Thin, light, long battery life! Review of ASUS ZenBook 14 (UX425)

If you are looking for a laptop for work or school for casual activities such as processing documents, browsing, streaming, or meetings – this latest ASUS ZenBook 14 you need to enter a list – because there are many features that make this laptop worth choosing, especially if you really like it. the same as typical laptops that are thin, light, and portable.

Desain & Build Quality

In terms of design, ASUS ZenBook 14 looks more sturdy and elegant with a full Aluminum Alloy body – so all of these bodies are full metal! Even the keyboard is also made into a blend with a distinctive metal finish and style.

The Zen character is still inherent in this laptop, so the top cover still uses a circular pattern design typical of the ZenBook series. Meanwhile, the finishing in each corner is deliberately made firm. The color itself is unique, this is the Lilac Mist, and the color is like purple silver, guys.

And this laptop has passed military grade by the way, so of course it can withstand various extreme conditions.

For its size, it is thin, compact and light. Only 13.9mm thick and weighs just 1.13kg. So this is really portable, remembering this is a real 14 inch laptop but the size is similar to a 13 inch laptop. This is also thanks to the thin bezel on the screen which makes the screen to body ratio up to 90%. With this size ZenBook 14 is also compact for carrying everywhere.

Screen

And talking about the screen, this 14 inch screen ratio is 16: 9 so it looks wide, with FHD resolution. This ratio is suitable for side-by-side multitasking, so open two applications at once on the left and on the right. The maximum brightness is up to 300 nits, it can reproduce colors up to 100% in the sRGB color space, and what I like best is that the screen has an anti-glare coating, which even though it looks like a matte finish, this outer layer – but delicious, it doesn’t bounce easily, especially when again using outdoor. ASUS claims that this laptop screen saves power and doesn’t drain the battery because it uses the latest 1W panel, which reportedly can save up to 37.5% battery compared to standard screen panels.

Webcam + Windows Hello

At the top of this screen there is an HD camera for zooming, or video calls, and this is what is interesting, guys, because this is not only used for a webcam, but there is an IR scanner to log in using a face scan via Windows Hello.

Now Windows Hello is practical, because we don’t have to bother entering a PIN or Password if we want to log in to Windows, just open the screen and turn on the laptop, and Windows Hello will automatically scan the face to log into Windows. Really simple compared to entering your PIN manually.

Keyboard & NumberPad 2.0

And if we look at the keyboard, this is also interesting guys, because this keyboard is now made full to fill the body of the laptop. So with a laptop that is quite small, we get a full, spacious keyboard – until there are extra buttons like Home, PgUP, PgDn, and the End button too. The typing experience is good because the keys are large with the travel key that is quite deep. The palmrest is also wide enough for a laptop this size, so it’s quite comfortable if you type here.

The touchpad is also wider now, and like many other ASUS laptops, this touchpad can also be a numpad with the NumberPad 2.0 feature. So we can just activate it if we want to activate the numpad.

Performance

And for the performance guys. There are two variants of the ASUS ZenBook 14 with several variant specs, ranging from those using the Intel Core i5-1035G1 to the 10th Generation core i7-1065G7.And for this Core i7 variant, it is already equipped with an Intel Iris Plus GPU which is higher performance keep power consumption low. For storage there is a 512GB NVMe SSD with up to 16GB of RAM.

Now what I review is the lowest variant actually with an Intel Core i5-1035G1, 8GB RAM, and 512GB SSD – but for casual use that is usually required by work and school circles, the performance of this laptop is more than enough. Browsing multiple tabs, streaming, processing documents, multitasking, all can be done smoothly on this laptop.

Speaker

The speakers themselves are really interesting, guys, because the audio quality is really good, and it’s harman-kardon certified too. It’s just because the location might be below, so sometimes if we use it on the bed like that, it gets a bit cold. But overall, the sound is good for listening to music and it’s already loud for watching movies together.

Battery

For the battery, compared to the previous ZenBook 14, there is an increase in battery capacity in this latest version. This laptop is now equipped with a battery with a capacity of 67Whr, which from my tests when using it daily for processing documents and also browsing – can last 11 to 13 hours – so I can work all day. Of course, this battery life also depends on your work activities and what applications you open.

Ports & Connectivity

And finally for the port, this laptop is equipped with 1 HDMI port, 2 USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 which supports display and power delivery, then there is 1 USB Type-A port, and there is a microSD card reader.

For charging it also directly uses the USB Type-C port so it’s easier to charge it in any port here.

And for connectivity alone, this laptop supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 Dual Band.

Price

For the price of the latest ZenBook 14, it is sold at prices starting at 14,299,000 for the core i5 variant and 17,299,000 for the core i7 variant with two color choices, namely Pine Gray and Lilac Mist.

Conclusion

Okay, that’s the latest laptop review from ASUS, the ASUS ZenBook 14. If I can conclude this is a laptop that is perfect for school children, college students, or professional workers who need a thin, light, and portable laptop for daily casual activities.

If you have questions about this laptop, you can really submit it in the comments column.

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