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ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E Review

The ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 is a great choice if you are looking for a 2-in-1 convertible Ultrabook.

Featuring up to 11th-gen Intel Core i7 processors and Intel Xe Graphics, ZenBook Flip 13 is the world’s thinnest convertible 13″ laptop with an OLED touchscreen to include full-size HDMI and USB Type-A ports as well as two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports for on-the-go connectivity. The ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E is also Intel Evo platform certified.

To be Intel Evo certified, laptops should be able to wake from sleep in less than a second, offer at least 9 hours of real-world battery life (with 1080p displays) and support fast charging (four hours of power with just 30 minutes of charge), include Tiger Lake processors, Wi-Fi 6 and Intel’s new Thunderbolt 4 standard.

With a high-capacity 67 Wh battery that can deliver up to 10 hours of operation on a single charge, ZenBook Flip 13 OLED is perfect for today’s work-anywhere lifestyles. ZenBook Flip 13 OLED supports fast charging with the supplied 65-watt charger, and ASUS USB-C Easy Charge allows users to take advantage of a wide range of standard USB-C or USB-C Power Delivery (PD) chargers.

Specifications

CPU11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 2.80Ghz Tiger Lake-U Processor
RAMUp to 16 GB LPDDR4X 4266 MHz (on-board)
GPUIntel Xe Graphics
StorageUp to 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD
Display13.3″ FHD OLED (1920 x 1080) 16:9 slim-bezel NanoEdge touchscreen 3.9 mm-thin side bezel; 178° wide-view technology; 100% DCI-P3
Ports2 x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C
(Up to 40Gbps with full range charging)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1 x Standard HDMI 1.4
ConnectivityIntel WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
CameraIR webcam with Windows Hello support
AudioDual-speaker Harman Kardon-certified audio system
Battery67 Wh lithium-polymer battery
65 W power adaptor
Dimensions305 x 211 x 13.9 mm (WxDxH)
Approx. 1.3 kg

Packaging, Design & Build

The ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E comes in an ASUS branded brown cardboard box. Inside are two smaller compartments, one with the charger and one with the touch pen and some accessories. The packaging includes:

ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E Review
ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E Review
  • ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E
  • USB-C charging Adapter
  • USB-A to Ethernet adapter
  • USB-C to 3.5mm audio jack
  • Touch Pen

Measuring at just 13.9mm thin and with a weight of mere 1.3kg, the UX363E claims to the world’s thinnest convertible laptop with an OLED display.

ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 UX363 features the 360° ErgoLift hinge design, which allows the display to be flipped; it can be used as a notebook, tablet, folded to stand or as a tent. The ErgoLift hinge is also designed to lift and tilt the laptop to provide more comfortable typing experience along while improving cooling airflow when the display is opened.

ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E Review
ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E

It can also be flipped and placed flat on a surface and the display orientation can be rotated towards the viewer. According to ASUS, the hinge is durability tested for over 20,000 open/close cycles.

The ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E looks elegant and well-made. The chassis and lids are made out of aluminum and the laptop features a Pine Grey color scheme. However, this color shows smudges especially on the top lid.

Ports & Connectivity

On the left side are two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports with up to 40 Gbps bandwidth and a HDMI 1.4 port. The USB-C ports also supports charging and the UX363E can be powered using any standard USB-C charger or a power bank.

ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E Review

On the right is the power button and a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port. In terms of wireless connectivity, it comes with a built‑in dual‑band WiFi 6 (802.11ax) wireless network card and Bluetooth 5.0.

ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E Review

Display

The ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E packs a 13.3-inch FHD OLED touchscreen panel that supports 1920 x 1080 resolutionThe display has a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 a response time of 0.2ms, supports ASUS pen and up-to 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity.

The display has a brightness of 500 nits with 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, PANTONE validated and is TÜV Rheinland-certified for eye care. This is a great screen for entertainment, work and tasks that require color accuracy.

The bezels are very narrow and the display brightness is good enough for outdoor use or in spaces with sunlight.

Keyboard & Trackpad

The ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E features edge-to-edge keyboard with a 1.4mm key travel and separate function keys. The keyboard has LED backlights and is fairly visible in all conditions.

ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E Review
ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E Review

While the keyboard is comfortable enough, typing can take some time getting used to as the keys are smaller than standard.

