Asus Zenbook 14 Oled review: The ultrabook at its best

This new design is also accompanied by a new cylindrical hinge that crosses the frame from side to side. The set is clean, but the midnight blue coating tends to bring out fingerprints.

Opening the hood reveals the 14-inch Oled panel framed by a thin border.
The 3-level backlit keyboard offers pleasant, well-marked typing. The piano is stiff and the pumping effect is absent. The home button on the top right of the keyboard features the same fingerprint reader as the VivoBook Pro. Compatible with Windows Hello, start your PC or unlock your session with a simple press of your index finger; the PC stores the fingerprint when you log in, so you don’t need to rest your index finger on the fingerprint reader.

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The large touchpad offers a smooth swipe and Windows gestures are well taken into account. Our version is equipped with the NumPad. Pressing the upper right corner displays a numeric keypad overlaid on the touchpad. The responsiveness is there and it is much more pleasant to use than the first versions released a few years ago.

The number pad and your NumPad.  ©Digital

The number pad and your NumPad. ©Digital

The vast majority of the connectors are on the right side of the keyboard, with an HDMI 2.0 port, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a mini-jack socket, and a microSD card reader. A USB 3.2 port is located on the left side of the chassis, between the hinge and the cooling system air vent. An unbalanced distribution that can annoy right-handers, especially when all ports are occupied.

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Wireless connectivity is provided by the Intel AX211 chip that supports WiFi 6E at 2400 Mb/s and Bluetooth 5.2. Finally, a low-quality 720p webcam is present above the Oled panel. It clearly lacks detail, whether in low light or in the brightest of settings.



In the shadow


In good light.

When it comes to cooling, Asus has completely changed its tune and gone back to a side air vent. With its new hinge, the air no longer comes out in front of the screen, but in a double opening on the left edge. Inside, a fan and heat pipe kick in to evacuate the calories released by the Alder Lake processor.

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After 15 min of coding requiring all the processor cores, we notice almost 43°C at the level of the K, L and M keys. The Z, Q, S and D keys, located above the fan, remain perfectly cool. Noise pollution in normal ventilation mode amounts to 39 dB, which translates into an acceptable hum. However, if you want to cool the processor better, it is possible to boost the ventilation through the MyAsus software. In this case, noise pollution increases to 44.5 dB and risks disturbing your office neighbors with much more noise, and without offering better performance.

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Disassembly is done by removing 6 Torx screws and 2 Phillips screws hidden under the non-slip pads. Once the screws have been removed, simply unclip the case to access the inside of the ZenBook 14 Oled. The battery, SSD, and Wi-Fi card are removable, but the RAM is soldered to the motherboard.

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The ZenBook 14 Oled (UX3402ZA) has an Intel Core i7-1260P processor accompanied by 16 GB of DDR5 RAM and a 512 GB SSD The Core i7-1260P is a hybrid processor made up of 4 cores called “performance” hyperthreaded and 8 cores called “efficient”, all for a thermal envelope of 28 W. During our tests, the P cores ran at an average of 2.42 GHz, with peaks at 3.9 GHz, while the E cores ran at an average of 1 .92 GHz, with a maximum of 2.71 GHz.

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Performance index (the bigger the better). ©Digital

The ZenBook 14 Oled and its Core i7-1260P get an index of 108, placing it between the Ryzen 5 5600U in the HP Pavilion Aero 13 (95) and the Ryzen 7 5800U in the Acer Swift X (112). The Core i7-1260P offers a significant gain over the previous generation, with a 24% higher rating than the Core i7-1185G7 in the Laptop Framework.

A word about the SSD that offers high speeds of 6.8 GB/s in reading and 5.1 GB/s in writing. We didn’t notice any slowdowns that could indicate a possible cache overrun during the transfer of our video streams intended to put it to the test.

As its name suggests, Asus has equipped the ZenBook 14 Oled with a 14-inch Samsung Oled panel that displays a resolution of 2880 x 1800 px at 90 Hz. The screen is therefore in 16/10 format, which favors the productivity, although Oled is perfect for multimedia use. . The integration of the slab is neat. It occupies 82.6% thanks, among other things, to its reduced lower edge.

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The ZenBook 14 Oled panel shows its qualities under our analysis probe. The Taiwanese manufacturer now seems to have mastered the Samsung panel perfectly. The Delta E thus does not exceed 1.7, well below the threshold (3) for the perception of colorimetric drift by the human eye. The color temperature (6537 K) is, so to speak, fixed at the video standard (6500 K) and the contrast is almost infinite thanks to OLED technology. Therefore, the blacks are very deep and cannot be measured by our probe. The only drawback of this slab with a glossy finish, the anti-reflective treatment, is absent for subscribers. The mean reflectance (rate of reflected light) measured is 51.3%. For comparison, the also glossy MacBook Air panel has a reflectance rate of 26%. The brightness of 396 cd/m² will be enough indoors to counteract any reflections, but just too fair to work comfortably outdoors.

point strengths

  • Well calibrated Oled panel.

  • Connectors provided.

  • Core i7 performance.

  • Wi-Fi 6E compliant.

Weak points

  • Without anti-reflective treatment of the slab.

  • mediocre webcam

  • Distribution of connections.

  • Soldered memory.

conclusion

5 stars by LesNumériques.com

How does the rating work?

The Asus ZenBook 14 Oled offers a particularly convincing copy. Its processor gives it top-level performance, and what about this Oled panel that borders on perfection; it just lacked a decent anti-reflection filter. And to be really picky, we might as well point the finger at the questionable connector layout, without it tarnishing the excellent overall balance.

secondary notes

  • Construction

  • performances

  • Screen

  • Audio

  • Mobility / Autonomy

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