- Splendid and speedy OLED display
- Beautiful blue aluminum chassis
- Comprehensive port selection
- Stuck with CPU-integrated graphics
- 720p webcam is grainy and behind the times
- Chassis feels a bit flimsy
- Widescreen 16:9 panel is awkward in tablet mode
ASUS ZENBOOK PRO 15 FLIP OLED (Q529ZA) SPECS
|Laptop Class||Convertible 2-in-1|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-12700H|
|RAM (as Tested)||16 GB|
|Boot Drive Type||SSD|
|Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested)||512 GB|
|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Native Display Resolution||2880 by 1620|
|Screen Refresh Rate||120 Hz|
|Graphics Processor||Intel Iris Xe Graphics|
|Wireless Networking||802.11ax, Bluetooth|
|Dimensions (HWD)||0.74 by 14 by 9 inches|
|Operating System||Windows 11 Home|
|Tested Battery Life (Hours: Minutes)||8:38|
Big screens always stick out in the multitude of convertible laptops, but this Asus device has a different, less visible feature. The Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED (model Q529ZA; $1,199.99 as tested) is a widescreen, 15.6-inch 2-in-1 laptop with an uncommon component combination: an influential 12th Gen Intel Core i7 H-series engine coupled with…integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics. (Most laptops with Core i7 H-series CPUs we’ve seen are designed for gaming or content creation and have powerful dedicated GPUs.)
Additionally, the Zenbook Pro 15 Flip has a rare OLED display with a sharp 2.8K resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. Unfortunately, gamers and even sure content makers can only take full advantage of such a quick, strong panel with a discrete GPU. We cannot recommend this dazzling, nicely displayed Zenbook more highly due to this choice and a few other minor flaws.
The business refers to the color of Asus’ Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED as “Azurite Blue,” and it is made entirely of aluminum. Because of how stunning it is, the laptop stands out among other silver and black brushed aluminum devices. The hue seems black in some lighting conditions, but it flashes blue when the angle or ambient light changes. The touchpad stands out against the rest of the keyboard deck because of its significantly lighter (but still deep) shade of blue.
The aluminum chassis is more streamlined and lighter than the majority of 15.6- or 16-inch laptops, but it’s also too thin and light. The aluminum’s 0.74 by 14 by 9 inches (HWD) seems fragile and delicate; it flexes in some places and lacks the rigidity and toughness of other all-metal models. The Zenbook Pro 15 Flip weighs 3.97 pounds, less than competing 15- and 16-inch laptops. In contrast, the Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 Gen 7 and HP Spectre x360 16 each weigh 4.19 and 4.45 pounds, respectively.
The OLED panel’s speed is brand-new, but its size and design are not. The Zenbook Pro 15 Flip continues with a traditional 15.6-inch, 16:9 widescreen panel when many laptops of this size have 16-inch displays with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The 16:9 aspect ratio is more comfortable for watching movies and television shows, but a taller 16:10 display is better for multitasking or simply scrolling through long web pages or documents. For a general-purpose laptop, particularly for a 2-in-1 convertible, we favor the extra space and increased versatility of a 16:10 display. The widescreen display on the Zenbook Pro 15 Flip now feels uncomfortable in laptop mode because it is vast and narrow compared to a dedicated tablet.
The Asus Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED – Featuers
Our test Zenbook Pro 15 Flip OLED (model Q529ZA) device costs $1,199.99 at Best Buy and comes equipped with an Intel Core i7-12700H CPU, 16GB of RAM, integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, and a 512GB SSD. The Core i7-12700H is a 45-watt (W) mobile processor from Intel’s 12th generation “Alder Lake-H” series. With the 28W P series in the center and the compelling 15W U series at the other end of the spectrum, the H series is the high-power chip class in Intel’s lineup. With six Performance cores, eight Efficient cores, and support for up to 20 processing threads, the Core i7-12700H does equip with Intel’s innovative hybrid architecture.
To provide context, we contrasted the Zenbook Pro 15 Flip’s performance with those of other Core i7-powered laptops. The only other laptop we’ve tested with the same CPU/GPU combo as the Zenbook Pro 15 Flip is the Acer Swift 3 OLED. Which starts at $929 and costs $1,229, as reviewed. The other two laptops, the Dell G16 and the HP Envy 16 (starting at $1,389; $1,809 as tested) have the more typical Core i7-12700H with Nvidia GeForce graphics setups (here, the RTX 3060).
The Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 ($1,399.99), which has a Core i7-1260P processor with Iris Xe graphics, completes the rankings. The Core i7-1260P is a middle-of-the-road 28W P series processor from Intel that has just two Performance cores and a total of 12 processing threads. But it has the same eight Efficient cores as the Core i7-12700H.
This 15-inch laptop impresses with its sharp, high-resolution OLED display but lacks the graphics. The customers who would benefit from it the most gamers and content creators need. With the Intel Core i7-12700H, it comes close to being a viable convertible for content creation. However, using integrated Intel graphics limits its capacity for media editing.
Additionally, even though the aluminum chassis is a stunning deep blue color, the keyboard and chassis could be better. Finally, at this moment, the 720p webcam appears outdated. At this size and cost, better convertibles are easily accessible. Such as the HP Spectre x360 16 and Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 Gen 7.
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