Asus ZenBook S 13 Flip OLED evaluation (UP5302ZA mannequin, 2-in-1 ultrabook)

That is my detailed evaluation of the Asus ZenBook S 13 Flip OLED, a 13-inch convertible 2-in-1 laptop computer with an OLED show and Twelfth-gen Intel Core P {hardware}.

That is the 2-in-1 various to the clamshell AMD-based ZenBook S 13 OLED we’ve reviewed some time in the past. The 2 are related in design, ergonomics, and internals, however completely different in codecs and {hardware} specs.

The premium design and supplies, the compact and light-weight format, the superb inputs, the attractive display, the balanced {hardware} implementation, and the large battery are the principle promoting factors of this collection. However, you’ll have to just accept USB-C-only IO and an OLED contact show with its particularities that may not be for everybody.

We’ll focus on all these elements on this evaluation of the ZenBook Flip S 13, so that you’ll know what to anticipate earlier than shopping for one.

Specs as reviewed – Asus ZenBook S 13 Flip OLED UP5302ZA

Asus ZenBook Flip S 13 OLED, 2022 mannequin
Display13.3 inch, 2.8K 2880 x 1800 px, 16:10 side ratio, IPS, contact, shiny,
Samsung ATNA33AA03-0 panel with 350-nits, 100% DCI-P3 colours
ProcessorIntel Twelfth-gen Alder Lake Core i7-1260P, 4PC+8Ec/16T
VideoIntel Iris Xe, as much as 1.4 GHz
Reminiscence16 GB LPDDR5-5200 (soldered), as much as 32 GB
Storage1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD (Micron 3400) – single M.2 2280 slot
ConnectivityWi-fi 6E (Intel AX211) 2×2, Bluetooth 5.2
Ports2x USB-C 3.2 gen2, 2x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4, mic/headphone, micro SD card reader
Battery67 Wh, 65W USB-C charger
Measurement296 mm or 11.67” (w) x 210 mm or 8.26” (d) x 14.9 mm or 0.59” (h)
Weight2.47 lbs (1.12 kg)+ .42 lbs (.19 kg) charger and cables, EU model
Extraswhite backlit keyboard, 2MPx FHD webcam with IR, fingerprint sensor within the energy key, stereo backside audio system

Design and first look

This ZenBook Flip S13 steers away from the design strains of previous Flip technology, adhering to the brand new supplies and design language carried out now by 2022 ZenBooks.

Which means it is a cleaner-looking product, with extra delicate branding components and extra muted supplies. Gone are the concentric circles and the Asus brand beforehand carried out on the lid, and gone are the aluminum items used for the complete case. As a substitute, there’s the brand new monogram brand on the lid, and the complete laptop computer is made out of magnesium-aluminum alloys.

Asus ZenBook S 13 Flip review

These supplies really feel bizarre at first, tough to the contact, like nice sandpaper someway. They do supply good grip and will age properly, resisting scratches and dents, and hiding smudges and finger oils on this dark-gray colour model.

The transition in supplies allowed Asus to maintain the load of this laptop computer down, at just a bit over 1.1 kilos, regardless of upgrading the internals with higher cooling and a bigger battery.

The construct high quality is stable as properly, with a really robust lid and nearly no flex in the principle chassis or the keyboard deck. Identical to the clamshell ZenBook S13, this Flip S13 mannequin can stand proudly subsequent to different premium ultraportables of this technology. It’s not fairly as beautiful as a MacBook or an XPS, largely due to its utilitarian design and rougher feeling case, but it surely’s shut.

The ergonomics are good right here as properly. This can be a 2-in-1 format with a 360-degree show and two robust hinges attaching the show to the principle chassis. They’re properly balanced, permitting you to simply choose up the display with a single hand, but additionally maintain it in place with out shifting and wobbling with each day use.

The laptop computer is an Ergolift design, which suggests the principle physique lifts up on rubber ft positioned on the backside of the display half with the intention to facilitate higher airflow beneath. That’s no affecting the soundness in any approach. As for the thermal design, this has been up to date. Air nonetheless comes inside by the underside intakes and the keyboard, however is now pushed out by the radiator positioned on the left edge, and not into the show. This can be a main design replace!

