Asus Zenbook Flip UX360CA Review

The Asus Zenbook Flip UX360CA at a glance

The Asus Zenbook Flip UX360CA is a super thin laptop and a pretty good all-rounder, doubling up as a tablet with the screen able to be pushed all the way around on its hinge until it is flat, like an iPad.

With this new smart looking laptop Asus seem to have taken learnings from previous models and distilled all of the best bits into the Zenbook. With an entry model priced at around £750, it is not crazy expensive and has a feel of a good quality machine, without a doubt.

It features a 13.3-inch touchscreen, an Intel Core M3 processor, 8 gig of ram with 128gig SSD storage, webcam as well as the usual handy ports.

Different storage options and prices are available if you want to spend a bit more.

The look and feel of an Asus Zenbook

Asus Zenbook Flip UX360CA in gold

The Zenbook looks amazing with its polished metal casing and it also feels incredibly light for what it is and actually weighs in very close to a MacBook Air at just over 1.3 kg.

At only half an inch in width, this a very portable little computer. It is available in grey, gold or silver.

The screen itself does flex slightly under pressure, is one criticism, but it works well.
It has two standard USB3 ports as well as a new USB C port to make it future proof. It also has an HDMI port, microphone, headphone ports – all the usual things you would expect from a top end laptop. Of course, it runs wireless and Bluetooth.

In use the keyboard works well, but lacks the back-lit option of its Mac rivals – typing works nicely though and feels good. The trackpad works well with Windows 10 – no complaints at all there.

Screen

Asus Zenbook Flip UX360C: tablet mode

The touch screen works well, and although the screen can move slightly under pressure, this is a useful function for making things bigger should you need to. It views OK from various angles, and the touch screen is very responsive.

The display looks fantastic and has great contrast but does show fingerprints quite easily.

It is also quite shiny, which may be OK if you live in a dark hole, but once the sun starts hitting the screen, it’s hard to see what is going on. Avoid outdoor use, is our recommendation.

You can, of course, fold the screen round and turn the laptop into ‘tablet mode’ which is easily done. It is great for watching movies when you have the screen at an angle. We didn’t find ourselves using this feature very much, but it’s good to have it there as an option. Doing this completely (i.e. making the whole thing flat) also blocked off the speakers – not ideal.

Performance

The Intel core M3 works fantastically – although it’s not the fastest chip off the block. However, the solid state drive here manages to keep things humming along nicely.

Absolutely no problems at all watching films, doing office related tasks and pretty much anything else you can think of. Gaming or photo editing is probably not something to buy this laptop for – there are other better options for that.

There are no fans, and the laptop never seems to get very hot – which is interesting. So for quiet use this machine scores top marks. The speakers are also more than adequate for the job, and when the laptop is sitting on a flat surface, they provide a deeper bass sound.

Battery

We found we could get 8 or 9 hours use from the laptop from each charge and that was using the laptop most of the day without putting the screen on full brightness. Not bad at all.

Where to buy:

PC World