The Asus Chromebook Flip is the first gadget to feature a touch-screen version of Chrome OS. Its screen bends almost 360 degrees backward to create three modes namely Tablet, Tent and Stand, much like Lenovo Yoga notebooks. This 10-inch convertible may be too small to serve as your primary PC, but it is highly recommended as a secondary computer or a replacement to your tablet.
Asus Chromebook Flip – Aluminium Chassis:
The Flip feels smooth to touch super light to carry, at 1.96 pounds. The Asus logo at the center of the lid and the Chrome logo at the corner go well with the design. The chassis made from aluminum feels sturdy while the bezel on the side reflects light like a gemstone donning the Flip a premium look. The quick controls on the device’s side are pretty useful while using it in the non-notebook modes (slate, tent, and tablet). Towards the left, Asus provided a power button and a volume rocker, in addition to the indicator lights for battery life and power.
The 10.1 inch, IPS HD (1280 x 800) screen explodes with fine details. Its color reproduction is extremely good, and in the Delta E test, the display scores 0.67 (the closer to 0, the better) which is far better than the average recorded score of 7.3 in the ultraportable category. The IPS display has excellent viewing angles that are unheard of at such a low price.
Asus Chromebook Flip – Specifications:
The Asus Chromebook Flip is powered by a 1.8GHz Cortex Rockchip processor, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of flash storage, and ARM Mali 760 quad-core GPU. The Flip handles 10 chrome tabs with very little lag time while you switch among them. The Flip is not the fastest device around since the Chromebooks from other brands is slightly faster. We would have appreciated if Asus released this convertible with Intel Celeron N2840 CPU which has become a gold-standard in the ultraportable category. Also, 16GB of storage space is just too little to store anything on board.
Chrome OS with Touch Support:
The latest Chrome OS version comes with a fresh interface and supports Google Now. Google also revamped the on-screen keyboard, making it simpler and giving it handwriting recognition capability. The Web Store has many varieties of apps – Education apps, Games, Lifestyle apps, Social Networking apps and, more.
Keyboard and Trackpad:
Owing to its small size, the Flip has a tiny keyboard which feels sort of cramped at first look. However, you get accustomed to it after a few hours of use. In fact, you can maintain a typing speed of 65 words per minute. The trackpad too works flawlessly.
Asus Chromebook Flip – Battery Life:
Asus packed a big battery in this sleek notebook. The Asus Chromebook Flip lasts for more than 9 hours and 19 minutes when used continuously for Web search (on Wi-Fi) with brightness set to 100 percent.
Bottom Line and Price:
The Asus Chromebook Flip is limited by Chrome OS’s online dependency. But for people who are looking to buy a laptop-tablet hybrid that will last through hours of online work and play, this gadget is the best deal. The new model is priced at $249.