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Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA): Stylish, Soothing and Sophisticated (Review)

ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401) is one of the most powerful convertibles currently in the market

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Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA)

ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA) is a slim, light and ultra-versatile convertible laptop with a gorgeous OLED HDR NanoEdge touchscreen that gives the deepest blacks and the most vivid colors.

Zenbook 14 Flip OLED delivers extreme performance for any task. The chassis and lids of the series is made of diamond-cut aluminum alloy.

As with all other ASUS Zenbooks, the unique concentric-circle Zenbook finish is featured on their lids, presenting a surface that is soothing and sophisticated in appearance.

We did a pre-order review of ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401) earlier in the year; but By the end of this review, you might just be in love with the Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401).

Often times, you hear things like, ‘Oh convertibles are not always enjoyed by the masses, because they often have conceptional disadvantages, when compared to their clamshell counterparts’. Well, the biggest setbacks we’ve seen so far are regarding the cooling and the structural integrity of the 360° laptops.

However, this laptop under review is a bit different. Find out why:

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Key Features to Note

OLED 4K UHD NanoEdge touchscreen with 100% DCI-P3 gamut

  • OLED 4K UHD NanoEdge touchscreen  
  • 100% DCI-P3 color gamut
  • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio; 0.2ms response time
  • 70% less harmful blue light than normal LCD
  • TÜV Rheinland Eye Care certification, PANTONE® Validated, VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black

Incredible 1.4 kg light weight

  • The chassis and lids of the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series is made of lightweight, diamond-cut aluminum alloy.
  • The ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED seres weighs from 1.4 kg accordingly.
  • Each features a side profile of less than 15.9 mm

360° ErgoLift hinge

  • Exclusive 360° ErgoLift hinge design
  • Durability tested for over 20,000 open/close cycles

11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor & rich connectivity

  • Equipped with the latest Intel 11th Core i7 processors.
  • Supports up to 16 GB of memory, 1TB PCIe 4.0×4 NVMe SSDs as well as Thunderbolt 4, full size HDMI 2.0, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports and a 3.5mm audio jack, along with a microSD card reader.

ASUS WiFi Master Premium

  • ASUS WiFi Master Technology and WiFi 6 and for ultrafast downloads, smooth streaming, greater range, and incredibly stable network connections.

MIL-STD 810H military-grade durability

  • Ultra-light yet strong aluminum alloy helps ensure durability
  • MIL-STD 810H standard tested proves their strength and durability.

The Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series weighs 1.4 kg, respectively. Along with a thin and lightweight design, each features a side profile of less than 15.9 mm, which results in a sleek form factor that’s easy to carry.

Asus Zenbook 14 Flip - Size

Exclusive ASUS 360° ErgoLift Hinge

ASUS 360° ErgoLift hinge – ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA) features the exclusive 360° ErgoLift hinge design, which allows the display to be flipped to any position, according to the usage requirement. The hinge is durability tested for over 20,000 open/close cycles

The ErgoLift design tilts the keyboard automatically when the laptop is opened. This design not only allows you to type more comfortably, but also increases the ventilation space under the chassis for improved heat dissipation.

ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA) - Side
ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA) – slim

4096 levels MPP stylus –ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED has an optional ASUS Pen 2.0 (SA201) active stylus accessory that supports 4096 levels pressure sensitivity and MPP 2.0, allowing users to create more detailed and vivid works. The stylus has a battery life of up to 12 months.

4K OLED Display with 100% DCI-P3 Color Gamut & DisplayHDR 500 True Black

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The ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series features a 14-inch 4K OLED HDR 16:10 display with a 4-sided NanoEdge design, which is with incredibly slim 2.9 mm bezels on its external borders to provide an up to 92% screen to body ratio.

The display supports 3840 x 2400 resolution, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 0.2 ms response time, and is certified VESA DisplayHDR™ 500 True Black, which can support up to 550 nits of peak brightness and 0.0005 nits of deep black brightness, providing creators with a brighter and more detailed viewing experience.

The display offers an ultrawide color gamut of 100% DCI-P3, which is widely used in the motion picture industry, and is PANTONE® Validated to provide the most precise color accuracy.

Asus Zenbook 14 Flip - Display

The OLED display of the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series is a 16:10 design. Compared with the 16:9 display of the same size, the 16:10 display has a larger display area and can display more information, allowing users to have a better user experience.

Why Should I Choose ASUS OLED laptop?

