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Asus ZenBook 14 UX435EG-XH74 (2023) Review And Specification

Asus ZenBook 14 UX435EG-XH74 (2023)

 Anyone searching for a laptop that can handle a variety of tasks, including web browsing, viewing movies, office work, college coursework, and some light gaming, might consider the Asus ZenBook 14 UX435EG. An 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with over 8 hours of battery life is available for just over $1000.

The most recent laptop from Asus boasts a comfortable keyboard and the best connectivity choices, including two Thunderbolt 4 connectors. But other customers might be put off by a dull display and a polarizing reflective display surface. Our Editors' Top Picks for midrange Ultrabooks include the ZenBook 14 because of its strong performance and affordable price.

 

Asus ZenBook 14 UX435EG-XH74 (2023) Review

Asus ZenBook 14 UX435EG-XH74 (2023) Specification 

  • Processor : Intel Core i7-1165G7 4 x 2.8 - 4.7 GHz, 35 W PL2 / Short Burst, 20 W PL1 / Sustained, Tiger Lake-UP3
  • Graphics adapter : NVIDIA GeForce MX450 - 2048 MB VRAM, Core: 930 MHz, Memory: 1250 MHz, 12 W TDP, GDDR6, 27.21.14.6089 (Nvidia 460.89), Optimus
  • Memory : 16 GB , LPDDR4X-4266, quad-channel mode, onboard, no memory slots
  • Display : 14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, capacitive, Au Optronics B140HAN03.2, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
  • Mainboard : Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP
  • Storage : Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR, 1024 GB , M.2-2280, NVMe, 907 GB free
  • Weight : 1.29 kg ( = 45.5 oz / 2.84 pounds), Power Supply: 215 g ( = 7.58 oz / 0.47 pounds)
  • Price :2000 Euro

Design


With a distinctive brushed concentric surface on the lid, Asus uses a sleek, small, dark grey (they call it pine gray) metal chassis for the ZenBook 14. Design should end there since the focus of this article should be on the screen. or rather the absence of much nearby.

The display's side bezels are only 2.9 millimeters wide; the bottom bezel is 3.3 millimeters wide; and the top bezel, which houses the camera and microphone inputs, is 6.1 millimeters wide. You gain from the astounding 92% screen-to-body ratio as a result, which enables the ZenBook 14 to match the depth of 13-inch displays with sizable bezels, such as the Dell XPS 13, despite the latter being marginally bigger in width.

As previously indicated, the 6.1mm top bezel is a reasonable compromise because it enables the webcam to be perfectly positioned on top of the screen rather than on the lower chassis, as it is on the Huawei MateBook X Pro, or even the chassis itself, which results in an unattractive "up nose" angle.

The Asus ZenBook is not a truly lightweight laptop, though. Competitors like the aforementioned Dell XPS 13 are far smaller, if not lighter, and extremely thin, and the even more svelte Acer Swift 7 is a 14-inch alternative that plays in a different league. measuring 0.39 inches as opposed to 0.67 inches for the ZenBook.

 

Ports

Asus ZenBook 14 UX435EG-XH74 (2023) Display


However, having a slight thickness has benefits, such as providing enough room for a full-sized USB port. One full USB 3.1 port and two Thunderbolt 4 ports (USB Type-C, Power Delivery, and DisplayPort through USB-C) are present.

 These inputs also provide electricity to the laptop and allow for video output. Since there are two of them, at least one of them can be utilized for charging while the other is available for connecting additional devices, such as a docking station or an external GPU.

You have two DisplayPorts, HDMI, USB 3.2, and an audio combination port in all. You'll have to make due with an additional docking station if you require more ports. The connectivity choices are as follows:

  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
  • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
  • 2x Thunderbolt 4 supports display / power delivery
  • Wi-Fi 6(Gig+)(802.11ax)
  • Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 (Dual band) 2*2

Display


The ZenBook 14 sports a 14-inch reflective display with a 1920 x 1080 native resolution. With 312.6 cd/m2 brightness, this IPS panel is brighter than the category average of 300 cd/m2, making it suitable for daily usage, but the contrast is a little low. However, we like that there is no color shifting at all, and the output quality is excellent.

In addition to accurate color reproduction, the IPS panel's viewing angles are steady and universal. Having said that, the reflective display surface makes it challenging to read contents on screens in outdoor settings, although everything is easily visible in bright light or under a cloudy sky.

Keyboard


You'll quickly get used to softly pressing the keys and having them rebound with less effort because Apple's Butterfly keys are among the best available on the market. With the ZenBook 14, Asus made an attempt to achieve the same result, although the final product is a little mushy.

The keys lack a constant amount of resistance and do not readily spring back into position. In other words, the Asus provides a keyboard that is perfect for routine activities and nothing more. Using the function key, you can choose between three different levels of keyboard lighting.

 

ScreenPad


Asus ZenBook 14 UX435EG-XH74 (2023) screenpad

The ScreenPad first appeared on the high-end Asus ZenBook 3, and it has since been seen on Asus' intermediate devices. The ScreenPad effectively swaps out a regular trackpad for a secondary touchscreen display. It functions as though it were another plugged-in external display. A specific key can be used to either turn it on or off. When the pad is off, it functions just like any other standard ClickPad.

To give an impression of the ScreenPad's potential, a few modest programs have been put into the secondary display. They feature a calculator, a space for handwritten input, and an application package called Quick Key that offers simple-to-use actions (cut, copy, paste).

The 5.65-inch touchscreen is exceptionally responsive to touch inputs, supports 10 touch points, and has a maximum resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. Additionally, it has an App Switcher functionality that enables you to switch docked windows between your primary display and the screen of the ScreenPad.

 

ZenBook 14 by Asus performance


You might be surprised by what the Asus ZenBook 14 has to offer if you assumed it was only about the NanoEdge screen and almost noticeable bezels. More amazing performance can be found in the other basic parts.

For all but the most demanding mobile workflows, the Intel Core i7-1165G7 quad-core CPU will be sufficient. The 512GB NVMe SSD and 16GB RAM both provide desktop-class storage performance. This 11th generation (Tiger Lake) processor breezes through regular work; multitasking is no problem, and switching between tabs or apps won't result in any observable lag.

You won't experience any slowdowns, and the system operates without any issues. This laptop provides dependable processing power for office and Internet applications with a ULV CPU that runs at a base clock speed of 2.8 GHz (4.1 GHz Turbo).

The ZenBook 14 uses an exclusive Nvidia GeForce MX450 graphics card, which is the company's most recent midrange processor offering. The GPU can access the quick GDDR6 graphics storage (2048 MB), which is a member of the same Turing chip family as the GeForce GTX-1650 graphics core.

Most games can be played with this GPU at high frame rates at low to medium quality levels and low to low resolution. Less demanding games can be played, but even on low settings, performance-hungry titles like "Assassin's Creed Valhalla" won't run well.

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