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ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433FA (Core i5-8265U, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Alex Alderson), 02/08/2019

Slim, stylish and speedy. The ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433F has a thin and compact design, while its Whiskey Lake Core i5 processor should provide solid performance. The device has good battery life too, although its display is underwhelming. Read on to find out how the ZenBook 14 UX433FA-A6061T performs in our tests and how it shapes up against its competitors.

You may recognise the ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433FA from our review of its sibling, the UX433FA-A6076T, which we published at the end of last year. While ASUS equips the latter with an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, the UX433FA-A6061T has a Core i5-8265U processor instead. Both CPUs are from Intel’s Whiskey Lake generation, but the Core i5-8265U has lower clock speeds and a 2 MB smaller Level 3 cache.

We have chosen to compare the UX433FA-A6061T against other thin and light laptops that cost around 1,000 Euros (~$1,140). Among our comparison devices are the Acer Swift 3 SF314-55, the Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F and the Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14. Please keep in mind that Huawei launched the MateBook D at around 1,300 Euros (~$1,482), while the InfinityBook Pro 14 costs just 699 Euros (~$797), which is approximately 30% cheaper than the UX433FA.

The UX433FA-A6061T and UX433FA-A6076T are otherwise identical apart from their CPUs. Hence, we shall not be covering the case, the connectivity, the input devices, or the speakers in our UX433FA-A6061T review. We shall be giving just an overview of the display too as it only differs slightly from the one in our UX433FA-A6076T review unit. Please see our UX433FA-A6076T review for our thoughts on the areas that we are not covering in this review.

Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T (ZenBook 14 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Core: 300-1100 MHz, Dual channel, 25.20.100.6373
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2440, dual-channel, memory soldered, no memory banks
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, AU Optronics B140HAN03.2, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G, 256 GB 
, , 206 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combined headphone and microphone jack, Card Reader: MicroSD, TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.9 x 319 x 199 ( = 0.63 x 12.56 x 7.83 in)
Battery
50 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, McAfee LiveSafe (Trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.18 kg ( = 41.62 oz / 2.6 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1099 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Size Comparison

323 mm / 12.7 inch 221 mm / 8.7 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.5 kg3.24 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 228 mm / 8.98 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.5 kg3.31 lbs319 mm / 12.6 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.2 kg2.6 lbs319 mm / 12.6 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 1.2 kg2.62 lbs
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Average of class Subnotebook
  (8 - 186, n=120)
62.4 MB/s ∼100% +73%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
36 MB/s ∼58%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC)
31.2 MB/s ∼50% -13%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.7 MB/s ∼43% -26%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Average of class Subnotebook
  (17.7 - 251, n=123)
79 MB/s ∼100% +206%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC)
36.1 MB/s ∼46% +40%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
29.5 MB/s ∼37% +14%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
25.8 MB/s ∼33%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
666 (min: 585, max: 685) MBit/s ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
641 MBit/s ∼96% -4%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
630 (min: 523, max: 670) MBit/s ∼95% -5%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
502 (min: 323, max: 535) MBit/s ∼75% -25%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
638 (min: 570, max: 673) MBit/s ∼100% +1%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
631 (min: 503, max: 648) MBit/s ∼99%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
590 (min: 528, max: 688) MBit/s ∼92% -6%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
563 MBit/s ∼88% -11%
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Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø665 (585-685)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8 Intel Core i3-8145U, Intel UHD Graphics 620; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø629 (523-670)
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø502 (323-535)
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø631 (503-648)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8 Intel Core i3-8145U, Intel UHD Graphics 620; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø638 (570-673)
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø591 (528-688)

Display

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

The UX433FA-A6061T has the same 14-inch IPS display as the UX433FA-A6076T. The screen operates natively at 1920x1080 and has a highly reflective finish. Our test unit achieved an average maximum brightness of 282 cd/m², according to X-Rite i1Pro 2, which is 10% darker than the display in our UX433FA-A6076T review device. We suspect that ASUS has partnered with multiple display manufacturers to build its UX433F range as the screens in the UX433FA-A6076T and UX433FA-A6061T have consistently different values. Please keep in mind that these displays could carry the same model number too, as no two screens have identical brightness, contrast ratios or colour accuracy.

