ASUS Flip TP500LA-EB31T 15.6 inch 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop Review

ASUS Flip TP500LA-EB31T 15.6 inch 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop Review

ASUS Flip TP500LA-EB31T 2-in-1 Laptop
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ASUS Flip TP500LA-EB31T is a powerful touchscreen 2-in-1 15.6 inch laptop with a 4th generation i3 processor and 6GB memory. It rotates full 360 degrees and can be used as a laptop, a tablet or anything between the two with its responsive touch display- at any angle between 0 to 360 degrees with the keyboard locking automatically when flipping the screen past 210 degrees. Let’s see if it would be the right type of machine for you.

This particular ASUS Flip is offered with the Haswell Intel dual core i3-4030U processor at 1.9GHz speed with no turbo boost but hyper threading by which dual cores can handle four threads in parallel, 6GB DDR3L SDRAM at 1600MHz to multitask seamlessly, 500GB Serial ATA hard drive at 5400rpm spindle speed as adequate amount of storage and HDD User Password Protection and Security, Asus Cloud for convenient and easy saving of your more important multimedia or common files and Windows 8.1 operating system as a stable platform for anything you do on a computer including games. This is an ultra low voltage processor that was released in quarter 2 of 2014 with a thermal design power of 15 watts and is sufficient for the smooth running of most computing tasks.

15.6 inch high definition intuitive and responsive touchscreen with 1366x768 pixel max resolution and integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 that supports multiple gestures with the Asus touch sensor technology for a better Windows 8 experience at whatever angle you use the screen. Intel HD 4400 offers the performance level of something between Intel HD 4000 and 5000 and is comparable to the discrete Radeon HD 7550M so latest games at lower and older games at higher settings but more than fine for streaming videos and some multimedia editing. You get decent- powerful and clear sound through the built-in stereo speakers and Asus SonicMaster Lite technology with MaxxAudio support. Webcam is the VGA web camera with integrated microphone for live chats and taking still photos as well.

ASUS Flip TP500LA-EB31T 15.6 inch 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop Review
Elegant brushed-hairline aluminium finish ASUS Flip weighs 5 pounds with measurements of 10.20 x 15 x 0.90 inches. It comes with a 3 cell 48 Whrs lithium ion battery, keyboard is not backlit and similar to what we’ve seen before on Asus Vivobooks, has a 10-key numpad if you deal with numbers and a large smooth and accurate touchpad. The keyboard is reported to lock automatically when flipping beyond 210 degrees. Connectivity options include 1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI port, SDXC card slot, 802.11bgn Wireless N, Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100/1000/Gigabits Base T with 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, 2 -in-1 card reader ( SD/ SDHC) and 1 x COMBO audio jack.

Conclusion: ASUS Flip TP500LA-EB31T offers the flexibility to be used as a normal laptop, a tablet or at any angle in-between for presentations and videos. The Haswell Intel i3-4030U has the Passmark benchmark score of 2717 on the day of this review and with the help of 6GB system memory, you will experience overall smooth and efficient running of things but the performance is somewhat slowed down with the 5400rpm hard drive and it can easily be replaced with a Solid State Drive if you want snappier performance. It will still be more than adequate for most customers, considering the price to performance, its modern flexible and functional design, good range of features and connectivity options. It is suitable for multimedia, office and home entertainment but not so much for playing advanced games at higher resolutions and settings. It stays cool after hours of operation and the noise level is in the middle- neither noisy nor quiet. Asus offers 12 months of parts and labor warranty if anything goes wrong within a year.

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