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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent Performance

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Design, Display

    With the newly released 11th Generation Core Processors, the redesigned Asus Flipbook Q538EI comes ready to attract those who demand performance and elegance in one sleek package. Combining the i7-1165G7 with 16 GB of DDR4-3200 MHz memory and a 1 TB NVMe SSD comes with blazing speed out of the box. In addition, the gorgeous 4K OLED display is fed by a Geforce 1660 Ti that has its own 4 GB of dedicated video memory. Therefore, as an enthusiast, I was excited to see how this monster will perform. Physically, the Q538 quite attractive. The aluminum brushed body has a smooth brushed feel to it and is of high quality. The mineral grey color certainly looks darker in person. Weight wise, it is roughly four pounds and is not too heavy. The pictures certainly do not do any justice to this laptop. I am fairly confident that most will be extremely pleased with its appearance. Furthermore, along the edge of the laptop and screen is a silver accent that really enhances the overall feel to the Q538. Moving on, we will note a few of the ports that should be straightforward. On the right side, you will note the AC adapter port, two Thunderbolt/USB Type-C ports (40 GBPS), and the power button. Conversely, on the left side, you have one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A Port, 1 HDMI port and an SD card slot. For most, these ports should cover the needs for most. However, I would have liked to have seen one more additional USB Type A port, though it is not a deal breaker. Next, perhaps one of the most standout features of the laptop is the 4k display. I would like to mention that HW Info lists the screen as a Samsung SDC4143. However, there is no denying that the included OLED screen is extremely gorgeous. The display is vibrant and has one of the most colorful glossy panels I have seen in awhile. Everything on the screen pops with color, from normal websites to the Windows 10 start menu. It is definitely one the main highlights of the Q538. You will not be disappointed. Lastly, one quick note. The Q538'sUEFI BIOS was a surprise. The GUI interface was straightforward and easy to navigate. I was glad to see several options that some laptops do not include such as changing the memory allocation for the integrated graphics. As for performance benchmarks, I wanted to try and encompass a large amount of various tasks to give enthusiasts an idea of what to expect out of the box, without making any changes. The Q538 installation of Windows 10 Home is quite clean, which was refreshing to see. The MyAsus software that comes installed presents some useful presets such as controlling fan profiles and battery modes. As for my performance tests, I focused on the SSD, CPU, and GPU. I used HW Monitor to monitor temperatures and load of the CPU. I used HW Info to provide you accurate information on the hardware contained inside the laptop. The included 1 TB SSD NVMe drive is listed as an Intel HBRPEKNX0203A and is optane enabled by an additional 32 GB drive. The will note your drive at a capacity of 952 GB. Here are my Crystalmark 8.0 results (full results in pictures). Intel: Sequential Read: 2083.17 MB / Sequential Write: 1523.54 MB Intel 4K Read (Q1T1): 116.80 MB / Random 4K Write (Q1T1): 52.89 MB As you can see the drive is fairly fast as expected. My next test I used my the new Sandisk Extreme 1 TB External SSD V2 (Model: SDSSDE61-1T00) over the Type-C Port. I also did two manual transfers that I will list after. Here are the results (full results in pictures): Sandisk: Sequential Read: 1002.92 MB / Sequential Write: 1001.03 MB Sandisk: 4K Read (Q1T1): 37.27 MB / Random 4K Write (Q1T1): 74.11 MB As you can see the new drive is extremely fast over the Type-C port. For my manual transfer, I did two transfers to the laptop from the Sandisk drive. The first test was a 28 GB M2TS file to show the sequential side of the transfer. The second transfer was a 28.9 GB music folder that contains 5,054 files and 1,152 folders. Both transfers were extremely fast as expected. The first transfer held steady at a blazing 634-659 MB/s and finished in under a minute. The second transfer, despite being more aggressive on the drive, still dazzled despite starting slower. I noted speeds up to 450 MB/s but averaged around 350-400 MB/s ranged. The transfer still finished in roughly a minute. This is mind blowing fast! The Core i7-1165G7 is a quad core chip with eight processing threads. The CPU has a base of 1.2 GHz and can turbo up to 4.7 GHz at a TDP of 28 Watts. The 10nm chip is seemingly efficient as noted by my Handbrake 1.3.3. encode. I used the 91 minute M2TS file mentioned above and used the Very Fast 1080P preset. I set audio and the frame rate to pass through the source. The encode finished in 27 minutes and 46 seconds! Temperatures, while plugged up to the AC outlet, averaged 70-80C. All cores ran at 3.1 GHz. Shifting focus to more single thread oriented tasks, I used MusicBee 2.4 and LAME 3.99 to encode a 24 minute WAV file to MP3. The encoder was set to a constant bit rate of 320 and the internal algorithm was set to 0 for the highest quality (-q command). MusicBee's maximum encoding thread setting was set to one. The result finished in 1 minute and 14 seconds! Next I tested the GPU by running the in-game benchmark in Tomb Raider (2012). I set the game to Ultra Quality and increased the anti-aliasing to 2x SSAA. I noted the minimum fps at 56, with an average of 72 fps, and 86 fps for the maximum. These results were at 1080p.These results are extremely good and the game was smooth as butter. As soon as you start a new game and leave the cave, you will note the fps around 70. The fps never dropped below 60, except for when I moved to the next part of the cave, but shot back up to 65. The performance of the 1660 Ti certainly will be able to play some games in high settings, despite the laptop not being really targeted as a gaming machine. In conclusion, the Asus Flipbook Q538 is an exceptional performing machine. Out of the box, the laptop blazes through everything you throw at rather you are transferring files or even firing up a game or two. The 4K display is absolutely a sight to behold and is extremely vivid and detailed. Everything is bright and colorful. The OLED is definitely one of the best screens I have seen personally on a laptop. Combining top end hardware and a sleek minimalistic design, the Q538 certainly dazzles and will surely excite most who consider purchasing this laptop. However, it might be certainly will be out of reach for some. Overall, if you are considering this, I can assure you that the performance is there for all of your enthusiast needs. With that said, the Asus Q538 comes highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice Machine, Some Great Highs, A Couple Lows

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Display
    Cons mentioned:
    Keyboard, Keys, Sound quality

