ASUS VivoBook Flip TP301U

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Peter Chu

At some point in your life, you're go­ing to have to make the tough de­ci­sion of whether you should be pur­chas­ing a tablet or a note­book PC. But in­stead of painstak­ingly weigh­ing their pros and cons, why not sa­vor the best of both worlds with the ASUS VivoBook Flip TP301U – a con­vert­ible note­book that can be used as both a tablet and a note­book PC.

The VivoBook Flip sports a 13.3-inch HD (1,366 x 768) dis­play, a 2.3GHz In­tel Core i56200U pro­ces­sor, a ded­i­cated NVIDIA GeForce 920M GPU, 4GB of RAM, and a mas­sive 1TB hard drive. Those are de­cent spec­i­fi­ca­tions, es­pe­cially in the graph­ics de­part­ment, con­sid­er­ing that the ma­jor­ity of Ul­tra­books of­ten have to rely on a hum­ble in­te­grated GPU. With that said, we cer­tainly wished the TP301U came with a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) dis­play (at the very least) in­stead.

As we've pointed out ear­lier, one of the VivoBook Flip's unique sell­ing points are its two 360-de­gree hinges, which helps the dis­play swivel all 84 HWM | JUNE 2016 the way back­wards un­til it's folded flat against its base, thus trans­form­ing it­self into a tablet. Don't worry, its key­board and track­pad will au­to­mat­i­cally be dis­abled in tablet mode to pre­vent unintentional key­presses.

Speak­ing of key­boards, the key­board of the VivoBook Flip is ac­tu­ally rather pleas­ant to type on. Yes, there's no deny­ing that it could use a lit­tle bit more travel and tac­tile feed­back, but we're not go­ing to hold that against it, sim­ply be­cause of its over­all thick­ness of just 19.9 mm.

There's not much to fault with the per­for­mance of the VivoBook Flip – we were able to go about our daily work rou­tine with­out en­coun­ter­ing any hic­cups along the way, even while churn­ing out this re­view on Google Docs with more than a dozen dif­fer­ent Google Chrome tabs (in­clud­ing Spo­tify's Web Player) run­ning in the back­ground.

By the way, you re­ally shouldn't ex­pect the VivoBook Flip to blaze through your li­brary of games just be­cause it has a ded­i­cated NVIDIA GeForce 920M GPU, as it could only man­age to run Dota 2 on its high­est graph­ics set­tings with an av­er­age frame rate of 49.3 fps, which is nev­er­the­less still leaps and bounds bet­ter than what most in­te­grated GPUs are ca­pa­ble of.

All in all, we're quite happy with the ASUS VivoBook Flip TP301U and ev­ery­thing it has to of­fer, though we would def­i­nitely adore it even more if it had a Full HD dis­play.

Tablet or note­book PC? You de­cide.

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