ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360UA Review

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ASUS ZenBook is a series of ultrabooks made with power users and productive work in mind. ASUS ZenBook Flip is a sub-series of this ultrabook family with one distinctive feature: the 2-in-1 functionality, brought by the flipping screen. Knowing ZenBook’s popularity and ASUS’ skill of making great laptops, it was a pleasure to take a look at their new, ZenBook Flip UX360UA, model!

Performance On Par with High-End Laptops

Even though the UX360UA is small, and looks like a tablet when the display lays flat, it has surprisingly high performance. Be it a low-voltage processor ASUS trusts on, the Intel Core i7-7500U that is running this laptop is one of the fastest energy efficient processors. There are two cores inside, with clock speed at 2.7GHz and turbo boost ending up at 3.5GHz. The CPU Mark gives it more than 5000 points, putting it only behind quad-core, non low voltage Intel chips. You can, without problems, use the i7-7500U for any kind of productive use which includes photo editing software.

The goodness doesn’t end here, as the drive section is taken care by a 512GB M.2 SATA3 solid-state drive. The popularity of hard drives is slowly dying, and for a good reason: people want performance, while storage space can be “outsourced” to online cloud services. Indeed, such an SSD is incredibly fast – I would almost say it makes the laptop fly. Booting to Windows desktop will take more or less 10 seconds. With the snappy performance also 16GB LPDDR3 memory helps; keep in mind it’s already the maximum amount. Also, the notebook does not support a secondary storage drive, but the current one is already plenty – believe me!

ASUS Puts Effort to Display

On the ZenBook Flip UX360UA, the main stage is left for the touch display. First, the 13.3 inches screen has the famous 360° rotating hinge. In essence, it means you can seamlessly flip the display as you wish: it supports several modes such as laptop, tent and tablet. Second, the resolution at 3200×1800 helps to build a crystal-clear image which, again, power users should have no complaints about. It’s a glare screen, the glare might start to annoy some outdoors. The refresh rate is the usual 60hz and color gamut 72% NTSC, so you can expect realistic colors on this display.

The display may receive full points, but it does not mean the graphics performance will. Indeed, the notebook does not do too well on that department, as only the integrated Intel HD 620 chip is available. Now, for all non-gaming related things it’s all you need, but gaming is a different beast. In general, you could play many games, but to ensure playable frame rates you’d need to use low-medium settings and much less resolution than the screen’s native 3200×1800. Even with these precautions, you would be looking at ~30FPS on many popular titles like Grand Theft Auto 5 and Battlefield 4. That being said, the Intel HD 620 is known to run simple games well – those including Minecraft and League of Legends!

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Ports in Balance

The connectivity of ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360A is brought by a series of ports, most notably two USB 3.0 and one USB-C connector. The USB-C – especially in the future when more manufacturers jump on the bandwagon – will prove to be useful, as you can find right kind of cable and use it with almost any device (DisplayPort, HDMI, etc.). That being said, on this model, you can not charge the laptop through the USB-C – only the dedicated DC-in port does the charging. If you don’t fancy the USB-C and the need to use special cables and adapters, there’s also a full-sized HDMI-output at your service.

A wireless card with 802.11ac dual-band support and 2×2 antenna is included, translating to strong and long-range signal. The Ethernet port is left out of this configuration, however external RJ-45 dongles exist that hook up to the regular USB or USB-C port!

The right side sports SD card slot for uploading photos from your digital camera. Not a tough thing to guess, the laptop does not come with an “archaic” optical drive.

The Other Benefits and Features

The convertible models, and ZenBooks, often have no complaints about battery life. The situation with UX360UA is quite good too, as the 57Whrs battery is promised up to 12 hours operating time by the manufacturer. Well, these claims should be taken with a grain of salt, but the battery should still run for a good 7-8 hours under web browsing use. This is nothing to scoff at, as the system will last a full working day at best. Replacing the battery, if you ever want to do that, will take some effort as it’s integrated in the system.

This notebook has a backlit keyboard, although its colors can not be changed like in some gaming laptops.

The weight for this model is 2.8 pounds and thickness just half an inch, which is tad smaller than the competitor HP Spectre x360. At these dimensions, the ASUS goes where you go, without effort.

Functional screen - You can push it all the way to tablet mode, and the display's high resolution ensures appropriate screen estate and image sharpness.

Great performance - For a 2-in-1 laptop, the performance is excellent. The low-voltage i7 is enough to deal with any programs, and the 512GB solid-state drive will bring both performance and storage for you.

Battery life - With (a maximum of) 8 hours battery life, you don't have to worry about the laptop abruptly turning off in the middle of the day.

Screen reflects a lot? - I've heard the glare screen on this ASUS might be too glaring; it may affect your use outdoors and bright places.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360UA combines two useful things: a lightweight yet powerful ultrabook, and a 2-in-1 functionality of laptop-tablet. It is quite a pricey model, but in exchange the system will run any software you fancy, and the flipping display will provide both laptop and tablet modes for your enjoyment. The connectors let user to plug in important devices, and having the USB-C port at hand is always a good feature. I have heard some reports about screen glare, but other than that, there are no complaints. If you can afford this model and have a need for 2-in-1 ultrabook, your money will be well spent for sure.

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