That apart, this Flip is extra sensible in pill mode than the previous generations, for a couple of causes. First, the display and the principle chassis fold up shut one over the opposite, with magnets holding them collectively in pill mode. After which, the improved chassis sturdiness and the truth that Asus moved the hot-air exhaust to the aspect enable for higher grip and ergonomics when holding this in hand for the bottom-bezel half, the place the Asus ZenBook brand is engraved.

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The draw back with this type of flippable design is the truth that solely small rubber ft will be carried out on the underside, however even this side is healthier handled right here than on different fashions, so the grip is great on the desk.

Actually, the one ergonomic particulars I can nit about are the quite sharp front-lip and corners which will be uncomfortable generally on the wrist, in addition to the minimalist IO.

Not like on different ZenBooks, this S-Slim collection depends completely on USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 assist. I recognize that these ports are unfold on each websites, so you’ll be able to plug this in or join peripherals conveniently, however I do miss having a minimum of one USB-A full-size slot, like on the earlier ZenBook Flip S designs.

Other than the USB-C ports, there’s additionally a micro SD card reader on the best edge, if that makes any distinction for you, in addition to an audio jack. The standing LEDs are additionally well positioned on the aspect, and not beneath the display and within the line of sight.

All in all, this ZenBook Flip S 13 OLED is a greater high quality and extra ergonomic pocket book than the earlier Flip generations, and easily one of many best-designed premium 2-in-1 laptops of its time.

Keyboard and trackpad

Asus carried out a full keyboard and enormous glass clickpad with NumPad performance on this laptop computer, and these are a number of the higher inputs out there in a 13-inch ultrabook right now.

keyboard clickpad 1

I used to be anticipating this keyboard to really feel equivalent to the one on the clamshell ZenBook S13, but it surely truly supplied firmer suggestions and an total quick and extra dependable typing expertise. The typing expertise is a bit loud, each for the principle deck of keys and the House key, so this would possibly appeal to some undesirable consideration in quiet locations.

The format consists of all the best keys, and every part is correctly sized and spaced. Even the ability button is not within the top-right nook, however quite one key to the left, leaving the highest nook for the Delete key.

The keys are backlit, with white LEDs and three brightness ranges to select from. The system occasions out after 30 seconds and reactivates with a swipe over the clickpad, and total the LEDs are vibrant sufficient to do what they’re designed to, particularly on this pairing with the black keycaps. Uniformity remains to be considerably of a hit-and-miss, right here, with some lights within the prime row of keys being brighter than others. A good bit of sunshine additionally shines from beneath the keycaps and is particularly seen beneath these brighter keys within the prime row.

The clickpad is a big glass floor that works flawlessly with swipes, gestures, faucets, and many others. It additionally felt stable on this unit and didn’t rattle with firmer faucets, and the bodily clicks within the decrease corners are OK, only a bit clunky.

This doubles as a digital NumberPad, if that’s one thing you would possibly want in your actions.

Lastly, for biometrics, there’s a finger sensor included within the energy button, in addition to an IR-capable digital camera on the prime of the display. Each work properly with Home windows Hiya.


This laptop computer is offered with a 13.3-inch 16:10 shiny OLED 2.8K panel, in a contact variant. There’s no different panel possibility, thus no IPS variant of any form.

Now, so long as you’re nice with an OLED contact display in your laptop computer, that is going to be a wonderful show. It’s OLED, so the blacks, distinction, and viewing angles are wonderful, and it’s additionally a 10-bit panel with lovely colours and 100% DCI-P3 gamut protection.

So why wouldn’t you want this? Nicely, for 2 predominant causes.

First off, that is quite dim, at solely 350-nits peak SDR brightness, which is barely sufficient for indoor use and received’t suffice for any type of bright-light environments, particularly when contemplating the glare issue as properly. After which, there’s the graininess noticeable on white backgrounds with these contact OLED panels, attributable to the digitizer layer. I for one discover this fairly distracting when shopping and modifying texts, which is what I largely do on my laptops.

