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ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip (2023) Laptop Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.2
Reviewed Jul 20, 2023 at 11:14 am
Latest change: Test bench update Dec 07, 2023 at 07:56 am
ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip (2023) Picture
7.4
School
4.9
Gaming
7.7
Multimedia
6.3
Workstation
7.4
Business

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip (2023) is a 14-inch cloud gaming Chrome OS laptop. It's available with Intel 12th Gen U-series CPUs, integrated graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of storage (PCIe Gen 3). It has a 144Hz FHD+ (1920 x 1200) IPS display, Wi-Fi 6E wireless connectivity, and a 720p webcam. Ports include one USB-A, two USB-Cs, a headphone jack, an HDMI (2.0), and a MicroSD card reader. The USB-C ports support video output and charging but not Thunderbolt 4. It supports pen input and comes with a USI 1.0 stylus, which you can dock into the side of the laptop for transport. You can see our unit's specifications and the available configuration options in the Differences Between Variants section below.

Our Verdict

7.4 School

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip is decent for school use. It feels well-built and is easy to carry around, thanks to its compact design. It provides a good user experience with a sharp, bright display, a good keyboard, and a responsive touchpad. It's available with Intel 12th Gen CPUs, which can handle nearly anything you'd need to do on a Chromebook. Chrome OS doesn't support x86 Windows programs, though, so it might not be ideal for students that require specialized software. Its battery lasts a little less than eight hours of light use, so depending on your usage, you may need to plug it in for a quick charge.

Pros
  • Fairly thin and lightweight.
  • Sharp, bright display with touch and pen input support.
  • Comfortable keyboard; responsive touchpad.
  • Good port selection.
Cons
  • Battery lasts less than eight hours of light use.
  • CPU and GPU can't handle demanding workloads.
  • Chrome OS is limited to web apps and Android apps.
  • No Thunderbolt 4.
4.9 Gaming

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip isn't a gaming device in the same way as a Windows laptop since it runs on a low-power CPU with integrated graphics. Instead, it's designed for cloud gaming through services like NVIDIA GeForce NOW and Xbox Cloud Gaming (in Beta). It has a nice 144Hz FHD+ display that gets bright enough to combat glare and a spacious and tactile keyboard. It also has Wi-Fi 6E wireless connectivity, which is great for cloud gaming, as performance will depend heavily on your internet connection. Its integrated GPU can handle some games from the Google Play Store, but performance can still vary because these games are designed for Android smartphones and tablets with an ARM-based processor.

Pros
  • 144Hz display with good response time.
Cons
  • Display only runs at 144Hz when plugged in.
  • Cloud gaming performance heavily dependent on internet connection.
  • Doesn't support DirectX games.
  • Slow SSD.
7.7 Multimedia

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip is good for media consumption. It's compact and lightweight, and its battery lasts around six hours of video playback, giving you plenty of time to get through a couple of full-length movies. Plus, it's a 2-in-1 convertible, meaning you can set it up in tent mode when viewing videos. Its FHD+ display looks sharp and gets bright enough to combat glare; however, it isn't the best for dark rooms, as its low contrast ratio makes blacks look gray in dim settings. While the speakers get very loud with minimal compression artifacts, they sound slightly unnatural, with only a little bit of bass.

Pros
  • Fairly thin and lightweight.
  • Sharp, bright display with touch and pen input support.
  • Loud speakers.
  • Battery lasts around six hours of vide playback.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in dim settings.
  • Speakers sound unnatural with very little bass.
6.3 Workstation

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip isn't ideal for use as a workstation. Its Intel CPU and integrated graphics can't handle demanding workloads, and most professional programs don't run on Chrome OS. Also, you can only get up to 16GB of RAM. It has a comfortable keyboard and a good port selection, although the lack of Thunderbolt 4 support is disappointing.

Pros
  • Comfortable keyboard; responsive touchpad.
  • Good port selection.
Cons
  • CPU and GPU can't handle demanding workloads.
  • Chrome OS is limited to web apps and Android apps.
  • No Thunderbolt 4.
  • Slow SSD.
7.4 Business

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip is decent for business use. It feels sturdy even though it's entirely plastic, and it's easy to carry around. Its FHD+ display looks sharp, gives you just enough room for multitasking, and gets bright enough to combat glare. The keyboard feels spacious and tactile, and the touchpad is reasonably large and responsive. Its Intel 12th Gen CPU can handle most productivity tasks like text processing, spreadsheets, web browsing, and video playback. However, you can't install x86 Windows programs on Chrome OS, so it isn't ideal if your company requires special Windows software. The battery lasts a little less than eight hours of light use, so you may or may not need to plug it in to get through the day, depending on your usage.

