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Asus ZenBook 14 UX434 and ZenBook 15 UX534 with ScreenPad 2.0 now shipping as alternatives to the Dell XPS 13 and XPS 15

Asus ZenBook 14 UX434 and ZenBook 15 UX534 with ScreenPad 2.0 now shipping for $1200 and up (Source: Asus)
Asus ZenBook 14 UX434 and ZenBook 15 UX534 with ScreenPad 2.0 now shipping for $1200 and up (Source: Asus)
Asus is one step closer to equipping its entire laptop portfolio with its innovative ScreenPad technology. The 14-inch ZenBook UX434 15 and 15-inch ZenBook 15 UX534 will each cost about $1400 with discrete graphics options ranging from the GeForce MX250 to the GTX 1650 Max-Q.

Asus unveiled its ScreenPad 1.0 technology last year on the flagship 2018 ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 and only recently started shipping ScreenPad 2.0 on the budget 2019 VivoBook S15 series just last month. Now, we can add the mid-range ZenBook 14 and ZenBook 15 laptops to the list of ScreenPad-equipped laptops.

According to the press release, the ZenBook 14 UX434 and ZenBook 15 UX534 will each come with the same 5.65-inch 2:1 ScreenPad as on the aforementioned VivoBook S15. External qualities like the chassis, ports, and keyboard appear to be the same as the last generation ZenBook 14 UX433 and UX533 models meaning that the only thing that's physically new about these systems will be the touchscreen-enabled clickpads.

The 15.6-inch ZenBook 15 UX534 will get a GPU upgrade from the last generation GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q to the newer Turing-based GTX 1650 Max-Q for much better performance when running DX12 games.

While we've already praised ScreenPad 2.0 for being significantly better than ScreenPad 1.0 in terms of clarity and usability, there's no question that it will impact battery life. Both the ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 and VivoBook S15 show just average battery life results when compared to competing laptops in their respective categories as detailed in our reviews.

The ZenBook 14 UX434 and ZenBook 15 UX534 are now shipping via major online retailers for a starting price of $1200 and $1400, respectively.

ASUS ZenBook 14 (UX434)

Processor Intel® Core™ i7-8565U processor
Display 14" FHD (1920 x 1080) NanoEdge display, optional touchscreen
178° wide-view technology
72% NTSC
Four-sided frameless design, up to 92% S/B ratio
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250, 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics 620
Memory 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard
Storage up to 1TB PCIe®
Connectivity Wi-Fi 5 (dual-band gigabit-class 802.11ac)
Bluetooth® 5.0
Cameras 3D IR HD camera
Interfaces USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™ 
USB Gen 2 Type-A (Up to 10Gbps)
USB 2.0 
HDMI
Micro SD reader
Audio combo jack
Touchpad ScreenPad
5.65” FHD+ (2160 x 1080) Super IPS display
178˚ wide-view technology
Glass-covered for fingerprint and smudge resistance
Precision touchpad (PTP) technology supports up to four-finger smart gestures
Audio ASUS SonicMaster stereo audio system, certified by Harman Kardon
Array microphone with Cortana and Alexa5 voice-recognition support
Battery 50Wh 3-cell lithium-polymer battery
Up to 12.3 hours battery life4
AC Adapter 65W power adapter, plug type: ø4 (mm)
(Output: 19V DC, 65W)
(Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz universal)
Dimensions 12.56 x 7.83 x 0.67 in
31.9 x 19.9 x 1.69cm
Weight 3 lb



ASUS ZenBook 15 (UX534)

Processor Intel® Core™ i7-8565U processor
Display 15.6” FHD (1920 x 1080) NanoEdge display
178° wide-view technology
72% NTSC
Four-sided frameless design, up to 92% S/B ratio
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 Max-Q, 2GB/4GB GDDR5 VRAM
Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics 620
Memory 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 onboard
Storage 1TB PCIe®
Connectivity Wi-Fi 5 (dual-band gigabit-class 802.11ac)
Bluetooth® 5.0
Cameras 3D IR HD camera
Interfaces USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™ (display support)
USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A (up to 10Gbps)
USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A (up to 5Gbps)
HDMI
SD card readers
Audio combo jack
Audio ASUS SonicMaster stereo audio system
Array microphone with Cortana and Alexa5 voice-recognition support
Battery 71Wh 8-cell lithium-polymer battery
Up to 16.4 hours battery life4 With Integrated Graphics
Up to 14.9 hours battery life4 With GTX 1650 Max-Q Graphics
AC Adapter 120W power adapter, plug type: ø4 (mm)
(Output: 19V DC, 120W)
(Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz universal)
Dimensions 13.94 x 8.66 x 0.74 in
35.4 x 22 x 1.89cm
Weight 3.64 lb
1.65kg
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Asus ZenBook 14 UX434
Asus ZenBook 14 UX434
Asus ZenBook 14 UX434
Asus ZenBook 14 UX434
Asus ZenBook 14 UX434
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Asus ZenBook 15 UX534
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534

