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Asus Zenbook UX430UQ – Review

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Rating: 90/100
Price: ₹ 93990/-

 

How Does it feel Out of the Box?

The Asus ZenBook UX305CA confirms how far Ultrabooks have come in recent years. Though the laptop is dealing with extremely tight dimensions and lightweight construction, it still manages to pack great hardware specifications. So as the most high-end Zenbook, this Zenbook has a glossy panel with the swirled effect which looks gorgeous, but they are prone to scratches. Speaking of ports, there is one USB Type-C port, Micro HDMI, USB 3.1 Gen 1, SD Card, USB 2.0 and a 3.5mm Headphone jack. The laptop has a small little cut out at the bottom like MacBook and other laptops to make it easier to open. For sounds, it has two speakers at the back with Harman Kardon audio technology to provide loud and incredible sound. The keyboard is fully backlit and looks quite compact as it squeezes to fit inside a 14-inch Zenbook. The trackpad below the keyboard is really nice and it’s very responsive to track finger gestures, they also added a fingerprint scanner right on the trackpad to quickly login to your Windows Operating system. Talking about the display, Asus ZenBook UX430UQ has a display-to-body ratio of 80% means that the Zenbook UX3430UQ is a 14-inch laptop in a 13-inch case. The ZenBook is slimmer than most of the laptop out there in the market. It is 8.86 inches thick and 1.25 kg.

How it perform?

ZenBook squeezes in a 7th-generation Kaby Lake dual-core i7-7500U processor clocked at 2.7GHz and backs it up with 16GB of RAM. Despite the size of this ultrabook, the i7-7500U is a full-fat, dual-core chip, which consumes max 15 watts. It’s the same as you’d find in much thicker laptops. The new Intel Core i7-7500U is very fast and perform every task with ease, even multi-tasking are handle smoothly by Zenbook which was quite surprising considering the size of the laptop. Read and Write speed is also better because it packed with faster 512GB SSD’s, that means storing data and opening large files are faster on Zenbook. Though Intel did upgrade the processor to the 8th-generation, the company still using the year-old 7th generation processor. The laptop also integrates NVIDIA 940X graphics card into the slimmest ultrabook. This GPU can easily handle high-end games like Far cry 4, Battlefield 1, The Division, etc. However, the 940MX is still an old chip and I’d expect the UX430UQ series to be upgraded to Nvidia 1000 series somewhere down the line and at that time it will be a far more capable gaming option. The keyboard has proper spacing between the keys are also quiet and backlit, with three brightness levels to choose from, so overall this keyboard is one of the best you can find on a mid-range ultrabook right now. We can say Asus has managed to get keyboards right on their latest Zenbooks. There’s a 50 Wh battery inside the Zenbook UX430UQ and that’s not bad, considering most other Zenbooks get a 50Wh battery these days.

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Verdict

The Zenbook UX430UQ does not struggle to impress. I am impressed that ASUS came this close to perfection. Thanks to its all-aluminum design, this ultrabook is lightweight and compact – making it very useful for travel and presentations. I would recommend Asus ZenBook UX430UQ to anyone looking to buy a premium laptop without gaming as a priority. Don’t forget this ultrabook performs well, offers good battery life and packs a great keyboard and trackpad.

Specs:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7500U, 2.7GHz
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX940MX
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 512GB M.2 SSD
  • Display: 14” full-HD(1920×1080 pixels)
  • Camera: VGA web camera
  • Weight: 1.25 kg
  • Dimension: 32.4(W) x 22.5(D) x 1.59(H) cm

 

 

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