Our Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371EA-HL755W review
Led by a beautiful 4K OLED touchscreen, the Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371EA-HL755W is a premium 13-inch ultrabook that knows how to charm. Convertable to a tablet, it contains a good multimedia configuration with the support of a dedicated 512 GB SSD, 16 GB of RAM and an 11th generation Core i7 Quad Core that includes an Iris Xe graphics solution that opens at a minimum multimedia. We can also note its premium chassis, the more immersive borderless screen and its practical NumPad. It is also particularly rich in amenities with two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4, an infrared webcam, a stylus and compact dimensions in a resistant aluminum chassis. At this stage, 6 hours of autonomy is a brake on mobility and be aware that the performance of the Core i7 is not fully exploited here.
Best known price: 1099€
The Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371EA-HL755W against the competition
The Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371EA-HL755W is unmatched in terms of screen and quality finishes in our comparison.
Featuring the Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371EA-HL755W
|screen(s).||13.3″ Ultra HD 4K OLED 100% DCI-P3 NanoEdge ultra-thin edges 400cd/m² 360° touchscreen (2840×2160, glossy)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake (2.8 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM is installed||16 GB (soldered) LPDDR4x 3200MHz|
|Graphic card||Intel Iris Xe Graphics|
|Storage||512GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4)|
|connectors||1 USB 3.2 + 2 USB 4 Type-C Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 1.4|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.0|
|Numeric keypad||Yes, by NumPad 2.0 (NumberPad)|
|Windows Hello||Yes, infrared webcam|
|Audio system||2 Harman Kardon Sonic Master speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Autonomy revealed / Battery||7 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 67Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.3 Kg / 305 x 211 x 11.9-13.9|
Chassis, connectors, screen of Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371EA-HL755W
Forged in a one-piece structure (unibody) in reinforced aluminum – 50% more resistant than standard alloy – which ensures excellent stability, the Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371EA-HL755W is subtly surrounded by a beveled golden outline that comes out to awaken the black color (Jade Black), too present to underline the logo on the back cover and the letters of each key. The result was very successful. But the most important thing about the design of the new Flip S is its dimensions. In 13.9mm thick and small 1.2kg on balance, it offers great compactness and opens up an unlimited nomadic world.
Also note the presence of a system of keyboard backlight white in 3 levels that will ensure comfortable typing in the dark.
The hinge mechanism offers optimized resistance to smoothly switch between all modes of use. Because the particularity of its Flip configuration is found in it 360 degree rotating hinge which allows the screen to move to either side of the base for traditional use, in computer mode, or more original, in tent, easel or tablet mode.
Moreover, they are able to speak an impressive screen that displays a OLED panels very bright and with wide colorimetry (100% DCI-P3, sRGB). With OLED, contrast and black levels are far beyond anything you’ll find on a conventional LED screen. Surrounded by an immersive borderless frame, the screen also offers definition Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) which delivers the sharpest image every time, whether you’re looking to modulate the display (juxtaposed windows), enlarge characters or view content in Very High Definition. On this subject, at 13 inches, it is recommended to achieve a scaling of 150% or more in order not to see the characters too small, and this without losing sharpness. A stylus is provided to interact more precisely with touch than with fingers. It is also a great tool for working with images.
As for connectivity, it is compact but still has an HDMI port and a full-size USB 3.2 port, which was not the case with the Zenbook UX370, its predecessor. beside them, two USB 4 Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, state-of-the-art versatile connectivity. On the other hand, be aware that Asus removed the headphone jack but provided USB-C to the audio adapter. Windows Hello is ensured by a 3D infrared webcam with facial recognition and the connectivity is modern with Wifi 6 ax and Bluetooth 5.0.
Another interesting feature in this Zenbook, the NumPad 2.0 integrated with the touchpad. Its principle is to bring out a highlighted numeric keypad (retro LED) on the touchpad following pressure in the upper right corner. Asus announced to provide faster entry in this version 2.0. It’s very easy to use for those who enter numbers regularly, although the lack of “feedback” when typing can be confusing at first.
Performance, autonomy of the Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371EA-HL755W
To give the Zenbook momentum, we found a processor Core i7-1165G7 11th generation (2021). Known as Tiger Lake, this processor brings some interesting advancements, starting with a higher TDP. So, the Core i7-1165G7 of our MSI shows a TDP of 28W where its predecessors, the Core i7-1065G7 and the Core i7-10510U enjoyed a TDP of 15W, and this despite the low consumption. This results in a noticeable increase in performance in advanced software (Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Davinci Resolve, 7Zip, etc.), somewhat less in basic daily tasks (Office, Web surfing, streaming, etc.). Let’s be clear, these tasks in question are perfectly supported by the Zenbook but when it comes to missions that involve only very few resources, the difference between generations is not significant. In contrast, RAM provides 16 GB of RAMa significant sum for multitasking that allows you to see the next few years with confidence.
But the most interesting advantage of this 11th gen Tiger Lake is mainly in the integrated graphics chip, the Iris Xe. Thanks to this, Intel is back in the race against AMD but also and above all against small NVIDIA graphics cards like the GeForce MX250 or the GeForce MX350. Gen10’s Iris Plus G7 performance (Ice Lake) was surpassed by a great length. So, with Iris Xe, you should be able to play many games at 1080p in good conditions and work on fairly intensive tasks (Lightroom) without lag. Another benefit of having a faster graphics chip integrated into the processor is to simplify the design of the ventilation system and therefore produce less noise and heat than a configuration with a dedicated graphics card.
Storage is as elementary here as it is entrusted to a Fast 512 GB dedicated SSD (NVMe PCIe). The system gains directly compared to a configuration with a mechanical hard drive due to the loading speed offered by the SSD. This type of storage ensures almost instantaneous on and off phases, transfers calculated in seconds, or quick software launches where mechanical support has indicated large latencies. Also remember that SSD is inherently quieter, more stable and more efficient than a hard drive.
One point on autonomy to finish. If the version that includes a Full HD screen shows a certain tolerance, our Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371EA-HL755W and its 4K OLED screen should not do better than 6 hours of internet browsing with Wi-Fi active. This isn’t too bad considering the energy-intensive nature of the screen.
Best known price: 1099€