The UX433FA-A6061T is slightly brighter than our other comparison devices though and achieved a higher contrast ratio than the UX433FA-A6076T thanks to its 45% lower black value. Generally, we expect displays at this price to achieve at least 300 cd/m² and above a 1,000:1 contrast ratio. Our test device falls just short of that first criteria, but that is mainly because the bottom third of its display is much darker than the top two-thirds.

The UX433FA-A6061T also has a considerably less evenly lit display than our comparison devices, while the accuracy of its colour reproduction is on par with the UX433FA-A6076T and slightly worse than the Swift 3 SF314. Viewing angles are equally as good as the display in the UX433FA-A6076T, although the UX433FA-A6061T will be slightly harder to read outside on a sunny day because of its lower maximum luminosity.

276
cd/m²
308
cd/m²
293
cd/m²
283
cd/m²
321
cd/m²
284
cd/m²
264
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
248
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B140HAN03.2
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 321 cd/m² Average: 281.9 cd/m² Minimum: 18 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 77 %
Center on Battery: 323 cd/m²
Contrast: 1605:1 (Black: 0.2 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.35 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 1.88
ΔE Greyscale 8.35 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
91% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 59% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.51
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
10%
-3%
-15%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
42 (21, 21)
39.6 (21.2, 18.4)
6%
41 (21, 20)
2%
41 (21, 20)
2%
Response Time Black / White *
28 (16, 12)
24 (14.4, 9.6)
14%
30 (18, 12)
-7%
37 (21, 16)
-32%
PWM Frequency
25000 (20)
200 (90)
Screen
-11%
6%
-20%
Brightness middle
321
332.8
4%
291
-9%
291
-9%
Brightness
282
310
10%
276
-2%
276
-2%
Brightness Distribution
77
87
13%
90
17%
85
10%
Black Level *
0.2
0.29
-45%
0.27
-35%
0.46
-130%
Contrast
1605
1148
-28%
1078
-33%
633
-61%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.35
5.14
19%
3.86
39%
4.3
32%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
12.2
11.88
3%
8.26
32%
10.01
18%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.88
3.61
-92%
3.18
-69%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
8.35
8.8
-5%
5.33
36%
4.21
50%
Gamma
2.51 88%
2.33 94%
2.25 98%
2.46 89%
CCT
8227 79%
8227 79%
7426 88%
6867 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59
58.1
-2%
62
5%
41
-31%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
91
89.2
-2%
98
8%
64
-30%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-1% / -8%
2% / 4%
-18% / -19%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9331 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

CalMAN: ColorChecker - uncalibrated
CalMAN: ColorChecker - uncalibrated
CalMAN: Grayscale - uncalibrated
CalMAN: Grayscale - uncalibrated
CalMAN: Colour Saturation - uncalibrated
CalMAN: Colour Saturation - uncalibrated
CalMAN: ColorChecker - calibrated
CalMAN: ColorChecker - calibrated
CalMAN: Grayscale - calibrated
CalMAN: Grayscale - calibrated
CalMAN: Colour Saturation - calibrated
CalMAN: Colour Saturation - calibrated

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 12 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 60 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
42 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21 ms rise
↘ 21 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 55 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.5 ms).

Performance

The UX433FA-A6061T is powerful enough for most office and Internet applications. Its Core i5-8265U is a modern quad-core processor that should combine with 8 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM to deliver consistently smooth system performance.

The UX433FA-A6061T currently costs around 1,100 Euros (~$1,254), but the UX433 starts at close to 900 Euros (~$1,026). ASUS also sells the UX433FN, which the company equips with an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU, should you need more graphics performance than the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 delivers.

Processor

The Core i5-8265U is an ultra-low voltage (ULV) CPU that has a 15 W thermal design power (TDP) and is based on Intel's Whiskey Lake architecture. The CPU has a 1.6 GHz base clock speed and can utilise Intel Turbo Boost to increase up to 3.7 GHz across all cores when required. The Core i5-8265U can achieve up to 3.8 GHz across two cores and 3.9 GHz in single-core applications.

