Users are placing more importance on the design of devices, and manufacturers are working hard to meet this growing demand. Asus is among those brands that cover all segments. For those whose priority is that the equipment has an elegant and premium appearance, the company proposes the Asus ZenBook Flip S model. This convertible model boasts of being the thinnest in the world with an OLED screen and its details in copper color, and its size, among other features, reminds the HP Elite Dragonfly.
Performance, battery, and charging
If the Asus ZenBook Flip S looks friendly and premium on the outside, the specifications will not be less. The team does not skimp on the components, starting with the most advanced Intel processor, the eleventh generation Core i7 (1165G7), and a 16 GB of RAM solvent. With all this, it responds very, very quickly to everything you ask of it, and we have been able to have a thousand and one open tabs open at the same time and as if nothing had happened. In storage space, it also aims high with 1 TB.
How does it behave autonomously? According to Asus, it reaches up to 10 hours. In our tests, we have put it to play the video (with the screen’s brightness at 50 percent, maximum performance, and volume at 10), giving us about six hours. This time can allow you to watch a few episodes of your favorite series, but it is not consistent with other technical characteristics. To fully charge it, it only takes an hour and a half. The adapter to charge it is square and small, slightly larger than one for a mobile phone.
Asus ZenBook Flip S is a well-built device with a particular aesthetic (and unisex, despite the copper-colored details), elegant and distinctive due to the black finish. It looks like a quality device, and not only in appearance, it is also robust in any of the positions as a 2-in-1 device. Due to its 13-inch size, it occupies very little space, and although it weighs more than desirable, it is not a problem when you use it. You carry it in a backpack.
I like the idea of taking advantage of the touch panel with the Number Pad, a beneficial function for those who spend a good part of their day typing numbers. While it behaves fast and fluid in usability, it falls short of autonomy for what it is worth, 1,699 euros. He is the only one, but I see him.
The price, although it means spending a good amount, is not so much compared to other manufacturers’ proposals. For example, the 13-inch Lenovo convertibles with i7 and 16 GB are around 1,850 euros, although it is true that those of the Chinese company are more oriented to professional use. The HP Elite Dragonfly, with this processor and the same RAM, goes up to 2,500 euros. If you are looking for a similar proposal in terms of screen, that is, an OLED, you have the Specter X360 14 and Yoga C730 convertibles.
Design and display
With a 13.3-inch screen, Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX371) offers a size similar to that of an A4 folio (1.39 x 30.5 x 21.1 cm), so it will not give you problems carrying it in a bag, briefcase, or much better, a backpack to distribute the weight on the back. It weighs 1.2 kilos, a light figure on paper, but is considered 13 inches. It feels sturdy, sturdy, and a bit heavy when you pick it up. The hinges, with the Ergo Lift system (when opened, it raises the keyboard for more comfortable typing), also work solidly and efficiently
Its aesthetic catches you at first glance: it combines black polished aluminum (very unusual in laptops) with details on the upper part of the keyboard and the edges of both covers in gold. In the box comes a sleek plastic sleeve that mimics the same polished aluminum found on the laptop.
In connections, on the left side, it comes with an HDMI and two USB-C (Thunderbolt). On the right is a USB-A (and next to it is the on/off button). It is not a problem if you miss the classic headphone jack; it is solved with a USB-C to 3.5 mm audio adapter (included in the box). The card reader does not seem essential to us. Maybe it does to you.
The keyboard adapts to the dimensions of the equipment, and since it does not have space for the numerical keys, Asus proposes to use the touch panel with its application called Number Pad. It lights up when you press the tiny icon embedded inside it. I prefer softer and smoother keys for typing because I spend a lot of my work writing texts. You’ll probably find the keyboard perfect if you’re not a heavy user like me. The Number Pad works (wonderfully) in tandem with the touchpad, is very responsive, and responds to very, very soft touches.
The 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) 16:9 OLED touch screen commands attention and offers superb quality, with incredible color vibrancy and contrast. Ible (it’s a 500-nit panel from Samsung). Pantone validates it, so color accuracy is assured. For those who want to use the convertible before going to sleep, it comes with TÜV Rheinland certification.
If you want to get more out of this impressive screen, you can use it with an Asus pen, although it is not included. With the brightness set to half, it falls a tad short on intelligence indoors, though this ultimately depends on how much light there is where the convertible is.