Just smartphones have been getting thinner, so have laptops. One of which is the Asus ZenBook S, it’s one of the company’s thinnest laptops.
I’ve been testing out the ZenBook S for the past few weeks and while it’s thin and powerful, it’s hampered by poor thermal management.
Design & Hardware
The Asus ZenBook S has a metal unibody design which weighs just 1kg. The laptop is also 12.9mm thin. The laptop comes with Asus’ ErgoLift hinge which lifts up the device for an optimal typing position. Despite this, the Asus ZenBook S runs hot to a point where its uncomfortable on your lap.
On the left side of the laptop, you have a USB-C port and on the right side, is where you’ll find two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports and a headphone jack.
The display is a 13.3-inch 4K UHD touchscreen, you can also get the laptop with a 13.3-inch HD display. There is a 5.9mm-thin bezel with an 85% screen-to-body ratio.
The model I tested of the Asus ZenBook S had the 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor (the i7-8550U) clocked at 1.8GHz as well as 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.
The keyboard on the Asus ZenBook S has a good amount of travel and the trackpad has a fingerprint sensor which can be used for Windows Hello login.
Asus claims you can get up to 13.5 hours of battery life but I got about 6-7 hours of battery life in my testing.
The ZenBook S is running Windows 10, which Microsoft says it the best version of Windows yet. Which I do agree with Microsoft, they have made major improvements to their OS. Windows 10 takes the best of Windows 7 and 8.
Even though the ZenBook S is running Windows 10 Pro, it should be noted that you shouldn’t be using it for super heavy tasks, that’s where a beefier Windows laptop or desktop will come in handy.
Just like in Windows 8, Windows 10 can be used with devices with and without touchscreens. And unlike Android, there are lots of Windows 10 apps that work well on a tablet. Sure, there might not be as many apps as on Android or iOS but there are alternatives and you can easily install apps that are not on the Windows store.
I was able to easily multitask on the ZenBook S and the device mostly kept up. In Windows 10. To help reduce fan noise, the laptop has a Quiet Mode that also reduces performance slightly.
Most of the other apps you’ll find pre-installed on the ZenBook S are standard with any Windows 10 PC.
The Asus ZenBook S is a good thin laptop that is great for travelling but runs very hot because of poor thermal management and on the more expensive side.
- Thin design
- Good amount of ports
- Keyboard has a good amount of travel
- Windows Hello support
- Great display
- Good build quality
- Below average battery life
- Runs really hot