The CPU operates at between 3 GHz and 3.4 GHz when we run a Cinebench R15 Multi 64-bit benchmark, while the CPU fluctuates between 2.5 GHz and 3.9 GHz during the single-core benchmark.

This behaviour only applies to when the UX433FA-A6061T is running on mains power. The system downclocks the CPU to around 1.8 GHz on battery power, although we noticed clock speeds occasionally reaching 2.5 GHz.

HWiNFO
HWiNFO
Intel XTU
Intel XTU

We also subjected our test unit to a looped CB R15 Multi 64-bit benchmark to test how well it maintained its turbo clock speeds. We ran the continuous loop for around 30 minutes and observed any changes in benchmark scores. The UX433FA-A6061T initially scored 647 points, but the CPU throttled heavily, with our test device only scoring 496 points by the fourth run through. The CPU then stabilised, and the UX433FA-A6061T scored around 496/497 points for the remainder of our benchmark loop. However, this drop represents a 25% loss of peak performance, which is considerable throttling.

By contrast, the UX433FA-A6076T can maintain more consistent performance under load with its more-powerful Core i7-8565U processor. We suspected that the heavy throttling in our review unit could have been caused by the BIOS. We downgraded from BIOS 301 to BIOS 204, on which we tested the UX433FA-A6076T, and we re-ran our benchmark loop. The performance difference is dramatic. The device initially scores around 1% less in CB R15 Multi 64-bit on BIOS 204 than it did on BIOS 301, but it then only drops to a minimum of 557 points, which is around 12% higher than on BIOS 301. It appears then that ASUS is now causing its UX433 laptops to throttle more aggressively than they need to, but you can revert to an older BIOS to circumvent this.

