ASUS ZenBook Flip UX363EA overview (Core i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake, 2-in-1 touchscreen)
Asus have lately revamped their whole lineups of ZenBook ultrabooks, and whereas I’ve examined most of their clamshell fashions in current months, I used to be but to the touch their up to date 2-in-1 convertible fashions until now.
Not anymore, although, this text is our detailed overview of the late-2020 ZenBook Flip UX363EA, and we’ll additionally follow-up on the top-tier ZenBook Flip S UX371EA shortly.
Because the title suggests, the ZenBook UX363EA is constructed on Intel Tiger Lake and shares many in frequent with the usual ZenBooks of this era, corresponding to an all-metal building, good display screen choices, and a big battery that prices through USB-C. Sadly, although, this 13-inch convertible additionally shares its keyboard design and IO with the clamshell ZenBook 13 UX325, as you’ll discover our down beneath.
Our overview unit is a retail mannequin, in one of many higher-end configurations available in shops right here in Europe. It was supplied by Asus for the aim of this overview, and down beneath I’ve gathered my ideas and impressions after utilizing it for a few week, with its particularities and its quirks.
Specs as reviewed – ZenBook Flip UX363EA
|Asus ZenBook Flip UX363EA|
|Display screen||13.Three inch, 1920 x 1080 px, 16:9 facet ratio, IPS, shiny, contact, Chi Mei N133HCE-EN2 panel|
|Processor||Intel Tiger Lake, as much as Core i7-1165G7, 4C/8T|
|Video||Intel Iris Xe graphics|
|Reminiscence||16 GB LPDDR4x 4266 MHz (soldered, dual-channel)|
|Storage||1x M.2 PCIe x4 SSD (Kinston OM8PCP3512F-AB)|
|Connectivity||Wi-fi 6 (Intel AX201), Bluetooth 5.Zero|
|Ports||1x USB-A Three.2 gen1, 2x USB-C Three.2 with Thunderbolt Four (knowledge, video, and energy), HDMI 1.Four?, microSD card reader, Three.5 mm jack with USB-C adapter|
|Battery||67 Wh, 65W USB-C charger with quick-charging|
|Measurement||305 mm or 12.01” (w) x 211 mm or eight.31” (d) x 13.9 mm or Zero.55” (h)|
|Weight||from 2.eight lbs (1.28 kg)+ .45 lbs (.21 kg) charger, US model|
|Extras||white backlit keyboard with compact format, glass NumberPad, HD+IR webcam with Good day, stereo backside audio system|
Asus gives the ZenBook Flip UX363EA in a large number of configurations, with numerous quantities of reminiscence and storage, both Intel i5-1035G7 or Intel i7-1065G7 platforms, and both an IPS or an non-obligatory OLED panel.
These apart, although, they share the remainder of the opposite traits, so most of this text applies to any of the configurations you could be fascinated about.
Design and building
This ZenBook Flip is totally made out of metallic, with stable items of aluminum plastered on high of a plastic inside body. Given my expertise with the slightly flimsy clamshell UX325, I used to be stunned to search out out that this convertible feels rather a lot stronger: Asus applied a really sturdy display screen ensemble right here, the keyboard deck barely bulges even when pressed arduous, and the inside now not squeaks with day by day use or when choosing up the laptop computer.
In all equity, this 2-in-1 mannequin is barely bigger and heavier than the usual non-flip variant, however remains to be pretty light-weight and compact, at just below Three lbs. You’ll discover the thicker bezel on the high and backside of the display screen in comparison with different convertibles in its class, such because the HP Spectre 13 or the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, and it’s as much as you should you’re high-quality with them or not. I agree 16:10 show would have been good on this product, however in any other case, that thicker chin really helps the on a regular basis use expertise, absorbing the exhausted warmth in laptop computer mode and performing as a correct deal with in pill mode.
Talking of, as a 2-in-1, I’d count on you’ll most frequently use this as a laptop computer. In that case, it simply seems like a regular ZenBook, only one that permits the display screen to lean again flat, one thing only a few different Asus ultrabooks can, and one thing I extremely respect on ultraportables.
After which, you possibly can additional push again the display screen and rework this right into a tent or pill, high-quality for watching films or showing-up a presentation. Nonetheless, identical to all the opposite units of its form, that is heavy and hulking for pill use, so don’t count on it to really feel like an iPad. If that’s what you’re primarily searching for, then get a real-tablet, corresponding to an iPad or a Floor Professional should you want it to run Home windows.
