11th generation Tiger Lake Chromebooks are popping up more often these days, but it’s one device in particular that makes me spit. The ASUS Chromebook CX9 was announced along with the already released Chromebook CX5 and CM5, but the ultra-premier business-oriented clamshell screen quietly disappeared from the ASUS website. Every day I browse the web to see if anyone has listed this Chromebook because I’m honest I want it! This Chromebook offers the 11th generation Core i7 Tiger Lake processor from Intel, 16 GB RAM and 512 GB NVMe storage and packs the hardware in an ultra-light 2.5-pound chassis with a 400-nit screen with optional touch. Oh, did I mention that it has an integrated numeric keypad in the trackpad? Well, it does. There̵
The CX9 has been on the German ASUS Store for a while now, but here in the states, even the Chromebook landing page was taken for unknown reasons. Anyway, enough about my situation. Today I am very excited to report that the ASUS store here in the US has officially listed the ASUS Chromebook CX9, and I am more excited than ever before. Why? Well, the Core i7 model is there, and the price is lower than we ever expected it to be. Two models are available. I’ll get to the details of these in just a second. At first, just look at this Chromebook, and hopefully you’ll see why I’m chewing a little to get it.
Okay, keep going. The two models that arrive first include what I assume to be the entry-level version that still comes with a Core i3, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Honestly, this model will be more than powerful enough for most users, and the only real downside is that it lacks a touch screen. For me, it’s no problem. I do not use the touch screen on the devices I have now. That said, the top model doubles RAM, adds Core i7 with Iris Xe G7 graphics and a whole lot of 512GB NVMe storage. On top of that, it gets an upgrade to a 400 nit touch screen. (Do not worry. The base model is still at 400 nits, so you do not lose the crazy screen.)
The Core i3 version comes in at $ 749.99, which may seem a bit high compared to convertibles like the Acer Spin 713 that are already in this room, but ASUS gives a new level of class to the premium Chromebook space, and I think this the price tag is very reasonable. The Monster Core i7 model will sell for $ 1149.99, and that’s something to be very excited about, in my humble opinion. When you look at devices like the 10th generation Dell 7410 Chromebook that sell for almost $ 2000 with less specs, the ASUS CX9 looks like a killer deal. I have some more thoughts on that, and I’ll share them with you tomorrow. You can find the ASUS Chromebook CX9 at the link below. Before you ask, yes, we will get one of these very soon, and you can bet that I will go through the steps to see if it lives up to my expectations. Both models are listed as “coming soon”, and I sincerely hope it means morning-ish.
ASUS Chromebook CX9