    I'll open by stating my bias: I have always been a fan of Asus so my expectations were relatively high. End of the day, this ZenBook (mostly) did not disappoint. Like I said, lot's of highs but a couple lows. Let's start with the AWESOME... The OLED screen is honestly nothing short of stunning. Incredible color range and amazing brightness. The wife and I watched Wonder Woman in 4k and the details were amazing. Impressive. The brightness was also a real "wow". If you look at the pictures, I included several that offered brightness comparisons against open windows in late afternoon Colorado sunlight. Other pics show how this ZenBook Flip compares in brightness to an LG - 86" Class NanoCell 90 Series LED 4K UHD TV. Looking at same pictures, you can see this unit casts 4K content impressively. And while we are talking screen, let's not forget this transforms from classic PC, to a tent PC and then into a true tablet. With that in mind, this is also a touch screen. The touch screen is very good, both in accuracy and in tactile feedback. It also supports the pressure sensitive pen. Did not test that, but I know my daughter loves hers. This unit is light-weight, easily portable and multi-purpose. My other primary laptop is a gaming machine and while powerful, it's not exactly easily portable. I can assure you, this will be my travel computer. Performance was impressive. Very quick and responsive. You can see that all 4 cores are humming away at a solid 4+/- MHz under a decent load. Areas for improvement go from the "slightly annoying" to "almost disappointing". Are any of these deal breakers? Well, no, at least not for me but they are worth mentioning. The first "almost annoying" is the backlighting on the keyboard. While I'm glad it has it, I found it odd that out of the box, the backlighting was in the "off" position. Hitting the F7 key toggles various brightness and then back to the off position. What's almost annoying is the color of backlighting is white. A personal preference, but I prefer blue. Blue is easier to see right in the in between light to dark lighting in the room. And the white is a slightly harsher than the blue in a fully dark room. I realize this is exceedingly subjective, but I thought it worth mentioning. End of the day, I'm glad it has the backlighting though. The second "almost annoying" is the left/right and up/down keys on the keyboard fell "small". I know it's a learning curve and one I will get used to but I do wish the left/right keys were slightly higher on the keyboard in and almost bow-tie configuration instead of the left/right/down keys all being directly in line with each other. Again, a minor gripe but absolutely not meant to distract from the rest of the excellent points that this little beast has. And finally, the "almost disappointing" is the sound. When placed on a hard surface like a desk or table-top the sound is just adequate. No particular complaints, but just not as robust as my other laptops. Where it nears disappointing is if you are using on a soft surface(think feet raised in your recliner with a throw pillow on your legs for the PC to rest), the sound is noticably muffled. The speakers appear to be designed firing from underneath, using the hard surface to reflect the sound. If the speakers were forward firing from either the edge of the keyboard front or firing forward from above the keys, that would make this a null point. In all, please don't let these minor disappointments deter you from considering this machine. The impressive screen, power and perfomance more than make up for it but I wanted to poont these out just as an FYI. End of the day, this is a great multi-purpose flip ZenBook and you will not be disappointed by performance and amazing 4K UHD screen. I would most certainly reccomend to a friend while noting the minor issues I noticed. Great little machine. Please note: This was provided for no or reduced cost in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. This review is exactly that; honest an unbiased.​​**

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Beautiful machine when it's fully set up.

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Display, Speed
    Cons mentioned:
    Apps, Sound quality, Speakers

    This Asus Zenbook is a very nice machine. It's slim and lightweight making it very portable. The bezel is minimal giving 15" of screen in the most compact way without sacrificing the number pad or touchpad size. The hinges appear to be very strong and capable of holding up long-term. The touchscreen is responsive. The TouchPad needed calibrating. Switching between laptop and tablet mode is quick and easy. I have spent a few days trying to get the most out of this machine and it's done a good job so far. Start-up is super fast with a 1TB SSD. Windows setup was typical and easy. The OLED screen is beautiful with clear, sharp colors. The flicker-free low blue light makes it easy on your eyes. One of the first things I did after Windows setup and updating was to try a movie stream. This is where I discovered that I would need to spend more time in setup. The sound coming out could not possibly be all this machine with harman/kardan speakers could produce. It took some time to find DTS Audio Processing is the app for that. Upon opening the app, I found that it had not been set to on. In the app, you can set the sound to your personal preference for music, movies, and games. There is also a custom audio option where you can choose spatial stereo sound and enhancements such as bass boost, treble enhance, and vocal boost. After making the adjustments that sound best to my ears, the speakers came to life. Back to my movie. :) Video streaming is smooth, with no buffering, no lag, no delay. The colors look awesome without any adjustments. So I next streamed music. I did a little more adjusting with DTS audio program to fine-tune the music and it was enjoyable. I have had programs uploading, downloading, and installing while listening to music and/or reading email/browsing the internet and this machine has handled everything like a beast. The Nvidia GTX 1660ti, 16GB RAM, and 1TB SSD are much more than the min. requirements for my gaming needs. I have updated the drivers in the GEFORCE Experience app and set up optimization. After a couple of hours of playing the fans remain quiet but this laptop does get pretty hot, so I would recommend a laptop cooler or someplace that won't be affected by the heat. Overall, I really like this Asus Zenbook. It took more time setting up out of the box than any laptop I've owned (which is quite a few), however, once it is fully set up and updated it is pretty awesome and capable of so much. I don't think you'll be disappointed buying this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Fast and capable, but not without its flaws

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    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Design, Display
    Cons mentioned:
    Apps

