The ASUS ZenBook Flip OLED 13 the more budget-friendly ASUS ZenBook Flip S OLED UX371 that we reviewed earlier. It gets all the luxuriance design and built including the beefy Intel 11th Gen i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake processor and meticulous OLED display.
There’s a 360-degree ErgoLift that can switch to Laptop Mode, Tent Mode and Tablet Mode seamlessly. It’s lightweight and thin thanks to the aluminium alloy uses on this laptop. The overall laptop design is minimalist and premium to the touch.
I did find the ZenBook Flip 13 OLED in Tent Mode offers a great movie watching experience with the Harman Kardon stereo speaker fire towards the front while the beautiful OLED display can be tilted to your perfect angles.
I/O ports are considered decent with two USB C Thunderbolt 4 that supports up to 8K display output and 40Gbps data bandwidth and HDMI 1.4 on the left. While on the right is the power button and a USB A 3.2 Gen 1. If you need to use a 3.5mm audio combo jack, ASUS did include a USB C to 3.5mm dongle in the box.
Equipped with the latest Intel Wi-Fi 6 Gig+ that supports 160MHz and Bluetooth V5.0.
Keyboard & NumberPad 2.0
The matte plastic finishes keyboard comes with three levels of backlit brightness that is tactile and responsive. The Fn lock key enabled easier and versatile input.
ASUS NumberPad has been updated to version 2.0 where it now supports cursor function even with NumberPad enabled. It can be turned on/off by just a press of a button on the top right corner and a shortcut button on the top left to adjust the NumberPad backlit brightness while a swipe to launch calculator. This comes in handy for those who frequently punching numbers on Microsoft Excel. Talking about Microsoft, the ZenBook Flip 13 OLED is pre-installed with Microsoft Home & Student 2019, so you don’t need to spend extra bucks for your productivity software.
The flushed glass OLED Full HD display with NanoEdge bezel deliver a stunning visual experience. It meet PANTONE Validated, VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black and TÜV Rheinland certified offers deep black and high accurate colour.
Personally, I find the 13.3″ size display panel with Full HD resolution is more than enough. The excessive pixels on the ASUS ZenBook Flip S OLED is kinda overkilled. Of course, extra pixels does counts but Windows 10 would it scale up to be viewable.
I can’t praise much more as the OLED display simply outstanding with high colour contrast till sometimes I doubt myself that the photos or videos that I edited on this laptop would look overly saturated or vice versa on non-OLED display devices.
Similar to the Flip S, it supports finger touch and as well as ASUS active stylus Pen. It can recognize up-to 4,092 level pressure sensitivity which ideal for sketching.
The first things I did before I perform any benchmark test is to get the BIOS and as well drivers updated. On my initial test with the ZenBook Flip S OLED, the processor TDP was limited to only 15W and it seems the same case here with the ZenBook Flip 13 OLED.
The Intel Core i7 1165G7 4C/8T processor with 8GB LPRDDR4x 4,266MHz on our review unit able to hit the 28W peak performance and here are some result on Geekbench 5 and CineBench R20
- Geekbench 5 (CPU) – 1,518 / 4,410 (Single / Multi)
- Geekbench 5 (GPU) – 17,863
- Cinebench R20 – 1,350
Aside from the display vary, the storage selection on this laptop is also different. ASUS uses the Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD. The SSD offers pretty decent speeds and sufficient to be used as a scratch disk as well.
While Intel recognizing the ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 OLED with Intel Evo platform, you will be offered an exceptional great battery life. Having the same 67Wh battery capacity and lower resolutions display, I was greeted with a 20% longer battery life compared to the 4K display.
The provided 65W fast charger offers 60% top-up from 0% in under 50 minutes.
ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 OLED Review
I can’t help to compare it with the ASUS ZenBook Flip S OLED 4K UX371 because it has all the same favourable features as a great convertible laptop. Matter of fact, I did find the ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 OLED position just right on the sweet spot by using an OLED display while offering a more rational yet power-efficient Full HD resolution on a 13.3-inch panel. The only trade-off is it only offered non-upgradeable 8GB of RAM.
Overall the laptop feels snappy and smooth despite having just 8GB of RAM. It does run mildly warm with heavy tasks which are pretty normal. It’s a good laptop for creatives and designers that often need a convenient switch between laptop and tablet.
The ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 OLED is offered in two configurations; Intel Core i5 1135G7 and Intel Core i7 1165G7 at RM 4,699 and RM 5,199 respectively. It has a price-advantage over other competitors such as HP Spectre x360 and DELL XPS 9310.