.9 ∆E
21.7 ∆E
24.4 ∆E
17.3 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
31.9 ∆E
22.8 ∆E
22.8 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
29.5 ∆E
21.6 ∆E
25.2 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
24.8 ∆E
27 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
22.2 ∆E
22.7 ∆E
21.1 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
ColorChecker Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB: 20.28 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 31.91 ∆E

Maintenance

Unscrewing the Chromebook CX5 is a quick affair. Inside we find a removable Intel NVMe SSD and the WLAN module. There are no glued components in our test unit. The battery, mainboard, daughterboard and cooling system can also be replaced in a few easy steps. Upon removing the 57 Wh battery, however, we noticed some unused adhesive pads. So there is a possibility that the battery is glued in other devices.

Inside the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5
Inside the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5
Adhesive pads on the cable
Adhesive pads on the cable
Adhesive pads under the battery
Adhesive pads under the battery

Input Devices - The stylus charges in a few seconds

The 15.8-inch notebook offers plenty of space, which Asus uses for a backlit keyboard with a number pad. The key travel of approx. 1.4 mm is good, and the keyboard's haptics are also pleasant. The keyboard backlight is controlled via a key combination of Alt and the brightness keys in the upper row.

The touchpad and touchscreen respond quickly and precisely to inputs. But the real star among the input options is clearly the stylus, which weights just six grams. Chrome OS offers a few possibilities of how the stylus can be used. The stylus of the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 is stored and charged in a pen silo on the left side. Thanks to capacitor technology, charging only takes a few seconds, which allows for 45 minutes of use. However, the Asus pen in the Chromebook is not as precise as in some Windows laptops. According to Krita, the pen only offers 256 levels of pressure. Drawing and writing is still possible with the pen.

Input devices on the Chromebook Flip CX5
Input devices on the Chromebook Flip CX5

Display - Average IPS panel

Subpixel matrix
Subpixel matrix
Screen bleeding in the top corners
Screen bleeding in the top corners

The 2-in-1 laptop is equipped with a 15.8-inch IPS display in 16:10 format. The touchscreen, at a brightness of 265 cd/m², is covered with a highly reflective glass. With high contrast values, good viewing angle stability, but somewhat long response times, slightly pronounced screen bleeding and high color deviations, the display is not a top model, but usable.

263
cd/m²
276
cd/m²
280
cd/m²
272
cd/m²
287
cd/m²
276
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
258
cd/m²
229
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 287 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 264.4 cd/m² Minimum: 23 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 80 %
Center on Battery: 287 cd/m²
Contrast: 5740:1 (Black: 0.05 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.33 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 6.2 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
Gamma: 2.26
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
IPS, 1920x1200, 15.80
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
IPS, 2560x1600, 16.00
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
OLED, 1920x1080, 13.30
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
IPS, 2160x1440, 11.00
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Response Times
36%
-18%
-28%
90%
-39%
-20%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
30 ?(13, 17)
19.2 ?(10, 9.2)
36%
38 ?(20, 18)
-27%
40 ?(19, 21)
-33%
2.3 ?(1.1, 1.2)
92%
46.4 ?(22.8, 23.6)
-55%
35 ?(16, 19)
-17%
Response Time Black / White *
22 ?(12, 10)
14 ?(8.4, 5.6)
36%
24 ?(13, 11)
-9%
27 ?(15, 12)
-23%
2.6 ?(1.2, 1.4)
88%
26.8 ?(15.2, 11.6)
-22%
27 ?(15, 12)
-23%
PWM Frequency
25000 ?(80)
200 ?(10)
60.2 ?(100)
Screen
-41%
-50%
-44%
50%
-66%
-22%
Brightness middle
287
364.2
27%
242
-16%
200
-30%
358
25%
447.8
56%
282
-2%
Brightness
264
349
32%
225
-15%
196
-26%
366
39%
427
62%
259
-2%
Brightness Distribution
80
89
11%
82
3%
84
5%
97
21%
88
10%
84
5%
Black Level *
0.05
0.32
-540%
0.18
-260%
0.2
-300%
0.45
-800%
0.15
-200%
Contrast
5740
1138
-80%
1344
-77%
1000
-83%
995
-83%
1880
-67%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
6.33
1.28
80%
6.61
-4%
4.82
24%
1.93
70%
1.48
77%
5.55
12%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
17.48
3.49
80%
22.53
-29%
20.61
-18%
4.78
73%
2.6
85%
7.46
57%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
6.2
2.4
61%
6.21
-0%
1.64
74%
1.6
74%
1.9
69%
4.97
20%
Gamma
2.26 97%
2.21 100%
2.54 87%
2.43 91%
2.22 99%
2.08 106%
2.41 91%
CCT
6120 106%
6400 102%
6373 102%
6475 100%
6238 104%
6624 98%
6473 100%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-3% / -26%
-34% / -43%
-36% / -41%
70% / 60%
-53% / -60%
-21% / -22%