I can even complain in regards to the high quality of the magnets used to carry the display screen and main-body collectively in pill mode, as they’re weak and the 2 components barely sustain involved with this design.
Transferring on, aesthetically, this ZenBook Flip certain is agreeable to have a look at, with a dark-gray colour scheme, refined concentric circles on the lid, and a matte inside with chiseled edges across the arm-rest. They’re not probably the most pleasant on the wrists, however certain look beautiful. The supplies do a good job at hiding up smudges, however you’ll nonetheless must continuously wipe them clear to maintain this wanting pristine.
After which, so far as the ergonomics go, I respect the spacious palm-rest and huge clickpad, I’m high-quality with the marginally aggressive edges and I discover that the rubber toes on the underside supply a good grip on a flat desk.
Very like all the opposite fashionable ZenBooks, this additionally integrates ar Ergolift hinge system, which implies that the main-body raises up on two small rubber toes positioned on the backside of the display screen, on the again, permitting for improved airflow beneath and a barely inclined typing place, however taking a toll on the grip and pushing the hot-air into the display screen, because the exhaust is positioned between the hinges and beneath the show. As I discussed earlier, that’s much less of an issue on this unit, because the chunky backside bezel soaks up most of that warmth, and the display screen doesn’t warmth up as badly as on the extra compact clamshell fashions.
About that Ergolift system, the hinges appear to be effectively made. They permit one-handed changes they usually’re additionally sturdy sufficient to maintain the display screen at set-up when choosing up the laptop computer. Nonetheless, the rubber toes on the backside of the display screen are stiffer and smaller than on the common clamshell ZenBooks, and consequently, the laptop computer doesn’t relaxation simply on these rubber toes and ends-up touching the desk with the metallic hinges when you lean again the display screen previous 120-degrees. And given how the metallic hinges are sharp across the corners, I worry they’ll finally scratch delicate surfaces. It would sound like nitpicking, but it surely may end-up irritating if this scratches your furnishings or desk floor.
Nonetheless, you may need seen by now that Asus implement a squashed keyboard on this laptop computer, the identical they put within the 13-inch clamshell mannequin. I perceive the choice, however I don’t approve it. As you’ll see down beneath, this squshed variant shouldn’t be as correct because the full-size layouts Asus placed on the 14-inch ZenBooks of this era.
Lastly, let’s contact on the IO. Asus places two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt Four help on this laptop computer, in addition to a full-size HDMI port, full-size USB-A, and a micro SD card reader. They’ve neglected the three.5 mm jack, which they as a substitute changed with a USB-C to three.5 mm adapter included within the pack. I don’t like and I nonetheless argue that they need to have ditched one thing else and never the jack, which I’d reckon was a controverted determination amongst their traces as effectively, because the Three.5 mm jack is now again on their newest launches, the ZenBook UX435 and UX435L.
Keyboard and trackpad
Okay, so about that keyboard. Asus went with a squashed format on this 13-inch laptop computer, even if there’s a good bit of unused area on the high. I’d reckon they determined to implement the identical keyboard on each the clamshell and the convertible items, for value causes.
That implies that the principle set of keys are 16 x 13 mm, which cramps up the format a good bit. Now, this implementation isn’t terrible by any means; it’s in regards to the common you possibly can count on from an ultrabook by way of suggestions and typing expertise, with an additional toll on the accuracy taken by the smaller keycaps. I used to be capable of get alongside high-quality with it, a person with average-sized fingers, however should you’ve acquired huge fingers I’d look elsewhere.
Format and suggestions apart, this keyboard is backlit, with vibrant white LEDs and a devoted Caps Lock indicator. The illumination system is pretty vibrant and uniform, however loads of gentle creeps out from the keycaps and also you’ll discover this with on a regular basis use. Once more, that’s much less of a difficulty with the 14-inch keyboard mannequin.
Down beneath, centered on the chassis, Asus implements the identical spacious glass clickpad with Precision drivers and secondary NumberPad performance that’s additionally of their clamshell UX325/UX425 fashions. It’s a easy, dependable, and durable floor, with stable gesture help and palm-rejection. I additionally like that this floor feels stable and doesn’t rattle with faucets, and the bodily clicks within the corners are high-quality, only a tad stiffer than I’d like.
