Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA enters into the world of thin and light laptops with its key feature being the 360- degree hinged screen design.
PROS: Decent performance. Sleek and portable. Roomy keyboard and trackpad
CONS: More expensive. No backlit keyboard. Dim and reflective screen
The Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA is ASUS’ first ever convertible ultra-portable laptop that boasts of a sleek look and compact, fanless design. The new Zenbook departs from the plain-old analog laptop by introducing a 360 degree convertible design similar to the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro.
This offers the device the versatility of switching between four different modes including Laptop, Tablet stand and tent depending on your needs. The zenbook Flip is powered by the Skylake Intel Core M3-6Y30 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 512 Solid State Drive that offers fast boot times and program loading.
The 13.3 inch display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels weighs in at 2.9 pounds thereby making a decent companion. It also boasts of a solid stamina on the battery front as it promises to offer 12 hours of usage time.
The laptop is ideal for home, school and office use for users after laptop with a speedy performance and capable of handling basic and demanding tasks such as surfing the internet, editing documents, playing of casual games, editing of photos and videos.
The Asus measures 12.8 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches and weighs 2.9 pounds, a clear sign of keeping portability and sleekness in mind. It comes in Ultra-smart Mineral Grey and Icicle Gold colors for you to choose from.
Its sleekness gives the laptop an upper hand in terms of portability compared to other notebooks in this category. You can therefore, carry it all day in your backpack without feeling its weight.
The highlight point of this laptop is in its 360-degree rotation that allows you to switch between laptop, tent, stand, and tablet modes. As such, you can easily slip it into its case or your backpack for outmost convenience.
The interior of the notebook is similar to that of its predecessor the Asus Zenbook UX305UA. It comes with an anodized aluminum that adds to its premium feel and look.
The ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA is powered by the Skylake Intel Core M3-6Y30 processor that offers a stunning performance. There is 8GB LPDDR3 system memory on board and a 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD).
This offers the laptop quick start times, and great speeds when opening different programs and web browsing. The system handles seamlessly large applications such as Photoshop, taking care of folks who are into video and photo editing.
For storage, the 512GB M.2 SSD is enough to keep all your photos, music, movies and other important documents. With its fan-less design, the laptop runs silently thanks ultra-thin 0.5mm-diametre chromium-copper alloy heat pipe it has used.
The Zenbook comes embedded with Intel HD Graphics that takes care of casual gamers and capable of powering graphic-intensive programs. The computing experience is excellent as it comes installed with Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10.
The inclusion of Cortana with voice-premium in this operating system allows you to work even in most challenging conditions. The noise-reducing array microphone helps to focus on the voice and reduces surrounding noise when recording.
In terms of connectivity, there is USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C port and an SD card reader. There is a 3.5mm audio jack to listen in to your music and watch movies without disturbing those around you. An important highlight in terms of connectivity is the USB Type-C generation port that provides up to 5Gbps transfer speed.
There is a micro HDMI port that allows you to extend your display to large screens. As such, you can use projectors, monitors or HDTVs to watch your movies or make a presentation.
Connecting to the wireless networks is possible with the presence of 802.11ac Wi-Fi with higher transfer speeds.
The Asus sports Bluetooth 4.1 that allows you to connect with other Bluetooth devices. You can connect your laptop to Bluetooth Speakers, headphones and Home theatre systems to enjoy your music or watch movies. There is an HD webcam above the display, making it easier to talk with friends and family with clear faces. You can make video calls through programs such as Skype.
The 13.3 inch display comes with an Ultra-sharp Touchscreen full HD with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. It has 72% NTSC color gamut that is capable of processing a wide range of accurate and vivid colors. The inclusion of an178 degree IPS technology in the laptop offers wide viewing angles, an anti-glare display with 350cd/m2 brightness.
The anti-glare display protects you from distracting glare when working in environments that are brightly lit. The touch in this laptop is perfect with 2 times sensitivity and 10 fingers multi-touch.
Asus Tru2Life technology enhances video performance by optimizing the sharpness and contrast of every pixel in every video frame rate. This makes videos look clearer, more realistic and detailed.
The laptop has a user-friendly full size keyboard with a 1.5 millimeter key travel for comfortable typing. The touchpad is extremely wide therefore making it possible to control screen gestures effortlessly.
The MS Precision Touchpad is super responsive allowing the consumers to use without experiencing any difficulties. Conspicuously missing is the LED backlight, but given the niceties that come with this laptop it is a small sacrifice.
The Audio system in the Asus is also a plus as it offers a stunning sound experience. The system combines the proficiency of Bang & Olofusen and that of the Asus Golden Ear Team. The two combine to bring out an incredible sound system for playing media, music and games.
The Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA is a good performing ultraportable with forward looking capabilities with a premium look and feel.
The convertible notebook is light and very convenient to use. The presence of the 54wh lithium polymer battery is appreciable as it allows users up to 12 hours of usage. As such, you don’t have to get worried when travelling or out in the field about the battery draining.
The Zenbook’s packs the Skylake Intel Core M3-6Y30 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 512 Solid State Drive. This is a superb combination that promises to offer a snappy performance. The Zenbook’s portability and battery capacity appeals to the masses that need a computer to use while on the move.
If you are after an ultraportable convertible laptop that offers a speedy performance with a 1080p touch display and an amazing battery life at a reasonable price, then the ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA could be your best choice.