Asus Zenbook 14 Oled in review: The ultrabook at its best

This new design is also accompanied by a new cylindrical hinge that crosses the frame from side to side. The set is neat, but the midnight blue coating tends to make fingerprints stand out.

Opening the hood reveals the 14-inch OLED panel framed by a thin border.
The 3-level backlit keyboard offers comfortable and well-marked typing. The piano is rigid and the pumping effect is missing. The home button, located on the top right of the keyboard, features the same fingerprint reader as that on the VivoBook Pro. Compatible with Windows Hello, it starts the PC or unlocks the session with a simple press of the index finger; The PC saves the fingerprint when opening the session, so the index finger does not have to be placed on the fingerprint reader.

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The large touchpad glides smoothly and Windows gestures are well taken into account. Our version is equipped with the NumPad. Pressing the top right corner brings up a numeric keypad overlaid on the touchpad. The responsiveness is there and it’s much more pleasant to use than the first versions released a few years ago.

The numeric keypad and its NumPad.  © The Digital

The numeric keypad and its NumPad. © The Digital

The vast majority of ports are on the right side of the keyboard with an HDMI 2.0 port, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a mini-jack and a microSD card reader. A USB 3.2 port is located on the left side of the case between the hinge and the cooling system air vent. An unbalanced distribution that could bother right-handers, especially when all ports are occupied.

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Wireless connectivity is provided by the Intel AX211 chip, which supports WiFi 6E at 2400 Mb/s and Bluetooth 5.2. Finally, a poor quality 720p webcam sits above the Oled panel. There’s a distinct lack of detail, whether in low light or the brightest environments.



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With good light.

When it comes to cooling, Asus has completely turned it inside out and returned to a side air outlet. With its new hinge, the air is no longer blown in front of the screen, but into a double opening on the left edge. Inside, a fan and heat pipe activate to dissipate the calories released by the Alder Lake processor.

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After 15 min of coding, in which all the cores of the processor were stressed, we noticed almost 43 ° C at the level of the K, L and M keys. The Z, Q, S and D keys located above the fan stay perfectly fresh. Noise pollution in normal ventilation mode is 39 dB, which corresponds to an acceptable hum. However, if you want to cool the processor better, you can increase the ventilation via the MyAsus software. In this case, the noise pollution increases to 44.5 dB and risks disturbing your office neighbors with a much more present noise without offering better performance.

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Disassembly is accomplished by removing 6 Torx screws and 2 Phillips screws hidden under the non-slip pads. Once the screws are removed, simply detach the case to access the inside of the ZenBook 14 Oled. The battery, SSD, and WiFi card are removable, but the RAM is soldered to the motherboard.

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The ZenBook 14 Oled (UX3402ZA) features an Intel Core i7-1260P processor accompanied by 16GB of DDR5 RAM and a 512GB SSD.The Core i7-1260P is a hybrid processor composed of 4 so-called “performance” Hyperthreaded cores and 8 so-called “efficient” cores, all for a thermal envelope of 28W. During our testing, the P-cores ran at an average of 2.42GHz, peaking at 3.9GHz, while the E-cores averaged 2.42GHz an average of 1.92 GHz were operated, with a maximum of 2.71 GHz.

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Performance index (the larger the better). © The Digital

The ZenBook 14 Oled and its Core i7-1260P achieve an index of 108, placing it between the Ryzen 5 5600U of the HP Pavilion Aero 13 (95) and the Ryzen 7 5800U of the Acer Swift X (112). The Core i7-1260P offers a significant gain over the previous generation, with an index that is 24% higher than that of the Framework laptop’s Core i7-1185G7.

A word about the SSD, which offers high speeds of 6.8 GB/s reading and 5.1 GB/s writing. We did not notice any slowdown, which could indicate a possible saturation of the cache, when transmitting our video rushes that we were asked to put to the test.

As the name suggests, Asus has fitted the ZenBook 14 Oled with a 14-inch Oled Samsung panel displaying 2880 x 1800 pixels at 90Hz. The screen is therefore in the productivity-enhancing 16/10 format, although Oled is perfect for multimedia use is . The integration of the plate is neat. It occupies 82.6% thanks in part to its reduced bottom margin.

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The ZenBook 14’s Oled panel shows its qualities under our analysis probe. The Taiwanese manufacturer now seems to have mastered the Samsung panel perfectly. The Delta E is therefore not more than 1.7 and thus well below the threshold (3) for the perception of colorimetric drifts by the human eye. The color temperature (6537 K) is fixed to the video standard (6500 K), so to speak, and the contrast is almost infinite thanks to OLED technology. The blacks are therefore very deep and our probe cannot measure them. The only downside for this plate with a glossy finish, the anti-reflective treatment is absent subscribers. The measured average degree of reflection (percentage of reflected light) is 51.3%. For comparison: The equally glossy panel of the MacBook Air has a reflection rate of 26%. The brightness of 396 cd/m² will be enough indoors to counteract any reflections, but too bright to work comfortably outdoors.

strong points

  • Well-calibrated Oled panel.

  • Connections provided.

  • Core i7 performance.

  • Wi-Fi 6E ready.

weak points

  • No anti-reflective treatment of the plate.

  • Mediocre webcam.

  • connection distribution.

  • Soldered memory.

Conclusion

5 stars from LesNumériques.com

How does the classification work?

The Asus ZenBook 14 Oled delivers a particularly convincing example. Its processor gives it top-notch performance and what about that Oled panel that borders on perfection; the only thing missing was a decent anti-reflective filter. And to be very picky, we could also point the finger at the questionable distribution of the connections without this spoiling the excellent overall balance.

subnotes

  • construction

  • perfomance

  • Screen

  • Audio

  • Mobility / Autonomy

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