As a facet notice, there’s no ScreenPad provided for this sequence. As for biometrics, there’s no finger-sensor, however you do get an IR digital camera on the high of the display screen.
As a convertible, this ZenBook Flip UX363 will get a touchscreen with a 13.Three-inch panel, obtainable as both a FHD IPS with 100% sRGB protection or as a FHD OLED with 100% DCI-P3 premium different. The latter is a pricy improve, however brighter and one thing you can contemplate as knowledgeable searching for a color-accurate show in your ultrabook. Nonetheless, this laptop computer’s efficiency may not suffice for that, that’s why my first alternative would nonetheless be the extra IPS alternative on this product.
That’s what we’ve on our unit, and it’s the identical Chi Mei N133HCE panel additionally applied on the ZenBook 13 UX325. It’s a high-quality choice for day by day use, with virtually 100% sRGB colour protection, good blacks and distinction ranges, respectable viewing angles, and 300-nits of brightness, which is OK for indoor use, however not sufficient for vibrant environments, particularly on this sort of a shiny display screen.
Right here’s what we acquired in our assessments, with an X-Ceremony i1 Show Professional sensor:
- Panel HardwareID: Chi Mei CMN1388 (N133HCE-EN2);
- Protection: 97.Zero% sRGB, 68.9% AdobeRGB, 71.1% DCI-P3;
- Measured gamma: 2.25;
- Max brightness in the midst of the display screen: 303.61 cd/m2 on energy;
- Min brightness in the midst of the display screen: 17.08 cd/m2 on energy;
- Distinction at max brightness: 1414:1;
- White level: 6500 Okay;
- Black on max brightness: Zero.21 cd/m2;
- PWM: No.
The panel got here effectively calibrated out of the field on this pattern, and I’m seeing little gentle bleeding across the edges and virtually no uniformity points.
I’ll replace this part when/if we get to additionally check the FHD OLED display screen choice additionally obtainable for this UX363 sequence, if that’s one thing you could be fascinated about.
For reference, although, down beneath I’ve added the FHD IPS display screen on this ZenBook UX363 – proper, subsequent to the 4K OLED show on the ZenBook UX371 – left (not the identical because the FHD OLED on the UX363), for a fast preview of how the 2 choices would appear like facet by facet.
There’s little doubt the OLED is a higher-quality panel, with elevated brightness, distinction, and nicer colours, however given the worth distinction and OLED’s particularities with static/grey content material, you might want to ensure that’s the appropriate choice for you and never simply purchase into the hype. Do your analysis, and I’ll additionally additional contact on this matter within the UX371 overview!
Our check mannequin is a mid-specced configuration of the Asus ZenBook Flip UX363EA, with an Intel Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16 GB of LPDDR4x 4266 MHz reminiscence, and a middling 1 TB Kingston SSD.
Earlier than we proceed, remember that our overview unit is a retail mannequin despatched over by Asus and examined with the software program obtainable as of mid-October 2020 (BIOS 301, MyAsus 2.2.38.Zero app).
Spec-wise, that is based mostly on the late-2020 Intel Tiger Lake i7-1165G7 , the identical applied by a large number of different ultrabooks of this era. It’s a 4C/8T processor, very snappy in single-core duties, and averagely competent in multitasking, particularly when allowed to run at increased TDP settings. OEMs can implement this in a few totally different variations, with a sustained TDP of as much as 28W. As you’ll discover from our assessments, this ZenBook is a decrease degree implementation, able to solely 13+W of sustained energy in demanding masses in its most aggressive energy profile.
Graphics are the most important novelty of this Tiger Lake platform, and the i7-1165G7 will get probably the most succesful model of the Iris Xe iGPU, with 96 Execution Models clocked at as much as 1300 MHz (on paper).
Our configuration additionally will get 16 GB of LPDDR4x 4266 MHz of RAM out-of-the-box, in dual-channel, and a Kingston PCIe x4 SSD, a mid-performance choice. I might have anticipated a higher-quality drive on the retail fashions, however at the very least over right here, that’s not the case. Now, this SSD is ok for day by day use, but it surely heats-up and throttles when copying numerous information, and even in a few of our benchmarks. You possibly can exchange the drive should you take away the again panel, maintain in place by a few seen Torx screws.
