Geek’s Guide On The Latest ASUS ZenBook To Get In 2020

Global tech and hardware leader ASUS has enjoyed immense success the past year, with notable releases such as the ASUS ROG Phone 3 and the ROG Zephyrus Duo, and it has also announced a slew of laptops under its ZenBook 14 and ZenBook Flip series that is best known for its many innovative features and premium build quality.

With the many great laptops that ASUS has to offer, it can be difficult to make a choice when deciding which laptop to go with. Which is why we have a small handy dandy ZenBook guide to help you better decide which laptop you’d like to go with.

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For Those Looking For A 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop

ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 (UX363) – Price from S$1,698

The ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 is more than just a laptop. As its name suggests, users will be able to flip the laptop around with its 360-degree ErgoLift hinge to convert the laptop into a tablet for working on. This, coupled with the laptop’s 13.3-inch (1,920 x 1,080 resolution) Full HD IPS touchscreen display, an 11th generation i7 Intel processor with Iris Xe integrated Intel graphics, and extremely compact form factor, weighing in at only 1.3kg and being 13.9mm thin, makes this the perfect choice for artists looking for a laptop to do illustrations on, or even for content creators and business professionals who are looking for a portable laptop capable of delivering strong performance. Furthermore, as expected in a convertible laptop, the ZenBook Flip 13 features a touchscreen that supports pressure sensitivity of up to 4096 from the ASUS Pen. The ASUS Pen also works with Windows Ink to let you easily create sticky notes to capture important thoughts and ideas as it happens so you never need to worry about missing out on important details.

To make it easier to input numbers into your documents, the ZenBook Flip 13 comes with the ASUS NumberPad 2.0, which is a digital number pad added to the laptop’s touchpad. Furthermore, the touchpad can still be used even when the NumberPad is active, without needing to toggle it on and off. With the ZenBook Flip 13, users won’t have to carry along a dongle with the laptop’s comprehensive array of ports, including one USB Type-A port, two Thunderbolt 4 Type C that allows users to quickly and efficiently connect to up to two 4K UHD external displays or receive power delivery, and one micro HDMI port. Powering the ZenBook Flip 13 is a 67Wh battery that gives users up to 16 hours of battery life and supports fast charging of up to 60% in under 50 minutes.

ASUS ZenBook Flip S (UX371) – Price at S$2,498

Those willing to splurge a little more on a convertible laptop with better specs with lighter weight can consider getting the ASUS ZenBook Flip S. It comes with a 13.3-inch 4K (3,840 x 2,160) OLED HDR touchscreen display that comes with Pantone Validated colour accuracy and cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut to offer its users the best possible viewing experience. Not only that, it is also VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black certified for deep blacks and increased dynamic range, and provides TUV Rheinland-certified eye care to ensure eye strain is kept at a minimum for users.

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Its 360-degree ErgoLift hinge will also allow users to use the laptop in three different modes, a laptop mode for general daily use, a tablet mode for handheld use such as illustrating or marking of documents, and a tent mode which is ideal for users working in confined spaces.

The ZenBook Flip S will come with the latest 11th generation i7 Intel core processor with Iris Xe graphics to help power even the most demanding tasks on the laptop. The ZenBook Flip S is also one of the first systems to be Intel Evo-verified, meaning that it is certified to be capable of delivering premium mobile performances, superb visuals, and has outstanding power efficiency. The laptop has a 67Wh 4-cell lithium battery with up to 15 hours of battery life, plus you can receive up to 60% of battery with just 49minutes of fast charge.

Much like the ZenBook Flip 13, the Flip S also comes with a full range of I/O ports including two Thunderbolt 4 Type-C ports, one USB Type-A, and a micro HDMI port. Both the Flip 13 and Flip S will come with the newly designed ASUS Pen which works on the touchscreen display of both laptops, so users won’t need to spend extra cash on separate accessories.

For Those Looking For An Ultra-Portable Laptop

ASUS ZenBook 14 Ultralight (UX435EGL) – Price at S$2,398

If you are hunting for an ultraslim, ultra-light, and ultra-portable laptop capable of delivering strong performance, look no further than the ASUS ZenBook 14 Ultralight which weighs only 990g and measures 14.9mm. The laptop boasts a 14-inch LED Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 resolution) with slim NanoEdge bezels to give users a great viewing experience. It is powered by the newest 11th generation i7 Intel Core processors with Turbo Boost capabilities and NVIDIA GeForce MX450 which is more than capable of powering through demanding tasks such as video and photo editing.

Despite its slim form factor, users will still get a good selection of ports, including two Thunderbolt 4 Type-C ports, a USB Type-A port, an HDMI 2.0 port, a microSD card reader, and an audio jack. The laptop also comes with AI noise-cancelling audio technology to help when teleconferencing, WiFi 6 that allows for wireless connectivity that is three times faster than WiFi 5, and WiFi Master technology that helps to improve connectivity on the ZenBook 14 Ultralight even further.

For Those Looking To Double Their Productivity

ASUS ZenBook 14 ScreenPad (UX435) – Price at S$2,198

Double up your productivity with the ZenBook 14 ScreenPad, which while is slightly thicker compared to the ZenBook laptops above, it is still incredibly portable, weighing only 1.19kg. Plus with a battery capacity of 63Wh, you will have more than enough battery to last you for a day of work.

What sets it apart though is the ASUS ScreenPad 2.0, located where a typical touchpad will be. Aside from the 14-inch LED Full HD touchscreen display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, the ZenBook 14 ScreenPad also comes with a 5.65-inch Full HD Super IPS display (2,160 x 1,080) just below the keyboard, which is glass-covered to prevent fingerprint and smudges. With an additional screen, users will be able to easily multitask and streamline their workflow, such as by using quick controls to launch a chatbox, or any programme of choice, onto the ScreenPad when working, or by using the ScreenPad as a secondary display when photo editing or working on a document. You can also set Task Groups for different purposes such as one for work, and another for entertainment.

For Those Looking For A Great All-Rounder

ASUS ZenBook 14 (UX425)  – Price from S$1,398

The ASUS ZenBook 14 is back and this time with the latest 11th generation Intel Core processors. It will be available in two variants, the i7-1165G7 will come with 16GB of RAM and 512GB PCIe SSD for ultra-smooth multitasking on the laptop no matter the workload, while the i5-1135G7 will come with the slightly smaller 8GB of RAM and 512GB PCIe SSD. These two ZenBook 14s will cost S$1,698 and S$1,398 respectively.

Aside from that, both versions boast a 14-inch Full HD (1920×1080 resolution) IPS display and will come with Intel Iris Xe GPU to ensure users get silky-smooth graphics when working or gaming. The ZenBook 14 will be able to concurrently run programmes such as Photoshop and Google Chrome without breaking a sweat. Weighing only 1.17kg, the ZenBook 14 is great for those who are constantly on the go. Plus its 67Wh battery means you won’t need to worry about carrying its charging brick as the laptop will be more than capable of lasting you a whole workday before needing to be charged.

There you have it, a quick guide to which ASUS ZenBook laptop you should get.

On the other hand, if you are looking for more of a gaming laptop, ASUS also has the ROG Zephyrus G14 and ROG Zephyrus Duo 15, while if you are looking for a more premium business laptop, there is always the ASUS ExpertBook B9450. Regardless of the kind of laptop you are looking for, chances are ASUS has the laptop for you.

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