Trackpad, keyboard, touchscreen, ASUS Pen
Now I realized how many input methods does the ASUS ZenBook Flip S has. There’s the usual trackpad and keyboard, then there’s the touchscreen and also the stylus input with the ASUS Pen. That’s a total of 4 different input methods!
Starting off with the trackpad. It has a smooth finish, and it feels great with my fingertips. Though the experience is rather fine for a Windows-based trackpad, it’s still far from what Apple has done with their trackpad. At medium sensitivity, I find too sensitive for me. I had to tune it to the lowest sensitivity to use it properly. As for the clickers, they’re alright.
The keyboard offers a rather interesting experience. Even though the ZenBook Flip S is stupidly thin, the keyboard still maintains a rather decent amount of travel. With that said, ASUS made the keyboard switch a bit stiffer. The keys collapse and instantly bottom out the keys when a certain amount of force is placed. It’s quite tiring to type on this keyboard, to be honest.And oh – the keyboard is brightly lit in white, too. The one and only complaint I have is how frustrating it is to use the arrow keys on the ZenBook Flip S.
As the entire keyboard is sunken into the frame itself, it causes the down arrow key even more difficult to press.
The ASUS ZenBook Flip S’s touchscreen experience is another one that’s worth mentioning. Finger swiping and gliding on the ZenBook Flip S is alright as there seem to be an oleophobic coating on the display itself – just like most smartphone screens have. The screen wobble is at an acceptable degree, but ASUS should strive for a better hinge to mitigate this issue even further.
Lastly, the ASUS Pen. Surprisingly, the pen itself is quite okay. It can track my pen movements accurately and with minimal input lag. However, there are a few complaints that I have. The placement of the pen’s buttons are a bit… uncomfortable to reach. Another complaint is liftoff distance of the pen. I find it a bit annoying that the liftoff distance is about 2cm, and with my writing style, it’ll have some weird touch input and ruin whatever I’m writing or drawing.
These might be a personal preference, and your mileage may vary. The ASUS Pen uses a single AAAA battery and can be changed easily by unscrewing the body.