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Asus ZenBook 13 UX334, 14 UX434 and 15 UX534 – what to expect

Asus ZenBook 13 UX334, 14 UX434 and 15 UX534 – what to anticipate

As of late-Could 2019, Asus introduced their up to date mainstream ZenBook line, laptops you’ll discover in shops within the second a part of 2019 and the primary a part of 2020.

The replace impacts all the lineup of 13 (ZenBook UX334), 14 (ZenBook UX434) and 15-inch (ZenBook UX534) gadgets, with a refresh and new graphics chips, quicker storage and wi-fi, in addition to the implementation of a multifunctional ScreenPad throughout all the vary, a function we’ve beforehand seen on the higher-tier ZenBook Professional UX580.

These add as much as the traits of the earlier late-2018 ZenBook notebooks: the ultracompact form-factors with slim bezels across the screens, good keyboards, good aesthetics, truthful battery life, and aggressive costs in most areas, which make-up for among the present quirks. And there have been fairly a number of to compensate for, particularly on the smaller UX333 and UX433 variants, as you will discover out from the evaluations.

In fact, there are various questions I can’t reply on this preview article, like whether or not they addressed the efficiency on the 13/14-inch fashions, whether or not they carried out higher screens and why there’s nonetheless no Thunderbolt Three help, however we’ll contact on these in our future evaluations. Within the meantime, let’s undergo the specs sheets and see what we are able to discover out when evaluating these new ZenBooks to their predecessors.

Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT

Asus ZenBook UX534FT Asus ZenBook UX533FD – assessment
Display screen 15.6-inch – FHD or UHD, matte or shiny, 92% screen-to-body ratio 15.6-inch – FHD 300 nits or UHD, matte or shiny, 92% screen-to-body ratio
Processor as much as Core i7-8565U as much as Core i7-8565U
Video Intel UHD 620 + Nvidia GTX 1650 four GB Max-Q, with Optimus Intel UHD 620 + Nvidia GTX 1050 2/four GB Max-Q, with Optimus
Reminiscence as much as 16 GB LPDDR3 (soldered) as much as 16 GB LPDDR3 (soldered)
Storage 1x M.2 256/512 GB PCIe x2 or 1 TB PCIe x4 1x M.2 256/512 GB PCIe x2
Ports 2x USB-A Three.1, 1x USB-C gen 2, HDMI, SD card-reader, mic/earphone 2x USB-A Three.1, 1x USB-C gen 2, HDMI, SD card-reader, mic/earphone
Battery 71 Wh, 120W charger 73 Wh, 90W charger
Dimension 354 mm or 13.93” (w) x 220 mm or eight.66” (d) x 18.9 mm or Zero.74” (h) 354 mm or 13.93” (w) x 220 mm or eight.66” (d) x 17.9 mm or Zero.70” (h)
Weight ~1.55 kg (Three.four lbs) for the matte model, 1.65 for shiny ~1.55 kg (Three.four lbs) for the matte model
Others backlit keyboard, glass ScreenPad with FHD+ IPS panel, IR Hey cameras, 2×2 Wi-Fi 5 with Bluetooth 5, solely accessible in Blue backlit keyboard, glass clickpad, IR Hey cameras, 2×2 Wi-Fi AC with Bluetooth 5

Very like the others, the 15-inch 2019 ZenBook 15 UX534FT is just about a bump of the earlier ZenBook 15 UX533FD. That’s wonderful, although, because the UX533FD was truly the very best product within the late-2018 ZenBook line-up, however whether or not the minor updates are sufficient to sort out the these days’ competitors, properly, that’s one thing to be seen.

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From what we all know up to now, Asus didn’t replace the display selections, so we’re nonetheless caught with a middling 300-nits FHD panel on most variations, ok for indoor use, however one thing you’ll wrestle with in brighter environments. There’s additionally a 4K display possibility listed for the UX534FT, and though that was additionally provided for the UX533, most shops solely carried the FHD configurations, so there’s nonetheless a great probability the UHD display received’t be an possibility in your area.

Nothing has modified when it comes to design and port choice, as there’s nonetheless no Thunderbolt Three help. In response to the official specs, although, the up to date UX533FT is barely thicker than the older mannequin, will get a smaller battery and a bigger charger, which may recommend a slight inner redesign. No phrase on whether or not the RAM continues to be soldered, however I’d reckon it nonetheless is, and there’s nonetheless just one M.2 storage slot. As a facet be aware, Asus tends to ship their merchandise with PCIe x2 SSDs and also you’ll have to leap to the 1 TB choices to get a PCIe x4 stick out-of-the-box, which is imo an unlucky cost-cutting technique that would drive customers away.

