Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Asus TP500la Review

Hi guys , today I want to write about review of  the hot Asus Flip notebook in the market, that is Asus
TP500la. Firstly , we take a first look of it.  Just turn it around , it looks like a normal notebook , but it can be transformed into tablet with just a few steps.


In the event that you read Tent mode, Presentation mode or Tablet mode, you are likely sitting before a convertible audit. Such gadgets can be utilized as a journal with touchscreen, additionally collapsed back to a tablet on account of the adaptable showcase pivot. Clearly, there are additionally a few modes in the middle of, and the makers have pretty much imaginative names for them. The gadgets are accessible in all value ranges, yet in this way, the extravagant gadgets draw in us the most despite the fact that they needed to make a few bargains in transit. Watch this video firstly .......

The Asus TP500LN is marginally more extravagant than the normal gadget, presently you need to pay no less than 849 Euros (~$1092) on the Internet, however you additionally get a committed illustrations card; just the Sony Vaio Fit 15A multi-flip has offered one among 15.6-inch convertibles as such. This implies the gadget may likewise be fascinating to easygoing gamers.


One contender, the earlier specified Sony Vaio Fit 15A multi-flip, is harder to get following the Japanese sadly sold their tablet division, and Vaio note pads are not sold in Europe any longer. The HP Envy 15 x360 is another 15.6-inch convertible, much the same as the Acer Aspire R7-571G or the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15, despite the fact that the recent has no tablet mode. The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is somewhat littler with a 13.3-inch board.


We had not reviewed on a 15.6-inch convertible from Asus as such, in this manner we were exceptionally willing to see the case, particularly since the outside of the Transformer Book T300LA, for occasion, had truly inspired us. The Transformer Book Flip TP500LN looks refined at first look: The back of the showcase is secured with brushed aluminum and shaded in a pleasant looking anthracite. In any case, the showcase draws in fingerprints rapidly.


There is more aluminum when you open the presentation: Around the console and the palm rest is matte aluminum, like a MacBook. The straightforward shape with adjusted edges is reminiscent of Apple's style symbol. Lamentably, there is no aluminum at the base: You will need to live with dark plastic, however it is truly decent to the touch.

The solidness could be better in a few regions; you can, for occurrence, curve the lower left corner a lot, which can much trigger a tick on the touchpad. The showcase can be wound marginally too, bringing about picture contortions. Overwhelming weight on the back is likewise unmistakable on the presentation.


Due to the 360-degree pivot, the showcase can be pivoted totally. This implies you can utilize the convertible in diverse modes:

1.The Laptop mode can be utilized with a presentation point of around 90 degrees. You can utilize all information gadgets: console, touchpad and touchscreen.

2.The gadget is put on the edges of the showcase and the base unit for the Tent mode. The touchscreen is bolstered so it is less demanding to utilize.

3.The showcase is turned by around 270 degrees and put on the console in the Stand mode. This mode can be utilized for presentations or film playback.

4.The showcase is totally collapsed back and sits on the base of the gadget in the Tablet mode. This outcomes in a thicker and heavier feel than a normal tablet.

A preinstalled application perceives the present mode, and consequently deactivates the console and the touchpad with the exception of the Laptop mode, so there would not be any incidental inputs.


There are no ports at the front or back, otherwise they would have been rather annoying at these spots due to the convertible concept. This means all the ports are on the sides, and Asus fortunately placed many ports at the rear area of the sides.

With one LAN port and three USB ports, two of them support the USB 3.0 standard; the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN is well equipped. The Acer Aspire R7-571G, for instance, lacks the LAN port. This convertible only has a combined stereo jack, which is perfect for smartphone headsets, but you cannot use high-quality headsets with two connectors.

The webcam only supports the low VGA resolution and records noisy videos as well as bad pictures under bad lighting conditions, so the webcam is more of a must-have than a serious feature. It can be used for video calls, but you cannot really take good pictures. At least the color representation is okay.


The Asus Transformer Book Flip is furnished with a Gigabit-Ethernet module, which implies it can make speedier system associations than, for instance, the Lenovo Flex 15. The WLAN module from MediaTek just backings systems up to 802.11n, however even the more extravagant correlation gadgets are not quicker. 

