The ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED (UM5302) is ASUS’s latest ultra-thin laptop to be powered by AMD’s latest Ryzen 6000 series chip. It’s also the world’s lightest 13″ 2.8K OLED laptop. What excited me the most was the new AMD chip, which they finally overhauled its integrated graphics card to AMD Radeon 680M based on RDNA2.
- Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 6800U (8C/16T, 16MB, Up to 4.7GHz)
- Graphics: AMD Radeon 680M, based on RDNA2
- Primary Display: 13.3″ 2.8K (2,880 x 1,800) 16:10 60Hz OLED Touch Display, 550 nits, 100% DCI-P3, PANTONE, and VESA Display HDR500 True Black
- Memory: 16GB of LPDDR5 6,400MHz RAM
- Storage: 1TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD
- Ports: 3x USB C 3.2 Gen 2 (Support PD & Display) & 3.5mm Audio Port
- Connectivity: MediaTek MT7922 Wi-Fi 6E & Bluetooth 5.2
- Battery: 67Wh 4-cell Li-ion Battery with 65W Adapter
- Dimension: 29.67 x 21.05 x 1.49 cm @ 1.1kg / 2.43lbs
- Price: RM 5,999 (Lazada | Shopee)
The ultralightweight laptop uses Magnesium-aluminium alloy chassis that not only made it light but very robust with US MIL-STD 810H military standard.
Adopted the new 2022’s new ASUS monogram logo and a very minimalist back cover. Available in two color options; Refined White and Ponder Blue which is the one that we have for this review.
The 16:10 13.3-inch display features NanoEdge offers an 89% screen-to-body ratio. The top bezel houses a 720p HD web camera with no mechanical privacy shutter but you still can disable it from the keyboard shortcut.
The Zenbook S 13 OLED has a 180° ErgoLift that not only lifts the keyboard up slightly but can also lay flat the display for easy sharing and collaboration.
Overall the laptop is lightweight and compact, which is easy to carry around or slot into the backpack.
Ports & Connectivity
Features three USB C 3.2 Gen 2 that supports up to 10Gbps transfer speed for you to connect to the external displays and Power Delivery. According to ASUS, the Zenbook S 13 OLED is USB 4.0 ready and it will be available through a BIOS update.
If you have any peripheral that requires USB A, inside the box it comes with a USB C to USB A dongle.
Keyboard & Touchpad
The new ASUS ErgoSense keyboard provides a comfortable typing experience with long 1.4mm key travels as well as 0.2mm dished keycaps that mould your finger shape. The NumberPad 2.0 that turned the trackpad into a numeric keypad is still present.
Keyboard, touchpad, and palm rest are treated with ASUS Antibacterial Guard, which has been scientifically proven to deliver 99% bacterial inhibition over a 24 hours period.
ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED sports a 13.3-inch OLED 2.8K touchscreen. The panel provides 550 nits HDR peak brightness and they are PANTONE Validated for high color accuracy as well as VESA HDR TrueBlack 500.
It may only sport a 60Hz refresh rate but has a fast 0.2ms response time that delivers better image and motion production.
Let’s address the elephant in the room, the new AMD Ryzen 6000 series processor. AMD has finally overhauled the long overdue integrated graphics card for its mobile processor. The new AMD Radeon 680M based on RDNA2 architectures can deliver twice the performance compared to the last-gen Radeon VEGA 8 iGPU.
The new iGPU can even play triple-A title games in Full HD beyond 40fps; eg: Forza Horizon 5, God of War, and many more.
Not forgetting, the AMD Ryzen 6800U paired with the fastest LPDDR5 6,400Mhz memory and blazing fast PCIe Gen 4.0 NVMe SSD.
Here are some synthetic performance test results:
How about productivity or content creation? You won’t be disappointed if you don’t mind working on a small OLED display. I can edit simple 4K videos with some color-grading and motion effects without any issue except for loud fan spinning when coming to CPU-demanding tasks.
The ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED is a full-day battery life laptop with up to 19 hours with a single charge, according to ASUS. I can get about 8 to 9 hours of usage on casual use but even with heavy use, I can get away for 5 hours effortlessly.
ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED Review
AMD may not receive much love in terms of mobile processors, but the AMD Rzyen 6000 has opened the possibility of gaming on an integrated graphics card. The ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED may just look like any other ultraportable laptop, it has compelling performance inside that would surprise you.
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