ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-DH04T 11.6-inch 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Braswell Dual Core
ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-DH04T 11.6-inch 2 in 1 Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Braswell Dual Core N3050 1.6GHz, 4GB memory, 64GB SSD with Windows 10 pre-installed)
ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-DH04T 11.6" IPS HD (1366768), glossy, Dark Blue, Touch Screen, Intel Braswell N3050 1.6GHz (Turbo up to 2.16GHz), 4GB LPDDR3 (1066MHz) on board, 64 GB SSD, 802.11AC, Bluetooth 4.0, Windows 10 (64bit)
- Convertible 2-in-1 notebooks with four viewing modes: tablet, tent, stand, and laptop
- 11.6" IPS HD 178-degree wide viewing angles with touchscreen display
- Intel Braswell Dual Core N3050 1.6GHz (Turbo up to 2.16GHz)
- Touchscreen, smooth multitasking with 4GB memory, 64GB SSD with Windows 10 pre-installed
- Equipped Wi-Fi 802.11ac. This is almost 3x faster than the typical 802.11n
Weighs next to nothing (2.6 lbs). Dark, smooth metal finish. Pry it open, there's a surprisingly large trackpad (4.5 x 2.5 inches) and a responsive keyboard. I wish the keyboard were backlit. Surprisingly comfortable keyboard. You click the bottom of the trackpad, which took me a minute to figure out. I have big hands and didn't have any trouble using the keyboard.
This thing is so small and sleek that it reminds me of jewelry. Especially the very tiny power and HDD indicators, set in the front edge. Clearly visible, but out of the way and ultra-sophisticated in appearance. The whole laptop is groomed and polished, nothing clunky about it.
On the left side there's the power plug socket, volume control, on/off, a Micro-SD card slot, Micro-HDMI port, a USB 3.0 socket and a USB 3.1 Type-C socket. On the right side there's the 3.5mm audio jack and a USB 2.0 socket.
Packaging and initial setup is as smooth as silk, totally professional and seamless, no bumps in the road, no weird stuff. Cohesive and enjoyable.
Windows 10 is quite nice! I am happily surprised! There's a new browser called "Edge" which is impressive in that you can annotate, draw, and type on web pages, make notes on a web page as if it was paper. Very clever. I was not happy with Windows 8 and it looks like Windows 10 has addressed complaints people had with that OS iteration. I'm usually disparaging of Windows at best (user since Win 2) and this is actually not bad at all. Kind of a nice surprise.
I very cautiously opened the laptop past 180 degrees… very slowly. This did not feel natural or advisable. But it works great! You can use laptop mode, "tent" mode, "stand" mode and "tablet" mode with a virtual keyboard that appears. The "stand" or "easel" mode, where you'd have the keyboard rotated to make a stand would be useful for presentations. Folding the keyboard all the way around behind the screen would give you a tablet. I'm actually kind of interested in using this in tablet mode streaming a movie from Amazon while on the treadmill. Have to use a bungie cord to secure the device, I guess.
The touchscreen feature has a fairly extensive set of motions which I will need to use the included cheat sheet to learn. This is terra incognita for me. The whole touchscreen concept is kind of baffling at this point in time.
Connectivity is good, completely transparent. You may not want to run Photoshop on this device, but for general use, it's more than adequate, more than fast enough. It comes with a 64GB flash drive which is mighty snappy.
I am VERY interested in finding software and a style that might work with the touchscreen to draw on. Electronic paper?! Sign me up. I'm not sure this is possible or if it would work that way, but I want to find out. I think this is just a daydream.
Setup with painless from start to finish. Battery charged up in no time.
The big-as-they-could-make-it display (1366 x 768) is saturated with color, very impressive. The sound is surprisingly good for the size of the laptop. I can't imagine how they achieved that. Now I'm reading that there's custom software onboard called "Asus AudioWizard EQ software" which delivers the sound via one of five preset modes. Nice touch.
