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Are you ready for a Chromebook with a touchscreen that also flips around to become a tablet? Well, ASUS sure hopes you are.

The ASUS Chromebook Flip C100, which clocks in at only $250, brings the convenience and portability The Fundamental Advantages Of Using A Chromebook The Fundamental Advantages Of Using A Chromebook Chromebooks are highly divisive and a consensus about the merits of Google's offering is a long way from materialising. Here are the key advantages of using a Chromebook when compared to Windows and Macs. Read More of a tablet along with the keyboard and trackpad of a real laptop. If you’re looking for something that does more than an Android tablet, but isn’t a large, bulky computer, the Chromebook Flip just might be for you.

Let’s take a look at everything this device has to offer, and don’t forget to read to the end to see how you could win a Chromebook Flip for yourself.

Specifications

  • Model: C100PA-DB01
  • Cost: $250 from Amazon
  • Screen: 1280px x 800px, 10.1″ IPS display
  • Size: 10.6″ x 7.2″ 0.6″ (27cm x 18.3cm x 1.5cm)
  • Weight: 2lbs (907g)
  • Storage: 16GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Processor: 1.8GHz Rockchip RK3288

Design

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In terms of materials, the Chromebook Flip looks a lot higher end than other comparable Chromebooks. While most Chromebooks are made entirely of plastic (even our favorite Acer Chromebook 13 The Best Chromebook Yet? Acer Chromebook 13 Review and Giveaway The Best Chromebook Yet? Acer Chromebook 13 Review and Giveaway Acer has come out swinging with the Chromebook 13, an Nvidia Tegra K1-powered beast that is easily one of the most powerful Chromebooks out there -- and yet it still only costs $299. Read More ), the Chromebook Flip has a metal shell that feels and looks especially premium.

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The main hinge on the computer is made of plastic for some reason, but it’s sturdy and manages to keep the screen from wobbling too much when tapped. Considering it’s a 360-degree hinge, it does a good job of holding the screen in place while also allowing you the maneuverability to turn it all the way around.

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The port selection is pretty slim, given that the device has only a 10.1″ screen and is only 0.6″ thick. In fact, the two USB ports along the right side take up as much room as they possibly could. I don’t think you could slim it down any further and still have full-sized USB ports.

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On that side you also get a micro-HDMI port, a microSD card slot that supports up to 64GB, and the headphone jack.

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The opposite side has a charging indicator, an on/off indicator, and a charging port, as well as a volume rocker and power button (since this device can be used as a tablet). The charging port looks somewhat like a micro-USB, but it’s not. The good news, though, is that the proprietary charger is reversible, so you don’t have to worry about putting it in the wrong way.

Overall, you get a decent amount of ports and slots for such a tiny device, and it manages to make itself feel worth a lot more than the $250 it sells for. Chromebooks are cheap The Fundamental Advantages Of Using A Chromebook The Fundamental Advantages Of Using A Chromebook Chromebooks are highly divisive and a consensus about the merits of Google's offering is a long way from materialising. Here are the key advantages of using a Chromebook when compared to Windows and Macs. Read More , but they usually feel like it — the Flip is the exception.

Keyboard

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Asus says that the keyboard is 97% full-size, which seems like a bit of a stretch to me. It’s not a bad keyboard, but it’s noticeably smaller than the average keyboard. It has good travel and the keys are well spaced, but if you’re used to a regular size keyboard, it’s going to take a bit of adjusting.

It has the usual Chromebook layout that replaces the Caps Lock key with a search key (though you can change its function in the settings), and the Function keys are replaced by legitimately useful keys like volume, brightness, and more.

Trackpad

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Let’s be honest: on a 10-inch tablet/laptop hybrid, you’re lucky to have a trackpad at all.

The Chromebook Flip’s trackpad is nothing to write home about, but it takes up about as much room as is physically possible, and it manages to smoothly control the mouse. It’s not as spacious as something you’d find on a larger laptop, but for its size, it’s very good.

Speakers

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There are two speakers on this device, both located on the bottom of the device just beside the little circular rubber feet. Obviously, this isn’t an ideal placement, but they manage to pump out audio at reasonably high levels for such a small device.

Plus, if you have the device in stand or tent mode, you get a much better angle from the speakers.

Touchscreen and Different Modes

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“So what if it has a 360-degree hinge?” you ask yourself. “I don’t need that. I’m fine with a regular laptop.”

Ah, yes, dear consumer, you are fine with a regular laptop, but you could be so much better with a device that rotates. Once you realize how convenient it is to just swivel around your computer to any mode you want, you won’t be able to go back to regular laptops. It’s like getting a touchscreen computer and then trying to go back to a non-touchscreen, but you keep poking the screen out of habit.

Shown above is the regular laptop mode and the stand mode. I enjoy stand mode whenever watching some kind of media — YouTube videos, TV shows, movies — and it’s even better when you’re on a plane since it fits so well on tray tables.

