It is a soothing sight for any tech geek because of its elegant design and construction and smooth performance just adds more to it, the Asus Zenbook 14 is a dream. Also, screenpad 2.0 feels easy to use.

Pros

  • New and improved ScreenPad is easier to use
  • ScreenPad is big and ultra-responsive
  • Blue and gold design stands out from the pack

Cons

  • ScreenPad still eats into the battery
  • Low colour gamut scores will put off pro creatives

Last year, It was quite exciting when Asus released the Zenbook Pro with the Screenpad. It offered a touchpad that controlled more than just the cursor seemed promising. Like the first version, the Asus Zenbook 14(UX434F) is one of the latest Zenbook laptops to come with Asus’s revamped Screenpad- a trackpad that’s also a touchscreen.

The first version of the screenplay was impressive and attention-grabbing, but it lacked app support and was hard-hitting on the battery life of laptops. But Asus has promised that they have now fixed both of the issues. Whatever you are playing, watching, or listening to, managing screenpad content is easy. Swiping up from the bottom of the screenpad will see a number of controls placed at your fingertips.

Design and Build Quality

The design of the new Asus Zenbook 14 is similar to its previous generation- and this is a good thing. This thin and light beauty looks amazing and feels great in the hand. The Asus Zenbook 14 is just 0.67 inches thick and weighs just 2.78 pounds while managing to fit a 14-inch full HD display. It’s such a powerful laptop.

Instead of the bog-standard black and grey laptop chassis designs that flood the market, you get a sumptuous regal blue and rose gold color combo here. The Zenbook 14 is also available in rose gold and silver variants, for those who like their laptops to look more traditional.

Features and Audio

It is definitely winning in the audio department. The soundbar can be found just above the keyboard amid it is complemented by a pair of speakers on the bottom of the laptop. We are able to hear music when it’s played in a crowded room, and it even sounds halfway decent.

The Asus Zenbook 14 features the new Screenpad 2.0, which is bigger than the last generation and also more feature-rich. Rather than a handful of Asus-exclusive apps, the screen pad now has native compatibility with a bunch of third-party programs, with Evernote being the most useful. It’s 14-inch Full HD(1920×1080) display. The colors on the screen are really very vibrant and soothing and should be accurate enough for light creative work.

Display 14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) NanoEdge, 60Hz, 178° wide-view technology, up to 92% S/B ratio
Processor Quad-core Intel i7-8565U clocked at 1.80 GHz
Graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
Storage 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD
Memory 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz

 

It is definitely winning in the audio department. The soundbar can be found just above the keyboard amid it is complemented by a pair of speakers on the bottom of the laptop. We are able to hear music when it’s played in a crowded room, and it even sounds halfway decent.

Audio
  • ASUS SonicMaster stereo audio system, certified by Harman Kardon
  • Array microphone with Cortana and Alexa voice-recognition support

Keyboard and Touchpad

The keypad given in it gives you a smooth feel. The 1.4mm space also separates 2 keys. The keypad is also backlit with white color only. Asus used the function (Fn) key as a toggle, in which you can press the key once and use the settings of your choice from F1 to F12. You have a lot of space on both sides of the touchpad which is normal but this touchpad is not normal.

In the Asus Zenbook 12, the touchpad has been replaced with a screen-pad with a 5.65-inch FHD + Super IPS touchscreen. Apart from this, you can also use it as a normal touch-pad. In this too, you have been supported by 178-degree wide-view technology. You also get some extra features on it.

Apart from all these, you can watch YouTube-game-play on the screen at the time of gaming or you can use some other application. Asus has provided open-source support for developers to optimize the application for its smaller screen.

Connectivity and Battery

Over on the right, there’s a settings cog that let you adjust the screenpad’s brightness, resolution ( your options are: 1000×500, and 2160×1080), refresh rate (50hz, 60hz), engage battery saver mode, change the screenpad’s background image, or even re-watch the demo video you get at the start for a refresher on how it all works. Battery performance was roughly on a par with what I saw with the previous Zenbook Pro 14, which uses the same processor but a different graphics unit(Nvidia GeForce GTx1050 vs Nvidia MX250) and a smaller Screenpad(5.5-inches vs 5.6-inches) with a lower resolution.
Running Geekbench 4’s CPU stress test, scores of 5275 and 15,849 were achieved for the single and multi-core tests respectively. I have seen similar results from other laptops with the same CPU.

Connectivity
Bluetooth version 5.0
Inputs
Web Camera Yes
Pointer Device Touchpad
Backlit Keyboard Yes
Touchpad Yes

 

Ports and slots

Number of USB Ports 3
USB Ports 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type A), 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type C)
HDMI Port Standard
Multi Card Slot 1 Micro SD Card Reader
Headphone and Mic Combo Jack Yes

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