Asus Zenbook 14 Flip Review: Classy And Powerful But Priced High
Table Of Contents
- 1Review Summary
- 2Asus Zenbook Flip 14 Review: Price in India and Availability
- 3Asus Zenbook Flip 14 Review: Specs at a glance
- 4Asus Zenbook Flip 14 Review: Design and Build
- 5Asus Zenbook Flip 14 Review: Display
- 6Asus Zenbook Flip 14 Review: Performance
- 7Asus Zenbook Flip 14 Review: Keyboard and Trackpad
- 8Asus Zenbook Flip 14 Review: Battery life
- 9Asus Zenbook Flip 14 Review: Audio and Ports
With the launch of the ZenBook 14 Flip in India, Asus has expanded its ZenBook family of laptops. The product is the first 14-inch 2.8K OLED HDR display convertible laptop, according to the manufacturer. The laptop is equipped with the latest AMD Ryzen 9 processor and a 360° ErgoLift hinge.
At first glance, the Asus Zenbook 14 Flip appears to be a little 14-inch laptop. However, it is a convertible device that can be turned into a tablet by folding the display back. That suggests it has a touchscreen as well. However, there is more. The Asus Pen Stylus is compatible with this laptop. It also comes with the Asus Numberpad 2.0, a trackpad that converts to a number pad with a single touch.
- Solid build, clean design
- Consistent performance
- Comfortable keyboard
- No heat or fan noise
- Decent port selection
- Speakers produce hollow sound
- Mediocre webcam
The ZenBook 14 Flip is a fantastic laptop on paper. I’m examining the Asus Zenbook Flip 14 review with a top-of-the-line AMD Ryzen 9 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 14-inch OLED display, and Windows 11 pre-installed. This one will set you back Rs 1,34,990 which is a reasonable price for a Windows laptop.
Customers can select from three storage options, and the RAM arrangement on the new ZenBook Flip versions is the same. In India, the Asus Zenbook 14 Flip starts at Rs 91,990 for the AMD Ryzen 5 processor + 16GB RAM + 512GB SSD model. The medium model, Asus Zenbook 14 Flip costs Rs 1,12,990, while the next model costs Rs 1,34,990 and comes with a Ryzen 7 processor, 16GB RAM, and 1TB SSD.
At this price point, Apple’s M1-powered MacBooks are a viable option, and Asus Zenbook 14 Flip faces a tough road ahead.
Before we diving into the intricate detail in the review about the Asus Zenbook 14 Flip, let’s see what the on-paper specification looks like:
- Display: 14-inchGlossy OLED display, PANTONE Validated
- Processor: AMD Octa Core Ryzen 9
- RAM: 16GB DDR4
- Storage: 1TB SSD
- Software: Windows
- Weight: 1.4Kg
- Dimensions: 311 x 223 x 16 mm
The top cover of the ZenBook Flip 14 is composed of aluminium, and the base panel is made of magnesium alloy. The result is a solid, smooth laptop body that’s comfortable to hold and attractive to look at. The laptop looks sleek and professional in its only Light Grey colourway but is not terribly intriguing. Dark chrome finishes the back edge and hinges, which I think will be a hit or miss with today’s users. However, the signature ‘Zen-inspired’ spun-metal finish on the top cover is missing. It also lacks the new offset Asus logo. But that’s comprehensible because it’s well-constructed, and that’s what matters.
The ZenBook Flip 14 has a glossy touchscreen panel with somewhat thick black bezels on all four sides when the lid is opened with two hands. With the 4.37-millimetre ‘NanoEdge’ bezels, Asus claims to have achieved a 90% screen-to-body ratio. The laptop is on the heavier side at 1.6kgs. When the gadget is utilised as a tablet, this becomes clear. On the plus side, it has a lighter feel in the hands. I truly wish Asus had added a storage pocket for the accompanying stylus and made the ZenBook Flip 14 a more appealing package for heavy tablet users.
The Asus Zenbook 14 Flip OLED is distinguished by its stunning 14-inch touch-enabled OLED screen with 2.8K (2880 x 1800 pixels) quality and a rich viewing experience. I say stunning because the colours from the desktop burst at you from the time you open the clamshell, but in a delicate way. The display features impressive blacks and vivid colours throughout.
In the Asus Zenbook 14 Flip review, display performance is excellent for gaming, editing, reading, and watching content. This will appeal to individuals who wish to use their laptops for streaming content and photo and video editing.
The advanced display settings allow users to adjust the refresh rate to 90Hz. Although the viewing/scrolling experience is not as fluid as the 120Hz or 144Hz refresh rate screens, you will not be disappointed.
If I had to pick a flaw, I would say that an anti-fingerprint screen would have sufficed. To be honest, many touch-enabled laptop screens don’t come with this coating, so Amazon Basic’s Microfiber Cleaning Cloth could be a good option.
