Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371
“The ZenBook Flip S UX371 is among the first Tiger Lake laptops, but doesn’t put Intel’s new processor tech to good use.”
- Rock-solid build quality
- Spectacular display
- Excellent keyboard and useful NumberPad touchpad
- Very good port selection
- Disappointing processor performance
- Gaming falls short of expectations
Intel has released its latest architecture, Tiger Lake, promising greater performance from both the CPU and the GPU. We already took a look at an Intel Tiger Lake prototype and were impressed by the platform’s performance. Now, we’ve had time with our first complete Tiger Lake system, the Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371.
This 2-in-1 laptop retails for $1,500 and is equipped with an 11th-gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD), and a 4K OLED display. It looks strong on paper, but does it live up to our lofty expectations?
It’s risky being among the first companies to release a laptop based on a brand-new platform. Asus might have run afoul of that risk with the ZenBook Flip S, because its benchmark results don’t live up to Tiger Lake’s promise. I blame overly conservative tuning of the CPU. During all of my CPU testing, even under the heaviest loads, the fans barely spun up. I had to listen carefully at the bottom of the chassis to hear that they were even running. That tells me that the laptop is not working hard enough to keep the fans busy. I tried the Asus fan speed utility set to Performance mode, but that made no difference.
In Geekbench 5, the ZenBook Flip S was faster than laptops running the 10th-gen Core i7-1065G7, but not by much, and mainly in single-core mode. It scored 1,535 single-core and 4,913 in multi-core mode. Compare that to the Microsoft Surface Book 3 13 running the Core i7-1065G7 that scored 1,316 and 4,825. The Samsung Galaxy Flex with the same 1oth-gen CPU scored 1,264 and 4,583. That’s not what we expected to see from Tiger Lake.