The Asus Transformer Book Flip TP300L is a nice looking Haswell powered laptop with a convertible screen, with a start-price of roughly $700 at launch (will get cheaper down the road).
I’ve told you a few things
about this line before, now it’s time for a proper review. I’ve got my hands on a TP300LA model (top configuration, without a dedicated graphics chip) for the last two weeks and put it to test. It is a pre-production sample though, as the actual retail units will only hit the stores in a few weeks, but it is identical to what you’ll be able to find in shops.
The Transformer Book Flip is Asus’s mainstream ultrabook line for the rest of 2014 and the TP300 is the 13 inch model within this series, with 14 and 15 inch versions also available. They are meant to offer good value for the money, so if you’re on the market for a Haswell laptop and don’t want to spend a lot for one, these units should definitely be on your radar, next to the Lenovo IdeaPad U and Flex 2 series, to name just some of the direct competitors.
is the Asus Transformer Book TP300 actually any good? Is there anything flawed about it and is it worth your hard earned buck? Well, keep reading and you’ll find out.
Update1: Added configurations and prices for both the TP300LA and the TP300LD.
Update2: Looks like this laptop is available from BestBuy as the Asus Q302LA 2-in-1 laptop, with a black (dark grey) case.
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP300 video review
The specs sheet for the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP300
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP300LA
Screen 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 px resolution, IPS, touchscreen
Processor Intel Haswell Core i7-4510U CPU
Chipset Intel HM87
Video integrated Intel 4400 HD
Memory 8 GB DDR3
Storage 128 GB SSD
Connectivity Wireless N, Bluetooth
Ports 1 x USB 2.0, 3 x USB 3.0, SD card reader, HDMI, volume rocker, Windows Start button
Battery 50 Wh
Operating system Windows 8.1 Pro
Size 22 mm think – 322 x 232 x 22 mm
Weight about 1.75 kg (3.85 pounds)
Extras stereo speakers, HD webcam
Design and exterior
The TP300 will not take many praises for its slender body. In fact, it tips the scales at 3.85 pounds, is about 22 mm (0.9 inch) thick and its rectangular footprint is rather tall for a 13 incher, mainly dues to its hinge, but we’ll get to that in a second. On the other hand, the entire thing feels solid on the desk and in hand and quite comfortable to lug around, as long as you don’t plan to use it in tablet mode much. Because that’s when you’ll really feel the weight and bulk. Lifting a nearly 4 pounds tablet is really a killer for my arms.
Aesthetically, the TP300 is quite appealing. It has some scents of Macbook Pros and some standard Asus lines. Metal is used for the lid cover, a dark brushed sheet of metal that will catch fingerprints and smudges like crazy. No kidding! Metal is used for the interior as well, but this time it’s a simple hunk of sturdy aluminum, with straights edges. The bottom is covered by a soft and smooth plastic, which does offer good grip, but is also prone to retaining smudges.
On the sides you’ll find quite a few ports, including 3 USBs, HDMI, a card-reader, a Kensington Lock, the Power Button, plus a Windows button and a volume rocker. There are also some status LEDs on the front lip. So not much to complain of here, except perhaps for the lack of a proper Ethernet connector, especially since there are no adapters included in the pack, at least not with this test version.
Overall, the Transformer Book Flip TP300 feels great and carefully put together for a laptop in this price range, with few exceptions. The joint between the aluminum unibody and the plastic rear is not perfect and leaves some exposed sharp edges that might catch the wondering finger.
The hinge however is sturdy and allows the screen to lean back to 360 degrees, a form
made famous by Lenovo with their Yogas. You won’t need a lot of effort to rotate the screen. The tablet mode however is flawed on this unit and hopefully that’s just because we’re dealing with a pre-production sample. The screen is is not properly fixed in place in this mode and tends to wobble when touched. On top of that, the keyboard remained active all of the time, which leads to accidental keystrokes, and the accelerometer was not working at all, so I could only rotate the canvas manually. These were highly annoying, but I’m confident Asus will get them fixed on the final retail units. They MUST!
Wrapping it up, the Transformer Book TP300 feels very well made for the mid-range laptop and perhaps better polished and sturdier than the Vivobooks, the clamshell mid-range line of Asus laptops. But the convertible touchscreen, with the entire hinge mechanism, does add weight and bulk, and that might not be what some of you are looking for in a 13 inch ultrabook.
Keyboard and trackpad
Moving on, the keyboard is definitely good on this Asus laptop, with deep enough travel and proper feedback. The keys are completely flat, well spaced and a bit plasticky, so you can definitely find better keyboards out there, but not necessarily in this price range. It’s not backlit either, and the European layout does have its odd key placement (small Left-Shift key, tall Enter), but I can’t blame Asus for that.
