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ASUS ZenBook 13 UX325JA-AB51 Review And Specification


ASUS ZenBook 13 UX325JA-AB51

This is the popular ZenBook Series from Asus' small 13-inch ZenBook 13 UX325JA-AB51, which was updated in early 2021.

The 13-inch ZenBook UX331 and UX333 models from last year have been updated and redesigned with new hardware (Intel IceLake), greater connectivity with Thunderbolt 3 support, USB-C charging, a larger 67Wh battery, and better screen options.

The i5 model starts at less than $1,000, and you can get i7 variants for a little bit more. All these things come in a reasonably cost package. In the very competitive Ultrabook market, the ZenBook 13 appears to be a fantastic computer. Below are our opinions, along with the advantages and drawbacks you should take into account before purchasing.

ASUS ZenBook 13 UX325JA-AB51 Specification


  • Processor : Intel Core i5-1035G1 4 x 1 - 3.6 GHz, Ice Lake-U
  • Graphics adapter : Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  • Memory : 8 GB , LPDDR4X-3200
  • Display : 13.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, IPS, glossy: no, 60 Hz
  • Storage : 256 GB NVMe, 256 GB
  • Connections : 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD
  • Networking : Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/)
  • Size : height x width x depth (in mm): 13.9 x 304 x 203 ( = 0.55 x 11.97 x 7.99 in)
  • Battery : 67 Wh, 4347 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 15.48V
  • Operating System : Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • Camera : Webcam: 3D IR HD 720p
  • Additional features : Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, USB-C to 3.5-mm headphone jack adapter, sleeve, McAfee LiveSafe (trial version), MS Office 365 (trial version)
  • Weight : 1.07 kg ( = 37.74 oz / 2.36 pounds)
  • Price : 800 Euro

Design


ASUS ZenBook 13 UX325JA-AB51 Design

The 14-inch Asus ZenBook UX435 that we previously reviewed is essentially a smaller version of the 13-inch UX325JA-AB51, measuring around 12 x 8 x 0.55 inches and weighing almost the same (2.6 pounds). Even when placed side by side, it is difficult to distinguish between the two ZenBook models, and each one has a premium appearance and feel.

When in usage, the ZenBook 13 UX325JA is quiet and doesn't overheat even when under a lot of strain. In addition to being portable, opening the ErgoLift design automatically tilts the keyboard, improving comfort but degrading screen alignment.  The layout of the keyboard, particularly the spacing, feels somewhat odd due to the design. Big hands, however, beware.

Excellent connectivity can be found here, especially because there are two Thunderbolt 3-compatible USB-C connectors. A full-size USB-A port and HDMI are also present, but the 3.5mm jack is no longer there. Although Asus does include a USB-C to 3.5mm adaptor in the kit, that is a bold move that I disagree with. What do you believe?

Display


Asus provides two screen options for the ZenBook 13 UX325 just like it does for the 14-inch model. Both are matte, non-touch IPS panels with FHD resolution, but only one has a maximum brightness of 300 nits while the other is a more recent, more energy-efficient model with a maximum brightness of 450 nits.

The baseline screen on our evaluation unit, the ZenBook 13 UX325JA-AB51, has almost 100% sRGB color coverage, wide viewing angles, and better brightness and contrast than the 14-inch devices we've seen. Even this panel is enough for daily usage.

Keyboard & Touchpad

 

ASUS ZenBook 13 UX325JA-AB51 Keyboard

The 13-inch ZenBook X325 differs from its 14-inch siblings most noticeably when typing.

And the main reason for that is that, although having somewhat shorter keys, the ZenBook UX425's 13-inch form doesn't allow for a full-size keyboard. Our review model only has 16 x 13 mm keys, compared to the UX425's main set of 16 x 15 mm keys. This results in a crowded layout and increases the likelihood of missed strokes.

Although the keyboard on the ZenBook 14 is among the greatest you'll ever use, you might not be able to type as quickly and accurately on the 13-inch model because it feels more like a typical ultrabook.  This keyboard has a backlit design with white LEDs and a dedicated Caps Lock indication, aside from layout and feedback.

Asus implemented the identical roomy glass clickpad with Precision drivers and a secondary NumberPad functionality as the UX425 below the keyboard and in the middle of the chassis. The end result is a surface that is supple, responsive, and strong with good palm-rejection and gesture support.

Just to be clear, the ZenBook UX325 does not include a finger sensor or ScreenPad, but it does have an IR camera at the top of the display.

Performance of the Asus UX325JA-AB51


The ZenBook 13 UX325JA-AB51 has a minimal spec sheet on the inside. The Intel i5-1035G1's four cores and integrated Intel UHD graphics operate at a combined 3.6 GHz. Because it has 256GB of SSD storage and 8GB of RAM, routine tasks like web browsing or media consumption run smoothly on the 13-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) screen.

The Asus ZenBook 13 delivers all you would typically anticipate from a midrange laptop, and then some. We're talking about quick performance for daily use and brief stressful loads, but an impressive performance in challenging jobs that take longer than a minute to complete.

Since it doesn't require a lot of resources, it should be suitable for editing images but not for editing films or other resource-intensive work/school applications. Only FHD 30+ frames per second will be supported by older games like Need for Speed: Most Wanted and casual games like Minecraft and Dota2.

Although it will perform well on select titles, overall, its gaming performance is a little bit more constrained than the 14-inch model. When it comes to gaming power, both models are still rather constrained, but if you're looking for a laptop that lets you play and work at the same time, check out our Editors' Choice midrange gaming laptop, the Asus TUF FX505GT-AB73, which costs around the same.

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