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Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø504 (494.08-654.12)
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U; BIOS 204: Ø571 (557.17-647.21)
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø591 (579.19-624.27)
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14 Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U; Windows 10: Ø476 (468.41-588.37)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8 Intel Core i3-8145U, Intel Core i3-8145U: Ø349 (347.66-361.38)
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø525 (518.44-565)
CPU clock speeds during a looped CB R15 multicore benchmark (BIOS 301)
CPU clock speeds during a looped CB R15 multicore benchmark (BIOS 301)
CPU clock speeds during a looped CB R15 multicore benchmark (BIOS 204)
CPU clock speeds during a looped CB R15 multicore benchmark (BIOS 204)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6928
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
20179
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5841
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.22 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.73 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
38.82 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
149 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
48.51 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
647 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
Intel Core i7-8565U (Windows 10)
176 Points ∼81% +18%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
Intel Core i7-8565U
169 Points ∼78% +13%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (111 - 164, n=31)
155 Points ∼71% +4%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Intel Core i3-8145U
150 Points ∼69% +1%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U
149 Points ∼68%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼66% -4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 185, n=281)
117 Points ∼54% -21%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U
654 Points ∼15%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U (BIOS 204)
647 Points ∼15% -1%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
Intel Core i7-8565U
622 Points ∼14% -5%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (457 - 750, n=34)
594 Points ∼14% -9%
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
Intel Core i7-8565U (Windows 10)
588 Points ∼13% -10%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel Core i5-8250U
565 Points ∼13% -14%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Intel Core i3-8145U
361 Points ∼8% -45%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 1051, n=291)
346 Points ∼8% -47%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
Intel Core i7-8565U (Windows 10)
7146 Points ∼66% +22%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
Intel Core i7-8565U
6760 Points ∼62% +16%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (5841 - 6209, n=9)
6044 Points ∼56% +3%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Intel Core i3-8145U
5953 Points ∼55% +2%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U
5841 Points ∼54%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (322 - 7345, n=466)
3176 Points ∼29% -46%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U
20179 Points ∼31%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
Intel Core i7-8565U
19689 Points ∼30% -2%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (16318 - 22962, n=9)
18952 Points ∼29% -6%
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
Intel Core i7-8565U (Windows 10)
14912 Points ∼23% -26%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Intel Core i3-8145U
13074 Points ∼20% -35%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (661 - 31463, n=448)
7193 Points ∼11% -64%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (12198 - 14499, n=6)
13659 Points ∼17% +4%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U
13116 Points ∼16%
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
Intel Core i7-8565U (Windows 10)
12463 Points ∼15% -5%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Intel Core i3-8145U
7420 Points ∼9% -43%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1018 - 14015, n=79)
6315 Points ∼8% -52%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
Intel Core i7-8565U (Windows 10)
4360 Points ∼89% +21%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (3470 - 3842, n=6)
3669 Points ∼75% +2%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U
3608 Points ∼74%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Intel Core i3-8145U
3360 Points ∼69% -7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (592 - 4051, n=79)
2604 Points ∼53% -28%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (13168 - 14390, n=3)
13975 Points ∼39% +6%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U
13168 Points ∼37%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2529 - 22182, n=31)
8209 Points ∼23% -38%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Intel Core i3-8145U
7471 Points ∼21% -43%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (4229 - 4605, n=3)
4422 Points ∼70% +5%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U
4229 Points ∼67%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Intel Core i3-8145U
4001 Points ∼63% -5%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1179 - 5366, n=31)
3499 Points ∼55% -17%
Geekbench 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U
13870 Points ∼24%
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
Intel Core i7-8565U (Windows 10)
13711 Points ∼24% -1%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (7144 - 16249, n=16)
13553 Points ∼24% -2%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
Intel Core i7-8565U
12832 Points ∼22% -7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2593 - 17643, n=35)
10484 Points ∼18% -24%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Intel Core i3-8145U
7859 Points ∼14% -43%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
Intel Core i7-8565U (Windows 10)
5518 Points ∼87% +24%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
Intel Core i7-8565U
5210 Points ∼82% +17%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U
4437 Points ∼70%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (2106 - 4830, n=16)
4357 Points ∼69% -2%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Intel Core i3-8145U
4118 Points ∼65% -7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1529 - 5280, n=35)
3903 Points ∼62% -12%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
Intel Core i7-8565U (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
241.02 Points ∼69% +9%
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
Intel Core i7-8565U (Chromium 71.0.3578.98 - Windows 10)
231.56 Points ∼66% +5%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U
  (194 - 244, n=15)
228 Points ∼65% +3%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel Core i5-8265U (Edge 44)
220.65 Points ∼63%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Intel Core i3-8145U (Edge 42)
215.86 Points ∼61% -2%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (34.8 - 297, n=137)
189 Points ∼54% -14%

System Performance

The UX433FA-A6061T performed well in PCMark benchmarks, but all the differences between devices in our comparison tables are rather small. The InfinityBook Pro 14 scored around 12% more than the UX433FA-A6061T overall in PCMark 10, but this is because of the former’s much faster SSD.

Subjectively, our test unit felt snappy and delivered smooth system performance throughout our tests. We did not encounter any problems when multitasking and the Core i5-8265U should be powerful enough for most tasks, but it lacks the graphics performance needed for resource-intensive activities like video-editing.

