Sleek and portable refresh: ASUS ZenBook S13 UX392

ASUS’ latest ASUS Zenbook UX391 comes out with a refresh, the ASUS ZenBook UX392. The sleek form-factor and lightweight laptop come in a 13.9-inch display with a premium design.

 

Asus ZenBook S13 UX392 Asus ZenBook S UX391
CPU Core i7-8565U Core i7-8550U
GPU GeForce MX150 GeForce MX150
Display 13.9-inch IPS FHD
2.5 mm bezels
97 percent screen-to-body ratio
100 percent sRGB
400 nits
13.3-inch IPS FHD
5.9 mm Bezels
85 percent screen-to-body ratio
90 percent sRGB
300 nits
RAM 8 to 16 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz 8 to 16 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz
Ports 2x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen. 2
1x USB 3.1 Type-A Gen. 2
1x MicroSD
1x 3.5 audio
2x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen. 2 + Thunderbolt 3
1x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen. 1
1x 3.5 mm audio
Battery 50 Wh 50 Wh
Dimensions 12.9 x 316 x 195 mm 12.9 x 311 x 213 mm
Weight 2.4 lbs 2.24 lbs
MSRP ₱ 99,995  ₱ 99,995

Design

The ZenBook S13 UX392 is one of the most portable and thinnest compact laptops available in the market. With a weight of 2.4lbs and 0.5-inch thin body, it looks almost like it has no bezel thanks to its 97% screen-to-body ratio encompassing the entire screen.

ASUS added the Ergolift design making it easier to hide the screen’s thick chin behind the laptop while lifting the main body for better ventilation and creating a slightly inclined keyboard.

This is not something new as we have seen this initially on their ASUS Pro models and integrated on some of their ZenBook models last year.

KEYBOARD AND TRACKPAD

The palm-rest is a bit small but the screen can be easily lifted with a single and the rubber feet at the bottom gives a pretty good grip on the desk. While on the trackpad, lies the fingerprint scanner.

The keyboard has a standard layout with full-size keys but rather short arrows and function keys. The power button has been integrated on the top-right corner. Something that a lot of users would confuse with the delete button.

FULL SPECIFICATIONS

ASUS ZenBook S13 (UX392)

CPU 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8565U
Display 13.9” LED-backlit IPS FHD (1920 x 1080) glossy screen
2.5mm-thin bezel with 97% screen-to-body ratio
100% sRGB color gamut
400nits brightness
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce™ MX150
Memory 8GB or 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz
Storage 512GB PCIe® 3.0 x4 SSD
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi / Bluetooth® 5.0
Camera HD Webcam
I/O Ports 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™ (10Gbps)
(support fast charging, data transfers and display connectivity)
USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A (10Gbps)
MicroSD
Audio combo jack
Audio 2 x high-quality stereo speakers with ASUS SonicMaster Premium technology and Harman Kardon certification
Security Touchpad-mounted fingerprint sensor
Battery 50Wh lithium-polymer
AC adapter Plug Type: Type-C
Output: 20V, 3.25A, 65W
Input: 100 -240V AC, 50/60Hz universal
Dimensions 12.9 x 316 x 195 mm
Weight Approx. 2.4 lb

SCREEN

The ZenBook S13 UX392FN offers an FHD 13.9-inch IPS screen with a 97% screen-to-body ratio. It uses a Tianma panel, which is a pretty known LCD manufacturer in the smartphones.

Out-of-the-box, the screen was well calibrated, showing great Gamma and White Point settings. One of the things that we noticed was some light bleed caused by the small bezels pinching at the edge of the panels.

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Battery Life

ASUS claims a 50Wh battery inside the ZenBook S13 UX392FN.

Here are some of the results we got at around 50% brightness:

  • 6 W (~8 h of use) – writing on the internet, Better Battery Mode, screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 5.3 W (~9 h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Netflix, Better Battery Mode, screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 5 W (~10 h of use) – Video in VLC, Better Battery Mode, screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 5 W (~10 h of use) – Netflix fullscreen, Better Battery Mode, screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 12.5 W (~4 h of use) – browsing in Chrome, Better Performance Mode, screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 28 W (~1 h 35 min of use) – Gaming – Dota 2, Max Performance Mode, screen at 50%, Wi-Fi ON, fps limit of 60.

One of the things we loved about the ASUS ZenBook S13 UX392FN is the 65W USB-C charger with quick-charge functionality. It gives about 1 hour and 30minutes to full charge.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

The ZenBook S13 UX392FN should be available soon for ₱ 99,995 at your local retailers.

CONCLUSIONS

ASUS has done a great job with their latest release of ZenBooks. It isn’t for everyone but definitely sets a standard for the industry to push forward in design and build quality.

Some of the things we expected were a Thunderbolt 3 and better battery life. The metallic design can be a bit unforgiving to the wrists on daily use. Aside from this, the small-bezel and bright panel is what gives it an edge over some of their competition.

In terms of performance, most brands have slowly transitioned to get the Whiskey Lake processors and NVMe storage. Another edge that ASUS gets is that it is equipped with an Nvidia MX150 GPU making it easier for some light editing and gaming.

All-in-all, the ASUS ZenBook S13 UX392FN is a decent notebook worthy of your money. Its lightweight and sleek design give a more executive vibe.

Post Author: Christian

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