Asus Zenbook Flip UX360UA
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Reviews for the Asus Zenbook Flip UX360UA
Source: Ultrabook Review
With the right price, the Zenbook UX360UA could be the best mid-range 13-inch convertible you can get for your money in the second half of this year and a perfect fit for an average user with regular demands. It checks most of the right boxes, from looks to build quality, from performance to battery life, and the few nits I have with it might actually be fixed on the final retail versions.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/19/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Asus Zenbook UX360UA-C4159T
Asus Zenbook UX360UA-C4159T is a 2-in-1 laptop that combines the elegance and sophistication found in a Zenbook with the convenience of having a versatile 360 degrees rotatable display. The laptop is designed and catered towards the mid-range market segment and it is suitable for average users that have regular demands. The chassis of the laptop is forged from a single block of aluminium and carefully honed until it reaches 13.9mm in thinness. The first impression when one looks at the laptop is that it is a slim, stylish and sophisticated looking laptop. The hinge has a precision-engineered multi-gear metal mechanism that allows the user to switch the laptop to different modes smoothly and it holds the display at any angle securely. The laptop comes pre-installed with Microsoft Windows 10 Home edition operating system, has 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-6500 processor paired with Intel HD Graphics 520 graphic card, 8GB LPDDR3 RAM and 512GB Solid M.2 SATA State Disk.
It has a 13.3-inches touchscreen display that is capable of displaying up to 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. The screen also comes with the proprietary ASUS Splendid Technology, a technology to optimize media content by reducing the noise and improve conversions to offer sharper, more vivid images, better brightness, better contrast, colour saturation and skin tones. It is decent enough to browse the internet, watch multimedia content and perform other tasks on it. The keyboard included in the laptop offers good typing experience and offers the similar experience of typing on a normal laptop keyboard. Key travels are pretty much the same as the Asus UX305 but just like the UX305, its body flexes a bit when the keyboard is pressed on. This can be annoying at times and portrays poor build quality. The keyboard will be automatically locked when it is switched into tablet mode. The touchpad features ASUS Smart Gesture technology that allows the user to have a more natural and intuitive feel. In addition, it is sensitive, accurate and supports Microsoft Windows gestures. Similarly to the keyboard, the touchpad will be automatically locked when switched into tablet mode.
The Asus Zenbook UX360UA-C4159T is equipped with the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi that allows for speeds of up to 867Mbps which is 3 times faster when compared to older Wi-Fi generations. The laptop also supports Intel WiDi technology so movies, music, photos and games can be streamed to any TV that is WiDi-compatible or to use a TV as a second screen for multitasking on a bigger screen. Its interface options include two USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C Gen 1 port that supports up to 5Gbps, a HDMI port, a SD card reader and combo audio jack. The downside of the laptop is that the fan is a little too aggressive but this might be due to its very thin profile that isn't as efficient in pushing off heat. As for its battery, Asus suggests 8 hours and 45 minutes of usage based on light browsing over Wi-Fi. Overall, the laptop offers decent mid-range specifications and will appeal to users who are looking to do some work and play on-the-go with the portability of a laptop and a tablet. Its main rivals are the Lenovo Yoga 900 and the HP - Pavilion x360 but those models are slightly more pricier and are not as well equipped as the UX360UA-C4159T.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
The Asus Zenbook is still one of the best looking ultrabook out there, next to the Macbook Air. The only problem with the original UX32 was its price. The 13 inch model was far more pricy than any other ultrabooks. Asus decided to deliver a little of that good taste for far less the price with the new mid-range Zenbook.
With the same kind all metal body featuring a concentric circle design, the new UX32A looks every bit as good as the original Zenbook. To reduce its price, the 256GB SSD had to be replaced with a hybrid drive consisting of a 500GB hard disk and a 24GB SSD. Naturally this makes the new model a little thicker than the older one but that size isn’t a problem at all. It is still by farthest, one of the sleekest ultrabook out there. As a result of the thicker chassis, several additional ports could be included in this new model, which actually is better.
The fast boot-up and resume from sleep times still remains fast thanks to the tiny SSD but the cheaper model is crippled with an i3 processor of the older Sandy Bridge platform and an older generation graphics adapter as well. Due to this severe new generation technology shortage it is hard to see why a person would choose the UX32A over all the other ultrabooks in the same price range out there. Perhaps if exterior design is your only priority, it would serve you well. However, even the least tech savvy person might not consider an ultrabook with an i3 processor.
Intel HD Graphics 520: Integrated GPU (GT2) with 24 EUs found on some Skylake CPU models (15 W ULV series).
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
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.
6500U: Skylake-based ULV dual-core processor for thin notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 520 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» 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).
80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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