2018’s Best Asus Laptops [In-Depth Review]

TOP PICK
ASUS VivoBook Thin and Lightweight FHD WideView Laptop, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD+1TB HDD, USB Type-C, ASUS NanoEdge Display, Fingerprint Reader, Windows 10 - F510UA-AH55
BEST GAMING
ROG STRIX GL702VI Gaming Laptop 17” Full HD Panel, Intel Core i7 2.8GHz Processor, GTX 1080 8GB, 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD 1TB HDD
BEST CHROMEBOOK
ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA-DB02 10.1inch Rockchip RK3399 Quad-Core Processor 2.0GHz, 4GB Memory,16GB, All Metal Body,Lightweight, USB Type-C, Google Play Store Ready to run Android apps, Touchscreen
BEST PORTABLE
ASUS ZenBook 13 Ultra-Slim Laptop, 13.3” Full HD, 8th gen Intel i5-8250U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB M.2 SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Fingerprint Reader, Windows 10, Grey, UX330UA-AH55
BEST BUDGET
DELL I3565-A453BLK-PUS Dell 15.6" Laptop, 7th Gen AMD Dual-Core A6 Processor DVD-RW
BEST 2 IN 1
ASUS 10.1” Transformer Mini T102HA-D4-GR, 2in1 Touchscreen Laptop, Intel Quad-Core Atom, 4GB RAM, 128GB EMMC, Pen and Keyboard Included
BLW's Score
92
87
90
89
87
85
MSRP
$619.99
$1,749.99
$279.58
$749.00
$251.00
from $279.00
Processor
Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6GHz
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz
ARM Rockchip RK3399 2.0GHz
Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6 GHz
Intel Celeron N4000 1.1GHz
Intel Atom x5-Z8350 1.44GHz
RAM
8GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
4GB DDR3L
8GB DDR3L
4GB DDR4
4GB DDR3L
Hard Disk
128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
16GB eMMC
256GB SSD
64GB eMMC
128GB eMMC
Display
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
17.3" FHD (1920 x 1080)
10.1" WXGA (1280 x 800)
13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080)
14” FHD (1920x1080)
10.1" WXGA (1280 x 800)
Graphics
Intel UHD Graphics 620
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
Mali-T860MP4 GPU
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
Intel HD Graphics
Intel HD Graphics
OS
Windows 10
Windows 10
Chrome OS
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10
Weight
3.7 pounds
6.2 pounds
2 pounds
2.6 pounds
3.3 pounds
1.7 pounds
TOP PICK
ASUS VivoBook Thin and Lightweight FHD WideView Laptop, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 128GB SSD+1TB HDD, USB Type-C, ASUS NanoEdge Display, Fingerprint Reader, Windows 10 - F510UA-AH55
BLW's Score
92
MSRP
$619.99
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6GHz
RAM
8GB DDR4
Hard Disk
128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Display
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
Intel UHD Graphics 620
OS
Windows 10
Weight
3.7 pounds
BEST GAMING
ROG STRIX GL702VI Gaming Laptop 17” Full HD Panel, Intel Core i7 2.8GHz Processor, GTX 1080 8GB, 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD 1TB HDD
BLW's Score
87
MSRP
$1,749.99
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Display
17.3" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
OS
Windows 10
Weight
6.2 pounds
BEST CHROMEBOOK
ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA-DB02 10.1inch Rockchip RK3399 Quad-Core Processor 2.0GHz, 4GB Memory,16GB, All Metal Body,Lightweight, USB Type-C, Google Play Store Ready to run Android apps, Touchscreen
BLW's Score
90
MSRP
$279.58
More Information
Processor
ARM Rockchip RK3399 2.0GHz
RAM
4GB DDR3L
Hard Disk
16GB eMMC
Display
10.1" WXGA (1280 x 800)
Graphics
Mali-T860MP4 GPU
OS
Chrome OS
Weight
2 pounds
BEST PORTABLE
ASUS ZenBook 13 Ultra-Slim Laptop, 13.3” Full HD, 8th gen Intel i5-8250U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB M.2 SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Fingerprint Reader, Windows 10, Grey, UX330UA-AH55
BLW's Score
89
MSRP
$749.00
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6 GHz
RAM
8GB DDR3L
Hard Disk
256GB SSD
Display
13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
OS
Windows 10
Weight
2.6 pounds
BEST BUDGET
DELL I3565-A453BLK-PUS Dell 15.6" Laptop, 7th Gen AMD Dual-Core A6 Processor DVD-RW
BLW's Score
87
MSRP
$251.00
More Information
Processor
Intel Celeron N4000 1.1GHz
RAM
4GB DDR4
Hard Disk
64GB eMMC
Display
14” FHD (1920x1080)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics
OS
Windows 10
Weight
3.3 pounds
BEST 2 IN 1
ASUS 10.1” Transformer Mini T102HA-D4-GR, 2in1 Touchscreen Laptop, Intel Quad-Core Atom, 4GB RAM, 128GB EMMC, Pen and Keyboard Included
BLW's Score
85
MSRP
from $279.00
More Information
Processor
Intel Atom x5-Z8350 1.44GHz
RAM
4GB DDR3L
Hard Disk
128GB eMMC
Display
10.1" WXGA (1280 x 800)
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics
OS
Windows 10
Weight
1.7 pounds

