Last year’s Asus ZenBook 13 was a hit, earning a PCMag Editors’ Choice award. Now the latest version, dubbed the ZenBook 14, is out. While the ZenBook 13 had two different sizes, the ZenBook 14 is only available in two different configurations. The ZenBook 14 includes a 14-inch, 144Hz display (1,920 by 1,080) that provided vivid colors and crisp video. But its biggest claim to fame is the bezel-less design, which reduces the top and side bezels to a minuscule 2.5mm, which lets the laptop’s 14-inch display fit into a 12-inch laptop chassis. The pricey, optional 4K screen, however, is anything but
If you’re looking for a compact, thin and light laptop with a dedicated graphics card, you’ve probably come across one of the available Asus ZenBooks.
This article focuses on the Asus ZenBook 14 line of ultra-compact 14-inch laptops with advanced features, minimal compromises, and very competitive prices in most regions. Below I’ve listed all of our reviews of the ZenBook 14, starting with the newest versions:
- ZenBook 14 UX435EA review – late 2020 model – Core i7-1165G7 pre-Intel Tiger Lake processor, optional Nvidia MX450 graphics card, 63 Wh battery, Thunderbolt-4 and USB-C charging, matte and efficient display.
- Review ZenBook 14 Ultralight UX435 – late 2020 model – for Intel Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 processor, optional Nvidia MX450 graphics, 63 Wh battery, Thunderbolt 4 and USB-C charging, matte and efficient screen, weight less than 1 kg.
- ZenBook 14 UX425EA review – late 2020 model – forward Intel Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 processor, 67 Wh battery, Thunderbolt 4 and USB-C charging, matte and efficient display.
- ZenBook 14 UM425IA review – late 2020 model – up to AMD Renoir Ryzen 7 4700U processor, 67Wh battery, USB-C charging, matte and efficient display.
- ZenBook 14 UX425JA review – early 2020 model – Intel Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 processor, 67 Wh battery, Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C charging, matte and efficient display.
- Opinions on the ZenBook 14 UX434FLC – 2020 model – Core i7-10510U processor to Intel Comet Lake, optional Nvidia MX250 graphics, 50Wh battery, touchscreen.
- Opinions on the ZenBook 14 UM433IQ – 2020 model – AMD Renoir Ryzen 7 4700U processor, Nvidia M350 graphics option, 50Wh battery, matte screen.
- ZenBook 14 UX434FL review – 2019 model – up to Intel Comet Lake Core i7-10510U processor, optional Nvidia MX250 graphics, 50Wh battery, touchscreen.
- ZenBook 14 UX431 review – the 2019 model is a budget option, slightly larger and heavier,
We also looked at most of Asus’ other ZenBook models, including the ultra-compact 13-inch ZenBook 13, the high-end ZenBook S models, and the full-size but still portable ZenBook 15 line. Follow these links to discover our impressions, ideas and recommendations.
This post is a reminder of our in-depth review of the 2018-2019 model, the Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FN. It was built on the latest hardware platforms available at the time, with Intel Whiskey Lake processors and Nvidia MX150 graphics cards. It has a good screen, a fast keyboard, and a fairly solid battery, all in a small, lightweight metal case.
A lot has happened since the ZenBook UX430’s predecessor and there are now many competitors in this niche, so this ZenBook has serious competition to contend with.
We’ve spent the past few weeks with the Zenbook 14 UX433FN and have gathered our impressions below, along with the positives and quirks you should know about if you’re interested in this computer. Read on to find out who it’s suitable for, what benefits it offers and what can be improved.
|Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FN|
|Screen||14.0 inches, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, non-touch, glossy|
|Processor||Intel Whiskey Lake Processor Intel Core i7 8565U|
|Video||Intel UHD 620 + Nvidia MX150 2GB DDR5 (10DE 1D12 variant, Nvidia driver 419.77)|
|Memory||16GB LPDDR3 (solderable)|
|Storage||1TB M.2 NVMe SSD (80mm)|
|Link||Wireless AC (Intel AC 9560), Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||1x USB-A 3.1, 1x USB-A 2.0, 1x USB-C 3.1 gen2 (data only, no video or power), HDMI, microSD card reader, microphone/earphone|
|Battery||50Wh, 65W charger|
|Size||320 mm or 12.56 (W) x 200 mm or 7.83 (D) x 15.9 mm or 0.63 (H)|
|Weight||1.23 kg (2.71 lb) + 0.2 kg (0.44 lb) Battery Charger, US version|
|Extras||Backlit keyboard, HD webcam, Hello infrared camera and short range microphones, available in royal blue or Icicle silver.|
Our review includes the top configuration, but Asus also offers the ZenBook 14 UX433FN in other versions, with Intel Whiskey Lake Core i3-8145U, Core i5-8265U, or i7-8565U processors, 8 or 16 GB of RAM, and 256 GB to 1 TB of storage. Core i5 models come with only 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD, and you’ll need to upgrade to an i7 processor for more memory and hard drive space.
In addition, the Zenbook UX433FA series is also available in some regions, it is identical to the UX433FN tested here, but without the Nvidia MX150 graphics card. Most of the aspects discussed in this article are also applicable to FA options, if you are interested in any of them.
The form factor is probably the biggest advantage of this laptop, as it is significantly smaller and even lighter than most other models with similar features and capabilities.
As you can see from the photos, the edges around the screen are minuscule, and we’re not just talking about the side edges, but also the top and especially the chin, at least the visible part, as most of that is hidden behind the main body as part of what Asus calls the Ergolift hinge mechanism. The result is an excellent screen-to-body ratio, but you should keep in mind that the advertised numbers are a bit misleading.
We’ve seen it in the past with the ZenBook S line. It’s a system that lifts the computer off the back of the screen, creating a slightly more angled writing position, and has extra space underneath to improve airflow. Drawbacks include the fact that the laptop no longer rests on the four rubber feet on the bottom, but on two of them and two other small feet on the bottom of the screen, as well as the fact that the screen can only be tilted back 150 degrees. Of course, one could also look at the long-term reliability of this mechanism, but one cannot know how it will age and whether it will become loose or unstable over time. On the outside, it seems well-made and reliable, and Asus mentions that the laptop meets military standard MIL-STD-810G, for what that’s worth.
I can also say that the ZenBook UX433 seems more robust than the older UX430 models. The design still uses a plastic inner frame wrapped in aluminum foil, but the metal is thicker and doesn’t bend as easily. The cover is extremely solid, almost on par with my XPS 13, and there’s only a slight distortion to the keyboard, mostly with heavy pressure on the surface, and it’s not necessarily something you’ll notice when you actually use it.
It should be noted that Asus offers the UX433F series with a glass-covered screen or a matte variant. In this case, we have the first option, and the glass reinforces the screen frame, so I would expect the matte versions to look a bit more fragile. The glass also contributes to the overall weight and thickness, as our test model weighed around 1.23 kg, while the anti-reflective version weighs just 1.1 kg according to the official specifications.
As for the materials, the main body, cover and exterior are made of metal. Only a piece of plastic surrounds the back edge and includes cooling vents and ZenBook branding inside, above the keyboard. The design didn’t leave room for branding below the screen like most laptops, so Asus moved the logo here. When I saw the design of this grill, I hoped they had placed the speakers underneath, but they didn’t. The grill is just decorative and the speakers still come out at the bottom of the laptop.
For the most part, the design is clean and simple, with no aggressive branding or stickers, and the LED status indicators are placed on the side. However, the power button still has a built-in LED light, which you’ll have to learn to ignore when watching movies in a dark room.
Asus offers the laptop in Royal Blue or Icicle Silver, both with rose gold elements: the aforementioned plastic detail and the Asus logo on the lid. Blue is the more unique of the two, but at the same time the silver option we have here hides the spots better. For comparison, we’ve attached photos of the blue version of the smaller ZenBook UX333, as well as the silver UX433.