Anyway, right here’s what we received in our checks, with an X-Rite i1 Display Pro sensor (with HDR switched off):

  • Panel HardwareID: Samsung SDC4172 (ATNA33AA03-0);
  • Protection: 100% sRGB, 96.4% Adobe RGB, 99.9% DCI-P3;
  • Sort: 10-bit with HDR500, 60 Hz;
  • Measured gamma: 2.17;
  • Max brightness in the midst of the display: 347.64 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Min brightness in the midst of the display: 8.98 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1:1;
  • White level: 6600 Ok;
  • Black on max brightness: 0 cd/m2;
  • PWM: to be mentioned.

This panel got here properly calibrated out of the field and turned out to be uniform in luminosity and colour. Plus, since that is OLED, you don’t should concern your self with any gentle bleeding on black backgrounds.

Panel high quality apart, the opposite benefits of OLED must also be thought-about in your resolution, such because the low blue-light emission and the way in which colours are perceived extra vividly at mid-brightness ranges, but additionally their potential downsides, similar to black-crush, gray-bending, flickering, and even burn-in to some extent. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t fear about burn-in with this newer technology of Samsung OLED panels, simply ensure you’re not disabling the burn-in safety tech within the MyAsus app and also you’re not utilizing this at max-brightness on static interfaces for hours at a time.

Now, a great IPS panel possibility would have been a extra carefree alternative right here and an possibility that Asus ought to have supplied. Some IPS panels can get brighter, don’t expertise the identical graininess, and may match the colour quantity of OLEDs, and it will have been good to have that possibility right here, even when these IPS fashions would have been dearer.

{Hardware} and efficiency

Our check mannequin is a top-specced configuration of the 2022 Asus ZenBook Flip S 13, code identify UP5302ZA, with an Intel Core i7-1260P processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16 GB of LPDDR5-4800 reminiscence, and a quick 1 TB gen4 SSD.

Disclaimer: This evaluation unit was supplied by Asus for this text. We examined it with the software program out there as of late-October 2022 (BIOS 308, MyAsus 3.1.8 app). Some elements would possibly nonetheless change with future software program updates.

Spec-wise, that is based mostly on the 2022 Intel Twelfth-gen Alder Lake Core P {hardware} platform. Our configuration is the top-tier Core i7-1260P processor out there for this collection, the hybrid design with 4 Efficiency and eight Effectivity Cores, in addition to 16 mixed threads. This ultraportable implementation provides the CPU with as much as 30W of energy in sustained masses. A really related Core i5-1240P processor can also be out there for the lower-tier configurations.

Graphics are dealt with by the built-in Iris Xe chip, with 96 EUs and frequencies of as much as 1.40 GHz within the i7-1260P, and 80EUs and 1.3 GHz frequencies within the i5-1240P.

Our configuration additionally comes with 16 GB of LPDDR5-4800 reminiscence, in dual-channel. 16, and 32 GB configurations can be found for the collection, and the reminiscence is onboard and non-upgradeable.

For storage, Asus opted for a quick PCIe gen4 Micron 3400 drive right here, which carried out properly in our checks.

The SSD and WiFi chip are the one upgradeable parts right here. To get to them it’s essential to take away the again panel, maintain in place by a few seen Torx screws, and two extra additional screws hidden behind the rear-rubber ft.

Inside you’ll discover the redesigned motherboard with the brand new thermal module and the radiator positioned on the laptop computer’s left aspect, in addition to the battery and audio system. The SSD remains to be positioned proper close to the CPU, however Asus places a thermal protect on it, which prevents overheating.

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So far as the software program goes, this ZenBook will get the usual MyAsus app which permits management over the ability profiles, battery and display settings, updates, and many others.

There are three efficiency/thermal profiles to select from:

  • Efficiency – permits the {hardware} to run at ~25-30Wsustained, with the fan ramping as much as ~42 dB;
  • Balanced/Customary – permits the {hardware} to run at 20W in sustained masses, with the fan ramping as much as 33 dB;
  • Whisper – limits the CPU at 12W to favor fan noise of sub 30 dB.

Whisper mode is OK for gentle use, however I’d suggest holding the laptop computer on Customary typically, to forestall any sluggishness. The Efficiency profile gives sooner processing capabilities in sustained masses, however can also be considerably noisier.

We’ll get to that in a bit, however first, right here’s what to anticipate by way of speeds and temperatures with each day use, with the laptop computer operating quietly, however nearly by no means fully silent.

