The Asus ZenBook Flip 14 is a touch-screen convertible that makes few compromises and offers long battery life, a bright and beautiful screen and crisp audio. Among the best new luxury notebooks this year, the Flip 14 offers a robust set of characteristics at an affordable price.
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As I ran my eyes over the Asus ZenBook Flip 14, I appreciated its smoky-gray lid. That matte lid is offset by a glossy logo and the laptop s glossy hinges while its deck offers a cool metallic surface for resting your wrists.
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ASUS ZenBook Flip 14 is not as thin or light as some competitors.
The left side of the ZenBook Flip features two USB 3.0 ports and a power button, while on the other side there’s a USB Type-C port that doesn’t draw power.
As it is priced at the higher end, Asus would have included a Thunderbolt 3 port like with Lenovo’s Yoga 920 and Dell’s Spectre x360.
The Zenbook Flip 14 is home to an IR webcam and a fingerprint reader, both of which are password-less. These biometrics can be found in the top right corner, taking up space where some users might want to navigate using touchpad gestures.
images on the ZenBook Flip 14’s 1920 x 1080 touchscreen display are crisp, making it perfect for viewing films. With an ape named George rampaging through the downtown area, I saw fine details including individual hairs and rippling muscles.
Asus Zenbook Flip beats the 110-percent average for premium notebooks (models priced over $800), as well as 109% rating of HP Spectre x360 and 105% score of Lenovo Yoga 920. The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen (121%) was a step behind the Asus ZenBook Flip, with an increased score.
The ZenBook Flip 14 can emit up to 274 nits, which is below the average for premium notebooks at 287. The Asus ZenBook had poor viewing angles, with color darkening and making the screen appear more reflective at higher than 30-degree angles.
The touchscreen on the ZenBook Flip accurately tracked my taps as I navigated the desktop and swiped in from the sides to open the Action Center menu.
Keyboard, Touchpad and Asus Pen
Though these keys are shallow, the text typing experience of the Asus ZenBook Flip 14 is good–near to my regular typing speed. When I performed the website 10fastfingers.com typing test on this laptop, I had an interest rate of 75 words per minute (not too different from my 80-wpm average) and felt that the Users report that the 70 grams of actuation force are just enough to offer a pleasant tactile sensation.
The touchpad on the ZenBook is as smooth and accurate as you would expect from a high-end laptop.
The included Asus Pen features 1,024 degrees of pressure sensitivity. However, its tip did not feel secure as I and our art director, Jef Castro used the pen on the Windows Ink workspace. It rattled a bit. the pen didn’t register input, and this was a problem when we tried to draw finer lines. When we pressed the medial side of the pen against the screen, it worked better.
The Asus ZenBook Flip 14’s Harman/Kardon-branded speakers provide enough power to fill a medium-size conference room with Janelle Mon e s track Make Me Feel. Her powerful vocals and deep synths hit the ear happily, but it’s her song’s thumping bass that stands out most.
The upgraded CPU and memory as well as an extra 2GB of video RAM made my multitasking feel smoother, even when running high-res videos.
The AudioWizard sound-adjustment iphone app offers presets predicated on different types of content, but you don’t need that. The speech and movie modes blew out vocals, while gaming mode dampened spoken words. I recommend keeping AudioWizard enabled as that is the setting for a more enjoyable audio experience.
Our review configuration of the Asus ZenBook Flip 14 features Intel Core i7-8550U processors and 16GB of memory. This powerful set up allows for extensive multitasking, with no lag experienced using a 1080p YouTube video while splitting my screen into 12 Chrome tabs including Giphy, Google Docs and Slack.
As this result confirms, the ZenBook Flip 14 can outperform most laptops.
The ZenBook Flip 14 512GB PCIe SSD duplicated 4.97GB of multimedia files in 16 seconds, at an interest rate of 318.08 MBps – exceeding 268 KBps (average) for premium notebooks and 299.9 MBps from the Yoga 920 256 GB NVMe SSD). The 512GB PCIe SSD in the HP Spectre x360 copied files at 566 MBps, which is noticeably faster.
The Asus ZenBook Flip finished with a solid finishing time of one minute and 40 seconds on our Excel spreadsheet test, which times how long it takes to complete 65,000 names to addresses. That mark is 5 seconds shorter than the average for premium notebooks but just a little longer compared to the numbers from Samsung Notebook 9 Pen (1:31)
When it is used to edit video, the Flip’s score on our HandBrake test was just fair since it took 25 minutes and 4 seconds for the notebook to convert a video from 4K to 1080p. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet (starting at 26:00) needed a lot more time.
The ZenBook Flip 14 did well on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics benchmarks, scoring 110,792. We recorded lower SCORES from the Asus Zenbook Flip in comparison to Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pen, Lenovo Yoga 920, and HP Spectre x360.
The Asus ZenBook Flip 14 offers respectable endurance, lasting 9 hours and 27 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test.
The ZenBook Flip ran Dirt 3 at 122 frames per second, surpassing the average among notebooks.
The Asus ZenBook Flip 14 claims excellent battery life, lasting 9 hours and 27 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test. This is longer than both the 8:28 average for premium notebooks and 6:16 from Samsung Notebook 9 Pen. However, both HP Spectre x360 (9:45) and Lenovo Yoga 920 (10:14) endured even longer.
Laptops usually contain webcams, and this laptop has an average 0.9-megapixel camera.
Yes, I can see how the selfie might look like me but it is basically unrecognizable. The head of hair looks as if it were painted on.
After streaming video for 20 minutes, our heat gun found that the touchpad was 87° and the keyboard was 93°. The underside was 97°.
Software and Warranty
Asus also provides software packages that include its own application store and special deals. The Asus Live Update is for updating components, drivers, system updates from the source, while Splendid Technology optimizes color quality with Eye Care mode (filters out blue light) or Vivid Mode (tries to pop critical colors).
In addition to third party default software like McAfee Security and Plex, the Asus includes other apps on its home screen by default. Dropbox is a free app that Asus has partnered with.
It recommended additional software to me, though it was only the Chinese microblogging site Weibo.
The Asus ZenBook Flip 14 comes with a one-year international warranty. Have a look at our 12th annual Best Laptop Brands and Tech Support Showdown to see how they stack up against other laptop makers.
We tested the higher-end Intel Core i7 8th-generation edition of ASUS ZENBOOK Flip 14, which has 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB SSD and a discrete GeForce MX150 graphics card with 2GB of memory.
The cheaper $899 Zenbook Flip 2 includes the same 1920×1080 display and Asus pen as the other two configurations, but with reduced specifications.
Asus has a beautiful laptop for those who want power at their fingertips with an attractive design. The only downsides are that it lacks Thunderbolt 3 ports and includes a stylus which should feel better against its screen.