Asus Announces Some Lean, Mean Productivity Machines at CES 2019

NanoEdge screens and portable bodies galore.

Beside announcing their brand new Mothership and Zephyrus S from their ROG gaming line, Asus also showed off their line of laptops for productivity and creatives - from their Chromebook to the StudioBook so there’s pretty much a laptop for every other type of person.

Chromebook Flip C434

The Chromebook has always been for a very specific type of worker - usually an Android user that is almost always connected and on-the-go. The Flip C434 will be no different but has been improved upon previous model. Once again, Asus has managed to fit a larger screen onto a smaller body (a trend we will see in some of the other devices), sporting a 14-inch display in a 13-inch class all aluminum chassis with 360-degree ErgoLift hinges that tilt the keyboard for a better typing experience. Even at only 1.45kg and portable form factor, the Chromebook Flip C434 packs up to an Intel i7 processor with 8GB of RAM, up 129GB of storage and supports up to another 2TB with the microSD card slot.

The Chromebook is scheduled to launch in the coming months with a starting price of $569 USD.

 

VivoBook 14, 15 & 17

Yet another slim and light laptop, the new Asus VivoBook features three size variants - as suggested by their names, and four sleek colour options (picture above). All variants will carry NanoEdge ultra-narrow-bezel displays and ErgoLift hinges with up to Intel i7 processors and Nvidia Geforce MX130 graphics card. They also uses a dual-storage design for up to 256GB SSD and 2TB HDD.

No information were provided for availability or pricing but we’ll keep you updated when it is available.

 

Zenbook S13 & 14

Both Zenbook have almost the same display size - 13.9-inch and 14-inch respectively but the similarities don’t end there. Both devices sport up to 8th-gen Intel i7 processors with Nvidia Geforce MX150 dedicated GPU. Most of the difference lays in the design, The Zenbook S13 carries a frameless display with only 2.5mm bezels and Asus claims it to be the “world’s thinnest laptop with discrete graphics”. The Zenbook 14 did not claim that title while having similar specifications however details on the dimensions have not been provided. Notably, the Zenbook S13 has an inverted notch for the webcam. Will this design catch on for other brand to achieve thinner bezels?  

StudioBook S

Catered towards creatives, this laptop packs a 17-inch display into a 15-inch chassis with up to  either an Intel Xeon or i7 processor and a Nvidia Quadro 3200 graphics card. That graphics card is not meant for heavy load like in gaming but it is perform better than the aforementioned MX150 graphics card in the other devices we talked about. The StudioBook is designed to meet every content creators’ need while maintaining a portable form factor - and with specifications like this, it most likely will.

 

At this point, Asus has announced seven brand new devices so they certainly came with a variety of device for CES this year. However, their productivity line is expected to be much - slimmer, thinner bezels, and Intel processors coupled with smaller Nvidia GPUs. Again, details on availability and pricing have not been provided for most of these devices.