Asus ZenBook 14 UX431FL-AN012T
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Reviews for the Asus ZenBook 14 UX431FL-AN012T
Source: Tweakers NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/19/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
Model: The release of the Asus ZenBook series has received much positive feedback from the community due to its sophisticated design, which can be amicably acquired at a very budget-friendly price point. The Asus ZenBook 14 (UX431) is the newest addition to be included into the brand’s long running lineup as it is one of the most premium products to be released in the year of 2019 by Asus. The Asus ZenBook 14 UX431FL-AN012T in particular has demonstrated much prowess and promise when it comes to performance as well as in the promotion of work productivity. It comes with a super-compact 14-inch NanoEdge display. This NanoEdge design is a product of an ultra-narrow bezel being fitted into the fine structure of the svelte chassis. This enables the display of the Asus ZenBook 14 UX431FL-AN012T to reach maximum viewing comfort, while still being able to project anti-glare immersive visuals with lesser distraction to the user’s eyes. This ideology plays directly into enhancing the quality of life of an Asus PC user while still retaining every other aspect that has garnered much reputation from gathered feedback. The ultra-narrow bezels on both aligned sides are shrunk down to a minimal 6.5 millimeters, which also proportionally cuts down on the overall size of the Asus ZenBook 14 UX431FL-AN012T. This vision stays imminently true to the concept behind the ZenBook prior to its initial launch due to the idea of creating a lineup, which is not only work-oriented, but also convenient and practical to commute around with. Not only that, the Asus ZenBook 14 UX431FL-AN012T looks absolutely impeccable in the brand new Utopia Blue color on a spun-metal finish, which perfects the look with a quiet serenity as well as a respectable degree of upper-class sophistication.
Performance of the Asus ZenBook 14 UX431FL-AN012T is being handled by an Intel Core i7-8565U processor and an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card. Both of these core components are splendid in their own regard. For instance, the Intel Core i7-8565U processor unit is capable of clocking at a performance rate of 1.8 GHz and up to 4.6 GHz upon the activation of Intel Turbo Boost technology. The NVIDIA GeForce 150 GPU on the other hand provides an additional 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory, which paves the way to some light gaming for interested users. However, it is important to note that neither the NVIDIA GeForce 150 GPU nor the Asus ZenBook 14 UX431FL-AN012T are capable of sustaining modern Triple A (AAA) games that require better components in order to properly launch.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
NVIDIA GeForce MX250: Successor of the MX150 and still based on the same Pascal GP108 chip (similar to the desktop GT 1030) but with higher clock speeds. Available in two versions, a normal 25 Watt version and a low power version with 10 Watt TDP and reduced performance. The 25 Watt version e.g. offers a 21% higher boost clock than the old MX150 leading to a 5% performance gain.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
i7-8565U: Whiskey Lake based low power quad-core processor (technically identical to Kaby Lake but produced in a further improved 14nm++ process). The four cores are clocked between 1.8 and 4.6 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).
80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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