With the Zenbook Flip, Asus has joined its knack for thin and light-weight laptops with a 360-degree hinged screen design to create a high-class changeable laptop. The Zenbook is pricey. However, it’s one of the most interesting examples of a convertible laptop around.
It comes with an 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, Full HD display and an Intel Corel m5 processor. However, there’s also a £750 option with a Core m3 and a 128GB SSD. The more costly model provides better value. However, the cheaper version has a respectable specification for the price.
|CPU:||0.9-GHz Intel Core m3-6Y30 CPU|
|Operating System:||Windows 10 Home|
|Hard Drive Size:||512GB|
|Graphics Card:||Intel HD Graphics 515|
|Hard Drive Type:||SSD|
Get the Zenbook Flip out of the box, and instantly it appears like a costly product, with its aluminum shell typifying Asus’ best ultraportables. The star of the show, although, is the touchscreen display, which folds 360 degrees into tablet mode. The Flip is remarkably thin at simply 1.37cm, yet has plenty of ports and features. On the left of the device, you will find the volume rocker, SD card slot, a single USB 3.0 port and power button. Move to the right, and you’re greeted with a 3.5mm combo jack, USB Type C, USB 3.0, Micro HDMI and DC power input.
Keyboard and TouchPad
Function keys are simple to press, with many of the features you’d anticipate. It appears slightly wasteful to have each a volume rocker and dedicated function keys, particularly when Asus has not made room for media control buttons such as Forward and Play.
The trackpad is also good. It’s fairly massive and has a smooth finish. Tracking accuracy is on point, making navigating small menus simple. Windows 10 features an arrangement of multi-touch gestures, with the Zenbook handling them nicely. The only real weakness is in the button clicks at the bottom of the trackpad.
On paper, the 13.3-inch screen is excellent. In practice, it’s a mixed bag. The vibrant IPS display delivers rich colors and strong contrast, and the touchscreen is sensitive. It has a 1080p display.
Audio and Graphics
I would not listen to music on the ZenBook Flip at anything apart from a maximum volume. If I listened to Adele’s “River Lea,” I packed a small conference room with sound when I made it as loud as possible.
The combined Intel HD Graphics 515 GPU in the ZenBook Flip. The Yoga 710’s discrete Nvidia GeForce 940MX GPU was the strongest with a score of 80,223.
Hardware and Performance
As talked about earlier, we received to test a higher end version of the Skylake generation here, with a Core m7-6Y75 processor, 512 GB of SSD storage and 8 GB of RAM, alongside the QHD+ screen.
However, the unit I suggest getting comes with a Core m3 processor (Skylake or Kabylake), either 512 or 256 GB of SSD storage and 8 GB of RAM.
On the Geekbench 3 overall performance test, the ZenBook Flip notched a score of 4,804, falling beneath the ultraportable class average of 5,457. The Inspiron 13 (6,458, Core i5-6200U), the Yoga 710 (5,965, Core i5-6200U) all performed better.
Despite the impressive performance, battery life is fairly good. The Zenbook Flip achieved 7 hours 37 minutes at 57% brightness in the Powermark benchmark, working via a cycle of 5 minutes of video and 10 minutes of web browsing. In my real-world testing, I found that I had around 20% depletion after 2 hours of web browsing.back to menu ↑
Our review unit price $749 and comes with a 0.9-GHz Intel Core m3-6Y30 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. For $699, you can get the same laptop, simply with a smaller 256GB SSD.
The Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA is a light-weight notebook that trades performance for a quiet, fanless design. It has a vivid display you can customize to your liking, and also you won’t spend too much time uninstalling trash from your machine. One of the best parts about this 2-in-1 is its long battery life.
When you have some extra scratch set aside, the HP Spectre x360 13t (beginning at $899) is the nicest-looking convertible we have tested so far, with a stunning display and powerful speakers.
However, when you worth pin-drop silence and endurance, the ZenBook Flip UX360CA is worth your cash.back to menu ↑
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