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Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA (32 GB) Convertible Review

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 12/03/2015

An eyeful? The convertible alongside its IPS TFT presents itself as a bargain. Unfortunately, the HD panel is not absolutely recommendable after all.

For the original German review, see here.

Our US colleagues had the 11.6-incher in the test first: The affordable convertible that is sold for a price starting at 350 Euros (~$379) in Germany was awarded with a purchase recommendation:

For the given price point, the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA is hard to beat and definitely worth taking a look at.

Color-rich IPS panel (unfortunately, PWM at 190 Hz, see Display chapter below), strong battery life, decent speakers and USB 3.0 Gen 1 (Type C). The bundle is sold for $350. But wait a second; shops are selling the entry-model with 2 GB of RAM (vs. 4 GB) and 32 GB MMC (vs. 64 GB) at the same Euro price in Germany. Is it really recommendable then?

Yes (conditionally), because the positive unique features remain to be the IPS panel and the USB 3.1 Gen. 1 (Type C) port. None of the named rivals have a Type C on board. Then again, two more expensive devices sport a 500 GB hard drive.

Acer's Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122 (Celeron N3050/2GB/32GB) is only shipped with a TN panel for a price starting at 290 Euros (~$314), just like HP's Stream 11 X360 (no longer in retail) and Pavilion 11-n070eg x360 (399 Euros, ~$432, Celeron N3050, 4 GB, 500 GB hard drive). An exception is Lenovo's ThinkPad Yoga 11e (499 Euros, ~$541, Celeron N2940, 4 GB, 500 GB) with a color-rich IPS panel.

Consequently, Lenovo's ThinkPad Yoga 11e would be the best choice. However, the additional 150 Euros (~$162) puts it in another league; no-one spends 500 Euros (~$542) without a second thought. We cannot verify whether this device suffers under PWM for the lack of measurement.

The smaller eMMC of 32 GB in conjunction with the tight working memory does not affect the application benchmarks either positively or negatively, although the Write 4 K rates in CrystalDiskMark are doubled. Nevertheless, the limited memory capacity proved to be a massive drawback. 3DMark 2013 completely refused to run; PCMark 7 could first be initiated after we uninstalled diverse preloaded programs.

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Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-FV0108TS (Transformer Book Flip Series)
Memory
2048 MB 
, DDR3
Display
11.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, 10 fingers, InfoVision M116NWR4 R1, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Cherry Trail / Braswell SoC - HD Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: line out, microphone combo, Card Reader: microSDXC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: gyroscope, USB Type C
Networking
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18.45 x 297 x 201 ( = 0.73 x 11.69 x 7.91 in)
Battery
38 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 500 mAH
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.3 MP
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 33 watt power supply, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.177 kg ( = 41.52 oz / 2.59 pounds), Power Supply: 130 g ( = 4.59 oz / 0.29 pounds)
Price
350 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Display