Efficiency and benchmarks

On to extra demanding masses, we begin by testing the CPU’s efficiency within the Cinebench R15 loop check.

On the Efficiency mode, the Core i7-1260P processor peaks on the 38W PL2 setting for a short time after which rapidly drops and stabilizes round 30W of energy, with temperatures within the low to mid-90s Celsius, and fan-noise ranges of ~42 dB. These lead to sustained Cinebench scores of round 1450 factors.

On Customary, the system limits the followers at a lot quieter 36 dB noise ranges. The CPU finally ends up stabilizing at 20W, with temperatures round 76-78 C. The efficiency takes a major hit, although, with the scores stabilizing round 1000 factors.

You too can go for the Whisper mode, with limits the CPU at 12W with now barely audible followers and temperatures within the low-70s. The laptop computer solely performs at about 50% of its skills on this profile, although.

Lastly, our pattern carried out very properly on battery, stabilizing at round 28W of energy on the Efficiency mode.

All these are illustrated within the graph under.

cinebench1 zebook s13flip

To place these in perspective, right here’s how this i7-1260P implementation fares towards others {hardware} platforms out there in competing ultraportables.

It’s sooner than different 1260P fashions we’ve reviewed prior to now, a lot sooner than previous Intel Eleventh-gen fashions, and near the Ryzen 7 6800U within the ZenBook S 13. On the similar time, it received’t match the capabilities of an Intel Core H or Ryzen H platform, particularly within the increased energy designs out there on the market. However except for the ROG Move Z13 and Move X13 fashions, these designs are usually not 13-inchers.

cinebench2 zebook s13flip

We then went forward and additional verified our findings with the extra taxing Cinebench R23 loop check and in Blender, confirming our above findings. On Efficiency, the i7-1260P stabilizes at 25-28W of energy in these longer checks.

We then ran the 3DMark CPU profile check.

Lastly, we ran our mixed CPU+GPU stress checks on this pocket book, on the Turbo profile. 3DMark stress runs the identical check for 20 occasions in a loop and appears for efficiency variation and degradation over time, and this unit handed by a slim margin, which suggests the mixed efficiency does endure a tiny bit with longer-duration sustained masses, as the warmth builds up.

Subsequent, listed here are some benchmark outcomes. We ran the complete suite of checks and benchmarks on the Efficiency profile on this Core i7-1260P configuration, with the display set on FHD+ decision, for consistency with different laptops examined prior to now.

Right here’s what we received.

  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 5324 (Graphics – 5647, Physics – 19061, Mixed – 2122);
  • 3DMark 13 – Night time Raid: 18741 (Graphics – 23087, CPU – 9068);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 1976 (Graphics – 1746, CPU – 7831);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 1105;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 3198;
  • Handbrake 1.3.3 (4K to 1080p encode): 39.63 common fps;
  • PassMark 10: 4197 (CPU – 19281, 3D – 3353, Reminiscence – 2866, Disk – 34394);
  • PCMark 10: 5414 (Necessities – 10182, Productiveness – 6697, Digital Content material Creation – 6315);
  • GeekBench 5.4.3 64-bit: Single-Core: 1584, Multi-core: 8867;
  • CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 1591 cb, CPU Single Core 233 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 3599 cb, CPU Single Core 602 cb;
  • CineBench R23: CPU 9419 cb (finest run), CPU 8938 (10 min loop check), CPU Single Core 1601 CB (finest run);
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 41.68 s.

And listed here are some workstation benchmarks, on the identical Efficiency profile:

  • Blender 3.01 – BMW Automobile scene- CPU Compute: 4m 27s ;
  • Blender 3.01 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 10m 40s;
  • PugetBench – DaVinci Resolve: 377;
  • PugetBench – Adobe After Results: -;
  • PugetBench – Adobe Photoshop: 734;
  • PugetBench – Adobe Premiere: -;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – 3DSMax: 13.93;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Catia: 13.32;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Creo: 25.01;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Vitality: 3.81;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Maya: 55.09;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – Medical: 8.02;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – SNX: 7.09;
  • SPECviewperf 2020 – SW: -.
  • V-Ray Benchmark: CPU – 6153 vsamples, GPU CUDA – 173 vpaths;

These are aggressive outcomes for a 13-inch implementation of the Core i7-1260P platform, inside 5-10% sooner than on the 14-inch ZenBook 14 and Yoga 9i beforehand examined, and near the equally specced Dell XPS 13 Plus.

