Asus ZenBook 14 Ultralight UX435 overview (UX435EAL mannequin – Tiger Lake i7, Iris Xe)
Among the many multitude of ASUS ZenBooks stocked in shops today, the ZenBook 14 Ultralight UX435 sequence steps-out of the gang with its sub-one-kilo light-weight magnesium building, good-quality matte display, uncompromised IO, and lengthy battery life.
Most light-weight ultrabooks sacrifice on a few of these features, although, however not this one. Moreover, the sequence can also be a fairly succesful implementation of Intel’s 11th-gen Tiger Lake platform, with an non-compulsory Nvidia MX450 dGPU on some configurations. Nevertheless, be ready to pay additional for the lighter building, and considerably sacrifice on inputs over the common 14-inch ZenBook 14 UX425 of this era.
Over the previous couple of weeks, we’ve hung out with an early model of this ZenBook 14 Ultralight sequence. Our unit is the UX435EGL variant with the included MX450 dGPU, however given the early BIOS and drivers solely obtainable at this level, we’re not going to debate the Nvidia chip on this article. The truth is, I’ve disabled the Nvidia chip for all our exams, with the intention to take a look at what Asus sells because the ZenBook 14 Ultralight UX435EAL mannequin, completely powered by the Intel i7-1165G7 chip with Irix Xe graphics. We’ll follow-up on the UX435EGL mannequin in a separate article, and examine how the 2 face towards one another by way of efficiency, thermals, and noise ranges.
Specs as reviewed – ZenBook 14 Ultralight UX435EAL
|Asus ZenBook 14 Ultralight UX435EAL|
|Display||14 inch, 1920 x 1080 px, 16:9 facet ratio, IPS, matte, non-touch, AU Optronics B140HAN06.B panel|
|Processor||Intel Tiger Lake, as much as Core i7-1165G7, 4C/8T|
|Video||Intel Iris Xe graphics (non-compulsory MX450 on UX435EGL fashions)|
|Reminiscence||16 GB LPDDR4x 4266 MHz (soldered, dual-channel)|
|Storage||1x M.2 PCIe x4 SSD (1 TB Intel 660p SSDPEKNW010T8)|
|Connectivity||Wi-fi 6 (Intel AX201), Bluetooth 5.Zero, Ethernet with adapter|
|Ports||1x USB-A Three.2 gen1, 2x USB-C Three.2 with Thunderbolt four (knowledge, video, and energy), HDMI, microSD card reader, Three.5 mm jack|
|Battery||63 Wh, 65W USB-C charger with quick-charging|
|Dimension||319 mm or 12.57” (w) x 202 mm or 7.94” (d) x 14.9 mm or Zero.61” (h)|
|Weight||from 2.09 lbs (.95 kg)+ .45 lbs (.21 kg) charger, US model|
|Extras||white backlit keyboard with compact format, glass NumberPad, HD+IR webcam with Hiya, stereo backside audio system|
Asus gives the ZenBook 14 Ultralight UX435EAL in a few configurations, with numerous quantities of reminiscence and storage, in addition to both Intel i5-1135G7 or Intel i7-1165G7 platforms. All of them get the identical IPS 400-nits matte display, IO, inputs, and battery, so most of this text applies to any of the configurations you could be involved in.
As talked about earlier, we’ll focus on the UX435EGL variants with the non-compulsory Nvidia MX450 dGPU in a separate article.
Design and building
The UX435 Ultralight sequence shares the general design language with the usual ZenBook 14 UX425, implementing the identical type of Ergolift hinge mechanism, 14-inch matte show, and the IO unfold across the sides. Nevertheless, when you begin trying intently you’ll rapidly understand these two really feel a good bit completely different in precise use.
For starters, the UX435 Ultralight weighs lower than a kilo within the configuration examined right here, whereas the UX425 weighs 1.2 kilos, and you’ll instantly inform the distinction when selecting them up. It additionally feels friendlier to the contact and grippier. Down bellow I’ve added some photos of the Ultralight ZenBook UX435 (on the left, lighter grey coloration) subsequent to the usual ZenBook 14 UX425 (on the appropriate, darker grey).
