The Vivobook series is specifically designed for ASUS for low end and mid-range market by trying to provide of a laptop with good specification in budget. For years, they always play with conventional or standard devices, for these couple years the manufacture is trying something to get the new consumers no board. With the popularity of convertible system, ASUS introduced of Vivobook Flip 11 as the alternative for users expect to have something portable in budget. The system features of 360 degree hinge system which allowing you to adjust the screen in any mode you want.
Unfortunately, with a price just for under 400 dollars, the manufacture needs to adjust some specification in order to fit the price. The Intel Core processor is replaced by Celeron processor from Apollo Lake generation and we still only have of HD display here. Well, the specification itself is not bad especially if just need a portable device for some light related works like browsing and editing document. Today, we are going to take a look into it further and see how it works for us. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Connectivity
The Flip’s design somehow looks much better comparing to what its competitors manage to provide here. As comparison, I have of Dell Inspiron 11 3180 and its entire chassis is built from plastic with bad finishing touch. Here, they have done everything better with rougher plastic material and brushed aluminum finishing. The finishing kind makes it looks like made from metal at all and showing of good craftsmanship. In term of build quality, overall I have nothing to complaint as the stability is impressive and the chassis resisted to pressure impressively during my durability test. The lid cover is just very flexible to any pressure, but it’s very normal considering the price point.
While the design looks really interesting, the manufacture actually does not make any change so far for 2018 model. I am still seeing the same rounded and similar approach here. I guess they cannot just make any improvement since the price is talking here. The same case found on its I/O connectivity, there are three of USB 3.1 ports which one of them included of USB type-C first generation and double of USB standard type-A. Common ports like HDMI, and audio jack are available and should be a good companion for travel. Just always put your expectation pretty low here.back to menu ↑
There is always no way for to see of full HD screen at this price and yeah ASUS puts of 11 inch panel with 1366 x 768 resolution here. The panel is able to cover of good color coverage and showing of any content I want in enjoyable way. Sadly, like any typical of budget device, the panel suffers of poor brightness distribution. It just produces of 245 nits of brightness and getting of 65 % SRGB color. I just hope ASUS adds of matte panel instead of glossy panel because the display looks so reflective during the days. Well, it’s just my preference and you might have different opinions about it.
The laptop features of a Chiclet style keyboard and coming with no backlit support. While, the keyboard performs an impressive job on typing, I find that I need to get used for a little while here considering how close and short the travel distant is. The keys are also smaller than I though and sometimes make me press the wrong buttons during some cases. Keep in mind, I still find the keyboard as comfortable enough even for medium usage. The keys are crisp and having nice feedback, so I won’t give it any more complaint here.
|ASUS Vivobook Flip 11 TP203NA 11 Inch||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Celeron N3350 Dual Core 1.1 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel HD Integrated Card|
|Display Size||11 Inch HD|
|OS||Windows 10 S (Upgradable to Pro)|
|Memory||4GB DDR3 Memory|
|Storage||64GB EMMC + 128 SD Card Included|
Software and Hardware
The system runs at the top of Windows 10 S Edition with some newer security updates. Still, I recommend you to make an update as soon as you possible considering Microsoft always deliver of newer update recently. With just 64GB EMMC, I find some bloatware as very annoying since it takes of some spaces from my hard drive. There is no way for us to upgrade the storage since the storage is soldered to motherboard. As the replacement, they bundle it with micro SD 128GB and could be a good solution for making you to store more data. The SD card is big and fast enough and I am pretty sure you will not have any problem at all in term of space here.
As for hardware specification, we have of Intel Celeron N3350 and 4GB DDR3 memory. Unfortunately, we still see of dual core processor in 2018 since Intel has not made any progress at its low end CPU. The 1.1 GHz clock is quite low and for this case, Intel decides to put of passive cooling especially with only under 10 watts power consumption. You should notice there is no sound from the fan itself since they make it fan-less here.back to menu ↑
I cannot find any surprise thing from Vivobook Flip 11 2018 in term of design, performance, or anything. But, its convertible design might interest you to see it more since you are offered with more portability and new ways for using the Windows. Users can just flip the screen and enjoying anything they want in any modes they want. I recommend you to see it further especially if do not really care about the performance. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Mind leaving any comment below for further assistance regarding the article and make sure to check our latest article.