    Hardware Pros: • Latest 11th-generation Intel Core i7 • GeForce GTX 1650 Ti • 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports • Vents along both sides, bottom and back ensure great cooling performance • Screen is bright, high-res (4k) and quite color-accurate • Touchscreen is excellent • Trackpad is as good as any I've ever used • Face unlock is accurate and fast, if a bit pushy Hardware Cons: • 720p camera is unacceptable in 2020 • 10-key is smushed into the corner • USB-C Thunderbolt ports are only on the right side of the PC, making mouse use by a right-handed person difficult • No dedicated buttons for Home, End, PgUp, PgDn - adds an extra, un-ergonomic keypress to key combinations like Shift+Home, Shift+End • Small form factor leaves my left palm just off the corner of the surface • Screen is 60 Hz, which is not ideal for gamers • Keyboard backlight has only 3 levels - dim to somewhat less dim • Hinge doesn't open with one hand, and because of the small bezels, you have to grab it right where the camera is to open it • In tablet mode, your hands either have to grip onto part of the screen, or hold onto a hard corner Software Pros: • The MyASUS suite offers helpful features that help tailor the experience to the user. Specifically like the driver update menu and battery health profiles, because being at home all the time means always having the laptop on the charger, and ASUS allows me to set a max charge level to preserve battery life. Pairing your phone to the MyASUS app is better than using the Windows utility designed for the same purpose. Screen mirroring is cool, but doesn't work with all functions of apps. Software Cons: • No onscreen indicator for NumLock state change • No indication of which version of the ASUS Pen this supports ~~The Review~~ I really, really wanted to love the ASUS ZenBook Flip Q538, and at its MSRP, I don't think love is too much to ask. I do *like* the computer, and there are several things about it I really, really like, but it doesn't quite meet the threshold of "love." All-in-all, it's a fast, powerful, good-looking computer with an excellent screen and trackpad, and some small drawbacks that take it from a great computer to a merely adequate one. First, a bit about my use case: I, like many others during this time, am working full-time from home, writing and doing calculations in Excel for my specialized field and doing web development and Adobe Creative Suite work as well. I'm also a gamer, though that mostly just means I play Minecraft with my kids. When I can squeeze in an adult-oriented gaming session, I play Stellaris and a few other strategy and FPS games. I look forward to a time when I go back to work in an office, and need to bring my laptop with me wherever I go. Here's what I need: A laptop with a great, color-accurate touchscreen, a full-sized 10-key keypad, and the best processor and graphics card I can get in a 15-inch laptop. I also need a great front-facing camera for conference calls, and great connectivity so I can run my extra monitor, speakers, mouse, and sometimes mechanical keyboard from a USB-C Hub plugged into a single jack, if possible, to quickly connect and disconnect when I need to take my laptop with me. The ASUS Q538 meets most of those needs with gusto. The 11th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti are capable enough to handle most games at HD or better settings, and certainly enough for the 5 or 6 games I play most frequently. The Thunderbolt 4 ports are versatile and blazing-fast. Of course, Creative Suite and Office apps run very well, indeed. The touchscreen is bright and quite color-accurate, although its default color settings are touch too saturated for my liking. Being an OLED, it's also not ideal to use with very dark games unless you are in a dark room, because very dark pixels are essentially turned off at all but the highest brightness settings. Speaking of gaming, ASUS is notably mum about the screen's refresh rate and grey-to-grey response time, but I can report it is a 60Hz refresh rate, if nothing else. The problems start when it comes to the 10-key, placement of the Thunderbolt ports, form factor and camera. ASUS didn't exactly see fit to include a full 10-key keypad, instead opting to squish the number and calculation keys into the right side while forgoing dedicated Home, End, PageUp, and PageDown keys. These are available using shift+7, 1, 9, and 3, respectively, or by pressing Fn+one of the arrow keys. As a writer and coder, I use Home and End ALL THE TIME, so this is quite a let down. I suspect I will eventually get used to it, but it's not ideal. Far less easy to adapt to is the placement of the Thunderbolt ports, on the right side of the laptop about even with the bottom of the keys, exactly where I'd like my mouse to be. This causes a problem because I use a USC-C hub to connect an HDMI cable and up to 3 USB-A devices, meaning the hub sits exactly in the area where I'd like to use my mouse. But hey, if you're a person who uses your mouse left-handed, this laptop may be perfect for you! The form factor of this laptop is great for someone who's on-the-go. Its body is about an inch less wide and half an inch less tall than that of my older laptop with the same-sized screen. That's great when it comes to tossing it into a bag and carrying it, but not so much when it comes to resting your hands on it while typing, or holding it in your hands in tablet mode. In the former case, my left palm wants to sit just to the left of the edge of the laptop, which will take some reorienting and getting used to. In the latter case, the touchscreen area comes so close to the edge of the body that holding the laptop in tablet mode means accidentally pushing buttons with my palm, or forcing myself to hold the laptop on its edges, which are not very comfortable in hand. It also means that opening the lid requires you to put your thumb on the exact spot where the camera is. My final quibble with the hardware has to do with the front-facing camera. I'm willing to bet the design of this pc was done before the COVID-19 pandemic began, because why else would ASUS see fit to putting an honestly substandard 720p camera in it? I'm more than a little disappointed that my new, expensive computer has me looking just as pixelated as the one I bought 4 years ago. I will say, ASUS's face unlock using the camera is excellent. It's fast and accurate, but the flashing red light that the laptop uses to scan your face can get a little obnoxious. All-in-all, though, the laptop is powerful, fast, and looks nice. The screen is excellent and the trackpad is as good as any I've ever used. The aluminum body feels and looks quite premium, and I'm looking forward to using it for a long time to come. I'd love to get an ASUS Pen to use with Photoshop and Illustrator, but ASUS hasn't made it clear which model of its Pen is compatible with this laptop, nor have they made it easy to buy a pen, with "out of stock" warnings at all major stores. I hope they make this clearer soon. I haven't opened up the case to look at upgradability yet, but I understand the NVMe SSD is replaceable, while the RAM is soldered to the board. I would prefer to be able to add another 16 gigs of RAM someday, but perhaps that will have to wait for the next PC, when this one is ready to go to my kids. The case opening is held by several Torx screws, by the way, so be prepared to order tools if you haven't already got one laying around.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent Specs in the Price, No Competition!

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    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