Asus went with the identical type of magnesium alloys we’ve skilled within the ExpertBook B9 sequence for your complete chassis and exterior of the UX435EAL, with the dark-gray matte porous ending that feels nice to the contact and does a a lot significantly better job at hiding smudges. The truth is, this is among the most maintenance-free laptops I’ve stumble upon shortly, as even the clickpad and the keyboard don’t present smudges simply both.
Now, in all honesty, this type of magnesium alloys may not really feel as premium because the common aluminum items used on different ZenBooks, however I do choose its texture and general friendliness. On prime of that, this Ultralight mannequin is sturdier made than the common ZenBook 14, with much less flex within the keyboard deck and the display, and with none of these squeaky noises when picked up. It additionally advantages from a blunted front-lip that gained’t dig into your wrists. Moreover, it nonetheless meets the MIL-STD 810G reliability requirements, very similar to your complete vary on trendy ZenBooks.
Again to these inputs, Asus went with a smaller clickpad on this 14-inch laptop computer, in addition to a barely smaller keyboard format. We’ll contact on these within the subsequent part.
Practicality-wise, the Ergolift hinge design nonetheless raises the laptop computer’s main-body on two small rubber toes on the backside of the display. I did discover that for some cause these usually are not comprised of the identical type of softer rubber as on the common ZenBook, so this laptop computer isn’t as secure on a desk, and the display’s back-angle is barely extra restricted, at round 140-degrees on the again. In any other case, you may nonetheless simply choose up the display and modify it with a single hand.
Now, the thermal design is a typical perpetrator of those trendy ZenBooks, with the exhaust blowing hot-air straight into the display. That’s not that a lot of a difficulty on the common 2020 ZenBook 14 which will get a barely thicker chin beneath the show, however it’s right here, because the UX435 Ultralight sequence is extra compact and the exhaust finally ends up inside an inch of the display. You’ll see what meaning in a following part, particularly when working demanding masses and video games, which you may wish to on this Tiger Lake (to not point out on the MX450 configurations).
This apart, I also needs to point out that the audio system are nonetheless positioned on the underside of this laptop computer, that there’s nonetheless a webcam with IR on the prime of the display, and that the IO is lined across the sides. Except for the USB-C ports with Thunderbolt four assist, full-size HDMI and USB, and the microSD card-reader, Asus additionally squeezed in a daily Three.5 mm jack on this sequence, not like on most of the different 2020 ZenBooks. I’m glad they backed down on that, even when I’m not totally proud of it on the left aspect. A USB to LAN adapter and a sleeve are included within the default bundle.
Keyboard and trackpad
This sequence doesn’t get the identical keyboard because the one Asus places on their commonplace ZenBook 14s. The format is a little more compact, however don’t fear, that largely interprets in narrower perform keys on the left and proper aspect, as the primary keys are nonetheless full-size at 15 x 15 mm (in comparison with the 16 x 15 mm ones on the ZenBook 14 UX425).
Nevertheless, this keyboard simply doesn’t really feel as dependable in day by day use, with a mushier and softer stroke that makes it extra liable to errors and missed varieties. So whereas the common ZenBook 14 is one among my favourite varieties on this class at this level, this right here is barely about common for an ultrabook, positive for many potential consumers, however not spectacular. Now, I can’t inform for positive that that is the final-retail keyboard, although, so take these impressions with a grain of salt.
The keyboard can also be backlit, with three brightness ranges to select from. It will get bright-enough on the greater degree, however the illumination isn’t totally uniform and light-weight creeps out from among the keys. Once more, that’s one thing that might be addressed with the retail merchandise, so make sure that to look into different critiques as nicely.
Down beneath the keys lies a mid-sized clickpad, a glass floor with Precision drivers and NumberPad performance. It’s smaller and a bit stiffer than the clickpad on the regular-sized ZenBook 14 UX425, however it’s nonetheless clean and responsive with day by day use and durable sufficient so it doesn’t rattle with faucets. Can’t complain right here.
