This affordable Chromebook blows other models with a metal clad body. It’s also the 2-in-1 Chromebook that transforms into a tablet with just a flip. The 10.6-inch display is one of the better ones we’ve seen on a Chrome-based system, thanks to an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel.
The screen’s 1,280-by-800 resolution is lower than most Chromebook provide—even the most inexpensive models opt for 1,366-by-768 resolution—but on a 10-inch display, it doesn’t make much difference. The smaller-than-average keyboard will be a turnoff for some, but ultimately, the positives outweigh the negatives.
The Flip has two stereo speakers on its bottom that project adequate-sounding audio. There’s not much in the way of bass, which results in a somewhat hollow sound, but music played from the system is loud and clear unless the device is sitting on your lap, in which case the output often becomes a little muffled.
The Chromebook Flip is a neat little device with a lot of qualities and a lot of bang for the buck. The thing you have to ask yourself is if a device like this makes sense for your needs.
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