Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA 4GB model: C100PA-DB02

Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA 4GB

Quick Description

This is an interesting device; it's a convertible 2-in-1 Chromebook which can be used as a laptop or a tablet. Its build quality is great for a device this price; with a great screen and metal construction.

This specific model can already run both Chrome Web Apps as well as the Android Apps from the Google Play Store.

If you're on the fence about getting a tablet or a laptop, this could be a great, versatile and inexpensive option.

This is a good laptop for...

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Frequently Discounted. This device gets discounted on a regular basis (34.85% of the time to be exact). It's so common in fact that I would advise against buying it at regular price.

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this laptop.$30-$150

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.~$20

Limited Workspace. The included screen has a lower resolution than the typical TV or computer monitor. This could hinder your ability to multi-task, especially if you work with multiple windows at once. On the plus side, things will tend to be displayed larger on screen if your eyesight is challenging.
This is easy to fix on a desk by connecting to an external monitor, but hard to address anywhere else.

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $90 on accessories, for a total cost of $640.

Currently Exclusive to Amazon for $543

Based on 724 days of observation, the Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA 4GB usually costs ~$330 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this laptop is $267.50. Rebates being very common, I would advise to wait before buying this laptop.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA 4GB to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Asus Chromebook Flip C100PA 4GB ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Laptops

Bang for the Buck1/5
Versatility for the Price2/5
Price1/5
Durability0.5/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0/5
Memory1/5
Storage0.5/5
Portability5/5
Autonomy4.5/5
Ease of Maintenance1.5/5

Tablets

Bang for the Buck1.5/5
Versatility for the Price2.5/5
Price1.5/5
Durability1.5/5
Power1.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Memory3/5
Storage0.5/5
Portability2.5/5
Autonomy3.5/5
Ease of Maintenance4.5/5

Large Tablets

Bang for the Buck1/5
Versatility for the Price2.5/5
Price1/5
Durability1.5/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Memory2.5/5
Storage0.5/5
Portability2.5/5
Autonomy3.5/5
Ease of Maintenance4/5

Netbooks

Bang for the Buck3/5
Versatility for the Price1.5/5
Price3.5/5
Durability3.5/5
Power2.5/5
General-purpose power2/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Memory4/5
Storage1.5/5
Portability4.5/5
Autonomy3.5/5
Ease of Maintenance3.5/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck1/5
Versatility for the Price2/5
Price1/5
Durability0.5/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0/5
Memory1.5/5
Storage0.5/5
Portability4/5
Autonomy4/5
Ease of Maintenance2/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Chrome OS, Android
Processor: Rockchip RK3288C
Graphics: ARM Mali-T764
Memory: 4.00 GB
Storage: 16.00 GB
Screen Size: 10.1"
Screen Resolution: 1280×800(149.45ppi)
Dimensions: 26.28 × 18.24 × 1.56 cm
Weight: 0.89 kg

The features

  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • HDMI (Micro)
  • Touch Screen
  • USB 2
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • USB Type-A
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • Built-In Keyboard

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Battery Replacement2/10A specialist might be able to help you
Memory Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated
Data Storage4/10Can be extended but not replaced
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 0/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 2/5
    Music Production 0/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 1/5
    Photo Editing 0/5
    Video Editing 0/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 2/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 0/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (4 / 4)

Texts & Numbers (0 / 6)

Drawing and Illustrations (1 / 8)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 2)

3D and CAD (0 / 8)

Music Production (0 / 7)

Photo Editing (0 / 3)

Video Editing (0 / 9)

Video Games (3 / 16)

Enthusiast Games (1 / 43)

Triple-A Video Games (0 / 46)

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