The UX363E features a large touchpad with a glass surface and has good response. There is no separate numpad here, instead, the touchpad doubles as a LED-illuminated numeric numpad (NumberPad 2.0) with the tap of a button and supports up to four-finger gestures.

Performance & Benchmarks

Powered by the latest 11th Generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, The UX363E offers with up to 16GB of LPDDRX4 4266MHz RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics and 1TB of PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe M.2 SSD storage.

CPU, GPU & RAM

The i7-1165G7 has four cores at a clock frequency of 2.80 GHz each reaching up to 4.70 GHz with eight threads, offering good multitasking performance.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX363E
ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E

The UX363E is powered by the new Intel Xe graphics which is powerful enough for daily tasks, work and photo editing. However, gaming performance is really poor and most games fail to achieve playable frame rates.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX363E
ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E

In terms of RAM, The UX363E is equipped with 16 GB of LPDDR4X RAM at a frequency of 4266MHz.

Storage

Our review unit came with a 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe M.2 SSD. However, depending on the region, they may be different. The SSD offers good performance with read speeds of up to 3,382MB per second and write of up to 1,831MB.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX363E
ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E

Benchmarks

In Cinebench R20 tests, the i7 1165G7U scored 429 in single core benchmark and 1,168 in multi-core benchmark. In PCMark 10 Benchmark, the ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E scored 4,793.

BENCHMARKSCORE
Cinebench R20 single core429
Cinebench R20 multi core1,168
PCMark 10 Benchmark4,793
3DMark Time Spy1,570
3DMark Fire Strike4,283
3DMark Sky Diver14,096

Temperature & Noise

Temperatures when idle are generally cool. When running intensive apps, the laptop gets hot in areas such as under the screen and the base area. Fortunately, the palm rests and the keyboard stays cool even under heavy usage.

For heat dissipation, the UX363 uses a single dedicated fan. It stays quiet as long as you use the default Windows power plan but picks up rather quickly on other modes.

The Fan Profile feature under MyASUS software offers three modes: Standard, Whisper, and Performance. Standard mode automatically adjusts fan speeds according to changing operation temperatures; Whisper mode reduces fan speed for quieter operation; and Performance mode enables fans to quickly increase speed as needed and higher TDP setting.

Upgradability

Access to the internal components requires loosening 9 Torx screws found at the base. The memory is soldered on to the motherboard and the only the SSD can be replaced on the UX363E.

Software

The UX363E comes with the standard MyAsus app which let’s you control power profiles, battery and screen settings, updates, etc, while the Audio is controlled using AudioWizard.

Audio

There are two stereo speakers located on the lower front edge and directs the sound towards the bottom. one on each side. The speakers are loud enough to fill small to medium-sized rooms with minimal distortion, but they lack bass.

The quality is good for calls or conferences, while media playback will be better with headphones. There is no 3.5mm port on the laptop and the included USB-C adapter needs to be used to connect the same.

Battery

The ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E packs a 67Wh lithium-polymer battery and promises an incredible battery life of 10 hours on a single charge and can quick charge up to 60% in just forty-nine minutes.

Based on the usage and screen brightness, the UX363E lasts between six to nine hours. When browsing the internet, you can expect around eight hours of battery time.

In terms of charging, it took 1 hour 30 minutes to charge back from 0% to 100

Idle (one third brightness, no WiFI)9h 30 min
Web Browsing (one third brightness)8h 22 min
Video Playback (one third brightness)7h 02 min

Verdict

The ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E is a 2-in-1 ultrabook with a great OLED display, brand-new Tiger Lake processor, good build quality and decent battery life.

ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E Review

In terms of performance, the new Core i7-1165G7 is great for everyday tasks and work. The only downside here is the price, there are really some good 10th-gen Intel and Ryzen 4000 alternatives currently available for much cheaper, although not as stylish or slim.

ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 OLED (UX363E) will be available from 18th February 2021 in UAE from Virgin Megastore, Jumbo, Sharaf DG, Emax, Ecity, Computronic, and Amazon. Price starts at 5,299 AED.

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ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E

The ZenBook Flip 13 UX363E is a 2-in-1 ultrabook with a great FullLHD OLED display, brand-new Tiger Lake processor, good build quality and decent battery life.

THE GOOD
  • Lightweight
  • FullHD OLED Touchscreen Display
  • Good performance
  • Decent battery life
  • Good number of ports for an Ultrabook; Dual Thunderbolt 4
THE BAD
  • Expensive
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • Can get loud on load
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