Asus has announced its new ZenBook Flip 14 laptop that is powered by AMD-Ryzen processors and we have been using this laptop for almost two weeks now. To start with, the laptop is available in the market at a starting price of Rs 64,999 for the base variant running Ryzen 5 processor and buyers also have the option to grab the more-powerful Ryzen 7 as well. We reviewed the Ryzen 5 version of the laptop and here’s how it fared:
Asus ZenBook Flip 14 UM462D: Design
Asus takes build quality very seriously and that’s the case with Asus ZenBook Flip 14 as well. The plastic and metal combination chassis feel rigid and reliable, there’s no noticeable flex in the body. The entire laptop is done in the matte Silver colour, which not only looks refreshing but also manages to hide dust and fingerprints. The laptop also comes with MIL-STD 810G certification that means it can manage with a few drops without causing any damage to the hardware.
In a convertible laptop, one important thing is the hinge mechanism and the Argo hinge mechanism in this laptop is smooth and rigid. Although, it is slightly stiff as per our taste, but that is because the hinge needs to hold the screen while using it in other modes.
Connectivity options are evenly distributed as well, the left of the laptop got charging port, HDMI, USB port and USB Type-C port, while the right side of the laptop has a microSD card reader, another USB port, headphone jack, and power button.
Asus ZenBook Flip 14 UM462D: Display
Asus ZenBook Flip 14 comes with a 14-inch FHD touch display with narrow bezels across all the sides. The display also supports Asus Stylus, which comes included in the box. Colours, saturation, and contrast ratio on this display is good. Being a glossy panel, it is very reflective and that makes it hard to use in outdoor conditions. Brightness is another issue with the display. Although it is sufficient enough for indoor usages, it struggles a bit in outdoor scenarios.
Asus ZenBook Flip 14 UM462D: Performance
As already mentioned, the Asus ZenBook UM462D is powered by AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor that comes with Radeon Vega 8 integrated graphics. In terms of specification, the processor is at par with most Intel Core i5 mobile processors. Talking about the features, the processor is based on AMD’s Zen Core architecture and the company has used all-new 12mm dia for it that improved the power efficiency and operating temperature. The processor is clocked at 2.1 GHz and it can go up to 3.7GHz with a turbo boost.
Ryzen 5 processor comes with support for dual-channel 2400MHz system memory and has a total of four cores and eight threads and it features 4MB L3 cache memory. Storage support is also good on this as it supports PCI Gen 3.0. On paper, the entire spec sheet is on par with the competition.
That’s not it, the processor also features AMD SenseMI Technology and AMD FreeSync Technology to boost the overall performance. Let’s talk about real-world performance.
With all the specifications, it is already clear that Ryzen 5 is a mid-range processor and that reflects on the day-to-day performance as well. There is no issue while browsing, multitasking, watching videos, etc. But the moment we tried using some resource-hungry apps such as Photoshop, Premiere Pro, etc, the laptop started showing its limit. Still, it managed to handle those programs one-by-one, but the performance takes a slight hit and sometimes under heavy load, it gets slightly choppy.
We also tried playing some games such as PUBG, Need For Speed Most Wanted and recently launched Call of Duty Modern Warfare. The laptop did manage to run older titles smoothly without any noticeable lag or stutter, but we were out of luck with more modern titles. But that’s a given as neither this machine nor the processor is designed for gaming. We were glad that the laptop handled older or less demanding games pretty well.
We witnessed another issue with the performance of the laptop that is the reduction in performance while using the laptop on battery. Initially, we thought there’s some issue with the drivers and checked for the updates, no luck there, we also restarted the laptop and then tested it, the results were the same.
Hardware on this laptop is solid, there are no complaints as the keys have proper spacing and they also offer appropriate feedback when pressed. As always, Asus has gone with Windows Precision drivers which is smooth and accurate.
Thermal performance on this laptop is also good, there’s no sign of heating at all, thanks to the 12nm architecture and Asus cooling mechanism.
Asus ZenBook Flip 14 UM462D: Battery
Battery backup on this laptop is decent, it lasts for around 4.5 hours on a single charge with medium load and 75% brightness. Charging, however, is fast and the included 65W adapter does manage to refuel it within 1.5 hours from 0 to 100%.
Asus ZenBook Flip 14 UM462D: Verdict
The Asus ZenBook Flip 14 is a good convertible laptop, which has some key characteristics to it compared to the competition. The primary strength of the laptop is its performance as it is sufficient for most of the students and professionals usages and with the ability to be able to run some older games at decent graphics settings even without a dedicated GPU, not many convertible machines at this price point can manage that.
There are a few shortcomings as well, such as average battery life, dim display and sound quality could have been slightly better. Having said that, this is not a bad machine at all. With 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD and Rs 64,999 price tag, the laptop offers good performance-to-price ratio and if you are looking to purchase a laptop with good performance and durable build quality, Asus ZenBook Flip 14 is worth a visit.