ASUS Flip 2-in-1 Convertible TP500LA-DS71T via Amazon
ASUS Flip TP500LA-DS71T is a great 2-in-1 convertible computer that offers flexibility of different modes- laptop, display, stand, tent and tablet modes with the keyboard rotating up to 360 degrees around its 15.6 inch touchscreen and the high performance levels of its Broadwell i7 processor and 8GB of memory which make it a wonderful system with speed and power that is capable of handling both your common daily tasks and a lot more demanding applications and is fun to use in different modes.
Asus Flip TP500LA is offered with the latest (January 2015 release) 5th generation dual core ultra low voltage Intel i7-5500U (4MB cache) processor at 2.4GHz speed that dynamically goes up to 3GHz with turbo function when handling more complex stuff and stays at 2.4 when not- save on energy consumption and the hyper threading function with dual cores working with four threads in parallel, 8GB DDR3L SDRAM at 1600MHz that is not upgradeable but is plenty as it is for superior seamless multitasking power, 1TB Serial ATA hard drive at 5400rpm rotating speed as large amount of storage space for you to save all your songs, photos, videos or more common files plus Asus Cloud to let you have easy access to your more important files from different devices and 64-bit Windows 8.1 operating system.
360 degree rotating 15.6 inch HD Active Matrix TFT Color LCD touchscreen display with 1366×768 pixel resolution and 16:9 widescreen image aspect ratio offers you decent image quality but it could probably come with Full HD rather than regular HD. You can always connect to your Full HD large screen HDTV via the HDMI port provided and work or play on a larger screen. Intel HD 5500 is the built-in graphics card for the Intel i7-5500U which is superior to the previous generation Intel HD 4400 and 5000 graphics and is suitable for general multimedia stuff as well as some gaming, which means you can play the modern games of years 2014 and 2015 but only at lower resolutions and settings. Asus SonicMaster and built-in stereo speakers give you immersive, smooth and detailed professional level sound when you’re listening to your favorite songs or watching videos. And for those live Skype chats with friends and family you have the VGA webcam with an integrated microphone.
Brushed-hairline aluminium finish modern and premium looking and solid and durable ASUS Flip Convertible 2-in-1 weighs 4.6 pounds with measurements of 15 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches- lightweight and portable and you can use its accurate and responsive touchscreen at any angle from 0 to 360 degrees wherever you are, with different angles for work, games, videos, presentations etc. It comes with a 48 Wh 3-cell lithium ion battery that offers up to 5 hours of battery life on a single charge- which could be longer and up to 2 weeks on standby mode. Keyboard is ergonomic and comfy to type on with the 10-key numpad for easier number crunching and a good size Multi-touch Gesture touchpad towards the left. It doesn’t have an optical DVD drive, but 802.11bgn wireless, Gigabit Ethernet with RJ-45 connector, Bluetooth 4.0, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x USB 3.0 port, Memory Card Reader- SD SDHC and Headphone/Microphone Combo port.
Conclusion: Black Asus Flip TP500LA-DS71T is a 2015 model flexible, convertible and powerful laptop and tablet with the latest 5th generation i7 processor with a Passmark benchmark score of 4033 on this review day- adequate power for multimedia, office and very demanding apps and tasks, very large amounts of hard drive and memory, good multimedia and graphics performance with Intel HD 5500 and a decent variety of connectivity options including Bluetooth and a USB 3.0 port for data transfers at up 10 times the speed and seems to have only small flaws such as the Windows 8.1 (which will be replaced by Windows 10 very soon in 2015- free upgrade), screen not being Full HD with 1080p resolution, lack of a DVD drive (only a small percentage of modern Windows and none of the current Mac computers do). It is Energy Star 4.0 certified (partly because of the ultra low voltage and low thermal design power processor) and comes with a 12 month global warranty by Asus as well as Accidental Damage Protection for the whole year for which you need to register.