There are many reasons why you should choose ASUS OLED laptop:

Professional-grade true-to-life colors 

ASUS OLED laptops deliver exceptionally detailed and realistic visuals, with a cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 color gamut.  

Colors reproduced on the display are richer and more vivid: it is ideal for color-intensive projects, but it also enhances any kind of content. 

Blue Light Reduction for Eye Care 

Blue light is known to cause visual discomfort and disrupt sleep quality. By calibrating the spectrum, ASUS OLED laptops emit 70% less harmful blue light. Unlike traditional blue-light filters, shifting the spectrum means there’is no need to compromise color accuracy. 

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Since children’s eyes are not fully developed, with a more transparent lens and cornea, harmful blue light can penetrate the eye more easily – with 80% blue light pass-through for 5 year-old children, compared to 20% for 60 year-old adults. 

Great clarity at low brightness 

When calculating the 3D color volume — which adds illumination to the traditional 2D color gamut — ASUS OLED displays have about a 60% higher color volume, offering better color performance at any brightness level. 

When comparing color expression under different brightness, OLED’s color expression stays the same even at lower brightness, while LCD colors degrade significantly.  

ASUS OLED laptops are able to show great detail at lower brightness settings. This means you can see the content more clearly without having to turn up the brightness; therefore, your eye consumes even less blue light. 

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ASUS OLED laptops are able to maintain color detail at any brightness, so you can adapt the brightness according to your usage environment. With lower brightness needed on OLED displays, less blue light would penetrate through your eyes. 

Extreme Contrast, Astonishing Detail 

OLED display has millions of light-emitting diode (LED), instead of just 50 or 60 LEDs in the LCD display. It can turn on and off the LED for each pixel on the screen, and achieve true black with 1,000,000 :1 extreme contrast ratio. 

0.2ms Instant response for smooth actions 

ASUS OLED displays have an ultrafast 0.2 ms response time, which is 50x faster compared to the average laptop LCD display. This ensures smoother fast-paced action scenes, low-latency gameplay, and subtle details like blur-free text scrolling.  

ASUS OLED burn-in prevention  

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With extended use, certain pixels on the display may age, resulting in degraded colors (burn-in). To prevent the OLED to burn in, these are the precautions taken: 

  • Default shipping in Windows dark mode 
  • Default OLED screen protection: Dim the screen after 5-minutes idle    
  • Samsung OLED burn-in refine technology 
  • Warranty of OLED screens: 7000hrs guaranteed (@200nit) 

Samsung’s OLED current driving algorithm detects the aging pixels and enhances the current passing through these pixels – this mechanism enables the degraded pixels to display brighter colors, and as a result, shows accurate perceived colors. 

Impressive Specifications

With thin and light form factors, the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA) is equipped with the 11th gen Intel Core processors.

The ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED supports up to 16 GB of on-board memory and a 1TB PCIe 4.0×4 NVMe M.2 SSD as well as two Thunderbolt 4, a standard HDMI 2.0, and two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, a 3.5mm audio combo jack, along with a microSD card reader. All of these options ensure comprehensive connectivity.

The ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA) is equipped with a 63 Whr battery which can provide long battery life— more than enough to cover a day of work or play unplugged.

11th Generation Intel Core Processors With Integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics

The Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA) is powered by the latest 11th Generation Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics.

Compared with the previous generation of processors, the 11th Gen Intel Core processors provide better computing performance and can enable FHD gameplay at up to 60 fps with better battery life and mobility than previously possible.

The new processors revolutionize modern creative workflows with Intel® Deep Learning Boost AI acceleration and AV1 media encoding and decoding technology.

In addition, they integrate the latest, highest-speed Wi-Fi technology as well as new Thunderbolt™ 4 technology to connect to a universe of peripherals and enable single-cable access to fast charging, external monitors, and extended storage

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Up to 16GB LPDDR4X-4266 MHz memory

The ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA) adopts an on-board memory design to allow for a thinner and lighter chassis, and still provides up to 16 GB capacity and fast 4266 MHz LPDDR4X clock speeds to provide plenty of processing power.

Up to 1TB PCIe4.0x4 NVMe M.2 SSD

The storage of the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA) also features an M.2 slot with up to an optional 1TB PCIe4.0x4 NVMe SSD and allows users to upgrade new SSD with a bigger capacity easily.

