One of the notebooks that were released in Computex 2018 was the ASUS Zenbook S. Although the notebook didn’t get the headline that much as the ASUS Zenbook Pro with the screenpad got eyes of most of the media, it doesn’t mean that the ASUS Zenbook S isn’t a good notebook. Check out what we think about the ASUS Zenbook S below.
A really comfortable hinge design
One of the highlights of having this notebook is the ErgoLift hinge design which gives more airflow to the notebook thanks to the tilting of the notebook and also because of tilt of the keyboard, it is easier to type on the notebook wherever I am.
The ASUS Zenbook S is incredibly thin too at 12.9mm thin and it’s also light at 1kg. You can easily hold this notebook with just one hand. It’s just that light.
When it comes to construction, the notebook is made up of unibody aluminum which feels premium and also solid. Despite that, I was really happy that the notebook is still light especially for its size.
The ASUS Zenbook S features a comfortable keyboard. A really comfortable one actually thanks to ergonomic design and the isolated keyboard does have a fine 1.2mm key travel. It isn’t the best keyboard in the category but the actuation of this one feels great. Oh and this one features a backlit keyboard too so you can use your notebook even at the dark.
A great touchpad too
The ASUS Zenbook S features a touchpad that is responsive and clicking on it was just great. It doesn’t feature that same level of using the touchpad on the MacBook but the ASUS Zenbook S’ touchpad is responsive and comfortable too, however, I really didn’t like the placement of the fingerprint scanner of the notebook which is placed at the upper left of the touchpad.
One of the reasons why the notebook is slim and light is because the notebook doesn’t have too many ports in it. It only features 3 USB-C Ports in which one of the ports is for the charger. This might be a dealbreaker for some but there are already a lot of dongles that are already available in the market now. Actually, ASUS is including a dock for pots for the ASUS Zenbook S. The lack of ports might be a problem to you if you use your notebook that requires a lot of ports. And, of course, the ASUS Zenbook S does come with a headphone jack on the right side.
Just a fine display
The ASUS Zenbook S features a 13.3-inch display and this one comes with a Full HD resolution. While we like the NanoEdge bezel of the notebook, it doesn’t have the same thin bezels of the ASUS Zenbook 13. Nonetheless, I’m just fine with its color reproduction and its viewing angles. However, I wished that the display of the ASUS Zenbook S was brighter.
Thin Design, Powerful hardware
One of its selling point is not just its design but also its power, the ASUS Zenbook S is powered by an 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U or Intel Core i7-8550U processor and also 16GB of RAM. It also comes with Intel UHD Graphics 620 which is fine for basic notebook usage however if you want some gaming, you can plug in an external GPU on the notebook thanks to the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port. However, we weren’t able to try out its performance but on the white paper, it’s promising.
So far, we like almost everything that we’ve seen in the notebook and it’s promising. While a lot of people might be turned off with its lack of ports, but we’re really happy with most of the aspects of the laptop especially its construction and its weight. The availability of the Thunderbolt 2 also made it possible for the notebook to be a gaming notebook.
The ASUS Zenbook S starts Php69,995 for the Intel Core i5 variant and Php74,995 for the Intel Core i7 variant