Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA review: The low-cost hybrid you might actually want to buy

£211
Price when reviewed

The other thing to bear in mind is the TP200SA’s limited storage. You only have a 32GB SSD to work with, which fills up pretty quickly if you want to store a lot of files locally. This is becoming pretty common at this end of the market, though. Thankfully, there’s a microSD slot to expand the TP200SA’s storage, but it’s likely you’ll be storing most files in the cloud.

Of course, with no dedicated graphics, you’ll be relying on the N3050’s integrated Intel HD Graphics chips for playing games. This isn’t powerful enough to run “proper” games, but simpler titles from the Windows Store such as Jetpack Joyride and Crossy Road worked absolutely fine, so you should still be able to do a bit of light gaming if you feel so inclined. 

It might not be a gaming juggernaut, then, but the TP200SA’s battery life is more than payback enough. It lasted an excellent 9hrs 13mins during our continuous video-playback test with the screen brightness set to our standard measurement of 170cd/m2. This should mean you’ll get a good day’s work out of the TP200SA before you need to plug it back in.

Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA lid

Connections and Speakers

The TP200SA is surprisingly well equipped when it comes to ports, too. With USB 2, USB 3 and USB 3.1 Type-C ports arrayed around its edges, it can support multiple peripherals at the same time, and its micro-HDMI port means you can hook it up to an external display as well.

Its downward-firing speakers aren’t great, but they’re decent enough given the price. Just don’t expect to be using this as your main music-listening device. The audio wasn’t just tinny but it also started to distort at high volumes.

Display

Luckily, the 11.6in, 1,366 x 768 IPS display doesn’t disappoint. While its resolution seems a little on the low side, it still produces a reasonably sharp picture, and it’s bright too: I measured it at 269cd/m2, which is excellent for any laptop, let alone one costing this little. 

I also measured the contrast ratio at 1,245:1, another excellent result, which ensures images look dynamic and solid, and colours really pop out of the screen. 

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The same can’t be said of its sRGB coverage, though, as our colour calibrator showed it was only capable of displaying 64.1% of the gamut. I didn’t find this to be a huge issue when browsing through photos, but if you look closely enough, you can see that bright red and the richest blues looked a little flat.

Verdict

The Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA has its flaws, but at this price, it seems churlish to criticise it too harshly. It provides a decent middle ground between laptop and tablet, and it’s a great device for those on the fence about buying either.

It faces some pretty stiff competition in the form of the HP Stream 11, which is £30 cheaper, but the TP200SA beats it on most fronts. It’s lighter, slimmer and has a much better-quality screen, and its battery life is excellent. 

It’s not the greatest laptop for serious work, but if a compact, light, budget laptop is what you’re after, the Transformer Book Flip TP200SA is a fine choice.

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