* ... smaller is better


Calman ColorChecker
Calman ColorChecker
Calman grayscale
Calman grayscale
Calman saturation
Calman saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
22 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12 ms rise
↘ 10 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 42 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (21.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 34 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17900 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Using the Asus Chromebook CX5 Flip in the sun or in brightly lit rooms is problematic. The highly reflective display is simply not bright enough to outshine the reflections of bright objects. But thanks to the screen's good viewing angle stability, the laptop can be usually placed in such a way that the reflections are not distracting.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance - The most powerful Chromebook?

For a Chromebook, the CX5 is well equipped: 16 GB of RAM and an Intel Core i7 are more than enough to power the slim operating system. Office and internet applications pose no issue for the laptop. Gaming is also possible: we installed and tested a few games via Steam here.

Chrome system information
Chrome system information
Device Info HW general
Device Info HW general
Device Info HW SoC
Device Info HW SoC
Device Info HW storage
Device Info HW storage

Processor

The Chromebook Flip CX5 is powered by a powerful Intel Core i7-1255U. The high-end chip is equipped with two P-cores and eight E-cores. Twelve threads ensure powerful multitasking. Even demanding graphics tasks are possible with the integrated Intel Iris Xe. In most benchmarks, the Chromebook delivers comparatively strong values.

CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Geekbench 5.5: Multi-Core | Single-Core
Geekbench 6.0: Multi-Core | Single-Core
Geekbench ML: TensorFlow Lite CPU 0.5
CPU Performance Rating
Average of class Convertible
 
99.7 pt
Average Intel Core i7-1255U
 
94.2 pt
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Intel Core i7-1255U
78.7 pt
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16 -3!
Intel Core i5-1235U
77.8 pt
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA -2!
Intel Core i7-1165G7
74.3 pt
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP -3!
Intel Core i3-1115G4
52.6 pt
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx -2!
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
42.9 pt
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook -3!
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
29.3 pt
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1 -3!
AMD 3015Ce
24.1 pt
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
Average of class Convertible
  (663 - 14016, n=67, last 2 years)
8263 Points +85%
Average Intel Core i7-1255U
  (4463 - 8821, n=10)
7315 Points +64%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U
5528 Points +24%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Intel Core i7-1255U
4463 Points
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
3872 Points -13%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
2699 Points -40%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
1725 Points -61%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
1687 Points -62%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
1135 Points -75%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
Average Intel Core i7-1255U
  (1560 - 1712, n=10)
1640 Points +5%
Average of class Convertible
  (319 - 1981, n=67, last 2 years)
1618 Points +4%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Intel Core i7-1255U
1563 Points
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U
1456 Points -7%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1302 Points -17%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4
1190 Points -24%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
620 Points -60%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
597 Points -62%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce
564 Points -64%
Geekbench 6.0 / Multi-Core
Average of class Convertible
  (4534 - 10532, n=6, last 2 years)
7915 Points +75%
Average Intel Core i7-1255U
  (4534 - 8791, n=2)
6663 Points +47%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Intel Core i7-1255U
4534 Points
Geekbench 6.0 / Single-Core
Average of class Convertible
  (1760 - 2384, n=6, last 2 years)
2030 Points +15%
Average Intel Core i7-1255U
  (1760 - 2227, n=2)
1994 Points +13%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Intel Core i7-1255U
1760 Points
Geekbench ML / TensorFlow Lite CPU 0.5
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Intel Core i7-1255U
353 Points
Average Intel Core i7-1255U
  ()
353 Points 0%
Average of class Convertible
  (last 2 years)
353 Points 0%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
341 Points -3%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c
254 Points -28%

System Performance

Although the new Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 offers a more powerful processor than its predecessor, both Chromebooks are almost on par in terms of system performance. One reason for this could be the slightly slower memory. The Intel SSD 670p seems to be significantly slower than its predecessor. Thus, the Asus device falls short of expectations despite its strong processor.