The trackpad is fairly good as well, properly separated from the palm-rest by some beveled metallic cuts, smooth, accurate and comfortable to use most of the time, especially if you rely heavily on taps and not on actual clicks. Taping it harder or actually clicking it will result in clunks, and gestures aren’t always properly recognized (I had problems mostly with two finger right clicks), but overall this is not bad.
I just wish the touchpad were bigger, there’s definitely enough space for that on the palm-rest.
Decent keyboard and trackpad
For the screen Asus chose a 13.3 inch IPS touch panel, bright, sharp and with great viewing angles. Its HardwareID is CMN1361 and it looks like a new panel, not one of those Asus used on their previous laptops.
The 13 inch screen is definitely good for this price range
There’s little to no light bleeding and the color reproduction is also very good, as far as my eyes can tell when having this device next to a recent iPad. The 1920 x 1080 px resolution is just enough to offer crisp fonts and elements, without having to worry much about potential Windows scaling nuisances.
On top of these, the screen is highly reflective, so using the laptop in strong light could be annoying. But the fact that the display can actually bend completely on the back, and even more, does make the TP300 easy to adjust to pretty much any working environment, from a desk to a couch or a flight seat.
And the colors aren’t bad either (TP 300 – left, iPad 4 – right)
Hardware, performance and upgrade options
Of course, all these would be in vain if this laptop would not be able to properly cope with daily requirements. But that’s not the case. The Transformer Book Flip TP300 is going to be available in a bunch of different configurations. I have one of the beefiest ones for this review, with an Intel Core i7-4510U processor, 8 GB of RAM and an SSD for storage.
A rather small and slow 128 GB SSD , which does not leave that much room for your own content after installing Windows and usual programs, but the speed bump over a regular hard-drive is appreciated. And you can upgrade the laptop yourself if you want to, although that might be easier said than done.
As you can see in the pictures below, it’s quite difficult to get access to the RAM. The visible unit is covered by a silver cap and seems soldered to the MB. However, HWInfo shows a 4 GB module on this unit, alongside 4 GB of soldered memory and the spare DIMM is placed under the Silver packaging next to the CPU. In case you want to access and upgrade it,
this post will come in handy, but I believe this slot can only take an up-to 4 GB module, and not a larger 8 GB stick.
The storage drive is accessible once you remove the few screws that hold it in place, and there’s no visible extra spare M2 connector for a caching unit. But it might be placed behind the motherboard as well, as Asus will probably offer this laptop with a HDD + Cache SSD combo as well.
Update: James noted in the comments that he tried to upgrade the storage drive on his unit, but encountered two issues:
“I’m trying to replace the hdd with an ssd and wow, I don’t think Asus wants you to do it. There is a warranty void sticker covering one of the screws for the hard drive caddy. Also, the hard drive caddy is wrapped around in protective tape.
I posted the image here: . The yellow sticker near the right edge of the laptop is what I was referring to. I used a blow dryer to slowly peel it off and then stuck it to wax paper. If I need to, I can reapply it at any time. Also that brown shroud covering the hard disk needs to be peeled off as well. Otherwise you can’t install an SSD.”
On that seal, Richard mentions that:
“Yes it was on one of the screws. It’s basically impossible to remove the sticker, it had loads of radial cuts in it so as soon as I touched the sticker it pretty much disintegrated. I suspect if you had a hairdryer to soften the glue, a very soft touch and a lot of patience you could maybe get the sticker off in one piece, but it’s very obviously designed to make that almost impossible.”
So actually upgrading this laptop is unnecessarily complicated byt the warranty voiding aspect. However, that Yellow sticker might only be present on units sold on certain markets (US and UK have been confirmed, can’t say for sure about others). So if you try to upgrade the HDD on your TP300, let me know if you encounter similar problems or not.
The CPU however is fast and the TP300 actually scored better in benchmarks than the
Asus Zenbook UX303LN I tested a while ago, despite having less memory.
3DMark 11: P1004;
3DMark 13: Ice Storm – 44119, Cloud Gate – 4640, Fire Strike – 547 ;
PCMark 08: Home Conventional – 2510, Work Conventional – 2820;
CineBench 11.5: OpenGL 24.03 fps, CPU 2.92 pts;
CineBench R15: OpenGL 23.58 fps, CPU 272 cb.
All in all, this Asus laptop will easily cope with most activities, including more demanding ones like running multimedia content or programming software. Modern games are out of its league though, as this unit only relies on an Intel HD 4400 graphics chip, but you can still play recent titles well enough on 13 x 7 resolution with details set to low. However, keep in mind there’s also a TP300LD version, with an Nvidia 820M dedicated graphics chip, which will show more oomph when tackling games.
Lower -end configurations might not get as snappy, especially if you opt for a Core i3 processor or a regular HDD instead of the SSD. The later can be further upgraded, but the CPU cannot, so make sure you’ll be picking the right hardware configuration for your needs.
