Asus ZenBook 14 review: A worthy competitor


The ZenBook 14 games a ultra-smooth plan and offers liquid execution. This is effectively the benchmark in the top notch PC classification for 2019 and a commendable contender to the MacBook Air.


The ZenBook 14 is incredibly light at 1.19 kilograms and it is minimized enough to be tucked some place inside a knapsack.

Asus’ one of a kind top system lifts the whole deck towards the front when the cover is opened.

The Core i7 is very nearly a pointless excess and you would be happy with the Core i5 variation too.

These days, there are two sorts of PCs that are prevalent: essential and reasonable PCs, and premium, costly yet flexible PCs. With regards to premium PCs, there is one brand that guidelines preeminent. Mac, with its MacBook workstations, is the go-to choice for individuals hoping to purchase an exceptional PC. In the wake of utilizing the Asus ZenBook 14 for more than 10 days I accept there is another choice now in the top notch PC section, a choice that gives clients structure and style like what individuals get with the MacBook yet on a machine that runs Windows.

The new ZenBook 14 from Asus is more slender, lighter, all the more dominant and houses a couple of perfect stunts contrasted with its antecedent. At the end of the day, it packs in enough inside it to challenge MacBook Air or a section level MacBook Pro. With a beginning cost of Rs 72,990, the ZenBook 14 bodes well on paper, particularly for individuals who need Windows in their workstation.

ZenBook 14 plan and fabricate: Wow!

Regardless of whether it’s a premium ultrabook or a spending PC, Asus most likely knows some things while structuring its mean machines. With the ZenBook 14, Asus has ventured up the game. At its instructions for columnists, Asus said it needed to make the ZenBook 14 tantamount to an A4 sheet of paper – both regarding size (presumably truly) and weight (unquestionably allegorically). Be that as it may, whatever the discussion, you have to take note of this: the ZenBook 14 is amazingly light at 1.19 kilograms and it is smaller enough to be tucked some place inside a rucksack.

Some portion of that lightweight and smooth form of the ZenBook 14 has to do with sharp utilization of materials. The cover, which is the essence of the PC, is made of metal with a concentric circle plan that is great Asus. This gets eyeballs without making it ostentatious, particularly in the dark blue shading variation.

The deck is made of plastic, which aides Asus hold the weight under check and give it sharp lines that would have been progressively costlier to accomplish on a metal case. The ZenBook 14 accompanies all the physical network alternatives – A USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port, two USB Type-A ports, a HDMI port, a small scale SD card opening, a 3.5mm sound port and the exclusive charging port. The warmth vents are situated at the base and at top edges. I will discuss that in a moment.

Open the cover and you are welcomed to the magnificently completed deck – this is the most a la mode inside I have ever observed on a workstation. The ZenBook 14 games a 13.3-inch show with incredibly slender bezels and a screen-to-body proportion of 92 percent. The thin top houses an IR HD camera framework. Outwardly, there is definitely not a thick bezel at the base. In any case, there is one and Asus has deliberately concealed it with what they call ErgoLift structure. First observed on the ROG arrangement PCs, Asus’ one of a kind top system lifts the whole deck towards the front when the top is opened. This assistants for better cooling, yet in addition helps Asus shroud the base thick bezel cunningly. What’s more, to make it much progressively unmistakable, the organization has lashed on a thin brilliant segment of plastic with a false speaker grille wrap up.

Rest of the deck houses a nearly edge-to-edge console with enormous keys and significant dispersing between them. Obviously, reduced ultrabooks don’t include a Numpad, however Asus wouldn’t like to settle on this part. Henceforth, it utilizes a capacitive Numpad into the trackpad. What’s more, it splendidly bodes well – the trackpad isn’t very useful while composing and with cutting edge contact advances accessible, it’s reasonable to fuse the Numpad in the trackpad. The Numpad can be initiated by long-squeezing a little touch catch on the trackpad. It fills in as a trackpad notwithstanding when you have enacted the Numpad. This innovation is additionally a ROG arrangement subordinate.

All in all, the ZenBook 14 uses some key innovations from ROG arrangement, and that makes it one of the most reasonable and outwardly engaging ultrabooks in the market at the present time.

ZenBook 14 showcase: Pretty great

The 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 showcase on this PC is effectively probably the best screen I have found in a workstation. It’s an IPS LCD show with a wide review edge of 178 degrees and a 75 percent NTSC shading extent. It may not be the best show on a PC – MacBook Pro has a superior screen – however it is without a doubt towards the great side as far as shading generation, brilliance and differentiation. The limited bezels make for a more diversion free vivid review understanding. I worked for extended periods of time on the PC and I never wanted to take a break for resting my eyes. What I didn’t care for however was the glass board – not at all like matte enemy of glare show, this one mirrors a great deal and is a smirch magnet.

