I’ve never been a fan of tablets, to me they don’t fulfill any purpose other than being a bigger screen to watch YouTube videos on and save your phone’s battery… I have a smart TV for that. But there is a complete flip side to this where people actively use tablets to get their day-to-day work done and no longer have any real need to use a laptop.
So who is wrong and who is right?
Me obviously. Kidding. I figure Asus thought they’d combine the best of both worlds with the new Asus VivoBook Flip. Which is a laptop but can be flipped right over to be a tablet – no removable parts – thank goodness!
The VivoBook Flip is, at first glance a conventional windows operating laptop. Packed with all the bells and whistles you’d expect, The unit I was allowed to play with came with a Intel I5, onboard Intel graphics, IPS touch screen 1920 x 1080 display, plenty RAM, plenty USB ports and roughly 8 hours of battery life. Exactly what you would expect from a R11000.00 laptop.
So how would an obvious laptop make a compelling argument for the tablet side?
Well as the name implies, The Asus VivoBook Flip, flips. In a very smooth and without a soul destroying breaking sound you can tuck the keyboard behind the IPS screen and your laptop becomes a 15” tablet, albeit slightly thicker. It works really well for presentations when you set it up almost like an A frame. It’s like a mini TV next to your bed. And if you do flip to tablet mode you have a far bigger screen which I like.
The weight becomes a bit of an issue when you use it for a long time. It’s still a working laptop and the 360 degree hinge means you’re holding a bit of weight for awhile. On the hinges – they’re fab. Sturdy and strong. My fear with a flip is that it ends up loosening over time and no one wants a floppy laptop (wow, this could be misconstrued) but I think the engineering on the Asus VivoBook Flip will ensure that doesn’t happen. The notebook is still rather rad and the touch screen was extremely responsive which I found impressive.
Overall the Asus VivoBook Flip is a rad, albeit big, tablet. But a phenomenal laptop for work orientated individuals. Don’t expect to play games at max settings or watch movies at 7.1 surround sound. The Audio quality is not fantastic despite the Asus SonicMaster software. But if you’re on the go and find yourself needing to do some work but don’t have a desk to set up on, you can’t go wrong with the VivoBook. It’ll adapt to any situation.
My rating? 8/10
Disclaimer: 2 week review model. This baby goes back.
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