Flippy Flap stuff doesn’t arrive at our door every day. Today Asus’s Transformer Book TP200S visited us. It’s a small form factor laptop that starts from RM1499. So how’s this plastic thingy? Let’s find out!
01| Unboxing & Showoff!
How about a test drive now, shall we?
02| Design & Build Quality
The design of the Transformer book TP200S is pretty decent overall. It is mostly built of plastic and seems that it could take some beating. The body seems to have no flex at all, which is a good sign of how solid is this laptop built. The laptop seems to be fairly light in laptop mode but when you flip it into a tablet it feels super heavy (assuming the user will be holding it with one hand and the other hand to touch).
One thing I loved was the hinge boy oh boy it’s been a long since I’ve seen such a stiff hinge (I used to have the old Dell laptops). I want to express it in a good way. While I flip the laptop 270 degrees the laptop feels sturdy and solid. Sure the usual wobble is present, but the stiff hinge tackles this issue.
Overall, I think Asus has made a good option for ports and a good option of building materials. Though I’d love Asus to improve on the weight and bezels on this laptop which can surely be done as they did with the ZenBook UX305, sure the UX305C didn’t have the flipping mechanism and wasn’t able to touch but yeah it was sure lighter and thinner. I think Asus’s mobiles are another example especially when they claim to combine a PC and a tablet. For our Asus Zenbook UX305C review, you can have a look here.
03| Display and Audio
The display on the TP200S is pretty good in my opinion. The TP200S is equipped with an 11.6″ inch 1366 x 768 screen. In my opinion, the color production is just okay, sharpness is okay, viewing angles are excellent and brightness is also okay, though, there’s room for improvement. The touch screen is one of the main aspects that made this laptop a 2-in-1, the display supports upto 10 touch points. Asus please give us thinner bezels next time! Overall, I would say the display is okay for the average user.
The speakers on the TP200S are good in my opinion and I would even go as far as saying that they sound way louder than the UX305C which I reviewed earlier over here! Though, that’s not to say the TP200S is a powerhouse its just loud enough to get the job done. In noisy environments it’s audible but I wish that the speakers should be placed somewhere else in my opinion.
The Asus Transformer Book TP200S performance. Here are the specs:
The TP200S as you’ve seen from the specs you’re getting a Celeron CPU paired with 64GB of internal storage ad 2GB RAM. I have the 2GB RAM variant of this laptop. So how does this thing perform? Well to be quite honest, I was depressed by its performance on the 2GB model. I guess this mainly has to do with the RAM as I noticed opening more than 1 tab gives the laptop a nightmare.
I had Google Chrome running a normal website and on the second tab I had a Youtube video running, the laptop had hard hiccups. As if you aren’t watching a video, I found that when you open more than 2 tabs on Chrome, the laptop lags and also closes the previous tabs, as usual. I think that “This laptop is suitable for those people who would be doing one task at a time.
Here’s the RAM usage. Yes, I know Chrome has multiple instances running at the same time, but many people love to use Google Chrome as their main browser. This is when Google Chrome is running 2 tabs.
Finding the outcome of this I looked up on Asus’s website for some research. I found that this laptop comes in two variants.
- ProcessorIntel® Pentium ® Quad-Core N3700 Processor
Intel® Celeron ® Dual-Core N3050 Processor
- Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
- MemoryDDR3L 1600 MHz SDRAM, up to 4 G, OnBoard Memory
- Display11.6″ 16:9 WXGA (1366×768)
- GraphicIntegrated Intel ® HD Graphics
- Storage– 32GB eMMC
– 64GB eMMC
– 128GB SSD
I have the Celeron N3050, 2GB DDR3L, and Windows 10 Home variant. Though, I would sincerely recommend the Pentium N3700 with the 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM to get the best out of this Transformer Book
If you’re looking for benchmarks, here they are!
Here are some CineBench R15 scores, just for my stats…
05| Battery Life
The Asus TP200S has a good battery life in my opinion. In 4 hours of using it the laptop battery dropped by 40% ( from 69% to 29%) which is pretty awesome considering that my usage was medium at 100% brightness. So if the battery was at 100% you could expect the battery life to be much longer, you could expect the battery to last you around 8-10 hours. Excellent work here Asus!
06| User Experience & Conclusion
Boy oh boy, no matter how good a laptop is, the user experience matters the most. Using the laptop was a fairly good experience in my opinion, except for the performance of this variant. The typing experience was awesome in my opinion for a laptop, the mousepad in my opinion is better than the UX305C since the right and left-click buttons in the touchpad are stiff giving you a sense of quality.
As for the touch, laptop mode seems functional, I mostly used it to scroll down webpages, it’s a nice feature to have! As for the bad, please Asus re-consider the bezels and weight of this laptop if you want to give it better functionality
As for this variant of the TP200S with the Dual-Core Celeron N3050 with 2GB, this retails for RM1,499. Would I recommend this laptop? If you ask me about this variant, No! I would recommend getting the higher spec of the Transformer Book TP200S.
This isn’t a bad laptop to begin with, it is overall an excellent masterpiece by Asus in my opinion if you get the higher spec Transformer Book which has the Pentium N3700 and 4GB of RAM, it may cost you a bit more, but it’s worth it. DANG I think this wraps up this review!
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