Asus Zenbook 14 Flip - AIPT

AIPT – ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology

The ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA) comes with ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology (AIPT) that can boost the CPU power setting from 15W to 42W. This improvement even exceeds the Configurable TDP-up (28W) specification of Intel 11th gen CPU, providing users with powerful performance to quickly complete various tasks.

Combined with the exceptional thermal design of ASUS laptops, ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology significantly increases processor efficiency to improve performance by up to 70%*. Thanks to the high quality thermal module and fan design the Asus Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series is able to operate the CPU at 42W nonstop.

It may interest you to note that the 70% performance increase is compared to the Cinebench R20 multicore score of an 11th generation CPU at fixed 15W TDP, based on data from ASUS internal laboratories.

Excellent cooling system

One of the main reasons why the Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA) can greatly improve CPU performance, is that it has an excellent cooling system.

The ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA) a new thermal design with powerful Ø6 + Ø8 heat pipes and 83-blade + 87-blade fans, allows the Zenbook 14 Flip OLED to maintain a high-performance 42W TDP continuously.

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In addition, The ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series also features smart sensors on the motherboard, which can detect the temperature of various components in real-time, and based on temperature data, an ASUS-exclusive algorithm accurately calculates the current power-consumption output needs of the CPU, allowing the laptop to achieve optimal power efficiency.

ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology features Whisper, Balanced and Performance modes. Users can quickly switch to a different mode via MyASUS software or by pressing theFn+F key.

When the laptop is switched to Performance mode, the system will automatically set the CPU power limit value from 15 to 42 watts and adjust the fan speed to achieve better performance. According to test results, Performance mode can increase CPU performance by 70% versus Intel 11th generation [email protected] 15W TDP.

ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology also provides a Whisper mode, which limits fan noise levels to only 22 dB(A), providing quieter operation when performing tasks that do not require high performance, such as browsing websites, watching videos, or producing reports.

What AIPT Video below:

Improved Connectivity

ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series features two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, a standard HDMI 2.0 port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, a 3.5mm audio combo jack and a microSD card reader.

This makes it possible for the Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series to easily output to a 60Hz 4K display, connect to storage devices or expand connections.

Connectivity

ASUS ScreenXpert

The ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series not only provides Thunderbolt 4 and HDMI 2.0 ports for users to connect multiple monitors more conveniently but also provides a ScreenXpert tool that allows users to switch the selected window quickly to designated displays.

When the Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series is connected to multiple displays, the ScreenXpert UI will appear by user moves a window. Users can select the display icon on ScreenXpert UI and switch the selected windows to the designated display immediately.

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ASUS-exclusive WiFi Master Premium

ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA) is equipped with ASUS WiFi Master Premium technology, which not only has built-in dual‑band WiFi 6 wireless network for faster wireless transmission performance, but also adds ASUS exclusive WiFi SmartConnect function, which provides greater distance, stability, and a seamless wireless network experiences for users.

Wi-Fi 6 – A built‑in dual‑band WiFi 6 (802.11ax) wireless network card offers speeds of up to 2.4 Gbps, and provides up to 3X‑higher throughput and 4X the network capacity of Wi‑Fi 5 (802.11ac). The network card also incorporates Bluetooth 5.0 for connection to Bluetooth‑enabled devices.

WiFi SmartConnect – With WiFi SmartConnect, your laptop will automatically connect to the router with the best signal in your current environment. It also memorizes the mobile hotspots you connect to and prioritizes connections to them when they‘re detected. Always pickup self-hotspots and prefer to connect the best AP in environment, so you can freely roam around large areas with your ASUS Notebook without missing a beat.

User can enable the WiFi SmartConnect at MyASUS software, then the laptop will automatically connect to the router with the best signal in your current environment. It also memorizes the mobile hotspots you connect to and prioritizes connections to them when they‘re detected. Always pickup self-hotspots and prefer to connect the best AP in environment.

WiFi Stabilizer

In order to achieve extremely thin screen bezels, many laptops began to place the WiFi antennas under the keyboard area. However, this location houses many high-frequency hardware components, which can generate a lot of electromagnetic noise that interferes with WiFi signals.

To avoid this, the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series is equipped with noise reduction technologyto reduce USB 3.2 signal interference. It also has a metamaterial filterthat isolates electromagnetic noise radiating from the USB 3.2 ports. These features ensure that WiFi transmission performance remains stable and consistent.

Long Battery Life for All-Day Use

The Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series is available with a 63-watt-hour battery that offers long battery life, allowing users to work an entire day without charging.

