ASUS's Transformer Book Flip: The Best Of Both Worlds?

Introduced quietly at Computex 2014 yesterday, ASUS's new Transformer Book Flip uses the same 360-degree hinge as the new Dell Inspiron 11 and 13; you can use it as a notebook, but if you want a compact tablet, you'll be able to use the Windows 8.1 touch interface as well.

Alongside the Transformer Book V and Transformer Book T300 Chi, the new Transformer Book Flip is the most conventional ASUS PC announced so far at Computex. There are three Flip sizes to choose from — 13.3, 14 and 15.6-inch screens — and all are powered by Intel's latest processors, with quad-core Core i7 options available on the top specs.

Like other convertible notebooks, it's good to see that ASUS is enabling an automatic lock on the keyboard and trackpad that locks them out as soon as you move the hinge into tablet territory. Having a tablet doesn't mean much if you're still tapping away at keys when you're also trying to use the touchscreen.

Disappointingly, there's no local pricing or availability announcement, but as soon as we find out, we'll let you know. [ASUS]

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