. This is a high quality panel that looks even better because of the narrow bezels. When you press the button, a grid lights up on top of the surface, allowing you to type numbers and use mathematical functions. The base isn't quite as sturdy as a , but it's the closest we've seen yet from an ultrathin Zenbook. If no modifications are listed, the item is unopened and untested. The integrated stereo speakers are louder than on the 2017 Spectre 13 but with average bass reproduction.
The 4K 3840 x 2160 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. There is a 720p camera which is friendly to Hello cameras for faster connectivity during unlocks. The narrow bezels on both the top and bottom edges of the display have an interesting side effect. Everything in this take-anywhere masterpiece is designed to give you the freedom to discover your creative power, including its breathtaking frameless NanoEdge display. You will get used to it if you start working on it. The advanced biometric hardware works seamlessly with Windows Hello and Cortana, so you can wake up your laptop and log in using just your face, and command ZenBook 14 with your voice.
Teardown is what we do! Likewise, modern triple-A games like and are only playable at minimum graphics in 720p, while power-hungry titles like and are unplayable even at their lowest settings. The laptop is light in weight, compact in size and powerful in term of semi-pro levels. It's a minor performance upgrade at best especially when compared to the massive gen-to-gen performance boost that the Kaby Lake-R series brought to the table last year. In comparison, all tested devices range from 0. Likewise, you should have no issues with using the device outside too, although it may be overwhelmed by reflections in bright sunshine. A lot has changed since the release of the and there are now , so the new ZenBook is up to a serious challenge.
In fairness, however, the angled rear lid is not new as it can also be found on the older. The new design is visually distinct and uniquely Zenbook while improving upon rigidity and connectivity from the last generation. The bottom case is fixed by 9 visible screws, but you need to pay attention to the screws under the two foot pads. Actual battery life may vary depending on product configuration, usage, operational conditions and power management settings. This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices 40. We also undervolted our unit , which was stable at -90 mV, and reran the Cinebench loop test. The screen has an array of near-field microphones.
ZenBook 14 Review: Usage Experience Now, speaking of the usage, the single fan and the single heat pipe works good and maintains the decorum of the laptop. It still looks good, it works with precision drivers which works well with swipes, gestures and taps. The laptop works smoothly in a day to day tasks including high-performance editings too. On top of that, you should consider that the screen is only averagely-bright and not ideal for outdoor use, and you will get better autonomy with some of the competitors that pack a larger battery. They both weigh the same, their battery life is identical, and as far as I can tell they have similar speeds. The 15 W Whiskey Lake-U targets the same Ultrabook audience as the preceding 15 W Kaby Lake-R series.
In other words, system performance is not significantly faster than last generation Kaby Lake-R options. These are the qualities that define the elegant new ZenBook 14. Furthermore, Asus managed to make the bottom bezel look narrower than it actually is by hiding a large portion of it behind the base when the lid is opened. It gives an awesome boost to the performance of the laptop. The MateBook X Pro's 458 nits display is more than twice as bright as the ZenBook's, and the Gram 307 nits is just short of 100 nits brighter. Measured based on standard not anti-glare display configuration.
On one hand, there were occasions when my cursor slowed down while I was browsing the web, especially under a heavy workload. The new Zenbook family consists of 13. Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times. It is available in three different colors Royal Blue, Icicle Silver and Rose Gold. In that regard, the Asus is a step behind.
The ZenBook 14's touchpad is one of its best features and also one of its biggest flaws. To put that into perspective, we typically look for at least 300 of nits of brightness on a laptop in this class, which is right around the category average 317 nits. Wider color coverage is available on the larger 15. The ultraslim bezels 1 are just 2. Keep in mind our unit is pre-production and we tested battery life on the default voltage profile. Since the battery occupies nearly half of the space inside, the battery capacity reaches 50 watts, which is relatively large in an ultrabook.