Asus ZenBook Pro 14 UX480FD-BE027T
Reviews for the Asus ZenBook Pro 14 UX480FD-BE027T
Source: Pocket Lint
The Pro for when on the go. The new 14-inch Asus mixes power with a trackpad that doubles down as a secondary screen. It's a creative solution for a specific audience.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/30/2018
Model: The Asus ZenBook Pro 14 UX480FD-BE027T is a step-up ZenBook Pro models, with the new 14-inch device being a serious slab of laptop for the more creatively demanding user. It's got a top spec screen that caters for the full sRGB color gamut and its trackpad doubles-up as a secondary screen and touch controller. The ZenBook Pro 14 has an 86 percent screen-to-body ratio thanks to slender strips of the black stuff to its edges, which ensures a small overall footprint and attractive aesthetic. The screen itself is a LED-backlit panel with a Full HD resolution. There's something about a 14-inch form factor that just feels right, especially if users are often on the go. That's why the latest Pro will be even more popular than the larger 15-inch form. Just because it's a bit smaller doesn't mean it fails to embody much of the great stuff seen elsewhere in the ZenBook range though. But the biggest headline the ZenBook Pro 14 brings is its trackpad. Yup, this is no normal pad: named 'ScreenPad', a quick press of the F6 key allows for toggling between the pad's designation. Spanning 5.5 inches with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, the ScreenPad can be turned into app launcher, calculator, calendar, or numeric keypad. It can also play back YouTube videos via a Chrome extension, or it can simply extend the ZenBook Pro’s main display.
Perhaps the biggest confusion stems from the extender mode: that’s when a user can drag a browser window directly off the main display and onto the ScreenPad. In that circumstance, a user expects the ScreenPad to still be a touchscreen, but it just works as a touchpad, meaning user have to manipulate what’s on it with the cursor. When it comes to power, the ZenBook Pro 14 isn't actually anymore 'pro' than its standard Zenbook cousins. That means the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, 8 GB RAM alongside Nvidia GeForce MX150 discrete graphics with 2GB VRAM. Asus claims the ZenBook 14 Pro will run for up to 12.5 hours, which is pretty good going but less than the ZenBook 13 standard (which has a smaller battery capacity). As for input and output, the ZenBook Pro features two USB (3.1 and 2.0), a USB 3.1, an HDMI, a microSD card and a 3.5 mm audio jack. As a conclusion, the Pro laptop is designed for on-the-go users. The new 14-inch Asus mixes power with a trackpad that doubles down as a secondary screen. It's a creative solution for a specific audience such as photographers, video makers, designers, basically anyone who can find a use for a few extra CPU cycles.
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