Review ultrabook ASUS ZenBook UX433FN 14: compactness above all else
Test laboratory 3DNews constantly testing all important computer innovations — including ultrabooks. In particular, in the past year we have studied several interesting models equipped with discrete graphics. Such devices are not only smaller and more elegant — they are, as you can see, while still increasing their productivity. So, in the model, ZenBook 14 UX433FN installed the new Intel Whiskey Lake, which replaced the Kaby Lake Refresh. And in ultrabook uses a discrete graphics NVIDIA GeForce MX150. Let’s see how this device compactness combined with efficiency.
Specifications, equipment and
At the moment, the ZenBook ultrabooks are divided into three series, which are equipped with 13-, 14 – and 15-inch displays. In this article we will talk exclusively about the “Golden mean”, that is, the models called ZenBook 14 UX433FN. All possible configurations of this laptop are represented in the table below.
|ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433FN|
|Display||14″, 1920 × 1080, IPS, matte
14″, 1920 × 1080, IPS, glossy
|The CPU||Intel Core i7-8565U, 4/8 cores/threads, 1.8 m (4,6) GHz, 15 W|
|Intel Core i5-8265U, 4/8 cores/threads, 1,6 (to 3.9) GHz, 15 W|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 620
MX150 NVIDIA GeForce 2 GB
|RAM||8 or 16 GB DDR3-2133, built-in|
|SSD||256 or 512 GB, PCI Express 3.0 x2
1 TB PCI Express 3.0 x4
|Interfaces||1 × HDMI
1 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
1 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A
1 × USB 2.0 Type-A
1 × 3.5 mm mini Jack acoustics/microphone
1 × microSD
|Built-in battery||50 W•h|
|External power supply||65W|
|Dimensions||319 × 159 × 16 mm|
|Operating system||Windows 10 x64 Home
Windows 10 x64 Pro
|Price in Russia||From 71 000 rubles|
The manufacturer claims that all ZenBook 14 meet military standard reliability MIL-STD-810G. The testing included the test in the harshest conditions: at altitude, in extreme temperatures and humidity. More about this you can read here.
Us for a test arrived quite pumped version of “Sambuca” with a 14-inch matrix. The laptop uses a discrete graphics NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2 GB of RAM, 4-core processor Core i7-8565U 16 GB DDR4 RAM and SSD of 512 GB. At the time of writing this configuration, in Moscow in the sale I found. A similar version of the ZenBook 14 UX433FN, with a glossy finish screen, with a terabyte SSD, and preloaded with Windows 10 Pro costs an average of 144 000. Note that you will find not only models of blue color, but the silver version of this ultrabook.
Wireless network device implemented by the controller Intel 9560, which supports IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and a maximum bandwidth of up to 1734 Mbps and Bluetooth 5.0.
Complete with ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433FN, which is nice, is a compact power supply capacity of 65 watts and a mass of about 200 grams. And in the box put the laptop case and adapter RJ-45-to-USB.
Appearance and input device
Color the hero of the review is somewhat reminiscent of the Acer ultrabook Swift 5, which we tested last year. However, to confuse these two models are unrealistic, since the ASUS ZenBook UX433FN 14 has a characteristic series of “Senboku” features. For example, the cover has a recognizable circular pattern — as if the drop had stirred the smooth surface of the water. All “Zenbaki” ASUS collected in full metal body. The material is quite practical because fingerprints and dust are removed in a jiffy.
I just compared the ZenBook 14 UX433FN Swift with Acer 5 — in both cases, the ultrabook uses a 14-inch screen. Only the ASUS was almost three inches narrower and shorter than one centimeter.
It turns out, the ZenBook 14 UX433FN their characteristics “plays in the division” 13-inch ultrabooks. So, the laptop turned out to be even more compact than the HP Spectre 13! And lighter as the mass of the “Sambuca” with a matte display is only 1090 grams. Sorry, I have not had the opportunity to photograph ZenBook 14 UX433FN with other ultrabooks, he really looks very compact against their competitors.
