Asus Chromebook Flip (C101PA) review: Is this convertible the future of Android tablets?

True to its name, the convertible Asus Chromebook Flip (C101PA-DB2) can flip backward into a tablet. Given its compact size, you could just as well say you’re buying a 10.1-inch Android tablet with a keyboard attached.

Such a concept would have been sketchy just a year ago, when Google started making Android apps available to its newest crop of Chromebooks. And it’s true that neither Asus nor Google have completely solved the problem of how to re-format content for landscape-oriented laptop screens, let alone convince you that you’d prefer a Flip over a sleek, lightweight Galaxy Tab.

But the Flip is a bit small for productivity with adult-size fingers (though fine for the hands of my children, who frequently asked me if they could “help test it”). This $300 Chromebook’s real value is in combining an Android tablet and Chromebook into a single package, powered by a no-name processor that will handle everything you throw at it just fine.

Asus Chromebook Flip C101PA Mark Hachman / IDG

The Chromebook Flip effortlessly folds back into tent mode, and from there into a tablet configuration.

Chromebook Flip specs and features

The Chromebook Flip is small, thin, and light, which means you’ll inevitably come up short on some features that simply won’t fit into the chassis. The specs and features on this small Chromebook are adequate, though I’ll get into some shortcomings later on.

Display: 10.1-inch LED touchscreen, 1280×800 pixels

CPU: 2GHz Rockchip RK3399 (OP1)


Storage: 16GB eMMC (10.3GB usable)

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