243
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
264
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
245
cd/m²
261
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
InfoVision M116NWR4 R1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 264 cd/m² Average: 247.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 214 cd/m²
Contrast: 978:1 (Black: 0.27 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.75 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 3.28 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
62% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 39% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.59
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-FV0108TS
IPS 1366x768
Asus ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-DH04T
IPS 1366x768
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
TN 1366x768
HP Stream 11 X360
TN 1366x768
HP Pavilion 11-n070eg x360
TN 1366x768
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
IPS 1366x768
Lenovo Yoga 3 11 80J8001WGE
IPS 1920x1080
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
63 (22, 41, Plateau w. Spike)
Response Time Black / White *
40 (17, 23, Plateau w. Spike)
PWM Frequency
190 (90)
Screen
2%
-66%
-90%
-80%
-27%
-24%
Brightness middle
264
262.1
-1%
261
-1%
197
-25%
181
-31%
285
8%
290
10%
Brightness
247
246
0%
248
0%
189
-23%
161
-35%
285
15%
286
16%
Brightness Distribution
90
88
-2%
90
0%
91
1%
83
-8%
88
-2%
86
-4%
Black Level *
0.27
0.301
-11%
0.3
-11%
0.4
-48%
0.37
-37%
0.4
-48%
0.42
-56%
Contrast
978
871
-11%
870
-11%
493
-50%
489
-50%
713
-27%
690
-29%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.75
3.24
14%
12.64
-237%
11.44
-205%
10.11
-170%
6.39
-70%
6.5
-73%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.28
2.34
29%
13.75
-319%
12.54
-282%
10.72
-227%
5.41
-65%
6.35
-94%
Gamma
2.59 85%
2.24 98%
2.88 76%
2.45 90%
2.7 81%
2.76 80%
2.44 90%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
39
40.6
4%
36
-8%
42
8%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
62
58.8
-5%
57
-8%
65
5%
CCT
6855 95%
17914 36%
14995 43%
13522 48%
6082 107%
7156 91%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
2% / 2%
-66% / -66%
-90% / -90%
-80% / -80%
-27% / -27%
-24% / -24%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
40 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 23 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 97 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
63 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 41 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 96 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 190 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 190 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 190 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9367 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.


CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
AdobeRGB color space 39%
AdobeRGB color space 39%
sRGB  color space 62%
sRGB color space 62%
 

Performance


Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-FV0108TS
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
34 Points ∼16%
Asus ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-DH04T
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 64 GB eMMC Flash
34 Points ∼16% 0%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
35 Points ∼16% +3%
HP Stream 11 X360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
37 Points ∼17% +9%
HP Pavilion 11-n070eg x360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2820, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
26 Points ∼12% -24%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
33 Points ∼15% -3%
Lenovo Yoga 3 11 80J8001WGE
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
57 Points ∼26% +68%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-FV0108TS
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
62 Points ∼1%
Asus ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-DH04T
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 64 GB eMMC Flash
64 Points ∼1% +3%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
48 Points ∼1% -23%
HP Stream 11 X360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
76 Points ∼2% +23%
HP Pavilion 11-n070eg x360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2820, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
46 Points ∼1% -26%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
133 Points ∼3% +115%
Lenovo Yoga 3 11 80J8001WGE
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
131 Points ∼3% +111%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-FV0108TS
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
0.41 Points ∼17%
Asus ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-DH04T
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 64 GB eMMC Flash
0.34 Points ∼14% -17%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
0.38 Points ∼16% -7%
HP Pavilion 11-n070eg x360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2820, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
0.29 Points ∼12% -29%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
0.41 Points ∼17% 0%
Lenovo Yoga 3 11 80J8001WGE
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
0.66 Points ∼27% +61%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-FV0108TS
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
0.79 Points ∼2%
Asus ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-DH04T
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 64 GB eMMC Flash
0.8 Points ∼2% +1%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
0.79 Points ∼2% 0%
HP Pavilion 11-n070eg x360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2820, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
0.51 Points ∼2% -35%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGE
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Toshiba MQ01ACF050
1.57 Points ∼5% +99%
Lenovo Yoga 3 11 80J8001WGE
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
1.23 Points ∼4% +56%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-DH04T
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1568 Points ∼15%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
1577 Points ∼15%
HP Stream 11 X360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1471 Points ∼14%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-DH04T
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2935 Points ∼4%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
2951 Points ∼4%
HP Stream 11 X360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2585 Points ∼3%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
2286
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
2105
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1106
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
9.76 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
0.79 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.41 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
12.31 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
62 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
34 Points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-FV0108TS
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2591 Points ∼28%
Acer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, HBG3e 32G eMMC
2535 Points ∼28% -2%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L10-B-101
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1723 Points ∼19% -34%
HP Stream 11 X360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2564 Points ∼28% -1%
HP Pavilion 11-n070eg x360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2820, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1462 Points ∼16% -44%
Lenovo Yoga 3 11 80J8001WGE
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10c, Lite-On IT L8T-128L9G
3414 Points ∼37% +32%
Asus ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-DH04T
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2494 Points ∼27% -4%
PCMark 7 Score
2591 points
Help

