The Asus ZenBook S UX391U appears to be like each bit the a part of a premium ultraportable. Clad in deep blue or burgundy metallic with rose gold edges, the 13.Three-inch laptop computer is barely 13mm thick (zero.51 inch) and a pair of.four kilos (1.1 kg), it is the fitting dimension when you spend extra time working in tight areas like espresso retailers and airport lounges than at a desk. 

Open it up and you may discover the important thing design function that separates it from many of the others on this class: The lid’s hinge lifts the again of the keyboard up for a extra comfy typing angle. It additionally helps hold your legs and the laptop computer’s eighth-gen Intel Core i7 processor from getting too scorching. This is not the primary time this design’s been executed — HP’s newest 13-inch Envy laptop computer has the same function — however it’s nonetheless a pleasant contact. 

The present configuration within the US is priced at $1,499 and features a 4K UHD-resolution touchscreen, 16GB of reminiscence and a 512GB SSD. Within the UK, you may at present discover it with a Core i5 or i7, however with half the reminiscence and storage, for £1,199 or £1,299, and in Australia it’s going to set you again AU$2,699 with a Core i7, 16GB of reminiscence and a 256GB SSD. 

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Asus ZenBook S UX391UA

Value as reviewed

$1,499

Show dimension/decision

13.Three-inch Three,840×2,160-pixel touchscreen

CPU

1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U

Reminiscence

16GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz

Graphics

128MB (shared) Intel UHD Graphics 620

Storage

512GB PCIe SSD

Networking

802.11ac wi-fi, Bluetooth four.2

Working system

Home windows 10 Skilled (64-bit)

These costs are aggressive for the class, however fashions like Dell’s XPS 13, HP’s Spectre and Acer’s 14-inch Swift 7 provide designs that doubtlessly make them higher selections relying in your wants. Even Asus’ personal ZenBook 13 is likely to be a more sensible choice due to its discrete graphics. 

Rising above the competitors

The most important hurdle for the ZenBook S is that it has quite a lot of competitors together with from itself, and with its ErgoLift hinge as the primary design function, it is not a simple advice. The Dell XPS 13, for instance, is the world’s smallest 13.Three-inch laptop computer, is available in a number of configurations beginning at lower than $1,000 and is only a usually wonderful laptop computer. The identical goes for the HP Spectre ($1,399 at Amazon.com), which together with being skinny and lightweight, has a singular privateness display screen function to offer you extra peace of thoughts whereas working in public. Then there’s the common 13-inch Asus ZenBook that appears related — minus the ErgoLift hinge — however is cheaper and has higher graphics efficiency.  

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