ZenBook 14 execution: Reliable coworker

One of the integral reasons why ZenBook 14 exists will be on the workplace work area or inside a rucksack is the work you can do on it. It’s a quick machine and I discovered it adapted to the everyday utilization.

The ZenBook 14 accompanies a decision of the genuinely new Intel Core i5-8265U or the Core i7-8565U. There’s an incorporated Intel UHD Graphics 620 alongside a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU with 2GB VRAM. There’s 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM installed as standard while a limit of 512GB PCIe 3.0 x 2 SSD stockpiling fills in as capacity. Not surprisingly, there is Windows 10 installed.

I utilized the top-end Core i7 variation, costing Rs 90,990, for audit and in a large portion of my day by day PC work prerequisites, it functioned admirably. The typical office stuff, for example, composing records, perusing the web, spilling full HD recordings and downloading documents was managed ease.

The Core i7 is right around a needless excess and you would be happy with the Core i5 variation too. With the Nvidia MX150 tied on, the ZenBook 14 can do some light photograph altering as well. The SSD makes for ultra-quick bootups. The IR camera based Windows Hello facial acknowledgment functions admirably the greater part of the occasions yet it neglects to recognize clients in obscurity, which is strange thinking of it as has infrared sensors.

What it can’t do is gaming. The MX150 battles with present day gaming titles. Notwithstanding when you run more established games, the PC warms up impressively. This is a terrible encounter as the single cooling fan turns at its most astounding and most intense to keep the temperatures low.

Be that as it may, whoever purchases the ZenBook 14 will probably won’t mess around on it. At a similar value, gamers can purchase a TUF or ROG arrangement gaming workstation. The ZenBook 14 is for day by day work and it appears, particularly with the console and trackpad. The console has huge keys and is extensive. The chicklet keys have a decent measure of key travel, which makes it fulfilling to take a shot at extensive records. Key ghosting is negligible and the majority of the keys are inside reach from the palm rests.

The trackpad is exact and the huge size makes it simple to look through website pages. The capacitive-based Numpad is a helpful touch. Be that as it may, I only from time to time ended up utilizing this Numpad and rather depended on the number keys. The backdrop illumination for the Numpad is likewise excessively brilliant, subsequently making it distractive.

ZenBook 14 sound: You can watch motion pictures on this one

Like most customary PCs, the ZenBook 14 houses its speakers at the base. Be that as it may, the speakers are genuinely incredible and Asus has tuned them well. The outcome is that the sound quality is very great. I watched four motion pictures on the PC and the sound from the locally available speakers was clear: Clear vocals and some low-end bass to flavor it up.

ZenBook 14 battery: A throughout the day workstation

The ZenBook 14 goes for a 50Wh 3-cell lithium-polymer battery as its capacity source. In the unplugged mode with the power sparing arrangement exchanged towards the more power-accommodating mode, the ZenBook 14 had the option to part of the arrangement around 20 percent of juice left.

This figure depends on a whole day’s office work, including bunches of composing, web perusing and managing substantial media records. The presentation situated mode saw the ZenBook 14 keep going for as long as 4 hours, which is normal, best case scenario. The 65W power connector supports quick energizing and fills the battery from under 10 percent to 60 percent in around 30 minutes.

Should you purchase the Asus ZenBook 14

The ZenBook 14 is a great workstation. It has the looks and the exhibition in equivalent measures. It’s anything but difficult to live with every day – the showcase is great, the sound is OK, the composing background is fulfilling for a ultrabook with the extraordinary ErgoLift pivot. The conservative structure is incredibly convenient and, with a Core i7 processor, it can hold tight notwithstanding when the client requests some presentation.

Be that as it may, beginning at Rs 72,990, the ZenBook 14 rivals the Dell XPS 13 and Apple MacBook Air – the two of which are noteworthy ultrabooks. The MacBook Air offers prevalent stage reconciliation with iOS gadgets while the XPS 13 offers a handy structure factor. Contrasted with these, the ZenBook 14 doesn’t offer anything over what these PCs offer. Truth be told, the ZenBook 14 is marginally more seasoned than its rivals – the remainder of the world gets the chance to see the new ZenBook S14 with the well known turn around score show (divulged at CES 2019).

In this manner, I will aggregate up the ZenBook 14 as a standout amongst other ultrabooks that cash would you be able to get in 2019, however not the most perfectly awesome. I have confidence in this value the MacBook Air is a superior purchase. In any case, if Windows is an outright need, you can go for the ZenBook 14.

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