The WLAN signal quality is great: Even at a separation of ten meters (~33 feet) from the switch, and through three dividers, we either had all bars or 4/5. Another two meters (~6 feet) and another divider between the gadget and the switch brought about 2/5 or 3/5, and stacking pages was marginally slower.


At the base of the convertible are ten screws that can be extricated with a typical Philips screwdriver. Nonetheless, this has no clear impact: The plastic spread can't be uprooted, which implies clients can't supplant the battery, the memory or the hard commute.


Asus offers a 12-month guarantee for the gadget. You will need to send the convertible to the producer or Asus lifts it up from your home. After a repair you have no less than 3 months guarantee on the supplanted part.



First of all: The keyboard of the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP50LN does not have background illumination. On the other hand, you get a numeric keypad, which is not offered by the Sony Vaio Fit 15A multi-flip, for instance.

The keys have a chiclet design with a spacing of 3 millimeters (~0.11 inches). The standard keys measure 17 x 17 millimeters (~0.67 x 0.67 inches), which is quite generous. Layout and lettering are pretty clear and logical, and even the arrow keys are separated, so the handling is quite intuitive right away.
The plastic keys are slightly roughened and therefore have grip, but they do not feel very refined. The typing experience itself is good, stroke as well as travel are okay and you get a decent feedback when you press a key. Only the noise of the keyboard is pretty loud and sounds rather cheap.


The touchscreen has no problems, it recognized inputs in the peripheral areas and can be operated very precisely. However, we do not really like the surface. It does not provide the good gliding capabilities we would have liked to see. This means the fingers have to overcome significant resistance to execute movements. The screen does support inputs with multiple fingers, but many multi-touch gestures, like zooming with two fingers, are not recognized.


Asus uses a Full HD panel and follows the current trend. Some competitors like the Sony Vaio Fit 15A multi-flip or the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro have even higher resolutions, but you cannot really see the difference in this display size, and the higher pixel count requires more GPU performance. Therefore, 1920x1080 pixels are not a bad choice.

However, Asus could have selected a brighter panel for the Transformer Book TP500LN: The average brightness is just at 142.8 cd/m². This is the lowest result among the competition by a big margin; the Sony Vaio Fit 15A multi-flip has more than twice as much brightness with 352.8 cd/m² on average. This is not a problem indoors, but we will look at the effects outdoors soon.

You can see the contact grid of the touchscreen when the display is turned off, but there is no such problem when it is turned on. However, large colored areas appeared slightly blotchy. This is not a problem of the brightness distribution, but rather, the coating of the panel.

Thanks to the good black value of just 0.3 cd/m², the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN still manages a good contrast of 513:1 – despite the low brightness. Still, almost every device within our comparison offers a better contrast ratio, especially the Acer Aspire R7-571G with 1096:1. A higher contrast, usually results in a sharper and more vivid picture, at least subjectively. It is therefore not surprising that the picture of the Transformer Book Flip TP500LN looks a bit pale and lifeless. However, we cannot say that the picture would not be sharp.

It is surprising that Asus already calibrated the panel ex-works; the profile is stored on the convertible and can be deleted at any time. Subjectively, this is not necessary since the picture is balanced and you can only see a slight hint of a blue cast.

We install the software CalMAN and use a measuring device for a more precise evaluation. With these tools we can measure the deviations of the colors from their reference value of the sRGB color space. Thanks to the calibration, the deviations are pretty moderate and we can see the highest value for blue. Green and orange colors are the most precise. The grayscale is pretty exact as well, high shades have the highest deviation.

Interesting for professional users: The coverage of the color spaces sRGB and AdobeRGB is insufficient: This means many colors cannot be represented by the display as they were intended.

The Asus Transformer Book Flip has some issues outdoors due to its low brightness and the glossy display surface. Admittedly, the device is larger than competing convertibles and a brighter panel would have improved the usability on the terrace, balcony or outside a cafe. Even windows behind you result in strong reflections on the panel and affect the readability. All in all, the outdoor usability is not really a strength of the Transformer Book Flip TP500LN.

A TN LED display does not create high expectations with regard to the viewing angle stability. There are actually heavy contrast shifts if you look at the picture from above or below. The situation with horizontal shifts on the other hand, is much better and the visibility with flat angles is pretty good.