The CPU and reminiscence are soldered on the motherboard and non-upgradable, and inside you’ll discover that many of the inside area is occupied by the battery right here, leaving for a small motherboard that despatched over the SSD very near the CPU plate. This has an influence on the drive’s excessive temperatures, however based mostly on our different opinions of roughly related Asus designs, different drives (Intel, Samsung) ought to run cooler and extra steady on this gadget, even with the choked thermal design right here.
So far as the software program goes, this will get the usual MyAsus app which permits management over the facility profiles, battery and display screen settings, updates, and many others, whereas the Audio is managed in AudioWizard.
There are three efficiency/thermal profiles to select from:
- Efficiency – permits the CPU to run at 13+W in sustained masses, with followers ramping as much as 41-42 dB;
- Customary – permits the CPU to run at 12+W in sustained masses, with followers ramping as much as 38-39 dB;
- Whisper – limits the CPU at eight+W to favor decrease fan-noise of sub 30 dB.
The Customary profile is well-balanced and retains the fan idle with gentle use, and quiet with heavier masses. The laptop computer additionally feels snappy with day by day multitasking, video streaming, text-editing, and the likes, because the system permits it to run at increased clocks and frequencies in much less demanding purposes and shorter demanding masses, as you’ll see down beneath.
On to extra demanding duties, we begin by testing the CPU’s efficiency by working the Cinebench R15 benchmark for 15+ instances in a loop, with 2-Three seconds delay between every run, on the Efficiency mode.
The Tiger Lake i7 runs and excessive energy and clocks for a couple of runs, however then stabilizes at round 13W of energy and ~2.2 GHz, with temperatures within the 70-72 levels Celsius. The fan ramps to about 41-42 dB at head-level on this check, and the laptop computer returns scores of round 580-600 factors. That’s not a lot, however anticipated given the facility limitation.
In comparison with different Asus Tiger Lake laptops we’ve examined, this one limits the processor extra aggressively, which has a constructive influence on the temperatures, and a unfavourable influence on the efficiency. Future BIOS updates may change this conduct, however for now, that is what we acquired with BIOS 300 from October 2020.
Undervolting shouldn’t be an choice for Tiger Lake with the newest variants of Throttlestop, so we couldn’t tweak the settings in any means.
We did retest the laptop computer on the Customary and Whisper modes. Customary limits the CPU at 12+ W, with a lower in fan-noise, and Whisper lowers the restrict to 10+ W, with even quieter followers. Lastly, the laptop computer performs the identical when unplugged, working at 13+W on the Efficiency mode. Right here’s what we acquired in our assessments.
To place these ends in perspective, right here’s how a few different AMD and Intel ultraportable notebooks rating on this similar check.
The 6Core Ryzen 4000 platform remains to be a transparent step-up in efficiency over the Intel choices, and different TigerLake implementations we’ve examined to this point additionally outmatch the 13W-limited platform on this ZenBook Flip UX363.
Operating the longer and more difficult Cinebench R20 check ends in related findings, whereas on the grotesque Prime 95 check the CPU stabilizes at round 13+ W after a brief preliminary increase, with temperatures of round 70-degrees C.
We additionally ran our mixed CPU+GPU stress assessments on this pocket book, on the identical Efficiency profile.
3DMark stress runs the identical check for 20 instances in a loop and appears for efficiency variation and degradation over time, and this unit didn’t go it, which suggests a efficiency degradation as soon as the warmth builds-up. I used to be anticipating it, given how the platform runs at higher-power for the primary tens of seconds, after which is aggressively restricted. Luxmark Three.1 absolutely masses each the CPU and GPU on the similar time, but it surely doesn’t correctly help the Tiger Lake at the moment, so shouldn’t be related right here.
Subsequent, listed here are some benchmark outcomes. We ran the complete suite of assessments and benchmarks on the usual Efficiency profile. Right here’s what we acquired.
