Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA Review- Good Performance, Average Specifications
• Slim form factor
• Light weight
• Good performance
• Wide and functional touchpad
• Buttery keypad
• Decent battery life
• Low specifications
• Average screen brightness
• Takes time while connecting USB
Intel core M Skylake processors are the latest generation of processors designed on 14nm architecture specially manufactured for mobile products. As far as the specifications are concerned, due to the form factor of the Core M processors, they offer advanced performance, improved graphics, and super high configurations.
The latest core M processors are specifically designed for 2-in-1 products and supports mobile work and play without compromising visuals or responsiveness. The processors are manufactured for the products that offer touch controls, improved voice assistance, and pressure-sensitive Stylus pens, with effortless multitasking between apps and up to 10 hours of battery life.
All of the Intel Core M series processors consume lesser power, nearly 4.5W and are designed with a 2/4 cores form factor. The processors are also equipped with the latest Intel HD 515 and HD 5300 graphics.
The product we reviewed ZenBook Flip UX360CA from Asus starting at a price of Rs. 46,990 features the same M series processor from Intel. Apart from the processor, it is equipped with 360-degree stepless hinge that features convertible form factor. The ZenBook can also be used as both laptop and tablet. Well, there’s a lot to offer in the new ZenBook Convertible laptop, let’s check out what all is there.
Design and Appearance
Metal body design is the new hype in laptops and convertibles. The latest ZenBook Flip UX360CA features a unibody metal chassis with the signature spun-metal ZenBook finish that features concentric circles. There is a silver color metal ASUS branding on the rear of the display, apart from which, there are no embossed logos anywhere on the body.
What’s good about the aluminium metal body is, even if it feels a little slippery, its light and robust. Also the body doesn’t obtain scratches unless you slip it directly on the ground. The ZenBook measures 323x220x13.9mm in dimensions with a FHD 13.3-inch LED-backlit display offering a resolution of 3200×1800 pixels at a pixel density of 279ppi.
The ZenBook is very light, weighing just 1.3KG and is also very slim at 13.9mm. For daily use, the laptop is easy to carry, easy to hold and easy to use as well. The touch screen plays a major role when you just want to lie on your couch and enjoy movies and music. It makes watching movies more fun and lively due to the FHD resolution and the Asus Splendid color adjustment application. The screen is bright enough for indoor viewing; but one might feel difficulty viewing contents outdoors.
The 360-degree hinge allows you to convert your ZenBook to a tablet and the PC asks every time you want to switch from laptop mode to tablet mode and vice versa. The screen is responsive in both laptop and tablet mode but one could feel the difference using the convertible on a regular basis. Even on the corners, its super responsive and lightning fast. As many people would ask about the hinge quality and whether they are durable. We used the machine for nearly 1 Week and as we tested, we didn’t notice any sort of malfunctioning or the hinges feeling tight or wobbly. Even if we give a slight shove, it would snake only a couple of times, which is better than most of the other machines.
Talking about the touchpad and keypad, if you’re using a normal laptop, you could easily feel how soft the keys are and how pleasurable typing becomes on the ZenBook Keys. Comparing it with the Keypad of Macbook Air, the keypad presses a little at the centre, but the keys are all buttery smooth just like the Macbook Air. Using the keyboard was one of the best experiences I had with the ZenBook Keypad. Apart from the Keypad, the vast touchpad is responsive and didn’t receive touch commands made accidently by the palm of our hand. The touchpad is silky smooth and wider than any conventional Laptop.
Specifications and Performance
Apart from the other upgraded variants of the ZenBook, the unit we reviewed has very average specifications considering the Price group it belongs to. The Intel Core M3 processor that offers it a fan-less design is definitely one good choice, but expecting a high end performance for gaming and running heavy softwares would not be possible on this machine.
The ZenBook Flip UX360CA comes with a 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) touchscreen display, with in-plane switching (IPS) technology. It is powered by a sixth-generation Intel Core m3-6Y30 ‘Skylake’ processor clocked at 0.90 GHz coupled with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 515. It comes with up to 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM (base model has 4GB of RAM), and up to 512GB SSD (base model has 128GB SSD). The device comes with a choice of Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro and packs a single USB 3.0 port, 3.5mm combo headphone jack, SD card slot, mini HDMI port, DC power input and a reversible USB Type-C port. Apart from that, Asus claims that the machine could give up to 12-hour battery life.
As far as the performance is concerned, well we already knew we couldn’t expect too much with the ZenBook Flip UX360CA. However, it impressed us way more than what’s on the paper. The machine takes approximately 10 seconds to boot-up and nearly 14 seconds to shut down completely. Browsing on the internet, working on word documents, watching movies and editing a couple of photographs was very swift with no issues on the performance. The device quickly runs Full-HD videos both on Youtube and generally. However, playing 4K videos could show a little lag during the playback. On the indoors, one can easily enjoy movies. However, once you’re out, the reflective screen of the ZenBook will surely disturbs you plenty of times.
When I heard about the products and its fan-less design, I had many doubts. And one was how is it going to manage all the heat? The answer was simple, first the architecture is new, and also the machine is not made for a user who wants a high-end machine. It’s a very simple yet creative machine. The design is beautiful and the performance is good for an office user.
Playing games and editing videos was not possible as the machine would start heating underneath the keypad. While most of the body was icy cool, we could feel the difference on the top most centre part getting a little warmer after using it nearly 3-4 hours. The machine copies at a speed of nearly 170MB/s at peak, which is higher than each one of the other convertible in the category.
Battery life claimed by Asus on the ZenBook Flip UX360CA is 12 Hours; however we received nearly 9 hours of battery life with 55% brightness which was also pretty impressive.
Talking about the sound performance, the ZenBook Flip comes with dual speakers from Bang & Olufsen that offer good sound output when used in laptop mode. The sound is sharp with good amount of bass in it. The output level also impresses the most when used on table surface. However, listening and enjoying music in tablet mode blocks the speakers that produces a muffled sound sometimes.
The Webcam is below average on the ZenBook and captures hazy photographs. It’s just appropriate for a normal video chat and nothing else. Capturing selfies was not fun at all as the images were all pixelated. I thought it was because of the lighting conditions, but nothing improved even as I moved to properly lit area.
What feels as a bottom line on the ZenBook is the positioning of power and volume buttons. The power button is very thin and one could easily get confused between the volume rocker and power button. What Asus could have done instead of using both the buttons at the same place, the company could have used the power button closer to the corner and volume button a little wider.
Who should buy the ZenBook Flip UX360CA? Well the answer is simple. If you want a machine which is fast, offering extraordinary battery life and could tackle most of your official tasks, the ZenBook is for you. Even if you’re a youngster looking for convertible machine which is good for multimedia, browsing and social media, you can choose the ZenBook Flip UX360CA. But, if you’re a user that requires tons of specifications and above average performance, looking for video editing and high-end gaming, the ZenBook Flip UX360CA is definitely not for you.