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 2×2 802.11ac 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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    • Kretschmer
    • 3 years ago

    I like how Asus is throwing a 512GB SSD in their $800 ultraportable but Dell, Lenovo, HP, et cetera make you pay through the nose for one as an upgrade option.

    In today’s era of $100 500+ GB drives, shipping anything with less than 500GB of SSD goodness is a travesty.

      • Hinton
      • 3 years ago

      Making people pay for something they don’t need is a travesty.

      People don’t need 512GB.

        • BurntMyBacon
        • 3 years ago

        Who said anything about making [b<]people[/b<] pay for it. He could be selling to goats.

    • ermo
    • 3 years ago

    It might be an elegant piece of hardware, but the name sure isn’t.

    • tootercomputer
    • 3 years ago

    Nice produce announcement. Why not do a review of say, 10 of these, and compare specs, prices, features. That would be much more useful for those consumers in the market for this type of product.

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 3 years ago

    Now put a 6700HQ and 8 GB more in there and we can talk…

      • odizzido
      • 3 years ago

      I was going to say drop the size to 9-10 inches and we can talk.

        • PrincipalSkinner
        • 3 years ago

        That’s what she said!

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 3 years ago

      I was thinking of a 15-watt Core i7-6660U as an intermediate step between the 4.5-watt Core m7-6y75 and the 45-watt Core i7-6700HQ that you suggested.
      [url<]http://ark.intel.com/compare/88199,91169,88967[/url<]

        • qasdfdsaq
        • 3 years ago

        Not going to get a 15-watt i7 in a passively cooled convertible, but there are plenty of high-end 12-14″ 2-in-1’s that have 15-watt Core i5/i7-6xxxU’s in them already.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      45W in a half inch, 13 inch screen device…If you don’t want to have kids, there are better ways 😛

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 years ago

      The reason these are so convenient is because they’re light, portable and have a double-digit battery life.

      If you put more processing power in there they become heavier, less portable, and need to suckle at the teet of power all the time. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they gain a tiny, irritating little fan and exhaust vents which break up the clean lines and mean you have to start being careful about whether you block the vents when you use it on your lap or a sofa etc.

      Core M is frickin’ awesome because it covers everything [i<]most[/i<] people need whilst being passively cooled, and it's the passively cooled that brings home all the battery life, weight, power, acoustic, and aesthetic advantages.

        • BurntMyBacon
        • 3 years ago

        It’s too bad they can’t seem to get the cost advantage that a piece of silicon that small should afford them, but seeing as nothing else on the market has the kind of balance these offer. Many will find them worth the cost.

        Atoms don’t have the power. U series processors come close, but end up just a little too hot and power hungry. This forces slightly larger chassis to hold the requisite cooling solution and extra batteries in all but a few exceptional designs. Battery life is also typically single digit. AMD processors haven’t historically gotten the premium treatment even when they did have a solid design.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Looks like the evolution of the UX305; Well-made, attractive minimalism, and enough grunt for the masses without breaking the bank.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      This looks really nice. I have an Asus X205TA as a web browsing machine and occasional writing assignment. This looks like a great upgrade path with much powerful components and similar battery life.

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