Sleek and powerful, that’s how I’d describe this beauty.
Asus has given us a great opportunity to review it’s latest Zenbook 14 and I’d have to say it’s nothing like anything I’ve ever used before. They have quite outdone themselves with this new product.
Alright people, let’s do this.
What is the Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN?
Zenbooks are a line of ultrabooks produced by Asus with the idea in mind of providing users with a powerful laptop without all the bulk and mass.
The product that we’ll be reviewing is the Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN. It’s one of the latest product in this line and what makes it special from the previous renditions of Zenbooks is that it uses a new design of Asus’ very own “NanoEdge” slim bezels to offer up to 92 percent screen-to-body ratio display on the laptop.
This 14″ laptop comes with an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated GPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD also a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card.
Here’s the full spec of the review system:
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i7-8565U processor|
|Graphics||NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 2GB GDDR5 VRAM|
Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics 620
|Display||14.0″ Full HD LED 1920×1080 Display|
|Memory||16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3|
|Ports||1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™ (up to 10Gbps)|
1 x USB 3.1 Type-A (up to 10Gbps)
1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x HDMI
1 x MicroSD card reader
|Wireless||Dual-band 802.11ac gigabit-class Wi-Fi|
|Battery||50Wh 3-cell lithium-polymer battery|
|Dimensions||31.9cm x 19.9cm x 1.59cm|
Let’s begin with what makes the Zenbook 14 unique from other products.
As I mentioned earlier, the Zenbook’s speciality is in its slim bezel design which provides a near almost frame-less lid display but what exactly does it mean?
The bezel is the outside frame surrounding your device’s screen which is usually made out of materials like metal, plastic or glass.
In current products, the bezels are manufactured to be narrow and close to being non-existent; to provide the users with a larger viewing display and let’s be honest it also makes the device look sleek as well.
Here’s an overview of the bezels’ actual dimensions found on the Zenbook 14.
As you can see, Asus has gone all out to reduce the bezels’ dimensions to achieve up to an amazing 92 percent screen-to-body ratio and still managed to include an HD IR camera above the display of the laptop. Now that’s some top-notch innovation if I do say so myself.
The Design & Features
The metal chassis of the laptop is visually stunning and gives off the vibe of being distinctly unique to other models.
The laptop itself has been compacted to the size of an A4 size paper and the weight itself is only about 1.09 kg which is incredibly light considering the material that’s being used for the chassis.
Due to the metallic chassis covering the whole system, there’s some notable drawbacks because of it.
The most immediate and easily noticeable issue is the fingerprint smudges that appear on the surface of the chassis and it just becomes a lot harder to manage if you have sweaty palms such as myself.
The other issue that you’ll encounter is the amount of heat coming off of the system. At first I’d assume it might be because system was in AC mode, the fan was not working or the system required some new updates to correct some bug but none of it actually solved it.
As you can see below, the system was in DC mode after performing a full restart to close any applications running in the background and the temperature of the laptop remained above 50 degrees throughout.
After doing some digging online, it seems that I’m not the only user who has faced this overheating issue. The only conclusion that I could up with is that the metallic chassis is conducting heat because of the system and thus increasing the temperature output.
To improve the comfort of the user and efficiency of the system, Asus’ latest addition of Zenbooks have been manufactured with an exclusive mechanism called the ErgoLift hinge; that is designed to tilt the keyboard by three degrees upwards to provide a more comfortable typing experience for the user.
I can certainly attest to the comfortable typing experience provided by the hinge itself; it might be an acquired taste and not everyone’ cup of tea but I can say that I was pleasantly surprised by it.
The hinge itself is brilliantly designed to be hidden under the keyboard when the lid is opened up. Thus allowing it’s compact and sleek design structure to be preserved while maintaining the illusion of a more narrow bottom bezel.
The tilt created by the hinge also creates an extra opening space beneath the system that allows for additional ventilation to improve cooling but from my experience of using the laptop, it isn’t doing much to handle the overheating. The opening is also intended to help to improve the sound quality coming from the system’s speakers.
One of the new features that were introduced is the inclusion of a new NumberPad function that can be turned on and off from the touchpad itself. Not only does it makes it easier to use the numeric values but it also retains the cursor functionality while it is turned on. However, switching on and off the NumberPad can be quite a hassle and it took me a couple of tries to get a hang of it.
Zenbooks are mostly meant for users who require a decent performance-based laptop without needing to forgo a comfortable user experience.
For those who intend to purchase a laptop for activities such as playing high- end AAA game titles, video editing and 3D design rendering might have to opt for a laptop with a little more kick.
Although the Zenbook 14 comes with NVIDIA GeForce MX150 dedicated graphics card, you’ll still see that it’s only able to handle up to mid-tier ranged performance at most. Have a look at the benchmarks tests that we ran on the system in both states to see how well it performs.
As you can see from the PC Mark benchmark test score, the system performs considerably well as expected of a Zenbook.
However, the system performance score falls rather substantially under the 3DMark benchmark test but it is also expected since it isn’t built to be a replacement of a gaming laptop. I’m just including it just as a reference, not as a strike against the notebook.
The Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN is a powerful, elegant, light-weighted and compacted product.
If you need a laptop with a good performance capability for daily usage while offering you the comfort and accessibility then this is the laptop for you.
The system does have its shortcomings such as not being able to handle more demanding usage such as video editing, rendering, etc.
At its $1,898 asking price, the Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN is more than able to handle the daily usage of a consumer at a good performance level without undermining comfort and accessibility; I still think it’s worth the purchase if you’re on the lookout for a new laptop.
One of the most comfortable laptops that I’ve ever used. There are some drawbacks to the design itself like overheating and smudging but overall a great system for daily use.
– Amazing display that’s almost all screen
– Good performance
– Comfortable typing experience
– Light and accessible
– Smudges on metallic chassis
– Not suitable for high-end computer usage