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.

Tech Specs 
SCREEN
13.3in 1920x1080 LCD
CPU
2.7GHz Intel Core i5-7500U
MEMORY
8GB RAM
STORAGE
512GB SSD
CONNECTIVITY
2x USB-C, 3.5mm headphone port, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
OPERATING SYSTEM
Windows 10 Home
DIMENSIONS
313x218x11mm
Stuff says... 

Asus ZenBook Flip S review

Lenovo doesn't rule the roost when it comes to hybrids any more - the ZenBook Flip S is a fantastic 2-in-1 alternative
RM6,699
Good Stuff 
Gorgeous design & slim profile
Plenty of power
Great to type on
Bad Stuff 
Battery life could be better
Got to spend big bucks for 4K
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