PCMark for Android / Work 3.0
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
12778 Points +10%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4, SK Hynix BC711 HFM256GD3JX016N
11801 Points +2%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ
11617 Points
Average Intel Core i7-1255U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  ()
11617 Points 0%
Average of class Convertible
  (last 2 years)
11617 Points 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1235U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT256G
11558 Points -1%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
Vega 3, 3015Ce, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9775 Points -16%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
Adreno 618, SD 7c, 64 GB eMMC Flash
9644 Points -17%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Adreno 618, SD 7c, 128 GB eMMC Flash
8837 Points -24%
CrXPRT 2 / Score
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
181 Points +5%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1235U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT256G
177 Points +2%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ
173 Points
Average Intel Core i7-1255U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  ()
173 Points 0%
Average of class Convertible
  (last 2 years)
173 Points 0%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4, SK Hynix BC711 HFM256GD3JX016N
147 Points -15%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
Vega 3, 3015Ce, 64 GB eMMC Flash
71 Points -59%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Adreno 618, SD 7c, 128 GB eMMC Flash
53 Points -69%
CrXPRT 2 / Photo Effects
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Adreno 618, SD 7c, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1201 Points +313%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
Vega 3, 3015Ce, 64 GB eMMC Flash
506 Points +74%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1235U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT256G
297 Points +2%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ
291 Points
Average Intel Core i7-1255U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  ()
291 Points 0%
Average of class Convertible
  (last 2 years)
291 Points 0%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4, SK Hynix BC711 HFM256GD3JX016N
243 Points -16%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
206 Points -29%
CrXPRT 2 / Face Detection
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Adreno 618, SD 7c, 128 GB eMMC Flash
8968 Points +224%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
Vega 3, 3015Ce, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4874 Points +76%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1235U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT256G
3085 Points +11%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ
2767 Points
Average Intel Core i7-1255U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  ()
2767 Points 0%
Average of class Convertible
  (last 2 years)
2767 Points 0%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4, SK Hynix BC711 HFM256GD3JX016N
1825 Points -34%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
1546 Points -44%
CrXPRT 2 / Offline Notes
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
Vega 3, 3015Ce, 64 GB eMMC Flash
204 Points +325%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Adreno 618, SD 7c, 128 GB eMMC Flash
201 Points +319%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4, SK Hynix BC711 HFM256GD3JX016N
88 Points +83%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
73 Points +52%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1235U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT256G
50 Points +4%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ
48 Points
Average Intel Core i7-1255U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  ()
48 Points 0%
Average of class Convertible
  (last 2 years)
48 Points 0%
CrXPRT 2 / Stocks Dashboard
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Adreno 618, SD 7c, 128 GB eMMC Flash
305 Points +259%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
Vega 3, 3015Ce, 64 GB eMMC Flash
302 Points +255%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4, SK Hynix BC711 HFM256GD3JX016N
130 Points +53%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
115 Points +35%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1235U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT256G
105 Points +24%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ
85 Points
Average Intel Core i7-1255U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  ()
85 Points 0%
Average of class Convertible
  (last 2 years)
85 Points 0%
CrXPRT 2 / DNA Sequence Analysis
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Adreno 618, SD 7c, 128 GB eMMC Flash
757 Points +301%
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
Vega 3, 3015Ce, 64 GB eMMC Flash
566 Points +199%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4, SK Hynix BC711 HFM256GD3JX016N
310 Points +64%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1235U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT256G
209 Points +11%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ
189 Points
Average Intel Core i7-1255U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  ()
189 Points 0%
Average of class Convertible
  (last 2 years)
189 Points 0%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
174 Points -8%
CrXPRT 2 / 3D Shapes
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
Vega 3, 3015Ce, 64 GB eMMC Flash
7512 Points +49%
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Adreno 618, SD 7c, 128 GB eMMC Flash
7372 Points +47%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4, SK Hynix BC711 HFM256GD3JX016N
5358 Points +7%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
5149 Points +2%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ
5026 Points
Average Intel Core i7-1255U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  ()
5026 Points 0%
Average of class Convertible
  (last 2 years)
5026 Points 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1235U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT256G
2749 Points -45%
WebXPRT 4 / Overall
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ
249 Points
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1235U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT256G
231 Points -7%
Average Intel Core i7-1255U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (183.4 - 249, n=8)
229 Points -8%
Average of class Convertible
  (49.4 - 266, n=52, last 2 years)
224 Points -10%
PCMark for Android - Storage 2.0
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
64 GB eMMC Flash
24872 Points +151%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
 