- 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 4633 (Graphics – 5462, Physics – 10685, Mixed – 1551);
- 3DMark 13 – Night time Raid: 14672 (Graphics – 20018, CPU – 5838);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 1535 (Graphics – 1402, CPU – 3327);
- 3DMark 13 – Wild Life: 1535 (Graphics – 1402, CPU – 3327);
- AIDA64 Reminiscence check: -;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 2762;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 990;
- Handbrake 1.Three.1 (4K to 1080p encode): 20.28 common fps;
- PassMark: Score: 5424 (CPU mark: 12203, 3D Graphics Mark: 3633, Disk Mark: 7193);
- PCMark 10: 4783 (Necessities – 10044 , Productiveness – 6614 , Digital Content material Creation – 4471);
- GeekBench Four.Four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 6663, Multi-core: 22185;
- GeekBench 5.Zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1548, Multi-core: 4936;
- CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 828 cb, CPU Single Core 217 cb;
- CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 1846 cb, CPU Single Core 547 cb;
- x264 HD Benchmark Four.Zero 32-bit: Cross 1 – 192.52 fps, Cross 2 – 43.86 fps;
- x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 80.22 s.
We additionally ran some Workstation associated masses, on the Excessive Efficiency profile:
- Blender 2.82 – BMW Automotive scene- CPU Compute: 10m 10s (Auto);
- Blender 2.82 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 30m 1s (Auto);
- Luxmark Three.1 – Luxball HDR – OpenCL CPUs + GPUs rating: CPU not correctly acknowledged;
These outcomes are inside 5-15% of the identical Intel i7-1165G7 examined on the ZenBook UX393, which runs at higher-power. That’s really shocking, as I used to be anticipating poorer scores given the facility distinction between the 2.
We ran a few DX11, DX12, and Vulkan titles on the Efficiency profile and Low/Lowest graphics settings. Right here’s what we acquired:
|FHD gaming||Flip UX363 – Intel 1165G7 13W||Swift Three 13 – Intel 1165G7 17W||UX393 – Intel 1165G7 26W||UX425 – Intel 1065G7||IdeaPad 7 – AMD R7 + Vega eight||UM425 – AMD R7 + Vega 7|
|Bioshock Infinite (DX 11, Low Preset)||65 fps (38 fps – 1% low)||76 fps (45 fps – 1% low)||83 fps (44 fps – 1% low)||40 fps (22 fps – 1% low)||81 fps (58 fps – 1% low)||66 fps (50 fps – 1% low)|
|Dota 2 (DX 11, Greatest Wanting Preset)||52 fps (32 fps – 1% low)||71 fps (46 fps – 1% low)||63 fps (39 fps – 1% low)||34 fps (20 fps – 1% low)||53 fps (40 fps – 1% low)||39 fps (28 fps – 1% low)|
|Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Low Preset, no AA)||23 fps (14 fps – 1% low)||32 fps (19 fps – 1% low)||29 fps (19 fps – 1% low)||12 fps (10 fps – 1% low)||28 fps (24 fps – 1% low)||21 fps (17 fps – 1% low)|
|Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Lowest Preset)||59 fps (43 fps – 1% low)||60 fps (43 fps – 1% low)||44 fps (33 fps – 1% low)||32 fps (22 fps – 1% low)||33 fps (24 fps – 1% low)||45 fps (36 fps – 1% low)|
|NFS: Most Needed (DX 11, Lowest Preset)||56 fps (36 fps – 1% low)||60 fps (53 fps – 1% low)||60 fps (45 fps – 1% low)||42 fps (25 fps – 1% low)||60 fps (46 fps – 1% low)||56 fps (34 fps – 1% low)|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider (DX 12, Lowest Preset, no AA)||25 fps (11 fps – 1% low)||36 fps (5 fps – 1% low)||46 fps (12 fps – 1% low)||16 fps (Three fps – 1% low)||41 fps (22 fps – 1% low)||28 fps (22 fps – 1% low)|
|Shadow of Tomb Raider (Vulkan, Lowest Preset, no AA)||25 fps (14 fps – 1% low)||37 fps (21 fps – 1% low)||34 fps (18 fps – 1% low)||17 fps (12 fps – 1% low)||38 fps (22 fps – 1% low)||27 fps (16 fps – 1% low)|
|Unusual Brigade (Vulkan, Low Preset)||47 fps (41 fps – 1% low)||50 fps (40 fps – 1% low)||54 fps (45 fps – 1% low)||21 fps (7 fps – 1% low)||41 fps (36 fps – 1% low)||37 fps (32 fps – 1% low)|
|The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Low Preset, Hairworks Off)||–||–||–||–||28 fps (22 fps – 1% low)||21 fps (14 fps – 1% low)|
- The Witcher Three, Dota 2, NFS – recorded with MSI Afterburner in sport mode;
- Bioshock, Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Unusual Brigade, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities.