PCMark 7 Score
5946 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3733 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4690 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4715 points
Help
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO 500GB
2948 Points ∼23% +2%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2067 - 3210, n=25)
2929 Points ∼23% +1%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
2902 Points ∼22%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
2804 Points ∼22% -3%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
2781 Points ∼21% -4%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (534 - 4338, n=95)
2504 Points ∼19% -14%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
UHD Graphics 620, 8145U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
2392 Points ∼18% -18%
Productivity
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO 500GB
7588 Points ∼75% +28%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
6400 Points ∼63% +8%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2941 - 6556, n=25)
6048 Points ∼59% +2%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
5939 Points ∼58%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
5758 Points ∼57% -3%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
UHD Graphics 620, 8145U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
5274 Points ∼52% -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1014 - 7281, n=95)
5268 Points ∼52% -11%
Essentials
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO 500GB
8140 Points ∼72% +7%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
7952 Points ∼71% +4%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (5073 - 8689, n=25)
7796 Points ∼69% +2%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
7618 Points ∼68%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
7373 Points ∼65% -3%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
UHD Graphics 620, 8145U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
6911 Points ∼61% -9%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2062 - 9664, n=95)
6875 Points ∼61% -10%
Score
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO 500GB
4063 Points ∼50% +12%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3736 Points ∼46% +3%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2247 - 3985, n=25)
3702 Points ∼46% +2%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3643 Points ∼45%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
3526 Points ∼43% -3%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (743 - 4609, n=98)
3186 Points ∼39% -13%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
UHD Graphics 620, 8145U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
3179 Points ∼39% -13%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Samsung SSD 970 EVO 500GB
4179 Points ∼69% +12%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
3733 Points ∼61%
Average Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2747 - 4244, n=22)
3444 Points ∼57% -8%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3285 Points ∼54% -12%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
UHD Graphics 620, 8145U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
3281 Points ∼54% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4211, n=248)
3044 Points ∼50% -18%

Storage Devices

ASUS has equipped our test device with a 256 GB Western Digital SSD that carries the model number WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G. The SSD operates using the NVMe protocol and had approximately 206 GB free space when we first booted our review unit, with Windows 10 and its recovery partition taking up the remaining space.

The SN520 achieved fast transfer speeds in CrystalDiskMark 5.2/6, but it is resoundingly beaten by the Samsung 970 EVO in the InfinityBook Pro 14 and is slightly slower overall than the 512 GB version of the SN520 in the UX433FA-A6076T. Our test device achieved better transfer speeds than the drives in our other two comparison devices as these are equipped with SATA III SSDs, which are considerably slower than their NVMe counterparts.

WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
Sequential Read: 1075 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1048 MB/s
512K Read: 694.4 MB/s
512K Write: 549.2 MB/s
4K Read: 36.9 MB/s
4K Write: 130.5 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 387.5 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 387.6 MB/s
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
Samsung SSD 970 EVO 500GB
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1027
Average WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
 
Average of class Subnotebook
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
12%
37%
-20%
-45%
4%
3%
Write 4K
99.9
123
23%
130.9
31%
96.83
-3%
60.54
-39%
114 (81.7 - 150, n=11)
14%
95.1 (3.23 - 191, n=104)
-5%
Read 4K
40.03
43.28
8%
44.66
12%
36.99
-8%
21.63
-46%
41.7 (34.4 - 46.1, n=11)
4%
68.2 (5.37 - 3738, n=104)
70%
Write Seq
973.1
752.7
-23%
1187
22%
463.1
-52%
450.9
-54%
1150 (929 - 1302, n=11)
18%
809 (48.9 - 2334, n=103)
-17%
Read Seq
1111
1336
20%
1190
7%
794.2
-29%
482.3
-57%
1246 (1085 - 1388, n=11)
12%
1081 (142 - 2760, n=103)
-3%
Write 4K Q32T1
424.6
509.7
20%
317.4
-25%
291.7
-31%
248.9
-41%
331 (206 - 461, n=11)
-22%
292 (3.6 - 868, n=104)
-31%
Read 4K Q32T1
255.9
339.2
33%
386.1
51%
352
38%
267.6
5%
307 (231 - 410, n=11)
20%
327 (17.4 - 1580, n=104)
28%
Write Seq Q32T1
1300
1455
12%
2510
93%
468.1
-64%
534.1
-59%
1119 (518 - 1302, n=11)
-14%
954 (16.7 - 2992, n=104)
-27%
Read Seq Q32T1
1723
1727
0%
3560
107%
1489
-14%
562.8
-67%
1727 (1688 - 1751, n=11)
0%
1818 (113 - 3563, n=104)
6%

Graphics Card

The Intel UHD Graphics 620 handles graphics and can clock up to 1.1 GHz. The GPU supports DirectX 12 and achieves typical 3DMark benchmark results for a UHD Graphics 620. The UX433FA-A6061T runs in dual-channel mode, which helps improve graphics performance over devices that run in single-channel mode. You cannot switch between modes though as the RAM is soldered to the motherboard. You can only enable dual-channel mode in a system that is running in single-channel mode if you add a second identical RAM module.