20627 Points +108%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
SK Hynix BC711 HFM256GD3JX016N
20509 Points +107%
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
64 GB eMMC Flash
19557 Points +98%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ
9895 Points
Average Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ
  ()
9895 Points 0%
Average of class Convertible
  (last 2 years)
9895 Points 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT256G
9253 Points -6%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V10
Disk Tests
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ
209998 Points
Average Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ
  ()
209998 Points 0%
Average of class Convertible
  (last 2 years)
209998 Points 0%
Storage Read
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ
2214 MB/s
Average Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ
  ()
2214 MB/s 0%
Average of class Convertible
  (last 2 years)
2214 MB/s 0%
Storage Write
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ
3284 MB/s
Average Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ
  ()
3284 MB/s 0%
Average of class Convertible
  (last 2 years)
3284 MB/s 0%

Graphics Card

The Iris Xe integrated in the i7 with 96 EUs is probably the strongest GPU that can currently be found in a Chromebook. Under Windows, the chip is also suitable for gaming to a limited extent. However, the Chromebook only makes limited use of the chip's graphics potential within the tested Android apps. Nevertheless, our tests with games via Steam shows that the gaming performance of the laptop can be on par with Windows laptops.

3DMark
Wild Life Extreme
Average of class Convertible
  (2191 - 15282, n=8, last 2 years)
5172 Points +136%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (1978 - 4255, n=19)
3450 Points +57%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1255U
2191 Points
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1235U
1854 Points -15%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, Intel Core i3-1115G4
1647 Points -25%
Wild Life Score
Average of class Convertible
  (8426 - 48110, n=2, last 2 years)
28268 Points +235%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (6964 - 13177, n=8)
9850 Points +17%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1255U
8426 Points
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs, Intel Core i5-1235U
8186 Points -3%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, Intel Core i3-1115G4
5974 Points -29%
GPUScore: Sacred Path - 2560x1440 Official
Average of class Convertible
  (11.8 - 139.5, n=96, last 2 years)
50.7 fps +236%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (10.6 - 117.1, n=117)
45.4 fps +201%
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1255U
15.1 (0.5min - 87.7max) fps

Gaming

In the meantime, Steam now runs on Chrome OS on some devices. However, this requires switching to the beta software version of Chrome OS. The same technology is used under Linux or in Steam Deck. Proton is used as a compatibility layer, allowing for Windows games to be played in Linux. This is done using a modified version of Wine and a set of powerful graphics API implementations. Games that exclusively use DirectX 12 do not yet run on Linux or Chrome. Another caveat here is that external drives cannot be used for game installations under Chrome OS. So we had to re-download all the games instead of using our backup files.

Many of our game benchmarks use CapFrameX or Fraps software to record frame rates. There is no comparable software on Chrome OS. As a result, we had to rely on our eyes and Steam's fps display for gaming tests. The fps listed below are thus should be viewed as approximate values. We found that many games with Vulkan, OpenGL or DirectX 11 run flawlessly under Chrome OS. Thanks to the generous RAM and the fast Intel Core i7, the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 can run a number of games smoothly in Full HD at medium graphics settings.

Game 1.920:1.200 low quality settings 1.920:1.200 medium quality settings notes
ARK: Survival Evolved 15 fps (normal settings)
30 fps (DirectX 10)
APEX Legends 20 to 45 fps takes a long time for the game to run smoothly
Counter Strike: Global Offensive 45fps
Dota 2 up to 80fps 40fps long loading times, stutters in the first few seconds of a game
F1 2017 47fps 43fps internal benchmark
Payday 2 70fps 40fps
Rocket League 60 fps 60 fps control only possible via gamepad, keyboard is not recognized
Frame Rate Lock
Strange Brigade 60 fps 60 fps Frame Rate Lock cannot be deactivated, game runs stably
benchmark crashes

A peculiarity of gaming via Proton is that it can take some time before a game runs well. Shaders are precompiled in the background, which increases performance in games over time. While almost all the aforementioned games are hardly playable at first, a few minutes is enough for the fps to reach a stable and good level.