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    The laptop doesn't come with any additional packaging. It comes in the original packaging of the ASOS laptop, no best buy packaging, the best thing was I ordered it for curbside pickup, you order the laptop and they directly come and give it into your car so you don't even need to go inside. The box had a really nice padding on both of the sides so that the laptop doesn't move about, a basic plain brown box but it does the job of protecting the laptop. Inside the box we just have the basic things that we normally have which is the manual, the welcome card, the warranty card, the power cable and the charging adapter which is of 20 volts, 6 ampere and 120 watts. With the manual you get instructions how to get started with the laptop. The weight of the laptop is 4.2 pounds. I'm really impressed with this laptop because it looks really beautiful. It has a nice aluminum body and the color is dark gray with a bit of silver outline. It looks really nice, sturdy and a premium quality laptop and it feels like it does have military grade durability. It has only one USB port, it should have at least one more USB port because you can’t connect multiple USB devices. It has two USB C ports. One of the things that I actually wanted to try out was if I could try charging this laptop with a 60 watt charger through USB C power delivery port but unfortunately, it did not work. It also has an AI noise cancelling mic which is really good, I recorded a whole YT review video about this laptop and the mic quality is amazing. When I rotate the laptop screen, the screen doesn't wobble, it has strong hinges so once you flip it over you can turn it into a tablet. Sometimes you want a laptop and sometimes you want to use it as a Tablet. I like making notes and sketching and stuff so this is really good for me. There is a nice BIOS screen where you can see all the hardware configurations of the laptop. Once you open up the laptop you can set it up for face recognition called windows hello face recognition option to sign. It has a very responsive multi-touch screen, you can see in the attached photo. I also tried two 4096 pressure level supported pens and it works fine. The laptop has a backlit keyboard with three brightness variations but I feel that backlit brightness is low. It has a 4K OLED screen with 400 nits and I must say the quality is really impressive for the price of this laptop, you can see every grain, the colors are marvelous, the black levels are truly amazing. The laptop also has a DTS capability and has four content modes, Music, Movies, Games and Custom audio. Sound is by Harman Kardon and that is another great quality about this laptop that the sound quality is really amazing. Custom audio has three stereo sound settings, Wide, In-Front and Traditional, you can also change the Treble, Vocal Boost and Bass Boost enhancements and you can also change equalizer settings. But, remember, when you turn off the DTS the volume will be too low so, just make sure you turn on the DTS and your volume would be fine. If you still feel your volume is too low then you can make changes on your equalizer and it will make your volume perfect. The laptop also has its own and built-in application named as MyASOS which is excellent, you can change multiple hardware settings, you can change speaker modes, mic modes, color modes, fan modes etc, you can update or install latest drivers, you can also connect your cell phone through this app and you can share content between the devices. One of the best things that I liked is that I can turn it off and on the function keys through keyboard and through MyASOS app without going back into the BIOS settings. I also ran Cinebench to evaluate the ranking of the CPU and the score that I got was 4945 which is good. I also ran the CrystalDiskMark to evaluate the read and write performance of the disk and you can see the results in the attached photos. ASOS claims that this laptop has 100% DCI-P3 true color, 1M:1 High Contrast ratio DisplayHDR 500 True Black, Low Blue Light 70% Reduced and TÜV Rheinland-certified eye care flicker free low blue light. So, when I saw all of these claims in this laptop I wanted to cross check, so I went on to the websites to check if this laptop or model exists in their certified product lists and it does exist on the certified products list. Since it has a GTX1650ti MAX-Q graphics card, I went to the NVIDIA website and saw supported games, I downloaded one to evaluate the gaming experience and I had no issues. My overall review for this laptop is that at this price, the specifications are excellent. Plus, the laptop is beautiful and premium quality, the best part about this laptop is that, because it has a 4K OLED screen, the colors and black levels are truly magnificent and sound is also amazing. There are other laptops that might be available in the market with more or less the same specifications but they might not compete the price.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great build quality and performance

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Display, Gaming
    Cons mentioned:
    Keyboard

    I am really pleased with the build quality and versatility of the Zenbook. Good performance, plenty of storage and a legit video card that can handle the needs of a casual gamer. Pros - Build quality is top notch: The hinge that allows the screen to rotate has no play at all. The case does not bend or flex when carried in one hand. - Great specs. Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, 1TB solid state hard drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti 4GB video card ensure that this computer will perform well for years. - Great Storage. The 1TB drive is definitely worth it for the extra space, especially if you plan to download games or have a collection of videos. Having a solid state drive is not only great for performance, but peace of mind (no moving parts to fail or be damaged). With only the preinstalled apps there was a little over 900GB available. - Video card can handle most games at the standard 1080p 60fps. This is not a purpose built gaming laptop, but it meets the minimum requirements for a lot of spec heavy games (with reduced texture quality settings). It easily handled Doom 2016 and Wolfenstein II that I downloaded from Steam. Based on the specs it should easily handle Doom Eternal that came out earlier this year. - No adapters needed. The Zenbook has an SD card reader, 1 full sized USB-A port, 2 USB-C ports and an HDMI port. - Screen is beautiful with a high resolution, vibrant colors, and deep blacks. When I used the HDMI port to connect a second monitor the difference between the 2 screens is night and day (the LED monitor is only a few months old, but looks washed out and dull compared to the Zenbook). - Battery life is very good. I regularly get 8-9 hours of use for common stuff like surfing the internet or writing a paper. It can even handle 2-3 hours of video games and does a great job of temperature management under heavy load while using the battery. I love the ASUS utility which allows you to adjust the battery charge settings to extend the battery lifespan if you intend to leave it plugged in for a while. - Keyboard spacing and feel are good, it has an adjustable backlight, and even manages to squeeze in a usable number pad with a short cut to the calculator app. Dual purpose F1-F12 / Function keys have useful short cuts such as volume, screen brightness, lock. It even has a cap lock light on the key (num lock, scroll lock are missing). Things to Consider - Using the Zenbook in tablet mode is a bit awkward due to the weight, stiff hinge, and the keyboard. The keyboard faces out on the bottom of the Zenbook when flipped, meaning you are holding the Zenbook by it is keyboard and if you set it down it lays on its keyboard (this is common on many 2-in-1 laptops). - Not a big deal, but I was worried it would scratch my desk when I first looked at it. The screen rotates past the bottom of the Zenbook as it opens, but it has little rubber numbs to keep the edge of the screen or hinge from directly making contact with the surface it is on. - Speaker performance is fine for a laptop and on par with others I have owned, but the harmon/kardon label might be a little deceiving. The sound is clear with no distortion at max volume and the dual speakers help widen the sound stage, but it lacks bass and is not loud enough. I have owned several Asus laptops and many of their other products (routers, motherboards) - all of which were well built and reliable. Based on the build quality and performance of the Zenbook so far, it will live up to the same standard.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Fast, Incredible Laptop

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    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Design, Display

    The ASUS Zenbook Flip 15 is a light, long lasting battery laptop, with a gorgeous and vibrant 4k touch screen. Touting a military grade body and foldable screen to be able to use it as a tablet, what else would you look for in a laptop? Upon opening and unwrapping the laptop from the box, you immediately notice the beauty of the laptop. I was wooed even more after it booted up by the glossy screen's dancing vivid colors. Seriously though, 4k on this screen is no joke. Although with the added 1650Ti Max Q graphics card you won't be able to reach high graphics settings on most games, games like Minecraft, Rocket League, and Fortnite will still look incredible. Other than the screen, I loved the performance of the laptop. Having an NVME SSD along with the newest 11th generation i7 and 16GB of memory, the computer booted in under 10 seconds. I loved how the power button only needed to be clicked once (when compared to other laptops where the power button needs to be clicked and held for a second or two) and facial recognition was spot on (an option available to sign into the computer). Testing the performance, I noticed programs opened and loaded quicker when compared to previous i7 laptops I've owned with similar specs (16GB memory, NVME SSD). Even after installing multiple programs and trying to boggle the performance down, programs still managed to open very quickly. This is a definite upgrade for those with older laptops that aren't able to leverage the new speeds of the 11th gen i7 and NVME SSDs in general. Another topic to be mentioned is the battery life. Using it for a couple of days during the week while putting it to sleep instead of powering it off would have made me plug in the charger on my old laptop. With the Zenbook Flip, I have been able to work longer hours and charge it less. It also was able to charge in just one hour from about 10% to full capacity. The ASUS ZenBook Flip 15 is the perfect laptop for anyone in search of a lightweight, yet full performance computer. Performance for productivity, an amazing screen capable of light gaming for casual boredom, and a long lasting battery make this a great pick for those looking to get a new laptop that will last them for a longer period of time (when compared to lower end processor and non SSD laptops). Note: The older laptop I mentioned in a few comments for comparison is only two years old and has the following specs: 8th gen i7, 16GB RAM, and a 500GB NVME SSD.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Better screen than my $3500 Sager with a RTX 2080

