The Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA has a quad-core Intel Celeron N3050 processor running at 1.6 GHz, which Intel launched earlier this year. It features 2.16 GHz burs frequency, and supports up to two threads, along with Intel HD graphics.
It’s not a powerful processor, but it’s well in line with other Windows 10 devices built for mobility, where battery life is key and keeping heat and noise down a priority. Its 4GB of RAM is more than the 2GB found on too many devices in this class (including the Surface 3), which is great because 2GB is just not enough.
In day-to-day use, it handles Windows 10 just fine, as well as basic computing and productivity tasks, including media streaming and Office. The increased RAM is felt when it comes to multitasking and open browser tabs, and the machine stays remarkably cool. We barely felt any warmth, even when benchmarking. Just keep in mind this machine was not designed to edit an entire image library at once in Photoshop or handle 4K video editing, and you won’t be disappointed.
We did experience a few issues with freezing as well as a handful of bugs while testing, however. But like the touch issues, we blame Windows 10. The updated operating system still has a few kinks to iron out, and we’ve experienced similar bugs on more powerful and more expensive hardware.
Our review unit shipped with a 64GB storage capacity, of which 31GB is available out of the box. There is some bloatware on this machine, including both Asus WebStorage and Dropbox offers, in addition to Asus Games hub, TripAdvisor, iHeartRadio, Gameloft, and McAfee LiveSafe. This is annoying, as are the persistent McAfee reminders and cloud service popups. Scrubbing it all is easy enough in Windows 10, but we shouldn’t have to be bothered.
The benchmarks present an odd picture. On paper and in practice, the Flip is a swifter machine, though some results show the opposite. We’re guessing the combination of new internals (the benchmark software could not identify the processor) and still-new OS messed with things a bit.
wPrime processor comparisons (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark8 Home (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows 8 for general activities from web browsing and video streaming to typing documents and playing games (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark8 Work (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows 8 for work-related productivity tasks (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphics card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test:
Asus claims the Transformer Book Flip has a 38 Whrs polymer battery, and it does a great job delivering all-day power.
To test battery life, we used the PowerMark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming and video playback workloads. The test is far more strenuous than casual web browsing, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate a variety of real life uses.
In our tests, the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200 SA lasted 7 hours and 9 minutes. Only the smaller Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 AnyPen bested it in this class, and the Flip surpassed the Microsoft Surface 3 by more than 90 minutes.
Powermark battery life benchmark (higher score means longer battery life):