Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FN
Reviews for the Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FN
Source: PC Advisor
Based on what we’ve seen, the ZenBook 14 is a very promising shakeup to the Asus laptop line. It’s smaller, lighter, and better looking, without sacrificing either ports or power, and it packs in a novelty numpad.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/30/2018
Model: The Asus ZenBook 14 UX433FN is a laptop under the ZenBook line, which had a massive design overhaul. The ZenBook 14 now features smaller bezels, a new hinge, and a more premium finish than any previous ZenBook. The lid has the same spun metal finish as most previous models, which is the best indicator that this is still a ZenBook while the rest of the body has an anodized metal finish available in either Royal Blue or Icicle Silver. Thanks to the new bezels and other design tweaks this is a seriously compact laptop, with a 92 percent screen-to-body ratio and a body that’s smaller than most 13-inch laptops, let alone rival 14-inch models, measuring 31.9 x 19.9 x 1.59cm. It’s pretty light too, weighing 1.09 kg with the optional anti-glare display, and slightly more at 1.19 kg with the standard screen. It's a little thicker, at 1.59 cm, but that's still fairly slim. The new ZenBook 14 now feature Asus’s ‘ErgoLift hinge’, which is a fancy name for a simple hook design that helps lift the back of the laptop up as users open it. That both puts the keyboard at a more comfortable angle for typing and handily improves both cooling and audio performance according to the company. As for displays, it is a Full HD (1,920 × 1,080). Asus says that all of the displays feature 178-degree viewing angles and cover 72% of the NTSC color gamut, which is roughly equivalent to 100 % of the sRGB gamut. The display feature Asus’s ‘NanoEdge’ technology, which is essentially a fancy way of saying that it has very slim bezels, which boasts a 95 % screen-to-body ratio.
In terms of core specs, a user gets an i7-8565U processor 8th-gen backed up by a separate Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU. It’s hardly the most powerful graphics card around, but we’re pleased to see Asus sticking with the discrete GPU in such a portable device. Other than that, a user gets 16 GB DDR3 RAM and 512 GB SSD storage. This should breeze through day-to-day stuff and comfortably cope with creative work like image editing or light video processing too. The ZenBook laptops have usually been pretty strong in connectivity and input, and the ZenBook 14 doesn’t disappoint. Asus is continuing its commitment to proper ports even in an ultrabook, with the obligatory USB-C backed up by two USB-A ports, HDMI, a headphone jack, a microSD card slot, and the power socket. That’s a lot of connectivity for such a slim laptop. A user also gets a 3D IR camera, which Asus says should help use face to log even in low light, placed in the top bezel of the screen. Then there’s voice recognition to use with Alexa or Cortana, along with Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-band 802.11ac gigabit-class Wi-Fi. As for audio, the speakers once again come from Harman Kardon in a setup Asus has called ‘SonicMaster’. Asus is promising up to 14 hours of battery life, which is in line with recent models. It’s not quite up there with battery champs like the XPS 13, but it should be more than enough for most people. Thus, users who are always on the go such as business professionals or heavy users can definitely consider this laptop for its lightweight build and powerful hardware.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa RajarathnamNVIDIA GeForce MX150: Pascal GP108 based laptop graphics card and mobile version of the desktop GeForce GT 1030. Offers 384 shader cores and usually 2 GB GDDR5 with a 64 Bit memory bus. Manufactured in 14nm. With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
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.
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).
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