What does a perfect premium Chromebook look like? The Asus Chromebook Flip attempts to answer that. Weighing in at 2.6 pounds and measuring 12.5 inches, this is a light, slim portable that also offers all the flexibility that the 2-in-1 design affords, and all at a reasonable price.
“Premium Chromebook” as a concept is not new but it wasn’t until the Asus Chromebook Flip that the concept really seemed to be realized fully. It provides the kind of performance that you might expect from a flagship like the Google Pixelbook without sacrificing the value that people look for when shopping for a Chromebook. There’s a reason that it’s one of the best Chromebooks out there.
Not only is the Asus Chromebook Flip one of our top choices for a Chromebook, it’s among the best Asus laptops you can get as well as being perfect for anyone on a budget. It’s not too much of a stretch to say that this could be one of the best laptops you can buy.
The good news is that the Asus Chromebook Flip is likely to receive deep discounts for both Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday. We recommend waiting until then to hit that buy button. Amazon Prime Day is on October 13 and Black Friday rolls around at the end of November, so you won’t have to wait for long.
When the Asus Chromebook Flip first hit the streets, it went for $649 (about £509, AU$926) with an Intel Core m5 processor, 64GB storage and 4GB RAM. That was definitely a huge price tag for a Chromebook.
However, because the Asus Chromebook Flip has been available for a while now, you should be able to find some great deals out there.
If you’ve been contemplating getting an HP Chromebook, the HP Chromebook 14 may be marginally bigger and come with an Intel Celeron N2940 processor, Intel HD Graphics 500, 4 GB memory and 32 GB eMMC storage. However, it’s considerably cheaper at $299 (about £234, AU$426).
At the same time, the Acer Chromebook Spin 13 for work goes for around $766 (about £604, AU$1,112) with an Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage.
The Samsung Chromebook Plus is unquestionably the biggest rival here, as it goes for about $499 (about £349, AU$725) and comes with an ARM CPU, a sharper 2,400 x 1,600 display and a built-in stylus, though it is fitted with half the storage and memory.
Samsung’s model also comes with a Pro SKU, which has the same Intel Core m3 CPU as the Asus Chromebook Flip, for $599 (about £472, AU$870) – however, again, with only half the storage and memory.
Finally, there’s the Acer Chromebook R13, which also boasts a convertible build, with a full HD display for $369 (£399, about AU$536). Though, the 2.1GHz quad-core chip comes from MediaTek, instead of Intel.