It was in 2011 that Asus first launched the ZenBook, aiming to achieve a unique trade-off between portability, power and style for the mushrooming on-the-go population. The newest ASUS ZenBook UX430UA-DH74 is a distinctive addition to the series, featuring a powerful eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and stunning graphics in a travel-friendly frame.
Over the years, Asus has introduced various ZenBook models with exciting features, from 12” laptops with integrated graphics to 15” ultrabooks with discrete graphics processors and high-speed response. How does the latest ZenBook, with its price tag of $999.00, fare against its esteemed ancestry? Let’s find out.
The most standout feature of the new Asus ZenBook is, without a doubt, the incredibly powerful processing setup. An Intel Core i7 processor (eighth-generation), 16GB RAM (DDR3, 1866 MHz) and 512GB storage (SSDD) come together to generate performance that exceeds that of several contemporaries. The processor has a native frequency of 1.8 GHz, but this can be Turbo Boosted up to a highly competent 4.0 GHz.
The processing prowess makes the ZenBook UX430 a good fit for a wide array of purposes: video playback, school/office documents, photo editing, and even some amount of gaming. It runs Windows 10 Home (which comes pre-installed) and this operating system is convenient for multitasking and enhanced productivity. Notably, the boot time of the laptop is stunning — almost immediate. This gives you instant support when you need it, for instance in that last minute before you need to turn off electronic devices on a flight! The apps/programs in the laptop also load speedily.
Let’s Travel Around the World
Traveling, moving around in a backpack, not giving way under duress — you get all of that with the ASUS ZenBook UX430UA-DH74. This quartz-grey beauty is thoroughly portable, thanks to its specially designed aluminum body endeavoring to keep the weight down. So, you can carry it along with you without much of an added burden — only about 2.9 lbs. It has a surprisingly low thickness of 0.62 inches which makes it fit easily into the confines of your baggage.
A lot of the travel-friendliness of this Asus ZenBook also comes from its inventive nano-edge bezel. The stylish bezel design realizes a 14” display within the chassis of a 13.3” laptop — a product thin enough to be snug in your briefcase, light enough for your backpack. This is a more magnificent victory than apparent at first sight. It is when you lug the laptop (12.8 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches) along for meetings and travels that you fully appreciate the equilibrium — a large screen size plus immense portability.
Display, Graphics & Sound
The 14” display this laptop raves about is every bit worth the raving! The ZenBook UX430 has an Intel HD Graphics 620 coprocessor and delivers a wide-view, anti-glare, full High Definition display. The wide view technology ensures your viewing experience is expansive and immersive, not limited by viewing angles. In fact, the display works perfectly well even up to angles as wide as 178 degrees. The highest screen resolution supported is 1920 x 1080.
Also noteworthy is the excellent color support of the Asus ZenBook UX430: 100 percent sRGB gamut. The colors get reproduced with brilliant precision; the contrast is intelligently rendered. Overall, the display on this one is well adapted for various viewing needs, including photo editing, video playback, screen sharing, and collaborating with colleagues/peers on decks.
Another small wonder this mean machine packs inside its compact body is auditory superiority. Since the sound system complies with Harmon Kardon Audio Technology and ASUS SonicMaster, you get pure and distortion-free sound. Very thoughtfully, Asus combines hardware (especially, a smart amplifier) and software to deliver pleasurable listening.
Accessibility & Ease of Use
Imagine a computing partner that’s forever ready to do your bidding, waking up with merely a touch. That’s pretty much what this ZenBook makes possible. It has an innovative one-touch startup integrated with an inbuilt fingerprint sensor and Windows Hello. This accessibility feature comes in extremely handy when you need to start your laptop in a rush and can’t be bothered to type in your password. (Remind us again, when was the last time you were in a rush? Oh, all the time!)
A commitment to ease of use is visible across the ASUS ZenBook UX430UA-DH74. The full-size keyboard — fully backlit — is designed ergonomically. The keys, for instance, are spaced at 1.4mm which makes the typing experience comfortable. Typing while traveling and in less-than-ideal work environments are also more accurate and gentler than you’d expect.
The touchpad (with a glass covering) is reasonably precise and smooth. Interestingly, it also supports palm-rejection and multi-touch gestures.
Device Support & Connectivity
With this Asus ZenBook, it becomes possible to extend the mobility of an ultrabook to the utility of a full-purpose machine. There is one USB 3.1 port, one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI and an SD card slot. The support is adequate for plugging in devices ranging from projectors and peripherals to display units.
The USB Type-C port deserves a special mention for its astonishing speed of data transfer: almost ten-fold that of the old USB 2.0. Plus, this port is reversible (can be plugged both ways), making it further simpler to plug in your connections. The laptop also supports 802.11a/c WiFi — a sound foundation for wireless connectivity.
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The Verdict – ASUS ZenBook UX430UA-DH74
As time has passed and the laptop market has evolved, the ZenBook has become synonymous with elegance and power on-the-go. These computers deliver energy efficiency and a nifty instant-on capability, while also being beautiful to behold — inside out.
The ASUS ZenBook UX430UA-DH74 excels in prioritizing both performance and agility, balancing them with high-quality graphics and robust device support.
|Specs of ASUS ZenBook UX430UA-DH74|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-8550U quad-core (up to 4.0 GHz)|
|Graphics||Intel HD 620|
|Display||14″ Full-HD Nano-Edge|