Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA review: Performance
It does have the right hardware for portable purposes, though. The Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA has an Intel Core m3 6y30 CPU with 8GB RAM.
This kind of chipset is not super-powerful, but offers great performance up to a certain point. Buy the Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA for roving office-style work, for movie-watching and idle browsing. For these tasks it’ll feel about as fast as anything out there. Just don’t buy it for gaming or anything particularly demanding.
In PC Mark 8, the Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA scores 2063 points, which is less than an Intel Core i5, but the processor uses less power to get comparable real-world results for the sort of tasks for which an ultraportable like this is built. It’s also a better result than some other models with the same CPU.
Our normal gaming tests show up how much it flounders when put to graphically-intensive work. Setting Thief (2013) to its ultra-low preset and 720p resolution, the game runs at average 13.7fps. That’s far too slow to be considered playable.
The less demanding Alien: Isolation performs slightly better, at 19.7fps, but it’s a way off how the game should be experienced. If you’re a gamer, you’ll have to stick to low-demand titles like FTL: Faster Than Light or golden oldies.
Other than a high-efficiency CPU, what keeps the Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA feeling fast for basic tasks and Windows 10 navigation is the SSD. It has a 128GB drive. That’s not much room if you need to store lots of media, but the speed is far better than that of the HDD you’d get in a low-end gaming or productivity PC at the price.
Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA review: Battery Life
If you need a lot of raw power, we’d recommend getting a laptop with an Intel Core i5 or i7 instead. However, one of the benefits of a Core M-based system is that you tend to get more predictable, and longer, battery life because the power draw is that much lower.
The Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA lasts for just under nine and a half hours when playing a locally-stored video, and has the juice to plough through a full day’s work of browsing, typing docs and so on.
It’s a shame, though, that in a lot of conditions where the stamina and portability are going to come in most handy, they’ll be overshadowed by the screen and build flaws.
Asus ZenBook Flip UX360CA: Specs
- 13.3in (1920 x 1080) 165dpi IPS LCD glossy touchscreen
- 0.9GHz to 1.5GHz Intel Core m3-6y30 CPU
- Intel HD 515 GPU
- 8GB RAM DDR3
- 128GB SSD
- Ethernet port: No
- 802.11b/g/n/ac 2x2
- Bluetooth 4.1
- 2 USB 3.0 port
- 1 USB-C Gen 1 port
- micro HDMI output
- SDXC card slot
- stereo speakers
- 0.9MP Webcam
- single mic
- 3.5mm headset jack
- UK tiled keyboard
- 54Wh lithium-ion battery, non-removable
- 323 x 220 x 13.9 mm
- 1.3 kg
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