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ASUS ZenBook S review: Simply a very good ultrabook

By Koh Wanzi - 29 Dec 2018
Launch SRP: S$2398

Introduction

Note: This article was first published on 16th November 2018.

ASUS ZenBook S

Check out that hinge

The ASUS ZenBook S UX391UA is a premium ultraportable cut from the same cloth as ASUS’ other ZenBooks. This means a solid unibody metal chassis and a familiar pattern of concentric circles on the lid.

However, there’s been a focus on ergonomics this time around. When you raise the lid, the back of the keyboard is automatically elevated to create a more comfortable typing angle. This is not unlike what HP does with the Envy 13, but the uplift provided by ASUS is much more tangible when typing and it does help the laptop differentiate itself from the crowd. In fact, ASUS first adopted this design style for their business-class ASUSPRO B9440 that debuted a year earlier and it is now selectively adopted in their new consumer line-up as well.

Here’s an overview of its specifications:

  • 13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS display
  • Intel Core i7-8550U (1.8GHz, 8MB L3 cache)
  • 16GB dual-channel LPDDR3-2133 RAM
  • 512GB PCIe SSD
  • 50Wh Li-polymer battery
  • 311 x 213 x 12.9mm
  • 1.05kg

The above will cost you S$2,398, which is reasonably competitive compared to what something like the Dell XPS 13 is asking for similar specifications. But how good is it and should you buy it? Let's get cozy with the notebook over the next few pages before we dish out our verdict.

8.5
  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 9
  • Mobility 9
The Good
ErgoLift hinge makes it more comfortable to use on lap
Great keyboard and touchpad
Solid build quality
Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
Good value compared to competition
The Bad
Lid is prone to fingerprints
No touchscreen display
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