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Asus ZenBook 14 Old Review: The Ultrabook is in excellent condition

Asus ZenBook 14 Old Review: The Ultrabook is in excellent condition

This new design is attached to a new cylindrical hinge that crosses the frame from side to side. The set is neat, but the midnight blue finish highlights the fingerprints.

Opening the hood reveals a 14-inch ole panel framed by a thin border.
The 3-level backlight keyboard provides a pleasant and well-marked typing. The piano is hard and has no pumping effect. The Start button on the top right of the keyboard features the same fingerprint reader as on the Vivobook Pro. Compatible with Windows Hello, which starts the PC or opens the session by pressing the index finger; The PC saves the fingerprint when opening the session, so there is no need to place the index finger on the fingerprint reader.

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The large touchpad offers smooth sliding and the Windows gestures are well taken into account. Our version is equipped with NumPad. If you press the top right corner, an exaggerated number keyboard will be displayed on the touchpad. It is responsive and much nicer to use than the first versions released a few years ago.

Number keyboard and its number pad.  © Digital

Number keyboard and its number pad. © Digital

Most connectors are located on the right side of the keyboard, along with the HDMI 2.0 port, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a mini-jack socket and a microSD card reader. A USB 3.2 port is located on the left side of the chassis between the hinge and the cooling system air outlet. Asymmetrical distribution, especially when all ports are occupied, can disturb right-handed players.

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The wireless connection supports 2400 Mb / s with the Intel AX211 chip and WiFi 6E over Bluetooth 5.2. Finally, there is a non-standard 720p webcam above the Oled panel. Whether in low light or in bright environments, there is no clear detail in it.

In the shade
With good lighting.

As for cooling, Asus has completely changed its music and returned to a one-sided air outlet. With its new hinge, the air is no longer blown in front of the screen, but in the double opening at the left edge. Inside, a fan and heat pipe are activated to expel the calories released by the Alter Lake processor.

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After 15 minutes of encryption which required all the cores of the processor, we observed approximately 43 C at the level of the K, L and M keys. The Z, Q, S and D keys located above the fan are completely new. Noise pollution in normal ventilation mode is 39 dB, which translates to acceptable hum. However, if you want to cool the processor better, you can push the airflow through the MyAsus software. In this case, the noise pollution increases to 44.5 dB and disturbs your office neighbors without providing high current noise and better performance.

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Removal is carried out by means of 6 dark screws and 2 Phillips screws hidden under non-slip pads. Once the screws are removed, loosen the shell to access the inside of the ZenBook 14 Oled. Battery, SSD and WiFi card are removable, but RAM is attached to the motherboard.

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The ZenBook 14 Oled (UX3402ZA) is powered by an Intel Core i7-1260P processor with 16 GB of DDR5 RAM and 512 GB of SSD. The Core i7-1260P is a hybrid processor with 4 so-called “performance”. The so-called 8 “efficient” cores, all for a 28 W thermal casing. During our tests, the P-cores averaged 2.42 GHz, the peaks 3.9 GHz, while the E-cores averaged 1.92 GHz. , Maximum 2.71 GHz.

Performance code (the bigger the better).  © Digital

Performance code (the bigger the better). © Digital

The ZenBook 14 Oled and its Core i7-1260P get the code of 108, which puts it between the Ryzen 5 5600U of the HP Pavilion Aero 13 (95) and the Ryzen 7 5800U of the Acer Swift X (112). The Core i7-1260P offers significant gains over the previous generation, which is 24% higher than the Framework laptop’s Core i7-1185G7.

A word about the SSD, which offers 6.8 GB / s in read speeds and 5.1 GB / s speeds in writing. We did not notice any recession indicating the possible saturation of the cache during the transfer of our video rushes for testing purposes.

Asus has fitted the ZenBook 14 Oled with a 14-inch OLED Samsung panel that measures 2880 x 1800 pixels at 90 Hz. So the screen is in 16/10 format, however Oled is suitable for multimedia use. . The integration of the slab is neat. It occupies 82.6%, among other things, thanks to its reduced lower limit.

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The ZenBook 14 Oled team shows its qualities under our analytical review. The Taiwanese manufacturer now seems to have mastered the Samsung panel. The Delta E is no higher than 1.7, just below the threshold (3) where the human eye senses colorful slides. The color temperature (6537 K) is adjusted to the video standard (6500 K) and is almost infinite thanks to OLED technology. So blacks are so deep and our study could not measure them. The only downside to this slab with a glossy finish is the lack of anti-reflective treatment subscribers. The average reflection (reflected light rate) is 51.3%. In comparison, the MacBook Air panel is glossy and has a reflection rate of 26%. The brightness of 396 cd / m² is sufficient indoors to resist any reflection, but it is very reasonable to work comfortably outside.

Strong points

  • Well measured Old Panel.

  • Connectors are provided.

  • Core i7 performance.

  • Wi-Fi 6E ready.

Weak points

  • There is no anti-reflective treatment of the slap.

  • Normal webcam.

  • Link distribution.

  • Solitaire memory.

Conclusion

5 stars provided by LesNumériques.com

How does the ranking work?

The Asus ZenBook 14 Oled offers a particularly solid copy. Its processor offers first-rate performance, and that’s what this Old panel is all about; It does not have a decent anti-reflection filter. And to be really confusing, we can also point out the questionable distribution of connectors, without spoiling the best overall balance sheet.

Supplementary notes

  • Construction

  • Performance

  • Screen

  • Audio

  • Movement / Autonomy

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