Convenient and classy, that’s what the ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA is.
Being a 2-in-1 the ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200 is of course a notebook first. The unit is compact, weighing only 1.2 kg and size smaller than an A4 paper. The TP200 comes with an 11.6″ IPS LCD screen with 1366 x 768 resolution.
When the occasion arise, transform it to a tablet or have it rest like a tent. I love the hinge quality, don’t worry about changing mode often because ASUS claims that the hinge was tested with over 20,000 cycles.
The TP200 comes with comfortable full-sized keyboard and a large touchpad, and the surface of the unit is plastic with brushed-metal like surface.
On the left of it we have the
– power connector
– volume and power button
– Micro SD card slot
– 1 x USB 3.0 port
– 1 x USB-C Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps)
– 1 x micro HDMI
And on the right you’ll find the
– 1 x COMBO audio jack
– 1 x USB 2.0 port
Here are the specs for the TP200 as seen in the official product page.
This model that I’m reviewing comes with Intel Celeron N3050 CPU, 2GB RAM, 64GB storage and Windows 10 Home.
For those interested, here’s the CPU-Z and GPU-Z capture.
The Transformer Book Flip TP200SA is great for working on the go, it is a light-weight slim profile small sized notebook that’s convenient to carry around and it converts to tablet form for even more convenient access, like say document referencing on site visits. Being 2-in-1 means the screen is also touch-enabled.
The down-side of such 2-in-1 system is that the keyboard is always exposed, unless they introduce a hinge that twists to face the keyboard inwards.
As for working on the go, the low processing power limits it only to non-processor intensive tasks – this means no photo and video editing, well of course you can but it’s going to take forever to get things done. Here’s how long it took for me to get a 30 second video clip converted from 10bit to 8bit.
|Intel Celeron N3050||2518 seconds|
|Intel Core M-5Y71||893 seconds|
|Intel Pentium G3258||489 seconds|
The N3050 is processor with low processing power, this also means it draws very little power. It might seem a little sluggish from time to time but I lost only 1% battery charge after watching a 6 minute Full-HD video streamed from YouTube with the unit set to full brightness and maximum volume. As long as you’re not streaming videos or running processing intensive tasks then it should last you a good 8-hours or more.
For those concerned about the storage’s read and write speed, ASUS got it covered very well – here are the results.
I’ve no complaints about the keyboard and touchpad, they’re comfortable to use and doesn’t hinder any form of operation. What I thought funny was that in notebook mode, the volume button is raised when I press it downwards but lowered when I press it upwards, looks like ASUS catered it to tablet mode.
As for the screen, it is claimed to be of an IPS panel but I found the screen to be exaggerated on contrast, highlights looking blown. It does have the 178 degree view angle but the output quality doesn’t feel like an IPS screen. And one last thing – the TP200SA comes with a Reversible USB Type-C port!
The ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA retails at RM 1,499 which I think is an excellent price for a solid product. Note that the ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA wasn’t made for processing intensive work, Gaming on the go? Photo and video editing? This is not the product for you. The Transformer Book Flip TP200SA was made for light work like working on office documents, replying E-mail, web browsing.