Most of Asus’ highly versatile Transformer Book and Pad hybrids have detachable keyboards going for them and thus a portability edge over devices like Lenovo’s Yogas. But if for some reason you want an Asus-made Yoga clone, here it is, up for grabs via Microsoft’s online store.
Aptly named Transformer Book Flip, the punchy 13 incher can seamlessly mutate from a conventional laptop into a (husky) tablet by, well, flipping the touch-enabled Full HD display 360 degrees back. That way, you don’t need to worry about the potential frailty of hinges or other joining mechanisms, although the downside is, once again, the extra bulkiness of the machine when used as a slate.
But hey, the Flip TP300LA is fairly affordable, at $799, and exceptionally zippy, thanks to a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 “Haswell” chip, 8 GB RAM and discrete integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics. Of course, a solid-state drive, even in a combination with a primary HDD, would have been a nice touch, however there’s no way Asus could have then kept things so sensible cost-wise.
So the 500 GB hard drive will need to do, and so will the 7-hour battery, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 and HDMI connectivity. Available in limited inventory at the moment, the TP300LA shall be followed by configurations packing Core i3 and i7 heat, as well as 15-inch models with dedicated Nvidia graphics and SSDs. When? Keep in touch and you’ll be the first to hear.