This laptop is a rather unusual one. It’s the ASUS BR1100F laptop made for kids. And it’s rather affordable too – at only RM1,599 for this particular unit that we have here.
Okay, so what makes this laptop unique and “made for kids”? The answer is right in front of you – literally. This ASUS BR1100F is made with zero rounded corners. The main part of the chassis is made out of really tough plastic and has a 3D micro-dimple texture that provides a much better grip while holding the laptop.
In case the laptop actually slipped off your hands, then no worries – the sides are covered in rubber bumpers.
Opening up the lid reveals an 11.6-inch IPS LCD screen with 1366×768 pixels in resolution, and the screen actually looks good with my eyes.
The entire screen is also covered by… I don’t know what this is. It’s either a super-high-grade plastic or a thick sheet of mirror on top of the screen. When I knock on it, you can hear it’s… made out of a very tough glossy material.
The bezels are also extremely thick and I presume that is for protection purposes. It also has a webcam up top, together with a privacy shutter.
Also, it’s glossy because this ASUS BR1100F has a touchscreen. Yea – and the touchscreen works really well too. Because of the hinge, poking the screen doesn’t actually cause the hinge to wobble. This is an amazing hinge, to say the least.
I should also mention that this is a convertible laptop. It can be used in standard laptop mode, tent mode, stand mode, and also tablet mode.
While in tablet mode, you can also use it to take pictures of the whiteboard or something – which is quite okay.
The keyboard is actually rather good since it is tactile and has a decent travel distance and stiffness. ASUS also boasted something called a “gap-free keyboard” that prevents the user from using fingernails and prying off the keycaps. Also, the keyboard is spill-resistant and it can hold up to 330cc. Nice, since even I will sometimes spill drinks on my devices.
And there’s something that I only realized only after spending 2 weeks with this laptop. Look at the bottom of this laptop – see this? There are absolutely no openings for the fan. Yes, it’s a completely fanless design.
It comes with an Intel Celeron N4500 chip with 2C/2T, 4GB RAM, and 128GB of eMMC storage. Honestly, it’s enough for day-to-day use – even for me if I just need to get text and simple Microsoft Office work done.
I was also using Google Chrome for the entire time I was using this ASUS BR1100F and sure, it did have some stutters here and there – especially with YouTube – but overall, it held up really well.
One key highlight of the ASUS BR1100F is how everything is made to be modular and have its parts replacable. The laptop can be opened and the battery, keyboard, thermal module, screen, and even the I/O port can be taken out and replaced.
While we’re talking about the modularity of the parts, there is an empty M.2 SSD inside the laptop.
I should also not forget about the ports. As you can see here, there are a lot. On the right side, there’s a little cutout here is made for the 4G version but the version we got here only has WiFi.
On the left side though, we have all high-speed ports here and also an active stylus. This pen has two buttons on it and it works well enough.
Unfortunately, because my hand is too big for this pen but I think it’s good enough for kids. Once we’re finished using the pen, just put it back inside the laptop and it’ll charge.
Also, ASUS included a really cute and tiny little charging brick in the box that supplies 45W for this machine here. But let’s just say your kid forgot to take the charger back, or broke it. Fret not, you can use a USB-PD charger like the Ugreen 65W GaN charger and charge it up via USB-C.
I should also highlight that with my heavy usage of Google Chrome, it lasts for 9-10 hours easily.
Should you buy the ASUS BR1100F?
Yes, absolutely. At the end of the day – the ASUS BR1100F is a laptop made for kids and it totally achieves that goal. I mean, can hole it on the screen in such an unsightly manner and whip the laptop around – everything works fantastically well.
Some of the features – like the micro-dimple texture, bumper sides, and also the water-resistant keyboard are features that I really hope are available on more premium laptops. They’re functionally superior – and adults can make use of these features too.
And again – for the price of just RM1,599, this is an amazing laptop for kids and even some adults who don’t need the most powerful machine. The convertible form factor and a touchscreen make it an even better deal, honestly.