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Design, Display

    This is worthy of being a flagship product from ASUS.. They have outdone themselves Where to begin.. I have a 17.3" Gaming Laptop, a Sager NP9176. This is an enthusiast level gaming laptop with 32GB DDR4 Ram, a Desktop i9 9900k CPU and RTX 2080.. and this Asus Zenbook Q538's screen blows it out the water I play Modern Warfare on Ultra at 1080p, 120-140fps on my Sager.. have yet to play games on these but honestly I am expecting atleast a 60fps on any modern games knowing with experience of gaming laptops and the new Intel Xe chip stacked with a strong GTX1650Ti Max Q. Can these two be stacked together for extra FPS? Have yet to try it on this laptop but am going to soon Now, of course when comparing IPS vs. OLED panels it is no comparison.. the OLED screens are finally becoming affordable enough to enter the high end laptop/ultrabook market Now my main gripe with 4k laptops up until now was the lag. My Sager has a 144hz1080p panel so up until recently I preferred frame rate and smoothness over resolution... until I saw this laptop. I am not sure of the hz of this OLED screen on this notebook but I do know it is 4k. Upon playing with it in the demo in store I found myself astonished that this was the only 4k laptop that didn't have mouse jitter/lag.. this was a big problem as the prior GPU's and intel integrated CPU's could not handle 4k resolution running on a battery.. you would have jitter and lag across the screen. Asus seems to have finally done it and created an ultrabook with a 4k OLED screen that is absolutely breathtaking to look at. I have had the laptop for about 24 hours now and I have not even charged it yet. Astonishing 16 hour battery life.. on a 4k OLED screen. I am just now starting to get to 30% on my battery... could never do this on my Sager with RTX 2080. Not to mention the weight difference This Zenbook only weighs 3lbs.. the Sager weighs triple that.. this is a GREAT notebook for someone looking to do some I bought myself one and my mom one. She loves it as well and has been watching 4k videos all day on YouTube in awe. Great Zenbook. Asus will definitely build brand loyalty with new faces to their products building quality notebooks like this. 10/10

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Favorite!!!!

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

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    I absolutely love this computer! It has every feature I was looking for. Since I purchased this ASUS for designing purposes I really gotta say the graphics are amazing, the fact that is touchscreen makes it easier. Worth every penny!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    This is what a call a Computer

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

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    Computer exceeds my expectations. Pretty cool item.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Solid Mid-Range Laptop, Good for Graphics/Photo

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Display

    I'm the kind of consumer that enjoys being able to see & test out a display model before making a final decision. That's harder to do now. I tried three different systems and the Zenbook ended up being the best of the three. My Requirements: - Portable (After Pandemic) - Good Processor, RAM, Graphics Card - 4K Resolution, Eye-care, Accurate Colors/Black - Full Keyboard - Hinge with Larger Movement Range - Decent Built-in Speakers - HDMI, USBs, SD Reader I figure everyone would look for a system that has a sturdy frame, latest internet & bluetooth connection, etc. Overall, I am satisfied with my purchase. It does most of what I need, and I've worked around ways to do the rest. Zenbook Flip 15 is a solid mid-range system. Attached Photo: A picture of a photo I took a few years ago. It looks great on the laptop. Pros: - Meets my Reqs - Easy to Setup - Rotating Hinge - Great Display, Keyboard - Less Eyestrain Cons: - Mediocre Camera - Thunderbolt ports are too close together. - Edge to edge screen is nice in theory but not great for a touch screen laptop. - Minor lag in accessing external hard drive.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great versatile and powerful laptop

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Design, Display
    Cons mentioned:
    Speakers

