The Good A slim, stylish hybrid with a Windows Hello fingerprint reader and a big SSD. Includes a stylus, USB-C and a sleeve in the box instead of making you buy them separately.
The Bad The display is only 1,920x1,080 pixels, audio is meh and the stylus response isn't as good as on the best artist-friendly tablets or hybrids.
The Bottom Line The Asus ZenBook Flip S offers similar design and performance to other slim 13-inch laptops, but the generous extras included in the box make it stand out as a great value.
A slim hybrid packed with extras
Anyone shopping for a slim 13-inch laptop or hybrid has a lot of choices. Dell's XPS 13, Razer's Blade Stealth, HP's Spectre x360, or even Microsoft's Surface Laptop all fit the bill. All offer some variation on the idea of a highly portable Windows laptop with a touch screen (some as a clamshell, others as a 360-degree hybrid), solid state storage, recent Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs, an HD or better display, and support for a stylus, sometimes included, sometimes sold separately.
The ZenBook Flip S from Asus would normally slide nonchalantly into this sizable parade of similar systems, just another option among many based on the same handful of popular current components. Asus claims it's one of the thinnest 13-inch 360-degree hybrid laptops, at 10.9mm thick, but that's not as much of a point of differentiation as it used to be.
But while you can configure most of the laptops mentioned above with different specs and accessories to hit your preferred budget, I was impressed by the generous selection of accessories included in the ZenBook's box.
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