Asus transformer book flip tp300la review

A reasonably powerful & well-built machine with some flaws

ByHenrietta Rowlattpublished 12 May 15


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CPU: 2.4GHz Intel chip core i7-5500U (dual-core, 4MB Cache, up khổng lồ 3GHz with Turbo Boost)Graphics: hãng intel HD Graphics 5500RAM: 8GB DDR3Screen: 13.3-inches, 1366 x 768, MultitouchStorage: 1TB HDD 5400RPMOptical drive: NoPorts: full bộ audio jack, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x USB 2.0 port, HDMI, SD thẻ readerConnectivity: intel Dual-Band Wireless – AC 7260 + công nghệ bluetooth 4.0Camera: HD WebcamWeight: 3.96 pounds (1.8kg)Size: 0.86 x 12.9 x 8.86-inches, 22 x 329 x 225mm (H x W x D)

On the left side there"s a power nguồn switch (which this particular reviewer missed for a while), Windows button (which comes into its own in tablet mode), USB 2.0 port, SD card slot & a Kensington lock, should you need it. The buttons themselves are shallow set & don"t detract from the sleek design, although it"s easy to get the Windows key và power button mixed up.

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There"s a reasonable array of ports

Also the volume rocker is upside down when in máy vi tính mode, as it"s designed to lớn be used primarily in touchscreen mode – when the screen is flipped around it"s the correct way up. It would be great if the FlipLock software switched the volume rocker depending on which mode the machine is in.


On the right side there"s a headphone/microphone combo socket, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and the nguồn inlet. They"re phối comfortably apart và housed in brushed aluminium. Across the front there"s the standard on light, charging indicator và HD LED.


There really isn"t much difference between the touch, feel và look of the black keyboard compared to a standard MacBook. The keys are responsive, spring back well & aren"t too noisy. However there"s no keyboard backlight, & this may be a slight annoyance khổng lồ people who want to lớn use the máy vi tính in low light.


The touchpad is responsive & sleek with a shiny bezel, plus the left and right clickers work well. It"s slightly sticky, but no more than any standard PC touchpad. However you vì chưng get the added bonus of being able to use the touchscreen at any time.

Hard drive

One of the most instantly noticeable things about this machine is the ticking hard drive. Unlike other non-solid state drives this one is incredibly noisy. It kept me awake while I was downloading Shadow of Mordor overnight, so much so I had lớn switch it off. Also the first model I was sent had a defective hard drive and had to be returned, though the second unit ran without any hard drive errors.

The lack of solid state means that on one hand this machine has a huge 1TB of space to lớn load with movies, music and games, but on the other, booting isn"t as fast as it could be & design work và gaming are bottlenecked by the chugging spinning disk. Of course in the age of cloud storage & streaming it could be argued that large hard drives are becoming surplus to requirements.



Kick back into stand mode for watching a film

Weight, form size and battery

At 3.96lb or 1.8kg it"s heavier than a 14-inch Yoga 3 (3.75lbs) despite only being a 13.3-inch laptop. This is essentially a máy tính xách tay with a touchscreen, và is probably too cumbersome khổng lồ be a realistic tablet substitute.

Size-wise it"s 0.86 x 12.9 x 8.86-inches, và while the rotating hinge isn"t bulky, incorporating it has left the machine both heavier và slightly larger than a standard non-flipping laptop. Compared to lớn the Yoga 3 which is 0.72 x 13.18 x 9.03-inches, the hãng asus is slightly thicker but its footprint is a little smaller. The extra thickness and weight does make it more difficult to lớn hold than the Yoga when being used as a tablet.

The machine lasted just as long as a conventional laptop. The battery life didn"t wow me but it also didn"t disappoint. Playing games noticeably drained it faster, and it also meant the tín đồ occasionally kicked into action, but this was never quite as loud as the hard drive.

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Benchmarks

3DMark: Cloud Gate: 5715; Sky Diver: 2795; Fire Strike: 769Cinebench: CPU: 300 points; Graphics: 31.86 fpsPCMark 8 home Test: 2521 pointsPCMark 8 Battery Life: 4 hours 40 minutesMiddle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (1366 x 768, V-Sync): 10-12 fps; (910 x 512, No V-Sync): 30-36 fpsMetro: Last Light (1366 x 768, Very High, SSAA on, Texture Filtering AF16X, Motion Blur normal, SSAA 4X, Texture Filtering AF 16x, Motion Blur Normal, Tessellation High): 4-5 fps; (800 x 600, Low, SSAA off, Texture Filtering AF 4x, Motion Blur Low, Tessellation Off ): 11-13 fps

Screen, gaming & sound

The screen is a little dim and isn"t viewable from all angles. Using it outside in bright sunshine isn"t really possible. The touchscreen is very responsive, và doesn"t feel lượt thích it"s an add-on or poorly installed.

Both the rattling hard drive & graphics are a bottleneck to gamers, although Shadow of Mordor ran at a respectable 30 fps in the lowest resolution. It was pleasantly playable, but the slightly older Metro: Last Light ran at a sluggish 11-13 fps on the lowest setting. Some gaming is possible on this machine but it"s probably best to kiểm tra with demos to see what it can do. If you bởi vì want a gaming laptop, for around £150 more hãng asus has the N550JK gaming máy vi tính which was released in late 2014.

It"s the graphics processor – the hãng intel HD Graphics 5500 – which is more suited lớn watching films and browsing the website that drags the i7 processor down. But of course to get anything more powerful, you"ll need to lớn be paying more.

Audio isn"t as crisp as it could be, but it"s never distorted even at high volume. The stereo separation isn"t very wide. You won"t hear much difference in sound whether it"s in tablet or laptop mode as the speakers are buried somewhere inside the hinge. It"s loud enough khổng lồ watch a film with a friend, just don"t expect any earth-shattering bass or volume.



The display doesn"t have great viewing angles

Bundled software

Asus bundles a variety of software on the machine varying from extremely useful khổng lồ a bit pointless. Our favourites are the Smart Gesture & FlipLock – both make the everyday operation of the machine a lot easier, when they work.

Here"s a quick rundown of what you get…

Asus website Storage: 5GB of không lấy phí web storage is always useful.

USB Charger +: This allows you lớn charge an MP3 player or phone while the computer is in sleep mode.

Asus Smart Gesture: A genuinely useful program that enables multi-touch gestures on the touchpad akin to those found in OS X. Windows doesn"t really have a built-in equivalent.

Asus FlipLock: Great in theory, this disables the keyboard when in stand, tent or tablet mode – except it stopped working after a while and reinstalling it didn"t solve the problem.

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