The Lenovo Yoga paved the way for 2 in 1 devices with its robust dual hinge design, it had been tried in the past, but never with the same premium look and feel. With the Transformer Book Flip, ASUS is looking to jump in on the global success of the Yoga with a less stylish 2 in 1 design that offers punchy specifications at a competitive price point. Find out how exactly these two devices differ with our head to head comparison, including video and photos from the Transformer Book Flip Launch event in Taipei.
The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is a 13.3 inch Ultrabook with a display resolution of 3,200 x 1,800 and offers a touchscreen. It comes in options from Core i5 to Core i7 and is only 15.5mm thick. The design includes a dual hinge system that allows each hinge to only rotate 180 degrees, creating better tension throughout the full range of movement while rotating a full 360 degree rotation.
The ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP300 is a 13.3 inch Ultra Portable that offers a Full HD display resolution of 1920 x 1080, also packing a touchscreen interface. It also comes with processor options of Intel Core i3 up to Core i7, while the high end models also feature the Nvidia GT820 graphics chip. It comes with a single hinge for rotation, which does give it a much smoother rotation, but offers fewer viewing angles. If you’re unsure what this means, you should check out the video below:
If you are thinking about traveling with the Book Flip, I would consider what your needs are for tablet mode. If you are like me and you need to work and walk, then you’d better be prepared for a work out. Though the weight difference isn’t huge (1.4 kg vs 1.75 kg), it is enough to mean the machine doesn’t lend itself well to a comfortable in-hand, tablet-mode experience.
Lenovo has also integrated a Micro HDMI port for video output which is annoying as these cables can be quite hard to find and uncommon in peoples homes, and you may know from experience that Micro HDMI ports are not as durable as a full size HDMI. So if this is important to you, I would think twice.
The Transformer Book Flip is aimed at someone looking to get the most bang for their buck, someone perhaps who is after a machine with discrete graphics at a reasonable price. The Flip isn’t as stylish or well balanced, but it does offer the user all of the advantages of the Yoga, minus the finesse i.e. it is not as easy to hold or manipulate into tablet mode. The hinge likely isn’t as durable as the dual hinge design on the Yoga, as we saw in the video the range where the hinge provides resistance is a lot less than the Yoga. But how many people are using their device at such a steep angles anyways? Which is exactly the point of the Flip, you get the brute force quality components at a bargain price.
If you’re after approximate pricing in the US, based on EU pricing, we should be seeing the Transformer Book Flip in the following configurations, at the following price points in the US.
Transformer Book Flip: Model Pricing and Specifications Comparison
ASUS Transformer Book Flip Comparison
|Display||1366 x 768 Touchscreen||1920 x 1080 Touchscreen||1920 x 1080 Touchscreen||1920 x 1080 Touchscreen||1920 x 1080 Touchscreen||1920 x 1080 Touchscreen|
|Processor||Intel Core i3-4030U||Intel Core i5-4210U||Intel Core i7-4510U||Intel Core i7-4510U||Intel Core i5-4210U||Intel Core i7-4510U|
|Graphics||HD 4400 graphics||HD 4400 graphics||HD 4400 graphics||HD 4400 graphics||Nvidia 820M||Nvidia 820M|
|RAM||4GB DDR3l||4GB DDR3l||6GB DDR3l||8GB DDR3l||4GB DDR3l||8GB DDR3l|
|Storage||500GB 5400 rpm||500GB 5400 rpm||1TB 5400 rpm||128GB SSD||500GB 5400 rpm||1TB 5400 rpm|
|OS||Windows 8.1||Windows 8.1||Windows 8.1||Windows 8.1||Windows 8.1||Windows 8.1|
Over all, I think that ASUS will carve a niche out for themselves, but for those looking for a light and portable machine that doesn’t require graphics, the Lenovo is the way to go. If you need that extra punch because of graphic design or gaming and you want a machine that can transform into a media consumption device with great at-home portability, the Transformer Book Flip is definitely worth a second look. Especially since it’s a lot easier on the pocketbook.