ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA review and test ultrabook-transformer

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA review and test ultrabook-transformer

In this review, we will talk about ultrabooks convertible ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA. This model has a well-recognized design and depending on the configuration can be completed in one of three Intel Core m processors 6th generation, up to 8 GB of RAM and SSD-drive with 512 GB. But its main feature is the 13.3-inch touchscreen IPS-display can be rotated through 360 °. What came of it – let’s get together.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA: Supply and equipment

Ultrabook came to us as a model for the press, so the retail version of the packaging will be different, at least the presence of the outer box. In this case, there is only the inner packaging, created from cardboard. Its design is made in the ascetic style with minimum informative.

Inside it, except ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA, we found a compact charger and branded leather case in an envelope.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA review and test ultrabook-transformer

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA: Appearance, layout

In terms of design ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA very similar to the ASUS ZENBOOK UX305CA – it is a beautiful and modern laptop in the thin metal body with smooth contours. But if they compare more closely, we can see some increased weight and thickness of new items (13.9 mm and 1.3 kg vs. 12.3 kg and 1.2 mm, respectively), no chrome chamfer contour cover and operation panel, and as modified mounting the display unit, allowing disclose ultrabook 360 ° and turn it into a tablet. It is noteworthy that such hinges are very convenient for use, since it does not lift the rear part of the housing and the legs do not reduce adhesion to the surface. On the other hand, they do not improve the supply of fresh air to the lower portion. Everything else as usual, although any glance at his impressive ultrabook very small thickness. In this respect, if it is not the thin shifter, one of those.

The device is easy to use in both the available options (laptop or tablet), and the transformation process intuitive, so do not cause any difficulties even for the most inexperienced user. Massogabarity allow no problem to take the transformer always and everywhere – whether at work or when walking outdoors.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA review and test ultrabook-transformer

Housing ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA fully made of anodized aluminum. The lid of the laptop brand concentric pattern embellished with manufacturer’s logo in the center. The prints are almost no, and if they are, they are almost invisible.

Almost the entire front side of the display unit is closed protective glass with good oleophobic coating. The boxes around the screen average – it allows you to comfortably hold the device in tablet mode and avoid accidental clicks. But they could be smaller for increased screen space.

At the bottom is a plastic insert to protect the screen when closed.

Mount the display unit to the body represented the hinges system with four gears. Here it is worth noting that the test sample was not through some hands obzorschikov, therefore, to the loops has a note – they are not very good fixed position during the opening at an angle of more than 135 °, from its because of what even at low shaking Cover starts slowly sink to the full disclosure. However, for a table lock is sufficient, and retail options certainly are deprived of such a nuance. Expand ultrabook with one hand. In the closed state and in the tablet mode is held lid further pair of magnets.

Incidentally, the lower part of the hinge scratches can be covered with time.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA review and test ultrabook-transformer

Working plate made of a single piece of aluminum with a nice matte finish. Here is a little recessed keypad and a relatively large klikpad.

Despite a very modest thickness, ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA equipped with all the most essential functional elements. On the right side there are: power connector, USB 3.0 ports, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C, micro-HDMI and a combined 3.5mm audio jack. The left side is given over to housing is another port USB 3.0, aperture card reader, two LEDs, volume rocker and the power button. The back and front side devoid of any elements.

The lower part of ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA closed integral aluminum cap. There are four rubber feet to secure the device on a flat surface. And closer to the front panel spaced holes on the sides for the audio output from stereo speakers. To gain access to internal components necessary to unscrew 12 screws and disassemble the entire panel.

Build quality ultrabook-transformer and body rigidity are at the highest level. All components fit tightly, with no visible backlash and clearances. And in the course of operation no creaks or is pressed.

Finally, we note the familiar brand leather case envelope, which not only looks beautiful, but also allows you to save the pristine look of your device during transport.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA: Input Devices

Ultrabook convertible is equipped with a full-size (275 x 100mm), island style keyboard with a larger distance between the buttons (3 mm). Top row [F] button a combined unit with function keys and activated in conjunction with the button [Fn]. In tablet mode, the keypad is locked.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA review and test ultrabook-transformer

Fixed keyboard unit very reliable, with high rigidity. The keys are equipped with the classic scissor-diaphragm mechanism, which has a short (1.5 mm) and very quiet move with a comfortable return. These caps have a flat shape and relatively large size (basic – 16 x 15 mm; functionality – 13 x 8 mm arrows – 13 x 9 mm). The keyboard is perfect for the job.

Symbols of printing method. Not only gets illuminated keypad, which occurred in previous generations of ultrabook ASUS. Also in the retail version is sure to be a Cyrillic keyboard layout.

