ASUS VivoBook Flip TP301 Review
Performance and Benchmarks
Inside, the TP301UJ is equipped with an Intel Core i5-6200U processor clocked at 2.3GHz and is partnered with an NVIDIA GeForce 920M DDR3 2GB GPU that runs the graphics department. It also has 4GB of RAM which works altogether to deliver a snappy performance during a week of using it as a personal laptop.
It was able to smoothly transition from program to program, could run light games without breaking a sweat, and could edit, render, and export a video with ease. Although, we experienced some choking while:
– rendering in Adobe Premiere
– Photoshop and Chrome were running in the background
– applying effects on clips using After Effects
Navigation-wise, typing on its keys was a joy. The 1.6mm travel distance make for quick typing and the spacing of each key is just right and effortless to reach. Touch pad is also sensitive enough, but not too sensitive and indeed doesn’t confuse the palm as a touch input. These, as someone who writes everyday, make the VivoBook Flip really appealing.
We also ran our standard benchmark tests and below are the results for 3DMark and Crystal Disc Mark.
- Fire Strike 1.1 – 681
- Sky Diver 1.0 – 2,728
- Cloud Gate 1.1 – 4,793
- Ice Storm 1.2 – 40,467
The company claims that its 3-cell Li-Ion polymer battery could last 10 hours on a single charge. After fully-charging the Flip, we unplugged it from its socket and started doing Office work with Wi-Fi turned on the entire time, display brightness at 50% and did some local video playback in between. The notebook lasted for 5 hours and 13 minutes which is only half the claimed performance.
The ASUS VivoBook Flip has a slim profile and is lightweight so we had no problems bringing it around to work or watch videos on wherever we go. It also has a sleek, metal chassis which is not only sturdy, but is also appealing to the eyes.
The display with its touch capability adds a new layer of interaction and navigation with the device. It’s helpful during those times you need to quickly select items and scroll over windows easily — without having the need to aim and point the cursor using the touch pad.
Its Core-i5 processor together with 4GB of RAM proved to be enough for casual tasks, light gaming, and even video editing. Plus, its keys are easy for typing and that’s always a good thing.
As for the battery life, we would say that its 5-hour performance is decent, but not overwhelming. After all, ASUS claims for it to have double the life. So it’s still better to bring its charger along just to be safe.
The VivoBook Flip TP301UJ, with its bending display, offers a lot of choices where you can use it. It could be something that you use alone to work on (laptop mode), but also could be a collaborative device that you and someone else could access — either when sitting down (tent mode) or while walking (tablet mode).
ASUS VivoBook Flip (TP301UJ) specs:
13.3-inch IPS HD display @ 1366 x 768 resolution
200 nits, 10-point touch
2.3GHz 64-bit Intel Core i5-6200U processor (3M Cache, up to 2.8GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce 920M (N16V-GM-S) DDR3 2GB GPU
SATA 1TB 5400RPM 2.5? HDD
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
1x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0
1x USB 3.1 (Type-C Gen 1)
1x Headphone-out, Audio-in combo jack
2-in-1 card reader
Built-in speaker\Built-in array microphone
Windows 10 (64-bit)
55WHrs, 3S1P, 3-cell Li-Ion polymer battery
1.5kg with battery
What we liked about it:
- Solid build
- Thin form factor
- Decent speakers
- Easy typing on keyboard
- Capable internals
What we didn’t like:
- Underwhelming battery life
- Backlit keys are hard to figure out