The addition of a ScreenPad is likely one of the main modifications between generations and one thing Asus are closely selling of their advertising supplies. I’ve seen it in motion on the ZenBook Professional and it’s a pleasant function, however whether or not it’s one thing you’ll truly use every day will depend on software program. Again in 2018, you couldn’t do a lot with the ScreenPad, however within the meantime, it seems to be prefer it integrates properly with among the Home windows apps, Workplace, Spotify and Evernote, and Asus works with third-party builders so as to add adaptive performance into the Screenpad, based mostly on the app that you just’re working. If that occurs, such Screenpads may grow to be a should on future gadgets, however there are a number of IFs concerned right here.

The elephant within the room is the up to date Nvidia GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU, the identical chip you’ll discover on different compact 15-inch gadgets just like the up to date Dell XPS 15 or the 2nd technology Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Excessive. There are not any detailed evaluations of this chip but, so we are able to’t touch upon the efficiency and thermals, however judging by the truth that this laptop computer ships with a 120W charger, it more than likely attracts extra energy than the GTX 1050 Max-Q within the 2018 mannequin, so will likely be harder to maintain cool. Anyway, that’s one thing we’ll deal with in our detailed assessment, in addition to thermals and acoustics, each robust factors of the earlier variant and hopefully nonetheless strong-points of the 2019 replace.

All in all, the 2019 ZenBook 15 UX534FT looks as if a barely polished variant of the 2018 mannequin, with the identical design, screens, keyboard and IO, however with a ScreenPad and up to date graphics. With the best value and if Asus retains the GPU and their recognized high quality management points in verify this time round, I anticipate this to be a preferred possibility in its tier within the months to return, however these with a bigger funds may choose gadgets just like the brand-new ZenBook Duos and even the 2019 variants of the XPS 15 and X1 Excessive.

Asus ZenBook 14 UX434FT

Asus ZenBook UX433FL – assessment Asus ZenBook UX433 FA/FN – assessment
Display screen 14.Zero-inch – FHD matte or shiny, 95% screen-to-body ratio 14.Zero-inch – FHD matte or shiny, 95% screen-to-body ratio
Processor as much as Core i7-8565U as much as Core i7-8565U
Video Intel UHD 620 + Nvidia MX250 10DE 1D13 2 GB variant, with Optimus Intel UHD 620 + Nvidia MX150 2 GB 10DE 1D12 variant, with Optimus
Reminiscence as much as 16 GB LPDDR3 (soldered) as much as 16 GB LPDDR3 (soldered)
Storage 1x M.2 256/512 GB PCIe x2 or 1 TB PCIe x4 1x M.2 256/512 GB PCIe x2 or 1 TB PCIe x4
Ports 2x USB-A Three.1, 1x USB-C gen 2, HDMI, microSD, mic/earphone 2x USB-A Three.1, 1x USB-C gen 2, HDMI, microSD, mic/earphone
Battery 50 Wh, 65W charger 50 Wh, 65 W charger
Dimension 319 mm or 12.55” (w) x 199 mm or 7.83” (d) x 16.9 mm or .66” (h) 319 mm or 12.55” (w) x 199 mm or 7.83” (d) x 15.9 mm or .63” (h)
Weight ~1.26 kg (2.75 lbs) for shiny, 1.15 kg for the matte model ~1.23 kg (2.7 lbs) for shiny, 1.1 kg for the matte model
Others backlit keyboard, bigger glass ScreenPad with FHD+ IPS panel, IR Hey cameras, 2×2 Wi-Fi 5 with Bluetooth 5, solely accessible in Blue backlit keyboard, glass clickpad, IR Hey cameras, 2×2 Wi-Fi AC with Bluetooth 5, accessible in Blue or Silver

The up to date ZenBook 14 UX434FL is one other bump with two necessary modifications over the UX433 sequence: will get the Screenpad and an Nvidia MX250 graphics chip.

Based mostly on our expertise with the 2018 ZenBook 14 UX433FN, I anticipate a number of curiosity round this up to date variant, because it’s a candy spot for efficiency and portability.

