Top 5 Reasons to BUY or NOT buy the ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP401!

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As 2-in-1 devices started getting more and more popular among artsy people and creators recently, we decided to take a look at one such convertible that catches the eye at first sight. Meet ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP401 – a budget-oriented hybrid whose top 5 pros and cons we are going to discuss in today’s article.

4 reasons to buy ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP401

1. Cool aluminum design

We definitely loved the cold feel that the anodized aluminum design provides. One very intriguing part of the premium convertible are the hinges which are definitely not ordinary.

There are two moving parts in each of them – one connected to the screen, and one to the body, and that creates the illusion that the middle piece is not moving. And although they appear a bit too tight, this obviously has to do with keeping the screen firmly in place when switching between the different modes.

2. Decent mobile CPU

In terms of performance, the present processor here – Core m3-7Y30, is not only mobile but also reliable.

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It consists of two physical and four logical cores working at a base frequency of 1.00 GHz and can go up to 2.60 GHz on demand with the Turbo Boost technology. Its main advantage is the very low power demand of 7 W for the entire package including the GPU.

3. 9 hours of Web surfing battery life

Despite being slightly modest, the 39 Wh battery unit provides amazing runtimes. For instance, you are able to squeeze 545 minutes of web surfing time on a single charge which is impressive. Quite expectedly, the results are lower when there is graphics processing involved – the laptop scored 353 minutes on the video playback test, but this is still good for a 2-in-1 device.

4. Very good thermals for a passively cooled laptop

Having in mind that the laptop comes with a passive cooling which means that there is no fan to take the heat out of it we got some pretty reasonable results from our torture tests. At the end of the 15-minute test, the temperatures varied from 74 to 77°C, with an average of 75°C, so we can confirm that the ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP401 disperses the heat very well for its purposes.

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1 reason NOT to buy ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP401

1. Mediocre screen, not appropriate for a 360° concept

One of the major drawbacks of the notebook is the screen is sports and it may even be a dealbreaker for some. A maximum brightness of 219 nits, mediocre contrast ratio (300:1), poor viewing angles and limited sRGB coverage (49%) just don’t do the job for all the creative purposes you may wish to use this convertible for. Therefore, we suggest installing our custom profiles that improve the color accuracy, white balance, and gamma.

SPECS

CPU : Intel Core m3-7Y30

GPU  : Intel HD Graphics 615

Display : 14.0”, HD (1366 x 768), TN

HDD/SSD : 128GB eMMC

RAM : 4GB LPDDR3, 1866MHz

Dimensions : 327 x 226 x 15.4 mm (12.87″ x 8.90″ x 0.61″)

Weight : 1.50 kg (3.3 lbs)

Ports and connectivity

  • 1x USB Type-C : 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2)
  • 1x USB MicroUSB 3.0 : 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • HDMI : √
  • VGA : χ
  • DVI : χ
  • Card reader : SD
  • Ethernet lan : χ
  • Audio jack : headphone/microphone

Features

  • Web camera : √
  • Microphone : √
  • Speakers : √

All ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP401 configurations

ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP401 – $349.99
  • Intel Celeron N3450
  • Intel HD Graphics 500 (Apollo Lake)
  • 0.00GB HDD + 64.00GB SSD
  • 4.00GB RAM
ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 (TP401) – $499.00
  • Intel Core m3-7Y30
  • Intel HD Graphics 615
  • 0.00GB HDD + 64.00GB SSD
  • 4.00GB RAM
ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP401C – $538.00
  • Intel Core m3-7Y30
  • Intel HD Graphics 615
  • 0.00GB HDD + 128.00GB SSD
  • 4.00GB RAM

(laptopmedia.com, http://bit.ly/2J17u0u)

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