Those worried about performance on the ZenBook 14 Flip will be pleasantly surprised. This Windows 11 laptop is responsive and responsive. The ZenBook 14 Flip retained its cool and handled all the loads with ease, whether I put it through its paces at work or used it on weekends to catch up on Netflix and Hotstar. On my busiest days, the laptop handled up to 12-13 Google Chrome tabs with ease while simultaneously running MS Word and WhatsApp.
The AMD Ryzen 9 processor, combined with 16GB RAM and 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD storage, is responsible for extremely quick performance. There is no separate graphics card, but you do get AMD Radeon graphics built-in. This does not make it a gaming laptop, but it can easily handle some basic gaming. In fact, I was able to play games at 1080p quality with 30-40 frames per second with low-medium graphics settings.
While the touch precision of the display is excellent, the included stylus is not suited for drawing. In my experience, the stylus does not always recognise inputs in supported apps like OneNote and Paint 3D the first time, necessitating additional strokes. At 1024 levels, pressure sensitivity is also a tad on the low side. However, it is adequate for mild scribbling. Without too much effort, you should be able to take notes and annotate papers. I wish the stylus had its own storage compartment in the laptop. That would have given the ZenBook Flip 14 a significant advantage over its rivals.
The ZenBook Flip 14’s keyboard is one of the most comfortable I’ve experienced on a convertible laptop. The huge three-stage illuminated keys provide a good amount of travel and resistance. As a result, you’ll get a pleasant, relaxing typing experience ideal for long emails and papers. However, I wish the arrow keys were a little larger for extra comfort. When the illumination is turned on, it’s also impossible to read the characters on the silvery keys. I wish Asus had picked a darker tone for the keycaps. It is, nonetheless, an excellent keyboard for intensive typing.
In the ZenBook Flip 14 review, I found that the touchpad is a modern precision unit that enables multi-finger taps and swipes natively on Windows without needing a third-party driver or software. The smooth Mylar-covered touchpad surface is ideal for multi-finger motions. The two click controls below the surface are also simple to operate. Overall, it’s a great input device for surfing, modifying spreadsheets, and moving things around in File Explorer.
A 63-watt battery powers the Asus ZenBook 14 Flip OLED. For charging, the laptop has a USB Type-C connection. On the device, there is also the capability for 100W fast charging. The unit takes around an hour and a half to fully charge. During my Asus Zenbook Flip 14 review, I was receiving about six to seven hours of battery backup during regular work cycles with a 90Hz refresh rate selected. If you use the laptop to watch or read while doing light online browsing and standard refresh, this might last up to 10 hours (60Hz). As a result, the ZenBook 14 Flip is a wonderful solution for professionals on the run (at least in terms of battery). However, anything that consumes a lot of power, such as video editing or gaming, will significantly reduce battery life.
The Asus ZenBook Flip 14 uses two bottom speaker grilles near the chin of the laptop’s base panel to deliver sound. The sound from these Harman Kardon-certified drivers is positively hollow, giving the impression that you’re listening to music inside a well or cave. The highs and mids emerge from the grilles with noticeable clarity, but the lows do not. The speakers do, however, have a detectable level of stereo separation. Even yet, this combination is better suited for speeches and background music than full-fledged entertainment. Invest in an excellent pair of headphones if you want high-quality audio.
Unlike prior ZenBook Flip models—such as this one—the ZenBook Flip 14 offers a wide range of standard connectivity choices. A round-pin power port, a full-size HDMI port, a USB-A 3.1 port, and a USB-C 3.1 port can all be found on the left side of the device’s body. A microSD card slot, a USB-A 2.0 port, and a 3.5mm audio socket for headsets are all found on the right side. On the right side, there are a few status indicators and a tiny power button that is difficult to see without glancing at the gadget. The fact that the button is flat with the frame and provides no feedback doesn’t help matters either.
It’s a substantial sum of money. The Zenbook 14 Flip is not inexpensive, with a starting price of ₹1,34,990. It’s a high-end Windows convertible with an OLED screen, a powerful processor, and numerous I/O connections. The Asus ZenBook Flip 14 works well as a traditional laptop, thanks to its current AMD processor, 8GB of RAM, and enough solid-state storage. It features a great keyboard and touchpad, as well as a bright screen, but it flops miserably as a tablet. It has a heavy frame and a frustratingly limited battery life. Furthermore, its stylus and onboard storage space should be improved.
The ZenBook Flip 14 is a good choice for customers who desire a traditional laptop but also wish to dabble with convertible computing. The ZenBook 14, on the other hand, is better for consumers who are confident they don’t want a hybrid device. But don’t get me wrong. The Zenbook 14 is a fantastic combination of work and play, and I’ve had a lovely week with it. The display alone makes the laptop worthwhile to acquire. The Zenbook 14 Flip is not designed for business users or gamers but is suitable for everyone else. It’s just a question of whether you believe in the 2-in-1 concept.
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