This Laptop Has (Almost) No Bezel


– Hey guys, this is Austin. Take one look at the ASUS ZenBook S13, and you will see that there
is a lot going for it. I want to give a real shout-out to ASUS for hooking us up with the
ZenBook a little bit early. This won’t be going on sale
until around March or so, so we have a slightly pre-production unit, but beyond that, this thing looks dope. This is a 97% screen-to-body ratio, which means that you’re
essentially getting a 14-inch screen in a 13-inch laptop size. Now the way they do this is with very thin bezels on the sides as well as a little bit of a anti-notch? A reverse notch? You got a little tab, maybe. Instead of moving the
webcam down below the screen or onto the keyboard,
this actually seems to be a pretty decent approach. It gives you a little
bit of something to grab when you’re opening up the laptop, and it means that you still do
have a decent-quality webcam. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not
amazing with a 720p resolution, but this is so much better
then if it was like this. The other key to this is the bottom bezel. It’s there but you just can’t see it, so that’s thanks to the Ergolift hinge. So when you actually open up the laptop, what happens is is that it
slightly elevates the keyboard, and that has a couple of advantages including making it a
little bit more comfortable to type on, giving you more cooling, and importantly, totally
making it look like there’s not a bottom bezel
of the screen at all. It’s a really clever piece of technology, and engineering, and it’s just smart. It also helps that this
is a solid display. Now it’s not a touchscreen,
it is only 1080p resolution, but honestly, I prefer
that for battery life, and importantly, the panel
itself is very high quality. It’s very accurate and it’s one of the brightest laptop
displays we’ve ever tested. Bezel-less smartphones
have kinda taken over, and laptops are starting
to take that trend, but what’s cool about this is that it actually makes
a big difference, right? I mean, you’re getting a
legitimately bigger screen in a chassis which is just as small as a lot of the other 13-inch laptops that we’ve been using the last few years. It’s one of those things where
there’s no real downside, there’s no real gimmicks here. It’s just some smart ideas and
a cool way of making a laptop just that little bit much better. That brings us to the second claim to fame for the ZenBook S. This is the world’s thinnest
laptop with dedicated graphics, and, yeah, that’s pretty
thin, 13 millimeters. The NVIDIA MX150 inside is hardly the most
powerful GPU in the world, but it is a huge step up
over integrated graphics. This is enough power to play most games as long as you don’t mind turning down the settings a little bit. So, for example, here in Fortnite, I’ve got it at 720p Medium. We’re able to get a pretty consistent 50 to 60 frames per second. The only issue is is that because this is so much power in
such a thin light laptop, it means that it does
run a little bit warm especially on the keyboard, and the fans, they can
spin up a little bit. It’s not crazy loud, but
it’s definitely much louder than most Ultrabooks. Open it up, and we see
that’s act, wow, okay. So, first of all, it has a dual fan setup, which does make sense
considering we do have not only a CPU but we also have a GPU. Also, I just realized,
this says Unstoppable. What are they, like, trying to
keep JerryRigEverything out? (cheesy pop music) So it does look like you
can swap out the NVMe SSD, but what’s really impressive
is just how big of a battery they were able to fit. This is a full 50 watt hours. So usually when you add a GPU to a laptop, it means that not only
is it pulling more power so you need that bigger battery, but on top of that, there’s
less room for an actual battery as far as the physical space. You’ve gotta add room
for the cooling, the GPU, but here they’ve got pretty
much a full size cell, and you’ve got the power to back it up. So in addition to the MX150, you have a Whiskey Lake
8th-Generation Core i5 or Core i7. You also have up to 16 gigs of RAM and all the way up to a
one terabyte PCIe SSD. Build quality is solid. So not only is the
keyboard deck very rigid, but even the screen really
doesn’t have any flex to it. A big reason for that is because unlike most other laptops out there, this starts life as a
single block of aluminum which is then CNC milled down
to get what you see here. That’s usually reserved
for very expensive laptops such as Razer as well as Apple options, so it’s nice to see on a ZenBook, and I think it’s probably
part of the reason why they’re able to get so much power into such a small and thin form factor. The fundamentals are all here. The keyboard feels great
thanks to the Ergolift design. The touchpad is a little
bit on the small side, but it works and it does
have a fingerprint sensor, and you have a decent selection of ports. No Thunderbolt 3, but
you do have two USB-C, a micro SD card reader as
well as a full-size USB-A. I’m really impressed with the ZenBook S. Not only is the bezel-less display nice, but more importantly for me, you’re getting a lot of performance here without sacrificing the form factor. I don’t have to carry
around a heavier laptop to have to my GPU as well
as have my 14-inch screen. Now the only downside here is that price is not announced yet, so as long as this is reasonably priced, I think that they’ve
definitely got a winner here.

100 thoughts on “This Laptop Has (Almost) No Bezel

  1. Laughs in vega 8 but seriously. I hope theres an apu flavor of this. This would be dope for a 3500u/2500u. Not to mention apus are easier to cool and suck less power.

  2. As if math was not confusing enough I was questioning my logic on how a 14 inch screen managed to even fit in a 13 inch….

  3. A little help. I live in India and I'm planning to upgrade from Acer Aspire E5 ( i3 5005u / 920M / 8GB RAM ).

    I am a college student and want to start my own gaming channel soon and want to do content creation also. Here in India, laptops aren't that cheap.

    However, I'm getting two deals and I'm confused.

