Best overall

ZenBook UX330UA

This 13.3-inch laptop from ASUS is a joy to use. Not only is it sleek-looking, light and portable (perfect for a laptop), you'll be able to enjoy a 1080p display, Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB M.2 SSD for storage. That's quite the specification list, all for just $699. For connectivity, the company has thrown in HDMI, USB 3.1 Type-C, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and an SD card reader.

Bottom line: For the best overall ASUS laptop, check out the ZenBook UX330UA.

One more thing: Built-in fingerprint reader for quickly logging in with Windows Hello.

Why the ASUS ZenBook UX330UA is the best

ASUS has been putting out some fantastic laptops, and the ZenBook UX330UA seems to be a combination of the best parts of all its products.

It has a 13.3-inch touch display with a 19200 x 1800 resolution that delivers deep colors and an incredibly sharp image. It is plenty bright and has an anti-glare layer, so you can use this laptop anywhere you want, including outdoors on warm, sunny days.

The Intel Core i5-8250 processor clocked at up to 1.6GHz plus 8GB of RAM delivers awesome performance from such a small package. The aluminum unibody is a beauty with its spun-metal finish and is only 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) thick. Despite all the hardware jammed in, it remains pretty light at 2.6 pounds (1.2 kg). There is a decent amount of ports in the ultra-slim body, including USB 3.1 Type-C, one HDMI, and an SD card reader.

The backlit keyboard has comfortably spaced keys, and the trackpad is smartly tuned and responsive to your touch. Add in a one-year accidental damage warranty from ASUS, and you almost can't go wrong.

Best budget

VivoBook Max

Featuring an Intel quad-core N4200 processor with a clock speed up to 2.5GHz, this laptop delivers decent performance at an awesome price.

You're getting 4GB of RAM — more than enough for web browsing, word processing, and video streaming — and a 128GB SSD to hold all your stuff. The sturdy body is made from aluminum and remains respectably thin at only one inch (2.8 cm). Keep in mind there is a DVD and CD burner in this thing, and it has a handful of ports, including HDMI and VGA, to maximize connectivity.

The 15.6-inch display has a 1366 x 768 resolution and is big enough to multitask on — the lower resolution helps keep the price way down. This laptop starts at about $399.

Bottom line: For the best budget ASUS laptop, you can't go wrong with the VivoBook Max.

One more thing: The large screen means there's room for a full number pad to the side of the VivoBook's keyboard.

Best for gaming

ROG Zephyrus GX501

Want a laptop with a new Nvidia 10-series graphics card? ASUS has you covered with the ROG Zephyrus GX501. You're getting a Nvidia GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 graphics card with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM — this thing is ridiculous. Couple that with an unlocked Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz processor (more expensive models come with 8th Gen CPUs) and you have one insanely powerful portable gaming rig. And ASUS deployed some serious cooling to extract heat from the CPU and GPU. Vents open up underneath as you open the lid, which aids in extracting all the built up heat.

The 15.6-inch 1080p (at 120Hz) display makes your games look beautiful, but if you want a larger screen, you can connect a couple of external monitors using a DisplayPort, HDMI or Thunderbolt Type-C port. This thing has G-Sync too! What makes this such a compelling machine is how ASUS has managed to pack all this power into a portable form factor. But starting at $1,899, it will hurt your wallet.

Bottom line: For an ASUS gaming laptop with the power of Nvidia's GTX 1070 or 1080 GPU, go with the ROG Zephyrus GX501.

One more thing: This laptop is more than powerful enough for VR.

Best portable

ZenBook 3 UX490UA

The ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe is an insanely slim laptop, sporting Intel's seventh-gen processors, a gorgeous design and build, as well as a stunning (yet only 1080p) 14-inch display. The company has packed this large display in the 13-inch chassis, slicing the bezels down to just 0.3-inches.

It's a little pricey, though. The new ZenBook 3 will set you back around $1,849, which is substantially more expensive than our best overall pick, though we're rocking some serious computing power with the Intel Core i7-8550U 1.8 GHz processor.

Bottom line: The ZenBook 3 is a great all-rounder that offers incredible levels of portability.

One more thing: You're restricted on port availability with this slim laptop.

Best convertible

ZenBook Flip UX461UA

Many convertible laptops suffer from a heavy build and thick body — you are, after all, getting a tablet and notebook in one. The ASUS ZenBook Flip, however, remains thin at just under 0.5 inches (1.27 cm) thick, and light at just under 3 pounds (1.3 kg).

The 13.3-inch display has a 1080p resolution and is powered by Intel HD Graphics built into the Intel Core i5-8250U processor. Its 8GB of RAM is enough to keep things moving along smoothly while you're web browsing, word processing, or video watching, and the 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) will boot Windows 10 almost instantly.

The hinges keep your lid in place no matter where it is on its 360-degree radius, but they are buttery smooth as you open it up and bend it around. You're getting a tablet and a notebook in one package that starts at about $879.

Bottom line: For a convertible ASUS laptop with excellent performance, have a look at the ZenBook Flip UX360UA.

One more thing:: The hinge has been torture-tested with over 20,000 open/close cycles.

Conclusion

If you love the ASUS line but want to keep the budget down, check out the VivoBook X541SA. For gamers out there, have a look at the ROG Zephyrus GX501 — it's a beast. Those of you who want a convertible laptop should consider the ZenBook Flip UX360UA. For the best overall laptop from ASUS, however, you have to go with the ZenBook UX330UA.

Best overall

ZenBook UX330UA

This 13.3-inch laptop from ASUS is a joy to use. Not only is it sleek-looking, light and portable (perfect for a laptop), you'll be able to enjoy a 1080p display, Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB M.2 SSD for storage. That's quite the specification list, all for just $699. For connectivity, the company has thrown in HDMI, USB 3.1 Type-C, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and an SD card reader.

Bottom line: For the best overall ASUS laptop, check out the ZenBook UX330UA.

One more thing: Built-in fingerprint reader for quickly logging in with Windows Hello.

Updated May 17, 2018: We updated this guide with more recent laptops offering the best in performance.

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