Noise, Heat, Connectivity and others
The TP300 runs fairly quiet and cool. The single fan inside is always spinning, even when the computer is idle, so this device is never completely silent. But the Book Flip never gets too loud either. When running games, I measured a noise level of roughly 41 db at about 50 cm from the laptop, where a user’s ears would usually be. Not bad.
Update: A few users reported that on their versions the fan switches entirely OFF when using the computer lightly. That’s good news.
It doesn’t get too hot either, not even when performing rougher tasks. The pics below speak for themselves, showing you daily use and gaming temperatures. There’s not a big difference between them, but the laptop does get noisier when running games than when performing lighter chores.
The outer body remains merely warm. Air is sucked from the grill on the bottom, which is actually placed just on top of the heatpipe, so it’s important not to cover this. It is then blown out through the grill behind the screen’s hinge, which is rather unfortunate, because it means that hot air is blown mostly towards the screen. And as a result, the only part of this laptop that gets hot is the are just under the panel, around the Asus logo. I’ve never been a fan of this approach Asus have been using on many of their latest laptops and I’m not happy to see them implementing it on a new model either.
Hot air is pushed out towards the screen, from behind the hinge
Connectivity wise, the Asus TP300 offers a dual-band Wi-Fi AC wireless module for the top configurations (the base version however will have to settle for Wi-Fi N), plus Bluetooth. There’s no LAN either and my unit did not include any adapters in the package, like most Zenbooks do, but I can’t say for sure whether the final retail units will include some or not. It will probably differ from country to country.
The TP300 packs a set of stereo speakers, placed on the lower-sides and pushing sound towards the desk. The audio coming out of them is fairly good, natural sounding, but the volume is low and you’ll have a hard time with these speakers in noisy conditions.
Last but not least, there’s a HD webcam on the TP300 and an array of microphones hidden at the top of the screen, just between the glass and the metal frame, and these do their job well for occasional Skype calls, but don’t expect too much out of them.
The Transformer Flip is also quite a long-runner.
You should expect an average of 6 hours of daily use from its 50 Wh battery,while performing standard tasks: browsing, editing texts in Word and Excel, listening to some music, playing a few light games from the Windows Store, watching some movies stored locally or on YouTube. All these on the Power4Gear High Performance mode, with Wi-Fi ON and the screen at 40%. I did turn OFF the Auto-Brightness feature for my tests and having the brightness ay 40% is more than enough for indoor use, as this panel is quite bright.
You will get more than 6 hours if dimming the screen or switching to the Power4Gear Energy Saving mode. However, this mode tends to aggressively cap the CPU’s frequency (as seen in one of the pictures above), which leads to a choppy and mostly unusable experience, even when performing the lightest of activities, like a right click.
The laptop comes with a 45Wh power-brick and it requires roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes for a full charge (10 to 100 %), when not in use.
Expect 6+ hours of battery life from this one
Price and availability
The Asus Transformer Book Flip TP300 will be available in stores in Europe and other regions by the end of June 2014. Prices are going to start at 550 pounds in the UK, 650 Euros in France/Germany/Italy and roughly 700 USD in the US (my intial prediction was a bit lower, but looks like I was wrong). There will be quite a few different configurations available for this unit. Some of them are listed below (estimates, based on the prices in my country):
Intel Core i3-4030U, HD 4400 graphics, 500 GB 5400 rpm HDD, 4 GB RAM (on-board), 1366 x 768 px TN touchscreen, Wi-Fi N, Windows 8.1 –
roughly 650 euro (~$700 in the US); Intel Core i5-4210U, HD 4400 graphics, 500 GB 5400 rpm HDD, 4 GB RAM (on-board), 1920 x 1080 px IPS touchscreen, Windows 8.1 –
roughly 750 euro (~$800 in the US); Intel Core i7-4510U, HD 4400 graphics, 1 TB 5400 rpm HDD, 6 GB RAM (4 GB on-board), 1920 x 1080 px IPS touchscreen, Windows 8.1 –
roughly 900 euro (~$900 in the US); Intel Core i7-4510U, HD 4400 graphics, 128 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM (4 GB on-board), 1920 x 1080 px IPS touchscreen, Windows 8.1 –
roughly 950 euro (~$1000 in the US).
Those above are all for the Transformer Book Flip TP300LA. If you want to get the TP300LD with the dedicated graphics, here’s what to expect:
Intel Core i5-4210U, Nvidia 820M, 500 GB 5400 rpm HDD, 4 GB RAM (on-board), 1920 x 1080 px IPS touchscreen, Windows 8.1 –
roughly 800 euro (~$900 in the US); Intel Core i7-4510U, Nvidia 820M, 1 TB 5400 rpm HDD, 8 GB RAM (4 GB on-board), 1920 x 1080 px IPS touchscreen, Windows 8.1 –
roughly 950 euro (~$1000-$1100 in the US).
