Judging the quality of plastic Chromebooks has always come with added condition of their affordable price. The all-metal Flip, however, is a refreshing surprise and an amazing package for what you pay. You'll be hard pressed to find another Chromebook that's as sleek and slim as the Asus Chromebook Flip.
The metal body feels premium to the touch, leading you to think it's a flagship laptop rather than a cheap little Chromebook. Nothing at it price point will feel as solid and more than likely will be made of plastic.
In one of its first outings, the Rockchip processor also proved itself with gusto. The internals took on almost everything to task while offering up incredible battery life.
While performance is good, there are still a few kinks to work out when the Flip will intermittently crash on you seemingly at random. A new update seems to have fixed most of the problems, but it's an issue to look out for. The large screen bezels are also another issue, which you may find especially annoying since it looks like Asus could have fitted a larger 11.6-inch display.
The Asus Chromebook Flip isn't perfect, but it's an excellent little piece of kit. And for $249 (about £160, AU$337), it's so temptingly affordable that you might want to pick one up just to have a Chrome OS device on hand – even if you already own a MacBook or Windows laptop. I sure as hell want to.
Aside from the alluring price tag, the Flip is one of the best built Chromebooks to pave the way forward for more convertibles. Touchscreen functionality feels a bit more thought out, with a screen that actually rotates for once.
All the while, the Flip meets all the core tenants of an excellent Chrome OS machine, including stellar battery life. If you've been ho hum on Chromebooks before, this is definitely one to ... flip out about. (Sorry.)