Pros
  • Fairly thin and lightweight.
  • Sharp, bright display with touch and pen input support.
  • Comfortable keyboard; responsive touchpad.
  • Good port selection.
Cons
  • Battery lasts less than eight hours of light use.
  • Chrome OS is limited to web apps and Android apps.
  • No Thunderbolt 4.
  • Mediocre webcam video quality.
  • 7.4 School
  • 4.9 Gaming
  • 7.7 Multimedia
  • 6.3 Workstation
  • 7.4 Business
  1. Updated Dec 07, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.2.
  2. Updated Nov 03, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.
  3. Updated Jul 20, 2023: Review published.
  4. Updated Jul 17, 2023: Early access published.
  5. Updated Jul 07, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  6. Updated Jun 19, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  7. Updated Jun 07, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip (model CX3401FB) with an Intel Core i5-1235U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. The CPU, memory, and storage are configurable; the available options are in the table below.

Screen
  • 14" IPS 1920 x 1200 144Hz Touchscreen with stylus support

CPU

  • Intel Core i3-1215U (6 cores/8 threads, up to 4.40GHz, 10MB cache)
  • Intel Core i5-1235U (10 cores/12 threads, up to 4.40GHz, 12MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-1255U (10 cores/12 threads, up to 4.70GHz, 12MB cache)
GPU
  • Intel UHD graphics (integrated, Core i3)
  • Intel Iris Xe (integrated, Core i5 and i7)
Memory
  • 8GB LPDDR4X
  • 16GB LPDDR4X
Storage
  • 256GB M.2 PCIe Gen 3 SSD
  • 512GB M.2 PCIe Gen 3 SSD
Color
  • Pearl White

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Laptops

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip is a decent laptop overall. It's one of the first cloud gaming laptops on the market, and because it's designed for gaming, it has a better display and performance than most general productivity Chromebooks. However, its battery life is on the shorter side, and the lack of an Ethernet port is disappointing, as cloud gaming performance is heavily dependent on the speed and stability of your internet connection.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best Chromebooks, the best budget and cheap laptops, and the best laptops for college.

Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2022)

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip (2023) and the Acer Chromebook Spin 714 (2022) are both 2-in-1 convertible Chromebooks with stylus support. The main difference is that the Spin 714 is designed for productivity, while the CX34 is designed for cloud gaming. The Spin 714 is a better device overall; it has a much better webcam, Thunderbolt 4 support, longer battery life, and better CPU performance. As for the CX34, it has a better display with a higher refresh rate of 144Hz and a faster response time, resulting in smoother motion and better responsiveness. It also gets much brighter to combat glare.

ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5 14 (2021)

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip (2023) and the ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5 14 (2021) are both 2-in-1 convertible Chromebooks with many similarities. The main difference is that the CX5 is designed for general productivity, while the CX34 is designed for cloud gaming, although you could also use the CX34 for work. The CX34 has a brighter display with a higher refresh rate of 144Hz, giving you smoother motion and better responsiveness. On the other hand, the CX5 doesn't get as hot or loud under load, and unlike the CX34, its USB-Cs support Thunderbolt 4.

ASUS Chromebook Plus CX34 (2023)

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip (2023) is better than the ASUS Chromebook Plus CX34 (2023) for most uses. The Vibe CX34 Flip has a brighter and more colorful 144Hz display, a more comfortable keyboard, and a wider port selection. Additionally, it has longer battery life, particularly for video playback, and its 360-degree hinge lets you use it as a tablet. You can get the CX34 with a touch-sensitive display, but its limited hinge range makes it impossible to flip the screen into tablet mode.

Acer Chromebook 516 GE (2022)

The Acer Chromebook 516 GE (2022) and the ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip (2023) are both Chrome OS laptops designed for cloud gaming. The 516 GE is slightly better overall. It has a sharper display QHD+ display and a better webcam, and its CPU is significantly faster. Also, the 516 GE has an Ethernet port, which the CX34 lacks. The CX34's display has a higher refresh rate of 144Hz, although the difference between the Acer's 120Hz and 144Hz isn't significant. The CX34's battery lasts about an hour or so longer.

