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Asus packs some freebies into its new ZenBook Flip SThis 13-inch hybrid laptop will at least save you some cash on buying accessories.
[MUSIC] The ZenBook Flip S from ASUS is a slim convertible 13 inch laptop that also folds over into a tablet. So what? There are a lot of those out there, from the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, to the HP Spectre X360 The Microsoft Surface Pro but a couple of things help the ZenBook looks stand out. First, it's very thin and just under 11 millimeters and this is one of the only laptops that comes with a big 512 gigabyte solid state hard drive by default, it's also got a cool, blue design. More important than that however, Asus throws a bunch of useless stuff in the box that most other PC makers are gonna charge you extra for. There's an active stylus. Buy a Surface from Microsoft and that's an extra $100. It's not the greatest pen on screen experience I've ever had but it's fine for basic sketching or note taking. Like a lot of current super slim laptops The ZenBook only has USB-C ports for data, power and accessories. Well, good thing there's a USB-C hub included in the box. Buy a MacBook and Apple will sell you something very similar for about $80. Finally, while it's not the most exciting packet ever, there's a decent looking carry sleeve in the box as well Freebies aside, this is a middle of the pack 13 inch hybrid, most notable for being pretty thin, and for packing a Core i7 cpu and a big hard drive at a decent price. But in a world where the little things we used to To take for granted, from checked airline baggage to a tablet stylus are more often than not sold separately as an extra cash grab. It's nice to see a laptop that includes more than the bare minimum.