The new ASUS Vivobook Flip TP412UA is sure considered as interested to take a look considering this is going to be the cheapest convertible system from ASUS which equipped with Intel 8th generation CPU. The device itself is a direct successor to Flip T410UA back in 2017 and now coming with some minor changes in term of design and upgrade over the hardware component. Even though, the specs and hardware are much better, the manufacture has not planned to raise its price tag and still available for under 800 dollars. If you look for a powerful and more portable machine to carry around during your, you might need to see at this one more closely.
For this review, I am getting the unit powered by Core I5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD. In my opinion, the specification is pretty decent for the price and should care any light and even demanding tasks without any issue. Let’s just see how its build quality will stand out among at this price point. That is what we are going to talk about further on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Connectivity
They never make something so different for the design here and mainly put the similar chassis like they did last year. Surprisingly, ASUS manages to cut off its thickness from 19 mm to only 17.6 mm. The chassis also now feels smaller and lighter than before and considered as really portable. The build quality itself in my opinion is not bad. The entire chassis is built from aluminum with plastic and mixed with matte surface finishing. Until now, they only promise us a single color option that is silver and has no plan for providing us more color variant. Overall, I have no problem at all in matter of build quality and design although what you find here is very similar.
One only big complaint I should say here is located on the hinge system. I just feel the hinge should be sturdier considering we would flip the screen over and over every day. Comparing it to Spectre X360 13T, ASUS can deliver us something better here. Not a big problem, but worth mentioning here. As for the connectivity, we still receive of couple USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, micro SD slot, and USB type-C which sadly being useful for transferring our files and not meant for charging the battery. I really hope they drop the proprietary charging method.back to menu ↑
Display and Input
I really expect the display quality is better than last year model, but I am disappointed to have they give us a worst screen here. For some reasons, the panel used this year produces of lower brightness and bad color production compared to previous model. The panel itself is no longer produced by Chi Mei and now coming from AU Optronics. Its bit sad, but I guess the manufacture does it intentionally for cutting the price point. The 1080p panel here looks relatively good for document editing and streaming, but bad for video and photo editing. Thankfully, the touchscreen support is nice and means you have no worry for using it in tablet mode.
Moving into its input method, the Chiclet style keyboard is common in 14 inch screen device and the keyboard we get here is quite nice for long term usage although I feel the keys somehow feel spongy. The keys resistant will be so much better if they make it a bit harder here. The travel distant between keys are okay and I basically only worry about its keys resistant. The backlit support is back and features three levels brightness adjustments depending on what you need.
|ASUS Vivobook Flip TP412UA||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Core I5-8250U 8th Gen 1.6 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel HD Integrated Card|
|Display Size||14 Inch Full HD|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 Memory|
Performance and Battery
The performance is pretty satisfying and it’s all thanks to Core I5 8250U processor. The processor itself is consisted of four CPU and each of them clocked at 1.6 GHz with maximum boosted clock at 4.0 GHz. Keep in mind, reaching 4.0 GHz clock is hard and really depending on temperature or the thermal issue from the laptop. The most common higher clock I usually find here is around 3.4 GHz and that is more than enough for just editing document, streaming, browsing, and rarely editing my photo. The 256GG SSD leaves a lot of space for saving dozen of your file while the 8GB memory will let you doing multi-tasking intensively.
Theoretically, the new generation CPU will feature a better power saving mode and means the battery life is better. Unfortunately, the battery life lasts similar without any difference because they decide to put the same battery capacity here. For most all of time, the system manages to last for 8 to 9 hours depending on how much power and what kind activities you do here. Fully charging the battery would take around 2 hours and the fast charging method is nowhere to be found here.back to menu ↑
I can finally say that the Vivobook TP412UA could be anyone convertible laptop especially on looking how powerful the performance is and how affordable the price tag here. I never see this system as free from any problem considering I see some weak points at build and display, but it’s rarely to find a good option with 8th gen processor at this price around. Just make sure for making your expectation is low and I am pretty sure users will find this one as good option to afford in 2018. The choice is yours, so feel free to have any consideration about it. Leave your comment below if you need for more assistance regarding the article.