Asus Chromebook Flip C100 Review

The Asus Chromebook Flip is an interesting addition to the Chromebook lineup, at a mere 10 inches it is the smallest notebook and with the hinged “flip” mode, often acts as more of a tablet than a Chromebook.  But this isn’t a low quality machine either.  They’ve equipped this little guy with a HD 1280×800 IPS display that is better than most 11″ Chromebooks, which along with a touchscreen works really well for this bipolar machine.   With Google making Chromebooks able to run Android apps, I think we will see more and more of these bi-use Chromebooks that are able to switch into tablet mode to take advantage  of Chrome’s flexibility.

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Asus Flip C100PA-DB01 10.1 Inch Touch Chromebook Specs

Screen Size 10.1 inches
Max Screen Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Processor 1.8 GHz Cortex
RAM 2 GB DDR3
Hard Drive 16 GB
Wireless Type 802.11 A/C
Brand Name Asus
Series Chromebook
Item model number C100PA-DB01
Operating System Chrome
Item Weight 2 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H 7.20 x 10.60 x 0.60 inches
Color Silver
Processor Brand Rockchip
Flash Memory Size 16.0
Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

What’s on the Inside?

The flip is equipped with a fanless quad rock chip processor that Asus used to both increase battery life and keep costs down.  They’ve also included only 2GB of RAM which could put some heavy users off but works well for most tasks and light browsing with multiple tabs open. 1080p video plays smoothly and scrolling with the touchsreen works well without any type of stutter.

ASUS Flip Build Quality

This is really well built machine with a gorgeous aluminum frame, with the only downside being a little thick in tablet mode since the keyboard flips around adding to the heft.  The solid Chromebook though gets huge points for being so flexible and we love the ability to use as both a traditional Chromebook and also use in tablet mode with more and more android apps becoming available on the Chrome operating system.  When the Chromebook is in tablet mode, the keyboard is disabled so that you don’t  don’t have to worry about accidental clicks and swipes.  The battery life on this little guy is quite good with up to 12 hours of battery life on normal browsing and a respectable 6-7 with mixed video and browsing.

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Asus Flip vs HP Pavilion x360 and Toshiba Satelellite Radius 11

So how does the Asus Flip compare with other flip type notebooks.  I think rather well since the benefit of a flip type notebook is the ability to use as a tablet and ASUS is able to flawlessly run Android apps while comparable notebooks such as the Yoga like notebooks have to run Windows with their lackluster app store.   Of course windows machines are able to run a wider variety of programs so in the end it comes down to user preference and the use of the machine, but with more and more cloud based programs the Chrome operating system becomes easier and easier to justify.

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 I just received the item today, and am beyond thrilled. I was a bit worried about it only have 2GB of ram, as I tend to have a lot of tabs open, but through my tests so far it has a very graceful degradation – Andrew

I have been allowed to touch it only briefly. I can say that it is built very solid. The aluminum case is nothing short of amazing for the $250 price – HeSaid

I still can’t believe I only $250 for this! Microsoft and Apple take note! Your days of overpriced hardware and bloated OS are numbered.- Keep it Simple

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