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Asus Chromebook Flip C436 initial review: Chrome OS goes premium

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Asus continues to push ahead with its Chromebook range improving the quality and performance of what you can do with Chrome OS, but has the company taken things too far, or not far enough? We've had a brief play with the new Chromebook laptop at CES 2020 to find out more to see if it could be a contender for best Chromebook. What's abundantly clear from the moment you set eyes on the Flip C436 is that we've come a long way from the plastic approach of the first wave of Chromebooks all those years ago. This is a device that feels as premium as the company's top-of-the-line Windows laptops and that can only be seen as only a good thing. Available in two colours - an iridescent Aerogel White, which changes colour when viewed from different angles, and a more standard Transparent Silver - the durable yet lightweight magnesium alloy chassis looks like it should withstand general usage on the road, and while it's not designed to be "tough" it's certainly not flimsy. Open up the 360-degree flip display, from which the laptop gets its name, and you reveal a 14-inch frameless NanoEdge Full HD touch display that is both bright and clear. The flip screen is by no means ground-breaking in its offering however does allow you to turn the device into a tablet for using on the go or as a presentation tool, and because it's only 13.7mm thick tablet use shouldn't be too clunky.