I’ve added a few different configurations for comparability, all of them ultraportables, albeit not throughout the similar worth vary.
With video games, there’s a larger distinction between this Flip UX363 and the higher-power UX393 examined earlier, of as a lot as 20-30% within the extra demanding titles. That makes good sense, because the CPU bundle turns into energy restricted after some time, and most artificial benchmarks are quick sufficient to run on the increased settings.
As you’ll see within the logs beneath, each the CPU and the iGPU take a success when the bundle find yourself working at round 13W, and we measured common GPU frequencies of round 850 MHz in Dota 2, 600 MHz in Want for Velocity, and 750 MHz in FarCry 5. That’s a good bit beneath the reference 1.Three GHz clock that the Iris Xe chip is able to.
Now, I might usually add-in that Asus may select to tweak this conduct with future BIOS updates, however I don’t suppose they’ll, and I’ll clarify why within the subsequent part.
Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others
Asus went with a fundamental thermal module right here, with a single heatpipe and single fan, much like what we’ve seen applied on most of their current ZenBook and ExpertBook lineups.
Moreover, they went with a closed-back design, regardless of these grills within the D-panel suggesting in any other case. They’re really lined on the within with two layers of thermal tape. Meaning no air is available in by way of the underside, and the admission solely occurs by way of the keyboard space and thru the small minimize on the again edge, which channels the air over the CPU, into the fan, and out.
Now, I don’t have the right experience to guage this thermal design, however I can say that it’s totally different from what Asus implement of their clamshell fashions, and pretty much like what we’ve seen on the ZenBook UX393. Nonetheless, in contrast to the ZenBook UX393, this UX363 performs considerably totally different: not as sizzling, internally, but in addition a low slower in demanding masses and video games, as defined within the earlier part. On the similar time, whereas I’ve but to finish-up testing the Tiger Lake variations of the ZenBook UX325 and UX425, I can say that the earlier Ice Lake fashions had been capable of carry out higher with their open-back thermal designs.
With that in thoughts, even when the settings maintain the CPU working within the 70s C in video games and different demanding masses, the exterior chassis nonetheless heats-up a good bit. We’ve measured temperatures within the mid-to-high 50s in the midst of the keyboard, above the CPU, on the display screen’s chin proper close to the exhaust, and on the again edge, additionally across the CPU. The fan additionally ramps-up averagely noisy for an ultrabook, at 41-42 dB at head-level.
Given these excessive exterior temperatures, I don’t suppose Asus can realistically permit this laptop computer to run at higher-power, as these would translate in even increased exterior thermals and make the laptop computer just about unusable with video games. At the same time as it’s, it’s on the borderline or working too sizzling, with the WASD area reaching increased temperatures that I’d usually be comfy with.
However, this ZenBook Flip runs rather a lot quieter with day by day use, because the fan rests idle more often than not, and solely kicks in with extra intense multitasking. I haven’t seen any digital noises and the temperatures are additionally pretty good for a principally fanless implementation.
*Day by day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, Whisper Mode, followers at Zero-33 dB
*Gaming – Efficiency mode – enjoying Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, followers at 41-42 dB
For connectivity, there’s latest-gen WiFi 6 with an Intel AX201 module on this laptop computer. It carried out effectively with our setup and the sign and efficiency remained sturdy at 30-feet, with obstacles in between, but not as quick as different WiFi6 fashions we’ve examined over time.
Audio is dealt with by a set of stereo audio system that fireside by way of grills positioned on the underside, on the entrance lip. The angled form of the D-Panel permits the sound to bounce off the desk with out distortions, and I additionally haven’t seen vibrations within the arm-rest at increased volumes. On account of their placement, although, the grills may be pretty simply muffled when utilizing the laptop computer on the lap.
We additionally measured pretty low most volumes of 70-72 dB at head-level in our assessments, and the audio high quality is in regards to the common it’s best to count on from this class, high-quality for films and music, however with little on the decrease finish. All these on the Music profile in Audio Wizzard.
As for that HD digital camera positioned on the high of the display screen, it’s high-quality for infrequent calls, however not a lot by way of high quality.
There’s a 67 Wh battery contained in the ZenBook UX363, bigger than what you’d usually get in a 13-inch ultrabook.