    I have had the laptop for about a week (shy of 1 day) and so far the machine has been great. The first thing I did after receiving the laptop was download Windows to a USB Thumb Drive and reinstall a fresh copy of Windows without the factory bloatware (which to be honest was minimal.  **Of note, if you decide to reinstall Windows you will need to download the Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST) driver (from ASUS website) to the USB Thumb Drive since Windows will not display your internal M.2 NVME SSD. This way during installation, you can load the driver and continue with the install. The reason being. The 11th Generation Intel processors (Intel Tiger Lake) utilizes the new Intel Volume Management Device technology, which optimizes the storage devices' data processing effective and power consumption. So, on to the great things about the laptop.  -The brushed metal feels nice to the touch and gives the laptop a premium feel - it's a well designed laptop. Although, 15.6" it feels more compact then other similar sized laptops (which is great). - The keypad feels great when typing, although I do wish the "PgUp/PgDn/Home/End" keys were bigger. - The touch pad is very responsive and has a nice "click" feedback. - The 4K screen is spectacular; super bright and clear. Definitely a high point to this machine. - Backlight keyboard with 3 settings - although I would have preferred a blue light vs white to make it easier to see at night. But, that's a personal preference. - Both the Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 processor and GTX1650Ti Max-Q video card are more than powerful to handle daily task. I've edited videos, used Lightroom, watched 4K videos, and had multiple browsers open without an issue. I have not played any games, but then again, I did not buy this laptop to play games. Although I'm sure it's capable of playing some titles. - 2x Thunderbolt USB C ports. Most laptops I looked at when shopping around only offered 1 port, others didn't even include one. With the appropriate wattage charger, you can definitely use a proper USB C cable to charge the laptop if you do not want to carry the brick charger when traveling (which in my opinion is not bulky at all).  - Is pretty darn versatile. For the amount of power this machine has, it's light, can be used as a tablet (although I do not intend to use it for this purpose - I have a dedicated android tablet for that), and has a touch screen (which I also don't use too much). But for those looking for a multi-purpose laptop those options are available. - The laptop holds its charge fairly well. Then again, I just watch videos and surf the web, with the occasional video photo editing. - The fan is considerable quite when not using all 4 cores - pretty much silent. But even when working fairly hard, it's not too loud. And finally the not so great things. - The shell is a bit of a finger print magnet, not as bad as other cases, but also not the best.  - Wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 make for a fast and stable connection. I was pretty amazed with the wifi speeds when downloading a few large items.  - Only 1x USB 3.2 port. Wish ASUS would have added a second 3.2 port (along the first one on the left side). - The 2x Thunderbolt ports on the right side are in the middle of the frame - a bit annoying if you use the mouse on the right side. Wish ASUS would have shifted the ports closer the power source, although I can see why they did this to accommodate the fan vets on each side.  - The speakers are facing down and are fairly low even with the volume turned up high. Front facing speakers would have been a better idea. **Of note, for those wanting to get a bit more volume from the speakers: open 'Realtek Audio Console' (should already be installed on your computer) and raise the speaker volume. This will make the speakers a bit louder (though I still wish they were even louder). - No ethernet port. However, this can be remedied with a hub (which I purchased). I really can't fault ASUS to much for this since they needed to save space somehow. At least there's a dedicated card reader and HDMI port. - No ability (or easy way) to upgrade RAM. You're stuck with the 16GB (which is plenty for my needs). The bottom line is, this is a great laptop that is configured very well. If you're looking for a high end gaming laptop, look elsewhere. It's worth the money and if you can get it on sale with a discount between $200-$300, it's definitely a no brainer. I shopped around for a week or two comparing other laptops/configurations and found myself returning to this one because of the value. There's other competitors that offer great value, such as the new Dell XPS, Lenovo Yoga, HP Specter x360, but I found this laptop slightly edge some of its competitors for what you get out of the box. If you're looking for a high end gaming laptop, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a sleek, powerful, and light laptop with a beautiful screen, I would highly recommend this laptop.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Our First Asus. We are Impressed!

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    Pros mentioned:
    Design

    Never having owned an Asus computer before we really didn't know what to expect but it really does live up to what we have read about it. It's 16 gigs of memory coupled with the i7 Intel core and its one Terabyte Solid State hard drive give this machine the needed power for many heavy duty applications. Some gaming and photo processing and editing of multiple formats including RAW are really a breeze without taxing the laptop at all. For us a lighted keyboard is a must and this has a great one and it has a right side number pad which we find particularly handy Its very lightweight, slim and sleek in design. Its screen resolution and clarity is unparalleled by nearly every laptop we have previously owned. ( 3840 x 2160 (4K) ) There is no CD drive (which has a diminishing need theses days anyway) however its does an SD card port.,USB and USB C ports, an HDMI and a wired headphone port. Of course it had BLUETOOTH for wireless devices that use that technology and its WiFi connectability is easy and seamless. When desired it can be used as a touch screen laptop or folded up on itself and used as a large tablet.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    AWESOME MACHINE GREAT DEAL BAD WINDOWS UPDATES

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

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    The Q538EI is an awesome laptop. It’s an Oled screen (which I didn’t believe would sell me but it did) Very fast memory and pci express hard drive. Got this around the end of April and this laptop went on sale for $1199 which I’m in heaven about. It has a great keyboard, mousepad, the colors pop out and blacks are wonderful. You might have to get used to the whites because they are not as white as an LCD but take away the LCD and you really can’t tell. The sacrifice you make for the whites is very much made up for in the color and the blacks The text is also a lot sharper. I actually enjoy looking at my Excel sheet now, it’s clear sharp and colorful. This machine is super-fast It has 2 video cards a intel iris and a Nvidia 1650 ti. Even though is is not a gaming laptop I haven’t had any problems with my games ( I play mostly racing car games) This is a great laptop for speed, some gaming, and awesome for productivity. I’d say this is a high end middle of the line is there room for improvement? sure. like to see a brighter keyboard I’d like the see the number keys more standardized, perhaps maybe power delivery on the thunderbolt port and perhaps a bit lighter. Again not a deal breaker. A terabyte pci express drive and Oled screen makes up for it. The memory and drive score is in the 71st percentile on Passmark. PLEASE NOTE WHEN YOU FIRST GET THIS LAPTOP OR ANY ASUS LAPTOP THE SOUND WILL BE LOW. THERE IS SOFTWARE CALLED DTS THAT WILL MAKE IT MUCH LOUDER WITH PRESET OR EVEN A EQ NOT EVEN AN ISSUE ANMORE. Now for the techie stuff (those who know nothing about computers skip this part.) I bought a Lcd the Q52, and Oled Q53 line I went with the OLED because I loved how the colors stuck out. On this computer I also bought 2 of them because I thought there was a problem with the video card at first. Basically, what was happening was the video card was producing lines and granny some of the time you pulled it out of power management. ( in other words the screen went black and you push the space bar you saw a unclear screen with lines all over.) I was sad. I went and bought another one and this one did the same thing. What I did, like what I did with the first pc before I knew about the video card issue I reloaded windows put in the latest Retail drivers, and updated windows and I also upped the Bios. I have found that gave the pc a 3-4% boot on Passmark Benchmark. Out of the box I was in the 46 percentile and now I’m in the 49% percentile. After I saw the video card issue on the new machine I really gave it some thought and I remember Microsoft a while back played around with the power management code so you can’t get max performance ( I guess that’s to keep the machines cooler) Just recently they came out with another update so you can't undo the first one by deleting the registry key. This the latest update had to do with power management so I decided to focus on that since the machines were mainly doing this when coming out of power management. So I reloaded both machines again but I did not do the windows updates AND NOW ITS FIXED I GET TO KEEP MY $1199 OLED LAPTOP. Please do not update windows when you get it or your video card might crash. Perhaps later Microsoft will come out with a patch. If you want to disable auto windows update just push the windows key and R type services.msc look for windows update service /right click and disable it. If you don’t do any updates with drivers it may not happen anyway that I’m not sure about. I wanted the 3 % extra in performance so I put in the retail drivers. I did not test the issue with no updates in drivers or Bios. This is a great machine if you can get it for $1199 Grab it don’t even think about it. If you can’t and pay $1499 the $300 differential is worth it trust me. I watched 2 movies with both computers side by side. For $300 you get 500 gb pci express drive and an oled screen it’s a no brainer.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The best laptop edition!