That said, the UX433FN is very portable, fitting on any desk even if it’s on tiny back legs, and the screen can be used with one hand. However, the inner edges are a bit sharp and will cut into your wrists if you’re using the device on a cramped table without a proper hand rest, but otherwise it shouldn’t bother you too much.
OI can be a possible cause of breach of contract. On the one hand, there are two USB-A ports, one USB-C port and one HDMI 1.4 port, but on the other hand, there is no Thunderbolt 3 support and no full-size card reader, only a microSD reader. The lack of Thunderbolt 3 is hard to accept these days, especially when all the major competitors offer it, and the USB-C port offers no charging support. I can’t say for sure if it supports DP, because that would be the only way to connect a 4K 60Hz screen. By the way: A USB-A to LAN adapter is included, as well as a protective case, but not in all markets.
Asus uses many different keyboards in their laptops, and some are better than others. After typing a few thousand words, I can say it’s not a bad book, but it’s not my favorite.
The layout is standard, with normal-sized keys with soft edges, short arrows and tiny function keys at the top, and a built-in power button in the top right corner that I find is best turned off in Windows to prevent the computer from going into sleep mode when you grab it.
It’s also a fairly short touch keyboard with 1.4mm of key travel, but the keys require some pressure to work properly, which turned out to be a lot of errors for me when typing fast, especially when typing uppercase letters with the left shift key. I’m used to slightly smaller keyboards like the XPS 13, so I think most users will find this keyboard quite good, especially those of you with older devices. It is also quite quiet, so it can be used in libraries or other low-noise environments.
The keys are illuminated at three intensity levels, no light penetrates from below. They don’t light up when you slide your fingers across the touchpad, at least not on my test copy, you have to physically press the button to do so.
This particular color scheme also uses silver letters on the silver keys, making the letters difficult to see from a normal angle when the backlight is off. This shouldn’t bother you if you are an experienced user and don’t look at the keys as you type, but the average user may find it a bit annoying.
Of course, you can escape this mode by leaving the light on all the time, but that’s not ideal if you’re trying to walk long distances. Of course, this is not a problem if you choose the blue version of this laptop, with more eye-catching gold lettering on the blue keys.
Below the keyboard in the middle of the case is a fairly large touchpad, although it’s shorter than on previous Zenbook UX430 models due to the smaller size of the new generation. It is visually and physically separate from the wrist rest and features a Synaptics glass surface with Precision drivers. It’s no surprise that he’s good with swipes, gestures and touches. You can’t complain about the physical clicks either – they’re smooth and quiet.
Note that our early sample didn’t have the exact touchpad you’ll find on retail devices, which Asus calls the NumberPad. This is a similar glass surface, but it works as a digital panel when you press the special area in the top right corner. We received it along with a later sales product, and it works about the same as the original test device.
I like that Asus is adding extra features to its touchpads, but those who use the NumPad for quick numeric input might miss the experience here a bit, as there is no tactile feedback and the touch isn’t as responsive or precise as the physical buttons, so I wouldn’t put too much value on this feature. This implementation also does not support legacy codes.
At the same time, you should be aware that while you can keep the numeric keypad active and use it at the same time, I recommend that you disable it for everyday use and only activate it when necessary.
The Zenbook UX433 does not have a finger sensor, unlike older models where it is integrated into the ClickPad. However, I doubt you’ll miss it, as the IR Hello camera is a more convenient alternative for a quick connection to Windows. Our test model did not come with the infrared camera kit, but it comes standard with the retail versions.
As for the screen, the Zenbook UX433 series, as the name suggests, has a 14-inch screen, with either matte or glossy glass, both non-touch.
Here we have the latest version, with a layer of glass on top of the panel that on the one hand leads to a lot of glare in bright light, but on the other hand improves the colors, reduces the grain you can get with the anti-glare version, and increases the overall rigidity of the screen. Personally, I would prefer the matte finish over the glossy option, especially if there is no touchscreen, but that may not be an option for you because, as far as I know, Asus will be offering this laptop with a glossy screen in most regions.