Lenovo Chromebook C340 15 (2020)

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip (2023) is better than the Lenovo Chromebook C340 15 (2020) for most uses. The CX34 has a brighter, sharper display, a wider port selection, and faster CPU performance. Since the CX34 is designed for cloud gaming, its display also has a higher refresh rate of 144Hz and a faster response time, providing smoother motion and better responsiveness. However, the C340 has a slightly better keyboard, and its battery lasts much longer.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
2 in 1

Aside from the small orange accents here and there, the ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip's design looks relatively clean and doesn't go overboard with the gamer aesthetic, even though it's marketed as a cloud gaming Chromebook. The side bezels aren't overly thick; however, the top and bottom ones are pretty chunky by current standards. On the bottom, you'll find the speakers near the front and the air vents near the back. This is a 2-in-1 laptop, meaning you can flip the screen around and use it as a tablet. It supports pen input and comes with a stylus that you can dock into its charging slot on the life side of the laptop, near the back. This laptop is only available in this Pearl White color.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is good. It feels sturdy despite being entirely plastic; it just doesn't have that rigid, premium feel of a more expensive, all-metal laptop. There's some flex on the keyboard deck but almost none on the lid or display. The finish doesn't easily scratch or pick up fingerprints, and the feet feel solid and stick firmly to the bottom. The hinges are passable; they feel sturdy but stiff, as they have a lot of resistance.

6.4
Design
Hinge
Range
360°
Stability
Decent
One Finger Lift
No

As mentioned in the build quality section above, the hinges have a lot of resistance, making it impossible to open the laptop with one hand, and they don't feel very smooth either. On the upside, there's very little wobble, even when typing aggressively.

8.1
Design
Portability
Size
14"
Thickness
0.9" (2.2 cm)
Width
12.6" (32.0 cm)
Depth
9.3" (23.5 cm)
Volume
101.9 in³ (1,669.4 cm³)
Weight
4.0 lbs (1.8 kg)
Charger Size
5.0 in³ (82.5 cm³)
Charger Weight
0.4 lbs (0.2 kg)

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip and its power adapter are compact and lightweight.

6.5
Design
Serviceability
Ease Of Access
8.0
RAM Slots
0
Storage Slots
1
Replaceable Battery
Yes
Replaceable Wireless Adapter
Yes

The serviceability is okay. Accessing the internals is easy; you only need to remove ten Philips screws and undo the panel's clips. You might have one or more of the screws under a sticker. The screws are of different lengths, so it's best to keep them organized to make the reassembling easier. Unfortunately, the memory isn't user-replaceable. You can download the user's manual here.

Design
In The Box

  • ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip laptop
  • 45W USB-C power adapter and cord
  • Documentation

Display
Display
Screen Specs
Resolution
1920 x 1200
Aspect Ratio
16:10
Pixel Density
162 PPI
Panel Type
IPS
Touch Screen
Yes
Screen-To-Body Ratio
79%

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip's FHD+ display looks sharp. Its 16:10 aspect ratio is slightly taller than the standard 16:9. The extra vertical space doesn't matter much for gaming; however, it does help with productivity, as it lets you see more information at once, reducing the need to scroll. The downside is that most videos will have black bars at the top and bottom.

7.9
Display
Refresh Rate
Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No

This laptop is only available with a 144Hz display. The response time is pretty good, resulting in only a small blur trail behind fast-moving objects. Its high refresh rate helps with motion smoothness and input responsiveness when gaming; however, not all Android games support a high refresh rate, as many have a frame rate cap of 30fps or 60fps. Also, the display operates at 144Hz only when the laptop is plugged in. It's limited to 60Hz when running on battery. For cloud gaming, your internet connection is likely a greater source of latency than the screen.

7.2
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,262 : 1

The display's contrast ratio is decent for an IPS panel but relatively low compared to other display types, like VA and OLED. This contrast level makes blacks look gray in dim settings.

7.9
Display
Brightness
Maximum Brightness
402 cd/m²
Minimum Brightness
34 cd/m²

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip's display gets bright enough for use in most well-lit environments. You can use it outdoors in broad daylight but may have trouble seeing some darker content. Lowering the brightness to the lowest setting makes the screen very dim, which helps reduce eye strain when viewing content in a dark room.

6.2
Display
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
5.93%
Indirect Reflections
0.71%
Calculated Direct Reflections
5.22%

The display's reflection handling is mediocre. Its glossy finish struggles with mirror-like reflections and doesn't do much to reduce the intensity of bright light sources, like a lamp or open window during the day. These reflections are visible even with the screen at maximum brightness.

