Chrome OS is not what most people have in mind when you ask them about their preferred computer gaming setup, but some manufacturers are trying to change that. Which is evident with Asus launching the Asus Chromebook Vibe C55 for $729:
Asus underlines that this is a cloud gaming laptop. Nevertheless, it is a Chromebook gaming laptop. And it has at least some gaming credentials.
For starters, the 15.6-inch touchscreen features a 144 Hz refresh rate and a FHD resolution of 1920 x 1080.
And the processor is decent, as it’s the 4.2 GHz Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor with Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 16GB LPDDR4x RAM, and 256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe3.0 SSD storage.
So kind of decent lower level gaming specs in one way, yet high for a Chromebook. But in a specs to price ratio, it is beaten by several of the best Windows laptops that have higher performance for less money.
It also features dual-band Wi-Fi 6, BT 5.0, Harman/Kardon (Premium) stereo speakers, a 720p webcam, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A and 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-Cwhich doubles as the power port, a HDMI port, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
And of course games will launch quickly and can be accessed simply by starting a text search for the games that are avilable.
The keyboard continues with Asus’ strikingly different WASD color blocking which can be found on many of their laptops, and the keyboard is backlit and features anti-ghosting, meaning that the keystrokes will not be bottlenecked and come out in the wrong order, which is an issue with some keyboards if someone types too fast.
In terms of form factor, this is also a convertible and not just a laptop, so it can be set up in tent mode and tablet mode and used with just the touchscreen.
– Jim Miller