I’ve been very vocal with my love for Chromebooks in past videos on this channel. I believe that Chromebooks are amazing – and this ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5400FM is one of the reasons why.
Let’s start off by talking about the name. The word “Flip” here obviously means that the ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5400FM can be flipped in 360 degrees and can be used in the typical laptop mode, the tent mode, stand mode, or tablet mode. The 4 horsemen of convertible positions, basically.
Of course, since it can be flipped 360 degrees, it also comes with a nice touchscreen. It has a 14-inch IPS LCD screen with 1080p resolution. The screen looks great and I enjoyed using this laptop so no complaints there.
But, that’s not all – at the side of the laptop here, we have a stylus. This is an active stylus and it charges via the two golden pads at the side of the pen. I’m not much of an artist but the pen is large enough to be comfortable when writing with it, but there is no button on the stylus.
Since this is a convertible laptop after all, we can use the entire laptop in tablet mode and start to draw with the pen. I don’t know why I am drawing a triangle, though.
That aside, let’s now talk about the keyboard. I absolutely love this keyboard since it has a decent travel distance and it is rather tactile as it requires a lot of force to actuate the keys. In short, I can describe this keyboard as “springy”. And I also love the legends on the keyboard keys. They’re all in a very nice sans serif font in small caps. Somewhat feels inviting.
As for the trackpad though, this is something that felt weird to me. You see, Chrome OS trackpad firmware works really well and I just leave cursor acceleration turned on. But, this trackpad is really wide but short. When I move my finger from top to bottom, the cursor travels a very short distance as compared to my finger moving from side to side. Other than that, the palm rejection works great and multitouch gestures work fantastically too.
Quick mention here – ASUS also boasted that this laptop using SOUND by Harman Kardon – to which I have to say the speaker sounds decent, but they don’t seem to have any bass? Have a listen here.
As for the performance of this device, I really don’t have anything to benchmark it with. I just use my usual workload of heavy Chrome browsing with Spotify in the background and some YouTube videos in the mix. Everything ran fantastically well and I have no issues with this device at all. I did realize that this laptop is using:
- Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1130G7
- 8GB DDR4 RAM
- 128GB of NVMe SSD (Kingston OM8PDP3128B)
It’s not particularly the most astonishing in terms of specs but hey – Chromebooks are meant to be lightweight anyway.
Since this laptop is equipped with such fancy hardware, I headed into the Google Play Store and installed Genshin Impact too – but it kept crashing. I think it doesn’t work since it’s emulated from a processor with x86 architecture?
And since we have Google Play Store, we can install a bunch of other apps to play around on this Chromebook too. That is something that I really like.
Then, for the battery life, I got about 6-7 hours of usage out of a single charge – which is magnificent but also not surprisingly since Chrome OS is very lightweight in comparison with Windows.
The charging is also really simple as it comes with a 45W USB-C charger. I didn’t use it since I can just use the Ugreen GaN 100W charger to charge this laptop anyway.
As for the ports though, this laptop comes with an overkill selection of ports. I don’t really see the point of having two Thunderbolt 4 ports on a Chromebook – but hey, I’m not complaining.
And lastly, I really like the design of this ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5400FM. It’s rather slim and has chamfered edges all over, and has a very slight tinge of baby blue. It’s also made entirely out of metal, including the backplate.
Should you buy the ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5400?
The price though, is something that I do not have. I can’t find anything – not even on the website. As far as I know, it “starts from RM4,199” and in my opinion, it’s a little steep, especially for a Chromebook. Yeah, this is considered a premium Chromebook but you can also get some other ASUS Vivobook laptops for about that price with similar specs but maybe not the same all-metal build quality too.
Still, the ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5400FM is a fantastic laptop.