3DMark 06 Standard
11338 points
3DMark 11 Performance
2074 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
9534 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1168 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1979 Points ∼100% +7%
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1863 Points ∼94% +1%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1851 Points ∼94%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1776 Points ∼90% -4%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 2006, n=174)
1716 Points ∼87% -7%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i3-8145U
1415 Points ∼72% -24%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 10699, n=368)
1319 Points ∼67% -29%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average of class Subnotebook
  (85 - 2840, n=42)
553 Points ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
402 Points ∼73%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (299 - 431, n=34)
359 Points ∼65%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1399 Points ∼100% +8%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1292 Points ∼92%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1245 Points ∼89% -4%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1401, n=144)
1128 Points ∼81% -13%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 3726, n=247)
1057 Points ∼76% -18%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i3-8145U
838 Points ∼60% -35%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
11294 Points ∼100% +3%
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
11059 Points ∼98% +1%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
10968 Points ∼97%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
9730 Points ∼86% -11%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 11436, n=162)
9146 Points ∼81% -17%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 22615, n=276)
7743 Points ∼69% -29%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i3-8145U
7152 Points ∼63% -35%

Gaming Performance

The UX433FA-A6061T can play some older and simple games with its UHD Graphics 620, but only at low resolutions and low graphics settings. Modern triple-A games like Battlefield V are unplayable, but our review unit achieved an impressive 60+ FPS in BioShock Infinite at low graphics in 720p. The system even averaged 31 FPS at high settings, but this does not deliver a smooth gaming experience in our opinion.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 67.4 36.7 31 9.9 fps

Emissions

Fan Noise

The UX433FA-A6061T operated quietly throughout testing and only reached a maximum of 30.9 dB(A) at idle. Moreover, the single fan ramps up to just 32.7 dB(A) under sustained load, but this is still quieter than the ambient noise produced in most offices.

Unfortunately, our review unit suffers from coil whine, which some people may find annoying. We did not find it intrusive during our tests, but your ears may be more sensitive than ours.

Noise Level

Idle
30.5 / 30.5 / 30.9 dB(A)
Load
32.7 / 31.5 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.5 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.634.132.831.62531.233.429.431.23131.936.330.631.94030.333.43030.35031.336.428.831.36330.627.126.130.68027.127.127.627.110025.925.625.625.912525.824.624.825.816024.12423.924.120023.223.322.423.225022.322.121.722.331521.921.321.221.94002120.620.22150020.519.819.420.56302021.418.92080019.319.217.719.3100019.418.817.719.412502018.717.720160020.919.717.620.9200021.719.417.721.72500211917.521315021.819.418.121.8400021.218.618.221.2500019.918.618.319.9630019.618.818.619.6800019.719.118.919.71000019.319.11919.31250019.719.11919.71600019.819.419.419.8SPL32.731.530.532.7N1.61.41.31.6median 20.9median 19.4median 18.9median 20.9Delta1.21.21.81.2hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAsus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T

Temperature

The ZenBook 14 UX433FA-A6061T during a stress test.
The ZenBook 14 UX433FA-A6061T during a stress test.

The UX433FA-A6061T also manages its surface temperatures well. The case reaches a maximum of 26.1 °C at idle and averages just 25 °C across all surfaces. The areas around the display hinge reached around 40 °C during our stress test, but the palm rest averages a pleasantly cool 29.2 °C. In short, the UX433FA-A6061T should not feel hot to the touch in daily use.

We also subjected our review unit to an hour-long FurMark and Prime95 stress test to determine how well it manages its internal temperatures. It is worth noting that the UX433FA-A6061T performs differently when connected to the mains than when we tested it on battery power.

On mains power, the CPU starts running at between 1.6 GHz and 2 GHz before throttling back below its base clock to 900/1,000 MHz. It also frequently clocked back up to between 1.6 GHz and 2 GHz, but it would then throttle back again. By contrast, the CPU consistently maintained 900/1,000 MHz on battery power and never exceeded its base clock.

