Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED evaluation: A tiny laptop computer however lots quick

Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED

MSRP $1,300.00

“The Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED packs a ton of energy right into a skinny and lightweight body, with a show that may please creators and productiveness employees alike.”

Execs

  • Quick efficiency for a skinny and lightweight laptop computer
  • Glorious OLED show
  • Comfy keyboard and touchpad
  • Very skinny and lightweight
  • Enticing value

Cons

  • A tiny little bit of bending and flexing
  • Common battery life

The brand new Zenbook S 13 OLED feels trendy in each sense of the phrase. It’s among the many first laptops to make use of AMD’s latest Ryzen 6000 chips, and it comes with a 16:10 OLED display screen.

Much more, Asus has shrunken down the chassis from the earlier Zenbook S UX393 mannequin into one thing much more glossy and trim.

I reviewed the one configuration that Asus will likely be offering within the U.S. in June 2022, which can value $1,300. It got here with a Ryzen 7 6800U, 16GB of DDR5 RAM, a 1TB PCIe 4.0 solid-state drive (SSD), and the OLED show. That’s a gorgeous value for such a well-configured premium laptop computer, and there’s a whole lot of energy packed contained in the skinny and lightweight chassis with a stunning show that’s vibrant and colourful with inky blacks.

Design

Asus ZenBook S 13 OLED UM5302 rear view showing cover and logo.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

The Zenbook S 13 OLED’s lid sports activities the brand new stylized Asus emblem, which I like regardless of (or possibly due to) its similarity to the Star Trek icon. Nonetheless, it doesn’t benefit from the concentric circle sample that adorns so many different Zenbooks. Its lid is a matte “Ponder Blue” as a substitute, a darkish blue shade that appears black in sure lighting. That shade scheme carries all through the laptop computer, with solely the brand new chrome bar that connects to the chrome hinges and runs alongside the rear of the chassis including any bling. The Zenbook S 13 OLED’s easy and streamlined strains give it a conservative look.

In comparison with its chief competitor, the Dell XPS 13 with its white or black fiber keyboard deck and glossy silver aluminum chassis, the Zenbook seems to be fairly minimalist. In comparison with the Lenovo ThinkBook 13x, then again, with its easy silver chassis, the Zenbook seems to be downright extravagant. Both approach, it’s a gorgeous look.

The Zenbook’s lid was bendable with sufficient stress.

Asus used a magnesium-aluminum alloy on the Zenbook S 13 OLED’s chassis that contributes to the laptop computer’s mild weight of simply 2.2 kilos (with the contact model coming in at 2.43 kilos). Whereas that’s a sturdy alloy, the Zenbook’s lid was bendable with sufficient stress, and the keyboard deck exhibited a contact of flexing. It’s nothing egregious, although, and total, the laptop computer feels sturdy.

The XPS 13 is heavier at 2.8 kilos, nevertheless it additionally has a extra strong construct with zero bending, flexing, or twisting. The Zenbook S 13 OLED is only a hair thicker than the XPS 13 at 0.59 inches in comparison with 0.58 inches.

Because of its smaller show bezels throughout and better than 90% screen-to-body ratio, the XPS 13 is barely much less deep than the Zenbook, which has an 89% screen-to-body ratio due to a backside chin that’s a bit bigger. Nonetheless, they’re each tiny laptops and are straightforward sufficient to hold round.

Asus ZenBook S 13 OLED UM5302 angled left side view showing port and vents.

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Asus ZenBook S 13 OLED UM5302 right side view showing ports.

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The Zenbook S 13 OLED’s hinge is stiff, requiring two fingers to open, nevertheless it avoids wobbling round when working. It’s not almost as easy because the dual-clutch hinge on the XPS 13, which provides the Dell a extra assured really feel.

Connectivity is mild, not shocking in such a skinny machine. There are three USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 ports (no Thunderbolt 4 assist due to the AMD chipset) and a 3.5mm audio jack. The latter is an enchancment from the earlier era Zenbook S, which didn’t have an audio jack. Wi-fi connectivity is absolutely up to this point with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.