A ScreenPad (clickpad with secondary show) isn’t obtainable for the UX435 Ultralight sequence, however is offered on the ZenBook 14 UX435 lineup. I do know, Asus have a neck for complicated their prospects with these names, they usually provide three very related ZenBook 14 fashions: commonplace UX425 mannequin with the bigger NumberPad, UX435 with ScreenPad, and UX435 Ultralight with the smaller NumberPad, the one we now have right here.
Lastly, I’ll additionally point out that there’s no finger sensor on this laptop computer, however you do get a set of IR cameras on the prime of the display with Hiya assist.
There’s a single display possibility obtainable for this sequence, and it’s the 1W 14-inch FHD matte panel made by AU Optronics that Asus additionally places on the higher-end variations of the common UX425.
This can be a strong panel with 400+ nits of brightness, good again and distinction ranges, broad viewing angles, and no flickering. It’s glorious for day by day use, positive for infrequent color-accurate work with 100% sRGB protection and good uniformity (with a slight imbalance within the lower-left nook), however not superb for video games with the 60Hz refresh-rate and gradual response charges within the ~40 ms GTG.
Right here’s what we acquired in our exams, with an X-Ceremony i1 Show Professional sensor:
- Panel HardwareID: AU Optronics AUOA48F (B140HAN06.B);
- Protection: 99.1% sRGB, 70.Eight% AdobeRGB, 73.four% DCI-P3;
- Measured gamma: 2.26;
- Max brightness in the midst of the display: 424.53 cd/m2 on energy;
- Min brightness in the midst of the display: 21.75 cd/m2 on energy;
- Distinction at max brightness: 1725:1;
- White level: 6400 Ok;
- Black on max brightness: Zero.24 cd/m2;
- PWM: No.
The panel got here surprisingly nicely calibrated out of the field and I’m seeing some light-bleeding across the corners, however not bezel pinches. There’s no assure you’ll get the identical.
Our check mannequin is a top-specced configuration of the Asus ZenBook 14 Ultralight UX435EAL, with an Intel Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16 GB of LPDDR4x 4266 MHz reminiscence, and a mid-level 1 TB Intel 660p SSD.
Earlier than we proceed, remember that our overview unit is a pre-production mannequin despatched over by Asus and examined with the software program obtainable as of early-November 2020 (BIOS 200, MyAsus 2.2.49.Zero app). Take our findings with a grain of salt, some features may change with future software program updates.
Spec-wise, the ZenBook 14 Ultralight UX425EAL sequence relies on the late-2020 Intel Tiger Lake platform:
- the i7-1165G7 features a 4C/8T processor with Max Turbo Speeds of four.Eight GHz and 12 MB of cache, plus Intel Iris Xe graphics with 96 EUs and as much as 1.Three GHz clock speeds.
- the i5-1135G7 features a 4C/8T processor with Max Turbo Speeds of four.2 GHz and eight GB of cache, plus Intel Iris Xe graphics with 80 EUs and as much as 1.Three GHz clock speeds.
Each variants are paired with as much as 16 GB of LPDDR4x reminiscence soldered on the motherboard, and PCIe x4 storage (a single slot). Our check unit will get a middling Intel 660p drive, however I’d count on the retail variations to ship with quicker SSDs, particularly within the 1 TB variants. Each commonplace drives and drives with Intel Optane reminiscence are provided. I do have to say that the SSD runs quite a bit cooler in our exams on this chassis than on the opposite 2020 ZenBooks we’ve examined.
The storage is nonetheless upgradeable, however every part else is soldered. Getting inside is an easy activity, it simply requires poping up the again panel maintain in place by a few Torx screws, all seen across the sides.
So far as the software program goes, this will get the usual MyAsus app which permits management over the ability profiles, battery and display settings, updates, and so forth, whereas the Audio is managed in AudioWizard.
