When convertible laptops first came into the market, they caused quite a stir: behold the 2-in-1 machines that could adapt from laptop to tablet, stationary to mobile use, made to order. But few convertibles ace the performance vs. portability trade-off as brilliantly as the ASUS TP401MA-YS02 VivoBook Flip 2-in-1.
This 14” touchscreen laptop stylishly marries style with operation and accessibility with security. Let’s find out how it fares in its promise of being a multifaceted computing companion for modern-day demands.
Design & Portability
This VivoBook sure dotes on being lean and mean! Measuring 12.9 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches, weighing 3.3 lbs, and having a thickness of just 0.6 inches, it is incredibly light and easy to lug around, wherever you go. The ASUS Vivo Book Flip TP401 is touted to be the leanest among all the 14-inch models in the range, and it sure shows.
The sleek, aluminum-chassis design is also fan-less. This drastically cuts down noise and is terrific for using the device to watch movies, scroll through videos, or deliver presentations — all without the “inevitable” drone of a machine-at-full-blast.
In fact, a commitment to multiple forms of usage is visible throughout the specs of this laptop. The 360° alloy-steel hinge is particularly useful, letting you switch gears from laptop to tablet, tent to personal theatre, with utter ease. You get a total of four viewing modes with this laptop: tent, tablet, laptop and stand. The hinge is precision-engineered and tested through 20,000 cycles of open-and-close (!). So, short of deliberate violence against the hinge, what you have is extremely durable and flexible.
A+ on the Performance Report Card
At the heart of the VivoBook lies a powerful Intel Celeron N4000 Processor with a base frequency up to 2.6 GHz (two cores). It runs Windows 10 S — an operating system that fares brilliantly as an entirely cloud-based, app-oriented system that’s also highly secure.
You do get the liberty to switch to Windows 10 Pro if you please. It’s simple to make the switch from the Microsoft Store, without any additional cost. This configuration, coupled with 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, takes the VivoBook right to the top of the class in performance.
Memory-wise, you get a storage space of 64GB (SSD) which suffices for both work and entertainment. Overall, the VivoBook adapts well to multiple roles with varying demands — a classroom laptop for collaborative assignments or an on-the-go professional workstation, for instance.
Here’s an important question: How long does the juice last? Well, the battery backup of the ASUS TP401MA-YS02 VivoBook Flip 2-in-1 laptop is way ahead of the league: it lasts all day, or pretty much, depending on your usage. But that's not even the most exciting bit. Intuitively, the VivoBook integrates a smart SuperBattery technology that endeavors to protect the battery and extend its life up to three times that of regular lithium-ion batteries.
How it achieves this is genuinely innovative: the “Battery Health” technology of charging lets you preset the charge to, say, 80%, to not let the battery get overcharged. This eliminates the draining effect of overcharging which can cause oxidative damage to batteries and cut short their lifespan.
Display, Graphics & Sound
The display bezel (8mm NanoEdge) is a hallmark in this VivoBook, neatly allowing the 14-inch display to accommodate in a 13-inch laptop’s standard chassis. What this means for the user is a superior viewing experience without a compromise in mobility or convenience.
The NanoEdge display quality is par excellence: full high-definition, a resolution of 1920 x 1080, and a 178° wide-view. Thanks to this, the colors and features remain distinct despite the sharpness of the angle. Indeed, this is a thoughtful and pragmatic feature in a laptop designed for the on-the-go populace.
It is also commendable how this laptop optimizes its glossy display for multifarious uses, from classroom assignments to weekend movie-binging. The screen-to-body ratio is 73% which makes the experience genuinely absorbing. A worthy partner in this mission is the ASUS SonicMaster sound system which provides an out-of-the-world listening experience.
The awesomeness possibly comes from the nifty combination of hardware and software, inventively put together by ASUS Golden Ear and ICEpower. It wouldn’t be overstating it to say the audio is among the best you can experience on a regular laptop.
Accessibility & Connectivity
Easily among the top five mandates of a convertible laptop, accessibility also ranks high among the wins of the ASUS TP401MA-YS02 VivoBook Flip 2-in-1. The touchscreen, especially, is beautifully accurate and picks up all those hurried, barely-there touches with grace.
The touch sensors on this one are placed at intervals of 6mm — quite a feat for laptops in this realm and a prime factor in the high precision. When needed, you can easily use the stylus too; the laptop comes with the ASUS Pen stylus which is smooth to use and delivers a good response.
Connectivity-wise, you’re likely to be satisfied with the VivoBook: you get one USB 3.1 port, one USB 2.0 port and one HDMI (both micro), a card reader, and a USB Type-C connector. That last one is astonishing when it comes to speed of data transfer and device connections. Yes, sharing assignments and transferring multimedia files at midnight will be a lot speedier with this assortment.
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Purse Strings: To Loosen or Not?
So, coming to the million-dollar question: to buy or not to buy? The ASUS TP401MA-YS02 VivoBook Flip 2-in-1 laptop starts at an attractive price of around $350. At this price, it offers efficient, multitasking performance and above-par battery backup. It also boasts of a sleek display, brilliant sound and comfortable mobility.
The ASUS family is reputed for a deep understanding of their audience’s pulse — smart, fast and on-the-move — and this new member of the family is well attuned to it.
|Specs of ASUS TP401MA-YS02 VivoBook Flip|
|Processor||Dual-Core Intel Celeron N4000 (up to 2.6 GHz)|
|Storage||64GB eMMC SSD|