The world of Chromebooks is increasingly becoming overcrowded with manufacturers offering extra features at affordable prices to beat the competition.
A case in point is the Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA-DB02) which enters the competition with a super-slim and convertible design. It comes with a touchscreen, offers excellent performance and a glorified battery life at a pocket friendly price. The system is powered by a 1.8GHz Rockchip RK3288C processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 16GB SSD of storage.
The cloud based laptop offers a further 100GB free for two years on google drive. The laptop packs a screen resolution of 1280x800p with an IPS panel.
The Chromebook has its house in order thereby delivering a stunning performance for a user after a Lightweight Chromebook. It is a good match for handling day to day tasks such as internet browsing, emailing and editing of documents.
The lightweight Chromebook makes a fantastic first impression thanks to its metal-based body that feels sturdy and solid. The device sports a sleek and attractive body thanks to its excellent design and build quality.
This is a rare scene for Chromebooks in this price range. The flip comes with a 360 degree hinge that allows the display to fold around and back. As such it offers different modes including tablet and stand modes. The flip has the honor of being one of the first fully convertible Chromebooks identical to the Lenovo Chromebook 11e. The flip measures 7.2 x 10.4 x 0.6 inches and weighs a mere 1.96 pounds making it easy to pack and move around with all day.
The Chromebook is powered by a 1.8GHz Rockchip RK3288C processor based on the quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 coupled with 4 GB DDR3 RAM. However, it is important to note that this kind of a processor lags behind the Intel chips used on most competing Chromebooks.
Besides this, the flip offers a reasonable snappy performance in handling light weight tasks including internet browsing and editing of MS office documents.
The Asus comes with 16GB of solid state storage that many users will find insufficient considering the fact that you cannot upgrade. Asus knows this therefore, it provides 100GB free Google Drive storage for two years.
So you don’t have to worry about losing your data accidentally. Additionally, the inclusion of a MicroSD slot makes it possible to expand the storage for additional space to keep your files, music and pictures.
In terms of connectivity, the Chromebook features two USB 2.0 ports, missing the latest USB 3.0 which is faster in transferring data. There is a combo audio port, a MicroSD slot for expanding your storage and a Micro HDMI output port to extend your display to larger screens for watching movies on high definition.
Internet connectivity comes by way of Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1. In the spirit of keeping the Chromebook as light as possible, the laptop does not come with a CD or DVD optical drive, hence you may be forced to purchase one separately in case you want to use the same.
The 10.1 inch display laptop comes with a screen resolution of 1280×800 pixels IPS panel that produces a pixel density of 149 ppi. The pixels density is rather low compared to the 200-300 ppi seen in most premium 10.1 inch tablets.
That aside, it has good viewing angles despite the fact that the screen is highly reflective and text might appear grainy at times. The touchscreen stands out in its category, it is quick and accurate.
The flip comes with very large bezels which is a common feature in small and cheap touch laptops. Further, the touchscreen is fully optimized for added functionality with the rotation of the screen depending on the orientation of the Chromebook.
As such, you can use the flip on portrait orientation to read documents and webpages or on landscape to watch a movie.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard feel is good almost being full size with just enough depth for decent key travel. The lack of Caps Lock and Delete keys might be more disappointing; a Search key takes the place of the former, while you’ll have to use Alt + Backspace to replicate the latter.
Additionally, the F1-F12 keys have been replaced by chrome functions keys. The touchpad is not huge but it is spacious enough to work with and it is optimized for the chrome OS, with gesture support and two-finger tapping for right-click functions.
Audio and Battery Life
There are two speakers located on the bottom of the flip beside the little circular rubber feet. The speakers pump out audio at reasonably high levels capable of filling your bedroom when listening to music. The battery life of this flip is startlingly impressive, it lasted 11:15 on our rundown test. It outperformed a number of Chromebooks in this category.
For instance, Acer C720P-2600 (7:20), the HP Chromebook 11(Verizon LTE) (5:27) and the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e (6:14). The only Chromebook that stood its ground is the pricey Google Chromebook Pixel lasting 12 hours. As such, the Flip packs enough juice to last you all day and even into the evening. Road warriors will find this Chromebook a worthy companion to throw into the bag and be on the move.
The Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA-DB02) is a decent Chromebook that delivers a smooth performance for casual users without hitting the wallet hard. The highlight point for this Chromebook lies on its battery life at 11hrs, which goes where most of the Chromebooks have not gone save for the Google Chromebook pixel with 12hours battery life.
The picture quality of this laptop is fairly sharp landing close to the average for display quality. The HD photo and video looks good on this screen and most users will find it okay to use. Users will find the 360 degree hinge valuable in changing the laptop into different modes including tablet and stand modes depending on their preference and need.
All said, The Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA-DB02) is a budget buy for users after a laptop capable of handling basic programs, web browsing and office applications.