Review of the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED 2024: excellent design, fantastic function

True story: I had to whip out my limited-use boss card to grab the Zenbook S 13 OLED and grab it from others in my group who also wanted to review it — like how it looked what’s sexy on the road warriors and rolling them from one conference room to another is comfortable and light You know the importance of a laptop, and the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED fits the bill.What’s more, its svelte profile also packs a fair bit of grunt, with a bunch of other niceties including a vibrant OLED display with Dolby Vision enabled, Harman Kardon speakers with Dolby Atmos, and a dedicated keyboard for Copilot keys AI power. And that’s not even a full list of what everything offers.

Design and display

The latest Zenbook S 13 OLED doesn’t deviate from the older models in the series, but it’s sure to impress from the get-go whether you know it or not. The Intel Evo-certified S 13 OLED tips the scales at 1cm thick and a featherlight of 1kg. It features clean geometric lines on the lid, and ASUS claims the body, made of what it calls plasma ceramic aluminum, is % recyclable. The material looks premium, feels high-quality, and, to some extent, resists stains and fingerprints. The device conforms to MIL-STD-810H military standards for flexibility, adding peace of mind.

The laptop offers decent connectivity options with a full-sized HDMI port and two Thunderbolt 4-capable Type-C ports on the left, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, and an audio combo jack on the right. The connectivity remains decent even if the two Type-C ports are plugged in. Except, I don’t have much to complain about in the communications department. You can find the speaker vents on the bottom of the laptop, placed sideways, which is good because you don’t block the sound when using the device on your lap. The cooling vents are also on the bottom, and additional vents are on the back of the laptop.

Opening the lid also raises the base of the device slightly, allowing for better typing. The hinge opens 180 degrees, allowing you to fold the display flat — which can be great for sharing screen content with others. I miss the touchscreen capabilities here, but aside from that and the fact that it refreshes at 60Hz, the 13.3-inch display is appealing. The 2.8K (2,880 x 1,800) OLED display supports 100 percent Dolby Vision and DCI-P3 color gathering. It boasts certification from TUV Rheinland for eye tracking and is also Pantone Validated. With a peak brightness of 600 nits, it remains visible in bright light while displaying vivid colors and impressive graphics on various surfaces. This makes the laptop more pleasant to use. The pre-installed MyASUS software tool, which includes a special pixel refresh screensaver, helps prevent burn-in on OLED displays for work and entertainment. Keyboard and trackpad

The ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED keyboard is one of its strong points — it’s big, easy to type on, and there’s no learning curve. The key has plenty of travel, good spacing, and nice, helpful typing characters. Aside from the dedicated Copilot key, you get a lot of useful hotkeys on the Fn button, and you can easily toggle a lock when you want to change the normal function of the Fn key The arrow key is half size, but that’s par for the course for a laptop in this class. The generously designed trackpad is also a pleasure to use — it has a high-performance, fingerprint-resistant coating, and supports multiple finger touches.

Software, performance, and battery

The laptop runs Windows 11 Home and also includes licensed MS Office Home and Student. Additionally, ASUS has limited utilities, and the MyASUS software appears very intuitive. Apart from system diagnostic tools, the MyASUS software provides access to settings like battery service mode, fan profile, noise-canceling microphone settings, sound modes, and OLED service utilities The preloaded GlideX app also seems very useful, which passes with your smartphone -Allows the device to work, can transfer data between two people with ease, use your phone as a webcam for a laptop, and more.

Handling performance is Intel’s Core Ultra 7 155U processor, mated to 16 gigs of LPDDR5X RAM, with a 1TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD for storage. Two performance cores, eight efficiency cores, and two low-power efficient cores, with a Turbo clock speed of up to 4.8GHz (for the P cores) offer enough grunt for day-to-day work, and then some. It’s a work-oriented machine after all, and the hardware combo, with Intel Graphics included, isn’t meant to handle super-heavy workloads or intensive gaming. All said and done, the performance should suffice for most regular tasks that happen at locations that form this laptop’s natural habitat, i.e. boardrooms, airports, flights, cafes, client meetings, etc. A look at the benchmark numbers reflects the same, with the scores being higher than the similarly-configured HP Envy 14 x360.

It’s worth mentioning that when the laptop is stressed, the fan noise becomes quite audible. There’s a whisper mode available in MyASUS to address that. The ASUS machine logged respectable scores of 527 and 104 in Cinebench R24 multicore and single-core respectively, 6195 in PCMark 10, and 9883 and 2372 in Geekbench 6 multicore and single-core respectively. The PCMark 10 Battery test on video displayed a shade over 12 hours, showing how good the battery life is. The results are quite close to the 14-hour battery life promised by the brand. The 63Wh battery charges quickly too — touching 70 percent levels in around 50 minutes. Making things easier is the small and lightweight Type-C charger that comes with the machine.

The Herman Kardon-certified Dolby Atmos speakers are highly capable, of delivering powerful, crisp audio. Understandably, they aren’t spectacular when it comes to bass, but otherwise, the speakers could easily be enough to take calls in a closed room or watch a movie or two in your hotel room There’s no fingerprint scanner, but you do get an FHD IR camera to verify it. This also functions well. The webcam also offers many effects-based features such as better lighting, background blur, eye tracking, and motion tracking, all available through MyASUS software.

Verdict

The ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED price of Rs 1,31,990 undercuts the weight of this compact device, I guess. There’s also enough competition, although that 1kg weight can be tough. Alternatively, you can get a multiprocessor, like the HP Envy 14 x360 (review). It is similarly configured and includes a touch-enabled 120Hz OLED display and a stylus, although it can’t match the battery life of the Zenbook S 13 OLED.

Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i 2024 (review) can offer good performance but at the cost of battery life. All in all, the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED has a lot going for it. All I wanted was a touchscreen. The combination of decent hardware that simplifies performance for performance-based tasks, a beautiful OLED display, excellent battery life, and a sturdy, yet elegant and feathery build makes this laptop the ideal companion for them hopping from intersection to intersection, airport to airport.

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