Asus ZenBook S UX391UA review 

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The Positive The Asus ZenBook S UX391U is a well-built premium ultraportable that units itself other than the pack with a hinge design that tilts the physique’s again up for higher cooling and extra snug typing. Asus features a sleeve and USB-C adapters for USB-A and HDMI.

The Imperfect While battery life is nice, it is inferior to others within the class and it nonetheless runs sizzling regardless of the additional airflow the design supplies.

The Outcome Subtly fashionable and sturdy and with robust efficiency to again it up, the Asus ZenBook S UX391U is a nice ultraportable for those who spend extra time working in espresso retailers than an workplace.

7.5 Overall
    • Design8
    • Features7
    • Performance8
    • Battery7

The Asus ZenBook S UX391U seems each bit the a part of a premium ultraportable. Clad in deep blue or burgundy steel with rose gold edges, the 13.3-inch laptop computer is barely 13mm thick (0.51 inch) and 2.4 pounds (1.1 kg). It’s the correct measurement for those who spend extra time working in tight areas equivalent to espresso retailers and airport lounges than at a desk.

Open it up and you will discover the important thing design function that separates it from a lot of the others on this class The lid’s hinge lifts the again of the keyboard up for a extra snug typing angle. It additionally helps preserve your legs and the laptop computer’s eighth-gen Intel Core i7 processor from getting too sizzling. This is not the primary time this design’s been achieved — HP’s newest 13-inch Envy laptop computer has the same function — but it surely’s nonetheless a cool contact.

The present configuration within the US is priced at $1,499 and features a 4K UHD-resolution touchscreen, 16GB of reminiscence and a 512GB SSD. In the UK, you may presently discover it with a Core i5 or i7, however with half the reminiscence and storage, for £1,199 or £1,299, and in Australia it’s going to set you again AU$2,699 with a Core i7, 16GB of reminiscence and a 256GB SSD.

Asus ZenBook S UX391U

Price as reviewed $1,499
Display measurement/decision 13.3-inch, 3,840×2,160-pixel touchscreen
CPU 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U
Memory 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz
Graphics 128MB (shared) Intel UHD Graphics 620
Storage 512GB PCIe SSD
Networking 802.11ac wi-fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Operating system Windows 10 Professional (64-bit)

Those costs are aggressive for the class, however fashions equivalent to Dell’s XPS 13, HP’s Spectre and Acer’s 14-inch Swift 7 provide designs that doubtlessly make them higher decisions relying in your wants. Even Asus’ personal ZenBook 13 is likely to be a more sensible choice due to its discrete graphics.

Rising above the competitors

The largest hurdle for the ZenBook S is that it has loads of competitors together with from its stablemates at Asus, and with its ErgoLift hinge as the principle design function, it is not a straightforward advice. The Dell XPS 13, for instance, is the world’s smallest 13.3-inch laptop computer, is available in a number of configurations beginning at lower than $1,000 and is only a usually wonderful laptop computer. The similar goes for the HP Spectre, which together with being skinny and light-weight, has a novel privateness display function to present you extra peace of thoughts whereas working in public. Then there’s the common 13-inch Asus ZenBook that appears comparable — minus the ErgoLift hinge — however is inexpensive and has higher graphics efficiency.

The hinge is certainly good to have as a result of, mixed with the superb backlit keyboard, it does make typing extra snug. Also, for the reason that backside hit 120 levels Fahrenheit (49 Celcius) underneath load in my testing, it retains the warmth up off your lap and permits for higher air circulation.

There are other things to like about the ZenBook S’s design, too. There’s a glass Windows Precision touchpad that’s smooth and responsive, and has a built-in fingerprint sensor for Windows Hello sign-ins. Far-field mics let you use Cortana and eventually Amazon Alexa from up to 4 meters (13 feet) away. And it meets MIL-STD 810G military standard for reliability and durability. This doesn’t mean you should go tossing it around, but it is built with durability in mind. The body does collect fingerprints like crazy, though, and it is hard to get them off completely.

The 4K UHD-resolution touchscreen is bright with good color performance and it’s surrounded by thin bezels to make it look more elegant. As for ports, all you’ll find are three USB-C ports and a headphone and mic jack. Two of the USB-C ports are Thunderbolt 3, however, and Asus includes adapters for HDMI output and a USB-A port as well as a padded laptop sleeve.

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