Asus just finished its Computex Taipei 2017 press conference, and in a surprising departure for the Taiwanese company, it was totally straightforward. That’s right, there were no weird tablets or dubious home robots this year, and no-one said “selfie” on stage even once — there were just a ton of new laptops. Here are all of them!
ZenBook Flip S
The Flip S is the “world’s thinnest convertible,” according to Asus chairman Jonney Shih. It’s 10.9mm thick, which Asus says is 20 percent slimmer than the MacBook, and it weighs in at 1.1kg (2.42 pounds). Asus claims 11.5 hours of battery life from its Core i7 processor, though the company isn’t specifying which specific chip it’s using inside the Flip S. There’s a single USB-C port, and the 13.3-inch 4K screen folds around 360 degrees for tablet use. The ZenBook Flip S starts at $1,099.
The new ZenBook Pro sounds like a pretty solid all-rounder, cramming an Nvidia GTX 1050Ti GPU, a 15.6-inch 4K display, and an H-series Core i7 CPU inside an 18.9mm-thick chassis. Asus claims up to 14 hours of battery life for the ZenBook Pro, which will start at $1,299.
ZenBook 3 Deluxe
Asus called the ZenBook 3 the “world’s most prestigious laptop” last year, and it’s using the same tagline for the new ZenBook 3 Deluxe. It’s bigger than the regular ZenBook 3, with Asus calling it the world’s thinnest 14-inch laptop at 12.9mm thick. It has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, an unspecified Core i7 processor, and a 1080p display; it’ll start at $1,199.
“Mainstream laptops will never be the same again” after the VivoBook S, according to Shih. So what is the VivoBook S? It’s a $499 laptop in a 17.9mm-thick vaguely MacBook-Pro-ish aluminum case with up to a Core i7 processor and an Nvidia GTX 940MX GPU inside. The 15-inch screen didn’t look great in my brief time with the laptop, but the specs aren’t bad for the price.
The new VivoBook Pro is Asus’ mid-range offering, coming with a 15.6-inch 4K display, a Core i7 processor, and a GTX 1050 GPU. It’ll ship in the summer for $799.