Technology

Asus ZenBook 14 (UX433F)


As a device to court the on-the-move professional, the ZenBook 14 has lots of appeal; only a merely average screen keeps it from vying for Editors' Choice honors and challenging top-shelf machines like the latest Dell XPS 13 .


Beyond hiding the bottom bezel, giving the ZenBook 14 a more efficient aesthetic, it raises the entire laptop by about 3 degrees to improve typing and, the company claims, allows for better cooling, thanks to the gap affording clear airflow underneath.


When so many tech companies are palming off external connections in favor of peripherals such as USB Type-C hubs or docks, it's nice to know that this is a machine that, for the most part, you can tote without worry of leaving behind that essential dongle in a hotel room somewhere.


(With all but the LG Gram, the screen sizes range a bit above and below this ZenBook's, with the outrageously light Acer Swift 5 toting an exceptionally big 15.6-inch panel for its 2.2-pound weight.)


The Photoshop test stresses CPU, storage subsystem, and RAM, but it can also take advantage of most GPUs to speed up the process of applying filters, so systems with powerful graphics chips or cards may see a boost.


Anything nearer a AAA classification should be left behind, though; booting up Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare slowed the ZenBook 14 to a sluggish pace and while it was technically playable at the native resolution, it wasn't enjoyable.






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