For the panel, Asus has chosen a mid-range panel, the AU Optronics B140HAN03.2, which we’ve already seen on other 14-inch laptops. It’s bright enough, about 300 nits, but not as bright as Z. B. Dell XPS 13 or HP Spectre, and probably bright enough for outdoor or bright light use. Contrast and colors are also pretty good, but the calibration is pretty poor, with skewed gamma, white point, and grayscale. So you need to use this color profile to solve these problems, or better yet, calibrate the monitor itself. Our sample also suffered from strong variations in brightness in the corners, although the reflections were not visible to the naked eye.
More details below, taken with the Spyder 4 sensor.
- The material designation of the panel : AU Optronics AUO323D (B140HAN03.2) ;
- Coverage: 97% sRGB, 71% NTSC, 75% AdobeRGB ;
- Measured Gamma : 2.3 ;
- Maximum brightness in the center of the screen: 291 cd/m2 at startup;
- Contrast at maximum brightness : 840:1 ;
- Period: 8400 K ;
- Black at maximum brightness: 0.35 cd/m2 ;
- PWM: No.
You can also learn more about this screen in the Notebookcheck review, which uses advanced tools to test the screen.
Our test model is the Zenbook UX433FN with an 8th generation Intel Core i7 Whiskey Lake processor. Generation, 16GB LPDDR3 RAM, a 1TB Samsung PM981-MZVLB1T0HALR SSD, and a higher performance/lower processing speed version of the Nvidia MX150 10DE 1D12 dedicated graphics chip.
The retail versions will be available with either 256GB or 512GB SSDs, and as far as I can tell the supplier varies by region, so in the US the 512GB version of the Zenbook UX433FA will come with a Western Digital SN520 SDAPNUW-512G. As far as I know, the 256GB and 512GB drives that come in some regions are limited to PCIe x2 speeds, so not as fast as the 1TB version that was in our sample, but it depends on the region.
The memory is the only part of this laptop that can be upgraded, as the processor, RAM, and even the WLAN chip are soldered to the motherboard. To access it, you’ll need to remove the back panel, which is a fairly straightforward task, but note that the screws on the sides are of different sizes, as are two additional screws hidden under the rubber feet on the back. However, replacing the drive itself may void the warranty, as Asus for some reason put a warranty sticker on the drive, both on our copy and the retail versions I’ve seen online. Please contact Asus and ask them before proceeding.
As for the choice of processor and RAM, if you need 16GB of memory, you should choose an i7 processor, although the i5 is fine for everyday use. Whiskey Lake processors are designed to run at higher Turbo clock speeds than their Kaby Lake R counterparts, but this is only possible if the cooling can maintain the temperature, which can be problematic for ultraportable computers. We’ll get to that in a minute.
First of all, I want to say that this laptop does a great job in daily use and is cool and quiet. In the logs below we’ll show you what to expect in terms of internal performance and temperatures, and in the next section we’ll talk about fan performance and external case temperatures.
As we said earlier, if you want to use this laptop for web browsing, movies, and word processing, it’s probably best to buy the Core i5 version, even though it only has 8GB of RAM. However, you can upgrade to the i7 UX433FA for a small performance boost and future warranty with 16GB of RAM.
In the next part, we will talk about the performance of this Zenbook under heavy CPU load and in combined CPU+GPU operation, for example. B. Gaming, because gaming is the reason we chose the UX433FN with a dedicated Nvidia chip. Before you go any further, remember that our first test was based on an early production copy with the first drivers. We then updated our results based on a sales model with stable drivers. The behavior described in this article is therefore what you would expect from commercially available devices.
We check CPU performance by running the Cinebench R15 test more than 10 times in a row, with a 3 second delay between each run. Initial tests produce results of around 650 points, which then stabilize at 480 points with concurrent tests, which equates to a turbo speed of 2.2 GHz, a TDP of 14 W and a temperature of around 68-70 degrees Celsius. Details below.