Follow this link for more details and up-to-date prices at the time you’re reading this post.
That being said, there’s a small difference between similarly configured TP300LA and TP300LD version, about 25-50 euro or so. Also, keep in mind that the most affordable version in this series, comes with a 1366 x 768 PX TN screen and Wi-Fi N only, while all the other feature the IPS panel described in this review and faster Wi-Fi AC.
At the end of the day, there are plenty of reasons why this could be your next laptop. It looks alright and it is solid built, it offers a good keyboard, trackpad and touchscreen, it sports powerful hardware and lasts for quite a while on each charge. Last but surely not least, the price stands by its side as well.
On the other hand, the Transformer Book Flip TP300 is bulky and heavy when compared to other 13 inch ultrabooks and that’s actually my biggest gripe with it and perhaps it’s only potential deal-breaker. Yes, it lacks a few other things, like a backlit keyboard, a proper way of outputting higher than 1080p resolutions and so on, but I for one would probably learn to live with those just fine.
After all, let’s not forget that we are talking about an entry to mid-level ultrabook here.
There are plenty of reasons why the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP300 could be the ideal laptop for you
The price is a bit higher than I would have hoped and just too close the the Zenbook UX303LA, which lacks the convertible display, but is much sleeker and lighter. But the market will take care of that and the TP300 is going to get more affordable in a few months.
Long story short though, the Asus TP300 sacrifices the light-weight for the convertible form factor, without actually excelling as a tablet, so you should ask yourself if that’s a choice you would be happy with.
If yes, go and check out this laptop in stores, you won’t be disappointed.
If not, there are other options for you out there. The Lenovo Yoga 2 13 and the
Dell Inspiron 13 7000 series are its closest matches, selling for pretty much the same amount of money, each with their pros and cons.
list of the best 13 inch ultrabooks out there is a good place to start your search, alongside this other list of affordable ultrabooks that sell for under $800. Asus also have a few other interesting devices in stores, like the brand new Zenbook UX303LA/LN (without or with dedicated graphics), the sleek Zenbook Infinity UX301LA or the more affordable Vivobook S301/Q301 series. Or if you really want a compact and cheap laptop, you might look at these options or at these Chromebooks.
Either way, the TP300 is imh a solid laptop for the money. But I’d love to know what do you guys think about this Asus Transformer Book Flip TP300, so make sure to leave your opinions below and your questions, if you have any; I’ll be around to reply.
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. I've a Bachelor's in Computer Engineering and I've been covering mobile technology since the 2000s. You'll mostly find reviews and thorough guides written by me here on the site, as well as some occasional first-impression articles.
December 13, 2014 at 2:14 pm
just wanted to let you know, that the hdd/ssd can easily be changed without damaging the garanty-void-seal. Just remove all the other screws of the hdd cage, then lift it up a bit (aktually it is automatically pushed up a little as soon as you remove the screws). You will then be able to remove all screws holding the hdd/ssd easily without damaging the seal.
January 3, 2015 at 10:57 am
I am very appreciative of your detailed reviews, and it really helps when choosing ultrabooks. I have a question on display of this ASUS. Is the screen as glossy as in dell inspiron 7000 series or is it more reflective/glossier? trackpad is another selling point for me, I played with dell 7000 trackpad and I was not fond of it. I hope the trackpad on ASUS feels better and more responsive.
Thanks in advance
January 5, 2015 at 12:32 pm
The screen is more or less the same, as it’s covered by glass as well, thus glossy and reflective. The trackpad is somewhat better on the Asus, I wasn’t fond of the one on the Inspiron either, as you can tell from my review.
January 5, 2015 at 3:15 pm
Andrei, I have a general display question, if you don’t mind? It was prompted by Bah’s question above: Is glossy/reflective an inherent feature of touchscreens? Every touchscreen display I’ve ever seen is glossy and reflective.
To ask another way, is it possible to have a non-reflective, matte touchscreen display?
January 5, 2015 at 4:38 pm
Mostly yes, because touchscreens have a layer of glass on top of the panel.
There are some devices that add a mattifying film on top of the glass, like the Lenovo X1 Carbon for instance, but these films usually cause a slight amount of graininess. So image quality suffers, at least imo. There are universal such films that you can apply to most devices, but I personally am not a fan. Most widespread are the films for the iPhone and iPads, maybe you can see those in action.
January 8, 2015 at 1:30 am
I’m trying to reinstall FlipLock after a format but impossible to make it work !!
Someone know this problem ?
January 10, 2015 at 8:33 am
Same for me. Fliplock is reinstalled correctly, but simply doesn’t work. I called Asus but they refused to help over the phone as I’d wiped and reinstalled. They insisted I return it to them… At my cost of course!