Likewise, the GPU never clocks back up on battery power after it throttles. The GPU initially ran at 1,000 MHz when we started FurMark, but then clocked down to between 700 MHz and 750 MHz after a short time. It then repeatedly boosted back to 900 MHz on mains power but then throttled back to 700/750 MHz again, but only on mains power.

Max. Load
 41 °C
106 F
39.1 °C
102 F
38 °C
100 F
 
 40.6 °C
105 F
37.1 °C
99 F
28 °C
82 F
 
 30.4 °C
87 F
29 °C
84 F
28.2 °C
83 F
 
Maximum: 41 °C = 106 F
Average: 34.6 °C = 94 F
40.9 °C
106 F
41.4 °C
107 F
40.2 °C
104 F
32.4 °C
90 F
36.6 °C
98 F
35.6 °C
96 F
28.9 °C
84 F
31.2 °C
88 F
32.1 °C
90 F
Maximum: 41.4 °C = 107 F
Average: 35.5 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  46.1 °C = 115 F | Room Temperature 22.7 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.6 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 41 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 35.8 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.4 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 40 °C / 104 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.4 °C / 86.7 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.6 °C / 83.5 F (-1.8 °C / -3.2 F).
Heat map of the top case under load
Heat map of the top case under load
Heat map of the bottom case under load
Heat map of the bottom case under load
Heat map of the top case at idle
Heat map of the top case at idle
Heat map of the bottom case at idle
Heat map of the bottom case at idle

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.232.836.22537.729.437.73134.830.634.84031.33031.35034.328.834.36330.826.130.88032.227.632.210039.225.639.212543.224.843.216044.723.944.720048.322.448.325057.521.757.531560.721.260.740063.520.263.550062.919.462.963057.618.957.680061.717.761.7100064.217.764.212506817.768160068.117.668.1200069.217.769.2250069.617.569.6315066.918.166.9400067.518.267.5500072.718.372.763007418.674800075.118.975.11000071.21971.21250071.61971.61600067.619.467.6SPL81.930.581.9N47.91.347.9median 66.9median 18.9median 66.9Delta5.51.85.538.937.538.939.334.439.335.831.235.833.128.633.134.329.334.334.429.434.435.427.635.436.926.536.938.524.838.539.224.439.241.724.341.745.722.845.748.321.848.35121.15153.220.553.258.819.458.864.718.964.762.418.662.46018.26059.317.759.359.117.559.158.317.458.359.71759.760.41760.463.717.163.762.81762.859.71759.758.817.158.859.317.159.346.717.346.772.730.372.728.81.228.8median 58.8median 18.2median 58.862.8631.731.631.731.831.331.832.231.132.230.429.430.430.431.830.429.227.529.227.126.527.131253136.624.436.639.223.639.236.422.536.449.522.149.559.321.659.364.520.264.559.119.759.158.518.958.57018.27071.817.871.87217.77270.417.470.465.517.965.563.217.963.264.217.964.26618.26660.718.160.760.118.560.158.618.558.656.318.556.354.818.354.850.818.350.878.930.578.939.21.339.2median 59.3median 18.5median 59.37.51.97.5hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018TAcer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (75.09 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 18% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 25% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 17% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 79% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (64.71 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17.1% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 36% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 59% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 21% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 74% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (71.98 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17.3% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (15.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 50% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 37% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 48% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 43% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management

Power Consumption

The UX433FA-A6061T consumes a minimum of 2.7 W at idle and averages 5.8 W, but it can consume as much as 10.2 W when it is not being stressed. The latter value is rather high for a compact 14-inch notebook that is equipped with a ULV processor.

