Unboxing the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED
Starting the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED review by opening the box, there are two main boxes with an outer cardboard one holding the laptop and an accessory box. The inner box has a cool wave pattern, giving it a touch of class. After removing everything, you should be able to find the following items:
- 65W charging brick
- UK plug adapter
- USB-C cable
- USB-C to USB-A adapter
- ASUS Pen 2.0
- Protective carrying case
- MyASUS leaflet
- User guide
- Quick start guide
- The ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED laptop itself
Starting from the benchmark suite with CrystalDiskMark, you can see that they really mean it when they say “Performance SSD” in the specs. The speed is quite high there and it’s great. In case you’re wondering, it’s the Samsung PM9A1.
In Cinebench R20, the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U that powers it shows great numbers but I personally feel it has yet to show its full potential. I say that’s mostly because the laptop gets a little hot, and thermal throttling is present when I look into it a little more. Regardless, it’s still a pretty solid figure.
The ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED did not have a strong performance in Unigine SuperPosition’s 4K Optimized benchmark. This shouldn’t be surprising since it only has an AMD Radeon iGPU, and you need a discrete GPU to have anything better than that.
A similar pattern can be seen in 3DMark Time Spy, although not as bad as most other laptops with only the iGPU having a lower score. In any case, do your best if you plan to play with this laptop.
Overall, the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED is pretty solid as seen in PCMark 10, with its weakest point being digital content creation. If it had a discrete GPU we’d see a significant improvement across the board but honestly, it’s pretty good for what you get.
Finally for battery life, the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED is quite good as it lasted 9 hours and 10 minutes (550 minutes) in the PCMark Modern Office endurance test. It works fine on standby but the battery drains significantly when you continue to use it, not to mention the heat. I’d say it’s pretty reasonable but if you plan to take it out with you, bring a charger unless you won’t be using it much.
If you want something with two screens instead, check out our review of the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED by clicking here.
ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED is a very light 13-inch laptop. Unsurprisingly, the strongest point is its portability because at just 1.1kg, it really feels like you’re not really adding weight to your bag. You can just put it in a small bag and forget it’s there. Thanks to its magnesium-aluminum build, it manages to be light and still have great build quality.
Another major highlight is the OLED display, which is capable of showing some very vivid colors. If you want something more powerful for creative work or media viewing, this is a pretty solid choice. The added benefits of a touchscreen with stylus support and a 180° ErgoLift hinge (which also improves airflow) make it even better. It’s worth noting that this comes with the ASUS Pen 2.0, so creative people will enjoy it out of the box.
As far as laptops without a discrete GPU go, the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED is one of the most powerful laptops we’ve tried so far. Benchmark figures aside, it’s very fast and works smoothly for me overall for the most part. The use of Ryzen 7 6800U and DDR5 RAM certainly helps a lot.
Finally, you get a good-sized keyboard with a short travel distance that can give you a comfortable typing experience. Furthermore, the use of the ASUS Numberpad feature ensures that you won’t miss anything even with such a compact laptop. I can’t stress enough how far the keyboard is given how small it is. Keep in mind that the arrow keys are very small but it’s not a deal breaker.
The evil one
There isn’t much to complain about the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED, but it does have some drawbacks that you should be aware of. For starters, laptops get quite hot and they can be quite uncomfortable to use. If there is a sudden slowdown or battery drain problem, this could be the cause. And yes, thermal throttling was present during the benchmarking process from our tests.
Another issue is the ports as it only comes with three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports and a combo audio jack. You may need to bring an adapter for full use. I’d give it a pass if it came with at least one USB-A port just for the mouse. Remember that this isn’t Thunderbolt, so keep that in mind if you’re buying a USB hub.
ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED results
The ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED is a great laptop, and there aren’t many bad things about it. If you are looking for a lightweight laptop with high performance capabilities, then look no further. Anything more than that and you’ll need to find one with a discrete GPU.
At the end of our ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED review, I awarded this laptop with our Silver Pokdeward.
A big thank you to ASUS Malaysia for sending us this laptop for the purpose of this review.