The hump somewhat makes bezels razor-thin.
Earlier this month, ASUS raised hell along with a good number of eyebrows when they dropped the all-new Zenbook 13 (UX392). The thin-and-light ultrabook, which sports the standard Zenbook-sleek aesthetic, makes a rather questionable design choice.
I’m of course talking about the ostensibly anomalous protrusion on the ultrabook’s top bezel. A lot of people are, funnily, calling it a hump. And we here at Tech Rejects think it’s actually genius.
First off, let’s get one thing straight: it isn’t (conventionally) pretty to look at. The excess bezel at the top will obviously get some audible groans. The thing is hard to un-notice and even harder to get un-distracted by.
But here’s the thing. I think it’s a reasonable trade-off. It’s a compromise I’m willing to make. Especially if it means that 1.) I get smaller bezels overall, and 2.) I’ll be able to lift the cover with one hand and with ease.
The ASUS Zenbook S13 does both things perfectly well. Sans the “hump”, it keeps a mind-blowing 97% screen-to-body ratio, which gives Dell’s famously thin-bezelled XPS 13 a run for its money. And you can bet that the faint bezels look even better in real life.
It works even better alongside ASUS’ ErgoLift feature, which obscures a portion of the bottom bezel when activated. And as I’ve mentioned, opening the laptop feels satisfying.
Finally, there’s that sordid fact that laptop design is growing quite stale. If you work on a clamshell laptop-ultrabook, chances are, yours look an awful lot like the person’s sitting at the next table. The Zenbook S13 “hump”, odd and dubious as it is, will actually turn heads.