Asus 2-in-1 Notebook Review: Q304UA-BI5T24
Today I discovered the Asus Q304UA-BI5T24, a 2-in-1 notebook that doubles as a tablet that’s equipped with Microsoft Ink that works quite well with Wacom’s Bamboo Stylus. This shouldn’t be confused with an earlier Q304UA (designated with B15T10) that features slightly lesser specifications. It ships with Windows 10 Home, which is just fine for my purposes at the moment.
This unit features a 13.3" screen with an Intel Core i5 processor. On the storage end, it has 8 GB RAM and a 1TB HDD. It does not ship with a stylus, and is priced around $629. If you’re a bargain shopper, they can be found in the neighborhood of $509.
This fills a niche with desktop features at a mobile-device price. It’s not a bargain if you have to spend extra money on applications, warranties and all the junk that’s offered at the point of sale. It plays nicely as a notebook or tablet, with or without a stylus. The hardware is high quality and not flimsy. This is built like an Asus, so, affordable does not mean that it’s built cheap.
Although I view this as a mobile device that incidentally runs Windows 10, it’s nice to have an included memory-card reader, a variety of USB ports and a HDMI output. Combined with a touchscreen and the ability to use a precision stylus makes this a very versatile device that is good for both business and pleasure.
However, this is not a mobile device in the sense that a lot of applications will either be unavailable or they will cost you money. The great thing about mobile platforms are the plethora of free applications. That should not discourage you from buying this great piece of hardware because there are plenty of applications available for free for nearly any task you need to get done.
So far, my only gripe is with ergonomics. The fingerprint sensor could be more conveniently located for easy access while in tablet mode, and, I’d like a way to protect the keyboard when I’m using this as a tablet.
The speakers sound great. I really like them. I haven’t tried watching movies or doing a lot of “media oriented” stuff yet. I just got everything set up so I can begin exploring the device. The keyboard is just right. I am a fast typist and I am used to using old-school buckling spring keyboards. That aside, I can get by with this one without any concerns. It does have a fingerprint scanner, I think that’s awesome. So far, no regrets. I hope to post more soon.
Next, I hope to dive in and find what applications work best with the stylus for my needs, and see how it works as a replacement to my Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 with S-Pen (2016,) which will still have it’s use because it’s more portable than this hybrid notebook. I also hope to cover some ground with some “real world use” for the average person.
If you are considering a similar device and work with a variety of computing platforms like myself; I would gladly buy this sight-unseen and look forward to it’s delivery. So far it’s integrating well with my Google accounts and I am happy with the purchase so far.