On the one hand equipped with a frugal processor, on the other hand, with a mainstream graphics card – this is the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN. A compromise between performance and low energy consumption seems to be possible. The system can use 8 GB memory; an SSD is only available in Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro within our comparison, but the storage capacity is very limited.


The processor of the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN is an Intel Core i5-4210U with two cores and a nominal clock of 1.7 GHz. Thanks to Hyperthreading, the CPU can execute up to four threads simultaneously, and reach a clock of up to 2.7 GHz (2.4 GHz for both cores) via Turbo Boost.
Asus decided to integrate a faster processor compared to its rivals. The Acer Aspire R7-571G still uses a processor from Intel's Ivy Bridge generation, which is hardly faster, despite the higher clock. Far behind, is the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15 with its Intel Pentium 3556U.
We could not notice any delays during our tasks in practice, multi-tasking was just as fast as picture or simple video editing. The full Turbo potential of the processor can be used on battery power, so you always have the full performance.

System Performance

The system configuration is pretty balanced: Processor and dedicated graphics card offer mainstream performance and work well together without any bottlenecks. 8 GB of memory is sufficient for most applications. An SSD could accelerate system and application starts, but you get a larger hard drive with a small SSD cache.
Most competitors cannot keep up with the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN in the synthetic benchmarks due to the missing or slower dedicated graphics card. Only the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro with its SSD manages a small lead.

Storage Devices

The Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 with a capacity of 1 TB is supported by a 24 GB SSD cache, which is supposed to improve the performance of frequently used data. The system obviously has to put those frequently used data into the cache, so the effect is small at the beginning and increases over time.
It does not have an effect on the synthetic benchmarks, either. Our review sample is similar to the comparison convertibles in terms of transfer rates and access times. You do not notice any long warm-up times of the hard drive; system and application starts were acceptable.


The GeForce 840M is a mainstream GPU that was launched around six months ago. Its big performance limitation is the slow memory interface (64-bit) that can only use DDR3 memory. This is noticeable in higher resolutions and with larger textures in particular, or more precisely with large amounts of data. At least you get an increased L2 cache in return.

The GPU can clearly beat the GeForce GT 735M in the Sony Vaio Fit 15A multi-flip in the synthetic benchmarks, but is also noticeably slower than the GT 750M in the Acer Aspire R7-571G. We will evaluate the effect on the gaming performance in the next section.

Gaming Performance

The mainstream performance of the GeForce 840M is sufficient for smooth gameplay with all tested games in medium details. You might even use higher settings in older titles without significant drops in the frame rate.

The latest titles like Watch Dogs are more demanding, so you will eventually have to set the details to minimum to ensure smooth gameplay in every situation. Full HD and full details are only possible with very simple games like FIFA 14.

You can use the full GPU clock on battery power and it does not matter what energy profile you use. Gaming on the road is therefore no problem.


The warming of the case is hardly perceptible when idle. The bottom of the case reaches a maximum temperature of 28.7 °C (~88.66 °F) at the left rear and the warming is even lower on top of the base unit, the palm rest in particular stays cool.

This applies to the load as well: The front area of the top just gets slightly warm, and the rear area is not much warmer, either. However, the bottom reaches up to 46 °C (~114.8 °F) – this is definitely noticeable, but you can still use the device on your lap, even under maximum load. The warming is also limited to local hot spots and not the whole case, which is also a positive aspect.

Our stress test results in maximum load of the CPU as well as the GPU and we monitor the temperatures and performance over the course of the test. We are happy to say that neither the CPU nor the GPU get too hot under maximum load: The temperatures stay well below 80 °C (~176 °F), so there should not be any durability issues for the components. The processor is able to maintain its maximum Turbo clock of 2.4 GHz under maximum load, but the GPU throttles to 850 MHz compared to the maximum clock of 1,029 MHz.

The graphics card can use its full Turbo potential if you only stress the GPU and not the CPU. This scenario is much more probable during gaming compared to maximum load for both components. This means you cannot completely rule out throttling of the GPU during gaming, but it is usually only a problem if you really stress the CPU at the same time.


System Noise

There are no air vents at the sides of the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN, the whole area behind the hinge is used to discharge the warm air from the case instead. This is not a bad place, the warm air flows to the back, the fan noise is directed away from the user, and the warm air does not get in contact with the mouse hand.

