The Zenbook Flip s is almost the ideal ultraportable. As one of the first Intel Evo devices — the company’s brand for devices with 11th generation “Tiger Lake” processors that meet stringent standards — ASUS had to prove it could deliver a high-end experience. And for the most part, the company is successful: The Zenbook Flip s has a sleek, sleek convertible design; a gorgeous 4K OLED display; and decent performance, thanks to Intel’s integrated XE graphics. It has almost everything we want in a next-generation laptop-although, oddly enough, this approach to the kitchen sink can not fit into a headphone jack.
In many ways, the Flip S is the logical evolution of ASUS high-end laptop designs. It has a sturdy aluminum cover with gold accent edges that exude a touch of sophistication. It does not look as flashy as the previous ZenBooks, although the matter remains a fingerprint magnet. It’s also incredibly thin, measuring 13.9 millimeters and relatively light at 2.86 pounds. This brings in the same phase as this year’s XPS 13, which measures 14.8 mm thick and 2.8 pounds.
There is no flex on the Flip s, even if you rotate the screen in tent or tablet mode. In the matter, however, the two halves of the flip S are not completely flat together, so they have to live with some distance. It’s not a breaking factor for me, but it’s a strange problem in a machine that feels so polite.
The real star of the show is the Zenbook Flip s 13.3-inch 4K OLED screen, which does pretty much everything fantastically. Ink blackness and saturated colors are especially good for Netflix and YouTube clips. I am looking forward to the day when we will see OLED displays over a refresh rate of 60 Hz, however. A 120 Hz LCD display like that of the Zephryus G14 provides smoother scrolling for web browsing and office documents at the expense of battery life.
As great as the OLED display may be, the Zenbook Flip s could have used thinner glasses, like ASUS’s Zenbook Duo. The sides of the screen are much thicker than competing ultraportables like the XPS 13, and the large lower border is an unfortunate horror. We know ASUS can get thinner glasses to work — I’d bet the company was more limited as it tried to fit an OLED into a slim convertible notebook.
Perhaps ASUS was just in a hurry to release this thing before the other PC manufacturers. This might explain why there is only one configuration: a Tiger Lake Core i7-1165g7 PROCESSOR with Intel XE graphics, 16 GB RAM and a 1 TB NVME SSD. I’m not complaining too much because this is the kind of spec list I would recommend to new laptop buyers, but you’re out of luck if you were hoping to save money by setting it up with less RAM or memory.
Geekbench 3 CPU
Brand PC 10
3DMark (sky diver)
ATTO (higher read / write operations)
ASUS Zenbook Flip s (Core I7-1165g7, Intel Xe)
3.1 Gb / s 1.4 Gb / s
ASUS Zenbook Duo (Core i7-10510u, NVIDIA GeForce Mx250)
1.6 GB / s / 1.62 GB / s
Dell XPS 13 (2020, Core i7-1065g7, Iris Plus)
2.7 Gb / s 1GB / s
HP Spectre X360 13 inch (2019, Core i7-1065g7, Iris Plus)
1 Gb / s 1 Gb / s
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019, Core i7-1065G7 Iris Plus)
N / A
N / A
2.2 Gb / s 1.1 Gb / s
Thanks to this robust hardware, The Zenbook Flip s handled my daily workflow like a champion. I juggled dozens of tabs across multiple browsers; worked on documents in Word and Evernote; edited images; streamed Netflix and downloaded large files simultaneously, with no noticeable slowdown. In terms of benchmarks he has scored 500 points more in dimensions of 10 compared to the XPS-13 with an Intel processor of 10 generation, although it is filed down that this machine in Geekbench-5.
With its Xe graphics, the Flip s scored four times higher than the XPS 13 in the Geekbench calculation test, which measures the performance of OpenCL for workloads such as video rendering. This GPU also gave it enough performance for light games: Minecraft ran at 60 frames per second in 1080p, while Overwatch reached 50 frames per second in 720 with low graphics quality, which is similar to what we saw with last year’s Iris Plus graphics. It’s not a game machine — but at least Intel Xe’s hardware can handle less demanding titles. It’s just a shame it can’t quite keep up with the faster performance we’ve seen on Intel’s 11th generation CPU reference machine.
Although its performance is relatively solid, the keyboard of The Zenbook Flip s is a bit more leafy. It reaches the edges of the laptop, like the XPS 13, which gives it a wide layout. And its buttons have a healthy deflection of 1.4 millimeters. But despite everything, everything seems to be a little too narrow, which makes it difficult to enter accurately. However, I got used to it within a few hours and eventually came back to my typical score of 85 words per minute. TypingTest.com Reference. The glass touchpad is large, smooth and precise. You can also turn it into a numeric keypad by pressing a button in the corner, for which I did not have much use, but it can be useful for some.
As I mentioned above, one big drawback with the Zenbook Flip S is that it doesn’t have a headphone jack. Funnily enough, he finds room for a full-size HDMI connection, in addition to two USB-C ports and a USB Type A. Asus representatives tell us that the headphone jack should be compatible with USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, faster lpddr4 RAM and edge-to-edge keyboard. At least there’s a USB-C dongle with a 3.5 mm port in the box, so you don’t have to give up your old headphones altogether.