7.2
Display
Black Uniformity
Uniformity (Std. Dev.)
1.170%

The display's black uniformity is decent. There's some backlight bleed at the corners; otherwise, the rest of the screen is relatively uniform.

6.9
Display
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
28°
Color Washout From Right
29°
Color Shift From Left
46°
Color Shift From Right
48°
Brightness Loss From Left
32°
Brightness Loss From Right
34°
Black Level Raise From Left
60°
Black Level Raise From Right
60°
Gamma Shift From Left
28°
Gamma Shift From Right
30°

The display's horizontal viewing angle is okay. The image dims and washes out relatively quickly as you move to the side, so you need to be more or less directly in front of the screen to see an accurate image.

7.5
Display
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
31°
Color Washout From Above
30°
Color Shift From Below
45°
Color Shift From Above
45°
Brightness Loss From Below
32°
Brightness Loss From Above
31°
Black Level Raise From Below
45°
Black Level Raise From Above
45°
Gamma Shift From Below
37°
Gamma Shift From Above
35°

The vertical viewing angle is good. It's better than the horizontal viewing angle, but only slightly. The image still dims and washes out from above and below; it just doesn't happen as quickly. It's best to look at it straight on for the best image accuracy.

7.9
Display
Out-Of-The-Box Color Accuracy
Avg. White Balance dE
3.17
Avg. Gamma
2.21
Avg. Color dE
2.35
Avg. Color Temperature
7,047 K

The display's factory calibration is good. Most color and white balance inaccuracies are minor and hard to spot. The color temperature is cooler than the standard 6500K target, giving the image a slight blueish tint. The gamma is close to the sRGB target curve in most scenes, though very dark and bright scenes are too dark.

8.5
Display
Color Gamut
sRGB xy
99.67%
sRGB uv
99.23%
Adobe RGB xy
76.34%
Adobe RGB uv
86.07%
DCI P3 xy
77.1%
DCI P3 uv
82.79%
Rec. 2020 xy
55.4%
Rec. 2020 uv
60.74%

The display has an excellent color gamut. It has full sRGB coverage, the color space used in most content. Its Adobe RGB and DCI P3 coverage is great but not enough for professional print photography or for viewing and producing HDR content.

10
Display
Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
Flicker Frequency
No Flicker
Flicker Active Below
0%

The display's backlight is entirely flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain.

Interface
7.9
Interface
Keyboard
Typing Quality
7.5
Numpad
No
Backlighting
RGB Zones
Operating Force
61 gf
Actuation Force
30 gf
Pre-Travel
0.90 mm
Total Travel
1.45 mm

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip has a good keyboard. The layout feels spacious and is fairly standard, so it's easy to get used to. The keys have a good amount of travel, don't require much force to actuate, and provide relatively satisfying tactile feedback. Typing on this keyboard for an extended period doesn't feel tiring. The only complaints are that the keys aren't very stable, and the keycaps feel somewhat cheap. It isn't overly loud, so it won't be bothersome in quiet environments. As for the RGB backlighting, there's technically one lighting zone, meaning you can only set a single color for the entire keyboard; however, it can show multiple colors if you use the rainbow preset (4 zones). You can adjust the brightness using the hotkeys or the brightness slider in the settings; the latter allows for finer adjustments.

7.4
Interface
Touchpad
Tracking Quality
7.5
Size
13.2 in² (85.5 cm²)
Material
Plastic
Dedicated Buttons
No

The touchpad is decent. It feels very smooth even though it's plastic, and it tracks all movements and gestures well. It's reasonably large, though it could have been bigger—or taller, in this case—considering the amount of space available on the deck. The size is fine for general navigation but makes things like dragging and dropping or zooming in and out of images a little harder. You can only click in the bottom half of the touchpad, and the click mechanism is relatively satisfying.

8.2
Interface
Speakers
Max Volume
78 dB SPL
Standard Error @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
5.7 dB
Slope @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
-0.3
Bass Extension (Low-Frequency Ext.)
240 Hz
Treble Extension (High-Frequency Ext.)
18 kHz
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Vol.
0.6 dB

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip's speakers get pretty loud with minimal compression artifacts at max volume. They sound clear but unnatural, with only a bit of bass, so they're best suited for speech-heavy content. The speakers sometimes stop working randomly; a computer restart usually resolves this issue.

