The Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA is a good device. It’s well-crafted, has a respectable spec sheet, and a phenomenal battery life. The display is also decent for its class, and the 2-in-1 design proves useful for those looking for a secondary or mobile PC. We don’t care much for the keyboard, and the Windows 10 bugs are irksome, but neither of those are deal breakers. We fully expect future Microsoft updates to address the bugs.
As of this writing, the Flip costs $350 from Asus. Other Windows 10 2-in-1s at this price have 2GB of RAM or 32GB of memory, which gives this Asus device a much better price-to-performance ratio.
That alone should weigh heavily in favor of any buying decision, but keep in mind the device’s limitations before settling. Those that are just looking for a travel PC or secondary device could consider a mobile Windows product that is slightly less powerful but significantly cheaper, like the Lenovo S1e, which is available for as little as $180. It’s not a slick 2-in-1, but it will get most jobs done just as well.
If a barebones laptop doesn’t excite you as much as the Transformer Book Flip TP200SA, then be happy knowing this device does not betray the Asus reputation for quality hardware at a reasonable price.
- Excellent battery life
- Decent build and display
- Better price to performance than other products in its class
- Subpar keyboard
- Too many Windows 10 bugs at launch
- Unnecessary bloatware annoying