The fan is very quiet while idling and is often completely deactivated. The murmur of the hard drive is the only audible noise most of the time, but you have to get very close to hear it. We can measure up to 31.8 dB(A) while idling. The fan increases its noise by stages, under load up to a maximum system noise of 39.1 dB(A), which is audible. The fan noise is always acceptable, but you can sometimes hear a slight whistling noise. However, the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN is pretty quiet under maximum load compared to the Vaio Fit 15A multi-flip (46.2 dB(A)) or the HP Envy 15 x360 (46.7 dB(A)).


The two speakers are located beneath the front edge. This means they are not directly facing towards the user, but the surface beneath, so the sound has to be reflected first. This works well with solid surfaces, but not with soft ones. If you, however, use the convertible in the tablet mode, the sound improves slightly because the speakers are directed towards the user.
Overall, the sound is somewhat muffled, and the provided software Audio Wizard cannot change that. The pre-configured sound profiles do not really differ, but you should keep the software activated, otherwise the sound is even more muffled and very focused on the high tones. With the support of the software, the high and medium tones are pretty balanced, but bass is still almost non-existent. At least there are no distortions at the maximum volume. By the way, the latter is sufficiently loud, but not loud enough for a party. The Transformer Book Flip TP500LN cannot keep up with external speakers or the great speakers of the HP Envy 15 x360.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Asus did a good job in terms of power consumption: It does not consume any power when it is turned off, and only 0.2 Watts during standby. We measured at least 9.8 Watts when idle – this is slightly more than the comparison devices, but the maximum idling consumption is decent with 12.9 Watts.
The absolute maximum consumption is 55.3 Watts. The majority of comparable devices need less power, but there are also negative examples like the Acer Aspire R7-571G, which consumes up to 84 Watts with its GeForce GT750M.

Battery Runtime

The battery has a capacity of 48 Wh, which means it is one of the largest batteries within the comparison, apart from the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, but the differences are not huge. You can watch two long movies or play StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm for 72 minutes with medium settings in any case before the convertible has to be recharged.

Our review sample is pretty much right in the middle between our comparison devices in our more realistic WLAN test: We adjust the panel brightness to 150 nits and run a script that regularly opens new websites, sometimes with videos or many pictures to simulate common web browsing. Our review sample managed 4:36 hours, the HP Envy 15 x360 and Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro last more than 5:30 hours, but Aspire R7-571G and Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15 have to be recharged sooner.

All in all, the battery runtimes are decent, but only average for a convertible. The reasons for this are certainly the size and the dedicated graphics card. This means the runtime should not be your most important criteria if you want to buy the Transformer Book Flip TP500LN.


You need to make bargains in the event that you need to join a 15.6-inch scratch pad with a tablet – at any rate this applies for the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN and the dominant part of gadgets we have inspected as such. The rating of the convertible could have been exceptional than "Normal" in the event that it simply had a brighter presentation, a marginally sturdier case, better speakers and possibly a lit up console.

There are clearly positive viewpoints about Asus' 15.6-inch convertible too: First of all the devoted illustrations card, which implies the Transformer Book Flip TP500LN is a convertible with gaming capacities. It is normally not sufficiently effective for Full HD, but rather in any event for medium settings. You likewise get Gigabit-Ethernet and similarly numerous ports.

On the other hand, there are likewise numerous things that are not so much thoroughly considered or must be waived to lessen the value: The webcam is underneath normal, you can't keep up the gadget, the touchscreen has downsides as far as taking care of and the plastic surface of the console leaves a shoddy impression.

At long last, the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN is presumably exactly what it needs to be: A strong standard gadget, which has some unpleasant edges and blemishes, however a lower value contrasted with top of the line convertibles. It is, in any case, heartbreaking, that even little upgrades could have brought about a more advanced impression. The convertible may be a decent decision on the off chance that you would prefer not to spend a ton of cash and once in a while utilize the tablet outside, however need great framework execution and a pleasant case .  Source

1 comment:

  1. I am really liking this computer, with one exception. My one year warranty is expired and my battery is getting "iffy". I called Asus support to get information on a new battery. As the battery is integrated into the computer, the computer must be sent in to have a new battery installed, at a cost of +/- $550.00(in addition to the lost use of my computer). As the computer was purchased for $700.00, $550.00 for a new battery does not seem reasonable.