6.6
Interface
Webcam & Microphone
Video Quality
6.0
Resolution
720p
Position
Top Center
Privacy Cover
Yes
Face Unlock
No

The webcam's video quality is mediocre. The image looks soft and noisy, although the colors look relatively true to life. As for the microphone, voices sound clear and loud but slightly hollow. The privacy cover doesn't turn off the camera or microphone at the software level, meaning it can still record audio when closed.

Connectivity
7.5
Connectivity
Ports
USB-A Ports
1
USB-C Ports
2
Thunderbolt
No
USB-C Charging
Yes
USB-C Display Out
Yes
HDMI
2.0
DisplayPort
No
3.5mm Jack
Combo mic/headphone
Card Reader
MicroSD UHS 1
Ethernet
No
Proprietary Port
No
Security Lock
Yes

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip has a good port selection. The USB-A port supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 data transfer speed of up to 10Gbps. The two USB-Cs also support USB 3.2 Gen 2 data transfer speed, as well as DisplayPort and Power Delivery. The latter allows for fast charging of the laptop and other PD-compatible devices connected to the port. Although ASUS advertises the HDMI as an HDMI 2.1 port, we list it as HDMI 2.0 because it can only output up to 4k at 60Hz.

Connectivity
Wireless Communication
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
Bluetooth
5.3

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip's wireless adapter is an Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211.

Configuration
Configuration
CPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Core i5-1235U
Core Count
10
Thread Count
12

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip is available with the following CPUs:

  • Intel Core i3-1215U (6 cores/8 threads, up to 4.40GHz, 10MB cache)
  • Intel Core i5-1235U (10 cores/12 threads, up to 4.40GHz, 12MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-1255U (10 cores/12 threads, up to 4.70GHz, 12MB cache)

All three are low-power processors designed for general productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, and video playback, not demanding workloads like video editing or gaming. These 12th Gen CPUs have a hybrid design with a mix of performance and efficiency cores; the i3 has two performance and four efficiency cores, while the Core i5 and i7 have two and eight, respectively. All three CPUs are adequate for general use and cloud gaming. That said, the four-core i5 and i7 will provide a snappier experience and give you more headroom if you need to do something more intensive. The Core i7 is only slightly faster than the Core i5.

Configuration
GPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Iris Xe Graphics
Dedicated/Integrated
Integrated
VRAM Size
N/A

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip is only available with integrated graphics. The Core i3 has Intel UHD graphics, while the Core i5 and i7 have Intel Iris Xe. These GPUs can only handle light productivity tasks. You can play some games from the Google Play Store, but you may need to play with low settings for smooth gameplay.

Configuration
RAM
Capacity
8 GB
Modules
Unknown
Type
LP-DDR4X
Speed
N/A

You can get this laptop with 8GB or 16GB of RAM. The memory isn't user-replaceable.

Configuration
Storage
Advertised Capacity
256 GB
Usable Capacity
206 GB
Drive 1
Western Digital PC SN530
Drive 1 Type SSD
Drive 2
No 2nd Drive
Drive 2 Type No 2nd Drive

You can get this laptop with 256GB or 512GB of storage. The SSD is user-replaceable; the slot supports M.2 PCIe Gen 3 NVMe SSDs.

Performance
7.9
Performance
Geekbench 5 (Synthetics)
CPU Single-Thread
1,193 points
CPU Multi-Thread
3,853 points
GPU Compute
N/A

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip scores well in the Geekbench 5 benchmarks. Its single- and multi-thread scores are lower than expected for an Intel 12th Gen CPU, but it's still more than adequate because Chrome OS is a lightweight operating system, and most tasks are done through the Chrome browser. The system feels snappy and responsive. The GPU compute test doesn't work on this Chromebook. The integrated GPU likely performs poorly, and Chromebooks aren't designed for GPU-intensive tasks anyway.

not tested
Performance
Cinebench R23 (CPU Rendering)
Single-Thread
N/A
Multi-Thread
N/A

Cinebench R23 doesn't run on Chrome OS.

5.5
Performance
Blender (3D Rendering)
CPU Render Time
8.3 min
GPU Render Time
N/A
GPU Render Time (Optix)
N/A

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip performs poorly in Blender. The CPU is far too slow for practical purposes, and GPU rendering isn't supported. If you need to render images, it's best to get a Windows laptop with a discrete GPU or a MacBook Pro with Apple silicon, like the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021).

4.4
Performance
Basemark GPU (Game Scene)
Overall Score
12,299

The Intel Core i5-1235U's Iris Xe performs poorly in the Basemark GPU benchmark since it's mainly designed for light, general productivity tasks. You can play some mobile games from the Google Play Store, but you may have to play with low settings to get smooth gameplay. Even then, performance can vary depending on the game because most games from the Google Play Store are designed for Android smartphones and tablets with an ARM processor, so some may not run properly or lack keyboard, mouse, and controller support.

