Asus ZenBook Flip S

Cool factor 4/5
Usability 4½/5
Value for money 2/5

Asus has an innovative lineup of laptops for various uses. The FM has been testing the two-in-one ZenBook Flip S (model UX371E), which is more mainstream than its dual-screen variant.

As the name suggests, it has a flip-out 360° ErgoLift hinge. It is lightweight, at 1.2kg, and is 13.9mm thin. The screen can be flipped all the way around until the keyboard faces the other way. This allows you to switch from laptop to tablet mode or to use the stylus. I worked between my office, dining room and couch with ease.

The elegant ZenBook Flip S comes in black with copper diamond-cut highlights, and a brushed aluminium deco bar above its edge-to-edge keyboard. This gives it a luxurious finish. The letters on the backlit keyboard also match the accents, and the touchpad doubles up as a number pad.

The 13-inch 4K OLED display (3840x2160) has a 178° wide viewing angle — necessary for nontraditional modes, as when the Asus Pen is used with Windows Ink support. You can draw, annotate or write in supported apps, and Windows Ink lets you create sticky notes and take and edit screenshots, which you can share with a click.

Under the hood is an Intel Core i7 processor (11th generation), integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of SSD storage and a 67Wh battery. The laptop has a USB-A port, two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, one HDMI port, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 support. It comes with Harman Kardon sound and an HD camera, but without fingerprint sensors or a direct 3.5mm audio jack — an adapter is included.

Asus claims the battery lasts 15 hours, but I didn’t achieve those results. There is a fast-charge support of up to 60% capacity in a 49-minute recharge. Its USB-C Easy Charge feature works with most cables, airline ports and power banks. This is great for travel; you can use any outlet without worrying about proprietary cables.

The Asus ZenBook Flip S is well built and flexible, and has an excellent screen. But it is expensive considering the average battery life and the absence of a direct headphone jack. Pricing starts at R31,000.


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