Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED: Two minute review
The Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED is part of the Zenbook line of Ultrabooks from Asus. And unlike many other Ultrabooks and 2-in-1 laptops, this particular series is known for its balance between quality and surprising affordability. This model in particular is, simply put, one of the best laptops we’ve ever laid our hands on.
It’s near-perfect in almost every category, from the ergonomic design of the keyboard and mouse that makes typing incredibly comfortable and typo-free, to the gorgeous OLED screen that displays any game or movie with beautiful clarity, to the slim form that still manages to have a well-developed ventilation system. Its port selection is great and it has a solid sound system too.
Not to mention that its performance is top-notch, outstripping most of its other Ultrabook competitors including the Asus ZenBook 13X OLED Space Ed. on the benchmarks. This is a laptop that not only can handle any sort of productivity task without issue — even multiple YouTube tabs playing videos simultaneously — but can also play most low-end and mid-range video games.
This is an Ultrabook that excels at what it does and looks sexy while doing it too. The dark blue color it comes in is gorgeous, the white backlight on the keyboards is not only practical for late-night typing but makes the dark color pop, and its slender form factor gives it a lightweight and portability that doesn’t sacrifice ventilation, port selection, and screen size. At first glance, it’s perhaps one of the best laptops we’ve reviewed in ages.
In fact, the only real criticism we have is the webcam which, despite being HD, isn’t particularly impressive. Visual quality largely depends on the lighting of whatever room you’re in and a slightly subpar lighting setup dramatically alters the quality of your image during a conference call. It’s not the worst webcam out there but it falls in line with the common trend of laptops sacrificing picture quality for thinner bezels. It’s a shame, as this is an issue that would affect more people due to remote work being so ubiquitous in our current work life.
Currently, its price is quite affordable, with it being between $1,400-$1,5000 in most US retailers. A truly impressive price point for an Ultrabook of this caliber. However, its availability is nonexistent in the UK and Australia, which sadly poses a significant price jump for those who want it badly enough to go through the hassle of importing it.
Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED: Price and availability
- How much does it cost? About $1,450 but for different specs
- When is it out? It’s out now
- Where can you get it? In the US with extremely limited availability
Here is the Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED configuration sent to TechRadar for review:
CPU: Intel Core i7-12700H
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: 16GB LPDDR5X
Screen: 15.6-inch, 2.8K (2880 x 1620) OLED
Storage: 512GB SSD
Optical drive: None
Ports: 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports, 1 HDMI 2.1 TMDS port, 1 3.5mm combo audio jack, 1 DC-in, 1 Micro SD card reader
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E(802.11ax) (Dual band) 2*2 + Bluetooth 5
Weight: 3.97 lbs (1.80 kg)
Size: 13.98 x 9.02 x 0.74 inches (35.52 x 22.90 x 1.89 cm)
The pricing is difficult to track for the Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED, as it’s only in a few US retailers currently. Amazon has it listed for a low price of $1,450 (around £1,240 / AU$2,200), which is excellent for an Ultrabook, though it’s for the Ryzen 9 5900X CPU variant with the RTX 3050 Ti graphics card and not the newer Core i7-12700H CPU and mobile Iris Xe Graphics GPU that our version is outfitted with.
As you may already have guessed, this means that at the time of this writing outside the US the availability of the Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED is pretty much nonexistent – so regions like the UK and Australia are out of luck if they’re looking to buy. There is always the option of paying extra to import it, but shipping fees can be brutal and you’ll obviously be saddled with a US-specific keyboard layout too.
- Value: 3.5 / 5
Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED: Design
- Excellent OLED touchscreen
- Form factor is superb
- Great port selection
The Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED is an incredibly designed Ultrabook. As much as we hate the overuse of this term when it comes to tech hardware, it’s genuinely hard to describe its svelte, sleek form factor and gorgeous Azurite Blue paint job as anything other than sexy. Its super-thin body sacrifices very little for its slender design, with a robust port selection and a ventilation system so efficient it rivals some gaming laptops.
The physical ports include one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, one HDMI 2.1 TMDS port, one 3.5mm combo audio jack, one DC-in, and one Micro SD card reader. In other words, whatever needs you have for this laptop it can cover. If only it had one more Type-A port – then the port selection would be flawless.
And if you’re looking for an Ultrabook that also behaves like a 2-in-1, it folds completely in half and has one of the most responsive touchscreens on the market. This laptop works as an excellent creativity machine due to that and its 4,096 pressure levels, 5-350 g pressure tip force, 266 Hz sampling rate, 500 nit brightness, 100% DCI-P3, and a customizable color gamut. It’s too bad it doesn’t come with a stylus out of the box because the one provided by Asus for our review works exceptionally well.
