Asus Zenbook 14X OLED: Vibrant display, weak long-term performance
Asus has introduced more color. Many Zenbooks and Vivobooks use colorful OLED displays now and will continue to do so in the future. We recently had a pre-production model of the Asus Zenbook 14X under review. We didn't give the 14-incher a rating due to its lack of a webcam, poor battery life, and some performance issues; we'll do that later with a regular store model.
But this much is true: The Samsung 3K OLED panel looks very good, lacks PWM, and offers a huge color-space coverage. The touchpad's second display is also active in this Zenbook; ScreenPad 2.0 can optionally extend the desktop to the small area. You can now place menus, tools, or players there.
The chassis' workmanship is excellent: The display is firm and of high quality, and the base unit as well. There's no bending or denting here, and the keys have a solid support. The base unit can even be opened to replace the SSD, for example. Unfortunately, there's not much more to do, since the Wi-Fi chip and RAM are soldered.
Continuous load in games or CPU-intensive apps brings the 14X to its limits. Performance throttles faster here than in other Tiger Lake models of the same design. On battery power, performance even drops to 1/4. Due to this being a pre-production model, the results haven't received a rating yet.
You can find all other measurements and tests in our detailed preview of the Asus Zenbook 14X OLED.