Overall surprisingly fast and powerful for its size. I'd read a complaint about the screen resolution not being up to 2015 standards but I certainly have zero complaints. It looks great and this is as powerful as any other modern computer I own and the form factor will make your jaw drop. I was expecting a kind of glorified tablet, but this is a full-on computer, no compromises or apologies. And the thing is you're not going to be lugging around a battleship-sized laptop. That's heavy baggage. This will fit easily in a backpack. Which means you'll take it with you when you're out of the house. Perfect size. Looks professional. You would not be embarrassed taking this with you to a business meeting. Charge lasts a surprising long time.
Gorgeous little laptop, sexy as can be. Small and powerful. Can you imagine such a device back around, oh, 1995? Laptops weighed 15 pounds back then and could barely load a spreadsheet. It pains me to say that this little gem is as well put together and functional as a MacBook. I never thought I'd say that about any PC.
The size of this device is very handy. It's just about the same thickness as my 13" MacBook Pro and is very light. This makes it very portable. It was also very easy to set up. From the moment the unit was first turned on, I was guided through the setup process on-screen and everything went very smoothly. To my surprise, I even found Windows 10 to be very manageable. In the past, that hasn't always been the case with me and Windows.
The speed of this Transformer isn't the greatest, but it's still decent. I noticed the biggest slow-downs when browsing the Web and watching videos. I'm not sure if this is a hardware issue or if it might have something to do with the Microsoft Edge browser. (I've also tried Google's Chrome browser, but can't really say that it made things any faster.) The storage space on this machine is pretty limited, so I'm thinking it would only suffice as a secondary device for most people. Even though the advertised storage capacity on the SSHD is 64 GB, I checked this morning and Windows tells me that there is only 29.9 GB of free space left. That's not very much, and the only thing I've downloaded or saved to the device is Google Chrome. That said, ASUS does provide 500 GB of Web storage space, which appears to be entirely free. So if you don't mind storing stuff in the Cloud, maybe you'll be alright.
My biggest complaint about this "laplet" is the display. The size is perfectly fine, but the actual display seems like it could be a little sharper. I'm used to the Retina display on my Apple laptop, so maybe I'm just a little spoiled. But after a few hours of using this ASUS, I find that my eyes are a bit more fatigued than usual. Maybe it's something I'll get used to, though.
The versatility of this laptop/tablet is really nice. I really like being able to use it as a normal laptop, and the keyboard has a nice layout and feel to it. The touchpad works well, too. It's also terrific to be able to rotate the display around and turn this computer into a tablet. The touchscreen works very well, and using the tablet is very reminiscent of using an iPad. The ability to use the Transformer as a notebook OR tablet, or in "stand mode" or "tent mode" is certainly a plus. (That said, I have yet to figure out how to make the display have the proper orientation while in tent mode. Every time I try tent mode, the display is upside down. I tried searching ASUS's support site for a solution, but apparently it's too early for there to be any support online for this unit. So I'm not sure if this problem with the display is a hardware or software problem. But hopefully it will be remedied sooner rather than later.)
The ports and slots on this machine are also nice. On the right side you have a USB 2.0 port and a headphone/headset/microphone jack. On the left side you'll find the power input port, volume button, power button, a MicroSD card slot, a micro HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port, and a USB Type-C port. There is no optical drive, but that's certainly not unusual these days. (Even my MacBook Pro doesn't have one.) I've had no problems at all with any of the ports or slots, although I will say that I'm not a fan of how the power cord connects to the unit. The end of the power cord is small, almost like a mini USB cord. Getting it into the power input port can be a little tricky, and once it's in there, it's in there tight. I've already had a couple of incidents where I almost pulled the Transformer off of my desk because I got a little caught up in the power cord while the device was charging. (A connection along the lines of Apple's MagSafe connector would be so much nicer.)
All in all, this ASUS laptop/tablet is a pretty nice device. Is it good enough to be your primary computer? Probably not. But it's certainly more than good enough to be a very formidable secondary machine. I think it will be especially good for traveling, or for other times when I don't need to have my primary laptop with me. For the price, I don't think you can go wrong.