Today we are taking a look at what looks like a convertible version of the ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333. However, it has some distinctive features that distinguish the ZenBook Flip 13 UX362 from its non-Flip counterpart. Of course, the major one is the touchscreen, and we’ll show you the others later on.
Additionally, it is topped with Whiskey Lake CPUs which despite being ULV processors, still have a lot of power, especially compared to the Y-series CPU found in the ZenBook Flip UX360. Either way, this laptop comes in two variations, depending on the camera configuration – the first one has a “World facing” camera module, that apparently eats up a USB Type-A port and an HDMI connector. Respectively, the one that excludes this camera provides you with the aforementioned I/O options. Moreover, optionally, you can receive a protective sleeve and an ASUS Pen inside the box of your ZenBook Flip 13 UX362.
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ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 UX362 technical specifications table
What’s in the box?
Our configuration of the device comes with the ASUS Pen and the protective sleeve included in the packaging of the product. In addition to that, there is a 65W charger that connects to the power plug directly (like a smartphone charger), and the device itself.
Design and construction
ASUS is using an interesting blend of different types of aluminum – on the lid you’ll see the circular brushed, while the base and the bottom have a matte finish. Additionally, there is a glossy touch to the metal, which looks astonishing but attracts more fingerprints than the US embassies in Eastern Europe. This laptop measures at 16.9 mm thickness and stops the scales at 1.30 kg – certainly a thin and light notebook, but we’ve definitely seen both thinner and lighter ones.
Moving to the lid, we are disappointed to find out that it cannot be opened with a single hand. However, it is rare for a convertible to offer this feature. However, we were astounded by the rigidness of the screen itself. It is immune to screen bends whatsoever, thanks to the aluminum on the back, the glass on the front and most definitely black magic.
Let’s not forget that we are talking about a 2-in-1 device, so we had to test the touchscreen capabilities. Especially, since it comes equipped with a Pen tool. Below you can see the super photorealistic drawing of a good old Traband we made.
Putting our terrible art skills aside, we should note that the display doesn’t do a great job of rejecting your palms when drawing with the Pen. This results in a sometimes frustrating experience when you can’t seem to get the stylus to work unless you lift your hand up from the screen. We are really hoping ASUS is going to address that in a future update.
Let’s go to the base of the ZenBook Flip 13 UX362 to take a look at this keyboard (and the weird placed camera). By the way, we almost forgot that this laptop is available with an IR camera for face recognition that would stay above the screen. Back to the base – the keyboard is very comfortable for use with a decent amount of travel and clicky response. Additionally, it has a backlight and speaking of lights, take a look at the touchpad – beneath that protective foil you can find the ScreenPad, ASUS is blowing the whistles about.
By holding your finger on the dedicated icon you’ll activate the Numeric keys on your touchpad – definitely a nice touch to add the NumPad option on a 13-inch device. Additionally, there is the aforesaid camera located … next to the “Escape” key. Yup, it is meant for use when you turn the laptop into tablet mode, however, it can still result in some interesting nose check-up images.
On the bottom plate, you can see the default cut-outs – two for the speakers, that provide a sound resonating from the desk and the air intake, supplying the fan with cold air. By the way, even though the laptop is a convertible, it still features the ErgoLift hinge of ASUS that lifts the device by a couple of millimeters.
|ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 UX362||305 mm (12.01″)||196 mm (7.72″)||16.9 mm (0.67″)||1.3 kg (2.87 lbs)|
|Lenovo Yoga 730 (13)||307 mm (12.09″)||216 mm (8.50″)||13.9-14.1 mm (0.55″) (-17%)||1.12 kg (2.5 lbs) (-14%)|
|HP Envy 13 x360||307 mm (12.09″)||215 mm (8.46″)||14.9 mm (0.59″) (-12%)||1.30 kg (2.9 lbs)|
This configuration of the device is pretty limited in terms of I/O. On the left, there is only the headphone jack and the power on/off, which is pretty tactile and easily distinguishable. At the same time on the right, you’ll see the charging plug and two USB Type-C 3.1 (Gen. 1) connectors. Additionally, if you opt out of the “World Facing” camera, there is an additional USB Type-A 2.0 port on the left and an HDMI connector on the right.
Disassembly and upgrade options
There are nine Phillips-head screws preventing you to get inside the ZenBook Flip 13 UX362. In order to remove all of them, however, you need to remove the back feet of the device. After that simply unscrew everything you see and carefully pry the panel open with a plastic tool. Inside we see a half-and-half situation – 50% of the space is taken by the battery and the other 50% are taken by the rest of the stuff.
At first sight, the cooling seems sufficient enough for this machine. However, when we take a closer look the “fat” heat pipe is actually just wide and super thing when looking from the other side. Additionally, the heatsink and the fan are incredibly narrow, we are wondering how do they even manage to provide any airflow.