January 21, 2015 at 8:14 pm
install fliplock 2.6 for the i5 version and hdd protectiton tool
February 3, 2015 at 2:18 pm
could you please send the driver (fliplock 2.6 for the i5 version and hdd protectiton tool) to me at : bpraj70 at gmail dot com
January 8, 2015 at 5:26 am
Hi, I am currently deciding between this laptop and the Asus Vivobook Q301.
I have some concerns about the keyboard. If you flip into tablet mode, or anything other than a traditional laptop position, will the keyboard inactivate? If it does not, is there a risk of the keyboard breaking easily?
January 9, 2015 at 6:24 pm
The keyboard becomes inactive when flipping the screen past 180 degrees. You can still press the keys, but they won’t register any commands. The same happens with the trackpad.
January 17, 2015 at 10:53 am
I had the same problem. I installed last fliplok sw from Asus web site and didn’t work. Then I tried with ASUS Instal, an utility that let you install some drivers and programs and it installed an older version of the fliplock that works. I suggest you disinstall current fliplock and re install with ASUS Install.
January 20, 2015 at 10:59 am
Have you got a link for the Asus Uninstall you used please? I’m struggling to find it. I’ve tried Asus Live Update which says “no updates available”.
January 21, 2015 at 8:02 am
I disintalled the FlipLock software from the standard control panel/programs & functions. Then I restarted the notebook and run Asus Install. It proposed me to install FlipLock version 1.0.3 whic is the only version I found that was working for me.
January 9, 2015 at 5:14 am
I’m stuck picking between the Dell 13 7347 and the Asus TP300LA. I am able to find the Asus for $100 cheaper than the Dell with similar configurations with the exception of the Wireless card (AC vs. N) and a back-lit keyboard. Just wondering what your preference was between the two? And your opinion of the speakers for both from a sound quality and volume perspective. Thanks.
January 9, 2015 at 6:29 pm
I can’t really remember if the speakers were significantly better on one or the other, but none impressed me, so I’d say they are close.
My biggest gripe with the Dell is the poor battery life. Then comes the Trackpad. However, I did like the design and the keyboard. So if I were to choose between them, I would probably get the Dell, mainly because I’m alright with 5 hours of daily use and really need a good keyboard. If the keyboard isn’t that important to you, I think that Asus is the better deal, since it’s $100 cheaper.
January 24, 2015 at 1:24 pm
I am trying to decide between the Asus tp300la with the lower resolution 1366 x 768 screen, or the Dell 7000. The Dell has in its favour the 1920 x 1080 ips screen compared to the 1366 x 768 (is that lower resoulution always a TN screen as some specs suggest this is also ips). The Dell also has 2GB more RAM but is £120 more expensive. Base on the better screen, ram and keyboard, is the Dell a better package even though more expensive.
Also Dell state the 7000 has a Hybrid drive with 8gb cache? Is this a standard cache size? Or is it pretty much the same as the Asus who do not state it is a hybrid HDD?
I am looking at UK specs here.
January 25, 2015 at 10:08 pm
Hi, sry for the delayed reply. Yes, the 768p screens on the Asus are all TN panels from what I know. That alone would steer me away from the TP300, my personal tolerance for poor screens is barely null these days :P You might feel otherwise though.
The Dell that I tested used an SSH, a hybrid drive as you’re saying. Other manufacturers, including Asus, on the other hand usually bundles a regular HDD with an mSATA SSD used for caching, in order to acheive a similar approach. Not sure which configuration you’re referring though and whether this small SSD is included on that TP300 or not.
January 25, 2015 at 10:40 pm
Many thanks. Sorry for the double post!
I did indeed go with the Dell in the end. For £100 ($140) more I got 2gb more memory and the 1920 x 1080 screen so I think I got a good deal.
I am glad I did my research though as the shop do incorrectly list the Asus tp300la 1366×768 screen as being IPS not TN. I nearly bought it too.
The Asus model in the uk does not have mSATA or a hybrid it seems. Again the shops can easily miss vital details off or just get them wrong, so I was trying to entablish what it actually had. It just seems to have a standard 500gb HDD.
As a bonus, the Dell I bought came with the latest Broadwell i5 5200u.
January 26, 2015 at 1:15 pm
Uuu, nice. I wonder how the battery life ends up compared to the Haswell model I reviewed over here: https://www.ultrabookreview.com/5395-dell-inspiron-13/ . I you don’t mind, I’d appreciate your feedback after using it for a few days… :)
January 26, 2015 at 11:05 pm
No problem. Are their any specific settings you used when testing battery?
Low use – Default Power Saving mode and light internet use
High use – High Power mode watiching 1080p film
Somthing like that?