The touchpad ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA represented by a single touch pad is quite large size – 105 x 74 mm. All very familiar – the smooth glass surface with good sensitivity and support for multi-touch gestures in Windows environment. With the task of coping with a bang.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA review and test ultrabook-transformer

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA: Display, a webcam, sound

Maximum grade ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA is equipped with 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 3200 x 1800 and a pixel density at 276 PPI, but there is a version with a more optimal for diagonal resolution of Full HD. Why is that? Firstly, even though the Windows 10 Anniversary Update copes with scalable interface for QHD +, but some programs may be a problem. Default scaling factor set to 250%, but it is much more comfortable to work in its reduction to 200%. Secondly, such authorization unnecessary load on the system and reduces the battery life.

The rest of us to good-quality IPS-matrix LED-backlit display that offers high detail and good color rendering, but with a slight deviation in the green and purple hues. Viewing angles are excellent, and the automatic brightness adjustment range is quite allows to work with a laptop in a bright sunny day or in complete darkness.

The sensor detects the substrate up to 10 simultaneous key presses. Everything works quickly and accurately – then there are no comments. But on a light background is very well seen rhombic sensor grid, and in some cases, it gives the impression of a small optical distortion.

The webcam shows the CMOS-module with 1.3 megapixel resolution and the ability to record video in 720p quality at 30 frames / sec. Nearby is the LED activity light and the light sensor. Opportunities chamber is sufficient for all sorts of web conferencing or video calls.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA review and test ultrabook-transformer

The audio subsystem devices based on HDA-codec Conexant CX20751 / 2, as in the case mounted stereo speakers Bang & Olufsen ICEPower, which are located on the ground next to the front legs. The sound is very good: a bit low, pleasant mid and high frequencies, but only up to 60% of the volume (which is enough for most usage scenarios). Above ultrabook body begins to resonate, so manifest noticeable distortion. Music fans can always use external speakers or headphones. To fine-tune the sound provided proprietary utility AudioWizard.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA: Hardware platform and performance

Our specimen ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA is the “charged” version. Inside working of SoC dual-processor Intel Core m7-6Y75, created on the basis of 14-nanometer microarchitecture Intel Skylake. It is characterized by support for Intel Hyper-Threading technology, which allows simultaneous processing of up to four data streams. Equipped with Intel Core m7-6Y75 cache level 3 of 4 MB and has a very modest measure of TDP (4,5 W). Using the Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology, the CPU is able to dynamically increase the base clock frequency from 1200 to 3100 MHz. Depending on the configuration can meet Intel Core m5-6Y30 processors and Core m3-6Y54, and recently came the news that the updated version of the ultrabook get CPU family Intel Kaby Lake.

The processor is equipped with integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 515 adapter with 24 compute units (EU), which is characterized by support API DirectX 12, OpenCL 1.3 / 2.0, OpenGL 4.4 and DirectCompute 5.1. Basic graphics accelerator is clocked at 300 MHz, and the dynamic increases to 1000 MHz.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA review and test ultrabook-transformer

CPU memory controller provides standard modules work LPDDR3 / DDR3L-1866/1600 MHz to 2-channel mode with a maximum total capacity of 16 GB. In this case, set to 8 GB of RAM LPDDR3-1866 standard. The memory soldered directly onto the motherboard and running in dual-channel mode, which improves the efficiency of data processing, but does not allow for an upgrade. The more affordable versions of the laptop can be installed 4 GB of RAM.

Disk Subsystem ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA represented by one SSD-drive M.2 format – Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF 512 GB. Speed figures are at a decent level. In other configurations, the device can be used with hard drives options of 128 or 256 GB.

A set of communication possibilities presented interfaces Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11a / b / g / n / ac Wi-Fi (2 × 2), implemented the forces of Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC module 8260. It is able to operate in two frequency bands (2.4 and 5 GHz). During the testing time, no deficiencies were found in his work.

Notebook ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA running on Windows 10 Pro (other versions may be Home version). In addition to basic functionality, it is traditionally complemented by a number of branded applications and utilities for business and pleasure.

