The 2018 model of ASUS Vivobook Flip 14 brings of improvement in term of hardware, but leaving the design and everything completely similar to its predecessor. I have checked the Flip 14 TP401NA which is its previous generation couple months ago and I consider it as a good convertible laptop for under 500 dollars thanks to its impressive design and the reliable performance. However, this device itself is far from being perfect considering the battery life is not so impressive and the storage is relatively small. With the new improvement made by ASUS in 2018, I hope I see a much better experience for using it.
For couple of weeks, I have used the laptop and probably have few things so share with you here. But, I can say as the price and portability are biggest selling point to expect here. The 360 degree rotating system just offers us a new way to use of Windows in completely different modes. I also think the nearly 400 dollars price tag as pretty worthy as its competitors don’t manage to promise the same quality at the same price level. Let’s take a look at it further and see how it works on us. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Connectivity
What ASUS did in term of design is basically the similar thing of what Lenovo promises on its Ideapad Flex 14 6th generation. They cover the plastic chassis with a fancy and modern approach in order to make it seen as more premium. I have to say that this idea works pretty well because the chassis feels sluggish and very well made here. I really love its material finishing which looks cool and feels comfortable to hold with. The rounded corners and bezel-less display surrounded its 14 inch display and this kind of design here is rarely seen in budget price and most all of time appeared in premium device.
Despite of being made from plastic, you should notice the lid cover as feels different because ASUS makes a special exception for this area. The lid cover itself is made from metal instead of plastic and offering a better stability and more durable experience. You probably are going to use it a lot in tablet mode and having a better material means a more enjoyable experience to us. As for the connectivity, you have great selections of I/O ports. They add of couple of USB 3.0 standard ports alongside with a single USB type-C port. The HDMI, micro SD slot, and the 3.5 mm audio jack are also included and you have nothing to worry about this case.back to menu ↑
Display and Input
One thing that ASUS wins over the Ideapad Flex 14 is probably the display. Here, they give us a 14 inch display and 1920 x 1080p resolution. Compared to HD panel, I see a big difference here especially for enjoying multimedia content. The images look bright and crisper and the viewing angle are much better in my opinion. In term of quality, the panel is relatively mediocre but still looks better than most of TN panels I have seen at this price. The only problem it has here is the brightness. The 221 nits need some adjustment during outdoor usage. This problem is commonly seen in most budget laptops, so I won’t give a complaint about it.
As for the input method, the keyboard features of island type keys and coming with pretty short travel distant. Yeah, 1 mm travel keys are relatively short and should need a proper adjustment during our usage. It takes me a while to get used after moving from a bigger machine. One thing I really love from the keyboard is basically the actuation force. You don’t really need to press the key very harder in order to get it pressed and I find this case as useful during our travel especially when you are just tired and still have to finish some works.
|ASUS Vivobook Flip 14 TP401MA||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel Pentium Silver N5000 Quad Core 1.1 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel HD Integrated Card|
|Display Size||14 Inch FHD Resolution|
|OS||Windows 10 S|
|Memory||4GB DDR4 Memory|
Performance and Battery
Instead of powering the system with Intel Core M3 processor, ASUS goes with low end Pentium Silver processor from Gemini Lake generation. The Pentium N5000 actually promises a decent performance for just light editing photo in Photoshop and browsing through the internet or checking some emails. It has of quad core CPU clocked between 1.1 GHz to 2.5 GHz and featured alongside of DirectX 12 capable of GPU. In term of performance, don’t expect much from it, but you can get done most of your works in decent way. I just hope the storage is bigger considering the 64GB EMMC storage will run out after a while.
Beside than its performance, the battery is also something worth mentioning here. The Flip 14’s battery should last for around 6 to 7 hours in daily usage included of browsing, editing document, and streaming movies in 50 % brightness level. The battery featured here is quite small and won’t really offer you an impressive result. Still, 7 hours is probably long enough to finish everything in single day. At least, you need to charge it for twice which considered as not really bad to consider here. Just make to consider of this case and find out how it works on you.back to menu ↑
The Vivobook Flip 14 TP401MA is coming with elegant look and pretty decent hardware to depend on. Even though the battery won’t last really long, its performance is great and won’t disappoint you at all as long as you keep your expectation pretty low. The 1080p display is also worth mentioning considering it’s hard to find a similar case at this price tag. The alternative you can pick is the Acer Spin 3, but it also has some major problems in display and battery life. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Make sure check our latest article and mind leaving some comments for further assistance regarding the article.