Sadly, but expectedly, all of the RAM is soldered to the motherboard, meaning you have to be very sure of the purpose of buying this laptop before you choose a configuration. On the bright side, you are able to upgrade the M.2 storage with a quick PCIe drive.
Last, but definitely not least, there is the huge 50Wh battery. In fact, once again we were tricked by ASUS, because the battery itself has a very big footprint, although it has a very slim profile.
ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 UX362 has a Full HD touchscreen IPS panel, AUO B133HAN05.C (AUO5C2D). Its diagonal is 13.3-inch (33.78 cm), and the resolution – 1920 х 1080p. Additionally, the screen ratio is 16:9, the pixel density – 166 ppi, their pitch – 0.153 х 0.153 mm. The screen can be considered Retina when viewed from at least 53 cm (from this distance, the average human eye can’t see the individual pixels).
As expected for a 2-in-1, viewing angles are excellent. We offer images at different angles to evaluate the quality.
The maximum measured brightness is 274 nits (cd/m2) in the middle of the screen and 260 nits (cd/m2) average across the surface with a maximum deviation of 9%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen and at maximum brightness is 7600K – colder than the 6500K temperature for sRGB. The average color temperature through the grey scale before profiling is 7850K.
In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from uniformity perspective. The illustration below shows how matters are for operational brightness levels (approximately 140 nits) – in this particular case at 68% Brightness (White level = 142 cd/m2, Black level = 0.075 cd/m2).
Values of dE2000 over 4.0 should not occur, and this parameter is one of the first you should check if you intend to use the laptop for color sensitive work (a maximum tolerance of 2.0 ). The contrast ratio is excellent – 1900:1 (1550:1 after profiling).
To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction of the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye, giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy.
Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that is being used by millions of people in HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors, etc for printing. Basically, colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is the essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.
Still, we’ve included other color spaces like the famous DCI-P3 standard used by movie studios, as well as the digital UHD Rec.2020 standard. Rec.2020, however, is still a thing of the future and it’s difficult for today’s displays to cover that well. We’ve also included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally occur around us every day.
The yellow dotted line shows ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 UX362’s color gamut coverage.
Its display covers 97% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) in CIE1976, which is a prerequisite for a punchy image.
Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimal color temperature (6500K) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.
We tested the accuracy of the display with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange, etc. You can check out the results at factory condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.
Below you can compare the scores of ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 UX362 with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).
The next figure shows how well the display is able to reproduce really dark parts of an image, which is essential when watching movies or playing games in low ambient light.
The left side of the image represents the display with stock settings, while the right one is with the “Gaming and Web Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you will find the grayscale and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the display. On the two graphs below you can easily check for yourself how your display handles the darkest nuances but keep in mind that this also depends on the settings of your current display, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the surrounding light conditions.
Response time (Gaming capabilities)
We test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and vice versa.
We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 30 ms.
Health impact – PWM / Blue Light
PWM (Screen flickering)
Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is an easy way to control monitor brightness. When you lower the brightness, the light intensity of the backlight is not lowered, but instead turned off and on by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these light impulses, the light/no-light time ratio varies, while brightness remains unchanged, which is harmful to your eyes. You can read more about that in our dedicated article on PWM.
ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 UX362’s display doesn’t flicker at any brightness level, making it safe (in this aspect) for use during extended periods of time.
Blue light emissions
Installing our Health-Guard profile not only eliminates PWM but also reduces the harmful Blue Light emissions while keeping the colors of the screen perceptually accurate. If you’re not familiar with the Blue light, the TL;DR version is – emissions that negatively affect your eyes, skin and your whole body. You can find more information about that in our dedicated article on Blue Light.
ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 UX362 has a touchscreen display with a Full HD IPS panel. It has comfortable viewing angles, great contrast ratio and a wide color coverage – 97% of sRGB. Additionally, it doesn’t use PWM to adjust screen brightness and with the Gaming and Web design profile, its colors match the sRGB standard. This makes it ideal for web designers and artists.
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Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.
Design and Gaming
This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.
THealth-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.
ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 UX362 has a very clear sound with high quality. It has Harman Kardon speakers that produce free of deviation tones across the entire frequency range. Moreover, it is close to the MacBook Pro 13 (2018) quality.
You can find all of the drivers and utilities for ZenBook Flip 13 UX362 on ASUS’ official web site: https://www.asus.com/us/supportonly/UX362FA/HelpDesk_Download/
Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with. This unit is equipped with a 50Wh battery pack.
It utilizes the capacity perfectly and achieves around 12 hours of Web browsing times and 11 hours of video playback.
In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.
For every test like this, we use the same video in HD.
We use F1 2017’s built-in benchmark on loop in order to simulate real-life gaming.
As of the moment of writing this review, the ZenBook Flip 13 UX362 is available with the Core i5-8265U or the Core i7-8565U. They are both quad-core CPUs, which in this hardware shouldn’t be any different from one another.
