ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED 2024 Review:

ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED 2024 Review:

ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED 2024 Review:

The smaller footprint laptop market has a line-up of contenders vying for consumer attention. The market shares are host to some intense competition between brands trying to outdo each other with better features and improved performance, all packed in an easy-to-live-with footprint. Where some devices in this segment are looking at newer, more drastic moves involving two screens, touch screens, and stylus support, Windows-powered ones tend to include these features often while sacrificing others. However, for many, the idea of a minor, powerful, and reliable Windows laptop that gets the basics right still holds.

 

Design

 The Zenbook S 13 2024 does not lose many design elements that characterized its previous iteration. That being said, the notebook is actually relatively thin, exquisite, and light. The weight is around one kg, according to Asus, but we found it very easy to carry in a backpack—even stuffed inside the provided sleeve. However, a lack of weight does not mean a lack of sturdiness.

 

It is well-proportioned and has suitable materials used in its making. The device feels well put together, and there aren’t any evident compromises in the build quality. 

 

Moreover, the device also gets a rather giant trackpad that is responsive and tactile, leaving quite some space on the panel to rest your palms. The keyboard gives good feedback but could do with a tiny bit more in terms of being tactile when compared to similarly-sized units from other brands.

Display

The 16:10 S 13 screen is 13.3 inches with a 2.8K display panel, which means the screen-to-body ratio is 85%. Besides the bezels around, the display is decent and does not affect viewing at all.

 

That’s a bright enough display to peak at 600 nits, making it a proportionate companion for users on the move who like to spend most of their time outdoors. Color calibration is excellent as well with 100% DCI-P3 and HDR 600 Dolby Vision.

 

We tested the device for content consumption, day-to-day office work, and light reading. The display shone during all tasks. For content consumption, the panel is bright with good color representation. Even at low brightness levels, the panel does not compromise picture clarity.

 

Performance

 

The Zenbook S 13 runs on the Intel Core Ultra 7 processor, LPDDR5X RAM and SSD as storage. The one that came for testing was a unit with 16 GB RAM and 1 TB storage space. During the performance test, the device performed very well, and this, by far, is one of the biggest positives for this particular device. The device never lacks while keeping up with multiple browsers, apps, and videos running simultaneously.

 

The device does well in the speaker department, which is not the best in business, but still manages to do a decent job on video calls. They serve as another valid alternative to headphones for consuming your content. The camera performance is good and works well with the Windows Face ID feature.

 

In the same way, the Zenbook S 13 is also one of the new breed of laptops to come with a dedicated AI button that lies at the lowest end of the keyboard, between the Alt and direction keys. The AI button simply pulls up Microsoft’s Co-pilot, where users can chat with the AI-powered chatbot.

 

Battery

While testing, the Asus Zenbook was long-lasting on battery power alone. Excellent battery life is one of this Windows device’s strong suits: the 63W lithium-ion battery presents superb standby performance for over 4-5 days of disuse. Also, the battery performance is strong enough to last a full day’s heavy usage.

 

The Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED would find strength in its battery life, which is one of the longest-running on small Windows devices that we have tested so far.

 

One of the main strengths of the Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED is the device’s battery life, which is one of the longest-running small Windows devices we have tested so far. | Photo Credit: Nabeel Ahmed Fast charging speeds only add up to its use: it could manage to charge up to 50% in 45 minutes while in constant use. Verdict The Asus Zenbook S 13 is a second performer in a crowded field. It’s a solid option for potential users interested in a smaller laptop, meaning the 2024 version. Add a good enough display, back it up with performance, and fantastic battery life: The S 13 OLED is a strong contender and easily one of the best Windows-based alternatives to Apple’s MacBook Air series. The Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED starts at ₹ 1,29,990.

 

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