We also lowered the supply voltage of our device (for more on lowering the voltage and how to do it, see this article), which was stable at -80 mV, and we ran the Cinebench loop test again. In this case, after a few runs, the processor reaches about 550, which corresponds to 2.4-2.5 GHz, a similar TDP of 14 W and a temperature of about 70 degrees Celsius. Details below.
As expected, lowering the processor voltage improves performance for CPU-intensive tasks and will be useful for those of you who plan to run demanding programs on this computer. Our test unit runs well at lower voltages, but we’ve seen faster implementations of the i7-8565U processor. The reduced voltage also contributes to everyday use, allowing components to operate cooler and more efficiently.
If you are interested in the benchmark results, you can find some of them below, using the standard tension profile:
- 3DMark 11 : P3873 (Chart: 3541, Physics: 7886);
- 3DMark 13 – Firestrike: 2621 (Graphics – 2873, Physics – 9110) ;
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy : 935 (Graph – 847, CPU – 2277);
- Uniengine Overlay – Medium 1080p : 2080 ;
- PCMark 08: The conditional house is 3514;
- PCMark 10 : 3921 ;
- PassMark: Rating: 4480, processor brand : 9354, 3D graphic brand : 2497 ;
- GeekBench 3.4.2 32-bit : Mononuclear: 4219, multi-core: 13781 ;
- GeekBench 4.3.2 64-bit : Single-core: 5090, multi-core: 14689 ;
- CineBench R15 (best execution): OpenGL 85.77 fps, CPU 634 cb, Single Core CPU 181 cb ;
- x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 32-bit : Transmission 1 is 153.94 fps, transmission 2 is 38.15 fps.
We also ran some tests with the -80mV profile with reduced voltage, and here is the result:
- 3DMark 13 – Firestrike: 2594 (Graphics – 2860, Physics – 7687);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy : 952 (Graphics – 858, CPU – 2542);
- GeekBench 4.3.2 64-bit : Single-core: 5075, multi-core: 14993 ;
- CineBench R15 (best execution): OpenGL 81.75 fps, CPU 691 cb, Single Core CPU 175 cb ;
- x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 32-bit : Transmission 1 – 156.03 fps, Transmission 2 – 40.85 fps.
That done, let’s talk about the gameplay. Asus has put a less powerful variant of the MX150 10DE 1D12 chip in this laptop, unlike the previous Zenbook UX430, which got a more powerful MX150. However, as you’ll see below, the performance is pretty much the same as the old variant, as the UX430 has greatly reduced the GPU power.
We did a few games on our test device, and I’ve summarized the results in the table below. All games were tested at FHD resolution and high graphics settings on the standard voltage profile. I’ve also added the following game ultrabooks as benchmarks: Asus ZenBook UX430 (GPU MX150 10De 1D10), Asus Zenbook UX331(MX150 10De 1D12) and Acer Swift 3 (MX150 10De 1D12). Here’s what we got.
|Zenbook UX433||Zenbook UX430||Zenbook UX331||Swift 3|
|Bioshock Infinite||48 frames per second||45 frames per second||46 frames per second||46 frames per second|
|Far Cry 4||22 fps||24 fps||28 frames per second||26 frames per second|
|Far Cry 5||17 frames per second||–||–||–|
|The Shadow of Mordor||29 frames per second||29 frames per second||29 frames per second||29 frames per second|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider||22 fps||–||–||22 fps|
|Tomb Raider||45 frames per second||45 frames per second||46 frames per second||45 frames per second|
Based on these results, the ZenBook UX433 FN is a competitive option in its niche, but of course you can’t expect more from this low-powered implementation of the Nvidia MX150 chip.
However, the CPU and GPU were not able to maintain high Turbo frequencies for extended periods while running games on our sample, especially in CPU-intensive games like FarCry 4 and 5, so the performance degrades after a while.
Lowering the CPU voltage is useful for older games like Shadow of Mordor, but has almost no effect in Far Cry, where the CPU is still aggressively overclocked.
The cooling implemented is very similar to the solution used in the last generation Zenbook UX430, with a fan and heat pipe, but a larger GPU plate that also covers what appears to be the VRM.
