Asus ZenBook Flip S | Our preview

Asus ZenBook Flip S | Our preview
About a month after the announcement of the 11th generation Intel Core Tiger Lake processors, we finally have the first laptops with these solutions in our hands. Today we take a first look at the Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX371), convertible from the Taiwanese company powered by the new Intel Core i7-1165G7, 4 core / 8 thread processor with a base frequency of 2.8GHz which in boost touches 4, 7GHz on single core and integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, which guarantees performance much higher than current solutions. The typical TDP is 15W, but it is possible to go up to 28W for even more performance.

Next to the Tiger Lake processor we find 16GB of DDR4-4267MHz RAM, 1TB PCIe 3.0 SSD, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and Wi-Fi 6, 720p webcam and a 13.3 ″ 4K OLED Touchscreen, all enclosed in a metal body measuring 305 x 211 x 13.9 mm for a weight of 1.2 kg. The battery is 67Wh, while the power supply is 65W.

The port equipment offers two USB type C with Thunderbolt 4, one HDMI 2.0a and one USB 3.2 Gen1 type A. The audio sector is edited by Harman Kardon and as you may have noticed, the 3.5mm jack is missing , but Asus includes a USB Type-C to jack adapter in the box, so you can use your favorite headphones without too much trouble.

The Asus ZenBook Flip S features Ergolift hinges, which lift the laptop slightly and improve both cooling and writing. The touchpad is very large and integrates the NumberPad, whose lighting level can be adjusted with the button at the top left. When the NumberPad is active, the system automatically recognizes when we want to enter numbers or are simply moving with the cursor, so as not to undermine the experience of using the laptop.

The keyboard offers three levels of backlighting, which guarantee excellent visibility in all situations. First impressions are positive, the key travel is excellent and we had no difficulty in writing the lyrics. The shortcuts on the FN keys are in the first function, so you will not have to press the dedicated key to activate them; in particular, we find the Windows 10 "capture and annotate" mapped to the F11 key and the ability to disable the camera on the F10 very comfortable.

We have not yet tested the battery and performance of the new Intel Core i7-1165G7, for an opinion on the matter, we refer you to the review that will arrive in the next few days. In the meantime, let us know in the comments if you have any questions regarding Asus' new convertible!

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