Storage Device


Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-FV0108TSAsus ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-DH04TAcer Aspire R11 R3-131T-C122Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 L10-B-101 HP Stream 11 X360HP Pavilion 11-n070eg x360Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e 20D9000QGELenovo Yoga 3 11 80J8001WGE
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-18%
-32%
-34%
-30%
-30%
-13%
210%
Write 4k
20.49
10.24
-50%
8.925
-56%
0.679
-97%
4.9
-76%
0.577
-97%
1.234
-94%
34.96
71%
Write Seq
67.77
67.77
0%
42.23
-38%
92.43
36%
55.57
-18%
95.049
40%
120.6
78%
322
375%
Read Seq
164.5
159.3
-3%
159.9
-3%
94.88
-42%
173.4
5%
107.789
-34%
127.7
-22%
468.7
185%
32 GB eMMC Flash
Sequential Read: 164.5 MB/s
Sequential Write: 67.77 MB/s
512K Read: 165.1 MB/s
512K Write: 89.71 MB/s
4K Read: 18.05 MB/s
4K Write: 20.49 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 32.15 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 25.44 MB/s

Graphics Card


3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
15880 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
1476 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
239 points
Help

Emissions & Energy Management

 31.9 °C
89 F
29.6 °C
85 F
24.6 °C
76 F
 
 30.5 °C
87 F
30 °C
86 F
24.5 °C
76 F
 
 26.8 °C
80 F
25.5 °C
78 F
24.2 °C
76 F
 
Maximum: 31.9 °C = 89 F
Average: 27.5 °C = 82 F
25.1 °C
77 F
33.6 °C
92 F
35.4 °C
96 F
25.5 °C
78 F
32.3 °C
90 F
33 °C
91 F
23.9 °C
75 F
27 °C
81 F
28.1 °C
83 F
Maximum: 35.4 °C = 96 F
Average: 29.3 °C = 85 F
Power Supply (max.)  33.7 °C = 93 F | Room Temperature 20.4 °C = 69 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.3 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 30.3 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Convertible.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 54.8 °C / 131 F, compared to the average of 35.4 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 55.7 °C / 132 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.5 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 30.3 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (34.6 °C / 94.3 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29 °C / 84.2 F (-5.6 °C / -10.1 F).
Stress test: 1.6 GHz at 68 °C
Stress test: 1.6 GHz at 68 °C
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.36 / 0.36 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.6 / 4.8 / 5.1 Watt
Load midlight 12.5 / 11.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Pros

+ IPS panel
+ very light
+ long battery life
+ good ergonomics
+ decent speakers
+ USB C 3.1 Gen. 1, corresponds to USB 3.0

Cons

- PWM already at below 90 % brightness
- hinge too loose
- only micro SDXC card support
- low performance
- 32 GB eMMC too tight

Verdict

In review: Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA. Review sample courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de
In review: Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA. Review sample courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de

The Transformer Book Flip TP200SA is far from perfect, but the buyer might just be able to turn a blind eye or two at a price of 350 Euros (~$379). In fact, turning a blind eye is meant literally because although the IPS panel has nice colors and wide viewing angles, brightness is PWM controlled and that at a relatively low frequency. Not everyone will notice that, but when they do they should make use of their return rights.

Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-FV0108TS - 03/08/2016 v5(old)
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
68 / 98 → 70%
Keyboard
89%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
39 / 80 → 48%
Weight
73 / 35-78 → 88%
Battery
Display
84%
Games Performance
37 / 68 → 54%
Application Performance
43 / 87 → 50%
Temperature
84%
Noise
100%
Audio
56 / 91 → 62%
Camera
42 / 85 → 49%
Average
66%
80%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Sebastian Jentsch, 2015-12- 3 (Update: 2018-05-15)