As a reader, I occasionally read through a good portion of a laptop review before discovering the cost. Though I’ve published enough reviews to have a general idea of a laptop’s anticipated price range, I’m not frequently surprised. But the most recent Asus Zenbook 14 OLED confused me with its $700 beginning price for a machine with a high-res OLED panel built in.
When you consider that you’re getting one of the top display technologies available, that pricing is astounding. The entry-level configuration is indeed somewhat basic, but for just $170 extra you can upgrade to better parts. Still, for well under $1,000, you can have an OLED-equipped computer with sturdy construction, attractive appearance, and respectable productivity performance. Impressive.
The NumberPad 2.0, a touchpad that serves as both a numeric keypad and a touchpad, is a feature of the Asus Zenbook 14 Q409ZA OLED. It can also quickly load the Calculator app, allowing you to enter data using the touchpad. This makes it a perfect tool for anyone who frequently crunches numbers on the fly. “Oh, so you’re talking about accountants and financial analysts, right?” you might be asking.
The updated model of Asus’s premier Ultrabook line for 2022 is the ZenBook 14 (UX3402). The ZenBook 14 (UX3402) refines the theory rather than inventing the wheel. It is smaller than its 2021 cousin and comes in the same signature Asus dark blue. The trackpad once again serves as a numeric keypad, a feature we’ve seen on ZenBooks for quite some time.
Look behind the hood to see how the new ZenBook 14 outperforms the UX425 versions from last year; they have more recent Intel CPUs, 12th-gen Alder Lake-P vs. 11th-gen Tiger Lake. The newest chips have more cores, enabling you to run more tasks simultaneously and offering an improvement in performance overall.
Alder Lake-P’s availability also allows the new ZenBook 14 to include Wi-Fi 6E and newer LPDDR5-type RAM. This basically implies that things should operate a little faster than they did previously and that your Wi-Fi will be a little faster (if you’re linked to a shiny new router).
Well, I’ll be making the Review Asus Zenbook 14 Oled as the Performance, Price, Design, and Battery life.
An Intel Core i5-1240P processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD are all included in the Zenbook 14. I flooded the Asus laptop with 30 Google Chrome tabs from the resource-hungry DailyMail.com, two of which were simultaneously playing 1080p YouTube videos. (It should be noted that you can hear the fans start up around the sixth tab, but they are extremely quiet and not at all distracting.) I encountered minor latency while switching from one tab to another, however, it only lasted a few seconds. There were no obvious slowdowns as I started typing in a fresh Google Doc.
The Asus Zenbook scored 8,590 on the multi-core Geekbench 5.4 total performance test and shares the same CPU as its competitor, the Prestige 14 Evo A12M. Unfortunately, this falls short of the MSI laptop’s jaw-dropping score of 9,549. Positively, both outperformed the score of the typical popular laptop (6,611).
The Zenbook 14 failed the Handbrake video converting test. The Asus laptop took 8 minutes and 40 seconds to transcode a 4K video to 1080p resolution. The video was transcoded using the Prestige 14 Evo A12M in under 8 minutes and 31 seconds. Converting a 4K video to 1080p on a typical mainstream laptop takes 11 minutes and 19 seconds.
The 256GB SSD in the Zenbook 14 performed horribly poorly on our file-transfer test. It replicated a 25GB multimedia file at a speed of 245.57 MBps in one minute and 49 seconds. This lags behind the blisteringly quick 28 seconds of the Prestige 14 Evo A12M 512GB SSD, which amounts to a file-transfer rate of 954.2 MBps. Sadly, the Asus laptop was unable to surpass the average mainstream laptop’s file-transfer speed (481.85 MBps).
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Our review unit has a 14-inch, 2880 x 1800-pixel OLED display with a 16:10 aspect ratio, a 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1240P CPU, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 8GB of DDR5 RAM, and a 256GB SSD. At Best Buy, it usually costs $749.
At the time of writing, the full price range for the Asus ZenBook 14 (UX3402) lineup was not available, although Asus has stated that the range will begin at $1,099 (USD). We have yet to see it anywhere in the UK, even though it was meant to be on sale in May. However, BestBuy in the US offers the laptop for just US$749.99. This includes the same Core i5 processor that was reviewed here, together with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. When you still get the OLED screen rather than a less expensive LED variant, it’s somewhat of a bargain.
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I can’t quit stroking the lid of the ZenBook 14 because it feels so silky! Aluminum is used for the lid and the complete chassis, which Asus refers to as being “Ponder Blue.” I’m holding a phone that cost less than $800, but it feels and looks expensive.
The lid has delicate lines that resemble the mended-after-being-shattered appearance and was designed as an homage to Kintsugi, the Japanese method of mending broken ceramics with a lacquer mixed with silver or gold. You know, you can’t always get what you want. I wish the lines were more noticeable, possibly radiating bright golden tones against the dark-blue chassis.
When the lid is opened, a dark-blue island-style keyboard with huge white letters and symbols is visible. The power button attracted my attention because it is separated from the adjoining Delete key by a silver frame. Another element that caught my eye was the touchpad; it is quite roomy (we’ll talk more about how it performs later).
Three rubbery feet are located on the laptop’s underside, which gives the device a breathing area between the surface and the underside. Two bottom-firing speakers and a small vent are also visible. When the lid is opened, a dark-blue island-style keyboard with huge white letters and symbols is visible. The power button attracted my attention because it is separated from the adjoining Delete key by a silver frame. Another element that caught my eye was the touchpad; it is quite roomy (we’ll talk more about how it performs later).
Three rubbery feet are located on the laptop’s underside, which gives the device a breathing area between the surface and the underside. Two bottom-firing speakers and a small vent are also visible. The laptop’s 180-degree hinge, a signature feature of Asus ErgoLift, causes the deck to be slightly elevated off of the surface of your desk when it is opened.
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In other cases, depending on what you’re doing, battery life is also respectable. For instance, a full charge dropped to 60% after an hour of Civ 6. I had about the same amount of energy left over after an eight-hour workday. The battery lasted 11 hours and 14 minutes when playing back a 720p video with the brightness set to 120 nits. Other computers will last longer, but given how much gas OLED displays consume, this is a good performance. Expect to receive approximately 25% of the juice after 30 minutes and 45% after an hour. Using the included 65W charger, it takes about 2.5 hours to recharge from flat to full. The Zenbook 14 lasted 10 hours and 52 minutes on the Laptop Mag battery test, which entails continuous web browsing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness. Contrarily, the tragically short lifespan of the Prestige 14 Evo A12M was only 8 hours and 45 minutes. Yikes! Both runtimes, however, surpass the typical mainstream laptop (8 hours, 33 minutes).
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