    1. Helios 300 – i5 8300H / 8GB RAM / 1050TI / 60hz IPS Panel. ~ $900

    2. Asus ROG STRIX GL503 – i5 8300H / 8GB RAM / 1050TI / 120Hz TN Panel ~ $950

    Which one should I get ? Any help would be appreciated !

  4. Only the true fans would know Duncan is the original name so Duncan I mean Austin can you shout me out and i knew you since the Dsi unboxing

  5. Excuse me but that is the first time i hear "Asus" spelled like that. I've heared "Zeus" first time but I rewinded to see what's going on

  6. I've got to say I actually really like the look of this. Having the tab there just looks sort of natural. It actually looks like it's meant to be there rather than like an afterthought.

  7. why can’t we just not have a webcam to have a better screen to body ratio? People will cover the webcam anyways with tape

  8. Austin, good find and video. I would love to get a computer with that kind of screen real estate as well.
    Hopefully, like phones we go almost towards bezel-less monitors on laptops. It's the modern way.

  9. Definitely sell my macbook. Apple is not innovative anymore. Same old design for years. Even selling the old macbook air from 2010 (design)
    The competition is miles ahead!

  10. Austin thanks so much for recording tour videos to fit longer phone screens I always hate having to zoom in on other videos

  11. Hey Austin, my name is James McGilley I've got a friend who just bought an HP ZBOOK 360 G5 for roughly $2900.00 and found one that's more expensive at $3101.00 and was wondering is it worth it to by the more expensive one and which one in your opinion is a better deal? He's getting the computer for College he's going to be getting a degree in Business. Here's the specs for the one he just ordered on Amazon and the more expensive one: HP ZBook Studio x360 G5

    Features
    Features & details
    8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H processor (2.2 GHz, up to 4.1 GHz with Turbo Boost, 9MB cache, 6 core), NVIDIA Quadro P1000 (4 GB GDDR5 dedicated) Graphics
    15.6" diagonal FHD LED UWVA for HD Webcam slim Touchscreen Ambient Light Sensor (1920×1080) Display, Intel 9560 ac 2×2 +Bluetooth 5 (vPro disabled)
    32GB DDR4 Memory, Built-in webcam,Integrated HD 720p DualAryMic Webcam, Keyboard:Clickpad Backlit Collaboration
    1TB PCIe NVMe TLC SSD, 1 USB 3.0; 1 USB 3.0; 1 HDMI 2.0; 1 headphone/microphone combo; 1 power connector; 2 USB 3.1 Type-C Thunderbolt 3 (DisplayPort 1.3), SDHC, SDXC card reader
    Windows 10 Professional (Win 10 Pro), 1 Year Manufacture warranty from MichaelElectronics2 (Professionaly upgraded by MichaelElectronics2)

    More Expensive one:
    Features & details
    Intel Xeon E-2176M processor (2.7 GHz, up to 4.4 GHz with Turbo Boost, 12MB cache, 6 core), NVIDIA Quadro P1000 (4 GB GDDR5 dedicated) Graphics
    15.6" diagonal FHD LED UWVA for HD Webcam slim Touchscreen Ambient Light Sensor (1920×1080) Display, Intel 9560 ac 2×2 +Bluetooth 5 (vPro enabled)
    32GB DDR4 Memory, Built-in webcam,Integrated HD 720p DualAryMic Webcam, Keyboard:Clickpad Backlit Collaboration
    512 GB PCIe NVMe TLC SSD, 1 USB 3.0; 1 USB 3.0; 1 HDMI 2.0; 1 headphone/microphone combo; 1 power connector; 2 USB 3.1 Type-C Thunderbolt 3 (DisplayPort 1.3), SDHC, SDXC card reader
    Windows 10 Professional (Win10 Pro), 1 Year Manufacture warranty from MichaelElectronics2 (Professionaly upgraded by MichaelElectronics2)

  12. One thing I’m kinda concerned about is since the bottom of the screen is used in the ergo lift, won’t that scratch up the paint really badly? It’s a minor thing but idk if it’s just me but scratched paint is mildly infuriating

  13. i always thought why would not the phone companies make reverse/ anti notch or partially anti notch/ reverse notch to take the camera out of screen, like water drop smooth curve, not sharp U like rise up weakening the structure, i mean like Nubia red magic has a lot of curved sharp edges on the top of screen , though that's like any other Samsung bezel, or worse actually

  14. There was a point where Electronics were almost perfect but then they had to just try to do random s*** because I don't know wake stop making things thinner and lighter and stop removing ports are putting weird ports on there or whatever the f*** it's why I haven't bought an electronic device in a while

    also laptops should have wireless charging pad underneath the keyboard like next to the trackpad also adding more random s*** to it let's make it be able to wirelessly charge as well using that so you can charge either a phone or the laptop also laptops don't need webcams just use your phone Nintendo already knows that your phone is sitting next to you anyways

  15. Isn't a reverse Notch called a protrusion?

    With video games joysticks are labeled as concave if the center of the stick is missing and if the stick is shaped like half a ball they call it convex so that also applies here somewhat except I don't really consider it a complete reverse Notch because the notch isn't actually cut into the phone it's just the screen but this device doesn't have the screen bumping up words like more pixels in a center

  16. I think this is my next laptop hahaha thanks to that vaio comparison. Great to see you opening up lappies and showing their rsgb ratings as well. Hope the 50W battery can last long

  17. the lack of thunderbolt 3 is really the hard blow to this otherwise perfect ultrabook, it would really be future proof with it

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