Efficiency

Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED UM5302 front view showing display.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

AMD has simply launched the primary chips in its latest Ryzen 6000 sequence, and the Zenbook S 13 OLED is one in all the primary to equip the 8-core/16-thread Ryzen 7 6800U. That’s the lower-powered model of the chip at a configurable TDP from 15 to twenty-eight watts, with the Ryzen 7 6800H coming in at 45 watts. The Ryzen 7 6800U is a superb CPU for such a skinny and lightweight laptop computer and guarantees strong efficiency.

Based on our benchmarks, that’s precisely what the processor offered. It didn’t fare so nicely in Geekbench 5, the place it was nicely behind Intel’s 28-watt, 12-core (4 Efficiency, eight Environment friendly), 16-thread Twelfth-gen Core i7-1260P. That’s the Ryzen 7 6800U’s major competitors in mainstream laptops. I’m undecided why the chip scored so low on this benchmark, coming in just 19% sooner than the Ryzen 7 5800U.

Fortuitously, it redeemed itself in our Handbrake check that encodes a 420MB video as H.265. It completed in 112 seconds, forward of the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 in its balanced mode however behind it in its efficiency mode, and it was barely sooner than the Samsung Galaxy Guide 2 Professional, additionally operating the Core i7-1260P. In Cinebench R23, it was aggressive with the Intel chip in multi-core mode however significantly slower in single-core mode. All of the comparability machines did equally nicely within the PCMark 10 Full benchmark, which demonstrates efficiency throughout numerous productiveness, leisure, and creativity duties, aside from the Lenovo ThinkBook 13X with its low-power Eleventh-gen Core i5.

The Zenbook S 13 OLED is a really skinny laptop computer with out room for a fancy thermal design or massive followers.

I’ll be aware right here that the Zenbook S 13 OLED features a utility to tune efficiency with Whisper, Balanced, and Efficiency modes. The benchmark leads to the desk had been run in Balanced mode, however Efficiency mode made virtually no distinction. I monitored the CPU’s temperature in each modes, and whereas Balanced mode saved issues cool sufficient operating Cinebench R23 to keep away from throttling, Efficiency mode virtually immediately brought about the CPU to hit its most working temperature of 95 levels C and throttle.

That factors out a very important consideration with these outcomes. The Zenbook S 13 OLED is a really skinny laptop computer with out room for a fancy thermal design or massive followers. And so, the Ryzen 7 6800U could carry out even higher in a thicker laptop computer with higher thermals. As is, it’s a quick chip for productiveness that may deal with some inventive duties in a pinch, which is exceptional in a laptop computer of the Zenbook’s dimensions.

Geekbench
(single/multi)
Handbrake
(seconds)
Cinebench R23
(single/multi)
PCMark 10
Full
3DMark
Time Spy
 Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
(Ryzen 7 6800U)
1,417 / 6,8541121,402 / 8,6825,6472,110
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
1,717 / 9,2311301,626 / 7,2105,7601,658
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P) – Efficiency mode
1,712 / 10,2411011,723 / 8,9795,8161,979
Samsung Galaxy Guide 2 Professional
(Core i7-1260P)
1,709 / 9,4571141,637 / 8,0665,585N/A
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon
(Ryzen 7 5800U)
1,373 / 6,0801251,409 / 8,0865,6821,308
Lenovo ThinkBook 13x
(Core i5-1130G7)
1,337 / 4,8632981,282 / 4,0374,5901,368
Dell XPS 13
(Core i7-1185G7)
1,549 / 5,4312041,399 / 4,585n/a1,380

The Ryzen 6000 sequence contains sooner built-in AMD Radeon graphics primarily based on the RDNA 2 structure, on this case, the AMD Radeon 680M. The built-in graphics actually carried out higher within the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark than the Ryzen 7 5800U, and it got here out on prime of our comparability group’s quickest Intel Iris Xe graphics.

In Fortnite, the Zenbook S 13 OLED hit 33 frames per second (fps) at 1200p and excessive graphics and 19 fps with epic graphics turned on. That’s just a few fps sooner than laptops with Intel’s Iris Xe graphics and a noticeable enhance over the Ryzen 7 5800U’s built-in Radeon graphics. The Zenbook isn’t a gaming machine, nevertheless it’s no less than playable at 1200p with first rate graphics in a title like Fortnite, particularly if you happen to drop settings down a bit extra.

