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Back to School 2015: ASUS Chromebook Flip

August 4, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Here in the US, kids are already heading back to school. In fact, here in the midwest many kids have already had their first day. While others will start later in August. When it’s time for Back to School, kids always need new clothes. But they also need new tech. So what kinda of tech do they need to take with them? Maybe not a $700+ Windows laptop from Dell or HP, but a nice Chromebook would do them quite well. The ASUS Chromebook Flip is our choice for Back to School.

The ASUS Chromebook Flip is a bit small, but it is a pretty decent Chromebook. And because it’s small, its also lightweight. That’s great for students, especially with all the books they are carrying around. The unique feature of the Chromebook Flip is actually in its name. You can flip the screen and use it like a tablet. It’s pretty neat, and so far has worked pretty well. ASUS has a 10.1-inch 1280×800 resolution IPS display here. Which is a 10-finger touchscreen. It also runs a Rockchip RK3288 quad-core 1.8GHz processor along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. ASUS does have a 4GB model, however that is not available just yet. ASUS also includes 2 USB 2.0 ports, a micro HDMI port, Micro SD card reader as well as Bluetooth 4.1, which is great for attaching an external mouse.

While it’s not quite a tablet, and not quite a laptop, the ASUS Chromebook Flip is a great machine for getting plenty of work done. Whether that’s taking notes in a lecture through Evernote, or doing homework for your online class through BlackBoard. At $229, it definitely beats most tablets out there, and still can help you get a fair amount of work done. However, I will say that if you are a Computer Science or Computer Information Systems major, you won’t want a Chromebook. As it’s pretty tough to do some coding on a Chromebook, without installing Linux.

Other great Chromebooks available include the Acer Chromebook 15, and the HP Chromebook 14. Both are a bit larger, and more powerful. Obviously they cost a bit more cash too.