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Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LA Convertible Review

Manuel Christa, Tanja Hinum (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 10/20/2015

Middle-class convertible. The predecessors' displays didn't exactly impress because of their low resolution and subpar brightness. Asus improved the Transformer Book Flip somewhat in that regard, but the new convertible is still decidedly average. We'll explain why in the following review.

For the original German review, see here.

360-degree hinges seem to have come out on top as far as convertible design is concerned, while tablets with extendable or dockable keyboard are relegated to more of a niche existance. Lenovo really hit the bullseye with their Yoga-series of convertibles, which is one of the reasons why convertibles with 360-degree hinges are growing in size: while most entries featured displays between 13 and 14 inches early on, 15-inch screen have become increasingly common. Leonovo's Yoga-series is facing stiff competition from other manufacturers, Asus being one of them. Last year's Transformer Book Flip was Asus' first entry into the realm of flip-around displays. The Transformer Book Flip TP500LA is the current iteration of the series.

The competition consists of other 15-inch notebooks with 360-degree hinges, like the HP Envy 15-w000ng x360, the Toshiba Satellite Radius 15, or the Lenovo Yoga 500-15IBD.

Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LA-DN133H (Transformer Book Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8096 MB 
, 4 GB onboard
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, 10 Finger Multitouch, CMN15C4, TN LED, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Baseline)
Storage
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, + 24 GB eMMC, 880 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Broadwell PCH-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo-jack, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR5BWB222 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22 x 380 x 258 ( = 0.87 x 14.96 x 10.16 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, 3 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.3 MP
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz / 5.07 pounds), Power Supply: 215 g ( = 7.58 oz / 0.47 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case & Connectivity

Fortunately, there are no changes compared to the predecessor Transformer Book T500LN as far as the chassis is concerned. The material of choice is still metal, which feels good to the touch and looks visually appealing. What we said about model we reviewed last year still holds true so we don't have much to add. Well, maybe one thing: the edges are very angular, which in turn improves stability. The convertibles listed above either feature a rounded bottom or a wedge-design. The Toshiba Satellite Radius, for example, yields to pressure at the perimeter for that very reason.

The selection of physical ports remained the same as well and includes the minimum standard of three USB ports - one of them USB 3.0 - as well as an SD card reader and HDMI. Elements typical for tablets, like a Windows-button and volume rocker switch are on board as well. The front edge only houses the two status-LEDs.

The WLAN reception is pretty decent as well and we had good connectivity 10 meters from the router lcoated on a different floor.

The webcam with a resolution of 0.3 MP and a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 pixels offers mediocre quality. For a convertible touting flexibility, the webcam is barely usable for video conferencing.   

The T500LN still ships with Windows 8.1 preinstalled. Users who would prefer the current Windows 10 instead need to upgrade on their own.

Input Devices

Keyboard
Keyboard

The keyboard features a typical, commonly-used Chiclet-design with rectangular, flat keys. Again there are no changes compared to last year. Typing is quick and easy, although we'd prefer slightly crisper feedback. Noteworthy is the fact that the keys in the bottom row are slightly longer compared to the other keys except the Enter and the arrow keys. During our typing sessions we didn't notice the difference, however. 

The pointing device is once again a clickpad, which means that the entire surface area or the lower bottom corners will register clicks when depressed. Just like the keyboard, the surface is matte plastic and feels good to the touch.

The touchscreen responds to finger inputs well but behaves identically to the predecessor, which means that there is a fairly significant amount of friction.

Display

The glossy 15.6-inch TN display supports Full-HD, which means a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels - something we would expect given the price point. Toshiba already announced a convertible with 4k resolution, although we expect that model to likely sell for more than 1000 Euro (~$1150).

We called the display of the predecessor "disappointing", since its average brightness of only 142.8 cd/m² was a pretty serious shortcoming in our opinion. While we can't give an "all clear" now, the new model has an improved brightness of 192.6 cd/m². Although that's average at best, at least Asus recognized the drawback and improved the display somewhat. The Lenovo Yoga 500 offers comparable brightness, while the Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 is quite good at 287.3 cd/m².

The black value if 0.5 cd/m² is decent but combined with the brightness, leads to a contrast ratio of only 392:1. While the results of predecessors TP500LN and the TP550LA were worse, the current Transformer Book Flip is at least average here.