Show and audio

Asus ZenBook S 13 OLED UM5302 front view showing display.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

The Zenbook S 13 OLED is constructed round a 13.3-inch 16:10 OLED 2.8K (2,880 x 1,800) show operating 60Hz. It’s an attractive display screen out of the field, typical of OLED shows, with vibrant colours and deep blacks. I’m an enormous fan of OLED shows and haven’t any drawback paying the worth in battery life.

My colorimeter agreed. The OLED show’s brightness was 366 nits, above our 300-nit customary however not as vibrant as the opposite shows in our comparability group. Colours had been vast at 100% of sRGB, 96% of AdobeRGB, and 100% of DCI-P3, and so they had been correct as nicely, with a DeltaE of 1.0 (1.0 or much less being thought of wonderful). The distinction was deep as common with OLED, at 25,560:1.

The Zenbook S 13 OLED’s show is greater than ok for demanding creators and a pleasure to make use of for productiveness and media consumption. Excessive dynamic vary (HDR) assist was wonderful due to DisplayHDR 500 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient assist, making HDR video pop with tons of element in darker scenes. Merely put, it’s a stunning show that makes for an distinctive computing expertise.

Brightness
(nits)
DistinctionsRGB gamutAdobeRGB gamutAccuracy DeltaE
(decrease is best)
 Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
(OLED)
36625,560:1100%96%1.0
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(OLED)
40628,380:1100%95%0.87
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon
(OLED)
39727,590:1100%96%0.88
Lenovo ThinkBook 13x
(IPS)
4171,430:1100%76%0.97
Dell XPS 13
(IPS)
4201,360:1100%79%1.21

The audio is offered by two audio system situated underneath the entrance of the chassis pushed by a sensible amplifier that tunes the sound to the audio system’ capabilities. There was extra quantity than I anticipated from such a small laptop computer, with clear mids and highs and even some bass. I used to be impressed with the sound high quality, and you’ll be able to actually binge Netflix and hearken to music with out resorting to headphones or an exterior speaker.

Keyboard, touchpad, and webcam

Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED UM5302 front view showing keyboard and touchpad.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

The Asus ErgoSense keyboard takes up portion of the deck, offering good keycap measurement and key spacing, and the keys are indented for additional consolation. The switches present loads of journey at 1.4mm with a lightweight however clicky really feel and exact bottoming motion. It’s a cushty keyboard for lengthy typing periods, and it’s very shut in high quality to one of the best keyboards on Dell’s XPS and HP’s Spectre lineups.

The touchpad is massive and takes up a lot of the out there house on the palm relaxation. It’s easy and exact in swiping and utilizing Home windows 11 multitouch gestures due to Microsoft Precision touchpad drivers, and the buttons are agency with a click on that could be only a tad loud. Asus utilized a hydrophobic (water-repelling) and anti-fingerprint coating to the touchpad to assist maintain it clear and last more by put on and tear resistance and to offer higher suggestions.

Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED UM5302 top down view showing NumberPad.Mark Coppock/Digital Developments

The touchpad options the Asus NumberPad 2.0 that activates an LED numeric keypad, helpful for anybody who inputs a whole lot of numbers. It may possibly be simply turned on and off and doesn’t intrude with common touchpad use when turned on. In my evaluation unit, the show was touch-enabled, and it was exact and responsive as common.

The webcam is a Full HD mannequin, which is nice to see, and it incorporates 3D noise-reduction know-how that Asus says eliminates as much as 94% of the random noise that tends to affect picture high quality. I discovered the webcam to offer a wonderful picture even in low-light situations, making it an excellent choice for hybrid employees who depend on videoconferencing to remain in contact with colleagues.

Home windows Hiya passwordless login assist is offered by a fingerprint reader embedded in the facility button, one of the best location. It was quick and dependable throughout my testing.

