ASUS ZenBook Flip S UX370UA

ASUS SETS THE BAR HIGH WITH THIS VER­SA­TILE PER­FORMER.

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not IF YOU’RE alone. Asus FEEL­ING up­dated a sense its ZenBook of déjà vu, Flip you’re S only a few months ago, but then In­tel re­leased some new Kaby Lake R 8th-gen­er­a­tion pro­ces­sors and Asus felt the need to squeeze them into its prod­uct lines. And we’re glad it did.

The ZenBook Flip S UX370 is a 2-in-1 with a good deal of per­for­mance, while keep­ing the base run­ning speed low un­til it’s needed. Beyond the hard­ware, the ex­ter­nals are pretty much the same — which is no bad thing, since the ZenBook Flip S is a joy to use.

This lat­est ZenBook Flip S isn’t for the light of pocket. You’re look­ing at roughly $1,999 for the model avail­able in Aus­tralia: i5-8250U pro­ces­sor, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. For this re­view, we tested a higher-specced ver­sion with an i7-8550U, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. The UX370UA may be a tad more ex­pen­sive than the cheap­est 2-in-1s with these specs, but in our es­ti­ma­tion it’s also great value for money: sturdy, well de­signed with qual­ity com­po­nents, it also per­forms very well.

The stand­out fea­ture, though, is its hinge, which bril­liantly turns it from a stan­dard Win­dows 10 lap­top into a tablet, with var­i­ous stages of use­ful­ness in be­tween.

The metal­lic fin­ish picks up fin­ger­prints alarm­ingly eas­ily, mind you — if you’re even vaguely fas­tid­i­ous about keep­ing it box-fresh, you’ll have your work cut out. And you will want to touch it. A lot. It’s beau­ti­ful to hold in any ori­en­ta­tion, but par­tic­u­larly as a tablet, where you can cra­dle it eas­ily in one hand while tap­ping away with the other. At 1.1kg it’s cer­tainly light enough, and the in­clu­sion of a slip case means you can pop its svelte 13.3-inch form into any bag eas­ily. Even the power brick is small enough to take along with you with­out much has­sle. ASUS claims that the ZenBook Flip S is the world’s thinnest con­vert­ible, and at 10.9mm it cer­tainly feels it. There’s a slight down­side in the fact that there isn’t much room for ports, with only a pair of USB 3.1 Type-C slots present. There’s also a vol­ume rocker on the side, next to the power but­ton, along with a fin­ger­print sen­sor — it’s tiny, but is easy to find and works well. We feared that the Flip S UX370’s sleek de­sign would make for an un­pleas­ant key­board ex­pe­ri­ence, but this isn’t the case. More sur­pris­ingly, the touch­pad is per­fectly us­able, with the added ad­van­tage of it be­ing equipped with a touch­screen, too. Up­dat­ing the ZenBook Flip S to use In­tel’s lat­est 8th-gen CPU is a wel­come move, since it sees this svelte ma­chine trade blows with the best new 2-in-1s. Where the Flip S UX370 doesn’t stun us is with its bat­tery life. While it’s not aw­ful, it doesn’t quite live up to its po­ten­tial. You could hap­pily carry this around all day, but you’ll need to reach for a power socket at least once dur­ing that time. In our ex­act­ing PCMark 8 bench­mark test it lasted just over 3 hours, al­though it lasted 6 in our HD movie test. Speak­ing of which, the screen is a par­tic­u­larly vi­brant panel, with punchy colours and great view­ing an­gles. The sound is good as well, with the Har­man Kar­don-cer­ti­fied speak­ers pro­duc­ing an above-av­er­age au­dio ex­pe­ri­ence.

While not per­fect, the ASUS ZenBook Flip S UX370 hits its core com­pe­tency so bril­liantly, its few im­per­fec­tions are unim­por­tant.

“ASUS CLAIMS THAT THE ZENBOOK FLIP S IS THE WORLD’S THINNEST CON­VERT­IBLE, AND IT CER­TAINLY FEELS IT.”

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