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There’s also tent mode, shown above, which for all intents and purposes, is very similar to stand mode. The screen flips automatically when it senses that you’ve put it into tent mode (though you can turn off auto-rotation quickly and easily in the lower right corner of Chrome OS), and the keyboard is deactivated.

The biggest advantage to this mode is mostly just saving table space. When I would work on a small table, I could easily prop the device up in tent mode and have the rest of the area to spread out whatever else I was working on.

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Of course, we can’t forget tablet mode. Given how the device curves sleekly when shut, it feels much more bulky in tablet mode with the curves going outwards. The keys on the back are deactivated, but you can still press them (unlike newer Lenovo Yoga models which lock the keys so they can’t even be physically pressed).

If anything, it’s nice to have all of these different modes available to you in case one is ever more convenient than the others.

Battery Life

Asus rates the Chromebook Flip as having up to 9 hours of battery life, which is definitely accurate, if not a little modest. I easily got through an entire day writing solely on this device and streaming TV shows and YouTube at night. My total time with the screen on was probably even longer than nine hours.

This is definitely a computer than can last all day Can A Laptop Last All Day? You CAN Do That On A Chromebook! Can A Laptop Last All Day? You CAN Do That On A Chromebook! Chromebooks are extremely portable, as most have 13 inch display and power-sipping processor. This makes them an appealing alternative to affordable Windows notebooks. But can you actually use a Chromebook for an entire work day? Read More . If battery life is your main concern, the Chromebook Flip should be just the device for you.

Performance and Compatibility

The Rockchip processor in this device is a relatively new one, appearing only in a few Chromebooks in the last couple of months. As such, it doesn’t have the reputation that Intel processors have, and sometimes you might run into compatibility issues with it.

My only issue with it was during video playback on the Comcast Xfinity web player. The processor couldn’t handle something about that video, because small artifacts constantly popped up on the screen, eventually making the video unwatchable. Other web players (and, of course, YouTube) worked just fine, but this issue was rather annoying for me. That is the risk you take, though, when going with a new type of processor.

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In terms of performance, the Chromebook Flip as a whole did well considering it’s using a brand new budget processor and has only 2GB of RAM. If I opened maybe over ten tabs, I would start to get the out of RAM messages (shown above), but generally, I was able to juggle a bunch of tabs just fine. Scrolling through documents and watching videos was no problem. It didn’t feel slow at all 5 Ways to Stop Your Chromebook Slowing Down 5 Ways to Stop Your Chromebook Slowing Down Has your Chromebook crawled to a halt? Is your Chromebook slow to load pages? Is your Chromebook slowing down generally? Time to speed up Chrome again. Read More .

Touching Chrome OS

Chrome OS still isn’t built for touch, so using it in tablet mode is a bit more of a challenge, though certainly possible. Google has added a very Android-like keyboard that pops up when the physical keyboard is deactivated, and there’s an app switching button available in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Also, when using it mainly as a touchscreen device, it opens all apps in fullscreen. This is useful in that it gives you more screen real estate, but it’s frustrating because you can’t have multiple apps open side by side.

And while there are Android apps available for Chrome OS, they’re extremely limited, and there’s no good way to search for them. Chromebooks may have the simplest setup and interface 5 Reasons Chromebooks are the Perfect Computer For an Elderly Person 5 Reasons Chromebooks are the Perfect Computer For an Elderly Person It's your granddad's birthday — but what should you buy him? You could get him socks (again), some gardening equipment, or perhaps a large bottle of whisky… Or you could buy him a Chromebook. Read More of any laptops, but they would gain a lot from having access to the entire Play Store.

Hopefully as more touchscreen Chrome OS devices come out, we’ll see a refinement of the touchscreen features in Chrome OS and more Android apps.

Should You Buy It?

The Chromebook Flip is a delightful little device that’s perfect for travelling. It’s lightweight, has solid battery life, and it can work offline Chromebooks Don't Work Offline? Debunking the Myths Chromebooks Don't Work Offline? Debunking the Myths One of the biggest criticisms aimed at Google's Chromebooks is that they are online-only machines – ergo, no Internet, no point. How true is this statement? Read More . If you need a small companion computer for travel, or just for something lighter to take to class, the $250 you would spend on the Flip would be well worth it.

Our verdict of the Asus Chromebook Flip:
Buy it. In a sea of cheap Chromebooks, the Chromebook Flip C100 manages to have a premium feel at a low price, and its touchscreen and 360-degree hinge make it just fantastic to use.
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ASUS Chromebook Flip Giveaway

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  1. Susan Dobie
    August 8, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you so much for this review and giveaway! Can't wait to get my hands on it and send you an update sharing how I'm using it. Outstanding way to start this Saturday morning - seeing my email from you with those two little words "you won.."!

