ASUS has just revealed the new ZenBook 13 UX325 and ZenBook 14 UX425 that have been revamped in terms of form, function and performance with 10th Gen Intel Core processors along with a lighter, slimmer design than ever before.
For the last several years, the Asus ZenBook series has been their preeminent productivity notebooks that featured their lightest and slimmest form factors that has only recently been superseded by the ExpertBook B9 (B9450) but the new ZenBook 13 UX325 and ZenBook 13 UX425 look to give it a run for its money. Not only are they still one of the lightest and slimmest laptops available in the market, they’re arguably one of the rare few with full sized ports for easy connectivity.
The ZenBook 13 UX 325 and ZenBook 14 UX425 are both built to be ultra light and slim notebooks with the ZenBook 13 UX 325 being just 13.9mm thin and weighing just 1.07kg while packing a 13-inch FUll HD display. The ZenBook 14 UX425 has a similar thinness as the ZenBook 13 UX325 but is slightly heavier on account of the larger 14-inch 1080P display at 1.13kg. Both ZenBooks also boast of MIL-STD 810G ratings for drop proofing and protection. In terms of colour options, you get two this time around – Pine Grey and Lilac Mist.
Both laptops have a similar arrangement of ports with the right side packing a microSD card reader and a USB 3.2 Type A port while their left sides host a full sized HDMI port and two Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports that allow you to charge the laptop too.
The interesting feature that ASUS has integrated here with the new ZenBooks is that they not only support fast charging via the provided USB Type-C chargers but are able to take lower voltages, allowing you to charge the laptop off smartphone power banks which is a lifesaver when you’re away from a charging point. On paper, the notebooks are capable of up to18 hours of Full HD payback which is impressive indeed.
One thing the new ZenBooks lack though is a headphone jack but ASUS is bundling in a free 3.5mm-to-USB-Type-C dongle with every ZenBook to salve the pain. The keyboards are another interesting feature and include ASUS’ NumberPads- a numeric keypad underlay on the touchpad that effectively give you a full sized keyboard with either notebook.
While exact hardware specifications haven’t been fully nailed down yet for Malaysia, the notebooks are quoted to come with up to an Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor with Intel Iris Plus graphics, up to 8GB DDR4 3,200MHz RAM and up to a 512GB SSD.
The ZenBook 14 UX425 has however been released for sale in on the ASUS Singapore online store with two configurations – one with the Intel i5-1035G1 variant with a 512GB SSD and Intel UHD graphics costs SGD$1,398 (about RM4,300) . The more powerful version with an Intel Core i7-1065G7 CPU, 8GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus graphics and a 1TB SSD costs SGD1,698 which is about RM5,223. Once ASUS Malaysia has officially announced local specifications, we’ll let you know.