Given my gaming experience with the UX430UN, I expected something different, especially since other OEMs now use dual fan cooling with a more advanced heat pipe system on such thin and light laptops with MX150 graphics.
It’s hard to say if cooling is a sticking point based on our experience with this test device, so I won’t comment on that until I’ve contacted the sales sample. Of course, performance under demanding CPU+GPU loads is the only potential issue, because otherwise this cooler is fine for everyday use.
In fact, the fan usually remains inactive during daily tasks and multitasking, and only comes on when the laptop is plugged into a wall outlet and switched to the powerful power mode. I noticed a slight electronic squeak from inside, but it’s only audible from very close range and not at head height, so regular users shouldn’t be bothered by it. However, coil noise has become a problem with modern laptops, and chances are it will also occur with yours to some extent, so beware. Some buyers even report screaming coils on their units, read the comments at the end of the article.
The fan runs faster during games, but it’s never too loud. According to our noise meter, it reaches about 40 dB at head height, and the ambient noise level was measured at 33 dB in a completely quiet room.
As for the outside temperature of the housing, the tested device experienced only slight heat during daily use. During gaming, the bottom reached temperatures of around 40% and was even cooler than the previous Zenbook UX430. However, given the performance issues of our example in the previous section, I would expect retail devices to get hotter if the components are also allowed to reach higher temperatures to provide the sustained gaming experience expected of such a device.
*Daily use – watching Netflix videos on EDGE for 30+ minutes
*Stress – watching Far Cry 4 for 30+ minutes.
For connectivity, the laptop features an Intel 9560 wireless module with Bluetooth 5.0, which is almost ideal for any modern ultraportable these days. In our setup, both next to the router and 30 meters away with obstacles in between, it worked great and no crashes or other problems occurred.
The speakers are mounted in fairly large slots on the front of the case and are quite good. We measured a maximum volume of about 80 dB at head height, with no distortion and little vibration on the palm rest. The sound is quite rich, with good mids and highs, but it lacks a bit of bass.
Looking at the inside, we see that Asus has given the speakers plenty of room in this otherwise limited design. Not surprisingly, they sound better than the mid-band you find in today’s ultraportables. Just make sure you don’t close them when using your laptop on your lap, which unfortunately can easily happen due to its location.
A 720p camera and a range of IR Hello cameras are available on retail versions of the ZenBook UX433F. The two cameras are located at the top of the screen and are flanked by a series of near-field microphones that work with Cortana and Amazon Alexa. The standard webcam is pretty mediocre, as is the case with most ultraportables out there, but the IR camera will prove very useful for connecting to Windows, especially in the absence of a finger sensor. It wasn’t in our test sample, but as far as I understand it will be a standard feature on all retail versions of the ZenBook UX433F.
The UX433FA and UX433FN have a 50 Wh battery. Since the FN features Optimus, which disables the Nvidia chip when not needed, both series will offer similar battery life for everyday tasks. The only differences are for games and other demanding workloads that will use the MX150 GPU.
This is what we got during our tests when the screen brightness was set to 30%, or about 120 nits. Please note that our device is a pre-production device and we have tested the battery life with a standard voltage profile. The retail units may work a little longer thanks to optimized drivers and if you decide to lower the CPU voltage or reduce the screen further, but don’t expect the 13 hours Asus mentions in its ad, that won’t happen.
- 6.3W (~8h use)– Editing text on Google Drive, better battery mode, screen set to 30%, Wi-Fi enabled ;
- 5.6W (~9h use)– Full screen 1080p video on Youtube in Edge mode, better battery mode, screen set to 30%, Wi-Fi enabled ;
- 5.4W (~9 hrs 15 min usage)– Full screen 4K .mkv video in Video app, Enhanced battery mode, 30% screen, Wi-Fi enabled ;
- 5.9W (~8 hrs 25 min of use)– Netflix in full screen mode in Edge, best battery mode, screen set to 30%, Wi-Fi enabled;
- 12.5W (~4h usage)– Advanced navigation, advanced power mode, screen set to 30%, Wi-Fi enabled.