While Asus is not the most well-known name in the PC world, they are fast becoming popular.

Asus makes a wide range of products but when it comes to laptops, the name Asus is far more recognized.

They have a great lineup of laptops and the price tags aren’t outrageous for what you get. From budget laptops to gaming, you are sure to find something in their line to suit you.

6 Best Asus Laptops By Category

Overall Top Pick:
Asus VivoBook F510UA

Asus VivoBook F510UA Review

This Asus is a remarkable laptop. Plus, when you consider the price, it includes some great specifications. It also looks stylish too, and is much lighter and thinner than previous laptops.

It has a brushed metal casing which is a shiny, glittery gray color, featuring the Asus logo in the center. The shape is like a MacBook Air as it is thicker at the hinges and becomes narrower to the opening end.

​Specs

  • Display: 15.6 inches that includes Asus software enhancement
  • Resolution: 1920 by 1080 pixels
  • Battery capacity: Up to five hours
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3.4 GHz
  • Storage: 1000 GB Hybrid drive
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    Graphics coprocessor: Intel UHD Graphics 620.
  • I/O (input/output) ​: USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 1), USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, SD Card, HDMI. Lightning-fast 802.11ac WI-FI
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    Weight: 3.7 Pounds
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​​​​​​​​​Benefits

One of the biggest benefits of this laptop is the price. Plus, what is included in this price is awesome.

With the 15.6-inch viewing and Tru2Life video technology, you’re sure to enjoy watching content. It can handle most video and codec forms and has a clear and bright display.

The VivoBook also features the NanoEdge bezel which is Asus’ own. This has an 80 percent body to screen ratio giving you a wider display. To offer such a small bezel on a low budget laptop is rare.

It’s very lightweight and easy to carry around, at only 3.7 pounds. It has the integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics that enable it to perform some decent graphic based tasks. Plus, you have the latest 8th gen processor, allowing you to see some great performance from the laptop.

Stack all that with its brilliant battery life and you have the reason this is our choice as the overall best Asus laptop

Drawbacks

It handles multitasking well with the hard disk drive (HDD). Had they included a solid state drive (SSD) instead it would have been much better. The efficiency would have been far superior and the speed of data transfer improved.

This wouldn’t be an ideal laptop for gamers as there is no additional GPU. While the integrated coprocessor is good, it won’t meet the expectations of a true gamer. Having said that, it can handle mediocre level games well.

Extra Features

  • Fingerprint sensor for added security
  • Asus Tru2Life video technology
  • VGA camera front-facing
  • Microphone/headphone port
  • Windows 10 home variant pre-installed
  • Built-in stereo speakers

Buying Advice

Not all laptops come with the latest 8th gen Intel core processor, a great display and long battery life.

Asus has achieved this and, for the price, this is definitely one of the best you can get your hands on.

Unless you’re looking for a gaming laptop, this should be up there at the top of your list. It includes some amazing specifications and will meet the needs of most, whether for business or personal use.

Best Asus Chromebook:
Asus Chromebook Flip C101PA-DB02

ASUS Chromebook Flip Review

Chromebooks are a different breed of laptop. Running on Google’s Chrome OS, they’re designed for use while connected to the internet. 

