There are niceties involved in the manufacturing of the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA and those who try to get a feel of it will notice that it is solidly built. It has a great keyboard design and has a durable build quality. For its size, it is also lightweight. But what does this notebook have in store for the world?
For Its Features, The Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA is a Steal
At first glance, the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA has a lower-end price range and it’s a great portable machine when it comes to size and features. Although, reading about it in paper, the hardware included does let it have an average performance. However, it is still good enough to cover basic needs.
If there is one thing that can be stated with the design of the Book Flip TP200SA, it’s that it works. It has a metallic top casing and a palmrest that gives this low-priced machine a little more luxurious fit and finish than what you can see on other laptops that only give a basic glassy plastic chassis. This 11.6-inch hybrid device comes in a dark color, or rather a really dark shade of blue. This color gives the TP200SA a clean and sleek look.
At the bottom of the device, it is an ordinary textured plastic. This cheapens the case’s feel slightly, but considering that you won’t be looking at the bottom all the time, this can be somewhat forgivable. Even though it has been made with cheaper materials, the TP200SA is solidly built.
The TP200SA is a 2-in-1 notebook, which means that the screen can open a full 360-degrees. This allows the notebook to work as a computer and a tablet. When moving the screen to one side, the hinge is noticeably sturdy. It moves smoothly without catching. However, it does feel a little bit too sturdy, in fact, it can even be seen to be tighter than your average notebook hinge. Therefore, flipping the screen to one side with one hand may prove a harder experience than intended.
As with the case of most 2-in-1 notebooks, this offering by Asus had to make some compromises for the benefit of the device to be able to serve two masters efficiently. The device weighs 2.6-pounds which is light enough for the occasional use as a tablet, however, it still feels like a weighty tank when compared to standalone tablets. Still, it is very lap-friendly if you do not want to hold the device for long periods of time.
Even though the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA does have its fair share of great offerings, almost everything about this 2-in-1 notebook feels average. The sense of plainness hides behind the guise of looking (and feeling) like a premium model.