Our review sample came with a compact, lightweight 65W charger, the standard design we’ve seen on ZenBooks in recent years, with pins attached to the power brick. A full charge takes about two hours.
The UX433FA variants have an even smaller 45W charger, and it takes a little longer to fully charge the device. As far as I can tell, none of them feature fast charging technology, which is surprising considering that Asus provides fast chargers with some of its other laptops, such as the Zenbook S UX391 or the ZenBook Flip UX362.
By the way: While all UX433 models feature a USB-C Gen2 port, they also lack the circuitry for USB-C charging, so you’ll still have to rely on the included cylindrical charging plug.
The Zenbook 14 UX433 series has been available worldwide since early 2019 and new configurations are expected to become available in the coming weeks.
In the US, the UX433FA starts at $999 with a Core i5-8265U processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB PCIe x2 SSD, while you’ll find an Intel Core i7-8565U version with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB PCIe x4 SSD for $1,199. The base configuration also costs 999 euros in Europe, but you’ll have to plunk down around 1350 euros for the top-of-the-line model, although most stores have a few other configurations in between.
In some areas you can also find Core i3-8145U models starting around $900, and the performance is not too bad, they are capable of outperforming the late 2016 i7s as you will see in this article.
The UX433FN series with dedicated MX150 processor is not yet available in the North American market, but should cost between $50 and $100 compared to a similar FA configuration, if Asus decides to offer it there. The UX433FN in the higher configuration with i7 processor, 16 GB RAM and 512 GB storage is already available in Europe for 1,399 euros.
Follow this link to find out the current configurations and prices at the time of this article.
I can’t draw any definitive conclusions based on this ZenBook 14 UX433FN, as I can’t say if our first sample was on par with the base models in terms of performance in games and other CPU+GPU intensive applications. And that is the main reason why you should buy one of these laptops.
Update: In the meantime, check out the new ZenBook 14 models. I’ve included links to some of our ZenBook reviews below (an updated list of ZenBook reviews is also available here) :
- Opinions on the ZenBook 14 UX434FLC – 2020 model – Comet Lake processors, optional Nvidia MX250 graphics, 50Wh battery, touchscreen.
- Opinions on the ZenBook 14 UM433IQ – 2020 model – AMD Ryzen 4000 processors, optional Nvidia M350 graphics, 50Wh battery, matte screen.
- ZenBook 14 UX434FL review – 2019 model – Comet Lake processors, optional Nvidia MX250 graphics, 50Wh battery, touchscreen.
- ZenBook 14 UX431 review – the 2019 model is a budget option, slightly larger and heavier.
However, I can draw some conclusions about the UX433FA variants without taking into account the dedicated Nvidia chip.
As an ultra-compact daily driver, this car meets many needs. It is small and light, in fact smaller than most competitors, it is beautiful and well made. It also has a fast keyboard, a pretty good screen, powerful speakers, modern hardware, and a fairly solid battery.
The hardware may seem like a significant advantage, and this laptop performs very well at lower voltages, but Whiskey Lake is only a minor upgrade over the Kaby Lake-R platform found in most current ultraportables, so it’s not a must-have. Also keep in mind that the screen is only moderately bright and not ideal for outdoor use, and battery life is better on some competitors with larger capacity batteries. And then there’s the lack of Thunderbolt 3, the lack of a finger sensor, and the inability to charge via USB-C – features that some of you would love to have on your device, but are available from the competition.
The ZenBook UX433F more than makes up for its shortcomings with aggressive pricing, not necessarily for the base models, but especially for the top-performing Core i7 / 16 GB / 512 GB SSD options, which at the time of the update are available in the US for $1,100, with $100 off the list price.
But that’s not all, if an ultraportable laptop is what you’re looking for, don’t forget that Asus also offers a slightly smaller version of this laptop, the ZenBook UX333FA series with a 13-inch screen, as well as the lighter Zenbook S UX391 series, which are closer competitors to the current heavyweights of the ultraportable niche : Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre 13 or Microsoft Surface Laptop. The UX391 is already in stores and the UX333 is expected in early 2019. These are all 13-inch laptops, while the UX433 has a larger 14-inch screen.