Right here’s what we acquired by way of battery life, with the display screen’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~60 brightness).
- eight.7 W (~7+ h of use) – textual content modifying in Google Drive, Dynamic + Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 6.Three W (~9+ h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Dynamic + Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 5.5 W (~10+ h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Dynamic + Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 13.5 W (~Four-6 h of use) – shopping in Edge, Dynamic + Higher Efficiency Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON.
Asus pairs the laptop computer with a compact 65W charger that plugs-in through USB-C. It’s a single-piece design with a compact brick and an extended and thick cable, and a full cost takes about 2 hours, however quick-charging permits to fill-up to 60% of the battery in lower than an hour.
Worth and availability
The ZenBook Flip UX363 is available in shops in Europe on the time of this text, however much less so in different areas.
Over right here, the base-model with an i5-1135G7 processor, eight GB of RAM, and 512 GB SSD begins at round 1100 EUR, and the identical goes for 999 GBP within the UK.
The upper-tier mannequin examined on this article, with the i7-1165G7, 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage and FHD IPS display screen begins at round 1400 EUR over right here and beneath 1300 GBP within the UK. The identical configuration, however with the FHD OLED show and 1 TB of storage, is listed at round 1750 EUR on the German market, so that you’d be paying a major premium for that OLED panel.
We’ll replace once we know extra, and within the meantime, comply with this hyperlink for up to date costs and configurations in your area.
Having used this ZenBook Flip UX363 for the previous few weeks, I’m left with blended emotions about it.
On one hand, Asus nailed the design and construct high quality, put a good display screen and set of ports on it, Intel Tiger Lake and a big battery. I additionally discover the clickpad among the many higher you will get in a Home windows laptop computer as of late.
On the opposite, the three.5 mm jack was neglected, and whereas I don’t prefer it, I can stay with that. Nonetheless, not a giant fan of the squashed keyboard format and the illumination system that lets the sunshine creep out annoyingly from beneath the keycaps, particularly since this isn’t probably the most compact 13-inch laptop computer on the market and since Asus confirmed that they’ll implement a superior keyboard of their 14-inch units.
After which there’s the efficiency and thermal design. This laptop computer feels snappy and easy with on a regular basis use and multitasking whereas working mildly-warm, however fully silent, because the fan idles off and I haven’t’ seen any digital noises on this unit (no assure they received’t be there on yours, so ensure to hear for them). Nonetheless, longer-duration demanding masses and video games are a troublesome nut for this implementation, because the is power-limited compared to different Tiger Lake fashions we’ve examined, and regardless of that, the laptop computer nonetheless finally ends up working sizzling and pretty noisy for a 2020 ultrabook.
With all these in thoughts, and contemplating how a lot Asus prices for this ZenBook, I really feel that the i5 configuration is by far the higher worth right here, so long as you’re primarily searching for a daily-use convertible laptop computer and also you’re OK with the cramped keyboard. That’s the one which earns a Four/5 on our score scale, and even a Four.25 afterward, at discounted costs.
On the similar time, I really feel that the i7/16 GB configuration shouldn’t be well worth the sort of 200-300 EUR/GBP further that Asus prices for proper now, given that you just’ll find yourself with a restricted i7 platform that’s not going to run any higher than the i5 in day by day use or in demanding masses. Hopefully, that may come down in worth, because the i5 model solely will get eight GB of RAM and which may not suffice long run.
Nonetheless, I can’t finish this up with out mentioning the competitors. In most markets, this ZenBook has a price-advantage over many of the different stable convertibles, such because the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 or the HP Spectre x360 or the Lenovo Yoga C730, and can also be one of many first 2-in-1s obtainable with Tiger Lake . However, should you can stay with a regular non-convertible ultrabook, I’d choose one of many clamshell ZenBooks of this era, whereas should you’re after an ultrabook that may deal with harder masses or video games, I’d undoubtedly look into a few of the AMD Ryzen choices on the market, such because the ZenBook 14 UM425, ZenBook 14 UM433 with Nvidia graphics, or the aggressive IdeaPad Slim 7 from Lenovo.
Anyway, that wraps up our overview of the Asus ZenBook Flip UX363EA, however I’d love to listen to your ideas and impressions within the feedback part down beneath, so don’t hesitate to get in contact.