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Display

    Excellent product, the screen it’s beautiful! I love it

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Powerful CPU + Graphics = Not a slouch potato

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Design, Display
    Cons mentioned:
    Keyboard

    In a nutshell: This is a capable laptop across a wide spectrum of uses. And that’s good because I’m a tech enthusiast who uses computers in just about every aspect of life. The design is smart in many ways, and one small thing that I was especially thankful for is that the power button is on the side where it’s not covered by the lid when closed, useful when running the laptop “docked” and using only an external display. One thing I found a little “off” on this laptop, and this will seem small and nitpicky (because it is), is that the keyboard backlighting turns completely off during boots and BIOS, and there is no way to turn it on outside of the OS. I’ve owned many laptops with backlit keyboards in my life, they are practically a must have for me, and I’ve never had one that goes non-optionally dark during non-OS operations. Fortunately most of us won’t spend much time in boots and BIOS, and neither do I, but when I first setup this laptop and had to do a few reboots to catch up the initial Windows updates etc it was early morning, low lighting, and seeing the backlit keyboard go completely dark the entirety of reboots was just odd. The Pantone validated 4k display is simply stunning in most regards. The solid, fluid, clear visuals are the best I’ve personally experienced on a laptop and it rivals my 4k UHD TV. The only caveat here is that the internal display is limited to 60Hz. This is completely normal, I wouldn’t mark it down even a half point for this, but with as capable as the underlying video system is it also feels like a missed opportunity. Externally however I was able to drive an HP Omen 27i monitor @ 144Hz. The graphics subsystem/s that drive the display are a powerful duo. The integrated Intel Iris Xe is no slouch on its own as your daily driver, and the “NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti with Max-Q” is frosting on top of frosting in this form factor and pricepoint. I’m not a “serious” gamer by any stretch but when the work is done and I want to spend some time stalking my friends and family across the world in a casual first-person-shooter, the graphics systems on the Q538EI keep up just fine. I was, for example, able to sustain Fortnite at 1920x1080@~60fps at just shy of full-on “epic” settings. If I lowered the resolution to 1280x720 I was able to punch near 120fps computationally which was only hampered by the knowledge that the internal display itself was the visually limiting factor, peaking at 60. At a full 4k it looked good but was mostly unplayable, dropped to a hideous 12fps. 1920x1080 seemed the sweetspot on the internal display, and up to 2560x1440 on an external display. The i7-1165G7 processor cut through my work, video editing, and gaming chores like butter. The 16GB of DDR4 @ 3200MHz is enough to handle pretty heavy loads as well, though I did find the system bogged down when editing a fairly large 4k video. That might’ve been software related so I won’t ding the Q538EI too hard for that one as this was literally the only task I tried that seemed to challenge the system in any practical way. The only other time I got the system to stammer at all was when I intentionally stressed the gaming graphics to see how far I could push it. The 1TB Intel Optane storage is smokin’ fast, even compared to standard SSDs or slower NVMe systems. I don’t have exact benchmarks here but suffice to say that in practice nothing lagged or staggered on the storage side of things. The system literally boots from completely off to ready-to-logon in seconds, apps load in seconds, and throwing around multi-GB video files was almost an afterthought. Battery life was good -- On the default ASUS profile for typical use I’d pull 4 hours easily without any concern, anything beyond 4 hours started to feel like borrowed time. The touchpad is huge compared to anything I’ve used on a laptop before, and a substantial portion of my right hand hovers just over it while in a regular typing position. It does a pretty good job of “palm rejection” but on a few occasions, depending on my exact typing angle, it’d register a happenstance brush of my hand while typing as a “touch” and send my cursor somewhere unexpected. I suspect some of this will be me just getting accustomed to the feel of this particular laptop but if I have one complaint about this laptop it’s that the touchpad just seems larger than it needs to be and ever-so-slightly poorly placed, and thus more prone to registering touches at unintended times. To round out the hardware, Thunderbolt 4 support on the 2 USB-C ports and an actual numeric keypad are nice touches, especially if you routinely type foreign language characters using alt-codes. The numeric keypad is a little narrow for prolonged use but that it’s there at all is a boon to both multilingual typists and gamers. As to the Thunderbolt 4 ports, I don’t have anything specifically to stress them, but they charged my phone at “high speed” and transferred data to/from my phone very quickly. My main use for them was when using the laptop “docked; I’d plug in a USB-C based USB hub to provide wired Ethernet and additional USB-A ports to drive my Logitech gaming keyboard that needs two USB-A ports. The Thunderbolt 4 ports easily kept up with the data and power demands I made of them. Finally, The MyASUS software is a decent little hub for getting updates (none were available, but it was easy and obvious how to check and get them if there had been). It’s also a handy one-stop location for a lot of other hardware settings that you can tweak to your liking. Standouts to me are that you can tweak the battery charging for whether you want max charge for portability or keep the battery a little less-charged if you keep the laptop plugged-in almost all the time. You can also tweak the fan operation, the display vividness (what ASUS calls Splendid), and audio aspects such as ClearVoice Mic and Speaker to enhance audio in the human voice range.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Useful, satisfying, and a pleasure to use

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Display, Speed
    Cons mentioned:
    Sound quality, Speakers