Fremont, California (August 12, 2019) — ASUS today announced the availability of latest ZenBook 14 (UX434) and ZenBook 15 (UX534) laptops, which now feature the revolutionary ASUS ScreenPad™ 2.0. The new ScreenPad 2.0 upgrades the traditional laptop experience, adding an interactive secondary screen that enhances productivity. Its intuitive and newly redesigned smartphone-like interface enables easy task management and allows the creation of seamless multitasking workflows.

Both models feature a four-sided frameless NanoEdge display, with up to a 95% screen-to-body ratio that gives them the world's most compact footprint in their respective classes2.

The combination of performance and mobility is a defining feature of the ZenBook series, and the new models feature a full complement of high-performance components including up to 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 quad-core CPUs, up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics, 16GB RAM, ultrafast PCIe® SSDs and gigabit-class Wi-Fi 5.

The intelligent touchpad, evolved 

Powered by the new ScreenXpert software, ScreenPad 2.0 now has a larger 5.65-inch touchscreen that offers many new features and benefits. This interactive secondary touchscreen enhances productivity, allowing for more efficient workflow. It includes a collection of handy ASUS utilities to boost productivity: Quick Key enables one-tap automation of complex keyboard sequences, Handwriting for natural text input, and Number Key for rapid data entry. The revised smartphone-like interface is more intuitive for improved ease of use. Third party developers can also use the ASUS API to optimize their software and user experiences for ScreenPad. The hardware is now also more energy efficient than its predecessor, allowing for 2.5X longer2 battery life when ScreenPad is in use.

The world's most compact designs 

The new ultralight and ultraportable ZenBook models boast the smallest footprints in their class1, a feat made possible by the frameless NanoEdge displays. These stunning 14-inch and 15.6-inch displays feature ultraslim bezels on all four sides, creating up to a 95% screen-to-body ratio that maximizes the screen area in the minimum physical space.

The result is simply breathtaking: the near-borderless visuals deliver a more immersive viewing experience with less visual distraction, making the ZenBook series the perfect choice for on-the-go creativity or entertainment.

Complementing the ultracompact design, the traditional ZenBook style and elegance is apparent at a glance: all models feature the iconic Zen-inspired spun-metal finish on the lid and a prestigious Royal Blue anodized finish, enhanced with gold lid logos and a contrasting Rose Gold trim bar above the keyboard for an extra touch of luxury. The ASUS ErgoLift hinge design tilts the keyboard automatically for a comfortable typing experience, and also aids cooling.

Maximum performance 

The new ZenBook series is built to deliver unbounded on-the-go performance, featuring up to the latest 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and a range of fast graphics options, including NVIDIA® GeForce MX250 discrete graphics on the ZenBook 14. ZenBook 15 is equipped with the high-performance NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU.

All models are equipped with PCIe® SSDs and 16GB of RAM, making ZenBook ideal for creating complex documents, mining data, retouching photos, editing videos, or simply taking a gaming break. The new ZenBook series lets users do more, and do it quicker.

Mobile professionals need to stay connected — at the fastest speed possible. Both new ZenBook models feature gigabit-class Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) for ultrafast downloads and smooth streaming with greater range and more stable network connections than ever before. Additionally, the latest Bluetooth® 5.0 lets users access all the benefits of the latest low-power peripherals and accessories.

Designed for non-stop, on-the-go lifestyles, the new ZenBooks give users the freedom to work all day on a single battery charge — up to an impressive 12.3 hours for ZenBook 14, and an incredible 14.9 hours for ZenBook 153.

AVAILABILITY AND PRICING 

The ASUS ZenBook 14 UX434FL-UB76T is immediately at a MSRP of $1399.99 from the Microsoft store.
The ASUS ZenBook 14 UX434FL-DB77 is immediately at a MSRP of $1199.99 from the ASUS StoreAmazonB&H,BestBuyExcaliberPCMobile AdvanceNewegg, and Staples
The ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77 is immediately at a MSRP of $1399.99 from the ASUS StoreAmazonB&H,BestBuyExcaliberPCMobile AdvanceNewegg, and Staples.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-08-13 (Update: 2019-08-13)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.