Most of the applications and documents on a Chromebook live in the cloud.

This Asus Chromebook Flip C101PA-DB02 is lightweight aluminum and comes in an attractive design. It features a 10.1-inch touch screen and has awesome battery life. With the aluminum body and black keyboard and bezel, it resembles the MacBook Pro.

​Specs

  • Display: 10.1 inches
  • Resolution: 1280 by 800 pixels
  • Battery capacity: Nine hours
  • RAM: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Processor: Rockchip RK3399 2 GHz 8032
  • Storage: 16 GB Flash memory solid state
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    Weight: ​2 pounds
  • I/O (input/output): 1 x USB 2.0. 2 x USB 3.0, Lightning-fast 802.11ac WI-FI
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​​​​​​​​​Benefits

Not only does it have an epic design, but a great price tag too. Definitely, a Chromebook that gives you superb value. This Chromebook is one of the smallest and lightest there is, and built in a sturdy and durable design.

This is a great 2-in-1 with 360 degree hinges that supports four modes of use:

  • Traditional notebook
  • Tablet
  • Stand
  • Tent

The display for a Chromebook is above average and will allow you to see some sharp visuals and solid colors. The keyboard is comfortable to use and, despite it being small, the keys are well spaced.

The audio output is surprisingly good and not what you would expect in a low budget Chromebook. Even in noisy environments, you’re able to comfortably hear videos and music.

The Rockchip 3399 is designed specifically for Chromebook and running Android apps alongside 4GB of RAM. It handles playing a video, while at the same time having numerous other tabs open, without seeing it slow down.

Drawbacks

Its small size makes it less appealing to adults and more desirable for kids or students.

Watching content is great but if looking from an awkward angle, the gloss of the screen can create glare and impair viewing.

The camera does well in low light but videos sometimes seem grainy and washed out. While good for video chats, you’re not going to be taking any awesome selfies.

Extra Features

  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Microphone/headphone port
  • Micro SD card slot

Buying Advice

It’s a great design and has a superb set of specifications, capable of performing well.

Another attractive feature is the price.

With everything they have packed into this versatile Chromebook, it won’t disappoint.

Perhaps not such a good choice for adults due to its size, especially for regular use. Probably more ideal for kids and students. The battery life of this Chromebook is above average and is sure to see them through a full day of classes.

Best Portable:
Asus ZenBook 13 Ultra Slim 4.0. UX330UA

ASUS ZenBook 13 Ultra-Slim Laptop Review

Our pick of the best portable Asus laptop has to be this one.

Asus claims this ZenBook is the world’s thinnest laptop with a standalone graphics chip. Normally one so thin would come with integrated graphics because they are power-efficient and cheaper.

While the ZenBook is not a full-on gaming laptop or a graphics workstation, games will run smoother and faster. It’s also possible to make fast work of tasks you wouldn’t normally consider doing on a portable laptop.

​Specs

  • Display: 13.3 inches
  • Resolution: 1920 by 1080 pixels
  • Battery: 8 hours
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5
  • RAM: 8GB LPDDR3
  • ​Storage: 256GB Flash Memory Solid State​
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  • I/O (input/output) — ​Micro HDMI, USB 3.0, USB type-C, USB x 3 and SD memory reader
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​​​​​​​​​Benefits

The display provides you with a good amount of color and brilliant brightness with a crisp picture. To go with this, the sound system is great too, with clear vocals and clean sounds that enhance your viewing.

With the Intel core i5 included alongside the 8GB of RAM, you have guaranteed great power, allowing for easy multitasking.

The ZenBook comes with the MX150 chip and, although this is an entry level, it has 2GB of memory. The designers of the chip, NVIDIA, say it can give four times better performance than integrated memory. You get improved video and photo editing and a much more superior gaming experience.

The keyboard is comfortable to use so you can achieve a good level of productivity when working. The battery life, although not as efficient as the older version, is still a lengthy 8 hours.

For a portable laptop, it is a relatively decent price.

Drawbacks

The touch-pad is a little slippery and the clicks feel somewhat spongy. Almost as if something was trapped beneath, and that left me disappointed.

