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Asus Zenbook S Series

Asus ZenBook S UX393EA-HK001TProcessor: Intel Ice Lake i7-1065G7, Intel Kaby Lake Refresh i5-8550U, Intel Tiger Lake i7-1165G7
Graphics Adapter: Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Iris Xe G7 96EUs, Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 13.30 inch, 13.90 inch
Weight: 1kg, 1.1kg, 1.36kg, 1.4kg
Price: 1400 euro
Average Score: 80.54% - good
Average of 15 scores (from 25 reviews)
price: 87%, performance: 83%, features: 59%, display: 88%, mobility: 83%, workmanship: 82%, ergonomy: 78%, emissions: 89%

 

Asus Zenbook S UX391UA-EG022T

I think it is fair to say that if MSI is kind of the best in the gaming laptops (as there are lots of other good competitors), Asus is kind of the best in the ultrabook segment (need to consider Dell XPS, Lenovo Thinkpad models as well). So, the Zenbook series is what I have in front of me. Specifically, the UX391. Why do I have it today? A few reasons. First, weight. It only weighs 1.1 Kg. Can you believe it? Think about the mobility. While carrying whether you have a notebook sleeve or keep it in your backpack, you would not even notice it is there. Secondly, the Intel 8th Gen. i7 CPU. Oh my. Third, 16 GB of RAM. What else can be there? Oh, I know. A touch screen, 4K resolution, Asus Pen, USB dock, Thunderbolt 3 and the list goes on. Any disadvantages? Well, I can only think of DDR3 2133 MHz RAM. That's a bit disappointing, but I have not seen a model from Asus that has utilized DDR4 RAM in this segment. I change my words, it is really disappointing. Apart from that, the reason why I picked this model is because of its potential. It literally targets people that are looking for mobility. But do you need the touch screen when the design is not convertible? Flipbook S series has models with specific configuration and they have 360 degree hinges, which makes more sense with touch screen. For me I would have omitted the touchscreen and go for another SKU with a regular screen. As someone who does lots of typing, doing development on the side, opening tons of software at the same time, this beauty is a beast. I do not feel the need to talk about keyboard, quality of the case etc. They are all top notch. Here is the thing, beauty comes with a cost, in the literal meaning. UX391 is not cheap and not sure if it is for everyone. If mobility is your thing and you do not mind extra 150 grams or so you have the option to go for Dell XPS 13 models and if you add another 250 grams to that there you have HP's Elitebook 840 G5. When there are other options to pick, it becomes harder to make a decision. If the money is not a problem, Asus and Dell are the picks to go. If your budget is a bit tight, then you can go for HP. Even with Dell and Asus, I am not sure if 4K is really necessary. It is better to find the models first and try from first hand before making a purchase online. Hands-on article by Ümit Yılmaz Güneş

Specifications

Asus Zenbook S UX391UA-EG022TNotebook: Asus Zenbook S UX391UA-EG022T
Processor: Intel Kaby Lake Refresh i5-8550U
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 13.30 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1.1kg
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Pricecompare

Average Score: 75.5% - good

Average of 4 scores (from 7 reviews)

 

75% Asus ZenBook S UX391UA review:
Source: CNet English
Subtly stylish and durable and with strong performance to back it up, the Asus ZenBook S UX391U is a fine ultraportable if you spend more time working in coffee shops than an office.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 80%
80% Asus ZenBook S (UX391UA)
Source: PC Mag English
From its chic dark-blue design to its comfortable tilted keyboard and crisp 4K display, the Asus ZenBook S represents a good deal on a good-looking ultrabook.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/04/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15, ZenBook S and ZenBook 13 First Impressions
Source: The Mobile Indian English
To conclude, the laptops come loaded with pretty interesting specifications. The ZenBook Pro 15 gives a stiff competition to MacBook Pro 15, though it features the similarly-inspired Touch Bar in select MacBook Pro models. The ZenBook S and ZenBook 13 are the ones that will face a stiff competition from the brands like Lenovo, HP, Acer and Dell.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 08/14/2018
70% Asus ZenBook S UX391UA Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Asus ZenBook S' gorgeous 4K display, innovative design and elegant chassis make it well worth its reasonable price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/02/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%

Foreign Reviews

Recensione Asus ZenBook S: un chilogrammo di metallo blu e oro
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Positive: Good ergonomy; metal case; solid workmanship; good cooling and silent system; high autonomy. Negative: Poor display; overheats while using.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/11/2018
77% Stylowy i smukły czy szybki? Test ultrabooka Asus ZenBook S
Source: Komputerswiat Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/01/2018
Rating: Total score: 77%
Обзор имиджевого ноутбука Asus ZenBook S UX391UA для бизнес-пользователей
Source: Ixbt RU→EN
Positive: Slim size; light weight; stylish design; nice ergonomy; excellent display; fast fingerprint sensor.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/10/2018

