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A small, stylish and versatile Asus Chromebook for lessThe 10-inch version of the Asus Chromebook is a good deal inside a small package.
[MUSIC] The petite Asus Chromebook Flip is a versatile laptop that cost $300. It's a refresh of the 2015 model and look similar to the bigger 12 inch Asus Chromebook Flip. [MUSIC] This tiny 10" version is also a convertible. So it can be propped up as a tent, folded over as a stand, laid completely flat, or simply used as a tablet or laptop. It's so compact, it's a breeze to travel with. It easily slipped into one of my smallest purses, and barely took up any space in my backpack. In beta mode, the Chromebook can access the google play store, and download apps. The laptop features a new processor with a co-processor that's dedicated to running apps and that pays off with its performance. Apps run smoothly and launch relatively fast as long as there aren't many apps or windows open in the background. Unfortunately, it's uncomfortable to hold in tablet mode. When the screen and keyboard fold over the edges flail out and uncomfortably dig into your palms. It's fine to set it on your lap or on a table, but I was unable to hold it as a tablet for more than a few minutes before switching to a different configuration. Even though its screen is on the small side and its resolution is rather low HD video still looks sharp with life-like colors. I wasn't a big fan of the Asus' small keyboard though. The black keys give it a Macbook-like look and travel well, but the spacing feels cramped. I eventually adjusted, but I have small hands. If my hands are any bigger, I don't think I'd enjoy using it on a day-to-day basis. If you're interested in a decent small laptop for you or your kids, the ten inch Asus Chromebook Flip is a good fit. However, if you're not on a tight budget, I recommend upgrading to the 12:inch model. It's got a better design, faster performance for just a small jump in price.