ASUS VivoBook S14/S15

Touchscreen, trackpad, and keyboard

ASUS VivoBook Flip (TP301UJ)
  • 10/10
    Packaging - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Design - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Connectivity and ports - 10/10
  • 7/10
    Screen - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Touchscreen, trackpad, keyboard - 9/10
  • 7.5/10
    Performance - 7.5/10
  • 9/10
    Battery - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Value - 9/10
8.8/10

Summary

ASUS packs in a great design with a stiff hinge into a convertible laptop. Performs decently, but lacks the real raw power in performance. For RM2,799, ASUS created an elegant machine for those who seek for a convertible and light gaming – a true all-in-one.

I couldn’t help but to say this – the touchscreen on the VivoBook Flip is fantastic. It has absolutely zero lag and the touchscreen is always accurate to the touch. Responsive too. I found myself always touching the screen for simple clicks and navigation, just because I’m too lazy, or maybe because of the trackpad’s only issue that I have.

TP301UJ (10)

That’s the size of the trackpad itself. It’s not the smallest trackpad out there, but it’s tinier than that I would like it to be. My fingers can glide on it pretty smoothly and pleasantly, and that feels great indeed. The other minor complaint that I have about the trackpad is again related to the size, which made the left and right click buttons much closer together. Also, ASUS didn’t split both the buttons into separate clicks, which requires some getting used to in order to differentiate between the left and right clicks on the trackpad. Again, a minor issue for me, and can be adapted over some short period of time.

TP301UJ (9)

Now, onto the keyboard. For me, the keyboard is one of the most important part of a laptop, and ASUS managed to make the necessary trade-offs while managed to ensure the typing experience of the VivoBook Flip to be fantastic. It’s an island-style keyboard with reasonable spacing between each key, and it’s the first criteria of a comfortable laptop keyboard. The next step is how the key switches are made, which ASUS opted to use the scissors style switch to achieve its thinness.

Although at first glance it gave me an impression that I’m going to hate the keyboard, I actually love that ASUS has did to the keyboard here.

kb switch

The scissors style switch here has quite a lot of travel distance – and thankfully, ASUS even highlighted and cleared the confusion around this issue in their product page by stating the travel distance of 1.6mm. It’s a decent travel distance – you can definitely feel the switch being pressed with its decent amount of tactile feedback too. Even so, I typed this entire review using the keyboard on the VivoBook Flip. Excellent! While typing this entire review, of course I took some breaks in between and played some games, which leads to the next section.


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