In comparison with the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U configuration of the clamshell ZenBook S 13, although, this Intel mannequin wins in single-core and IPC efficiency, however trails the AMD possibility in CPU multi-threaded and particularly in GPU capabilities, even though it runs at increased sustained energy. It’s not a transparent win in each exercise, although, as some workloads favor the Intel {hardware}, similar to Adobe Premiere.

On the similar time, the i9-12900H powered ZenBook 14X does outmatch this ZenBook S 13 Flip throughout the board, however that’s a bigger unit with higher-power settings and a extra complicated thermal design.

As for the way this Twelfth-gen ZenBook Flip fares towards the earlier technology Eleventh-gen ZenBook Flip S13, we’re a 20% improve in IPC, 100+% improve in multi-threaded masses, and a 25+% improve in GPU capabilities. These are the results of the up to date {hardware}, but additionally of the up to date thermal design that enables for increased sustained energy on the 2022 mannequin.

With these out of the way in which, let’s focus on the opposite energy profile. At as much as 42 dBA, this laptop computer doesn’t run very noisy on Finest Efficiency mode, however nonetheless, it’s also possible to roll again to the Customary mode for a good quieter expertise (as much as 32-33 dBA). Right here’s what to anticipate in efficiency on this profile.

  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 4176 (Graphics – 4581, Physics – 13504, Mixed – 1547);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 1645 (Graphics – 1468, CPU – 5204);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 2986;
  • GeekBench 5.4.3 64-bit: Single-Core: 1655, Multi-core: 8566;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 3337 cb, CPU Single Core 615 cb;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 44.85 s;
  • Blender 3.01 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 12m 21s.

We’re a ~20-25% drop in CPU and GPU efficiency in comparison with the Efficiency mode, with variations between the completely different checks and situations. The Customary profile is sensible on different ZenBooks that run noisier on Efficiency, however I don’t suppose I’d use it that always on this design.

Whisper mode can also be an possibility, however that limits the efficiency and I’d barely even use that with gentle actions. It does favor passive cooling, although, should you’re on the lookout for a fanless use expertise.

With these out of the way in which, we additionally ran a few DX11, DX12, and Vulkan video games on the Efficiency profile of this Core i7 + Iris Xe configuration, at FHD+ decision, with Low/Lowest graphics settings. I threw in a couple of different platforms for comparability.

Low settingsZenBook S 13 Flip –
i7-1260p, Iris Xe,
25+W, FHD+ 1200p
ZenBook 14 –
i7-1260p, Iris Xe,
30+W, FHD+ 1200p
ZenBook S 13 –
R7-6800U, Rad 680M,
15+W, FHD 1200p
ZenBook 14X House –
i9-12900H, Iris Xe,
35+W, FHD 1200p
ZenBook 14 –
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe,
19+W, FHD 1080p
Bioshock Infinite
(DX 11, Low Preset)
81 fps (48 fps – 1% low)70 fps (48 fps – 1% low)102 fps (63 fps – 1% low)105 fps (66 fps – 1% low)70 fps (40 fps – 1% low)
Doom: Everlasting
(Vulkan, Medium Preset)
31 fps (14 fps – 1% low)29 fps (15 fps – 1% low)45 fps (34 fps – 1% low)33 fps (18 fps – 1% low)
Far Cry 5
(DX11, Low Preset)
31 fps (27 fps – 1% low)29 fps (15 fps – 1% low)45 fps (34 fps – 1% low)37 fps (30 fps – 1% low)
Dota 2
(DX 11, Finest Wanting Preset)
75 fps (52 fps – 1% low)76 fps (52 fps – 1% low)74 fps (46 fps – 1% low)84 fps (65 fps – 1% low)-102 fps (63 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider
(DX12, Lowest Preset, no AA)
34 fps (19 fps – 1% low)36 fps (23 fps – 1% low)47 fps (35 fps – 1% low)42 fps (23 fps – 1% low)-102 fps (63 fps – 1% low)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(DX 11, Low Preset, Hairworks Off)
39 fps (21 fps – 1% low)38 fps (20 fps – 1% low)41 fps (26 fps – 1% low)44 fps (28 fps – 1% low)
  • Doom, Dota 2, Witcher 3 – recorded with MSI Afterburner in recreation mode;
  • Bioshock, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities;

This ZenBook S 13 Flip is a good performer for the category, able to 30-40 fps in additional demanding video games and 60+ in informal titles or older video games.

