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Asus BR1100FKA: Robust, but with limited application scenarios

Robust, but with a reflective display: The Asus BR1100FKA
Robust, but with a reflective display: The Asus BR1100FKA
The Asus BR1100FKA convertible is actually an interesting device with its surrounding bumper and splashproof case. However, it lacks the necessary configuration to be suitable for a wide range of use cases.

An Intel Celeron N4500 runs inside the Asus BR1100FKA in our test configuration with the BP0109RA designation. This is the weakest processor from Intel's Jasper Lake generation, but it can be cooled passively thanks to its low power consumption, which means that it can operate silently.

Apart from the dual-core CPU's low performance, the very low amount of RAM of only 4 GB and the eMMC flash storage of only 64 GB are also noticeable in the Asus convertible's review. Most of the latter is occupied by the operating system and barely offers space for installing additional programs as a result.

In addition, RAM is soldered, so that users need to choose between 8 and 16 GB of memory before buying the device. The eMMC flash memory is soldered as well and is alternatively available in a size of 128 GB.

The optional WWAN can't be installed later either, since only the soldering points that belong to the connection are present at that stage. However, a big plus point is the free SSD slot that at least allows the installation of a second data medium, improving the storage situation considerably.

Asus advertises the BR1100FKA for students, but other applications come to mind as well due to the robust case. Nevertheless, the built-in display prevents outdoor use, since it's not bright enough, and it's also highly reflective.

In return, the Asus BR1100FKA is very affordable. Our test configuration is already available for under 400 Euros (~$475); the price increases to around 500 Euros (~$593) with the larger internal storage. Our review shows what else the sturdy Windows convertible has to offer.


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Mike Wobker, 2021-08- 2 (Update: 2021-08- 2)