Zenbook Flip UX360CA is an elegant, economical Win10 convertible

Everybody wants those MacBook looks, but nobody wants to pay those MacBook prices. Asus knows this, and that's why the Zenbook Flip UX360CA looks like a real fancy device. Despite the looks, it's a pretty basic Windows 10 convertible with a Skylake Core M processor and 4GB or 8GB of LPDDR3-1866 memory. As you might expect from those specs, the new Zenbook is passively cooled, which means it's also completely silent.

The real feature here is the machine's appearance, and it does look nice in either "Mineral Grey" or "Icicle Gold" finishes. The all-aluminum ultrabook weighs just 2.9lbs, and it's only a half-inch thick. Its 13.3" 1080p IPS screen is capable of emitting a remarkable 350 cd/m² maximum brightness level. Storage is provided by a SATA 6Gbps SSD connected to an M.2 socket, with capacities up to 512GB. Asus claims the machine's battery will last 10 hours.

An HD webcam and SDXC card slot are standard equipment. External connectivity for peripherals includes two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port (also just USB 3.0), and a micro-HDMI port. A 3.5mm jack does double duty as headphone and microphone connector. Bluetooth 4.1 and 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with support for Intel WiDi round out the machine's connectivity options. Asus says the UX360CA is available now, and Newegg has one with 8GB of memory and a 512GB SSD for $799.

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