Want something lightweight that won’t be harsh on both your wallet and shoulders?? Then here’s your stuff- a 14-inch Zenbook, UX430UA-GV415T. So to know whether it was able to live up to its name, read on.
- CPU – Intel Core i7 Quad-Core (8th Gen), 1.8 GHz
- GPU – Intel UHD Graphics 620
- Memory – 8 GB DDR4, extendable upto 16 GB
- Screen – 14-inch Full HD IPS (1,920 x 1,080)
- Storage – 256 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – It houses Intel’s latest 8th generation Core i7 processor along with 8 GB of DDR4 RAM which can be upgraded up to 16 GB. It also comes with a 256 GB SSD making it much faster than a notebook with an HDD. The solid state drive is one of the slower models though. And if you by any chance want is fond of light gaming then the inbuilt Intel UHD Graphics 620 would come in handy as you can play some of the older and lighter titles in the lowest settings easily.
- Display – The included 14-inch FHD panel is excellent in short. With the average brightness around 320 nits, it’s fairly bright. The colour reproduction capability is equally brilliant. It showed to cover more than 125% area of the sRGB colour gamut. In a nutshell, you can hardly get anything better from a higher mid-range notebook.
- Battery – This machine is powered by a 50 Wh battery which is pretty good as well. This Zenbook version was able to last almost 9 and a half hour while doing some very light word processing tasks in low brightness. That’s more than enough longevity that you can get out of a standard everyday laptop.
- Portability – It’s not only efficient but also pretty sleek and slim. The bezels around the display are considerably slim making it pretty portable. But the most striking feature is its weight- at 1.25 kg, it’s even lighter than your premium Dell XPS 13.
- Ports – The included ports are at most average (lower than average in fact). It comes with a mini HDMI port which means you have to use a converter to plug in your standard HDMI jacks. And most importantly it lacks a Thunderbolt port which is one of its biggest shortcomings.
- Cooling – After a bit of intense work like gaming (as much as it supports anyway) the temperature at the top of the deck reached almost 42°C. That’s a bit too much for a standard laptop like Zenbook.
- GPU – As told earlier it relies solely on the onboard Intel chip. And it’s not massively powerful. But again it’s neither a gaming laptop nor a multimedia notebook. So it really comes down to everyone’s personal choice.
It’s a complete package. It’s bright, it’s sharp and most importantly it’s able to deliver what it needs to. It’s a great deal to be precise. And at £1000, it’s cheaper than the Dell XPS. So if you are in need of a great everyday laptop then this might be it. Recommended.