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A versatile and affordable Chromebook

Tablet mode

Rounded edges

Uncomfortable configuration

Tent mode

Ports

Rear speakers

Keyboard stand

MacBook-like keys

Physical buttons

Google Play Store ready

Cheap and chic Chromebook

The Asus Chromebook Flip is a simple 10-inch notebook that's a great deal for its price.

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For $299 (£349), the laptop can also transform into a tablet.

Note: AU pricing and availability have yet to be announced, but pricing converts to AU$375.

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The laptop has comfortable rounded edges when closed.

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But when folded open into a tablet, the edges flare out and uncomfortably dig into your palms.

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The tend mode works best for watching video.

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With a simple port selection, don't expect to connect many external peripherals.

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The down-firing speakers are surprisingly loud. Propping the laptop in tent mode allows the speakers and screen to shine.

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The keyboard can also be flipped back to be used as a stand instead.

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With its black keys and all-metal design, the Asus has some superficial similarities to the Apple MacBook Pro.

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There are physical volume and power buttons on the laptop's left edge.

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In beta mode the notebook can access the Google Play store and download apps, like an Android device.

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If you're interested in a small Chromebook for traveling, the small and lightweight Asus Chromebook Flip C101 is an excellent and affordable choice.

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