 

Asus Zenbook S UX391UA-EG007T

Specifications

Asus Zenbook S UX391UA-EG007TNotebook: Asus Zenbook S UX391UA-EG007T
Processor: Intel Kaby Lake Refresh i5-8550U
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 13.30 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1kg
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Pricecompare

Average Score: 77.75% - good

Average of 4 scores (from 6 reviews)

 

85% ASUS ZenBook S review: Simply a very good ultrabook
Source: Hardware Zone English
Finally, while it’s great to have a compact, lightweight chassis, good battery life in balance with no compromise productivity performance is what really separates excellent ultrabooks from the merely good. You want an ultraportable machine because you want to be able to use it easily on the road, and you can’t really do that if it isn’t going to last you a good amount of time. Fortunately, the ZenBook S serves up decent battery life, coming in only slightly behind the Dell XPS 13.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/29/2018
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 90% performance: 85% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
ASUS ZenBook S UX391U Review: Compact, Reliable Workhorse
Source: Unbox English
If you’re looking for a small, dependable yet powerful notebook that weighs next to nothing, then yeah, you should definitely consider ASUS’ ZenBook S.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/14/2018
85% ASUS ZenBook S review: Simply a very good ultrabook
Source: Hardware Zone English
All things considered, the ASUS ZenBook S is simply a capable laptop. It doesn't have flashy features or a particularly eye-catching design, but it’ll serve you well if you decide to get one.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/16/2018
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 90% performance: 85% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
71% Asus ZenBook S Review
Source: Think Digit English
The Asus ZenBook S is a slim and stylish Ultrabook that’s high on performance and ergonomics but limited on port availability and battery life. It’s the laptop to get if you have no problems living the dongle life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/09/2018
Rating: Total score: 71%
70% Asus ZenBook S UX391UA Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Asus ZenBook S' gorgeous 4K display, innovative design and elegant chassis make it well worth its reasonable price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/29/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%

Foreign Reviews

Ultraportátil premium 13,3": Asus Zenbook S UX391UA-EG007T
Source: Putoinformatico Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Compact size; light weight; nice display; decent hardware; backlit keys.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/01/2018

 

Asus ZenBook S UX391UA-ET012T

Specifications

Asus ZenBook S UX391UA-ET012TNotebook: Asus ZenBook S UX391UA-ET012T
Processor: Intel Kaby Lake Refresh i5-8550U
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 13.30 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1kg
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Pricecompare

Average Score: 82.5% - good

Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

Foreign Reviews

75% Test Asus ZenBook S
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 75%
90% Asus Zenbook S UX391UA [TEST]: Kompromisløs bærbar i kompakt format
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/22/2019
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 90%

 

Asus ZenBook S UX391UA-ET013R

Specifications

Asus ZenBook S UX391UA-ET013RNotebook: Asus ZenBook S UX391UA-ET013R
Processor: Intel Kaby Lake Refresh i5-8550U
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 13.30 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1kg
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Pricecompare

 

Foreign Reviews

Asus ZenBook S UX391: ultimátní ultrabook (recenze)
Source: CNews.cz CZ→EN
Positive: Compact size; light weight; premium design. Negative: No USB-C.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/14/2019

 

Asus ZenBook S UX391UA-EG007R

Specifications

Asus ZenBook S UX391UA-EG007RNotebook: Asus ZenBook S UX391UA-EG007R
Processor: Intel Kaby Lake Refresh i5-8550U
Graphics Adapter: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 13.30 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 1kg
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Pricecompare

Average Score: 80% - good

Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

Foreign Reviews

90% Kompakte Schönheit
Source: e-media - 4/19 German
Single Review, , Short, Date: 03/01/2019
Rating: Total score: 90%
70% Test Asus ZenBook S UX391UA : un ultraportable au design soigné
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/23/2019
Rating: Total score: 70%

 

Asus Zenbook S UX393JA

Specifications

Asus Zenbook S UX393JANotebook: Asus Zenbook S UX393JA
Processor: Intel Ice Lake i7-1065G7
Graphics Adapter: Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
Display: 13.90 inch, 3:2, 3300 x 2200 pixels
Weight: 1.36kg
Price: 1400 euro
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Pricecompare

 

85.1% Asus Zenbook S UX393JA Laptop Review: The Microsoft Surface Alternative | Notebookcheck
The ZenBook S series is moving away from the standard 16:9 aspect ratio to the more office-friendly 3:2. Results are impressive and definitely worth a look if you were considering a Surface, XPS, or MateBook in the near future.

