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The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip is built for cloud gaming

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The first wave of “gaming” Chromebooks arrived last year, as laptops designed with cloud gaming in mind that run Google’s Chrome OS. ASUS already sold one, but now another one is on the way: the Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip.

The CX34 Flip will be available in a few different hardware configurations, but some options may not be available in all regions. You can have an Intel Core i7-1255U, Core i5-1235U or Core i3-1215U processor and 8 or 16 GB of RAM. Cloud gaming doesn’t need a super-powerful processor, that’s the point, but faster CPUs will come in handy for juggling Chrome tabs and Play Store apps.

Regardless of which hardware configuration you get, the CX34 has a 14-inch 16:10 touchscreen with a 144Hz refresh rate. That’s a bit smaller in size than the Chromebook Vibe CX55 Flip that was revealed back in October, which has a 15.6-inch screen. There’s a 360-degree hinge, so it can work in “tent” mode on a flat surface for easy media streaming, or you can push it all the way back to use the CX34 like a giant tablet. ASUS also included on-screen pen support, but there won’t be a stylus in the box with all models.

The CX34 Flip also has plenty of connectivity options, including two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A connector, HDMI 2.1, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, a Kensington lock slot and a microSD card reader. You also get Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.

ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip Keyboard
The keyboard has multiple RGB lighting options Asus

Apart from the 144Hz display, which can be used for streaming services that support frame rates above 60FPS, the main gaming-related feature is the 4-zone RGB lighting on the keyboard. ASUS is also offering three-month subscriptions to NVIDIA GeForce Now and Amazon Luna+, as well as a SteelSeries Rival 3 gaming mouse.

ASUS didn’t confirm final pricing or availability of the Vibe CX34 Flip, but it remains to be seen if gaming Chromebooks will be popular in the long term. The larger ASUS CX55 with a Core i5 CPU is $699 (but it’s on sale for $599 right now), and for that price, you can buy a Current gaming laptop that doesn’t fully rely on external servers or streaming subscriptions.

Source: ASUS

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