190
cd/m²
212
cd/m²
194
cd/m²
180
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
186
cd/m²
179
cd/m²
197
cd/m²
187
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 212 cd/m² Average: 192.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 172 cd/m²
Contrast: 392:1 (Black: 0.53 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.17 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 7.12 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
67% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 44% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.26
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LA-DN133H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
Lenovo Yoga 500-15IBD
GeForce 940M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
Screen
11%
-22%
13%
-28%
50%
Brightness middle
208
154
-26%
205
-1%
205
-1%
183
-12%
293
41%
Brightness
193
143
-26%
201
4%
206
7%
196
2%
287
49%
Brightness Distribution
84
84
0%
87
4%
87
4%
82
-2%
91
8%
Black Level *
0.53
0.3
43%
1.33
-151%
0.28
47%
0.51
4%
0.25
53%
Contrast
392
513
31%
154
-61%
732
87%
359
-8%
1172
199%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.17
4.84
22%
5.6
9%
6.68
-8%
12.45
-102%
5.4
12%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.12
4.53
36%
5.38
24%
6.3
12%
13.81
-94%
4.33
39%
Gamma
2.26 97%
2.22 99%
2.18 101%
2.34 94%
2.33 94%
2.39 92%
CCT
6713 97%
7307 89%
7737 84%
6996 93%
16998 38%
6670 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
44
48
9%
41
-7%
37
-16%
34
-23%
55
25%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
67
59
-12%
54
-19%
83
24%

* ... smaller is better

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Our CalMan-measurements show that Asus once again uses a calibrated display just like they did for the predecessors. While the maximum brightness certainly hasn't been a cause of celebration thus far, the color deviation has always been fairly low. Other notebooks in this price range sometimes score worse. The Asus Transformer Book Flip and the competitors from Lenovo and Toshiba fortunately don't follow suit.

Using the convertible outdoors is not a very pleasing experience because of glossy display typical for touchscreens. This shortcoming can only be overcome if the brightness exceeds 300 cd/m² and the Transformer Book Flip doesn't even come close. Users who need to venture outside a lot should be aware of this drawback.

TN panels are not known for their viewing angle stability. The display thus exhibits the typical characteristics and deviation from the vertical axis causes a deterioration of the picture quality.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Graylevels
CalMAN - Graylevels
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
 

Performance

The Asus Transformer Book Flip makes use of the very frugal and widely used Intel Core i5-5200U. There's no dedicated GeForce GPU -  both the Lenovo Yoga 500 and the HP Envy 15-w000ng are equipped as such - so the convertible relies on the integrated Intel HD Graphics 5500 instead. The Transformer Book Flip comes with 4 GB of RAM soldered onto the motherboard and another 4 GB in the expansion slot for a total of 8 GB. The hybrid storage solution consists of a conventional hard drive and SSD cache and constitutes a good compromise between speed and capacity.

Processor

The Intel Core i5-5200U is a middle-class CPU with a base clock speed of 2.2 GHz and a Turbo-mode which can overclock a single core to up to 2.7 GHz. The processor with its low TDP of 15 watts was designed for Ultrabooks.

During our benchmark tests both cores remained at 2.5 GHz - even when the convertible was unplugged from the outlet. We also fortunately didn't observe any throttling, which is a reduction of the clock speed below the base frequency.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LA-DN133H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
104 Points ∼48%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
86 Points ∼39% -17%
Lenovo Yoga 500-15IBD
GeForce 940M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
108 Points ∼50% +4%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
103 Points ∼47% -1%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
109 Points ∼50% +5%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LA-DN133H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
196 Points ∼4%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
232 Points ∼5% +18%
Lenovo Yoga 500-15IBD
GeForce 940M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
257 Points ∼6% +31%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
258 Points ∼6% +32%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
253 Points ∼6% +29%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
4270 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
4227 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
7894 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3177
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6072
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4528
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.99 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
20.43 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.99 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
104 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
196 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
26.08 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
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System Performance

As far as the overall performance is concerned, we would have expected competitors with dedicated GPU to outperform our review convertible during the PCMark benchmark test. Not only did that not happen, but the Transformer Book Flip actually outperformed competitors with the same CPU and dedicated GPU slightly. We don't really have a logical explanation, although it's conceivable that the dedicated graphics card isn't a huge advantage in this benchmark, so the peformance of the hybrid HDD/SSD combo drive could be good enough to more than make up for the deficit.

