Introducing the brand new ASUS ZenBook series. This is meant for those who prefer thin, light, and beautiful laptops with long battery life. The latest generation of ZenBooks have not strayed from that design mantra that was employed since the first generation. Not to be confused with the Pro lineup that was launched a few days ago, though.
The new era of ZenBooks have the NanoEdge design, with the bezels measuring at 2.8mm at both sides, 5.9mm at the top, and 3.3mm at the bottom. This makes the laptop has an impressive 95% screen-to-body ratio. When the dimensions of a piece of A4 paper is compared, the ZenBook Pro 13 and 14 isn’t that far off.
ASUS has also kept the webcam at the top of the laptop, hence the thicker 5.9mm top bezel. This is a great decision since no one wants to look at your double chin or nostril during an online video chat or conference.
As for the specs of the new ZenBook series, it sports up to Intel’s 8th Gen Core i7 processor with NVIDIA MX150 or GTX 1050 MaxQ GPUs. It will come with up to 1TB of PCIe NVMe SSD that can go up to 3.2Gb/s read speeds and up to 14 hours of battery life with its 50Wh battery.
Even with such a small laptop, the ASUS ZenBook – particularly the 13-inch model – still ofers a slew of ports that is used daily. On the right, we can find the 3.5mm audio jack, a USB Type-A port, a microSD card slot, and on the right we can see the DC power jack, a full-size HDMI port, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port, and a USB-C Gen 2 port.
ASUS is now also including TPM 2.0 for enterprise grade security and have their laptops tested with MIL-STD 810G standards to ensure that the new ZenBooks can last through intense usage.
Of course, we can’t forget about the ErgoLift hinge as well. It first appeared in older ZenBooks, and ASUS has now refined the ErgoLift design and made it even more comfortable than ever. Combined with the new ergonomic keyboard with 0.15mm disk and 1.4mm key travel distance, the new ASUS ZenBook promises comfort.
The trackpad on the new ZenBook series is also redesigned – with the introduction of NumberPad. Yeah – I know, that is quite a good pun.
The new NumberPad changes the trackpad to become a numberpad and you can just touch the trackpad to type in the numbers. Pretty self-explanatory. To activate and deactivate the NumberPad, just hit the little icon at the top right corner of the trackpad. It’s definitely convenient for those who want a dedicated numberpad on a small laptop.
As for the different list of specs and configurations of the new ZenBook series, take a look at the table below. Keep in mind that there is a possibility that not all ZenBooks will be coming to Malaysia.
|ZenBook 13 (UX333)||ZenBook 14 (UX433)||ZenBook 15 (UX533)||ZenBook Flip 13 (UX362)||ZenBook Flip 15 (UX562)|
|4-sided NanoEdge display||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Exclusive NumberPad||✓||✓||Not needed||✓||Not needed|
|ErgoLift Hinge Design||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Powerful discrete graphics||MX150||MX150||GTX1050 (Max Q)||GTX1050 (Max Q)|
|Fastest Gigabit WiFi||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|4-lens 3D IR Camera||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
Reliability & Security
|MIL STD 810G standard||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
Here’s a gallery of all the pictures of the ZenBooks we took during our exclusive media preview at Taipei.
ASUS ZenBook 14 UX433
ASUS ZenBook 15 UX533
ASUS ZenBook Flip 13 UX362
ASUS ZenBook Flip 15 UX562