Reviewers laud the ZenBook 13, which takes 15th place in our Best Laptops of 2021 list and comes in at No. 6 on our Best Laptops for College list, for its trim and light design and low price. They also appreciate its support for older peripherals and cables, something absent from larger and more expensive laptops that only feature USB-C ports, as well as the clever way its touchpad can be used as a numeric keypad.
Reviewers are less enthusiastic about the lack of a UHD touchscreen and a headphone jack. Tests also found that the ZenBook 13’s battery life, even with a more efficient 11th-generation i7 processor, fell short of the advertised 22 hours by 10 hours or so. In particular, users will experience less battery life if they use Wi-Fi. However, that is still pretty good for Windows laptops. Reviewers also found that although Asus claims that this ZenBook model is “ruggedized,” it can feel a bit flimsy in practice.