Update: Asus will also be offering the ZenBook UX392, a refined successor to the ZenBook US391, in stores from mid-2019, which you can read about in our in-depth review.
Getting back to the UX433FN option with the MX150 dedicated graphics card, I suggest taking a closer look at its performance in games when it becomes available. If it performs well, it will be competitive, but there are plenty of other options in this niche to look at, such as the Acer Swift 3 SF314-55G, Huawei MateBook X Pro, HP Envy 13 or Asus ZenBook UX331FN, as well as the more powerful MSI Prestige P42 and Lenovo IdeaPad 720s with a full variant of the MX150 graphics chip. It’s not easy to choose between the two, as each has its own strengths and weaknesses, but we’re here to help.
Anyway, that concludes our review of the Asus ZenBook 14 UX433 FN series, but the comments section below is open to your comments and questions, and keep an eye out for updates in the coming weeks, as we hope to get a chance to test the final version of the UX433FN series.
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Is the Asus ZenBook 14 A good laptop?
The Asus ZenBook 14 UX435 is a slim and lightweight laptop that won’t take up too much space in your backpack or suitcase. While it is slim, it’s still surprisingly powerful: its Intel Core i7 processor and 16 GB of RAM mean it can handle multitasking and intensive media projects. The screen is matte, so you won’t get the annoying glare that often plagues laptop screens, and the screen viewing angles are wide enough so you can share the screen with someone else without problems. The Asus ZenBook 14 UX435 is a good laptop with a lot of potential. It’s got a great design and a beautiful screen, and can become pretty much anything you want, thanks to its modular bay and convertible form factor. Still, it’s a bit pricey for its specs, so you’ll need to think about whether it’s worth it. The Asus ZenBook 14 UX435 is a good laptop with a lot of potential. It’s got a great design and a beautiful screen, and can become pretty much anything you want, thanks to its modular bay and convertible form factor. Still, it’s a bit pricey for its specs, so you’ll need to think about whether it’s worth it.
Which Asus ZenBook is the best?
The Asus ZenBook 14 UX435 is the little big laptop you’ve been looking for. It’s not the thinnest or the lightest (though it does come in a close second, and that’s not nothing), but it’s the most affordable and the most durable. Blog Post: The design of the Asus ZenBook 14 UX435 is impressive, and the first thing you’ll notice when you pick it up. It’s durable, too. While the Asus ZenBook 14 UX435 isn’t the first in its class to have a 14-inch screen (Dell’s XPS 13 is a comparable laptop), it is the first to offer that screen in each of its four available models, which means there’s a Zen The ZenBook series from Asus is designed to offer the kind of performance and premium design you’d normally find on a machine twice the price. While the entire ZenBook line is aesthetically pleasing, the ZenBook 14 is the smallest member of the family. It’s just 0.6 inches thick and weighs just over two pounds. It’s also one of the first laptops of any kind to feature an ultra-narrow “nano-edge” display. Note : You can see how the sentence starters are quite specific to the topic (which is a good thing). However, when you go through the sentence starters on a regular basis, certain sentence starters will become a “go-to” for writing your intro paragraphs. For example, when
Is Asus ZenBook duo worth it?
When it comes to ultraportable laptops, Asus is a name that you can trust. From the popular ZenBook series to the ZenBook Flip and the VivoBook lines, Asus has been churning out quality products left and right. Now, the company has another promising laptop to offer to the market, and it’s called the Asus ZenBook Duo. This convertible laptop is thin and light, so you can easily carry it around. (It’s actually one of the most compact 2-in-1s out there!) But enough about the specs. Read on to discover how well the Asus ZenBook Duo works in the real world. The ZenBook duo is a new version of the ZenBook flip, with an integrated fingerprint sensor that is built into the touchscreen. This model gives users the option to unlock their computer with their finger, and also allows them to purchase items and sign into apps and networks – without the need to remember and type passwords.
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