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)
No dedicated graphics options here – just the Intel UHD Graphics 620. It is a refresh of the HD Graphics 620 found as an integrated solution in many ULV Kaby Lake processors. UHD Graphics 620 is codenamed “Kaby Lake R U GT2” and it’s a part of the Gen 9.5 generation.
Intel UHD Graphics 620 has roughly the same performance as HD Graphics 620, depending on the other components in the system. UHD Graphics 620’s performance is similar to AMD Radeon R5 M420X and NVIDIA GeForce 910M/920M.
Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)
|CS:GO||HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)||HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings)||HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)|
|Average FPS||41 fps||26 fps||– fps|
|DOTA 2||HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)||HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings)||HD 1080p, High (Check settings)|
|Average FPS||61 fps||31 fps||15 fps|
|Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5)||HD 768p, Normal (Check settings)||HD 768p, High (Check settings)||HD 768p, Very High (Check settings)|
|Average FPS||27 fps||– fps||– fps|
Temperatures and comfort
Max CPU load
In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.
Average core temperature (base frequency + X); CPU temp.
|Intel Core i5-8265U (15W TDP)||0:02 – 0:10 sec||0:15 – 0:30 sec||10:00 – 15:00 min|
|ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 UX362||2.92 GHz (B+83%)@ 82°C||2.53 GHz (B+58%)@ 97°C||1.26 GHz @ 63°C|
|ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333||3.12 GHz (B+95%)@ 89°C||2.50 GHz (B+56%)@ 95°C||2.27 GHz (B+42%)@ 83°C|
|HP ProBook 440 G6||2.55 GHz (B+59%)@ 59°C||2.56 GHz (B+60%)@ 67°C||2.09 GHz (B+31%)@ 67°C|
|Acer Swift 3 (SF314-56G)||2.67 GHz (B+67%)@ 93°C||2.16 GHz (B+35%)@ 86°C||1.66 GHz (B+4%)@ 71°C|
ZenBook Flip 13 UX362 starts off well with the torture test. It reaches above 2.90 GHz in the first checkpoint, while at the second it goes a little above 2.53 GHz. However, the temperature then is glowing hot – 97C. This results in a severe thermal throttling at the end of the test – 1.26 GHz on the CPU at 63C temperature. ASUS is clearly trying to prevent something. Well, of course, this laptop is not meant for a super heavy load of video rendering or 3D modeling, so it should find most of the time.
At least the thermal throttle has a good effect on the outside temps, which max out at 43.8C just above the “7” key. On top of that, the laptop remained almost inaudible throughout the entire stress test.
ASUS has done a great job with yet another ZenBook device. Despite its fierce competition in the 2-in-1, the Flip 13 UX362 showed great strength and proved to be one of the best 13-inch convertibles on the market. Well, at least when we are talking about day-to-day usage. If you are going to use it for more than multimedia and showing off a beautiful laptop design, this laptop may have some drawbacks.
First of all, it has a beautiful touchscreen display with a panel (AUO B133HAN05.C (AUO5C2D)) that is capable of producing very accurate colors (in order to take advantage of that you need to install the Gaming and Web design profile). Additionally, it doesn’t use PWM for brightness adjustment and covers around 97% of sRGB. Certainly, a great deal, until we tried drawing on the thing. Well, the ASUS Pen itself has 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity, and the display doesn’t suffer from a huge parallax effect. However, as soon as you place your hand on the screen when drawing, the touch sensors prioritize the inputs from your palm over those from the Pen. This makes it kind of frustrating to use this laptop’s most exciting feature.
Additionally, it throttles down the CPU heavily during extreme loads and the “World Facing” camera option comes at the cost of a dedicated USB Type-A port and an HDMI connector. Last but not least – there is no Thunderbolt support and Type-C charging.
On the bright side, there are the input devices. Its keyboard and touchpad (branded NumberPad) are fast, the former has a decent travel and tactile feedback, while the latter excels with its NumPad function. Another strong basic feature of the ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 UX362 is its battery life – it is able to go through 12 hours of web browsing and 11 hours of video playback only on battery power.
So after our in-depth tests, we can conclude that if you prefer a better device at a better price – the Yoga 730 (13″) would be a more suitable choice for you.
- Great aluminum build
- Very small footprint
- Great touchscreen with complimentary ASUS Pen
- A punchy screen which is very color accurate when paired with the Gaming and Web design profile (AUO B133HAN05.C (AUO5C2D))
- 12 hours of battery life during browsing the Web
- The screen doesn’t use PWM to adjust brightness levels (AUO B133HAN05.C (AUO5C2D))
- The CPU throttles under heavy usage
- Poor palm rejection of the touchscreen, when using the ASUS Pen
- Forces you to use a dongle, due to the lack of USB Type-A ports (only with the “World Facing” camera edition
- No Thunderbolt support
- No Type-C charging unlike some direct competitors
You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/asus-zenbook-flip-13-ux362/