ASUS VivoBook Flip TP301 Review
Adding to the portfolio of notebooks that have flexible displays for different uses, ASUS introduced its VivoBook Flip lineup in the Philippines early this year and what we have here is the top of the line model – the TP301UJ.
Design and Construction
The TP301UJ, being a notebook designed for mobility, carries a decently-sized 13.3-inch display which is touch-sensitive. There are fairly thick bezels surrounding the screen and the finish is noticeably glossy.
Its body has a metal chassis which feels very solid and holds well even if you lift the laptop on one side. The bottom plate, however, is still made out of plastic which helps reduce weight significantly.
What’s responsible for it to bend over backwards is its 360-degree multi-gear metal hinge that’s designed to be robust and has undergone a 20,000 hinge test.
The back-lit keys are full-sized and has a travel distance of 1.6mm for every press which supposedly aids in achieving a more comfortable typing experience.
As seen above, its heavy-duty hinge gives the VivoBook Flip four working modes depending on the need for specific situations. There’s the usual laptop mode, a tent mode for easily showing content, stand mode for watching movies, and tablet mode if you want to go totally hands-on with the device.
It also features a sizable touch pad that’s not only extra sensitive, but is also able to recognize the difference between fingers and a palm as claimed by the company.
The swiveling display is impressively thin when viewed from the side.
Starting at the left panel, we have one USB port and a 2-in-1 card reader lined up along with the volume rocker and power buttons. On the other side are the microphone/headphone jack, a reversible USB Type-C (gen 1) port, two USB ports, an HDMI port, and the port for charging the notebook.
At its thinnest point, the VivoBook Flip clocks in at 19.9 millimeters and makes it possible to slide inside a backpack easily.
Close the notebook and you’ll see the company’s branding emblazoned on the brushed metal lid of the TP301UJ.
Overall, the form factor of the VivoBook Flip is thin, light, and easy to carry around. Its chassis has a solid build as well and doesn’t flex when lifted from only one side (which is sometimes how we move laptops from one place to another).