The 8 Best ASUS Laptops to Buy in 2018

We've got the best computers to buy from this electronics powerhouse

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Taiwanese electronics giant ASUS makes a wide range of products, but it has come to be known for its laptops due to their attractive designs and powerful performance. But where do you begin when buying your next computer? That depends on your priorities, of course. Whether you’re into gaming, on a budget or have a creative streak, ASUS has a laptop for you.

Best Overall: ASUS F556UA-AB32

The ASUS F556 strikes a harmonious balance between beautiful design and impressive power, making it our overall favorite ASUS laptop. At first glance, you’ll fall for its icicle-gold metallic frame and just how thin it is, measuring 15 x 10.1 x 1 inches. Inside, it packs a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, a 256GB solid-state drive and 8GB of DDR4 RAM, letting you boot up fast and multi-task with ease. It also boasts best-in-class connectivity with USB 3.0 Type-C, HDMI, and VGA ports, a 3-in-1 card reader and more.

Its 15.6-inch full HD display features a blue light filter, which essentially diminishes blue light levels by up to 33 percent, making reading easier on the eyes. If that’s not enough, its Li-Polymer battery delivers up to 700 charge cycles, roughly 2.5 times that of a Li-ion battery, and won’t deteriorate as fast.

Best for Gaming: ASUS ROG Strix Hero II

Whether it’s the awesome-sounding speakers, outstanding hardware performance or the stylish design, the ASUS ROG Strix Hero II is a highly appealing option for PC gaming. It’s unusual to see a nearly bezel-less display at 5mm that’s priced in the ROG Strix Hero II space but it’s a welcome design addition. ASUS even doubled down on the 144Hz IPS-type 15.6-inch display that operates with a 3ms response time. The higher refresh rate reduces ghosting and blurring for a clearer picture while the internal hardware makes sure you’re never caught lagging.

This model contains an 8th generation Intel Core i7 3.9GHz processor with a GeForce GTX 1060 gaming card with 6GB of dedicated RAM. Installing and playing games is easy with plenty of storage on the 256GB SSD that works in tandem with the 1TB hard drive, and both have 16GB of RAM for outstanding day-to-day gaming performance. Integrated 802.11ac WiFi includes Intel’s Wave 2 technology, which makes for Gigabit-capable internet speeds and RangeBoost technology for acquiring the strongest signal. All of this makes for smooth and responsive online play.

Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best gaming laptops can help you find what you're looking for.

Best 2-in-1: ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA-DHM4

Whether you’re in the market for a 2-in-1 because of its portability, versatility or good-looking design, the ASUS Chromebook C302 is hands down our favorite. With a 360-degree hinge and a 12.5-inch Corning Gorilla Glass, full-HD touchscreen, you can use it in four modes: laptop, tablet, stand and tent. If productivity is important for you, you’ll especially love its comfortable, full-size keyboard, which is reminiscent of a MacBook’s and has 1.4mm of key travel, not to mention minimal key float.

Don’t be fooled by its sleek design, though: the C302 houses a powerfully fast Intel m3 core processor with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, which lets you boot up in about 3.5 seconds. On top of that, you’ll get 100GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years. It’s a clear fan favorite on Amazon, with one reviewer calling it “THE Chromebook to get.”

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best 2-in-1 laptop tablets

Best Budget: Asus VivoBook Max

ASUS does a wonderful job at making some of the most affordable but versatile laptops. Case in point: The Asus VivoBook Max. It has a 15.6-inch HD LED 1366 x 769 display, DVD/CD burner, Intel Pentium N4200 Quad-Core processor at 1.1 GHz with 2M cache (2.5 Ghz overclocked), as well as 4GB DDR3L RAM — all great specs for its price.

The Asus VivoBook Max is the ideal choice if you’re looking to do some work on-the-go or are a college student; it can handle multiple tabs being open on Web browsers, comes with a 500GB hard drive for file storage and is easily transportable at 2.2 pounds. The 1.1-inch slim budget laptop comes with an unexpected surprise with its sound equipment: Bang & Olufsen ICEpower audio speakers that provide boosted fidelity and clarity. It also comes with Windows 10 Home 64-Bit.

Best Rugged: ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02

While a sleek design is all good and well, sometimes you need a laptop that can stand up to a long day’s work. The ASUS Chromebook C202 is just that, with a spill-resistant keyboard and reinforced rubber wrapped edges to absorb impact. It scored best in its class on a drop test, withstanding falls up to 3.9 feet without damage.

Its 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 anti-glare display makes it easy to use even in the sunny outdoors and it has a 180-degree hinge for easy viewing. On the inside, it packs an Intel Celeron N3060 processor with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 16GB of Flash storage, which should be ample for most computing tasks. It doesn’t have a CD or DVD drive, but that’s pretty standard on a rugged machine.

Best Portable: ASUS ZenBook S

Setting a high bar for portability in the ASUS laptop lineup, the ZenBook S packs powerful components into a small frame. Composed of military- and aerospace-grade aluminum for a longer life, the 2.2-pound, 0.5-inch thin ZenBook S provides premium performance with top-of-the-line internal hardware. It also has Intel’s latest 8th generation Intel Core i7 4GHz processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, making the ZenBook S a dream for those who take their work on the go.

But the size doesn't mean you have to sacrifice any functionality. The vibrant 14-inch UHD 4K display offers enough screen space for multitasking while remaining highly portable. ASUS’ ErgoLift hinge even gives users a new degree of ergonomic support by raising the keyboard off a table or desk ever so slightly for a more comfortable typing experience (this also increases airflow underneath to keep the ZenBook S cool during extended use). Working away from an outlet is no problem as the laptop has nine hours of battery life and, with fast charging onboard, can recharge up to 60% in just 49 minutes. 

Best for Business: ASUS P-Series P2540UA-AB51

While some computers on this list are ideal for travel or media streaming, if you have serious work to do, look no further than this ASUSPRO P2540UA-AB51. With a speedy 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB of 5400RPM HDD, it’s a productivity powerhouse. Design-wise, the P2540 has a very professional look with a brushed black body and a 15.6-inch anti-glare FHD display.

As far as security features go, it has an embedded TPM Security Chip to protect your data on a deep hardware level, plus a biometric fingerprint sensor to safeguard your files and make logging in a snap. On top of it all, its battery will last you a solid nine hours, and it has a removeable battery pack to you can swap in a new one if you’re running low. Workaholics will especially like the ASUS Business Manager software, which the company describes as “a one-stop manageability and security solution specially designed for small businesses without a managed IT environment.”

Need some more help finding what you're looking for? Read through our best business laptops article.

Best for Creatives: ASUS VivoBook S

Designers delight! This ASUS VivoBook S 510 has a screen so beautiful you’ll never want to stop working. The 15.6-inch full HD display has just a 0.3-inch NanoEdge bezel, giving it a 80 percent screen-to-body ratio and making all other laptops look old. It also boasts 178-degree viewing angles, so that colors remain crisp even when viewed from the side. On the whole, the laptop weighs just 3.7 pounds and measures a slim 0.7 inches.

Running editing software can be quite a burden on a computer, but this ASUS handles it while staying cool, thanks to its Intel Core i7 processor, plus 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 128GB M.2 SSD + 1TB HDD. It also has an ergonomic, backlit keyboard to keep you on task during late-night design sprints. So although it’s no secret that most creatives opt for MacBooks, this Windows 10 laptop will give them a run for their money.

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