Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370UA Review: Flat as a pancake
Where the Chillblast Helios 3 represents a UK PC builder fitting the latest hardware into an off-the- shelf case to make the most capable laptop possible for a reasonable price, the ZenBook Flip is what happens I when one of the world’s biggest computer manufacturers goes all-out I to show off just how thin, light and versatile a Windows laptop can be. Read our Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370UA Review.
Our test unit in both cases was based on Intel’s i7-8550U, a quad-core processor that delivers significantly better performance than predecessors that featured in the Flip S we tested a year ago.
Asus has shown just how thin, light and versatile a Windows laptop can be
On the outside, nothing has changed. Tills is still an incredibly slim two-in-one, with a hinged touchscreen that folds all the way back against the keyboard so you can use it as a tablet. At 1.1kg, it’s lighter than most modern laptops, but still noticeably heavier than even the largest iPad, making it unwieldy to hold in one hand and tap with the other.
Still, it’s possible, especially if you use the optional Asus Pen stylus. And it’s handy to be able to fold the screen back to watch a film or prop it like a tent to follow a recipe.
Carved out of aluminium and finished in grey or Asus’s distinctive blue, this is an exceptionally attractive machine, despite a little wobble in the hinge. The screen hasn’t been updated, and remains dimmer than we’d like, while covering only 85 percent of the sRGB colour range, For most purposes it’s fine. Asus also makes a 4K version, but we couldn’t find it in the UK, and frankly that number of pixels at this size is overkill, though colour quality might be superior.
There’s no compromise in the keyboard, which is nicely backlit and has good travel, and the big glass touchpad is also impressive. The latter temporarily stopped responding to some gestures at the edges, but then worked fine, so we’ll put that down to gremlins.
Overall performance wasn’t as fast as some laptops with this processor. Hot areas on the base and left side, as well as a very quiet fan, may explain why that is. Our tests showed that the i7 chip wasn’t overheating, but this is one laptop you’ll want to keep off your lap. Battery life, at six hours 24 minutes in our video-playback test, was better than before but still unimpressive.
This thin, Light laptop-tablet is reasonably priced for a premium device, though battery life is poor
The colour-accurate 4K screen makes up for a slower i5 chip. An i7 version costs
1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U quad-core processor • 8GB memory-512GB flash storage-13.3in 1920×1080-pixel screen • VGA webcam • Fingerprint reader • 802.11ac Wi-fi • Bluetooth 4.1 • 2x USB Type-C ports-SD card reader • Windows 10 Home • 11.1x311x211mm (HxWxD) • 1.1kg