Our review unit also reached 35 W during our combined stress test, but it consumed up to 44.4 W during just a Prime95 benchmark. ASUS includes a 45 W adaptor in the box, but this should be powerful enough as the CPU cannot maintain its peak wattage for more than a minute, so it should not be an issue in daily use.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.3 / 0.52 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.7 / 5.8 / 10.2 Watt
Load midlight 34.9 / 35 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

ASUS equips the UX433FA with a 50 Wh battery. We subjected our review unit to our practical Wi-Fi test, during which we run a script that simulates the load required to render websites. We set the Windows 10 Power Plan to Balanced, disabled all power-saving features and adjusted the brightness to approximately 150 cd/m². The UX433FA-A6061T lasted for 9:23 hours in this test, which puts the device second bottom of our comparison table.

This result may seem odd at first glance because the more-powerful UX433FA-A6076T lasted over an hour longer than our test device. We suspected that something was amiss with BIOS 301 but reverting the device back to BIOS 204 did not yield a longer runtime. Hence, we are unsure why the UX433FA-A6076T outlasts its weaker sibling by such a degree.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 44)
9h 23min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FA
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, 50 Wh
630 min ∼24% +12%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-55-31N8
8145U, UHD Graphics 620, 50.7 Wh
614 min ∼23% +9%
Huawei MateBook D 14 W50F
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 57 Wh
597 min ∼23% +6%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 50 Wh
563 min ∼21%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (206 - 806, n=222)
475 min ∼18% -16%
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 14
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, 36 Wh
322 min ∼12% -43%

Pros

+ IPS screen
+ Full HD resolution
+ NVMe SSD
+ stylish
+ slim and compact design
+ solid battery life
+ virtual number pad integrated within the trackpad
+ USB 3.1 Gen 2
+ operates quietly

Cons

- highly reflective display
- low maximum brightness
- soldered RAM
- slow memory card reader
- no Thunderbolt 3

Verdict

The ASUS ZenBook 14 UXF433FA-A6018T laptop review. Test device courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de.
The ASUS ZenBook 14 UXF433FA-A6018T laptop review. Test device courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de.

The ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433FA-A6061T is a slim, stylish and compact 14-inch laptop. Its metal case feels premium, and its Whiskey Lake Core i5 processor should provide enough power for most programs and uses. The A6061T is also pleasantly quiet, so you should have no problems with pushing it hard in a noise-sensitive environment.

The ZenBook 14 UX433FA-A6061T is a well-designed and powerful 14-inch laptop that is let down by its dark display and its BIOS.

The inclusion of an NVMe SSD is welcome too as it ensures that the system runs smoothly. You can always swap the SSD if you run out of storage, but you must disassemble the device to do so. The keyboard is decent too, while its hidden number pad is fun, and it may prove useful to some people.

The UX433FA-A6061T also has good battery life, but curiously it is shorter than its more-powerful sibling, despite having an equally sized battery. Moreover, the IPS display has stable viewing angles and a good contrast ratio, but it is too dark in our opinion for a device that costs more than 1,000 Euros (~$1,140). We do not like that ASUS opted for a glossy screen as it is highly reflective, but that is a problem with most modern laptops.

Oddly, the USB Type-C port cannot charge the device, nor does it support DisplayPort-out. We would have liked ASUS to have equipped the UX433FA with a Thunderbolt 3 port too as we have seen many OEMs starting to do this with their 1,000-Euro (~$1,140) laptops. Ultimately, its inclusion would have allowed people to connect external GPUs, which is still a niche market.

Overall, the UX433FA-A6061T is a decent 14-inch laptop that has a lot going for it, but it only beats the UX433FA-A6076T on price. The A6061T cannot better maintain its performance or last longer than its more-expensive sibling as we had expected, which is disappointing. This does not prevent the UX433FA-A6061T from achieving an excellent overall score though.

Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6018T - 02/08/2019 v6(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
81 /  98 → 83%
Keyboard
84%
Pointing Device
75%
Connectivity
52 / 80 → 65%
Weight
73 / 35-78 → 88%
Battery
92%
Display
80%
Games Performance
60 / 68 → 89%
Application Performance
86 / 87 → 99%
Temperature
92 / 91 → 100%
Noise
94%
Audio
60 / 91 → 66%
Camera
45 / 85 → 53%
Average
75%
85%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2019-02- 8 (Update: 2019-02- 8)
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