ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA is one of the newest ultrabooks with 2-in-1 feature: the display part has 360 degree rotation. Many people find such a setup useful, but that’s not all the notebook offers: it also promises professional-grade performance with new processor and solid-state drive. All these things are attractive for sure, but let’s see if there’s anything to really back those claims up…
Who is it good for?
The first thing you notice about ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA is the size. It’s just 0.5 inches thick, weighs 3 pounds and has the compact 13.3 inches display size. This kind of package is excellent for travelers and people who find a larger, cookie-cutter 15-inch laptop uncomfortable. Related to this, the battery life is also appropriate for on-the-go computing: the 3-cell 54Whr integrated battery easily lasts 6 hours under web surfing.
Are you perhaps a graphics designer or otherwise enjoy a quality screen? The ASUS has a sweet 13-inches glossy display to look at. It features IPS panel (= wide viewing angles) and 1920×1080 resolution. For a graphics designer who wants a lot of screen estate this is ideal. The touchscreen feature with 360 degree hinge (which allows the screen lay flat) means you also have a tablet at your fingertips. The 720p webcam on top allows for video chatting and YouTube filming.
The ASUS is also rather power user friendly choice. Don’t be afraid of the Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor listing clock speed at 0.9GHz, the turbo feature will increase it to 2.2Ghz with CPU Mark giving the dual-core chip around 3050 points. That, and the 8GB RAM (maxed out), is enough for heavier work including Photoshop. There’s also a very useful 512GB M.2 SATA3 solid-state drive: that’s a lot of space for an ultrabook, while it also gives you excellent performance in terms of system and program start-up times.
Who is it bad for?
Pretty much the only people who wouldn’t like ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA are the gamers. That’s because there’s no dedicated graphics. The integrated Intel HD 515 graphics chip can take some low-level gaming, but don’t expect wonders from it. For example, GTA 5 on this processor and GPU will give ~25FPS using low presets and 720p. There’s also the Counter-Strike: Go, it would run better even when high settings were used. You can try Minecraft as well, it will work without lagging.
Other important features and benefits
For connections, ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA offers you two USB 3.0 ports and one USB-C Gen 1, the new multi-use standard. The sole video output is micro HDMI, you can plug that to full-sized HDMI with an adapter or special cable. Thus, it’s possible to connect HDTV to this notebook.
For obvious reasons, the laptop does not have an optical drive (too little space for that). However, SD card slot is present, allowing you to transfer data from those small memory cards.
The default way to connect the laptop to Internet is by using the 802.11ac (2×2) WiFi adapter with Bluetooth 4.1 enabled. If you want the cabled solution, get a simple USB to RJ-45 adapter.
OK, keep in mind there’s no backlit keyboard on this laptop, that’s surely a bummer for some people.
To me, the ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA looks like a very decent and compact laptop with the 2-in-1 spicing on top. It is a very multi-use system, ranging from simple day to day activities to heavier software (thanks to quick processor and SSD), and the rotating screen allows you to use it in tablet mode as well. The best thing is the slim and featherweight body, for a busy laptop owner traveling a lot that feature is a must. Indeed, if this all sounds like your cup of tea, I strongly recommend taking a look at the ASUS!