With its sharp and colorful 13-inch display, speedy 8th Gen Core performance and svelte aluminum design, we're surprised the Asus ZenBook UX330UA doesn't cost at least $200 more. Not only is it one of the lightest and thinnest 13-inch notebooks on the market, this 2.7-pound ultrabook lasts for 9 hours on a charge.
|Best Asus Laptops 2018|
|Asus Zenbook UX330UA||Best Overall||4 out of 5|
|Asus VivoBook E403NA||Best Value Notebook||4 out of 5|
|Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA||Best Chromebook||4 out of 5|
|Asus ZenBook UX430UA||Best 14-inch Laptop||4 out of 5|
|Asus ROG Zephyrus||Best for Gaming||4 out of 5|
|Asus Chromebook Flip C213SA||Best Kids Laptop||4 out of 5|
|Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VE||Best for Power Users||4 out of 5|
|Asus ROG Chimera||New and Notable||N/A|
|Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UAL||New and Notable||N/A|
|Asus ZenBook Flip 14||New and Notable||N/A|
This 14-inch notebook offers two features you don't usually find in a sub-$400 laptop: a 1080p screen and an aluminum-clad chassis. Best of all, the VivoBook E403NA weighs just 3.1 pounds and lasts over 8 hours on a charge, which makes it easy to carry with you. The Pentium CPU offers solid performance while a fingerprint reader lets you log into Windows 10 with one touch.
Chromebooks get mocked for being cheap, but the Flip C302CA turns that conventional wisdom on its head. This 2-in-1 has the speed for multitasking, an elegant aluminum design that turns heads, a bright 1080p display and solid battery life. Add that all up, and Asus has built the best Chromebook on the market today.
The 2.7-pound ZenBook UX430UA is as light on your wallet as it is on your back. For just over $1,000, you get high-end specs such as a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB PCIe SSD, all of which usually appear on much more expensive laptops. The ZenBook's 8th Gen, quad-core CPU is fast enough to crunch numbers, multitask or transcode videos in a flash while its stunning, 1080p display is one of the most colorful we've tested.
The era of trading power for portability is over. Measuring a measly 0.7-inches thick, the Asus Zephyrus is housing a massive Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU thanks to Nvidia's Max-Q design. Focusing on efficiency rather than performance, Max-Q allows this svelte system to play games at the highest settings without the massive bulk of a desktop replacement.
If you're trying to pick out a laptop for your child, the Flip C213SA's long-lasting battery, quality audio and comfortable keyboard make it an easy decision. Futher, its convertible design and camera in its keyboard deck allow the Chromebook to become your kid's first camera.
A powerhouse for creative professionals who'd rather use PC than a MacBook, the ZenBook Pro UX550VE is a sexy beast. From its sleek black shell to its powerful quad-core Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, it provides both beauty and brawn.
This upcoming, 17.3-inch laptop features a monitor that operates at 144Hz with a 7ms response time and Nvidia G-Sync technology. All of those features promise an extraordinary gaming experience, with high frames and no ghosting or tearing. The ROG Chimera also has extremely powerful specs, including an overclockable Intel Core i7-7820HK CPU and Nvidia 1080 graphics.
Asus' next 13-inch ZenBook looks to balance heft and torque, packing an Intel 8th Gen CPU, 16GB of RAM and up to 15 hours of battery life (estimated) into a 2.17-pound design. Available in both Deep Dive Blue or Rose Gold, it features Harmon Kardon-branded speakers for excellent sound quality.
If you're used to premium laptops, but your budget's not ready for another four-digit investment, the Asus ZenBook Flip 14 is a machine you need to keep an eye on. It will start at $899 and pack an 8th Gen Core i7 processor, a bright Full HD touch screen that Asus says emits up to 300 nits and a speedy PCIe SSD. In our hands-on time with this laptop at CES 2018, we observed how the laptop's all-metal body looks great and feels sturdy, while its keyboard looks to offer a solid typing experience.
If you're primarily interested in gaming, you'll want to check out our picks for the best Asus gaming laptops. Those include the Asus ROG Strix GL753 and Asus ROG G701VI, 17.3-inch behemoths that let you choose between affordability and higher graphics performance. Also, the 15.6-inch Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 is a 15.6-inch machine priced in the middle of those to options, that uses an Nvidia Max-Q design for a slimmer chassis.