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ASUS ZenBook S review: Simply a very good ultrabook

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

Conclusion

A slick ultraportable

ASUS ZenBook S

The ASUS ZenBook S is a solid choice if you’re looking for a capable Windows laptop that can handle just about any office-related task you throw at it. It is small, light, and quick, and you can’t really go wrong with it.

The ErgoLift hinge also helps it stand out from the crowd, and it does make it more comfortable to use on your lap for extended periods of time. The keyboard and the trackpad similarly feel excellent, so the ZenBook S does provide quite an enjoyable user experience overall. The 1080p glossy display isn’t as crisp or impressive as a 4K screen, but it’s certainly good enough for most purposes, even if the reflections can get a little annoying.

Finally, while it’s great to have a compact, lightweight chassis, good battery life in balance with no compromise productivity performance is what really separates excellent ultrabooks from the merely good. You want an ultraportable machine because you want to be able to use it easily on the road, and you can’t really do that if it isn’t going to last you a good amount of time. Fortunately, the ZenBook S serves up decent battery life, coming in only slightly behind the Dell XPS 13.

All things considered, the ASUS ZenBook S is simply a capable laptop. It doesn't have flashy features or a particularly eye-catching design, but it’ll serve you well if you decide to get one.

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