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[Review] A Great Intro to OLED Laptops: The ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 OLED (UX363)


ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 OLED (UX363)

RM5,199

Just last week, I reviewed the 4K sibling of the ASUS ZenBook Flip family, which is a great lightweight convertible which comes with an ASUS Pen that would serve artsy-fartsy people especially well.


Today, I'll be taking look at its junior cousin, the ZenBook Flip 13, which is a pared down version which also boasts an OLED panel, albeit with a more modest FHD resolution and a cheaper price tag.


Let's go!

Design and build


As an ultraportable, the ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 is every inch as thin and light as the Flip S. At just 1.3kg and 1.39cm thick, it fits easily into your bag so you can bring it on the go.

The exterior is made of aluminium alloy in a Pine Grey finish, and is unfortunately a super fingerprint magnet. You'll be wiping this down often if you can't bear having fingerprints on your device. It features the finely machined concentric circles which are the trademark of the ZenBook family, and has diamond-cut bevels for a subtle touch of glam.


The hinges open a full 360°, so you can position the laptop however you like, be it in laptop mode, tent mode, or even tablet mode. In terms of durability, the hinge feels solid yet smooth, and is rated for 20,000 open/close cycles.

ASUS' Ergolift has been retained, albeit with a smaller gap then usual. You'll still enjoy a slightly more ergonomic experience, although it is extremely subtle. The power button is located on the right edge of the laptop for easy access in tablet and tent mode, though I feel it could definitely be taller and more tactile.

Display


Although it doesn't feature the eye-poppingly gorgeous 4K display of the ZenBook Flip S, the Flip 13 also uses an OLED panel, which means you get a beautiful contrast ratio for a more vibrant viewing experience.

Apart from that, OLED panels can also conserve more energy by "switching off" pixels to produce the true black they are famed for. To complement this unique quality, the laptop ships with a dark theme out of the box to optimise battery life.


As for viewing experience, the colours are beautiful and accurate as well, boasting 100% sRGB coverage, which is great for people who are looking to do some creative work on this.

In addition, the touch display supports 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity; coupled with the included ASUS Pen, the ZenBook Flip 13 is looking more and more attractive for creators who want to do some light work on the go.


The pen attaches magnetically to the top of the display, which is convenient if you don't want it to roll off your desk or whatever, but I wouldn't say it's secure enough to be carried around without the fear of it being nudged off by accident, so it's better to just stow it securely for peace of mind.

Audio


Just like the Flip S, the Flip 13's audio surprised me as well. While they aren't the loudest speakers out there, it had great clarity and a decent amount of bass, which isn't all the common in laptops, in my experience.

Unfortunately, it also suffers the curse of the missing headphone jack. Although more and more users are migrating towards wireless solutions, the minor latency is definitely a bother when it comes to watching movies. It's still great for listening to music though (if you don't watch the music videos, that is).

There is a 3.5mm dongle in the package, however, so you do have a solution to the absent port (however inelegant it may be). You'll have to remember to bring it everywhere and try not to lose it though, not to mention that it also takes up one of two precious USB-C ports.