First Impression :
Another tilty flippy laptop from the Taiwanese guys? No full HD display, but has 1 TB of storage? At first looks, it seemed like another topsy-turvy experience awaited me. But, I explored the new offering from ASUS, named the Flipbook TP550LD with a 15.6 display.
-Build & Design
The TP550LD is a smart-looking laptop with nothing exceptional to make it stand out from the rest. The silver and black colour scheme is unoriginal, but at least consistent with the style of their transformer series of ultrabooks. It\’s not light for a 15.6 laptop, feels more like a 17 device with some bulk, and still suffers from built inconsistencies. There is more flex on the right side of the keyboard and wrist-rest than the left, and the trackpad is also not the most inspiring. The display itself can be flipped completely over and the device can be used as a tablet, but the tilting mechanism doesn\’t inspire much confidence and feels a bit fragile with minimal sturdiness. In its ˜tablet\’ mode, the Flipbook feels rather bulky and uncomfortable to use, I doubt if anyone will actually buy this device to use it like a tablet anyway. That the display has some weird issues with contrast and levels of whites, only makes it worse to recommend it to someone who works on photo or video editing on a portable machine.
We got the i3-4010U Haswell variant of the Flipbook, which also has 4GB of DDR3 RAM with Intel\’s HD Graphics 4400 and 1TB of storage. On paper, this looked fairly good, and for the most part – it was. Most benchmarks revealed that it was on par with its closest competitors and similarly spec\’d machines from HP, Toshiba and even Dell had more or less the same scores for all benchmarking software. The only trouble I experienced was with adding more and more software made the 4GB of RAM incapable of handling the load, even when no graphic-intensive tools were used. While browsing, enjoying multimedia and basic work-related activities, the notebook performed well – only if ASUS didn\’t load the Windows experience with so much bloatware.
Additions like ASUS\’ SonicMaster really add a nice touch to their products and the audio output on the TP550LD is loud, full and pleasing. The notebook doesn\’t heat up that much either, though battery didn\’t last as much as we\’d like – only managing a mere 5-6 hours of life on charge. All in all, this seemed like a product which didn\’t live up to the expectations we had from ASUS- one that has better alternatives in the market.
¢15.6 Glare Touch display, 1366×768 resolution
¢Intel Haswell i3-4030U Processor
¢4GB DDR3 RAM
¢Windows 8.1 64-bit OS
¢1 TB HDD, 5400 rpm
¢DVD RW 8x Optical Drive
¢Ethernet port, SD card and Kensington Lock ports
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