 

Asus ZenBook S UX393EA-HK001T

Specifications

Asus ZenBook S UX393EA-HK001TNotebook: Asus ZenBook S UX393EA-HK001T
Processor: Intel Tiger Lake i7-1165G7
Graphics Adapter: Intel Iris Xe G7 96EUs
Display: 13.90 inch, 3:2, 3300 x 2200 pixels
Weight: 1.4kg
Links: Asus homepage
 Asus notebook section

Pricecompare

Average Score: 92.5% - very good

Average of 2 scores (from 6 reviews)

 

ASUS ZenBook S UX393EA Review: Premium Laptop For The Discerning
Source: Unbox English
The ZenBook S is usually the model where ASUS would go all out, and its current iteration continues to impress in both looks and performance. While you have to pay a very steep price for the ZenBook S UX393EA–with a price that is close to Apple’s mid-tier MacBook Pros–you get what you pay for, as this Intel EVO-certified notebook has a better set of components to let you make the most out of its battery life while enjoying its gorgeous 3:2 3K display.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/14/2021
ASUS ZenBook S UX393EA Hands-On, Quick Review: Evolution!
Source: Unbox English
Being one of the latest brands to shift to a 3:2 aspect ratio for their ultrabooks, it is no secret that ASUS wants to take a jab at Apple’s Intel-powered MacBook Pros with the ZenBook S UX393EA. While it is one expensive notebook–considering that it is not a 2-in-1 convertible–we will have to do our usual set of tests if it is worth spending close to Php 100k for the ZenBook S UX393EA.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/06/2021
85% ASUS ZenBook S UX393EA review (Core i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake, 3:2 3K touchscreen)
Source: Ultrabook Review English
While I can't draw final conclusions on the ZenBook S UX393 based on this early sample alone, I can tell you that this is one of the most complete ultrabooks on the market right now: it's very well crafted, offers an excellent wide-gamut touchscreen, doesn't compromise much on the IO and is a competent Tiger Lake implementation, backed up by a big battery. However, I need to further clarify our findings in the typing and efficiency sections before wrapping this up. We'll get in-depth on all these aspects down below.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/29/2020
Rating: Total score: 85%

Foreign Reviews

100% ASUS ZenBook S UX393 Review
Source: Geeknetic Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/22/2020
Rating: Total score: 100%
Asus Zenbook S UX393EA
Source: Noticias 3D Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Elegant design; nice display; powerful processor; good ergonomy; fast charging. Negative: No headphone jack; mediocre connectivity.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/24/2021
Notebook Asus Zenbook S: perfektní displej a Tiger Lake s rychlou grafikou [test]
Source: Zive CZ→EN
Positive: Powerful processor; excellent display; slim size; light weight. Negative: Poor set of ports.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/22/2020

 

Comment

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).


Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

Intel UHD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2, 24 EUs) found on some Kaby-Lake-Refresh CPU models (15 W ULV series). Technically identical to the previous Kaby-Lake GPU called HD Graphics 620.

Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU): Integrated graphics card in Intel Ice-Lake G7 SoCs based on the new Gen. 11 architecture with 64 EUs (Execution Units / Shader Cluster). The clock rate depends on the processor model ranging from 300 MHz base to 1050 - 1100 MHz boost. The Ice-Lake chips are produced in the modern 10nm process at Intel produced.

Intel Iris Xe G7 96EUs: Integrated graphics card in Intel Tiger Lake G4 SoCs based on the new Gen. 12 architecture with 96 EUs (Execution Units / Shader Cluster). The clock rate depends on the processor model. The Tiger Lake chips are produced in the modern 10nm+ process at Intel.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Kaby Lake Refresh:

i5-8550U: 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.

Intel Ice Lake:

i7-1065G7: Ice Lake-based quad-core processor for thin and light laptops. The four cores are clocked at 1.3 GHz to 3.9 GHz and should offer 18% more IPC (instructions per clock) than the previous generations (and therefore partly close the clock speed gap). Produced on first-gen 10 nm Intel process.

Intel Tiger Lake:

i7-1165G7: A quad-core processor of the Tiger Lake product family designed for the sleeker laptops. The i7 is manufactured on the second-gen 10 nm Intel SuperFin process and features the Iris Xe G7 (96 EUs) iGPU running at 400 MHz to 1,300 MHz. The CPU cores run at 2.8 GHz (base clock speed @ 28 W TDP) to 4.7 GHz (single-core Boost frequency). The i7-1165G7 was the second-fastest CPU of the TGL-UP3 lineup at launch.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1 kg:

Mainly, bigger-sized tablets and convertibles weigh as much.

1.4 kg:

This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.


80.54%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Stefan Hinum, 2018-09-26 (Update: 2018-09-26)