Simply remember that the carried out 10W MX250 is only a minor replace of the 10W MX150 within the earlier technology, and punctiliously search for evaluations that analyze the efficiency if you happen to’re planning to run video games on this laptop, as our gaming expertise has been problematic on the 2 completely different variations of the UX433 we’ve examined.

I for one am actually trying ahead to find-out if Asus managed to enhance the cooling and thermals on the 2019 replace, with the intention to address the calls for of the MX250 chip. Judging by the design, although, I doubt a lot has modified, so I’d nonetheless anticipate the 14-inch ZenBook S UX392 to be the higher performer on this vary and my go-to possibility if you happen to’re keen to ditch the ScreenPad and up your funds, particularly when contemplating the opposite advantages, just like the brighter display, sturdier building and USB-C charging.

However let’s chorus on suppositions for now, and look forward to the assessment to attract conclusions.

Asus ZenBook 13 UX334FL 30-year Version 

Asus ZenBook UX334FL – assessment Asus ZenBook UX333FN – assessment
Display screen 13.Three-inch – FHD shiny, 95% screen-to-body ratio 14.Zero-inch – FHD 250-nits matte or shiny, 95% screen-to-body ratio
Processor as much as Core i7-8565U as much as Core i7-8565U
Video Intel UHD 620 + Nvidia MX250 10DE 1D13 2 GB variant, with Optimus Intel UHD 620 + Nvidia MX150 2 GB 10DE 1D12 variant, with Optimus
Reminiscence as much as 16 GB LPDDR3 (soldered) as much as 16 GB LPDDR3 (soldered)
Storage 1x M.2 256/512 GB PCIe x2 or 1 TB PCIe x4 1x M.2 256/512 GB PCIe x2 or 1 TB PCIe x4
Ports 2x USB-A Three.1, 1x USB-C gen 2, HDMI, microSD, mic/earphone 2x USB-A Three.1, 1x USB-C gen 2, HDMI, microSD, mic/earphone
Battery 50 Wh, 65 W charger 50 Wh, 65 W charger
Dimension 302 mm or 11.88” (w) x 189 mm or 7.44 (d) x 18.5 mm or .73” (h) 302 mm or 11.88” (w) x 189 mm or 7.44 (d) x 16.9 mm or .66” (h)
Weight ~1.29 kg (2.eight lbs) for shiny, 1.1 kg for the matte model ~1.23 kg (2.7 lbs) for shiny, 1.1 kg for the matte model
Others backlit keyboard, bigger glass ScreenPad with FHD+ IPS panel, IR Hey cameras, 2×2 Wi-Fi 5 with Bluetooth 5 backlit keyboard, glass clickpad, IR Hey cameras, 2×2 Wi-Fi AC with Bluetooth 5, solely accessible in Blue

There are a number of explanation why the 13-inch ZenBook UX333 was my least-favorite mannequin within the 2018 lineup: it was just a bit bit smaller than the 14-inch variant, however regarded the identical, carried out poorer, got here with a dimmer 250-nits display and a vertically cramped keyboard and a smaller clickpad.

Fast ahead to 2019, the up to date ZenBook UX334 nonetheless inherits a few of these points, nevertheless it’s a totally completely different product when it comes to type and aesthetics. And that’s as a result of that is what Asus calls an Aniversary Version, with a white/gold design scheme and real leather-based on high of the display, a reference to some Asus laptops of the previous. This additionally doesn’t get an Asus brand on the hood, however a particular 30th-anniversary brand plated in actual 18-karat gold.

These apart, although, the UX334 is as soon as extra a revamped UX333 with a ScreenPad and MX250 graphics, so the brief keyboard continues to be an issue for these of you with bigger arms, and efficiency in demanding masses is once more one thing to additional look into in our assessment. In all equity, although, this product doesn’t goal these all in favour of efficiency and an ultracompact gaming laptop, however primarily these attracted by its design, or maybe some Star Trek followers who’d be keen to pay up for a laptop computer with a Star Fleet insignia on the lid cowl. It’s additionally value including that the UX334 is bundled with an identical leather-pouch, a white mouse and a white mousepad.

Asus hasn’t introduced any particulars on pricing or availability, however given the truth that the ZenBook 13 UX334L is a premium limited-edition product, this received’t come low-cost, so if you happen to can dwell with out the leather-based and don’t care concerning the graphics, the white XPS 13 9380 is more than likely an alternate it is best to take into account as an alternative, particularly if Asus sticks with the identical 250-nits display on this 2019 ZenBook 14 replace (I positive hope they don’t, although).

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