ZenBook Flip 14 is a convertible laptop but Asus differentiates it from its rivals by equipping it with the current generation AMD Ryzen chips along with some beefy specifications. On top of that, Asus is proud to boast of its military-grade build quality as well as good battery life. The Flip 14 starts at Rs 64,990 for the base variant with the Ryzen 5 processor while the variant with Ryzen 7 will cost you Rs 74,990.
ZenBook Flip 14 is Built Quality
Ever since I have started reviewing laptops, I have always maintained that Asus laptops never disappoint in terms of build quality. Nothing changes with the ZenBook Flip 14 and that’s good for us. The laptop is certified with MIL-STD 810G for durability and that means it can survive a few drops out in the real world without impacting your work. Point me any other convertible laptop that offers this rating.
when you hold it in your hands, the ZenBook Flip 14 feels like it’s built to last. A combination of metal and plastic for the chassis feels solid while the matte finish improves grip. On my silver colour variant, smudges were hidden efficiently but that may not be the case with the dark colour variants. At 1.6kg, it feels hefty but I would rather trade lightness for some extra durability.
What impressed me, even more, is that this laptop offers Asus’smart ErgoLift hinge design along with the 360-degrees rotating hinge. This lets you have a comfortable angle while working on documents in the laptop mode but the versatility of a tablet with better cooling when you don’t need the keyboard – the best of both worlds. The hinge is firm which means it doesn’t wobble while typing. The trackpad is decently big but it could have been slightly bigger for more comfort. And the keyboard is widely spaced out but it’s not meant for typing for long hours.
Great display for a convertible
Apart from the build, Asus also does a great job with the display and the ZenBook Flip 14 portrays another example. You get a 14-inch Full HD+ display with touchscreen input and very slim bezels all around. This is a very good display for a convertible laptop, with bright colours, high contrasts and great sharpness. In laptop mode, it’s a joy to use the display for either typing documents or browsing through the web. The reflective surface does hinder visibility but that’s given for any touchscreen display. In tablet mode, the screen can precisely register touch inputs. The wide viewing angles are a lot helpful while watching movies and there are no ugly colour shifts while watching at an angle.
On the whole, the ZenBook Flip 14 impresses with its display and in a convertible laptop, I don’t think you can find a better screen right now, especially under Rs 70,000.
AMD Ryzen’s raw performance is impressive but battery suffers
The ZenBook Flip 14 is part of the updated AMD powered PC lineup from Asus and this one gets the highly powerful Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processors. The unit that I had came with a Ryzen 5-3500U processor paired with the Vega 8 graphics accompanied by 2GB of graphics memory. Asus has coupled it with 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM and up to 512GB PCIe SSD storage. The whole system is powered by a 42WHr 3-cell Li-ion battery. These are promising specifications on paper and in the real world, it delivers as well, except for the battery life. I will get to that in a while.
Convertible laptops aren’t without flaws and the Asus ZenBook Flip 14 naturally has some. But the negatives of the Flip 14 are highly outnumbered by what the ZenBook Flip 14 is good at. Of all the convertible Windows laptops I have used this year, the ZenBook Flip 14 is easily the best one that ticks all the right boxes. It’s built like a tank, has more than enough performance to handle all basic computing tasks and even some casual gaming, and is quite practical to use as a tablet. I wish the battery life could have been better but at Rs 64,990, it doesn’t make sense to complain much.
On the whole, the ZenBook Flip 14 is a great laptop that’s certainly recommended if you value a great and fuss-free computing experience with the solid build quality.