What I’m going to talk about is an Asus Chromebook Flip. First thing I wanna say is, It’s a great choice if you
are looking for a budget laptop.
It’s has a 10.1 inch LED screen 1280 x 800 pixel. It’s built very well, in fact, this mainly is plastic but it does have an aluminum please chassis which is nice to give you that premium feels at a very low-cost. Overall what can you expect from a Chromebook? It’s pretty much a web browser in a laptop form. So how is Asus Chromebook Flip compared to the other Chromebooks out there? Well, let’s go and find out.
What exactly differentiates this Chromebook from all the other Chromebooks out there. They all pretty much do the same thing and it costs just about the same. So what’s really different about it?
We are looking at a
quad-core 1.8 gigahertz cortex processor, 2
gigabytes of DDR3 Ram, 16 GB EMMC storage. 11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 and 10.1 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixel. And there another 32 GB version with 4 GB Ram.
About Asus Chromebook Flip
The resolution doesn’t really sound so hot I mean 1280 x 800 doesn’t scream retina display quality. But again this is $249/$279 dollars and it’s a Chromebook. These things aren’t really known for their amazing displays. But while I was using this Chromebook the display quality didn’t really bother me too much, in fact, it looks pretty good. It’s really not a bad display. Overall the screen is not too bad and it is a velocity display and the viewing angles are really nice. And it is a touchscreen. But we’ll get back to that function in a little bit.
Because this is a Chromebook it is centered around those people who really want to get a budget laptop. When you’re buying a laptop at this price what can be expected from the build quality? Well, I’m happy to say that Asus Chromebook Flip actually has some really good build quality but what gives you the real premium look is the aluminum chassis around, the whole laptop itself. The materials that Asus use along with that aluminum chassis really makes me want to stay away from all plastic Chromebooks from now on. It has an HD webcam on top and dual stereo speakers
on the bottom. It’s an odd placement but honestly with a laptop this small where else would they put the speakers!
As for the buttons and ports, Asus Chromebook Flip has a headphone jack, micro SD card slot, HDMI port and two USB ports all on the right side and on the left there is a charging port, LED indicators, volume rocker, and the power button.
How good are the keyboard and trackpad?
At first, I thought the keyboard was going to end up being too small and I thought typing would feel a little bit cramped. But the keyboard felt really comfortable and keys are nicely spaced out and have a nice solid typing
response. I was able to type out scripts, respond to emails and chat with pretty much no discomfort at all. This, by far, is the best keyboard that I’ve used on any laptop of this size.
Now moving on to the trackpad. Well, the trackpad is obviously small but scrolling is fast and responsive.
Now getting back to the screen. Using Chrome OS for the touch screen is pretty great. I often found myself subconsciously using the touch screen over the trackpad. Scrolling and pinch to zoom work just like they do on tablets, it’s quick and responsive. It’s a good thing that you can use it as a tablet by flipping the screen all the way around and attaching to the back with built in magnets. The keyboard nicely disables itself so pressing keys won’t active anything when in tablet mode.
Chromebooks has a good reputation when it comes to battery life. Because they use operating system Chrome OS isn’t very demanding. The Asus Chromebook Flip has an advertised 9 hours of battery life and in my testing, I found this very accurate.
As you all know none of the electronic devices are perfect. This Chromebook is no exception. It definitely has some drawbacks. So the worst instances when I was using the Chromebook and it would freeze for about five to seven seconds and the screen will turn off for one second, then everything would go back to completely normal. So it was kind of like an occasional sneeze. It doesn’t happen all the time, just sometimes when there’s a lot of things going on at a time. While using on-screen keyboard, I’ve felt some difficulties. That’s why I use the physical keyboard all the time.
But overall I really liked the Asus Chromebook Flip. Asus proved that cheap price doesn’t necessarily mean it has cheap hardware.
|Display||10.1 inch 1280 x 800 resolution LED wide view angle,10 point multi touch|
|Processor||Rockschip 1.8 GHz Quad-core RK 3288|
|Memory||2 GB or 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM|
|Storage||16 GB or 32 GB|
|Connectivity||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1|
|Ports||2 x USB 3.0 Micro HDMI, Headphone jack and Micro SD Card Slot|
|Battery||31 Wh, 9 hour avarage use|
|Dimension||262.8 x 1824 x 15.6 mm|
|Weight||196 lb / 0.89 kg|