Asus Flip 14 UX461: More grunt for your dollar

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  • Editors' rating
    7.5 Very good
  • $1,299.00

Pros

  • Bang for buck
  • 8th-gen Intel Core processors meet 16GB of memory
  • Full-size ports

Cons

  • Grey importing needed to get full value and discrete GPU
  • Display touted as slim bezel, anything but, and a fingerprint magnet
  • Stylus will be lost

The proverb states that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and for mine, the Asus Flip 14 is not a device that will cause love at first sight based on its looks.

But when you realise what lies beneath the typical Asus brushed metal appearance, and the attractive price point it sits at, then you might come to adore this machine.

Aesthetically, the Flip 14 is yet another convertible PC, and where once we would have considered the four different modes of use, it's enough in 2018 to say that they exist, and it has the option to be one of the beefiest and chunkiest Windows 10 tablets going around.

Into the same basket I put the accompanying stylus. I am far from being an artistic person at the best of times, and I don't use styli; however, I will state that I think this one lags behind the competition, but ultimately it is left as an exercise to the reader. Also keep in mind that there does not appear to be a handy way to keep the stylus and the Flip together, so you are ultimately going to lose the stylus at some point.

Where the Flip excels is in the componentry Asus has chosen for it.

Straight up, the UX461 arrives with two chip choices: Either a Core i7-8550U, or an i5-8250U. So having enough cores and grunt for the vast majority of workloads shouldn't be an issue, and when coupled with 16GB of LPDDR3 memory and its 512GB of SSD storage connected via an M.2 slot, the performance is certainly up the higher end of the scale.

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For the unit we tested, and the model that is available in Australia, there is a significant chink in its armour, and that is the graphics chip. Our unit used Intel 620 integrated graphics, whereas in America, there is the option of having a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU. Given the specs on the rest of the silicon, it's disappointing that antipodean customers cannot receive the best package without resorting to grey importing.

Another reason why international customers might eye off a grey import is the price. In Australia, a Flip 14 with 16GB of RAM, an i7-8550U, and 256GB of storage is being sold for AU$2,000; meanwhile, the recommended retail price in the US starts at $900, which converts to around AU$1,100 at the time of writing. So that leaves around AU$900 in headroom for the cost of the i7 and extra 8G of RAM, and I cannot see those upgrades costing that much coin.

In fact, the price shown on the top of this review is $1,300 for the model including the discrete graphics chip from US Amazon.

That said, even with the Australian caveat, the price of the Flip 14 remains attractive. Among its competitors, looking at machines with a Core i7 and 16GB of memory, the cost will most likely break the AU$3,000 barrier, and those machines are using processors now one generation old.

Before we get too excited, though, it is worth pointing out that the monitor is a mere Full HD 1920x1080 display, and in an age of 4K output, it leaves the Flip lacking.

Taken together, despite the above gripes, there's a lot to like about the package that Asus has put together -- for developers, this machine ticks a lot of boxes. With a discrete GPU, it would tick a lot more.

If you need a grunty work machine, and do not have a need for discrete graphics, you'll go a long way before you'll get more silicon for your buck.

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Specifications

General
Packaged Quantity 1
Processor / Chipset
CPU Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) 8550U / 1.8 GHz
Max Turbo Speed 4 GHz
Number of Cores Quad-Core
64-bit Computing Yes
Features Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Memory
Technology LPDDR3 SDRAM
Speed 2133 MHz
Storage
Interface PCIe
RAM
Memory Speed 2133 MHz
Configuration Features provided memory is soldered
Technology LPDDR3 SDRAM
Installed Size 16 GB
Display
LCD Backlight Technology LED backlight
Widescreen Display Yes
Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
Monitor Features 100% sRGB color gamut, 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angle, 72% NTSC color gamut, ASUS EyeCare Technology, ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology, NanoEdge display, Zero Bright Dot, glare
Type LED
Touchscreen yes (10-point multi-touch)
Diagonal Size (metric) 35.6 cm
Display Resolution Abbreviation Full HD
Windows Ink Capability Yes
Audio & Video
Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce MX150
Sound Harman/kardon stereo speakers, array microphone
Features ASUS SonicMaster
Hard Drive
Type SSD
SSD Form Factor M.2
Capacity 512 GB
Hard Drive Features NVM Express (NVMe)
Input
Type keyboard, stylus, touchpad
Features ASUS Smart Gesture technology
Communications
Wireless Protocol 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1
Processor
CPU Type Core i7
Processor Number i7-8550U
Generation 8
Manufacturer Intel
Clock Speed 1.8 GHz
Optical Storage
Drive Type no optical drive
Type none
Card Reader
Type card reader
Supported Flash Memory microSD
Battery
Capacity 57 Wh
Cells 3-cell
Technology lithium ion
Run Time (Up To) 13 hour(s)
AC Adapter
Input AC 120/230 V (50/60 Hz)
Output 65 Watt, 19 V
Connections & Expansion
Interfaces Headphone/microphone combo jack
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
HDMI
USB-C 3.1 Gen 1
Memory Card Reader Yes (microSD)
Header
Brand ASUS
Product Line ASUS ZenBook Flip 14 UX461UN
Model DS74T
Packaged Quantity 1
Networking
Data Link Protocol Bluetooth 4.1, IEEE 802.11ac
System
Notebook Type 2-in-1
Mechanical Design 360° flip design
Platform Windows
Hard Drive Capacity 512 GB
Security Devices fingerprint reader
Miscellaneous
Color slate gray
Security Fingerprint reader
Included Accessories power adapter, stylus
Monitor
Diagonal Size 14 in
Dimensions & Weight
Width 12.9 in
Depth 8.9 in
Height 0.5 in
Manufacturer Warranty
Type 1 year warranty
Environmental Standards
ENERGY STAR Certified Yes
Physical Characteristics
Weight 3.31 lbs
Operating System / Software
OS Provided: Type Windows 10 Home 64-bit Edition
Video Output
Discrete Graphics Processor Yes
Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce MX150
Graphics Processor Series NVIDIA Geforce
Video Memory
Technology GDDR5 SDRAM
Installed Size 2 GB
Input Device
Backlight Yes
Interfaces
USB-C Ports Qty 1
Dimensions & Weight (Shipping)
Shipping Width 3.6 in
Shipping Depth 18.5 in
Shipping Height 11.7 in
Shipping Weight 6.59 lbs
Service & Support
Type 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details
Type accidental damage coverage, limited warranty
Full Contract Period 1 year

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Where To Buy

Asus ZenBook Flip 14 UX461UN

Part Number: UX461UN-DS74T
Price
$1,299.00