We know of the existence of a second ASUS Zenbook Flip – largest – from late May and which was confirmed at Computex 2016, where the Taiwanese company with no special presentations has exposed him. It is dell’ASUS Flip Zenbook UX560, a hybrid or rather a convertible large format, which has some features in common with mainstream notebook ASUS N-Series (N550 and N750) and Transformer Flip. What at first looked like just an impression, it proved to be correct and well more pronounced after seeing him alive and closely studied.
ASUS Zenbook UX560 Flip has an aluminum body, which measures 380 x 254 x 18 mm and weighs 2.2Kg, it “steals” some elements from other notebook families: the cover has a brushed finish with vertical stripes (similar to that of N-Series) and not in concentric circles like other Zenbook, while the hinges are protruding (and not flat like the Zenbook UX360) polished with two bulges in the vicinity of the display and the keyboard plane, which remind us of those of the Transformer Flip 11 inches. Then the similarities do not stop here, because quest’ultrabook mounted stereo 2W speakers with ASUS SonicMaster Premium technology, developed in collaboration with the Golden Ear team, which offers quality cinematic surround sound for a truly immersive playing movies , games and other digital content. And that’s not all as it will be accompanied by the external SonicMaster subwoofer (until now the prerogative only of the N550 and N750), which improves the bass reproduction and a deep note to make the multimedia experience of a high standard.
Its data sheet is the best: ASUS Zenbook Flip UX560UA will be the first model on the market (in fact, the truth is already available in some European shops), declined in at least a couple of SKU with Intel Core and Intel Core i5-6200U i7-6500U (Skylake), Intel HD 520 graphics, 8GB of RAM to 2133MHz DDR4 (16GB supported), 512GB SATA3 SSD or traditional hard drive storage 1TB 5400RPM. The 15.6-inch IPS screen will have full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) anti-glare with 72% NTSC, ASUS Splendid technology and touch, but there will also SKU with 4K UHD panel (3840 x 2160 pixels) as the specimen on display.
Kit interfaces include three USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI, audio jack and microphone, webcam 720p (or Intel Realsense) as well as a microSD card reader. A well-board WiFi 802.11ac (2 x 2), Bluetooth 4.1 (on some models there will be Bluetooth 4.0) and WiDi, while the 4-cell battery and 52Wh should ensure a good autonomy. The large display has allowed ASUS to incorporate a nice keyboard, large and ergonomic, with numeric keypad for those who filled excel sheets all day and backlight with silver lining finish, which gives more brightness to the keys.
ASUS Zenbook UX560 Flip will be available in two stylish colors and unique: Pure Silver (silver) with chrome hinges and Chocolate Black (black) with gold hinges at a price of 1300 to 1600 euro.