Emissions & Energy: Quiet fans and powerful speakers

Noise

Unlike many other Chromebooks, the CX5 has a fan. However, this is hardly audible. At a maximum of 28 dB(A), the notebook can only be heard in particularly quiet rooms. Most of the time the Chromebook can get by without the use of its fan.

Noise Level

Idle
26 / 26 / 26.7 dB(A)
Load
28.1 / 28.4 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.334.533.13435.32542.936.73636.842.93141.842.240.339.141.84037.732.730.432.837.75037.132.93432.737.16330.627.227.326.630.68022.222.220.621.322.210023.822.722.725.123.812520.219.823.92220.216017.618.620.118.817.62001818.41817.31825017.416.515.31617.431516.416.814.815.216.440015.916.914.415.815.950019.518.313.413.819.563013.915.913.81313.980014.715.612.513.214.7100015.616.312.812.415.612501717.813.812.417160016.516.613.412.716.5200017.917.913.712.917.9250018.218.51413.118.2315015.816.214.214.115.8400014.71514.614.714.7500013.914.215.114.513.9630013.61415.61413.6800013.813.815.513.913.81000013.813.714.613.913.81250013.613.614.313.713.61600012.812.91413.512.8SPL28.228.426.525.928.2N110.80.71median 15.9median 16.5median 14.4median 13.9median 15.9Delta2.121.21.82.134.337.335.533.228.629.728.730.123.424.825.328.922.424.324.823.926.521.322.527.625.621.12125.324.122.621.923.822.322.123.924.719.717.921.122.515.915.915.317.217.213.514.317.117.513.514.716.815.813.312.416.115.911.912.415.515.411.612.215.614.510.510.514.814.69.69.315.215.810.19.31616.49.29.31717.610.19.717.617.810.19.817.916.811.810.118.218.412.610.820.11714.711.220.714.213.711.516.713.313.511.61512.214.211.714.512.214.511.71612.21511.71511.715.3111528.224.62329.610.60.41.2median 15.9median 13.5median 11.6median 16.71.621.91.5hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAsus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FBLenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1255U, Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1235U, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT256G
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, i3-1115G4, SK Hynix BC711 HFM256GD3JX016N
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
Noise
4%
-4%
-9%
Idle Minimum *
26
23
12%
25.4
2%
26
-0%
Idle Average *
26
24.6
5%
25.4
2%
26
-0%
Idle Maximum *
26.7
25
6%
25.4
5%
26
3%
Load Average *
28.1
27.3
3%
32.1
-14%
28.5
-1%
Load Maximum *
28.4
29.6
-4%
32.3
-14%
41.8
-47%
off / environment *
23
25.4
26

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Despite the mostly inactive fan, surface temperatures of the 2-in-1 laptop remain within limits. The palm rests remains cool even under load.

