Asus ZenBook S 13 Flip OLED review (UP5302ZA model, 2-in-1 ultrabook)


  1. Ray

    November 5, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Hi, I was wondering if this laptop would be good for a chemistry student? I really love the design and USB c plug.

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 6, 2022 at 1:35 pm

      up to you to decide, you know what you want and need

  2. Sebastian

    November 9, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    Hello. I'm struggling to find it in Europe. Where exactly is it available? Country? Store? Thanks!

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 9, 2022 at 3:53 pm

      Hm, it was listed here in Romania when I finished up the article, but now it is no longer. The section already says there's limited availability for now, but I'm updating and rewording the section to better showcase the current availability status.

  3. Dionamuh

    November 12, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you so much for these reviews, they're very comprehensive!

    I agree it would be nice to have both AMD and Intel variants. I just ordered the S13 with AMD Ryzen 7 6800U, because of the GPU performance and efficiency, but it would be even better as a convertible.

    I saw the new Zenbook 14 Flip with Ryzen 7 6800H just started getting available. Any chance you will be reviewing that one in the future? Looks pretty good on paper with 90 Hz screen, nice amount of ports, and a less constrained Ryzen 6000 series APU. A lot heavier (1,4 Kg) than the S13 though, and probably worse battery life and noisier with its dual fan cooling.

  4. Nikolay

    November 18, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    I have been following this Asus model since the start of this year and I'm shocked how slowly the new models from Asus are rolling out in Europe particularly this Zenbook model.

    It is this exact model because I was looking for new 13 inch laptop for media consuming and 3d drawing on the go but seeing how slowly is rolling it would probably be available January-February-March range next year.

    Damn, 1700-1800 euros is very steep prices even for this laptop.

  5. I SZ

    August 31, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    Thanks for the review, You didn't review the pen usage. Can you tell us your experience?

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 31, 2023 at 3:04 pm

      Haven't used it, so can't really comment about it.

  6. Stephen Linney

    September 28, 2023 at 9:36 am

    I am looking to buy one of these but I will be using it outdoors
    Could I therefore ask for clarification please: you state "at only 350-nits peak SDR brightness, which is only enough for indoor use" but the Asus specification states " 550 nits peak brightness"?

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 29, 2023 at 12:03 pm

      Their claim is misleading and I've complained about it in past articles. 550-nits is peak HDR brightness in HDR content, and only if the bright spots are small (only occupy a small percentage of the screen, under 10%). Regular brightness for this OLED panel is only at around 350-400 nits, and this is what you should account for with daily use. If you plan to use it outdoors, that might not be enough imo – but that's what you can expect from 13-14 inch OLED panels, regardless of the laptop they're implemented in. So this is not a limitation for this ZenBook, but a limitation of the 13-inch OLED panel technology.

      For outdoors use, ideally, you'll want an IPS panel (available on other devices) for higher brightness, and maybe even a matte non-flare finish.

      All in all, though, you'll have to judge for yourself whether this OLED would be OK for you and your use cases. If you can buy from a place that allows easy returns, you can get the laptop, give it a try, and then keep it or return it if not Ok for you.

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