PCMark 7 Score
2788 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LA-DN133H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2788 Points ∼32%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3991 Points ∼46% +43%
Lenovo Yoga 500-15IBD
GeForce 940M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2558 Points ∼30% -8%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2558 Points ∼30% -8%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2652 Points ∼31% -5%

Storage Device

Asus once again uses the 1 TB Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 we already encountered in the predecessor TP500LN. The drive spins at 5400 RPM and is augmented by 24 GB SSD Cache from Kingston. This hybrid solution allows the notebook to boot and resume quickly. The benchmark results haven't really changed since last year and the read and write rates are fair average. Only faster-spinning drives would offer better performance, but also consume more power in the process. Asus' choice to use a 5400 RPM drive is a good one, since the SSD cache helps out the performance anyways.

Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Transfer Rate Minimum: 0.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 117.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 35.3 MB/s
Access Time: 19.3 ms
Burst Rate: 72.3 MB/s
CPU Usage: 34.9 %

GPU Performance

Although the competitors from Lenovo or HP come with a dedicated GeForce GPU, the Asus Transformer Book Flip makes use of the integrated Intel HD Graphics 5500. The performance is certainly sufficient for desktop and multimedia applications. In this application, power conservation trumps outright performance.

The 3DMark benchmark test concluded as we expected and the notebooks with dedicated GPUs clearly outperformed the review convertible.

3DMark 11 Performance
1008 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
31553 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4202 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
667 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LA-DN133H
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1008 Points ∼3%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2322 Points ∼7% +130%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2131 Points ∼7% +111%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
1005 Points ∼3% 0%

Gaming Performance

One could argue that a notebook without dedicated GPU can't really deliver true "gaming performance" in the first place. For that reason, we kept our expectations in check - and rightfully so. A quick check with a strategy game released a few years ago reveals that the Transformer Book Flip can handle even older titles only if major concessions to the resolution and the quality are made. Total War: Rome II, for example, only runs fluently at a low resolution with the lowest quality setting enabled. If gaming performance is important at all, we recommend a notebook with a dedicated GPU instead.

low med. high ultra
Total War: Rome II (2013) 38262110fps

Emissions & Energy

System Noise

The fan system is nearly inaudible when the convertible is not subjected to a heavy load. While surfing the web or during video playback we couldn't hear anything at all - almost as if the TP500LA wasn't equipped with a fan at all. When playing games, however, the fan noise is noticeable, although still very well controlled at a maximum of 39 dB. The predecessor and the competitors offer similar performance here with only the HP Envy 15 w000ng getting significantly noisier at 47 dB.

Noise Level

Idle
32.6 / 32.6 / 33.3 dB(A)
HDD
33.2 dB(A)
Load
37.9 / 39.1 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

Our visual depiction below shows that surface temperatures are very well controlled. The predecessor featured the same chassis and similar hardware, but reached 46 degrees C at the bottom. The Transformer Book Flip TP500LA doesn't even reach 40 degrees with a hotspot of 37 degrees C according to our measurements. The Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 is equipped with the same CPU and approaches a much hotter 45 degrees C.

As long as the notebook isn't subjected to a heavy load, surface temps only reach 25 degrees C, so barely about ambient. The more efficient Intel CPU is probably the reason the new convertible remains cooler; improved fan management could contribute here as well.

CPU throttling doesn't occur even when the notebook is running our stress test. Both CPU cores more or less remain at their Turbo-maximum of 2.5 GHz with a reported temperature of 66 degrees C, which is not critical at all. Only very rarely does the frequency drop under the base clock rate like depicted in our screen shot.

Max. Load
 21.9 °C
71 F
27.4 °C
81 F
32.3 °C
90 F
 
 20.9 °C
70 F
25.8 °C
78 F
32.5 °C
91 F
 
 21.2 °C
70 F
23.2 °C
74 F
37.1 °C
99 F
 
Maximum: 37.1 °C = 99 F
Average: 26.9 °C = 80 F
22.2 °C
72 F
31.1 °C
88 F
31.1 °C
88 F
22.4 °C
72 F
31.4 °C
89 F
34.5 °C
94 F
21.8 °C
71 F
24.1 °C
75 F
27 °C
81 F
Maximum: 34.5 °C = 94 F
Average: 27.3 °C = 81 F
Power Supply (max.)  33.4 °C = 92 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 26.9 °C / 80 F, compared to the average of 30.4 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Convertible.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 37.1 °C / 99 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 34.5 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.9 °C / 75 F, compared to the device average of 30.4 °C / 87 F.
(±) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 37.1 °C / 98.8 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-8 °C / -14.4 F).

