Asus ZenBook Flip 14 UX461UN
Reviews for the Asus ZenBook Flip 14 UX461UN
And if you're wondering "why would I want to play games on a 17-inch laptop display?", Asus also announced the new ROG Strix XG35VQ, a curved 35-inch UWQHD (3,440×1,440 pixel) curved monitor with a 100Hz refresh rate, Adaptive-Sync technology and a 21:9 aspect ratio. The display also has Aura Sync lighting that can be synced with in-game audio as well as with Aura Sync-enabled PC components, keyboards and mice.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/30/2017
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Positive: Compact size; light weight; excellent display; powerful hardware; good price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/24/2017
Model: Something fresh is coming out. This year might become the year of ultra light, yet powerful notebooks. With the help of new processors from Intel and new graphics cards from Nvidia, the dream of having ultra light, yet very powerful devices is coming true.
The ZenBook Flip 14 is a new series that Asus is pushing out and it is branded as the world's thinnest 2-in-1 laptop. It has 13.9 mm thickness and weighs only 1.4 kg. And hardware? It uses the 8th gen Intel i7-8550U and a dedicated Nvidia MX150 graphics card. Think about the possibilities this device provides. Equipped with a 512 GB SSD and 16 GB of RAM, the performance is definitely not an issue - unless you want to game. The MX150 is not a gaming GPU. It replaces the old GeForce 940MX. Yes, it performs better, but it is still not adequate for gaming. You can play some basic games or some less demanding games but with low settings. On the other hand, it provides enough horsepower for video and picture editing.
ZenBook Flip 14 series can be a game changer in 2-in-1 models. With this hardware, the performance it delivers is quite amazing. There is almost nothing you can not do; again just forget about the gaming. Moreover, you have a very light device that you can use in different modes, which can also take care of almost all demanding applications.
Besides you get close to 14 hours of possible usage. That is more than enough for a work day. Also quick charge has to be mentioned. According to specs, 60 % charge takes only about 49 minutes. There will be other variations including 15 inch versions with Thunderbolt. However, for 14 inch models there seems to be no reference to a Thunderbolt 3 port. Which could have been nice when thinking about connecting an external GPU and playing games. But this will not be possible. Instead you get a normal USB 3.0 connection, a USB-C connection and a full size HDMI output. There is also a microSD slot. Is it future proof? Debatable. Would it be if there was a Thunderbolt 3 port? Yes, definitely. But still, this device is pretty capable of almost anything.
The screen has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels; pretty standard. But what makes it unique is it feels almost like it has no bezel. You can almost use the whole view area. Of course the touchscreen will have to prove itself for outside use. The test devices at IFA are not enough to provide good data in this area.
Should you buy it? Or who should buy it? I would recommend this device mostly to power users who need raw power to deal with complex excel spreadsheet or will be running analytical processes and then needs to present. Just make your calculation, turn your screen and voila everyone is impressed.
The Asus ZenBook Flip 14 UX461UN can be a good choice. But, it may not come cheap. If you do not need the performance, mobility is not your first pick and you are on budget, the Lenovo Yoga 720 models can be a better alternative.
Hands-on article by Ümit Yılmaz GüneşNVIDIA GeForce MX150: Pascal GP108 based laptop graphics card and mobile version of the desktop GeForce GT 1030. Offers 384 shader cores and 2 GB GDDR5 with a 64 Bit memory bus. Manufactured in 14nm. With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
8550U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.8 and 4 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,150 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.