Asus Chromebook CM3 detachable now available, starting at $329.99

Earlier this week, Android Police reported the Asus online store showed its Asus Chromebook CM3 detachable would be available soon in two configurations. The 64 GB storage version is “coming soon” at $369.99 while a model with 128 GB will cost just $20 more. If you can’t wait for your own Asus Chromebook CM3 detachable, you can order one now at Amazon and have it this week.

Even better: You’ll save $40 over the Asus Store price. Amazon is selling this device for $329.99.

Note that as of the time of this post, Amazon is only offering the 64 GB version. I expect that will change in the near future but will Amazon discount the 128 GB model? That remains to be seen.

Personally, I’d opt for the 128 GB version, given the small premium to double the amount of local storage. Keep that in mind before hitting Amazon to order this tablet. There’s no memory card slot on this device.

It’s also worth mentioning that there are very few differences between the new Asus Chromebook CM3 detachable and the Lenovo Duet Chromebook from last year. They share the same basic CPU and GPU, for example, and both have a 1920 x 1200 resolution touchscreen. Each also comes with 4 GB of memory, a single USB Type-C port, and USI stylus support.

Asus Chromebook Flip CM3 tablet is official

These two Chrome OS tablets are more similar than different, in other words. And the Lenovo Duet Chromebook with the same 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage is often on sale for $249.99. That’s a $50 discount from its MSRP.

However, there are a few unique aspects to the Asus Chromebook CM3 detachable.

It has a slightly larger 10.5-inch screen, compared to the 10.1-inch Duet display. That extra screen space allows for a slightly wider detachable keyboard, which based on the below video comparison, looks less cramped than the Duet’s similar keyboard.

More importantly, the Asus keyboard attaches both with POGO pins and magnets at the bottom of the screen. That’s important if you plan to use this diminutive device on your lap. You’ll have more typing stability with the CM3.

Asus also includes a garaged USI stylus with the CM3. You’ll have to bring your own digital pen to the Duet. And there’s no place to store it, either.

The Asus Chromebook CM3 has a nifty trick that the Duet doesn’t: Its kickstand can be used in either landscape or portrait mode. That’s a clever design and well worth a bit of a premium. I’d use it for reading ebooks or scrolling around in portrait mode, for example.

Asus Chromebook Flip CM3 portfolio

Given that Amazon has the CM3 in stock, I would assume that the Asus Store will start taking orders in the next week or so.

However, if you want to save a few bucks and don’t mind the 64 GB model, you can grab one now from Amazon right here.

9 thoughts on “Asus Chromebook CM3 detachable now available, starting at $329.99

  • June 5, 2021 at 4:49 pm
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    What are you talking about?? The CB on Amazon is the Flip, not the detachable.

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    • June 5, 2021 at 5:12 pm
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      My apologies! I copied the wrong link from Amazon. They are indeed selling the CM3 detachable at this price and I’ve updated the links to reflect my inadvertent error. Cheers!

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      • June 6, 2021 at 1:16 am
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        Gotcha. Cheers as well!

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  • June 5, 2021 at 6:13 pm
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    I think I may have read that the CM3 also supports 1080p on external monitors. I don’t know that for sure but that would be a big plus for some people, if it does.

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    • June 5, 2021 at 6:14 pm
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      It does, just like the Lenovo Duet. But also like the Lenovo, I suspect that 1080p output is limited to 24Hz.

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  • June 5, 2021 at 6:17 pm
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    Oh…I thought the Duet is some limited resolution. I can’t get it to do 1080 on my screen. Maybe I’m doing something wrong.

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    • June 5, 2021 at 6:19 pm
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      Interesting. The Duet definitely supports 1080p, just not higher than 24Hz. I wonder if it’s related to the cable or monitor you’re using? You’d think that peripherals that support higher attributes on a non-Chromebook would support them on a Chromebook, but that’s not always the case, unfortunately. 🙁

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      • June 5, 2021 at 6:27 pm
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        There were some posts on another site that mentioned the resolution limitation with the duet. Apparently there is a way to get 1080p with a Displaylink cable but I’m using an adapter to go from USBc to HDMI and it doesn’t support Displaylink. Using my Samsung tab s7 I get full 1080p support (max for my monitor) but don’t with the Duet. I’ll have to check into it some more.

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  • June 5, 2021 at 11:18 pm
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    It turns out you can only do 1080p on an external monitor with the Lenovo Duet if the monitor supports 30Hz but most 1080p monitors only support 60Hz. At 60Hz you will get a max of 1440×900, which looks janky on a large screen. Curious to see if the same limitation is there with the CM5 since the hardware is so similar. Apparently it’s a limitation of the hardware on the Duet, it’s not a software issue.

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