ASUS ExpertBook B9

Considering the fact that ultrabooks are selling like hotcakes these days, it’s no surprise that the market is trying to cater these demands. ASUS took a very different approach here by creating an inexpensive laptop that is thin, light, sturdy, and has a touch screen too. This is the ASUS ZenBook Flip, specifically the UX360CA model.

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The box design is a little more funky this time – showcasing the ZenBook Flip’s ability to… you know, flip.

Opening the box is rather simple – just lift the lid and everything is revealed.

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Personally I think the box design is a little too big in general. ASUS could have placed the power brick and all of the cables underneath the laptop, but no idea why they chose to put it at the side. There is quite a large void below the laptop, maybe for shock absorbent purposes.

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Digging out all of the contents reveals the usual ZenBook contents, but this time there’s more. ASUS is generous enough to realize the lack of port is a problem for some people. So how did ASUS addressed this issue?20GHz. Coupled with 4GB of DDR3 RAM, it’s not the fastest performer out there. However, it does definitely does get the basics done.

The ZenBook Flip is most definitely not for gaming. Not even the lightest titles – well, maybe some lightweight Flash-based games, because the processor is meant for lighter-weight usages only.

Throughout my tests, I find the ZenBook Flip is actually very sufficient to do word processing via Word together with Spotify, Franz, and about 8 Chrome tabs opened at the same time. Occasionally, I did add another tab and scour around YouTube too, and it still runs fine.

However, with YouTube running, things do get a little hot. By that, I mean about 70℃ hot.

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It’s a little uncomfortably hot to be honest, but at least everything runs fine – just a tad hot.

I’m really happy that ASUS opted for a Liteon M.2 SSD. The speeds somehow aren’t the fastest, but still leaps and bounds beyond a traditional HDD.

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Battery

ASUS claims that the ZenBook Flip can actually last up to 12 hours on battery with its 54Wh capacity. That’s an impressive claim, to be honest!

Throughout my test – which is described under “Performance” section – the ZenBook Flip can actually last somewhere around 8 hours. Not too bad, considering that the entire ZenBook Flip only weighs in at 1.3kg.

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The charger is still the same as any other ZenBook series of laptops – considerably small, with the entire power brick integrated on the plug itself.

This charger can output 45W and charge the ZenBook Flip from 0% to 100% in about 2 hours. I think you can already tell how much powerful this laptop really is, considering that it only requires a mere 45W to start charging the laptop.

Wrap up

The ZenBook Flip is the laptop on my list if I am considering to find something like the MacBook Air but not wanting to pay that much for an ultraportable. Heck, even the original ZenBook series seems a little irrelevant now. The ZenBook Flip is definitely not the prettiest, but it gets the job done. Done very well too, in fact. Its build quality, keyboard, screen, touchscreen, and ports are very well-balanced.

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Now, you might ask why? Why not? It only costs RM3,099 for the exact model that we reviewed here, and you can actually find one for RM2,931 here over at Lazada.

As someone who prefer to do all the heavy-duty work on a desktop while typing with a laptop on-the-go, I think the ZenBook Flip is absolutely perfect. At least we don’t have to pay over RM4,000 for a laptop that has only one USB-C port.


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