Taiwanese firm Asus unveiled on Monday, May 29, their 2017 lineup of laptops, including what Asus chairman Jonney Shih described as "the world's thinnest convertible" and "the world's most prestigious laptop". The additions include updated versions of the company's popular ZenBook Pro and ZenBook Deluxe flagship laptops and a new ZenBook Flip S Convertible. "Our brand new ZenBook and VivoBook lineup truly goes to the edge of beyond, providing everyone with a new definition of thin, attractive and powerful laptops", Shih said.
PCMag's sister publication ComputerShopper.com is on the ground in Taipei, and got some hands-on time with the ZenBook Flip S. Moreover, the ZenBook Flip S also sports a "NanoEdge", which means minimal bezels around the display. The former features a 15.6-inch 4K UHD display, Core i7-7700HE processor with 16GB of RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card. According to Asus, its battery can last up to 11.5 hours. The company said that this is the thinnest 14-inch laptop on the market right now. Despite the 4K display and plentiful processing power, ASUS is quoting a battery life of up to 14 hours.
"ASUS ZenBook Flip S is one of the world's thinnest and lightest convertible laptops, designed for anywhere and everywhere", touts the company.
VivoBook Pro 15 weighs about 2.2 kg with 19.2mm thickness with a fingerprint sensor and backlit keyboard. Asus has managed to cram a 14-inch thin bezel display into a 13-inch chassis for the 3 Deluxe, which is said to be the world's thinnest 14-inch laptop at 12.1 mm (0.47 in) thick. It comes with a seventh-generation Intel Kaby Lake Core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 1TB SSD.
The ZenBook Pro is priced from $1,299, while the ZenBook 3 Deluxe will set you back $1,199. Price starts at $1,099, and is expected to start arriving in September 2017. When it comes to hardware specs, you'll find a Core i7-7500U processor and up to a 1TB SSD.More news: Trump says he favors more money for health care
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The VivoBook Pro 15 can be configured with a variety of hybrid storage options, up to a 2TB HDD and a 512GB SSD.
It weighs just 4 pounds and features two USB Type-C ports (supporting Thunderbolt 3), two USB Type-A 3.1 ports, a microSD card reader, a full-sized HDMI 1.4, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
The display also supports active stylus input, making it easy to jot things down, take notes, or make annotations. Pricing starts at $1,199. Starting at $499, it comes with a 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB DDR4 memory and NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics.
The revised range comprises several notable strengths, including ASUS' signature refined metal design of the past few years and new breakthroughs in overall footprint reduction.