When it comes to laptops with interesting features, industry premieres and absolute superlatives, ASUS has done a better job in this regard in recent years, and the new Zenbook S 13 OLED built on the AMD Ryzen 6000 platform is the latest proof.
The marketing effort for the new ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED revolves around the fact that it is the lightest laptop in the world with an OLED panel and a native resolution of 2.8K or 2880 x 1800 pixels. On the other hand, it is one of the few laptops equipped with such a screen in the industry, and after spending ten minutes with your eyes on it, you will understand the privilege and, especially, the usefulness of the manufacturer’s effort.
REVIEW ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED – construction and technical specifications
From the moment you take it out of the box, the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED looks like the perfect combination of a compact design, a light weight and a high degree of durability. It doesn’t look fragile, it looks out of place, it doesn’t squeak in any corner, and the screen doesn’t sway for a few moments when you fix it in a certain position. It fits in just one kilogram and measures 29.67 x 21.05 x 1.49 centimeters, while the case in a combination of magnesium and aluminum alloy gives you that feeling of a premium user experience. It doesn’t look cheap. In addition, if you like to match, you will find it in a variety of four pretentious finishes, such as Ponder Blue (dark blue), Aqua Celadon (light green), Vestige Beige (golden pink) and Refined White ( white).
The OLED screen has very thin edges on the sides and a little thicker at the top, to house the HD camera of very good quality, and at the bottom, where the product logo, ASUS Zenbook, has slipped. It’s a joy to type on the keyboard of this laptop. Given how compact it is, I did not expect such high keys to be integrated with a generous and satisfying stroke. In addition, the space between them significantly enhances your typing accuracy. Behind the power button was hidden a fingerprint sensor, if you love biometric authentication.
The touchpad is very generous, supports a lot of intuitive multi-touch gestures and, above all, does a very good job of repelling involuntary touching with the palm of your hand, from extensive word processing sessions. As a fascinating detail, in my opinion, if you click in the upper right corner of the trackpad, you can activate a virtual numpad. Thus, your touchpad turns into a small monochrome tablet, while retaining its original functionality.
As an important detail, it is certified US MIL-STD 810H, a feature that translates into a very long product life, tested and measured. Basically, we’re talking about another confirmation that it doesn’t bother you.
It has a touch-sensitive panel that works wonderfully and in tandem with a stylus, not just your finger. Although I’m not a fan of this type of interaction with a laptop, it will be great for those who are transitioning from a tablet or smartphone with a generous screen. Speaking of the screen, it has a diagonal of 13.3 inches and an aspect ratio of 16:10. The OLED has a response time of 0.2ms and a maximum brightness of 550 nits. This value is very important because it behaves impeccably in the strong sun, as you will see in the images attached to the review.
The brightness is so high that it translates into VESA certification for True Black 500 HDR. Because we are talking about an OLED, it has an infinite contrast and is able to display 100% of the colors of the DCI-P3 standard. It is Dolby Vision certified and, last but not least, displays 70% less harmful blue light for the eyes. The ratio of the usable area of the panel to the housing is 89%.
The connectivity includes 3 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C ports that support both Ultra HD video signal output and power supply. As a nice detail, on the right side, you also have a stereo combo headphone output, to allow the input of the microphone signal. It comes with Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) Dual Band and Bluetooth 5.2.
REVIEW ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED – performance
Inside, the little one is built around AMD’s newest platform, the Ryzen 7 6800U. I insist on the word platform because the processor comes with an integrated Radeon 680M graphics chipset with 12 individual cores and a working frequency of 2200 MHz. I will insist below on its performance, but one thing is for sure, it also handles the occasional gaming side. The new Ryzen 7 6800 has 8 cores and 16 activity threads, with 16MB cache and a maximum working frequency of up to 4.7GHz, while the standard frequency is 2.7GHz.
It uses 16GB of state-of-the-art RAM, LPDDR5 and probably the fastest SSD I’ve had a chance to test. Manufactured by Samsung, with a capacity of 1TB NVME PCIe, the latter was reflected in a read speed measured with Crystal Disk Mark of 6683MB / s, while the write rate was 4993MB / s.
Being very compact, not infrequently, the working temperature of the processor in tests jumped to 95 degrees Celsius (Tjmax), but it was not felt on the keyboard, but rather above it, to the monitor, the system doing a job very good on the dissipation side.
As benchmarks, I tried to make a combination of synthetic tests and real usage scenarios. Starting from this premise, in Cinebench R23, we obtained a score of 1366 points in the single core test, similar to an Intel Core i7 – 1165G7. In the multi-core test, with a measured value of 8866 points, it came very close to an Intel Core i9 – 9880H, which obtained 9087 points. In Geekbench, the Single Core score was 1461 points, while on the multi-core side it “gathered” 7349 points. In the OpenCL test, also from Geekbench 5, the final value obtained was equal to 31340 points.
In the latest version of PCMark, the score was divided into three, 9284 points on the “essential” side, 7905 points on the “productivity” side and 6788 points on the “digital content creation”. But what fascinated me a lot was the performance in 3DMark. Although you wouldn’t expect an integrated video card to be suitable for gaming, this Radeon 680M proves the opposite, with 5641 points in the Fire Strike and 2226 points in the Time Spy test. If you have references “from the competition”, this graphics chipset is similar in performance to a GeForce GTX 1650 and about 30% higher than a GeForce MX450. All in all, it should behave exemplary in Fortnite, and if you do not have extraordinary demands on the side of graphic details, you can also play Call of Duty Warzone. I did a few sessions of Diablo Immortal, and with all the details to the maximum, set on Ultra, it behaved exemplary, it didn’t hang once.
On the battery side, the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED uses a 65W adapter, while the battery has 67WHr with four Li-ion cells. Beyond the technical features, however, in my autonomy test, with the brightness set to 30% and the World War II Wikipedia page reloaded every 30 seconds, I got 13 hours and 15 minutes away from the plug. ASUS promises up to 19 hours and, depending on what you do on it and at what level you keep the brightness of the panel, there are great chances to get closer to that number. Not to be overlooked is the fast charging stand that promises you 60% battery power after 49 minutes of charging. However, if you want it because it is powered by USB C, you can also charge it from an external battery.
Also in terms of performance, there is the surprising audio experience for such a thin system, whose speakers are not obvious on the case. It has a full, wide frequency sound, a seemingly unnatural spatiality for its size. Dolby Atmos certification further enhances the confidence you should have in the audio quality provided by the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED. There are some downsides to the high-frequency playback, but it is worth noting that there is no distortion at any time.
REVIEW ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED – conclusion
After a while in this area, you feel like you’ve seen them all, but when you first see an OLED laptop laptop like the newest model from ASUS, you’ll understand that this is probably the biggest leap of its kind. the visual quality offered by an ultraportable in recent decades. It is a joy to use, it is significantly more relaxing for the eyes and equally impressive. It looks good, sounds good and “moves” like you’ve never seen such a fine system do. Certainly, the new AMD Ryzen 7 6800U platform plays a very important role in terms of performance and once again dispels the myth that you need a dedicated video card for gaming sessions in more than reasonable conditions.