The keyboard is custom-built to be a perfect writing machine. The keycaps are oh-so-slightly curved inwards, not enough to actually see but enough that it guides your fingertips to the center of each key while typing. Coupled with the larger keys and wider keyboard that even fits in a numpad and you have an Ultrabook that makes typing for hours as comfortable as possible. The touchpad is also silky-smooth, ultra-responsive, and resists fingerprints to boot.
The crown jewel of this laptop is the OLED screen which is, according to Asus, the ‘world’s first 2.8K 120Hz OLED’ laptop display. Despite it not being a gaming laptop, its refresh rate beats out some high-end monitors, which couples well with its phenomenal performance during our suite of benchmark tests. Not to mention the absolutely ridiculous 0.2ms response time, which once again is better than some gaming monitors out there.
Overall, the Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED looks and feels like a truly premium product – a great choice of business laptop for professionals who need both power and flexibility from their hardware.
- Design: 5 / 5
Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED: Performance
- Performs exceptionally well
- Great sound quality
- Average webcam
What surprised us the most during testing was just how well and consistently it performed during our suite of benchmarks, which includes Cinebench, Geekbench, and 3DMark 10’s Timespy, Night Raid, and Fire Strike tests. The Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED scored higher overall than most other Ultrabooks in its class – including the Microsoft Surface Laptop 5, the Acer Swift 3 OLED, and the Dell XPS 13 Plus.
The Dell XPS 15 and Asus ZenBook 13X OLED Space Edition won in some cases, like the Geekbench single core and the 3DMark 10 Fire Strike for the ZenBook 13X, and the entire 3DMark 10 suite for the XPS 15. However, even those two laptops were tied or lost to this laptop for the rest of the tests.
In real-life applications, the Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED performed superbly, handling a multitude of productivity tasks while conference calling and playing YouTube videos without breaking a sweat. And thanks to the ultra-wide keyboard, it was easy to type at maximum speed without errors or succumbing to the fatigue that would normally occur when squeezing our hands into a more narrow keyboard.
Here’s how the Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED performed in our suite of benchmark tests:
3DMark: Night Raid: 20,354; Fire Strike: 5191; Time Spy: 2093
Cinebench R23 Multi-core: 15,296 points
GeekBench 5: 1784 (single-core); 12,366 (multi-core)
PCMark 10 (Home Test): 5964 points
Battery Life (TechRadar movie test): 8 hours and 48 minutes
Civilization VI (1080p, Ultra): 50 fps; (1080p, Low): 17 fps
The sound quality is quite good as well. For one, this laptop is loud, yet each instrument and any singing voices present come through distinctly. For most people, this Ultrabook has great sound — period. However, there’s an odd and slight tinniness to its speakers that only becomes audible when you compare it to an even more superior sound system, like the one found in the Surface Laptop 5.
If we had to point out one glaring weakness, however, it would be the webcam. Despite it being 1080p, featuring automatic lighting correction, and coming through on an OLED screen, the camera quality is average thanks to small bezels hampering it. The image is quite clear in very bright lighting but anything lower than that and the quality tanks. So unless you have an excellent lighting setup, expect your visage to look pretty mediocre.
- Performance: 4.5 / 5
Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED: Battery life
- Charges quickly
- Lasts very long for an OLED laptop
- Compatible with Thunderbolt 4 power delivery
For an OLED laptop with high screen brightness, the battery life is excellent. It lasts on average almost nine hours continuously streaming a movie, and a bit longer than that while performing daily work-related tasks. Considering that its battery is a 96WHr unit compared to other competitors having nearly half of that amount, and you can see why that number is so impressive.
And while its main charger is a standard port, it gets about 80% of its total battery charged in a little over an hour. The ZenBook Pro 15 Flip OLED also supports power delivery via a Thunderbolt 4 port, so if you purchase a compatible Thunderbolt 4 charger, it’ll be even faster.
- Battery Life: 5 / 5
Should you buy an Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED?
Buy it if…
Don’t buy it if…
Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED Report card
|Value||The price is certainly right but good luck trying to find this laptop anywhere right now.||3.5 / 5|
|Design||Its gorgeous, functional, and highly portable with an OLED touchscreen and can fold in half to boot.||5 / 5|
|Performance||This baby performs flawlessly whether playing or working with a great sound system, but the webcam is mediocre.||4.5 / 5|
|Battery Life||Excellent battery life for an OLED screen ultrabook, beating out many other non-OLED laptops.||5 / 5|
|Total||The Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED is an incredibly high quality and affordable Ultrabook that we wish more people could get their hands on.||4.5 / 5|
- First reviewed November 2022
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