Asus ZenBook13 (UX33UAL) | Full Review

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Asus ZenBook13 (UX33UAL) was launched a year ago by Asus, the Ultrabook comes with a 13.3-inch screen. The machine’s surface is polished like a crystal, besides the beautiful design and easy to carry. The machine is only 13.9 mm thick and weighs only 985g light. It is more convenient to daily
and on the go usage. Asus ZenBook 13 will have two models, The price for the Zenbook priced at Rs 69,990 (INR). The model that we will review is the ZenBook 13 (UX331UAL) which come with Core i5-8250U and 256GB SATA3 M.2 SSD.

Specifications:

  • 13.3-inch screen, IPS FHD (1920X1080) panel, 60Hz screen with 72% NTSC color
  • Intel Core i5-8250U with Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • 8GB LPDDR3 RAM.
  • 256GB SATA3 M.2 SSD
  • Illuminated Chiclet Keyboard
  • VGA Webcam
  • WiFi + Bluetooth 4.2
  • Harman Kardon stereo speakers and array mic
  • Fingerprint sensor + Windows Hello integration
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A, USB 3.1 Type-C, audio jack, HDMI 1.4 port
  • 50 Whr (3 Cell) battery that can last for 14 hours with fast charging option
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit preinstalled

DESIGN:

The Zenbook 13 features an elegant and sleek design. The back cover of this Zenbook is very shiny with clear ASUS brand identity, of course. The gloss pattern we have been familiar for a long time, including following in both mobile phones and other products. Really different, which must be said
to be good, beautiful, very shiny, but of course, it is a fingerprint magnet. The Space Grey edition sticks more fingerprint.

Display:

The Zenbook 13 is equipped with a 13.3-inch Nano Edge screen with a resolution of up to FHD 1920X1080 pixels. The frequency of the 60Hz monitor and the side monitor or Anti-Glare supports 72% colour gamut with 178-degree curvature.

There are 4 display modes which you can customize with just one click. Normal Mode is suitable for daily tasks. Bright mode (Vivid Mode) enhances clarity in displaying beautiful pictures and videos. Eye care mode (Eye Care Mode) helps reduce blue light levels by up to 30% to reduce eye strain. And
Manual Mode allows you to customize your own colours freely.

Performance:

The ZenBook 13 UX331UAL is powered with the Intel Core i5 8250U CPU which can increase the speed to 3.4GHz in Turbo boost mode with a base clock of 1.6 GHz. In addition, this model comes with onboard graphics Intel UHD 620 memory, 8GB RAM and Windows 10 Home. The 8GB RAM gets the work done but its not future proof and often running few mediocre tasks
consumes full RAM. The Intel UHD Graphics 620 onboard graphics card must say that this unit supports 2D functionality and is comfortable with a little bit of 3D. The Intel UHD 620 struggles to get playable (FPS) under lower settings a separate video card would have helped to make life easier.
The storage is 256GB SATA3 M.2 SSD storage capacity which quite limits the storage, but it is recommended to use the additional drive for backups.

Battery:

The Asus Zenbook13 features a 3 Cells 50 Whrs Polymer Battery. For charging into it that supports It takes about 50 minutes to charge up to 60% and is fully charged. It is not long. About 80 minutes, very fast and the battery. Asus has a pre-installed app, ASUS Battery Health Charging in this app you can select 3 charging mode depending upon your need and usage.
Asus claims it should offer up to 15 hours of usage, but in our testing the battery backup is between 7-12 hours more, but if gaming or rendering videos the battery backup is between 2-3 hours.

Keyboard & Trackpad:

Zenbook13 features a LED Illuminated chiclet keyboard with three different brightness settings – has a surprisingly high resistance and deep travel (1.4mm). Typing on the keyboard is reliable and positioning the button is well done. Distance is reasonable and comfortable to use.
The trackpad is good in size with a glossy metal edge. It’s smooth and responsive and feels good to use.

My Opinion:

The Zenboook13 is a powerful Ultrabook with strength and good specification making it more flexible for work. Whether it is light work Like printing, using Word, Excel in general, or a bit mediocre to edit images Photoshop, Dxo Mark or illustrator. It is designed for the people who like to
work on the go. The UHD 620 can barely get the payable FPS (Frames Per Second), but you should worry about the heat of the device. As far as trying it was found that if using heavy graphics, the machine will work hard and heat quickly. The cooling fans are a bit louder but get the work done.
The lack of storage is definitely which will bother you but using a additional HDD for backups or upgrading the SSD to a higher storage might help. The 8GB RAM is acceptable with todays standard and will needed to be upgraded in the future. But on everyday use, the Backlit keyboard helps a lot while working under the low light and with Military grade chassis and weight of 985gm the Ultrabook do feel great to work and carry around.
The battery backup is also good which will get you through the mild usage. Overall the Ultrabook is good with little compromises which can be neglected.

ProsCons
 The device is thin and lightweight, easy to carry.
• The design is beautiful and looks good, including the body assembly.
• Bright screen and comfortable screen + Wide viewing angle
• The battery can be used for a long time and is ready to charge.
• CPU + GPU specification is strong enough for use
• Security system + finger scan can be done quickly
• The connection port is still complete, which is not cut.
• The device is a fingerprint magnet.
• Speaker is loud but often distorts at max volume.
• The webcam is not clear.


Vineet Srivastav is the founder of Vineet Geek. He is a tech blogger, developer and gadget freak.


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