I don’t remember if it was my mom or kindergarten teacher who first told me not to judge a book by its cover, but I doubt they were talking about the Asus ZenBook Flip S. Yet I dropped my guard and let the $1,400 2-in-1 entice me with its looks, only to find that everything else about it is merely … OK. Despite the laptop’s solid, Core i7-based performance and good speakers, I couldn’t force myself to love the shallow keyboard, the low-resolution webcam or the short battery life. The ZenBook Flip S is more than usable, but it’s not as luxurious as I expected when first I laid my eyes on it.
The ZenBook Flip S is derivative of Asus’ other laptops of late, like the ZenBook 3 Deluxe. I’m OK with that, because the Flip S, like the Deluxe, is really damn gorgeous. The aluminum, navy-blue construction is rock-solid, and its gold accents scream luxury. The lid features Asus’ trademark concentric circles with the Asus logo in gold in the center.
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