    I have a Razer Blade 15 for work and needed a personal laptop to organize photos, play games, process documents, watch videos, video chat, and all that other normal stuff you do with a computer. I was looking for something fast and capable that didn't need to be quite as powerful as my work laptop but similar enough to not feel like I was seriously downgrading. I also wanted something lighter (people have said this is heavy; I disagree) with a battery that lasts longer. That's precisely what I've experienced with the Zenbook Flip 15. Does exactly what it needs to - displays video and photos beautifully, quickly opens apps (seriously, it can outperform my Razer here), connects to my devices, and can handle multiple programs and tabs being open simultaneously. Tablet mode works smoothly and the battery lasts long enough. I have it on battery saver so it only gets up to 60% charge and haven't timed it but as long as the brightness is turned down a bit and you're not doing any heavy processing, you can probably take this thing out without a charger for at least 8 hours. If you need it for longer, the charger is fairly small and light so it's not too much of a bother to pack it around. Speaking of processing, I can play games through Steam and Xbox, albeit not always on max settings. You'll get a consistent 1080 60fps on some of the older games (e.g. Tomb Raider 2013). If you're cool with 30fps, the 4k display is pretty freakin' gorgeous. You'll need to throttle down the settings a bit for some of the more demanding games, but they're still nicely playable. It cools beautifully. Word to the wise, I had to change a few settings, so if you get this laptop, search for "calibrate display color" and adjust your gamma and color settings. My display was a bit on the yellow/green side and that fixed it right up. Also, the front facing camera didn't work straight out of the box. Had to uninstall and reinstall it in device manager to get that worked out. Compared to my Razer Blade, the webcam casts a bit of a yellow hue on the camera picture, but as a ridiculously light-skinned Alaskan, I'm okay with the faux tan assist. Could be a selling feature for my pale comrades. The main complaint I see with this one is the 10-key, so I felt the need to mention that the smaller size doesn't bother me. You get used to it pretty fast. I also saw complaints about the speakers. I will say that these are not my favorite... They sound a little tinny and tend to get a bit crackly when the volume as it max. I played with the DTS settings (definitely do this!) and made it better, but there's room for improvement here. I'm also not a fan of the placement. The speakers on this are on the bottom and I'm used to front-facing. However, they're not terrible and I find that I use headphones most of the time anyways. All-in-all, this laptop is fast, does exactly what I bought it for, and it's fun to use. If it's in your price-range and you're looking for an everyday-use laptop that has a gorgeous touchscreen display that makes you actively search for 4k videos, a respectable battery life, tablet-mode, and will do a fair job at handling whatever you throw at it, I've already done the research for you. Just take the plunge and get this one. Absolutely zero buyer's remorse for this frugal chick with fairly high standards.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Beautiful 4K screen. Speaker sound is Weak.

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Quality
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    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Design, Display
    Cons mentioned:
    Apps, Speakers

    The 4K screen is sharp and vivid. Its so much better than 1920x1080p. However, some Windows Apps doesn't scale correctly with 4k screen. That no fault of this laptop. This laptop has enough power for daily use (16 GB memory, 1TB Storage 2,130MB/s Read & 1,631MB/s Write CrystalDiskMark, Nvidia 1650Ti Discrete graphic card. The SSD is user replaceable (Just make sure disable the Intel Optane before cloning). 2 USB-C ports (The USB-C ports are always on and I can't find any setting in BIOS to turn it off) and 1 USB 3.1 port. The speaker is very weak and is the low point of this laptop. It just sound like a cheap radio with no bass. The DTS Audio Processing app stop working after a few weeks. I guess the trial period has ended. I use the installed Realtek Audio Console instead and adjusted the Equalizer. It improved the sound quality a bit. The built-in speakers should be facing up instead of down. You will cover the speakers on your lap. There is no NumLock light (it has fn+Esc lock light but why not the NumLk key). The keypad is small and it will take some time to get used to. You can't charge the laptop with the USB-C port. I guess this laptop uses 120W is too much for the PD delivery port. The keyboard is back-lighted with 3 levels of dimming. The backlit will turn off after 1 min of no activity. It will turn back on when you move the mouse or press a key. The WIFI 6 (Intel AX201 chip) is fast. About 30 feet away from router (Asus AX6000 sitting on 1st floor) and the laptop on 2nd floor inside bedroom, I get 410mbps(Down)/200mbps(Up) vs. 1Gb Ethernet direct connection (used with USB-C hub & 100ft Cat 7 cable) 790mbps(Down)/645mbps(Up). My other 2 years old laptop with AC WiFi 5 only can get 200mbps(Down)/90mbps(Up). The discrete NVIDIA Graphic card GTX1650Ti is good for light gaming. I connect the laptop to 2 additional monitors (HDMI on the laptop and 2nd HDMI on my USB-C hub) and works great. I now has 3 screens total. The screen can fold 360 and become tablet mode. It is too heavy to be used as a tablet. I use my Samsung Tabs S7 instead. For $1,149 (Best Buy $300 sales discount), this is a bargain. Because of the keypad size and speaker sound quality. I took 1 star off. The 4K screen is just beautiful and I will not want to go back to FHD (1920x1080p). Wish it is 120Hz (Only 60Hz) but I am happy with the price I paid.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Amazing Programming Laptop as long as plugged in

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Design, Gaming
    Cons mentioned:
    Keys

    Did well running Unity for programming, compiles faster than recent intel i5 based laptops, probably due to the super fast i7 and SSD in this laptop. Fan will not run fallout fast when not plugged in, so laptop becomes very hot on your lap. This is when programming or gaming off the battery, not casual web browsing mind you. Very good power to weight ratio. Like the 2 in one style flip screen/tablet mode. Touchscreen worked well with Bluestack/Android/Win 10 touch games. Did not like the position of the power button, it is in a prime hand position on the laptop and puts it to sleep. At least it comes out of sleep fast, but would prefer it be out of the way on the face of the keyboard top like most layouts. Do not like that the Home and End keys are function keys on the arrow keys, which are physically tiny, which makes using them doubly difficult. Wish the Function key swap option would also apply to Home and End. Video card power seems pretty good for most modern games, keeps up well when plugged in so the fan can run to keep it cool. 4k video on YouTube premium looked amazing, the HDR helps a lot too. You might think 4k would be lost on a smaller screen like this, but it is noticeable. All in all this is a very capable all in one kind of laptop, slim and light enough to be very portable, yet powerful enough (when plugged in to keep cool) to do some serious programming and testing.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    It works!

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    Posted .
    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Pros mentioned:
    Design, Display, Gaming
    Cons mentioned:
    Speakers

    I think this laptop is great! It's a major upgrade from my last laptop (an hp that did not withstand the passage of time). I went in store to purchase this specific laptop, and unfortunately it was sold out, but they were able to ship it to me for free. I will say that BestBuy shipping is not my favorite- they use ups, who informs you when the item has shipped, but then radio silence until the day it's supposed to arrive. As for the laptop itself, the battery life is great- I have to attend 3 hour zoom lectures, and I don't have to go running for my charger an hour in! The display is beautiful, it has a snipping shortcut on the keyboard, which is awesome, and I can also download files in a short amount of time. It also boots up really fast! The laptop is kind of awkward to open, it has magnets to keep it shut, and they work a bit too well. The audio without headphones isn't really great either; I was perusing some Netflix trailers last night, and they all sounded static-y, but ones I started playing a movie, it was fine. I'm not too sure what's up with that. The numeric keyboard layout is also a bit awkward for me, it has a . where my last two laptops have had a 0, so it's going to take some getting used to. I'm also not a huge fan of having the power button on the side, but that's a pretty minor feature to be bothered about.

    Features

    Quality
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Value
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
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