Sunday, November 9, 2014

ASUS Flip TP500LN-DB51T-CA Touchscreen Notebook Review

Altogether the ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP500 as a bigger "convertible notebook" offers a pretty good overview and at the same time it can be used as a tablet. On behalf of the hardware the manufacturer offers multiple different configurations.

Flexible hardware configurations

Like we already mentioned the ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP500 counts as a convertible notebook and thus it can be used as a tablet. Regarding the dual core processor the buyer of this product has three options. You can have either the Intel Core i3 4030U (1.9 GHz, without turbo boost but with hyper threading), the Intel Core i5 4210U (1.7 GHz, with turbo boost up to 2.7 GHz and hyper threading) or the Intel Core i7 4510U (2.0 GHz, with turbo boost up to 3.1 GHz as well as hyper threading). The first mentioned processor loses some potential performance compared to the other two, because he is missing the turbo boost. 8GB of main memory is pretty enough since we have the internal memory for individual requirements. Starting with 500 GB hard drive up to 1 TB (1.5 TB) and in combination with 24 GB SSD cache pretty much everything is possible. The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 is suitable for daily usage, but not so much for 3D games.


And again you have the agony of choice if you either want a ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP500 display with 1366 x 768 pixel, or if you want the 1920 x 1080 pixel full HD version. The touchscreen option works very smoothly and fast so that it's very easily handled in tablet mode. The measurements of the TP500 are very compact and the weight with 2.3kg is acceptable. The battery consists out of 3 cells and doesn't offer more than an average battery life. Mobile using of this notebook in practice has shown some expended application spectrum fields especially in tablet form.

TP500 Features

The equipment of the various ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP500 versions isn't overdone, but always functional. The webcam resolves with VGA and thus it's not recommended for longer usage. A card reader offers further options for the data exchange. The excellent network card enables connecting to the internet either per cable or with WiFi 802.11 b/g/n. Of course Bluetooth 4.0 is available as well. Next to the two USB 2.0 ports there is one USB 3.0 output available, who is especially useful for external data storage.

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