ASUS VivoBook Flip TP301U
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.