January 27, 2015 at 5:04 pm
I’ve been using more or less the same scenarios detailed in this post (battery section): https://www.ultrabookreview.com/6071-acer-aspire-nitro-review/ .
January 25, 2015 at 7:42 pm
Hello, Great Review
I was wondering, are all the Asus 1366 x 768 screens TN panels? I read a few specs which imply some might be IPS screens but may just be mis-labeling.
I was deciding between this and the dell. I can get the dell for with 2GB more Ram, the 1920 x 1080 ips screen and 1 year accidental damage cover for only £100 more.
Would you agree that the better screen and 2GB more ram is worth the extra?
Also, dell have an 500GB hybrid drive. I assume the Asus drive is just a standard 500GB.
January 25, 2015 at 10:18 pm
I replied to your earlier comment. Again, sry for the delayed reply, I reply to comments manually and they only appear online once I approve/answer them.
January 30, 2015 at 11:41 am
Hey Andrei, I am choosing between the Asus Tp300 LD and other Convertibles, is that NVidia Chip performance worth the hassle?, I use Software like Rhino and AutoCAD for my work, the VGA performance is important for me. and if the Asus isn’t good what do you recommend? thanks.
January 30, 2015 at 12:39 pm
I’m not sure if CAD and RHINO take proper advantage of the dedicated graphics chip. IN theory they should, in practice they might really heavily on the CPU and amount of RAM. On the long term though, they should benefit more and more from the dedicated chip. So it’s probably a smart move to pick something like the LD, but not mandatory.
February 1, 2015 at 10:56 am
Could you swap out/replace the standard 1366 x 768 PX TN screen with the 1920 x 1080 px IPS touchscreen? or would there be incompatibility problems? I managed to get hold of a new i7-5600u model but the screen is the lower res unit.
February 1, 2015 at 1:54 pm
Theoretically, yes. But that’s a bit outside my area of expertise…
February 2, 2015 at 8:06 pm
Thank you for the detailed review and video which actually made my buy the machine, however i am confused in a little scenario and need a little help.
In the US(where i am currently located) the only highest option to buy 13.3 version is i5 with 500gb hd and 8gb of Ram. I was able to fine the fully beefed up version on Amazon.de but the issue is that the keyboard is in German Layout.
However, when i saw your review you have same beefed up machine in English format, can you tell me where you got the machine from or where i can buy it and get it shipped to the US? I hope you understand my question, thank you.
February 2, 2015 at 8:21 pm
I has a test-unit from Asus, it’s not something necessarily available in stores.
February 3, 2015 at 1:10 am
Sorry, if my question was not clear. I want a i7 version with Engligh keyboard in the USA. Can you or anyone here help me locate one from a online retailer? Thanks.
February 13, 2015 at 6:17 am
Can I use this computer in portrait mode?
February 27, 2015 at 3:08 am
Hi, I’m from Indonesia and i just bought this product recently. everything’s great until i find that the wireless adapter feel a little bit annoying.
i’m not sure wheter this is the faulty from the device or my own mistake. because sometimes the laptop keeps connect and disconnect from the Wi-Fi connection, and my network sharing center too.
Anyone has the same problem with me?
March 30, 2015 at 1:58 am
I was comparing the ASUS i5-4210U (1920 x 1080 screen) with the comparable Dell model (13 i7347) also reviewed on your site. While I am looking for reasons to buy the ASUS (it’s so MAC like!) I had to hand it to Dell on a few counts. The Dell screen was so much sharper with better contrasts (also noted by you) and the sound was so much better. My question is this: is the Dell screen/visuals actually better, or is there a way to tweak the ASUS settings? Also, sadly, the power button is on the side and easy to press, putting the laptop to sleep. Or am I making a way big deal out of this.
April 4, 2015 at 9:48 am
Thank you for the helpful reviews you write, this one not being an exception.
I have a question for you- do you think that the TP300LD models would have a shorter battery life when compared to LA because of the graphic card? I’m talking about watching movies, light photo editing etc, not playing games.
Thank you for your time.
April 5, 2015 at 6:46 pm
Well, the dedicated graphics should not kick-on in those tasks and if they do, you can manually tweak the settings so the Nvidia Chip only fires with certain applications. So no, the battery life should not be any different than what the LA model can deliver.
April 6, 2015 at 1:14 am
Tocmai am comandat un astfel de laptop in Canada.TP300LA, I5, 8Gb, 500Gb Hdd/5400.
Crezi ca merita instalarea unui SSD aditional si marirea memoriei la 12Gb?
Il folosesc pentru Office, muzica, vizionare filme.
Ocazional editare fotografii.
April 10, 2015 at 2:50 am
I just purchased the new . But I was wondering why the Battery info of “powercfg -energy” command show the following output
Design Capacity 50103
Last Full Charge 47388
Is that 2 value should be the same for brandnew laptop.