There are three efficiency/thermal profiles to select from:
- Efficiency – permits the CPU to run at ~22W in sustained masses, with followers ramping as much as 36-37 dB;
- Normal – permits the CPU to run at ~15W in sustained masses, with followers ramping as much as 33-34 dB;
- Whisper – limits the CPU at ~12W to favor decrease fan-noise of sub 32 dB.
The Normal profile is well-balanced and retains the fan idle with gentle use, and quiet with heavier masses. The laptop computer additionally feels snappy with day by day multitasking, video streaming, text-editing, and the likes, as you’ll see down under. It does run a bit heat to the contact although, even with the magnesium chassis that’s much less thermally conductive than the aluminum used on the usual ZenBooks, but that was anticipated from a largely fanless pocket book of this dimension.
On to extra demanding duties, we begin by testing the CPU’s efficiency by working the Cinebench R15 benchmark for 15+ occasions in a loop, with 2-Three seconds delay between every run, on the Efficiency mode.
The Tiger Lake i7 runs at excessive clocks of 25-35 W for fairly some time, however ultimately stabilizes at round 22W of energy and ~2.6 GHz, with temperatures within the mid-80s Celsius. The fan retains quietly at solely about 36-37 dB at head-level, however the elements run hotter than on most different Tiger Lake ZenBooks that we’ve examined, and I’d count on later BIOS modes to maybe permit the fan to run quicker and louder, with the intention to decrease the temperatures. For scores, this stabilizes at round 650 factors, which isn’t dangerous for a Tiger Lake i7.
We additionally retested the laptop computer on the Normal and Whisper modes. Normal limits the CPU at ~15 W, with a lower in fan-noise, temperatures, and efficiency, and Whisper lowers the restrict to ~12 W, with even quieter followers. Lastly, the laptop computer performs very nicely when unplugged, working at 22+W on the Efficiency mode. Right here’s what we acquired in our exams.
To place these ends in perspective, right here’s how a few different AMD and Intel ultraportable notebooks rating on this similar check.
As anticipated, this 22W i7 sits someplace in between the opposite Tiger Lake laptops we’ve examined that run at greater or decrease energy. It’s additionally beneath a high-power Comet Lake or Ice Lake implementation, in addition to significantly outscored by the Ryzen U platforms, which stay kings on this type of CPU-heavy masses amongst U-type processors, and by a far margin.
We went forward and verified our findings by working the longer and more difficult Cinebench R20 and Prime 95 exams. With Cinebench, the CPU stabilizes at 22W and temperatures within the 82085 levels, however with Prime it runs hotter, within the 90s, and drops to about 17-18W after 10 minutes, regardless of initially working at greater energy. That’s relatively uncommon, and we couldn’t reiterate the identical habits in different exams.
We additionally ran our mixed CPU+GPU stress exams on this pocket book, on the identical Efficiency profile.
3DMark stress runs the identical check for 20 occasions in a loop and appears for efficiency variation and degradation over time, and this unit did not move it. No shock, because the initially runs at the next energy envelope, and later stabilizes at round 22W as soon as the warmth builds up. Luxmark Three.1 absolutely masses each the CPU and GPU on the similar time, however it doesn’t correctly assist the Tiger Lake right now, so isn’t related right here.
Subsequent, listed here are some benchmark outcomes. We ran your complete suite of exams and benchmarks on the usual Efficiency profile. Right here’s what we acquired.
- 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 4435 (Graphics – 5034, Physics – 9882, Mixed – 1631);
- 3DMark 13 – Evening Raid: 13169 (Graphics – 17884, CPU – 5792);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 1562 (Graphics – 1418, CPU – 3698);
- 3DMark 13 – Wild Life: 10828;
- AIDA64 Reminiscence check: -;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 2775;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 1076;
- Handbrake 1.Three.1 (4K to 1080p encode): 18.47 common fps;
- PassMark 10: Ranking: 3925 (CPU mark: 11119, 3D Graphics Mark: 3882, Disk Mark: 14576);
- PCMark 10: 4679 (Necessities – 9968, Productiveness – 6439 , Digital Content material Creation – 4322);
- GeekBench four.four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 6558, Multi-core: 19811;
- GeekBench 5.Zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1437, Multi-core: 4572;
- CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 811 cb, CPU Single Core 211 cb;
- CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 1840 cb, CPU Single Core 528 cb;
- x264 HD Benchmark four.Zero 32-bit: Go 1 – 189.28 fps, Go 2 – 42.47 fps;
- x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 80.42 s.