5.2
Performance
Storage Drive Performance
Sequential Write Speed
229.0 MB/s
Sequential Read Speed
408.6 MB/s
Random Write Speed
2.5 MB/s
Random Read Speed
14.4 MB/s

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip's SSD performs poorly. It has reasonably fast read speeds, allowing the system to quickly boot up, launch locally-installed apps, and retrieve data. However, its slow write speeds mean it takes a long time to write anything to the drive, like when installing an application or transferring files to the internal storage.

6.6
Performance
Battery
Capacity
63 Wh
Battery Life (Web Browsing)
7.8 hrs
Battery Life (Video Playback)
6.1 hrs
Battery Life (Gaming)
2.6 hrs
Charge Time
2.6 hrs

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip's battery life is okay. It doesn't quite last through a typical work or school day on a full charge, but it's close, so depending on your usage, you may or may not need to plug it in for a quick charge. The battery life while gaming shows how long the battery lasts when playing a CPU- and GPU-intensive, locally-installed game. Cloud gaming is more like video streaming, so you can expect a slightly longer battery life.

0
Performance
Borderlands 3
Avg. FPS
N/A
1% Low
N/A
0.1% Low
N/A
1% Low Delta
N/A
0.1% Low Delta
N/A
Avg. FPS On Very Low
N/A

Borderlands 3 doesn't run on Chrome OS. This laptop's integrated graphics can't handle such a demanding game, anyway.

0
Performance
Civilization VI
Avg. FPS
N/A
1% Low
N/A
0.1% Low
N/A
1% Low Delta
N/A
0.1% Low Delta
N/A
Avg. FPS On Minimum
N/A
Avg. Turn Time
N/A

Civilization VI doesn't work on Chrome OS.

0
Performance
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Avg. FPS
N/A
1% Low
N/A
0.1% Low
N/A
1% Low Delta
N/A
0.1% Low Delta
N/A
Avg. FPS On Low
N/A

CS:GO doesn't work on Chrome OS.

0
Performance
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Avg. FPS
N/A
1% Low
N/A
0.1% Low
N/A
1% Low Delta
N/A
0.1% Low Delta
N/A
Avg. FPS On Lowest
N/A

Shadow of the Tomb Raider doesn't work on Chrome OS.

7.3
Performance
Thermals And Noise
Keyboard Temp While Idle
29 °C (84 °F)
Keyboard Temp Under Load
42 °C (108 °F)
Fan Noise While Idle
25.0 dBA
Fan Noise Under Load
50.0 dBA
Power & Fan Control App
No

The keyboard is cool when idle. The area around the letters F and G gets warm under load; however, it isn't uncomfortable. The fan is audible at full speed, but the noise isn't overly bothersome.

not tested
Performance
Performance Over Time
CPU Temp (Cinebench)
N/A
CPU Perf. Loss (Cinebench)
N/A
GPU Temp (Heaven)
N/A
GPU Perf. Loss (Heaven)
N/A

We can't test the performance over time because UNIGINE Heaven and Cinebench R23 aren't compatible with Chrome OS. There's likely some thermal throttling on the CPU and GPU, as this is a relatively compact laptop with a single fan. The performance loss isn't noticeable if you only perform light tasks like web browsing and video playback, but it is when you push the system to near-maximum capacity, like when gaming.

Additional Features And Software
Additional Features And Software
Software
Operating System
Chrome OS
Additional Software
Yes

The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip runs on the 64-bit version of Chrome OS. Except for the NVIDIA GeForce NOW app, there's no pre-installed software other than those that typically come with Chrome OS. You can see more information about GeForce NOW here.

Every Chromebook has an 'expiration date' at which it stops receiving software updates, and according to Google's official document, the Vibe CX34 Flip's end-of-life is June 2030. Google may extend this date as they have for other Chromebooks; it's best to check their official document for any changes.

Additional Features And Software
Extra Features
RGB Illumination
Yes
Touch Pen
Yes
Secondary Display
No
Biometrics
No

This laptop supports pen input and has a USI (Universal Stylus Initiative) 1.0 stylus. It's a thin pen that's uncomfortable to hold for an extended period and lacks tilt support, so it's more for quick notes than actual drawing. You can dock the pen into its charging slot on the laptop's right side, near the back.