Asus ZenBook S13 assessment: Palms-on
Asus ZenBook S13
Asus is additional cementing its place as one of many premium producers at this 12 months’s CES. If it’s taking gaming in a brand new route with the Mothership or cramming as a lot efficiency as attainable right into a tiny type with the ZenBook S13, Asus is combating its nook vigorously.
The ZenBook S13 is an exquisite little factor. The just about bezel-less design makes it look extraordinarily clear and tight, and the inclusion of the ‘reverse notch’ locations the webcam in an area the place it doesn’t improve the dimensions of the highest bezel. By way of the extra fascinating and revolutionary design decisions we’ve seen at CES this 12 months, Asus is definitely taking extra calculated dangers and so they’re paying off.
Value and availability
We don’t have concrete pricing or launch info for the ZenBook S13 presently however we’re anticipating to see it launched within the subsequent few months.
By way of a worth estimate the 2018 ZenBook 14 began from £999/$1,199 – we might count on this to start out a little bit greater due to discrete graphics and new design, however count on one thing round £1,200/$1,200.
Design and construct
When trying on the gadget for the primary time the most important impression comes from the display screen. The bezels are virtually non-existent on the edges and likewise on the highest, making the viewing expertise extraordinarily slick because the show virtually touches the sides of the laptop computer. This design permits for a staggering 97% display screen/physique ratio on the 13.9 inch show, which is just FHD however very fairly to have a look at none-the-less.
The webcam is held inside a notch that protrudes from the centre of the highest bezel, it’s sufficiently small to nonetheless match throughout the design and truly works very nicely due to the gently curved edge – it additionally offers a little bit lip that you need to use to open the lid too, which is extra helpful than chances are you’ll think about in a time of extraordinarily slim design and small type components.
There are a few little design particulars that make the S13 really feel very tailor-made and premium, the diagonally brushed aluminium on the keyboard deck and the lower line above the operate keys make it stand out simply that little bit extra from the huge array of laptops in the marketplace as of late.
The laptop computer is tiny too with dimensions of 31.6 x 12.9 x 1.95 centimetres (12.four x 5.08 x zero.77 inches) however regardless of this includes a good array of ports together with a full-sized USB-A, 2x USB-C, a microSD slot and a headphone jack besides.
The S13 is powered by a 50Whr battery which is meant to supply as much as 15 hours of battery life, however as ever, do take this with a pinch of salt till we’ve had an opportunity to check it correctly.
Efficiency and specs
One thing this small and fairly absolutely can’t have spectacular specs beneath the hood too, proper?
Asus have made certain the ZenBook S13 is nicely outfitted together with your alternative of the Intel Core i7-8565U or the Core i5-8265U processors. You’ll even have the choice of a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 which is able to present some substantial graphics efficiency, though will definitely include a considerable improve in value.
The processor and graphics might be supported by as much as 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD house.
These specs enable the laptop computer to be extraordinarily nippy and whereas we haven’t had the prospect to place it by means of its paces with the discrete graphics card simply but, it ought to present some spectacular Photoshop efficiency on the transfer too.
If there may be ever an indication that laptops are getting smaller and lighter with out compromising efficiency then the Asus ZenBook S13 is a major instance. Attractive design with an all however bezel-less expertise, spectacular efficiency, discrete graphics and a big battery in a small type make this a particularly spectacular gadget.
Asus ZenBook S13: Specs
- Processor: Eighth-gen Intel Core i5-8265U, i7-8565U (WHL)
- Show: 13.9 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080)
- Reminiscence: 8GB-16GB LPDDR3 Twin Channel (On Board)
- Storage: 256/512GB/1TB PCIe SSD
- Battery: 50Wh, as much as 15 hours