ASUS Vivobook Flip 14 TP401 DHM6T (Core M3, Full HD) Convertible Review

The ASUS Vivobook Flip 14 is a more budget oriented convertible device which released to fill of company hole in low end market. In much higher price, ASUS already has of Zenbook Flip series that equipped with powerful specification. In low end market itself we have not seen any of their products until they finally release of this system. For under 600 dollars, you can expect of a laptop powered by Intel M3 processor, 4GB RAM, and full HD display. The specs are wise enough for the price considering you would never find similar case here. As the comparison, the Surface 13 has similar prices here, but you have to buy the keyboard separated for 100 dollars here.

The manufacture also provides some different hardware configuration included the lower end one. It costs for under 400 dollars and equipped with Intel Pentium N4000. With price different, of course there is a huge performance different between these models. What you can do in Pentium processor is more limited than what you can do here. Today, we are going to take a look into this new model and find out how it works.

Packaging and Design

As soon as you unbox it small box, you should find of its retailer manual, charger, and the laptop itself. There is not much thing to say and complaint about it. I just think the box is quite cheap, but not a big problem here. Interestingly, ASUS puts of stylus pen inside for free. Some manufactures force to you to buy it separated for a good price, but ASUS makes it free here. This stylus pen battery has been recharged, so users could just take it and use it as soon as they want. By seeing all of good things inside, I will give my five stars for making it so good here.

In term of design and construction, the chassis overall leaves of good impression here as I see the whole things are made from anodized aluminum and not plastic at all. This is not far the best material I have seen, but the quality is much better here in comparable with plastic. The aluminum surface then covered with silver finishing and it leaves of premium and solid taste. Last, I double check of its hinge system as I am sure users would open and close it for dozens of times a day. Here, we have of two hinge system which one connected to body and another one connected to the screen. It holds the screen pretty well in my opinion.

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Good Connectivity, but Poor Maintenance Support

ASUS Vivobook Flip 14 TP401 2 The connectivity is relative good and expected for such a budget system. I cannot find of standard USB 3.0 ports, but they replace it with micro USB and USB type-C connections. Once again, buying of external adapter is needed for doing most of cases here. The micro HDMI and micro USB ports are something rarely seen here, but considering how thin the chassis is, I think they cannot just put the appropriate connectivity here. If you manage to live with lack of connectivity in Macbook Pro, then it should not be a big problem here.

As for upgradability option, it has nothing to spare here. Opening its back cover will get you inside, but you won’t find anything here. Both of RAM and EMMC storage are soldered to its board and there is no way for us to upgrade it. I don’t recommend you to take the 64GB EMMC one because it would fill the space in no time. The only solution here is adding of micro SD as the expandable storage. Adding 256GB SD is good enough for saving files and installing some important apps.

ASUS Vivobook Flip 14 TP401 DHM6TMain Specs
CPU Intel Core M3-7Y30 2.6 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size14 Inch Full HD
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory 4GB DDR3 Memory
Storage 128GB EMMC

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Performance and Battery

In comparable with its Pentium model, the Core M3 7Y30 runs the Windows 10 much faster and smoother. Browsing to the internet and opening more tabs at Chrome are handled easily than before. One thing that really makes it wonderful is editing some photos in Photoshop which almost impossible to do at its lower model. Yeah, the lack of power forces you to even wait the first load for some time because its lack of power. I can deal with my photo without any problem although adding some effects and doing some heavy things reduce the performance little bit. Overall, for medium and light activities you have no problem here.

Thanks to passive cooling method and low power consumption, the battery shows the result that I expected before. The 8 to 9 hours is a good standard result and allowing you to do anything without carrying its charger around. For this test, I set the Windows into battery saving mode and adjusted the brightness into 150 nits. The battery surpass of 9 hours for browsing and editing document and showing of 6 hours in streaming full HD movies. This is a perfect companion for your work and travel.

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Final Thought

The Vivobook TP401 sets a new standard for a budget convertible laptop. It features of solid and premium setting, powerful performance, and long last battery life. The only problem I have here is located on its lack of upgradability option that forced users for using the default setting. Of course the 4GB RAM is big enough, but it might need some proper updates after some years. I guess this is a good chance for swapping your old system with newer one. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Thank you very much for reading the article and see you again next time.




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