Is Asus the first to get the 2 in 1 convertible form factor right with the Asus Chromebook Flip? Read on to find out, and enter our giveaway.
- Light enough to actually use like a tablet (unlike most devices in this form factor.)
- Excellent Battery life of around 9 hours means you can put in a full workday without recharging.
- Priced at < $250 this is the budget laptop to beat.
- No back-lit keyboard
- No stylus
- No standard charging port.
The device is light enough to hold and use as a tablet, yet still carries all of the functionality of a laptop. While some may find the 10.1 inch screen a bit small for a laptop, I find it quite usable given the devices 1280×800 resolution. Personally, I still wish the device included a backlight and a stylus, but that probably would up the price above the normal range of a Chromebook. The device is made of brushed medal, and has a very similar feel to the smallest Macbook Air. Asus really pegged the 2 in 1 form factor with the Chromebook Flip.
Speed and simplicity is the creed of ChromeOS, and the Flip executes both beautifully. Faster than a much more expensive computer running Windows, and simple enough for your parents to figure out. As with all Chromebooks, if you are used to running Windows, Mac, or Linux, you may need to find some new online apps to replace the offline versions you’ve been using. While some Web Developers and Designers may struggle to fully replace a classic OS, over 90% of users will be able to play nicely with the ChromeOS ecosystem.
Overall, I think the Asus Chromebook Flip is a great fit for most any user, and I would score it 90% awesome. I have a hard time giving it up, but it’s hard for a Web Developer to function within the friendly confines of ChromeOS.
The Specs (as reviewed): ASUS Chromebook C100PA-DB01
- CPU: ROCKCHIP RK3288 1.8GHz Quad-Core
- Screen: 10.1″ IPS WXGA (1280×800)
- RAM: 2GB on-board
- Disk: 16GB SSD
- Graphics: Mali-T764
- Network Connectivity: 802.11AC Wifi| Bluetooth 4.1
- Additional Ports: 2 full-sized USB2 ports | Micro HDMI (out) port.
The Giveaway (ends 4/1/2016 @ 11:59pm):
- Enter a comment below. Winner will be chosen at random.
- One entry per email address. Anybody entering the same email address multiple times will be automatically eliminated from drawing.
- Must be 13 years old or older to win.
- Winner must reside in the United States, or arrange with the webmaster to pay all shipping charges ahead of time via paypal.
- Contest ends at listed time CST.
- Winner is required to respond to email requesting address etc within 72 hours of email being sent (regardless of receipt of email), or another winner will be randomly selected.
- Though Items are in working order when they are shipped. I make absolutely no guarantee as to their condition when they arrive. Winners should have no expectation of product appearance, or functionality upon devices arrival.