Performance & Upgradeability
First of all, don’t expect the ASUS ZenBook Flip S to be gaming-grade. It doesn’t even have a Thunderbolt 3 port for external graphics! Other than that, the ZenBook Flip S’s specs seems to be okay for an ultrabook.
- Intel Core i7-7500U (2C/4T)
- Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620
- 13.3-inch 1080p IPS display
- 8GB LPDDR3 RAM
- 512GB NVMe PCIe Gen. 3 x4 M.2 2280 SSD
The use case scenario of this laptop isn’t going to be as intense as gaming-grade laptops, anyway. Though, when it comes to web browsing and video watching, the ASUS ZenBook Flip S can actually perform very well. It doesn’t lag, and when memory swap does happen – it does so pretty quickly thanks to the speedy PCIe Gen. 3 x4 NVMe SSD. That SSD alone is from Samsung, and it achieve crazy bonkers speed.
Throughout our test, we found out that the included Samsung NVMe SSD can actually achieve up to 245,618.2 IOPS. That’s certainly impressive.
Upgradeability and maintenance
The ASUS ZenBook Flip S is not the easiest when it comes to maintenance. The backplate is held by Torx screws. After removing them, the backplate can be lifted out pretty easily.
At first look, there were two things that immediately caught my attention – firstly the humongous battery. Seriously, the battery is huge, and it takes up a majority of the space available in the ZenBook Flip S itself.
Secondly is the bright orange-colored sheet. Upon further inspection, I found out that the bright orange sheet is actually a sheet of copper, acting as a heatsink. The numbers beside the screws are the screw/unscrew sequence. Beneath that square of screws is the CPU die itself. Maintenance is pretty simple.
The sheet of copper spans the entire area, reaching to the fan itself. This is a clever design as any air intake will come in contact with the copper sheet and the components on the PCB itself before exhausting out from the vents on the left side.
However, the only component that can be upgraded is the M.2 2280 NVMe SSD itself. It comes with a high-end Samsung NVMe SSD – so I don’t really see a point in upgrading it in the first place.
Also, ASUS included a piece of what seems to be an aluminium heatspreader onto the NVMe SSD itself, and another slab of thermal pad on top. This thermal pad then makes contact with the aluminium backplate of the ZenBook Flip S, hence passively cooling the NVMe SSD. Smart.