We additionally ran some Workstation associated masses, on the Efficiency profile:
- Blender 2.90 – BMW Automobile scene- CPU Compute: 11m 13s (Auto);
- Blender 2.90 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 29m 7s (Auto);
- Luxmark Three.1 – Luxball HDR – OpenCL CPUs + GPUs rating: CPU not correctly acknowledged;
For probably the most half, these are pretty common outcomes and far as anticipated from a mid-power Tiger Lake implementation, however with some exceptions in among the heavier CPU masses akin to Geekbench, Handbrake and Blender, the place this pattern falls behind the opposite Tiger Lake configurations we’ve examined. I can’t correctly clarify this, on condition that the identical processor scores positive in Cinebench or 3DMark.
We ran a few DX11, DX12, and Vulkan titles on the Efficiency profile and Low/Lowest graphics settings. Right here’s what we acquired:
|FHD gaming||UX435EA – Intel 1165G7 22W||Flip UX363 – Intel 1165G7 13W||Swift Three 13 – Intel 1165G7 17W||UX393 – Intel 1165G7 26W||UX425 – Intel 1065G7||IdeaPad 7 – AMD R7 + Vega Eight||UM425 – AMD R7 + Vega 7|
|Bioshock Infinite (DX 11, Low Preset)||73 fps (18 fps – 1% low)||65 fps (38 fps – 1% low)||76 fps (45 fps – 1% low)||83 fps (44 fps – 1% low)||40 fps (22 fps – 1% low)||81 fps (58 fps – 1% low)||66 fps (50 fps – 1% low)|
|Dota 2 (DX 11, Greatest Wanting Preset)||62 fps (23 fps – 1% low)||52 fps (32 fps – 1% low)||71 fps (46 fps – 1% low)||63 fps (39 fps – 1% low)||34 fps (20 fps – 1% low)||53 fps (40 fps – 1% low)||39 fps (28 fps – 1% low)|
|Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Low Preset, no AA)||27 fps (10 fps – 1% low)||23 fps (14 fps – 1% low)||32 fps (19 fps – 1% low)||29 fps (19 fps – 1% low)||12 fps (10 fps – 1% low)||28 fps (24 fps – 1% low)||21 fps (17 fps – 1% low)|
|Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Lowest Preset)||69 fps (19 fps – 1% low)||59 fps (43 fps – 1% low)||60 fps (43 fps – 1% low)||67 fps (53 fps – 1% low)||32 fps (22 fps – 1% low)||33 fps (24 fps – 1% low)||45 fps (36 fps – 1% low)|
|NFS: Most Wished (DX 11, Lowest Preset)||59 fps (51 fps – 1% low)||56 fps (36 fps – 1% low)||60 fps (53 fps – 1% low)||60 fps (45 fps – 1% low)||42 fps (25 fps – 1% low)||60 fps (46 fps – 1% low)||56 fps (34 fps – 1% low)|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider (DX 12, Lowest Preset, no AA)||32 fps (Eight fps – 1% low)||25 fps (11 fps – 1% low)||36 fps (5 fps – 1% low)||46 fps (12 fps – 1% low)||16 fps (Three fps – 1% low)||41 fps (22 fps – 1% low)||28 fps (22 fps – 1% low)|
|Shadow of Tomb Raider (Vulkan, Lowest Preset, no AA)||32 fps (19 fps – 1% low)||25 fps (14 fps – 1% low)||37 fps (21 fps – 1% low)||34 fps (18 fps – 1% low)||17 fps (12 fps – 1% low)||38 fps (22 fps – 1% low)||27 fps (16 fps – 1% low)|
|Unusual Brigade (Vulkan, Low Preset)||52 fps (16 fps – 1% low)||47 fps (41 fps – 1% low)||50 fps (40 fps – 1% low)||54 fps (45 fps – 1% low)||21 fps (7 fps – 1% low)||41 fps (36 fps – 1% low)||37 fps (32 fps – 1% low)|
- The Witcher Three, Dota 2, NFS – recorded with MSI Afterburner in sport mode;
- Bioshock, Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Unusual Brigade, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities.