The Iris Xe doesn’t run at its peak capabilities on this design, but it surely’s pretty shut, as you’ll be able to inform by evaluating the framerates to the Iris Xe configuration within the ZenBook 14X House Version. On the similar time, the present AMD ultraportables are superior performers in GPU-heavy skills with their RDNA2-based chips (a evaluation of the Radeon 680M iGPU is offered right here), as you’ll be able to inform from the comparability with the clamshell ZenBook S 13, regardless of it operating at decrease sustained energy.

Subsequent, the efficiency logs down under present the CPU/GPU clocks and temperatures in a few video games, on the Efficiency profile.

The {hardware} stabilizes at 25-28W of energy between the examined titles, with GPU clocks speeds of round 1.2 GHz, so round 85% of the platform’s most frequency of 1.4 GHz. The next energy envelope can be required for the iGPU to run on the most design speeds.

So far as the temperatures go, although, these are within the mid to high-80s with the laptop computer sitting on the desk, that are fairly excessive ranges for longer-term use.

Bumping the again of the laptop computer from the desk makes a noticeable distinction right here, permitting for a drop in CPU temperatures to 70-75 levels Celsius, but additionally stabilizing the CPU sustained energy round 25-27 W. Therefore, I like to recommend inserting this laptop computer on a raiser stand when operating video games or different sustained masses, with the intention to assist the cooling and stabilize the efficiency.

You could possibly additionally take into account gaming on the Customary profile, which ends up in the {hardware} operating at 20W of sustained energy and results in a 10-20% drop in framerates. You’re additionally getting quieter followers (~33 dBA vs 42 dBA on Efficiency) with this mode, and temperatures round mid to excessive 70s Celsius.

Lastly, this laptop computer performs excellently on battery energy, even higher than when plugged in. The CPU runs at 28W sustained and the GPU runs at its peak frequency of 1.4 GHz in Witcher 3, higher than when plugged in. That’s unusual for ultrabook designs.

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Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others

Asus went with a single-fan single-heatpipe thermal module right here, very similar to with all of their earlier ZenBook 13/14 generations.

Nonetheless, this 2022 design gives a barely longer heatpipe now that goes all the way in which to the radiator that was moved on the left aspect of the laptop computer. On the similar time, the carried out radiator is quite small and has restricted contact with the heatpipe, on account of area constraints. Total, although, this thermal design is completely satisfactory for this type of laptop computer.

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Air comes inside from the underside, by the open air-grills positioned over the heatpipe. The fan is usually lined by the again panel, although, in an effort to channel the airflow over the CPU and heatpipe after which into the followers and out by the exhaust on the left.

Even so, the laptop computer’s small ft do choke the intakes slightly bit, so I’d suggest inserting this on a raiser stand when operating demanding masses for longer intervals, to favor cooling and barely enhance the sustained efficiency.

Regardless of the CPU operating at ~80 levels Celsius on Efficiency mode, the outer-case temperatures maintain pretty low on this laptop computer, with sub-35 levels C across the WASD and arrows keys, and round low to mid-40s C within the warmest spots across the IOPL keys, simply over the {hardware}.

On Balanced, with demanding masses, the followers run quieter and the internals attain decrease temperatures within the high-70s, whereas the chassis temperatures are about the identical as on Efficiency.

As for each day use, on the Customary mode, the chassis temperatures keep inside sub-35s C and the fan runs quietly, idling with gentle use and by no means going over 30 dB even on the uncommon events will kick on with multitasking. Switching over to WHisper mode favors passive cooling, however the laptop computer feels type of sluggish on this profile.

However, I haven’t observed any coil whining or different kinds of digital noises on this ultrabook.

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*Day by day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for half-hour, Customary Mode, followers at 0-30 dB
*Gaming  – Efficiency mode – enjoying Witcher for half-hour, followers at ~42 dB

For connectivity, there’s the latest-gen WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 by an Intel module on this laptop computer, which carried out excellently throughout my time with the laptop computer. This may be upgraded if you wish to, because it’s a typical M.2 format.