Max. Load
 29.2 °C
85 F
30.2 °C
86 F
25.9 °C
79 F
 
 30.7 °C
87 F
28.7 °C
84 F
23.5 °C
74 F
 
 24.3 °C
76 F
23.1 °C
74 F
21.8 °C
71 F
 
Maximum: 30.7 °C = 87 F
Average: 26.4 °C = 80 F
23.9 °C
75 F
31.4 °C
89 F
38.4 °C
101 F
24.3 °C
76 F
33.6 °C
92 F
27.6 °C
82 F
21.3 °C
70 F
22.5 °C
73 F
23.2 °C
74 F
Maximum: 38.4 °C = 101 F
Average: 27.4 °C = 81 F
Power Supply (max.)  32.6 °C = 91 F | Room Temperature 22.9 °C = 73 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-360 // 260 // 900 // FIRT 550-Pocket // Raytek Raynger ST // Fluke 62 Mini
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 26.4 °C / 80 F, compared to the average of 30.2 °C / 86 F for the devices in the class Convertible.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 30.7 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 35.3 °C / 96 F, ranging from 19.6 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.4 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 36.8 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.2 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 30.2 °C / 86 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 24.3 °C / 75.7 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.1 °C / 82.6 F (+3.8 °C / 6.9 F).
Heat waste when idle: top
Heat waste when idle: top
Heat waste when idle: bottom
Heat waste when idle: bottom
Heat waste under load: top
Heat waste under load: top
Heat waste under load: bottom
Heat waste under load: bottom
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
Intel Core i7-1255U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
Intel Core i5-1235U, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
Intel Core i3-1115G4, Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
AMD 3015Ce, AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c, Qualcomm Adreno 618
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c, Qualcomm Adreno 618
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
Heat
-6%
-7%
-21%
-1%
-12%
-6%
Maximum Upper Side *
30.7
35.2
-15%
32.5
-6%
37.4
-22%
34.6
-13%
38
-24%
36.9
-20%
Maximum Bottom *
38.4
40.8
-6%
35.9
7%
47.2
-23%
41.6
-8%
42.4
-10%
41.4
-8%
Idle Upper Side *
26.6
26
2%
28.8
-8%
31.7
-19%
22.4
16%
28
-5%
25.4
5%
Idle Bottom *
26.7
27.6
-3%
32.5
-22%
31.8
-19%
26.2
2%
29
-9%
26.9
-1%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

Four speakers are built into the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5, namely two upward-facing tweeters and two downward-facing midrange/bass drivers. This results in a well-balanced sound. Only the bass is a little weak.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.13437.12540.136.840.13141.639.141.64031.732.831.75035.232.735.26329.526.629.58034.621.334.610043.125.143.112547.32247.31605018.8502004517.34525054.31654.331562.615.262.640069.115.869.15006613.86663068.41368.480071.513.271.5100070.112.470.1125067.312.467.3160067.312.767.3200071.412.971.4250063.213.163.2315070.414.170.4400066.114.766.1500066.914.566.9630058.11458.1800063.913.963.91000070.713.970.71250071.413.771.41600059.813.559.8SPL80.325.980.3N50.20.750.2median 66.1median 13.9median 66.1Delta7.11.87.126.325.821.422.12624.925.127.622.532.523.448.72655.818.860.922.167.2267019.372.317.674.217.774.319.575.31571.711.871.311.27410.574.21072.710.17210.67210.97511.374.811.671.71269.71269.612.371.112.669.61270.111.269.824.784.70.666.6median 12median 71.73.42.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FBApple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.3% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (11.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (13.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 16% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 80% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 21%, worst was 57%
Compared to all devices tested
» 12% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 84% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(+) | good bass - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | bass is linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (2.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (4.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 5%, average was 18%, worst was 45%
Compared to all devices tested
» 0% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Power Consumption

The Chromebook Flip CX5 is quite economical in terms of power consumption, making do with a maximum of 35 watts. In idle mode, we measured a power consumption of 4.3 to 8.7 watts, which puts the convertible slightly above the average Chromebook. However, the powerful i7 also requires a little more power.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.35 / 0.45 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.3 / 8 / 8.7 Watt
Load midlight 14.7 / 35.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
i7-1255U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, Intel SSD 670p SSDPEKNU512GZ, IPS, 1920x1200, 15.80
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
i5-1235U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, Kioxia BG5 KBG50ZNT256G, IPS, 2560x1600, 16.00
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
i3-1115G4, UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, SK Hynix BC711 HFM256GD3JX016N, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
3015Ce, Vega 3, 64 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
SD 7c, Adreno 618, 64 GB eMMC Flash, OLED, 1920x1080, 13.30
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
SD 7c, Adreno 618, 128 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 2160x1440, 11.00
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, , IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
 
Average of class Convertible
 
Power Consumption
-21%
19%
27%
45%
53%
16%
-69%
-71%
Idle Minimum *
4.3
5.7
-33%
4.2
2%
3.9
9%
0.96
78%
1.7
60%
3.4
21%
5.26 ?(2.2 - 46.5, n=184)
-22%
Idle Average *
8
9.8
-23%
6.7
16%
6.3
21%
6.7
16%
5.2
35%
6.5
19%
8.46 ?(3.8 - 63, n=184)
-6%
Idle Maximum *
8.7
9.9
-14%
7.4
15%
6.8
22%
6.8
22%
5.3
39%
7.8
10%
10.6 ?(5.8 - 68.9, n=184)
-22%
Load Average *
14.7
14.3
3%
9.7
34%
12
18%
9
39%
6.1
59%
12.5
15%
44.8 ?(12.5 - 77.5, n=184)
-205%
Load Maximum *
35.4
49.4
-40%
25.3
29%
12.3
65%
11.4
68%
10.6
70%
30.1
15%
66.6 ?(30.1 - 118, n=184)
-88%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption idle mode

