ASUS recently unveiled its compact and lightweight laptop ZenBook S13 (UX392FN). The Zenbook S13 is claimed by the company to be the “world’s thinnest laptop with discrete graphics”.
The form factor of the notebook allows it to look like a business machine while still carrying enough power to be considered a legitimate option for gaming too. Since its launch, there has been no information regarding the availability and pricing of this laptop, until now. The ASUS Zenbook S13 will start retailing for a price of $1,399 USD for the 8GB memory variant while the 16GB variant will cost $1,499. It will be available to buy from Amazon starting from April 30 and will also be available at other major retailers.
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The specifications of this laptop, considering its form factor and weight, are very impressive. The ASUS Zenbook S13 packs in an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8565U CPU paired with a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU. It features 8 GB of RAM with 512 GB of PCIe x4 SSD storage, there’s also an option with 16 GB of RAM with 1 TB of SSD storage. The I/O of the laptop includes two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports, one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port, one combo audio jack, and a microSD card reader. All this is powered by a 50Whr lithium-polymer battery which is claimed to last up to 15 hours on one charge.
The Zenbook S13 has a 13.9 inch IPS NanoEdge display panel with an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 97%. The upper bezel protrudes a bit in the middle to house the webcam at the top of the screen while the side bezels are just 2.5mm thick. ASUS claims the laptop to have “the smallest bezels in the world”. The laptop weighs 2.4 pounds (1.08 Kg) which makes it quite portable. Apart from this, there’s also a fingerprint scanner with support for Windows Hello. The two stereo speakers are designed in partnership with audio giants Harmon Kardon to create surround-sound effects. The speakers are claimed to reduce distortion and provide “cinema-quality audio” owing to its smart amplifier. The integrated mic on the notebook, apart from video chats, can also be used to call Alexa.
Bottom line, the ASUS Zenbook S13 is a great machine and should be seriously considered by users looking for performance without sacrificing on the portability, and at a starting price of $1,399, it provides great value for money compared to other laptops in this range.
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