Anybody searching for a slim 13-inch laptop computer or hybrid has plenty of selections. Dell’s XPS 13, Razer’s Blade Stealth, HP’s Spectre x360, and even Microsoft’s Surface Laptop all match the invoice. All supply some variation on the concept of a extremely transportable Home windows laptop computer with a contact display (some as a clamshell, others as a 360-degree hybrid), strong state storage, latest Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs, an HD or higher show, and help for a stylus, generally included, generally offered individually.
The ZenBook Flip S from Asus would usually slide nonchalantly into this sizable parade of comparable techniques, simply another choice amongst many primarily based on the identical handful of widespread present elements. Asus claims it is one of many thinnest 13-inch 360-degree hybrid laptops, at 10.9mm thick, however that is not as a lot of some extent of differentiation because it was.
However when you can configure a lot of the laptops talked about above with totally different specs and equipment to hit your most well-liked finances, I used to be impressed by the beneficiant choice of equipment included within the ZenBook’s field.
Alongside the laptop computer itself was an energetic stylus pen, a USB-C hub with HDMI, USB-A and USB-C ports, and a slim carrying sleeve. Of these, the hub might be probably the most helpful, because the ZenBook has solely two USB-C ports for information and energy. Many comparable techniques pressure you to purchase all or any of those individually, together with Microsoft’s Floor Professional and Surface Laptop ($999.00 at Walmart). Apple‘s USB-C-only laptops are one other instance the place you are probably going to wish to shell out additional for a hub of some type.
The configuration reviewed right here is one particularly out there on the Microsoft Retailer. It features a Seventh-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, plus the stylus, USB-C hub and sleeve, for $1,399. This precise Microsoft Retailer configuration is not out there in different areas, however I discovered comparable configurations on Amazon UK for £1,399 and immediately from Asus in Australia for AU$2,699.
Configuring a Dell XPS 13 ($1,699.99 at Dell, Inc.) or Razer Blade Stealth equally will value tons of extra (largely due to the massive SSD laborious drive), however I discovered a model of HP’s glorious with comparable specs for across the similar value, and it even features a stylus and sleeve (however no USB-C hub).
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370U
|Value as reviewed||$1,399|
|Show dimension/decision||13-inch 1,920 x 1,080 contact show|
|PC CPU||2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U|
|PC Reminiscence||16GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz|
|Graphics||128MB Intel HD Graphics 620|
|Networking||802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth four.1|
|Working system||Microsoft Home windows 10 Professional (64-bit)|
Scorching and bothered
One factor I seen concerning the Flip S after a couple of hours — it will get sizzling. I pulled out my useful temperature gun and noticed that the underside floor temperature bought into the very excessive 90s (fahrenheit) even below modest websurfing use. On one hand, it is operating a strong Core i7 CPU, however, this isn’t one of many new technology of fanless designs on the market, so it ought to have first rate fan cooling. It positively felt uncomfortable after a couple of hours immediately on my lap.
Ports and extras are packed onto the slim edges of the chassis. A tiny sliver of a Home windows Howdy fingerprint reader labored nicely, when your finger occurs to land in the best place. I at all times spent at the very least a couple of additional seconds feeling round for it on the best facet fringe of the system, getting some offended rejection notes from Home windows alongside the way in which for not putting my finger on the reader correctly. However, once I did get my finger over it, login was almost instantaneous.
The fingerprint reader can also be situated simply up from the facility button. Like many skinny energy buttons situated on the facet fringe of a laptop computer, I invariably clicked on it by chance when selecting the system as much as reposition it on my desk, placing the whole factor to sleep. The sting is a horrible place for an influence button, but designers of super-slim laptops maintain placing them there.