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ASUS ZENBOOK FLIP 14 OVERVIEW: PORTABLE FORCE

 
 
This is the future of ultra-portable laptops: a machine capable of 3D-editing and Photoshop, without bending under pressure and not giving up anything in portability. Everything about the Asus ZenBook Flip 14 looks and sounds standard for a 2-in-1 laptop - a slim case, a powerful processor, and excellent battery life - except for this: a discrete graphics chip. This is what makes the ZenBook Flip 14 unique from a variety of other 2-in-1.

Intel and AMD are still working on creating more powerful graphics processors in ultrabooks, but ZenBook Flip 14 uses a new Nvidia GeForce MX150 chip. The MX-series chips are Nvidia's solution for improving graphics performance in ultrabooks and 2-in-1. In terms of performance, the MX150 fits into the lower branch of the GTX 10 cards, under the GTX 1050 with VR support.

So with all this power, can the ZenBook Flip 14 be a great portable and gaming laptop? Let's see.

This particular ZenBook Flip 14 costs $ 1299 and is available online, but the SSD Core i5 / 8GB / 256GB configuration exists at an initial price of $ 999. Here I have a Core i7-8550U 1.8 GHz quad-core processor, 16 GB of RAM, a GeForce MX150 graphics chip, 512 GB SSD and a 1920 x 1080 touchscreen. These are not technical specifications of a gaming laptop suitable for e-sports, but they are ideal for Mobile users and students who are looking for a fast ultrabook with enough resources for applications such as Photoshop.

Finally, you get a Windows Hello fingerprint account and a Windows Ink drawing pen in a box.

Asus is no stranger to producing ultrabooks or gaming laptops. ZenBook is trying to blur these lines using a discrete graphics processor. But how is the car's performance? The ZenBook Flip 14 user experience is enjoyable.

Let's start with input devices. The keyboard has excellent backlighting, but it looks like a MacBook Pro keyboard with a butterfly. This is not my favorite (or my five), but it works.

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The touchpad is sleek and, to my surprise, includes a Windows Hello fingerprint sensor. But there is something strange: it can lead to incorrect reading of my fingerprint. After comparing more than one fingerprint and trying to unlock the ZenBook, he often failed and asked me to enter my PIN. This is the first time I come across a fastidious Windows Hello fingerprint sensor, and I hope that Asus will be able to improve its accuracy with the update.

Harman Kardon speakers with decent volume. It sounds quite rich and "fills" the laptop and part of the surrounding room, even at 30% volume. At the same time, they lack accurate sound reproduction due to the fact that they are installed under the computer. On the bed or on your lap, you’ll mute the speakers if you don’t turn the ZenBook screen upside down in tent or tablet mode. But who wants to flip the screen to hear it clearly?

As for the display, it is good. A display with a 100% AdobeRGB rating makes me very happy. There is also a viewing angle of 178 degrees, which is necessary for a tent and an easel. This is all brightness, contrast and color.

The 360 ​​degree hinges that hold the laptop together are modest. If you look closer, they seem to be the most polished and reliable part of the Zenbook Flip 14 - and, of course, they are strong and smooth. But when you close the laptop on the lid there is a hint of a bend.

Another note: webcam. This is 720p, quite impressive, and works more like a placeholder than what you would like to use with any regularity.
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