Asus has launched its Zenbook 14 series laptops a few months back, which sports a lightweight, smaller and better performance. In recent days, there are a huge number of laptops being launched with higher-end specs, lower bezel design and most important is the lightweight laptops which are easy to carry on a daily basis. Asus Zenbook 14 series is one of the laptops comes under the above category and here is the detailed review of the same.
The first and foremost attraction of the Asus ZenBook 14 is the form-factor. The Zenbook 14 comes with more compact design and lighter than most of the alternatives with similar specs and features. The build quality is sturdier than its previous UX430 models. When comes to the weight, the laptop is very light with the weight of 1.19 kg for the standard display variant and 1.09 kg for the anti-glare display variant. It is available in two colours Royal Blue, Icicle Silver.
Dimensions: Height: 1.59cm (0.63 inches), Width: 31.9cm (12.56 inches), Depth: 19.9cm (7.83 inches)
We have 14 inches LED-backlit Full HD (1920 x 1080) display along with the Four-sided frameless NanoEdge design with 92% screen-to-body ratio. On the sides, we have 2.9mm thin bezels and on the bottom, we have 3.3mm bezel.
On the left side, we have the charging DC in port, HDMI port, USB 3.1 port and USB-C port. On the right, we have the microSD Card reader, USB 2.0 port, audio jack and indicators.
The keyboard is backlit and the touchpad is Glass-covered with integrated NumberPad and intelligent palm-rejection. The Precision Touchpad (PTP) technology supports up to four-finger smart gestures.
On the bottom, we have the speakers.
Model: Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FN
Screen: 14.0 inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, non-touch, glossy
Processor: Intel Whiskey Lake Core i7-8565U CPU / Intel® Core™ i5-8265U processor
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® MX150
Battery: 50Wh 3-cell lithium-polymer battery, 65W power adapter
Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi (Dual-band 802.11ac gigabit-class Wi-Fi), Bluetooth 5.0
Camera: 3D IR HD camera
Keyboard: Full-size backlit, with 1.4mm key travel
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (up to 10Gbps)
1 x USB 3.1 Type-A (up to 10Gbps)
1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x HDMI
1 x MicroSD card reader
Performance and Usage:
We had the ZenBook 14 with 8GB RAM and i7-8565U CPU for review and the overall performance of the device looks good. The laptop looks simple, solid build and nice craftsmanship. The screen quality is good, but the screen needs to be slightly improved in terms of brightness.
The battery performance is really very good and on my normal usage it lasts up to 8 to 9 hours with all types of content usage like videos, typing, small games, Wi-Fi, music etc., The lighter weight makes easy to carry the laptop easily without any struggle.
With the full backlit keyboard, it is very easy to type during night times and it is very useful for bloggers and who work in the night. The speaker’s output is pretty good for watching movies, hearing music and videos and it delivers decent output.
It doesn’t charge through USB type C port hence, you have to carry the charger everywhere. I felt that the charging seems to be very slow. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity work well.
I have tested few games like Asphalt 9, Asphalt Xtreme and few other games and the laptop managed to perform well, but still needs a little improved for heavier games.
The overall performance is better than expected for the price range.
Asus Zenbook 14 is a tough competitor to the many of the laptops in the market with the same specs and features. As the laptop has lighter weight, solid weight and better performance specs.