ASUS ZenBook 14 UX434F - A Premium Laptop In A Small and Ultra Portable Package
Today we will talk about the ASUS ZenBook 14 UX434F, a very powerfull premium ultra portable laptop, that can do it all.
Asus ZenBook 14 UX434F Specs
So let’s take a look at the Asus ZenBook 14 UX434F and see what is under the hood. This laptop comes with an Intel Core i7-8565U CPU, 16GB of DDR4 memory, a dedicated Nvidia MX250 with 2GB GDDR5 graphics card, 512GB of SSD storage and a 50Wh Li-Polymer Battery.
From this spec list you can see that it features an 8 generation Intel CPU , which is a 4 cores/8 threads one, runs at a base clock of 1.8Ghz, has only 15W TDP and it can turbo boost up to 2.2 GHz if running on battery power. If you plug it in, the CPU can turbo up to 4.6GHz. With the dedicated MX 250 graphics card and the 16GB of RAM, this notebook is a well balanced package, which can deliver good performance in almost everything you’ll throw at it.
Asus ZenBook 14 UX434F Design and Performance
Now that we saw what is under the hood, let’s have a look at the design. This laptop has been built for creative people, visionaries, for people that a small form factor does not represent a challange in dealing with their day by day tasks. The ASUS ZenBook UX434F comes with a 14’’ 1080p (FullHD) screen, and a screen to body ratio of 92%, which basically makes this laptop just a screen. Screen edges are not a problem, just 2.9mm thick, and color accuracy is just perfect as it covers the sRGB spectrum at 100%. But wait, did we mention that it is a touch screen as well? Yes it is.
But wait, there’s more. There is also a second screen, and is right in the touchpad. We are talking about the ScreenPad 2.0 technology, which actually transforms the normal touchpad into a secondary screen. It can be used just as a normal touchpad or you can use it as an extension for other apps, like a calculator for example, making this screen act like a numpad, or an extension for Word or Excel which transforms this screen in a tool-screen and keeps the main 14’’ display for text display or tables.
The Asus ZenBook 14 UX434F is a premium laptop and we can see that by just looking and touching it. It is made out of light materials, compliant with MIL-STD-810G standard which actually means that the laptop is militry-grade capable of resisting high-shocks, humidity, vibrations, high temperatures as well as high altitude.
With all this in mind you might think that this laptop will be very heavy, thick and not very portable, but you will be surprised. It weighs just 1.26kg, is the size of an A4 sheet of paper and very very thin.
On the conectivity side, we have two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C, HDMI, a 3.5mm jack for your headphones, and a microSD card reader. The keyboard is classic TKL (without numpad, remember that you can use the secondary screen for that) with slim keys with just 1.4mm travel distance that offer a very pleasant typing sensation. The keyboard has LED white background light that can be adjusted according to everybody’s needs.
Using this laptop for an entire week, we can actually say that it is an absolute pleasure to use. It offers plenty of power for our day by day activities, as well as doing some light gaming. We know that this is not even close to a gaming laptop but we wanted to test this aspect as well. Esports games like Dota 2 or Counter Strike and even FIFA 2020 work like a charm, and we got constant 60fps at all time, even 90fps in Counter Strike, without breaking a sweat. To give you an idea what the MX250 compares to, it is actually a bit slower than a GeForce GTX 1050, so even more demanding games could be ran (of course on low details) on this laptop.
When running more demanding tasks like gaming on the ZenBook 14 UX434F we did not see any overheating problems or noise problems. But this is to be expected with a 25W TDP CPU and another 25W TDP for the graphics card.
The ASUS ZenBook 14 UX434F is a very interesting laptop that tries to combine new tech with ultra portability. The battery life we got out of it in normal usage was little above 7 hours with the ScreenPad off, and just under 4 hours with the ScreenPad on. An upgraded model that features the recently launched Intel Core i7-10510U was announced by ASUS but we don’t know when it will be released in retail stores. Chances are that the newer model will be available either by the end of this year or early 2020.
Overall this is a trully great laptop suitable for everyone, and if you are looking for lots of power and awesome looks, this might be the right laptop for you.
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