I’ve added a few different configurations for comparability, all of them ultraportables, albeit not inside the similar worth vary.
This UX435EA pattern ends-up performing about on par with the ZenBook UX425 and the Swift Three 13 in these video games, even though the CPU runs at barely greater energy, at 22W sustained within the examined titles. Meaning 60+ fps in older and informal titles, however solely round 30 fps (and even beneath) in current AAA titles. The software program tends to favor the CPU a bit an excessive amount of and eat into the GPU’s frequencies, which solely ends-up working at about .85 to 1.05 GHz in our exams.
Once more, I’d count on future software program updates to tweak this habits to some extent, and we’ll replace if we get to retest this laptop computer in a later model. Nevertheless, I’d relatively see Asus modify the fan’s response and general energy bundle with the intention to cut back the interior temperatures. As it’s, our pattern runs at about 80-85 levels on the CPU within the examined video games, which is a bit excessive for this type of a chassis and interprets in relatively uncomfortable exterior temperatures, as you’ll see down under.
Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others
Asus went with a fundamental thermal module right here, with a single heatpipe and single fan, much like what we’ve seen applied on most of their current ZenBook and ExpertBook lineups.
Moreover, additionally they went with open-back design. The fan is blocked by thermal tape on the within, however air will get in by means of the appropriate aspect of those grills over the CPU, flaws into the fan and out, into the display. Compared, the ZenBook 14 UX425 items that we’ve examined go for a totally open consumption on the again.
It’s laborious to match the 2, although, as this Ultralight sequence runs a lot quieter, at solely 36-37 dB at head-level on the Efficiency profile, and in addition hotter.
As soon as extra, I hope Asus will handle this within the retail fashions, both by permitting the followers to spin quicker or by limiting the ability envelope to round 19W, like on the common ZenBook UX425, with the intention to preserve the elements at a decrease temperature, which can even have an effect on the outside thermals. With our pattern, we switched it to the Normal mode and noticed an enchancment, however this mode additionally takes a good toll over the efficiency and silences the fan to barely audible ranges. General, I really feel barely extra aggressive fan-profile would higher steadiness this implementation.
As for day by day use, this ZenBook runs utterly silent with looking and video streaming and the likes. The fan rests idle more often than not, and solely kicks in with extra intense multitasking. I additionally haven’t observed any digital noises. The temperatures are alright for a largely fanless implementation, within the mid to excessive 30s within the hottest areas on the within and on the again.
*Every day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, Whisper Mode, followers at Zero-33 dB
*Gaming – Normal mode – taking part in Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, followers at 33-35 dB
*Gaming – Efficiency mode – taking part in Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, followers at 36-37 dB
For connectivity, there’s the latest-gen WiFi 6 with an Intel AX201 module on this laptop computer. It carried out very nicely with our setup and the sign and efficiency remained sturdy at 30-feet, with obstacles in between.
Audio is dealt with by a set of stereo audio system that fireside by means of grills positioned on the underside, on the laterals. By default, DTS processing is switched on the Music profile within the devoted app, and I really feel that is too aggressive for these small audio system, making them sound bizarre and distorted at volumes above 60%, and in addition to ship vibrations into the arm-rest. Certain, the volumes pump as much as 85+ dB at head-level on this mode, however as I discussed, there’s no manner you should utilize these audio system above 50-60%.
I’d advocate taking part in with the settings and discover what works for you. With DTS off, I discovered these to sound too hallow for my liking, so I ended up retaining DTS on Music, however solely utilizing volumes within the 30-50%. At these ranges, the audio high quality is in regards to the common it’s best to count on from this class, positive for motion pictures and music, however with nonetheless little on the decrease finish.