Overall performance ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA comfortable enough for everyday tasks: office applications, photo editing, viewing videos, including 4K, surfing the Internet, etc. If desired, you can play popular online games (for example, World of Tanks and Dota 2) to minimum settings and resolution of Full HD. When compared to the ASUS ZENBOOK UX305CA, then seeing performance gains due to the increased frequency of the processor and graphics core. When compared with other processors, the Intel Core m7-6Y75 in some tests corresponds to Intel Core i5-6200U level, but the performance is strongly dependent on the temperature regime – if overheated it just resets the frequency. Looking ahead, we note that if you want to deal with this kid video editing or other memory demanding tasks, you need to take care of the additional cooling. For more on this talk in the next section.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA: Cooling system, noise and temperature

passive content of CO, which consists of a heat sink and heat pipe Thanks to an energy efficient, low heat package of hardware platform (4.5 W) ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA. Checking the efficiency of the cooling system is carried out using a stress test AIDA64 and run game applications. The room temperature at the time of lab measurements was 26 ° C.

Full easy temperature of the internal components of the ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA does not exceed 42 ° C. When performing daily tasks (surfing the Internet, watching video, office applications, etc.) temperature range rises to 50-60 ° C.

When you start the game application (several long sessions in the game World of Tanks) internal temperature rose to 65 ° C mark.

For continuous full load (stress test) and running on battery power the CPU temperature reached 80 ° C. This throttling was not observed.

If ultrabuk connected to the network, then the temperature can reach 85 ° C, with appreciable throttling processor. After 15 minutes of work in this mode at a frequency of 1600-1700 MHz, Intel Core m7-6Y75 begins to gradually slow down to 1000-1100 MHz, which is accompanied by a drop in temperature to 64-66 ° C.

Housing ultrabook at the top of the base and the operating panel is heated to almost burning state (in this case is very hot and the lower part of the display unit, including glass), which eliminates the possibility of working on the lap. However, in real applications (such as video editing and encoding) the temperatures are slightly lower.

Thus, in most everyday undemanding modes housing and internal components ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA remain in the comfort temperature limits in the absence of noise. When performing intensive tasks better to get a support for additional cooling.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA: Power supply, battery and battery life

Bundled with ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA available 45-watt power supply ASUS AD883020. Input Parameters up 100-240 with a current of 1.0 A and a frequency of 50-60 Hz. The output is 2.37 V at 19 A. In the process, it is heated to 50-55 ° C., which is an acceptable result for the compact power adapter.

The test model is equipped with non-removable 3-cell lithium-polymer battery capacity of 4680 mAh (54 Wh).

In Playback mode, Full HD-video with maximum screen brightness ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA spent almost 5 hours. With a maximum load created using Battery Eater test with the included Wi-Fi module and maximum display brightness, the device lasted 3 hours 5 minutes. PCMark test battery in the «Home» mode (simulation work with the browser, documents, photo editor, video chat and casual games) granted 3 hours 19 minutes. full resumption of the battery charging time is 2.5 hours.

When compared to the ASUS ZENBOOK UX305CA, we are seeing a decrease in the level of autonomy by increasing the screen resolution and processor with more power in peak load.

In summary, it can be stated that the new product is able to operate in stand-alone mode with a mixed load of about 6-7 hours – not a record figure, but can be stretched to a full working day.

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA: Results

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA – a device for those who want to get the ultrabook and tablet in one. In fact, a new version of the ASUS ZENBOOK UX305CA hinged display unit that allows to reveal ultrabook at 360 °. Thus it was possible not only to preserve the advantages of low-end model, but also to expand the functionality. The result is a stylish “machine” in the thin, light design using premium materials, comfortable keyboard, though again without lighting, nice touch screen, good sound and all necessary ports and communication.

The performance of the laptop is enough for a comfortable everyday tasks (office applications, photo editing, viewing videos, including 4K, surfing the Internet, etc.), and you can pass the time in the popular online gaming, if desired, albeit at minimal settings and by reducing the screen resolution up to Full HD. And all this with a completely silent operation.

Yes, ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA cope with more demanding tasks (such as video editing and encoding), but will have to take care of the additional cooling in the form of the stand, as a passive cooling system is simply unable to cope. The level of autonomy of 6-7 hours in mixed mode – not a record figure, but it should be enough for a working day. As a result, we have a stylish and highly functional device with decent performance and autonomy. If we take the version with Full HD-screen, the battery life should be increased slightly.

Advantages:

  • the premium appearance;
  • compact body;
  • the use of high quality materials;
  • excellent build quality;
  • high rigidity of the housing;
  • fast and intuitive process of transformation (noutbuk↔planshet);
  • comfortable keyboard island type;
  • Mighty 13.3-inch QHD + IPS-screen;
  • a sufficient level of performance for everyday tasks;
  • noise cooling solution.

Features:

  • no keyboard backlight.

Disadvantages:

  • heating the body in continuous maximum load.

Source: arstechnica

ASUS ZenBook Flip UX360CA review and test ultrabook-transformer was last modified: September 26th, 2016 by Casey Rembrandt