With its sharp and colorful 13-inch display, speedy 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 ultrabook packs a ton of battery life, lasting more than 10 hours on a charge.
|Best Asus Laptops 2017|
|Asus Zenbook UX330UA||Best Overall||4 out of 5|
|Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA||Best Chromebook||4 out of 5|
|Asus VivoBook E403SA||Best Budget Notebook||4.5 out of 5|
|Asus Transformer Pro (T304UA)||Best 2-in-1||3.5 out of 5|
|Asus ROG Zephyrus||Best for Gaming||4 out of 5|
|Asus ZenBook Flip S||New and Notable||N/A|
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.
Asus' VivoBook E403SA packs a 1080p display, 4GB of RAM, a USB Type-C port and over 9 hours of battery life into a lightweight, $399 package. Add in solid Pentium-class performance, a stylish brushed-aluminum-finish lid and a solid keyboard, and this laptop's a steal.
The Transformer Pro (T304UA) looks a lot like the Microsoft Surface Pro, but it beats that 2-in-1 in two ways. First off, its keyboard and pen come included, making it $859 less expensive than a similarly configured Surface Pro. Also, the Transformer Pro packs ports for both USB 3.0 and USB Type-C, while the Surface Pro only provides the former.
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.
Attention 2-in-1 fans, there's a new champion for the thinnest convertible in the world: the Asus ZenBook Flip S. Measuring just 0.42-inches thick and weighing 2.4 pounds, the 13-inch ZenBook Flip S is more portable than a lot of standard clamshell notebooks. And even with its petite dimensions, the ZenBook Flip S doesn't have to be light on specs, as it can be configured with up an Intel Core i7 CPU or a 4K display. The ZenBook Flip S features inking support and will ship with an active stylus in the box, so you can take advantage of the new inking features that in Windows 10.