Speakers

The speakers fire downwards just like they did in the predecessor. The resulting sound is quite decent as long as reflection occurs from a solid surface like a table. Asus touts their "SonicMaster" software, which was - and still is - average at best.

For flexible multimedia notebook, the quality of the sound is certainly sufficient. The system is lacking a subwoofer to augment the bass, but mids and highs are pretty balanced even without a manual calibration using sound software.

Power Consumption

Compared to other 15-inch notebooks with the same CPU, the power consumption of the Transformer Book Flip is slightly lower. During idle, the TP500LA required between 4 and 6 watts; the convertibles from the other manufacturers need up to 8 or 10 watts.

Load consumption is also fairly low at 27 watts. The Toshiba Satellite Radius needs about 10 watts more, while notebooks with dedicated GeForce GPU require almost twice as much, which shouldn't be much of a surprise. During idle, the convertible with dedicated GPUs don't consume much more than the competition with onboard graphics, however.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.9 / 5.2 / 6.2 Watt
Load midlight 27.1 / 27.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

No, we didn't just copy the battery runtime for the WLAN test from the predecessor and the fact that the new convertible ran for 4 hours and 33 minutes just like the TP550LA is purely coincidental. The latter machine has a battery with a capacity of only 38 Wh, while the current TP500LA features one with 48 Wh. The TP500LN with GeForce graphics card is equipped with the same battery and managed to eke out 3 minutes more before shutting down.

Four and a half hours are not necessarily a bad result, although the competition outlasted the review candidate significantly: the HP Envy 15-w000ng x360 ran for 6.5 hours and the Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 managed almost 6 hours.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
4h 33min

Pros

+ fan is inaudible
+ good chassis
+ good looking design
+ high color accuracy
+ doesn't heat up much

Cons

- display is too dark
- lousy webcam
- battery run times are average

Verdict

In review: Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LA. Test model courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de
In review: Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LA. Test model courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de

Asus were able to incorporate all positive aspects of the predecessor, but unfortunately didn't eliminate all the shortcomings. The chassis looks good and the build quality is high - as it should be considering the price of 900 Euro (~$1030) - and the first impression is a very positive one. The keyboard, touchpad and the touchscreen are flawless and the lack of significant fan noise during normal use makes for a pleasant experience. The hybrid solution of HDD and SSD cache works well and the convertible boots quickly and frequently-used programs launch without delay. Users of the current Transfomer Book Flip likely won't notice any flaws at first.

Only a closer inspection and our tests reveal the shortcomings. The screen brightness of the predecessors with the older CPU was disappointing; the new model isn't much better and now can be called "average" at best in that regard. At least the color accuracy is pretty decent. The 0.3 MP webcam appears to be from a different era and offers inferior quality barely sufficient for video conferencing.

Some 15-inch convertibles come with GeForce GPUs, but if 3D games are not on the agenda, a dedicated graphic card is not required. The price doesn't always reflect it anyways: the HP Envy 15-w000ng x360 has the same CPU and a GeForce 930M GPU, but is still cheaper at 800 Euro ($910) than the Transformer Book Flip. The display quality of the HP convertible is even lower, however and a few additional compromises need to be made as well. It seems that the dedicated graphics card isn't necessarily the biggest expense: the Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 - equipped with a very decent IPS display and capable of long battery life - sells for 1250 Euro (~$1450), but only features an integrated GPU. The listed price-performance ratios show that the Asus Transformer Book Flip is a solid alternative as long as it can fulfill the individual user's needs.

Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LA-DN133H - 10/16/2015 v4(old)
Manuel Christa

Chassis
74 / 98 → 76%
Keyboard
70%
Pointing Device
76%
Connectivity
60 / 80 → 75%
Weight
61 / 35-78 → 60%
Battery
87%
Display
75%
Games Performance
66 / 68 → 97%
Application Performance
74 / 87 → 85%
Temperature
92%
Noise
86%
Audio
38 / 91 → 42%
Camera
25 / 85 → 29%
Average
68%
73%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Manuel Christa, 2015-10-20 (Update: 2018-05-15)
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Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).