If we compare the new ZenBook 14 of the past generation, it was less than 13 %. So much “lose weight” ZenBook 14 UX433FN managed through the use of display NanoEdge, which occupies 92 % of the total area of the lid. The thickness of the top of the screen is 6.1 mm, and the side — just 2.9 mm thick. the bottom frame has a thickness of 3.3 mm.
Open the lid of the laptop with one hand will not work, in the design of the ZenBook 14 UX433FN used fairly tight hinges ErgoLift. But they allow to clearly position the screen that you can deploy to an angle of 145 degrees. When you open the lid, the base raised on three degrees. This “trick” is, according to the manufacturer, provides greater comfort for the user, creates additional space for air circulation around the bottom of the shell and contributes to obtaining a more pure sound with superior bass.
That’s what ZenBook 14 UX433FN not the record holder is the thickness of the body. No, the ultrabook looks pretty gracefully, since its thickness is 16 mm. Just some manufacturers obviously chase records in this direction. Well, released you will need a computer with a thickness of one centimeter, well boasted. But did the user? After all, 16-18 mm for ultrabook is a very good option, as it allowed to place on the sides of the ZenBook 14 UX433FN a large number of useful connectors. On the left side of the laptop has HDMI output and USB 3.1 Gen2 A-type. Here is the entrance to connect the external power supply and USB 3.1 Gen2 C-type. On the right side of the laptop there was a slot for cards format microSD, USB connector 2.0 A-type and a 3.5 mm Jack for headphones.
The keyboard ZenBook 14 UX433FN. Used a fairly common scissor mechanism that the key travel is 1.4 mm. Used (however briefly) will have is that the layout of the buttons Home, End, PgUp and PgDn, which combined with F9-F12. Otherwise the keyboard is comfortable Enter, Shift, Tab and Backspace. To print the text “tons” of the text, it is convenient for ultrabook this is important. Know keyboard “Sambuca” is very similar to the HID used in the Dell XPS 13 (2018). Of the features also note that a number of F1-F12 by default works in combination with the Fn button, while the priority is given to their multimedia functions.
The keyboard has three levels of white light, coupled with dark blue buttons to use it comfortably both day and night.
In selling you will encounter different versions of the ZenBook 14 UX433FN. I received the model without a NumberPad — the touchpad that can play the role of a digital keyboard unit for entering numbers quickly. It’s even better: not all users desperately needed a digital block.
The touch panel I have no complaints arose. It’s not as big as the 15-inch models, but expect another at least naive. The touchpad surface is pleasant to the touch — it has a glass coating. Overall the touchpad normally the gestures, the click is accompanied by a distinct but soft click. In the work the touchpad behaves quite adequately — checked in the computer card game “Quint”. Naturally, it supports all the multitouch gestures of Windows 10.
As for the webcam, the ZenBook 14 UX433FN, like other ultrabooks, the standard matrix with a resolution of 720p and a frequency of 30 Hz, with all its consequences. Good quality picture is really to only in bright Sunny weather. In all other cases, the picture is unattractive and very noisy.
I should add that the unlock of the operating system are possible including using the identification of the person (Hello Windows), and management of various functions using voice commands (Cortana virtual assistant).
The internal structure and capabilities upgrade
In theory ZenBook 14 UX433FN very easy to disassemble. We need only to Unscrew the 9 screws with the Torx-slot and remove the metal bottom. The screws are unscrewed, the bottom plate of special plastic shovel teased and… on the cover of “tear off” would not. You know, in such cases it is better not to overdo it — especially if the device was purchased with their money.
To disassemble the ZenBook 14 UX433FN there is definitely a sense of those who take the model with SSD of small volume, because it may be time to replace. In test ultrabook drive Western Digital WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G-1002 with a volume of 512 GB in 2019 looks promising, although you can take the version “Sambuca” with a terabyte of fast permanent memory. Intelligence reports that only the SSD ultrabook be replaced. It has 16 GB of RAM LPDDR3-2133 soldered directly to the mother Board.
For heat dissipation from a CPU and discrete graphics is responsible the cooling system, consisting of a single copper heat pipes and one fan tangential type. How well a cooler will cope with its work, you will learn in the second part of the article.