Asus Zenbook S 13 Oled (UM5302) test: our opinion

It is not easy to find a laptop that is both ultralight and robust. Asus has achieved this with the Zenbook S 13 Oled. Weighing just one kilo, this 13.3-inch ultraportable is lighter than the MacBook Air (M1 and M2), ideal for slipping into a backpack or briefcase. Despite this compactness, Asus has managed to integrate a spacious keyboard and a large touchpad that turns into a numeric keypad if necessary. The 2.8K OLED touchscreen is perfect for productivity, entertainment and creative pursuits. And although Oled panels generally affect autonomy, this is not the case here, as the Zenbook S 13 Oled lasted more than 12 hours during our video streaming test.

Overall performance is excellent thanks to the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U combined with 16GB of DDR5 memory and an equally fast 1TB SSD. Enough to compete with other references in its category, such as the MacBook Air M2, Dell XPS 13 Plus and Acer Swift 5. The problem is that these components emit a lot of heat, and even with the fans at maximum, the lower part of the Zenbook S 13 makes your knees warm. When you need the full power of this machine, ideally use it on a desktop.

With its ultra-light magnesium and aluminum alloy, its Oled screen and advanced components, the Zenbook S 13 is a top model that sells for €1,499. If you’re willing to compromise on size, weight, and battery life, the 14-inch HP Pavilion Plus will save you a few hundred dollars.

Asus always does a good job of distinguishing its computers with exclusive features. This is especially the case with NumberPad 2.0, which turns the touchpad into a numeric keypad when you tap the calculator icon in the top right corner. Very handy for quickly entering numbers or doing calculations. Additionally, the software knows the difference between entering numbers and using the touchpad, so there’s no need to turn the feature on or off.

There’s also Asus’ GlideX app, which extends the Zenbook display to an Android tablet or smartphone, iPhone or iPad, wired or wireless. The setting also allows you to use mobile applications on the Zenbook screen.

In addition, the Zenbook S 13 Oled features hotkeys in the function row to take screenshots and instantly disable microphones and webcam to protect privacy. Too bad the camera caps at 720p as more high-end laptops have moved to 1080p. That said, the image quality is quite good. And the speakers are surprisingly good thanks to Dolby Atmos.

There are other nice extras like the fingerprint reader integrated into the power button, support for a stylus and a USB-C to USB-A adapter and a cover. The ultra-compact 65-watt USB-C fast charging adapter is another plus, although like the laptop it does get quite warm during use.

Conclusion

The Asus Zenbook S 13 Oled is an excellent ultraportable. If you’re looking for something lighter than a MacBook Air with a wide color gamut screen, great performance, good battery life and a ton of convenience features, this is an obvious choice.

CNET.com article adapted by CNETFrance / Image: Josh Goldman/CNET

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