PERFORMANCE & BATTERY LIFE
The ZenBook Flip isn’t a fanless system, but that’s a good thing - it means there’s enough cooling on-board to keep an Intel Core i7-7500U CPU ticking over at its highest possible clock speeds.
The 0.3mm thick fan doesn’t kick up much noise, unless you’re absolutely thrashing it, but push too hard and it’ll struggle. After a few hours of heavy use, the Flip got noticeably toasty to the touch.
For web browsing, watching movies or typing up documents, though, the Core i7 CPU is more than powerful enough. To be honest, if that’s all you’re doing with your laptop, you should save your cash and pick up a Core i5 version instead.
There’s enough grunt here for Photoshop, but gaming is out of the question. The CPU throttles right down and frame rates barely scrape out of the teens in action RPGs like Heroes of the Storm. Card battler Hearthstone is still playable, though.
8GB of RAM is pretty much standard in a thin-and-light laptop right now, but should still be enough for most multi-tasking. The 512GB SSD in this review unit feels like overkill, but no-one ever said no to extra storage.
The one area for concern is battery life. The Flip just about managed five hours of away-from-the-mains working, which is pretty disappointing. Video playback fared better at close to eight hours, but that’s still not as good as the equivalent MacBook.
Thin and light is great, but those dimensions clearly came at the cost of battery size.
Asus ZenBook Flip S Verdict
That’s really my only major complaint, though. The ZenBook Flip S is otherwise a great 2-in-1, with unique looks, a slim build and plenty of power - even if it’ll feel the heat when you push it hard.
A Core i5-equipped MacBook will set you back another RM400, and that’s only good for laptop use - this comes in handy as a tablet when work is done, and you want to kick back with a movie.
If you’re after a machine for all-day working without being tied to a mains socket, this doesn’t have the staying power to fit the bill. You’d be better served by an HP Spectre x360 13, which has much more staying power.
If style bests substance for you, though, the Flip S is still a fantastic buy - it’s the one true blue 2-in-1, after all.