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USB-C Easy Charge for power anytime, anywhere – USB-C Easy Charge support means that the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series can be used with a wide range of standard USB-C chargers (5V-20V).

Users can enjoy ultrafast charging with any PD (Power Delivery) certified charger, including the 100-watt fast-charge adapter supplied with the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA), or juice up your device on the go with airline chargers, portable chargers or power banks! It’s incredibly convenient when there are no wall sockets available, such as flights or in vehicles.

Easy USB-C Charging ensures 4.5-watt charging when connecting to a non-Power Delivery chargers, including portable chargers or USB Type-A to USB-Cchargers.

When using a Power Delivery charger, the charging speed will match the connected adapter’s power output, up to a maximum of 100 watts.

Ultimate Typing Experience

Edge-to-edge full-sized, backlit keyboard – An edge-to-edge design utilizes all space in the compact form factor of the Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series.

The keyboard achieves a 19.05 mm pitch (the distance between the middle of a key to the middle of its adjacent key) while retaining many commonly used function keys, enabling users to type comfortably with accuracy. The keyboard is backlit for convenient typing in dark environments such as flights.

Independent function keys – The keyboard also includes Home, Page Up, Page Down, and End functional keys. This allows users to perform functions with one hand (because it does not require them to also press the Fn key). This improves efficiency for activities such as reading or scanning documents.

Extra-useful Hotkeys & Fn key with a lock option – The Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series includes several dedicated hotkeys. You can use these to capture any part of the screen with a single tap, easily switch the webcam on/off, or lock the system in an instant for extra privacy. The Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series also includes an Fn key with a lock option, allowing users to quickly switch between hotkey functions or general F1-F12 key functions by pressing the Fn + Esc keys at the same time.

It also includes a built-in LED light on the Fn key to indicate when the general F1-F12 functions are enabled. When the light is turned off, the hotkey functions are enabled.

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New power key with fingerprint – The ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series features a new Power key design. It not only avoiding accidental touch by users but also integrates the Fingerprint function, giving users more security login options.

Comfortable, precise dish-shaped keys and long key travel
Comfortable, precise dish-shaped keys and long key travel

The keys of ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series features a subtle 0.15 mm dish-shaped indentation and 1.4 mm key travel — the longest of its class of laptops.

The dish-shaped indentation subtly guides fingers onto the keys and the long key travel provides better feedback. Together, these features improve typing accuracy and replicate the comfort of using a desktop PC keyboard.

Exclusive ASUS NumberPad 2.0

The ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series is available with NumberPad 2.0, an LED-illuminated numeric keypad integrated in the touchpad that makes up for the lack of physical numeric keypads in compact laptops.

A single-touch sensor at the top-right of the touchpad turns NumberPad on and off, and a tap on the icon at the top left lets you choose one of two brightness levels. You can also swipe from the top left icon in any direction on the NumberPad 2.0 to activate the Calculator app on the main display.

Amazing Audio

Harman Kardon certified – The audio system of the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series has been carefully tuned by experts from the ASUS Golden Ear team and certified by audio specialists Harman Kardon to ensure the very best sound for all kinds of content.

They output louder volumes, richer depth and surround effects compared to other laptops of a similar size.

AI Noise-Canceling Audio

For business travelers and other remote employees, remote conferencing is increasingly common. Voice quality is important for efficiency and clear communication, so the new Zenbook 14 Flip OLED series features an ASUS AI Noise-Canceling Audio, which ensures that users can hear and be heard clearly in any scenario.

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The ClearVoice Mic function page lets user select from one of four modes: Normal, Balance, Single presenter or Multi-presenter.

When a user selects the Single Presenter mode, all ambient noise except human voices are filtered out. When a user selects the Multi-Presenter mode, the system normalizes individual voices from different positions or distances, so that all voices are conveyed at a similar volume.

The ClearVoice Speaker function filters out all ambient noise except human voices, so that users can hear and record more clearly — even if background noise is present.

ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA): Specifications

ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA) - Specification

Price of ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA)

The retail price is $1,099.99 which amounts to about N659,994 (by N600/$ exchange rate).

Conclusion:

ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP5401EA) as laptop with great performance from a ULV chip. It contains strong aluminum chassis; high resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio; deep blacks and virtually infinite contrast ratio; NumberPad + Stylus inside the box and fingerprint reader + MicroSD card slot + 2x Thunderbolt 4 ports. It is great laptop.

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