As for that HD digicam positioned on the prime of the display, it’s positive for infrequent calls, however overly shiny on our pattern and nonetheless not a lot by way of high quality.
There’s a 63 Wh battery contained in the ZenBook 14 Ultralight UX435, pretty massive for a 2020 14-inch ultrabook, particularly one which weighs lower than 1 kilo.
That is additionally paired with the environment friendly 1W FHD panel, and right here’s what we acquired by way of battery life, with the display’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~50 brightness).
- 6.2 W (~10+ h of use) – textual content enhancing in Google Drive, Normal+ Higher Battery Mode, display at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 5.6 W (~11+ h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Whisper + Higher Battery Mode, display at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
- four.7 W (~13- h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Whisper + Higher Battery Mode, display at 50%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 9 W (~5-Eight h of use) – looking in Edge, Normal + Higher Efficiency Mode, display at 50%, Wi-Fi ON.
Asus pairs the laptop computer with a compact 65W charger that plugs-in by way of USB-C. It’s a single-piece design with a compact brick and an extended and thick cable, and a full cost takes about 2 hours, however quick-charging permits to fill-up to 60% of the battery in lower than an hour.
Worth and availability
The ZenBook 14 UX435 sequence isn’t but stocked in shops on the time of this text, so I can’t absolutely touch upon its pricing and availability.
I’d count on a good premium over the usual ZenBook 14 UX425, although, so it ought to begin at round $1200 for an i5 mannequin or extra. On the prime, the usual full-size UX435EG is listed for round 2000 EUR in Germany, so this Ultralight model ought to go for a minimum of the identical, if no more.
We’ll replace after we know extra, and within the meantime, comply with this hyperlink for up to date costs and configurations in your area.
Whereas for probably the most half this ZenBook 14 Ultralight feels and works like the usual ZenBook 14s of this era, there are a few features that might persuade you to pay the additional for one among these.
Firstly, there’s the plain distinction in weight, with this mannequin weighing beneath 1 kilo. When you’re carrying your laptop computer to work or faculty day by day, this element issues, even when the usual ZenBook 14 can also be pretty compact and light-weight for a 14-incher, at 1.2 kilos. However that’s not all. The magnesium alloys utilized by this Ultralight sequence are additionally quite a bit friendlier in daily-use than the aluminum on the order ZenBooks, don’t present smudges as simply, and require much less upkeep, plus this laptop computer additionally will get blunted and extra snug edges.
On prime of all these, this Ultralight sequence additionally will get a Three.5 mm jack, however in all equity that’s additionally obtainable on the usual 2020 ZenBook UX435 sequence (non-Ultralight). I do know, all these names are extremely complicated, nothing we will do about it.
These apart, the specs, the efficiency, the battery life, the display choices, and the general construct high quality are all top-notch for each the Ultralight and the non-Ultralight ZenBooks of this era. With a slight benefit for the Ultralight, as this one doesn’t creak when picked up.
Alternatively, I really feel that the typing expertise takes a success on this Ultralight mannequin in comparison with the common ZenBook 14s, with a mushier and extra unforgiving keyboard, a minimum of on this early pattern. After which, with the smaller form-factor comes a smaller screen-chin, which signifies that the new air is blown straight into the matte panel, which reaches temperatures within the 50s Celsius proper close to the exhaust, and these may trigger panel degradation over time. The truth is, that is my single main gripe with this laptop computer, and one thing it’s best to weigh in your selections for those who plan to run demanding masses or video games on this ultrabook, which I’d count on you may because you’re choosing a Tiger Lake ultraportable to start with.
Moreover, that’s going to be a fair better problem on the ZenBook 14 UX435EGL fashions with the Nvidia MX450 dGPU, however we’ll discuss that after we get finalized drivers and may correctly check it.
This wraps up our overview of the Asus ZenBook 14 Ultralight UX435EAL sequence, however I’d love to listen to your ideas on it, so please get in contact within the feedback part down under.