The camera is not the best and selfies can come out looking slightly fuzzy.

You only get a basic installation of Windows 10 that includes some Asus utilities.

Extra Features

  • Intel dual band wireless
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 2 year international warranty

Buying Advice

The Asus ZenBook gives you clean and crisp viewing with clear sounds and a keyboard that is comfortable to use. All of which will make your productivity effortless. Yes, the touch-pad lets it down slightly but that’s probably something you can easily live with.

While the battery life is not as efficient as the previous model, this is due to the improvement in the processor. I’m sure you’ll be able to handle less battery time for much better performance.

All in all, this is a great looking laptop with an affordable price tag which will offer you awesome performance and productivity.

Best Budget:
Asus TP401MA-YS02 VivoBook Flip

ASUS TP401MA-YS02 VivoBook Review

The Asus Flip is a slim and compact 2-in-1 laptop.

It has a display cover made from metal with a plastic base. It features the Intel Celeron N4000 dual core processor and comes with Windows 10 pre-installed.

It has both keyboard and touchscreen. You can use the screen with either your fingers or a stylus. Both stylish and practical, it offers some good specifications and features. The price for what you get is why we chose it as the best budget Asus laptop.

​Specs

  • Display: 14 inches
  • Resolution: 1920 by 1080 pixel
  • Battery: Consumer dependent
  • RAM: 4GB LPDDR4
  • Processor: 2.6 GHz Intel Celeron
  • Storage: 64GB Flash Memory Solid State
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    Graphics coprocessor: Integrated
  • Connections: USB20, USB 3.0
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    Weight: 3.3 pounds
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This is a slim design at only 0.6 inches thick and has no fan, which cuts down operating noise. This means it’s really good when it comes to watching movies or offering presentations.

With the versatile hinges you get four viewing modes:

  1. Laptop
  2. Tablet
  3. Tent
  4. Stand

It runs using Windows 10 S, so you get a high level of security on a cloud-based app system.

With the 64GB of memory, you have quite a unique laptop that will provide sufficiently for both professional or personal use. It also comes with integrated SuperBattery technology, which protects the battery and extends its life. Depending on your usage, you could see the battery lasting all day long.

The display gives you distinct features and colors, with the NanoEdge technology and full HD. Add this to the quality sound output and this laptop has you covered.

Drawbacks

With the plastic base unit, it isn’t as sturdy as some other laptops.

Not ideal for frequent gamers as it won’t meet their graphics needs.

Because of the micro USB and HDMI ports, it may be necessary to carry adapters around in order to use them.

Extra Features

  • Micro HDMI port
  • Micro USB 2.0 port
  • Microphone/headphone port
  • Fingerprint reader

Buying Advice

At such an affordable price, this laptop is good for both professional and personal use.

It has some great specifications and a superb display. The adaptability and portability is the reason it is our choice as the best budget Asus laptop.

The storage will easily carry the workload of students and business needs and, If required, you can expand storage. It works quickly and quietly due to the fanless design. With the superb touchscreen and full HD, what more do you need?

Best For Gaming:
Asus Rog Strix GL702V

ROG STRIX GL702VI Review

If you want to get the best from your gaming experience, you need a quality laptop capable of powerful performance.

This gaming laptop will not disappoint.

We have chosen the Rog Strix as the best Asus gaming laptop for good reason. Not only does it have an awesome rugged look that you want to see in a gaming laptop, it also includes amazing specifications.

​Specs

  • Display: 17.3 inches
  • Resolution: 1920 by 1080 pixels
  • Battery: 4 hours
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 SDRAM
  • Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7
  • Storage: 1000 GB Hybrid drive
  • ​Graphics coprocessor: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080​
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    Weight: 7.5 pounds
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There are some really good benefits with this gaming laptop. First of all, it has a great look with a black brushed metal finish, a cool logo and the inscription “Republic of Gamers”. A serious looking piece of gaming equipment that no one will mistake for the average laptop.

It has the latest 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor as well as NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics.

It has a great display size of 17.3 inches, which gamers need for that captivating view. The laptop uses fast 120 Hz wide view panel that includes NVIDIA G-Sync technology and the impressive GTX1080 graphics card.

