The ASUS Chromebook Flip C100PA-DB01 is a bestselling 2015 10-inch convertible Chromebook that received positive reviews for its aluminum construction, hybrid hinge, responsive touchscreen, long battery life and good performance for day-to-day computing. However, its touchpad feels cramped, the speakers at the bottom get muffled easily, and the Rockship CPU is underpowered and not suitable for advanced tasks. However, despite some shortcomings if you’re looking for a lightweight productivity machine that can also function as a tablet the C100PA-DB01 offers excellent value for money.
The 10-inch ASUS Chromebook Flip C100PA-DB01 is one of the lightest Chromebooks in the market. Weighing only 2 pounds and measuring 0.6-inch thick, it is more portable than most mini notebooks. Its dimensions can be compared to that of the 12-inch Macbook, which costs significantly more. The island-style keyboard have slightly smaller than desktop size keys, but thanks to the adequate space in between getting back your usual typing accuracy won’t take long.
An uncommon feature on this Chromebook is its hybrid design with a hinge that allows the screen to be folded all the way to the back of the keyboard to enter tablet mode, a design usually only found on Window hybrids. In tablet mode, the main keyboard is turned off and replaced by an onscreen keyboard. For such a compact machine, the C100 includes all essential ports including USB 3.0, USB 2.0, micro HDMI and microSD. Except for the chunky screen bezels around the 10-inch 1280 x 800-pixel display, the design looks fairly modern.
The display offers adequate sharpness for the average user although due to the underpowered 1.8 GHz Rockchip processor the C100PA lags behind other Chromebooks featuring Intel Core i processors or the Nvidia Tegra K1 chip. That said, users reported hardly any stutter while streaming videos, editing Google Docs and browsing the web.
However, heavy multitasking did result in slower touch response and occasional lags. Having a less power hungry CPU enables the C100 to last 9 hours on battery and even more if you use power saving modes. Provided you’re willing to trade-off some speed for top of the line battery life, the C100PA-DB01 is an affordable option and a worthy alternative to many similarly sized mid-range tablets of the same price.
- Hybrid hinge design
- Aluminium chassis
- Long battery life
- Responsive touchscreen
- Underpowered CPU
- Poor sound quality
An entry level Chromebook with an interesting hybrid design and stylish aluminium housing. Great for basic web browsing and word processing but falls a bit behind with more complex apps.
- Weight: 1.95 lbs
- Processor: Other ARM Cortex-A17 1.8GHz
- Display Size: 10.1 inch
- RAM: 2GB DDR3
- Operating System: Chrome OS
- Graphics: Mali-T764
|Processor||Other ARM Cortex-A17 1.8GHz [View Benchmarks]|
|Graphics||Mali-T764 [View Benchmarks]|
|Operating System||Google Chrome OS Chrome OS|
|Battery Life||9 hours|
|Hard Drive 1||16 SSD|
|Display Size||10.1 inch|
|Display Resolution||1280 x 800|
|Display Technology||In-panel switching | WXGA|
|Connectivity||2x USB 2.0 | microHDMI | WiFi | Bluetooth 4.1|
|Additional Features||microSD/SDHC card reader|
|Dimension (LxWxH)||10.6 x 7.2 x 0.6|
|Warranty||1 year US|