April 11, 2015 at 9:11 am
well, it should, or at least the two values should be very close. Seems like your laptop had a pronounced battery wear out of the box. You should return it and ask for a replacement.
April 11, 2015 at 4:24 pm
After contact ASUS technical person, they said that 6% of wear level on new laptop is normal. T_T
April 13, 2015 at 7:56 pm
Meh, that sounds unacceptable to me and very arrogant of them. I’d return the laptop if possible.
April 25, 2015 at 2:50 am
i had a problem with this laptop,
the fliplock doesnt work, so when i fliped my laptop into tablet the keyboard and touchpad is still work.
would you like to help me fixed these?
May 25, 2015 at 1:41 am
Hi – I have the i3 4030U version here and I canot cnnect to the internet as it says that there is no working network adapter. Can you advise me what driver I need to download to make the wifi work – or is there something else that I am missing here?
May 25, 2015 at 12:52 pm
Is the WiFi properly module installed? You should check in Device Manager, under Network Adapters, you should find the Wireless chip listed if everything is alright.
You could also contact Asus support about this issue, it’s wither soem sort of drivers problem or the Wi-Fi module is broken and needs to be fixed (by Asus, under warranty, ofc).
June 10, 2015 at 1:13 pm
I bought this model few Days ago.. i3..
my issue is when d battery was low I plug in the power cable as it is 99 or 100% I remove the cable it immediately switches off.. without cable I can’t switch it ON. After 3 to 4 hours generally it is switching ON with battery
June 16, 2015 at 1:22 am
Hello, thanks for the great review. One question, my power button became loose for whatever reason and I opened the laptop up to see what’s the problem. I noticed that there should be a tiny small white chip attached to the motherboard (from the picture you provided above) that clicks when you press the button. The volume buttons had those white chips but the power button didn’t. I have no idea where the button went. I would be so grateful if you could assist me with my problem. Also, I would like to know what these small white chips are called.
Thanks in advance.
June 16, 2015 at 11:34 am
Hi Jason, sry but this is out of my league unfortunately. Maybe someone else could pitch in…
June 19, 2015 at 1:19 am
Hi! Thanks for this review. How does this unit fare with the new Asus UX305 that uses the Core M5Y10? I understand that the difference between i3 and the 5Y10 seems negligible. But in your opinion, is an i3/i5 Asus TP300 better than the 5Y10 Asus UX305 in terms of functionality and overall performance? Im looking for a laptop I can use for at least 5 years. :))
June 20, 2015 at 8:24 am
Performance wise, the i3 is going to be faster. The UX305 is very aggressively priced though and includes 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. i3 configs within the same budget won’t. Still, if you care about speed and especially if you want to keep this laptop for a very long time, I’d go with at least a Core i3 CPU (preferably an i5). Pick an i5 with HDD and less RAM if the laptop allows future upgrades, that could help with a limited budget.
June 20, 2015 at 2:26 pm
Thanks Andrei. Hmm. Well here’s what I need a laptop for. Research, SPSS, Photoshop, surfing and typing tasks, something I can carry when traveling. Is the UX305 capable of doing such tasks? Im in love with the design but afraid when you said it’s capable of “light tasks” in your UX305 review. How light is light and what are those light activities you’re referring? :) hope you can help me make up my mind :)
June 22, 2015 at 8:27 pm
Photoshop is a no for me on the Core M 5y10 platform. WEb browsing, multiemdia content and typing though are a go, as long as you keep multitasking as low as possible (as in run as few things at the same time as possible)
June 23, 2015 at 1:21 am
Can you recommend a laptop with little more power than the UX305 but has almost the same specs (thin and lightweight, i3 or i5) and around the same price :< :) or is there? :<
June 23, 2015 at 10:52 am
Id’ recommend the Dell XPS 13 2015 and the Asus Zenbook UX305LA
June 23, 2015 at 11:35 am
Yaay! My thoughts exactly. Do you have any idea when the asus ux305la will be available? :)
June 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm
Last I’ve heard it was scheduled for Early July.
July 9, 2015 at 6:59 am
I would like to know how do I connect with LAN? I have the adapter that connect to the usb port but i dont know how do i install or set it up since it doesnt work automatically.
July 28, 2015 at 9:54 am
Hi Andrei, can you make a direct review of these laptops: Asus TP300LD and Asus UX305
I want to know which is better to use on running intense programming applications and also which is better in terms of graphics, storage, and portability.
Thanks in Advance!
July 28, 2015 at 11:11 am
Which UX305 are you interested in? If it’s the UX305FA, then this one is thinner, lighter, fanless and lacks a touchscreen and a convertible form-factor. It’s also less powerful.
The TP300 is a 2-in-1, packs faster hardware, will probably last a bit less on a charge, is also thicker and heavier.