This gives you brilliant synchronize and refresh rates. All this reduces any lagging and frame stutter to provide you with smooth viewing.

The keyboard is backlit and the keystrokes are extremely responsive and hit the mark every time. The speakers provide a clear crisp sound and the laptop has built-in smart amplifier technology. This gives you excellent control over the sound quality and output.

Another reason for this being one of the best gaming laptops is the VR compatibility. This Asus laptop is able to handle most leading headsets and give you solid performance with the lowest latency.

Drawbacks

As far as a gaming laptop goes there are very few drawbacks to mention. The keyboard has a soft touch to allow for great gaming but can be a hindrance when typing. This can make typing tasks a chore but I doubt that gamers are too concerned about that.

The laptop is pretty heavy but anyone used to a good gaming laptop should already know the score on this. Most gaming laptops are on the heavier side.

Battery life is lower than most average laptops but this is not an average laptop. As a gaming laptop, it comes equipped with extraordinary performance and power. This drains battery life quickly. So you can either have an out-of-this-world gaming experience or a battery that lasts longer, but not both.

Extra Features

  • RJ45 network interface
  • MiniDP interface
  • HDMI interface
  • USB-C interface
  • SD card reader

Buying Advice

The Rog Strix is a great design that not only looks good but performs amazingly. With a large 17-inch display, high-end CPU and GPU, Asus has got gaming covered.

Team this with its VR compatibility and superb sound qualities and your gaming experience is being taken to a whole new level.

While you will be paying a high price to own it, what you get for your money will not disappoint.

Best Asus 2-in-1:
Asus Transformer Mini T102HA-D4-GR

ASUS 10.1” Transformer Mini Review

The Asus Transformer is our favorite choice as the best Asus 2-in-1 laptop.

Not only is it extremely portable it will also provide you with the qualities of both a tablet and a mini laptop.

​Specs

  • Display: 10.1 inches
  • Resolution: 1280 by 800 pixels
  • Battery: 11 hours
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Processor: 1.44 GHz Intel Atom
  • Storage: Flash memory solid state
  • ​Graphics coprocessor: Intel HD Graphics
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    Weight: 1.7 pounds
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​​​​​​​​​Benefits

This is a versatile and lightweight 2-in-1 that is ideal for those with a lower budget. This small laptop has a really good design, and a well-built feel to it. It also has the bonus of a fingerprint reader included.

Equipped with Windows 10, it has a bright screen and a battery life that will last you through the day.

The 2-in-1 is simple but elegant, It comes in gray and includes the Asus logo. It has a magnetic keyboard included and features a useful pull-out kickstand which is adjustable. You will also get an active stylus for use with the touchscreen.

The screen has a bright display, perfect for watching content, and the battery life will see you through the full day.

Considering its size, the Transformer Mini offers a great sound output, giving you clear and loud vocals. Team this with the great display and your viewing experience enhances.

Drawbacks

It isn’t an amazingly powerful laptop, but as a 2-in-1 is a great device to suit the changing needs of those who can’t afford both a laptop and a tablet.

The keyboard is small and may be awkward to use for adults with bigger hands, but that is the same with all detachable keyboards.

Extra Features

  • Includes stylus pen
  • Micro USB
  • Micro HDMI
  • Headphone jack

Buying Advice

Ideal if you are looking for something which is low budget. If you can’t decide whether you need a laptop or a tablet, then this would be a good choice. With this great little 2-in-1, you get the best of both worlds at a very affordable price.

While it may not be the most amazing laptop, for the price you pay you will be getting a great performance and good quality. Both the display and sound are great for watching content, playing music and browsing.

You have the stylus and keyboard included and have security but ease of access using the fingerprint ID.

You could even produce some fantastic business presentations. With the connectivity features, you can soon have it hooked up to feed an entire conference room in no time.

Overall, this is a really good 2-in-1 that is able to meet the needs of most average users and a great addition for a family. Your kids can use it at school to help with their classes while you use it in the evenings for browsing.

Final Thoughts

As we all know, buying a new laptop can be a headache.

There are so many to choose from and all feature a long list of specifications. The important thing is that you buy the right one based on your usage. That’s where this guide comes in.

We’ve picked out the best Asus laptops, not only considering budgets, but user needs too.

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