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Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX371EA) review: Sleek design, good performance

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13th January, 2021 14:45 IST
Asus ZenBook Flip S(UX371EA) is a slim and portable laptop which comes at a hefty price of Rs 1,49,990. The laptop is powered by the latest 11th Generation Intel Core Tiger Lake processor and packs 16GB LPDDR4X RAM. Other than the latest processor, the screen is another major feature of the laptop. It has a 2-in-1 13-inch OLED UHD screen with 4K resolution. We used the laptop for some time and here’s our review of the Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX371EA) laptop.

Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX371EA): Design and display

Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX371EA) laptop comes with a premium design with a Red Copper diamond-cut on a Black Matte finish body. The device has hues of the colour Gold on the hinge, edges around the screen and the chassis. The lid of the laptop has concentric ring patterns with the company’s logo on the left.


The design weighs 1.2Kg and is small in size. The laptop features a sleek form factor and can easily fit in a bag. It is portable and easy to carry around without worrying about any noticeable weight in the bag.


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The laptop comes equipped with a 13-inch OLED 4K UHD screen with a resolution of 3840x2160 pixel resolution. USP of the laptop is its 2-in-1 design. Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX371EA) has a 360-degree rotating hinge. This means you can easily switch to a laptop screen to a tablet screen and again to a laptop screen without any problem.

The laptop, despite its sleek and small design, feels sturdy. This is true for the hinge as well which does not wobble when one works on the device. Asus says that the laptop’s hinge has been tested for over 20,000 open/close cycles, to ensure durability. Overall, the laptop comes with US military-grade durability.

There is also the Pen support - Asus Stylus that comes with the laptop. The Stylus is said to last up to 12 months.

The laptop features a ErgoLift design which ensures there is sufficient airflow for the device’s heat management. Also, the design lifts the keyboard a bit to raise the typing position. The change is not that noticeable though.

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Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX371EA) comes with edge-to-edge keyboard design. Despite the laptop’s small size, keys are well spaced and do not feel squeezed at all. The keyboard is back lit to ensure smooth typing even in dark environments.

You will not find the keypad buttons. Instead, the keypad is integrated in the touchpad that features NumberPad 2.0, an LED- illuminated numeric keypad. Touchpad functions smoothly and is glass covered for added protection. Smart controls available on the touchpad are brightness control, and a calculator that pops-up with a simple touch and gestures.

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Connectivity ports available on the laptop are two Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C port, one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port and a Standard HDMI port. On the right edge is the power button, while the LED indicator is placed on the left edge. The laptop comes with USB Type-C to 3.5mm dongle for those who want to use a 3.5mm audio device with the device.

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Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX371EA): Performance

Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX371EA) is powered by 11th gen Intel Core processors with 16 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and a 1TB PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD storage. The processor comes paired with Intel Iris X integrated graphics. Intel’s 11th Gen Core processor is claimed to deliver up to 20% higher computing performance. We used the laptop for our day to day use and didn’t find any lag on the device. The laptop functioned smoothly even with multiple tabs opened.

Talking about the screen performance, it comes with DCI-P3 colour gamut support which ensures that colour reproduction is close to the real colours. Content, both videos and images on this 4k resolution screen are sharp and rich. Viewing angles are fine and the screen is bright enough to use even in the broad daylight.

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Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX371EA) runs on Windows 10. The laptop’s touch screen has a 0.2 ms response time. The laptop comes with TUV Rheinland certification for low blue light and flicker-free visuals. This is to ensure less strain on eyes even after long hours of use.

Sound output levels are loud enough despite the speaker being placed at the bottom side. The laptop comes with Harman Audio certified audio system which delivers rich sounds. Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX371EA) is equipped with AI-noise cancelling mic which will come handy during video calls and meetings. There is also an in-built fan to dissipate excess heating.

Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX371EA): Battery

Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX371EA) features a 67 Wh battery with a USB Type-C port. The laptop delivers a battery life of up tp to 7-8 hours depending on the usage. Although Asus says that the device can last up to 10 hours on a single charge.

It comes with a 65watt fast charge adapter which charges the battery up to 70% in 50minutes. What is noticeable here is that the laptop comes with USB Type-C Easy Charge support. The feature means that ZenBook Flip S can be used with any standard USB Type-C chargers with a range of 5V-20V.

Verdict

Great looks with slim form-factor and an impressive performance with a decent battery life makes Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX371EA) a good business laptop. The device is portable enough and can be carried easily. What may not work in the favour is the laptop’s price. Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX371EA) falls in the territory of Apple MacBook as far as the pricing is concerned. Infact, it costs more.
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