A few months ago, we reviewed the ASUS ZenBook 14 UX425. That was the 10th Gen Intel Core chip. But just about 2 months after that, we now have the new refreshed version of the ZenBook 14 UX425, now equipped with the new 11th Gen Intel chip, dubbed Tiger Lake.
Everything else remains the same, but we’ll do something different this time.
So, as a quick recap – let’s go through all of the aspects of the ASUS ZenBook 14 UX425 first. This laptop is claimed to the world’s thinnest 13- or 14-inch laptop respectively that has a full set of I/O ports. The ports are still the same, and still does not come with an audio jack.
The overall design is the same – an all-metal build with a supremely beautiful lid and still has the concentric circles rippling out from the ASUS logo on the lid. Just like its 10th Gen counterpart, the concentric circles are very visible to the eyes, but very shallow and can’t exactly be felt with our fingers. And it still catches fingerprints like a stray magnet.
The screen is still beautiful as heck – no complaints here. 1080p in resolution with great colors and decent enough brightness to be used outdoors under sunlight.
Both the keyboard and trackpad are as great as the earlier version. The keyboard is still one of the best that I’ve used on a laptop thus far – it’s clicky and still very surprised by the fact that this keyboard has great travel distance despite this laptop is so thin.
The trackpad – still wide, and still has the NumberPad feature too if you want to do some quick maths. It’s a great trackpad and so far, I have nothing to complain about the trackpad at all.
The biggest and only difference between this and the earlier version of the ZenBook 14 UX425 is the chip. The new Intel Core i7-1165G7 is plenty more powerful compared to the Intel Core i7-1065G7.
I mean, the latest 11th Gen Intel chips are a lot more powerful in both CPU and GPU compared to the 10th Gen chips. It’s just a huge leap! Watch the video at the top of this review because we did try both Genshin Impact and GTA V on the latest Intel GPU driver – which improved the performance by a lot.
Also, a quick note – the ZenBook 14 UX425 runs at about 19W or 20W most of the time – which is still not the maximum 28W of the Core i7-1165G7. And since this laptop can’t run the chip at its maximum wattage anyway – I recommend getting the Intel Core i5-1135G7.
Seriously though, we’re not going to do any serious gaming on this laptop anyway – so save some money because the price gap between the Core i5 and Core i7 models is a whopping RM700. Other aspects of the laptop seem to remain the same and that’s why I think the RM700 premium to get the Core i7 model is unjustified.
The same prices apply for the 13-inch version too, by the way.
|ASUS ZenBook 13 UX325||ASUS ZenBook 14 UX425|
|Intel Core i5-1135G7||RM3,999||RM3,999|
|Intel Core i7-1165G7||RM4,699||RM4,699|
Either way, it’s still a fantastic laptop if you can get over the fact that this ZenBook 13 and ZenBook 14 does not have an audio jack.