August 25, 2015 at 2:17 pm
Such a great review. I need to buy a laptop for my daughter who will be going to college. She likes the flip ability to be able to take notes in class with a stylus. She is an English major and does a lot of papers. She also likes to watch movies on her laptop and surf the web. Would you recommend this TP300 or something else? It is not easy to find the “right” one. Thanks!
August 25, 2015 at 2:53 pm
This isn’t goign to be the best for taking notes with a stylus. The screen lacks the technology for accurate pen recognition (digitizer) and the device is rather bulky and heavy. Something like the Micrososft Surface Pro 3 would be better suited for such tasks, imo. Or maybe something like the Acer Aspire Switch 11V, if you can find it anywhere.
August 25, 2015 at 4:06 pm
I kept pushing her to the Surface but she doesn’t like the detachable keyboard and thinks it is actually too small if you can believe that. She wants a 13 inch screen and likes having the convertible nature to use for note taking. Any other options you’d suggest? We tried an HP Pavilion x360, but she hears static in the headphones when they are plugged in and nothing is playing audio which is annoying to her. Other than that she is liking it, but it’s only been a week so I am exploring other options while I can still return that one.
August 25, 2015 at 5:29 pm
Hmmm, the Pavilion x360 is a lower-end 11-inch laptop, if I’m not mistaken. Are you talking about the Spectre x360, the 13-incher with a metallic body reviewed here: https://www.ultrabookreview.com/8042-hp-spectre-x360-review/ ?
August 25, 2015 at 6:38 pm
Thank you. I have tried to steer her towards the Surface, but she does not like the detachable keyboard and actually thinks it is too small. She likes a bit more substantial machine. The note taking with a stylys will be important for her as well as streaming movies and Skyping with friends. She’d like a 13 inch screen. Would you have any other suggestions for us?
September 14, 2015 at 7:16 pm
Hi can anyone place a video of how to remove the hdd i got to it but having issues with the connector since it is a cable and not a slot like in other laptops…. im afraid of breaking it
December 2, 2015 at 3:15 am
hi Andrei, i need to connect my ASUS TP300L to a LAN.same question as Maria up there. what connectors or cables should i buy? I hope you could help. Thanks a lot!
December 2, 2015 at 7:47 am
any USB to LAN adapter shoudl work.
March 17, 2016 at 7:36 pm
Hi, is the hdd/ssd 9.5mm or 7mm? I’d like to replace my hdd with an ssd but I wouldn’t want to mess with it until I got the right ssd.
March 17, 2016 at 9:12 pm
It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed this, but there’s a KINGSTON RBU-SC100S37128GD drive inside, which I think it’s a 7 mm drive. No way to go wrong with a 7mm SSD anyway, since those usually come with an adapter for 9.5 mm enclosures.
December 22, 2017 at 5:34 pm
Definitely a 7mm. I found this out the hard way by first ordering the 9.5 by mistake. Luckily I had another use for that drive and now have a 7mm 1TB drive installed.
November 2, 2016 at 10:40 am
Hi Andrei im using asusTP300L then the screen off & black.it wouldnt open anymore.what will i do? Thanks!
November 3, 2016 at 4:41 am
Can't say, you should contact the service.
December 22, 2017 at 5:45 pm
Hi Andrei, I just want to comment about your article. very good and informative info. I purchased my TP300LD in October 2015 for $499 US and have been very pleased with it with just a couple exceptions. I began receiving a Memory error and was quite worried when I saw the metal cover over the ram, but found that it is not soldered but has tabs on each corner that fit slots in MB. it pops off and on easily making RAM upgrades easy. Having said that, I was lucky that my Memory issue was on the removable RAM module and not the soldered RAM chips. Not sure why ASUS chose to uses RAM soldered to the MB. I'd have been up a creek if my problem were there. Another issue I have had (and one that my wife has on her TP500) is the WiFi adapter. Both of us experience sporadic WiFi drops and the Bluetooth was causing me BSD errors. I swapped the WiFi adapter with one I scavenged from an AIO PC and the Bluetooth errors went away. Now awaiting new Intel WiFi adapters and hope to see improved WiFi performance.
Just wanted to share this info in case others might be wondering.
Thanks for your in depth article.
December 23, 2017 at 6:56 am
Thanks for your feedback. Unfortunately most laptops in this price range can get various quirks, and there's no way for me to signal them in a review, as they usually occur after a while.
March 10, 2018 at 6:06 pm
there is a tab in the middle of the harddrive. how does one disconnect it
August 26, 2018 at 11:15 am
i bought the 4gb ram kingston KVR13S9S8/4 upgrade the ram from 4gb to 8gb but after plug in the system still show 4gb, if this ram not suitable can you advise what brand model ram is suitable to upgrade the ram?
i have restart the computer after input the ram but it still not works, should you have any solution on it?