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Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB i7-1255U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs: Ø5.37 (4.78-6.7)
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP i3-1115G4, UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs: Ø5.66 (4.93-28.6)
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1 3015Ce, Vega 3: Ø5.67 (5.47-6.72)
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs: Ø5.15 (4.7-26.4)

Power consumption with an external monitor

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Battery Life

More than ten hours in the WiFi web surfing test and up to 18 hours in idle mode are possible with the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 on battery power. While these are very decent runtimes, they are also not entirely representative. This is because the keyboard backlight, which cannot be controlled, switches off in both tests. In practice at least, runtimes of more than nine hours without a battery are possible. 

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
17h 33min
WiFi Websurfing
10h 32min
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB
i7-1255U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, 55.4 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook 16
i5-1235U, Iris Xe G7 80EUs, 71 Wh
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1WT-36DP
i3-1115G4, UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs, 50.3 Wh
Asus Chromebook Flip CM1
3015Ce, Vega 3, 50 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook
SD 7c, Adreno 618, 42 Wh
HP Chromebook x2 11-da0023dx
SD 7c, Adreno 618, 32 Wh
Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5500FEA
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, 57 Wh
Average of class Convertible
 
Battery Runtime
-36%
-16%
-17%
4%
-11%
-11%
-3%
Reader / Idle
1053
WiFi v1.3
632
405
-36%
533
-16%
524
-17%
660
4%
563
-11%
561
-11%

Pros

+ high performance thanks to i7 and 16 GB RAM
+ large NVMe SSD
+ stable temperatures
+ broad connectivity with USB-C PD and DisplayPort
+ Wi-Fi 6E
+ long battery life
+ good sound
+ guaranteed updates until Jun 2030

Cons

- reflective display with only 250 cd/m²
- high price

Verdict - Unfortunately too expensive

The Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 - provided by Asus.
The Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 - provided by Asus.

The Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 proves that Chromebooks don't have to be boring. With above-average performance, the notebook proves itself in almost all areas. The Intel Core i7-1255U in conjunction with 16 GB of RAM ensures that the Chromebook Flip CX5 is extremely fast. However, the question of what the powerful computing power of a Chromebook should be used for remains. Apart from gaming (which is still in the beta stage), there is hardly any application that utilizes the full capacity of the processor. Regarding flaws, we see real potential for improvement in the screen. The glossy display should be much brighter to ensure good readability in all situations. If an OLED display had been installed, then the price of the convertible would have been justified.

The Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 impresses with strong performance and a high-quality case. Only the screen shows slight flaws.

Owing to its keyboard, touchpad, touchscreen and stylus, the Chromebook can be used to carry out a wide variety of digital projects. The ever-growing compatibility of Chrome OS also helps here. The Google Play Store, the Chrome Web Store and now also Steam offer a wide range of apps and games, most of which run smoothly on the device. In addition, Google guarantees updates for the device until mid-2030.

The price of the notebook is a clear negative: EUR 1,400 is simply too expensive. Several convertibles with styluses from Lenovo, Dell and others with comparable features and Windows are available for around EUR 1,000. Affordable gaming laptops and low-cost multimedia laptops can also be considered as alternatives.

Price and Availability

Worldwide availability of the Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 appears to be limited. In Germany, the manufacturer is asking steep prices of around EUR 1400 for the laptop on its website. Interested buyers in other countries are advised to check regularly via Asus' website or Amazon for availability.

Asus Chromebook Flip CX5 CX5601FB - 02/24/2023 v7
Marc Herter

Chassis
83 / 98 → 84%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
56 / 75 → 75%
Weight
62 / 20-75 → 77%
Battery
89%
Display
77%
Games Performance
69 / 78 → 88%
Application Performance
97 / 85 → 100%
Temperature
96%
Noise
95%
Audio
78 / 91 → 85%
Camera
34 / 85 → 40%
Average
77%
85%
Convertible - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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Marc Herter, 2023-02-24 (Update: 2023-02-24)