With each new laptop, Asus’s fleet is getting diverse and full of options for users. Yet, at the same time, it might be confusing for the same user to narrow down on one option. The latest one to sit on my lap is the Asus Zenbook Flip 14 (UM462DA). This new incarnation embodies AMD Ryzen 7 processor inside. Aaaand it’s a convertible too.

So, a hybrid reiteration with Ryzen 7 power huh!? Yup. But, as they say, a laptop is more than the sum of its parts, Right? Well, let’s find out.

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Asus Zenbook Flip 14 (UM462DA) Price in India and Specs

Model Asus Zenbook Flip 14 (UM462DA)
Display 14” LED-backlit Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 slim-bezel NanoEdge display
4.3mm-thin1 bezel with 90% screen-to-body ratio
Wide 100% sRGB color gamut
178° wide-view technology
Processor AMD Ryzen R7-3700U
Graphics Integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 Graphics
Storage 512GB PCIe 3×2 SSD
Memory 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 onboard
Ports
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (USB-C)
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
  • 1 x Standard HDMI
  • 1 x MicroSD card reader
  • 1 x Audio combo jack
  • 1 x DC-jack
  • 802.11 ac
  • Bluetooth 4.2
Software Windows 10 Home (64bit)
Battery
  • Up to 9 hours of battery life from 42Wh 3-cell prismatic cell battery
  • 45W power adapter
Dimensions 322.0 x 210.00 x 18.9mm; 1.6kg
Audio
  • Harman Kardon-certified audio system
  • ASUS SonicMaster stereo audio system with surround-sound; smart amplifier for maximum audio performance
  • Array microphone with Cortana voice-recognition support
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Full-size backlit, with 1.4mm key travel
  • Mylar-covered; intelligent palm-rejection
    Precision Touchpad (PTP) technology supports up to four-finger smart gestures
Weight 1.39Kg
Biometric unlock Face unlock
Webcam HD camera
India Price ₹64,990

Asus Zenbook Flip 14 Design & Build

An ultrabook…you know what that means – Bend it, flip it, or fold it. The Zenbook Flip 14’s hinge lets you flex the lappy around a full 360 degrees with – 2 hands (boo!). This opens up four formats: Laptop, Stand, Tent, or Tablet. Flip 14 is also incredibly lite weighing at just 1.3 kgs. Still, shedding some more heft could make it a handier tablet to carry around.

It’s a metal stout and there’s no question on Asus’ engineering. However, I wish the designing department had put more thought into the looks. I felt even the ‘Zen-inspired’ spun-metal finish could’ve added some texture to the boring light grey. Hey, for what it’s worth, it ain’t a fingerprint magnet anymore. So, there’s that.

Asus Zenbook Flip 14 Display & Keyboard

The real beneficiary of a hybrid build is – display. You get to take it for a spin and use it in varied ways. Here you have a 14-inch touchscreen FHD panel, which claims to cover 100% sRGB color spectrum and 178° wide angle of view. The visuals were pleasing and the screen is no slouch in registering our swipes and taps. My only gripe is with its glossy screen, which is a glaring issue under scorch lights.

Dear Asus, on a side note, kindly bundle the stylus next time. The review would be incomplete without the full package. And speaking of the stylus, do consider a storage room for the same from next time.

Atop the display sits a front-facing HD camera for video calls. You can make do with skyping but it ain’t gonna lure you into video-chat more. This enables face unlocking, which hits mostly, but misses when you have some accessory on your head or face. Ladies, No scarf!

Coming downwards, the 1.4mm key travel is ideal to type on. That said, I felt the arrow keys were lil cramped and could have got a larger capsize. Even the backlit could’ve been brighter. On the bottom side, the Mylar-covered trackpad is smooth to touch and responsive to taps. Smart gesture support with up to four frickin’ fingers also works well.

Asus Zenbook Flip 14 Performance and Battery

When it comes to performance, the Zenbook Flip 14 doesn’t struggle at tasks such as opening emails, browsing the web, watching Netflix, and writing documents on Microsoft Word. All thanks to an AMD Ryzen 7-3700U processor inside. This is based on a 12nm architecture running at a base frequency of 2.3 GHz with a TDP of 15 W and a Boost frequency of 4.0 GHz. This is backed by AMD’s multithreading sorcery, Integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 Graphics and 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM.

ALSO READ: Asus ZenBook 14 (UX434FL) review – That Dual Display though!

If you’re looking for numbers, here are the results from the various leading benchmark tests –

Tests Scores
3DMark Cloudgate 11380
3DMark Firestrike 2052
3DMark Time Spy 853
Cinebench R20 1402
CrystalDiskMark Seq Read Speed 1748.42 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark Seq Write Speed 1461.60 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark Random Read Speed 1122.64 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark Random Write Speed 1125.19 MB/s
Geekbench 4 OpenCL 32400
Geekbench 4 Single-Core 3732
Geekbench 4 Multi-Core 10470
Geekbench 5 Single-Core 870
Geekbench 5 Multi-Core 2440
PCMark 8 Battery Life Test (Work Accelerated) 3h 27m
PCMark 10 Extended Custom 3706

 

The Asus Zenbook Flip 14 isn’t a gaming laptop, so don’t bother with heavy titles. The performance will be bottlenecked by the lack of a dedicated graphics card. You can still play casual games available in the Windows Store. For instance, Asphalt 9 drove fine on it.

But, even if you are in a mood for gaming, the battery is very likely to spoil your mood. C’mon an ultrabook must have better mileage. Else, it ain’t a legit pitch for a portable device. Asus vaunts the machine will run up to 9 hours in-between recharges. However, I noticed an average of 4 hours on incessant office work. Even the battery test shoots a half past3 battery life only. Anyway, when it asks for the charge, replenish with the bundled 45W power adapter.

Asus Zenbook Flip 14 Connectivity & Audio

The left side of the Flip 14 houses the charging port, followed by an HDMI port, USB 3.1 Type-A, and a USB 3.1 Type-C socket. On the right side, you’ll find the power toggle, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB 2.0 port, and a bin for the microSD card reader. Missing are the volume buttons, which would have been useful when using this Zenbook in Tablet, Tent, or Stand postures.

Speakers on the bottom chin

The Flip 14 sports speaker duo on the bottom of the casing which is frankly not ideal. Especially if they easily get muffled when using in our lap. As for loudness, I had to resort to VLC’s inbuilt amplifiers. You can get better sound when watching movies in tent mode, though. So sadly, the Harmon Kardon certified sound did no good to my ears, whatsoever.

Asus Zenbook Flip 14 Review: Verdict

True to its name, Zenbook flips and flexes fine. Granted, it feels too big to hold as a tablet but should serve you well for the most part. The Asus Zenbook Flip 14 is thin, light, reasonably tough, and powerful for everyday tasks with its Ryzen 7 – 3700U processor. Asus also gets brownie points for an ergonomic keyboard and touchpad combo. But, it ain’t without its flaws. Middling battery life on an ultrabook defeats the purpose. Audio quality doesn’t meet the expectation. Aesthetically, it’s a plain jane. So, for the asking price of Rs. 64,990, Asus Zenbook Flip 14 (UM462) has a lot to look forward to but kind of misses the mark.

ALSO READ: Asus Zenbook 14 UM431 Review

Maybe, if Asus irons out these issues in its next installment, it’ll be an easier recommendation. In closing, if you’re hard-pressed on buying a hybrid, then here are few options worth looking for – Lenovo Yoga 530 (Intel i7-8550U) and Lenovo Ideapad C340 (AMD Ryzen 5-3500U).

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