Battery life

Asus packed 67 watt-hours value of battery into the Zenbook S 13 OLED, which is lots for a really skinny 13-inch laptop computer. The Dell XPS 13 has simply 52 watt-hours by comparability. We’re coping with a brand-new CPU, although, and so I didn’t know what to anticipate when it comes to battery life. The ability-hungry OLED show would have an effect, I knew that a lot, however I used to be wanting ahead to seeing simply how lengthy the laptop computer would final on a cost.

Sadly, it wouldn’t full both the PCMark 10 Functions or Gaming battery exams, and so we’re left with out one of the best indication of productiveness efficiency or energy use whereas on battery. That’s disappointing, however the Zenbook isn’t the primary laptop computer I’ve examined that had hassle with these benchmarks.

In our net looking check that runs by a handful of well-liked and sophisticated web sites, the Zenbook S 13 OLED lasted for simply over eight hours. That’s slightly lower than common and behind the 14-inch laptops with high-res IPS shows and the Core i7-1260P in our comparability group. However, the Zenbook led the pack in our video check that loops a neighborhood Full HD Avengers trailer at about 13.25 hours. It’s attainable that the darker scenes within the video used much less show energy than the whiter net pages, accounting for the distinction between the 2 exams.

General, battery life was no higher than common, and it’s unclear whether or not the laptop computer will final a full day on a cost. You may have to carry your charger round with you, and thankfully, it’s mild and compact.

Internet looking checkVideo check
 Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
(Ryzen 7 6800U)
8 hours, 4 minutes13 hours, 13 minutes
Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core i7-1260P)
9 hours, 10 minutes12 hours, 45 minutes
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon
(Ryzen 7 5800U)
10 hours, 6 minutes11 hours, 12 minutes
Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Professional
(Core i7-11370H)
7 hours, 43 minutes12 hours, 46 minutes
Dell XPS 13
(Core i7-1185G7)
6 hours, 20 minutes10 hours, 32 minutes

Our take

The Zenbook S 13 OLED is a properly configured premium 13-inch laptop computer for $1,300, making it a real worth. It gives wonderful efficiency for such a skinny and lightweight machine, it enjoys a wonderful keyboard and touchpad, and its show is to die for.

There’s little to complain about. Perhaps the construct might be simply the tiniest bit stiffer, its battery life is common, and it’s lacking Thunderbolt 4, however these are the laptop computer’s solely weaknesses. Should you’re available in the market for a 13-inch machine, the Zenbook S 13 OLED needs to be in your shortlist.

Are there any options?

Curiously, we haven’t reviewed many 13-inch laptops over the past a number of months, with 14-inch laptops seeming to guide the Twelfth-gen replace cost. Normally, I might suggest the Dell XPS 13 as a pure various, however the present delivery mannequin nonetheless makes use of Eleventh-gen CPUs. That’s prone to change quickly, nevertheless, and so if you happen to’re not in a rush and wish a 13-inch laptop computer with excellent construct high quality, beauty, and nice efficiency, it is advisable to wait and see what Dell has up its sleeve.

HP simply refreshed its Spectre x360 13.5 convertible 2-in-1, which in its final era was dubbed the Spectre x360 14. That 2-in-1 has a 3:2 OLED show and a latest design that’s rounder and extra comfy to carry, and it’s outfitted with Twelfth-gen U-series CPUs that promise a strong mixture of efficiency and effectivity. We haven’t reviewed that mannequin but, nevertheless.

Should you’re okay with a rather bigger show and a 2-in-1 type issue, then the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7 is an excellent selection. It’s impeccably constructed and designed, has nice efficiency and first rate battery life, and enjoys the comfort of a 2-in-1. It’s the most effective laptops we’ve reviewed within the final a number of months.

How lengthy will it final?

I complained slightly about some bending and flexing within the Zenbook S 13 OLED, nevertheless it’s not sufficient to make me doubt the laptop computer’s sturdiness. Given its up-to-date elements, it ought to final for years of dependable service. As common, the one-year guarantee is disappointing, however Asus does toss in harm safety as a bonus.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure. The Zenbook S 13 OLED is a quick, well-built, skinny and lightweight laptop computer that’s straightforward to hold round. Simply be certain that you are taking your charger with you.

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