  2. Frank Smith
    August 8, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Congrats to Susan D, enjoy it! =)

  3. Martin Schmidt
    August 6, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    I am just opening a new buisness. This is very expensive and I would be happy to win such a Chromebook. Because so I could work everywhere and take it everywhere. It seems really perfect.

  4. Charles Yost
    August 5, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    I like the concept, but they could have made the screen swivel inside a bezel like I have seen in other laptops. That way the keys done get a lot of gunk in them or messed up. Just saying. I like it though. Hope I win this one! Good luck!

  5. Georgia Vetsou
    August 5, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    amazing givingaway..and they can go every where.its so cool..thks!!!

  6. Norma Macdonald Robertson
    August 3, 2015 at 5:44 am

    I could use this for my uni work

  7. dheeraj kumar kaim
    August 2, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    cool...!!

    i could use that for my college, thanks for the opportunity of winning this amazing Chromebook.

    just loved it

  8. Justin Garrett
    August 2, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    I could definitely use this for school.

  9. sunyun
    August 2, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I was told to take my tablet once a day. how the heck I'm going to get it in mouth, I have no idea......

  10. Sunny Strikar
    August 2, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Big wish to win it

  11. Dean McCoy
    July 31, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Cool,I need that

  12. Maria Cristina Cellerino
    July 30, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    thx for contest great price

  13. Edmond Leung
    July 30, 2015 at 2:17 am

    . Wow, prize Asus is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. :) Pick me, pick me! Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest. Starving artist here desperately needs the Asus to work and eat. A life changing exp.

  14. Piero Giorno
    July 30, 2015 at 2:07 am

    This is the perfect tablet for my everyday use. Many thanks for this great giveaway & for the chance to win this awesome prize.

  15. Rose Lim
    July 30, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Thanks for the chance. Good luck everyone! :)

  16. Marla Jones
    July 29, 2015 at 3:22 am

    This would be a awsome win :)

  17. Edward Roth
    July 28, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    nice for the price

  18. Ivan McKinnon
    July 28, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Lightweight, portable and I can work offline. I'm sold.

  19. Jens Ken Lundstrom
    July 28, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway!
    It would be great if I had the chance to win this prize,it would be like a gift for my birthday coming the 18th!
    Cross my fingers!

  20. ?????? ???????
    July 28, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Good device!
    Good luck everybody!

  21. William Wyatt
    July 28, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I have an Acer Chromebook why not an Asus for my wife!!!

  22. Frank Smith
    July 28, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks for letting people get a chance for such cool Chromebook. =)

  23. Baldo Sanfilippo
    July 28, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    liked and shared

  24. Gary Cervak
    July 28, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Just got a Chromebook for my wife. I find it a fast and easy way to check (and unlike a tablet, reply to) email, read news and do some basic tasks. While I won't be replacing my laptop with one, I would love to have one as a secondary device. Thanks for the review!

  25. Jennifer Timonel
    July 28, 2015 at 11:51 am

    thanks for this great opportunity. hope to win :)

  26. Omar Adi
    July 28, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I would very much like to win this *o*

  27. Al?ks K?aøs
    July 28, 2015 at 9:21 am

    This Chromebook will help me a lot with my work.

  28. kunal jain
    July 28, 2015 at 9:10 am

    would love to win the chromebook

  29. andreas.kiouras
    July 28, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Is it free?

  30. vsayachit
    July 28, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Looks to be a great product. Hoping to win.

  31. Gayle Bellemare
    July 28, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Sure I would love the touchscreen and 360-degree hinge. Great giveaway, thanks!

  32. Yann
    July 28, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Dunno about Chromebooks, but for a regular laptop -- even high end -- 9 hours of battery life is pretty well staggering! My friend has a £1200 MSI gaming-grade ultrabook (it has a GTX 970). Battery life lasts for 3 hours.

    So this is a damn fine device if it lasts that long and gives you access to a full OS to boot, instead of just Android or another tablet system. Excellent!

  33. Mike Larson
    July 27, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    I would love this

  34. Troy Gill
    July 27, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I would make good use of an ASUS laptop in the classroom.

  35. Barry Huddleston
    July 27, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Is it just me or did anyone else wonder about loading linux on it?

    • James Van Damme
      July 27, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      No, it's not just you. Although I'd try ChromeOS for a while longer than I kept Windows 7 on my current laptop.

  36. Jennifer Corrado
    July 27, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Awesome giveaway...would love to win this!

  37. Wendy Kempinski
    July 27, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Nice!~

  38. Sergei Zorin
    July 27, 2015 at 5:59 am

    good competition!

  39. Dennis Primm
    July 27, 2015 at 12:19 am

    I LOVE all ASUS products!!! I think this is a great Chromebook and I hope I win it!!!

  40. Dexter Cruz
    July 25, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Nice giveaway. Thanks

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