Audio remains to be dealt with by a set of stereo audio system that fireside by grills on the underside, very similar to on the earlier ZenBook lineups. The angled form of the D-Panel permits the sound to bounce off the desk with out distortions and prevents you from simply muffling them whereas utilizing the pc on the lap.

So far as the sound high quality goes, it’s alright for each day use and streaming, however don’t count on a lot in high quality. These audio system received averagely loud at 77-78 dB at head-level in our checks, with honest mids and highs, however little within the decrease finish, in order that they sounded quite tiny at excessive volumes.

Lastly, there’s an HD digital camera positioned on the prime of the display, flanked by microphones. The picture high quality is ok for infrequent calls, however once more, not a lot.

Battery life

There’s a 67 Wh battery contained in the 2022 ZenBook S 13 Flip, bigger than the norm for a 13-incher.

Right here’s what we received in our battery life checks, with the display’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~60 brightness).

  • 7.5 W (~7-8 h of use) – textual content modifying in Google Drive, Regular + Higher Battery Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 8.5 W (~8 h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Regular + Higher Battery Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 8 W (~8 h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Regular + Higher Battery Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 13 W (~5-6 h of use) – shopping in Edge, Regular + Higher Efficiency Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON.

These are honest outcomes, however nothing to brag about. The previous-gen Core U ZenBook S13 Flip ran for longer with each day use and video streaming, and the AMD-based ZenBook S 13 outlasts this by a major margin as properly.

On the similar time, this i7-1260P implementation ran slightly extra effectively than the Core P ZenBook 14, so Asus have barely improved effectivity with the software program updates launched within the meantime. You’ll simply have to just accept that 5-8 hours of battery life is what you’ll realistically get with this laptop computer in real-life use, and should you want longer, you’ll simply should go for a distinct platform.

The laptop computer ships with a really compact 65W USB-C charger, a brand new design for Asus with a compact brick and an extended and detachable cable. The battery totally fills up in about 2 hours, with fast charging for the primary hour.

charger 2

Worth and availability- Asus ZenBook S 13 Flip

On the time of this text, the ZenBook Flip S 13 shouldn’t be but broadly stocked in shops.

I might solely discover it right here in Europe for round 1750 EUR or 1700 GBP in some UK shops, for the configuration examined right here with the Core i7-1260P processor, 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB of SSD storage, and the OLED show.

That’s expensive in comparison with different 2022 ZenBooks and I’d count on issues to finish up at round 1300-1500 USD/EUR as soon as it turns into extra broadly out there. Plus, lower-tier CPU/RAM/SSD variants must also be supplied.

Keep put for updates, and within the meantime, follow this link for updated prices and configurations in your region.

Remaining thoughts- Asus ZenBook Flip S 13 OLED

Asus put plenty of effort into redesigning and bettering their 2022 technology of ZenBooks, and this newest iteration of their ZenBook S Flip is now one of many higher 2-in-1 ultrabooks stocked in shops.

This mannequin is cleaner trying and sturdier constructed than earlier than, gives uncompromised inputs and an exquisite OLED show, and implements higher-power specs and a superior cooling design.

On the similar time, you do have to just accept the USB-C-only IO (+ audio jack) with out full-size ports and the dearth of any non-OLED display choices.

You’ll even have to just accept an Intel Core P {hardware} platform right here, as Asus have break up their supply between Intel {hardware} on this Flip mannequin and AMD {hardware} on their clamshell variant. It will have been good having each {hardware} choices with each codecs.

All in all, if a convertible 2-in-1 format is what you’re primarily , this ZenBook S 13 Flip have to be in your checklist alongside the superb HP Spectre x360, the extra inexpensive Lenovo Yoga 6, and the favored Microsoft Floor Professional lineup. In any other case, should you’re nice with a clamshell format as properly, there are fairly a few higher worth ultrabook choices so that you can take into account as a substitute, beginning with the AMD-based ZenBook S 13 UM5302.

That wraps up this evaluation of the ASUS ZenBook S 13 Flip OLED UP5302ZA. Let me know what you consider it within the feedback part under.

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