Asus is taking advantage of the arrival of Intel’s 12th generation processors to integrate them into their laptops. Among the models in question is the Zenbook 14X, an excellent ultrabook with an OLED display. To discover more details with our quiz.
Asus Zenbook 14X OLED (UX3402) Features
|screens)||14 inch OLED WQXGA + 2.8K Retina 16/10th 90Hz 0.2ms 100% DCI-P3 Pantone 550cd/m² HDR touchscreen (2880 x 1800, Glossy)|
|Healer||Intel Core i7-1260P Alder Lake-H (2.1 GHz, 4 P-cores, 8 E-cores, TDP 28W)|
|Installed RAM (maximum)||16 GB LPDDR5 4800MHz (soldered)|
|Graphics Card||Intel Iris Xe integrated into the processor|
|storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0)|
|connectors||1 USB 3.2 (Gen2) + 2 USB-C Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.0b, microSD|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2 x 2, Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0|
|Backlit keyboard||Yes (1.4 mm stroke)|
|keyboard||Yes, via NumPad|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via the fingerprint reader|
|Sound system||2 Harman Kardon speakers|
|Operating System||Windows 11 64 bit|
|Declared autonomy / battery||7 hours / Li-Polymer 3 cells 63Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.5 kg / 311.2 x 221.2 x 19.2-19.3|
Asus Zenbook 14X OLED (UX3402) – Body / Design
Sober and elegant. These are undoubtedly the first two qualifications that come to mind when the ZenBook 14X is revealed when it comes out of the box. Break out of the design based on the concentric circles previously found in the ZenBook range, giving way to a plain dark blue color that’s very nice and not too sensitive to fingerprints. Only small touches of originality to break the monotony, a few diagonal lines, visible against the light. The top-secret “Asus Zenbook” is placed on the edge of the chassis (hinged side of the screen).
The interior is quite sober even if it is there, the inscriptions are more noticeable due to its white color. Stickers are also available. Remove quickly to avoid any risk of discoloration. Manufacturers of Windows laptops are advised to lose sight of this useless practice…
The aluminum chassis allows you to benefit from the included weight (1.5 kg) and provides good rigidity with the hood closed. Once opened, only the center of the keyboard has a slight sensitivity when pressed.
Accessing the ingredients is possible, but requires patience. The bottom of the hull is well trimmed. Apart from the SSD, no upgrade is possible. The WiFi card can be replaced, but, already compatible with WiFi 6E (Intel AX211), it is difficult to find any interest in it except in case of failure.
Asus Zenbook 14X OLED (UX3402) – Connectors / Ports
Ultrabooks don’t always get along with minimal connectivity. Zenbook 14X UX5401 is generous with two Thunderbolt 4 ports (including one dedicated for power supply), USB-A 3.2 Gen1, a micro-SD card reader without forgetting a combo headphone/microphone jack, and finally an HDMI port.
Asus Zenbook 14X OLED (UX3402) – Audio System
The two speakers are located on the sides, at the level of the wrist rest, and provide a powerful and well-balanced sound. That’s still perfect compared to, say, a Bluetooth headset, but for an ultrabook this size, the Zenbook 14X performs a lot better than most of its competitors. It lacks a bit of warmth and bass to come close to the latest MacBook Pro.
Asus Zenbook 14X OLED (UX3402) – Keyboard / Touchpad
Keyboard is also fun on a daily basis. Its use is conservative with the added advantage of a fairly generous stroke for the ultraboook (1.35 mm). The keys are large (16.2 x 15.6 mm) and spaced (3.3 mm) to provide typing speed and avoid errors.
The white backlight provides 3 degrees of intensity to adapt to different environments and times of the day. Like other brand laptops, it makes use of the Ergolift hinge. Behind the term is a system that aims to raise the keyboard slightly in order to promote air circulation and offer a slightly tilted typing position.
Finally, a biometric reader is integrated into the power switch. Confidential and practical to take advantage of Windows Hello identification thus avoiding having to enter your password when opening your session.
The touchpad benefits from a large surface (130 x 75 mm). More fun day, to navigate and perform multi-touch gestures. A special feature of some Asus laptops is the number pad, this virtual numeric keypad which is activated by briefly pressing the icon in the upper right corner. Without equal to the convenience of a dedicated numeric keypad, this number pad is an asset for data entry in Excel for example.
For the most noticeable people wondering what the icon in the upper left corner can be used is the light intensity setting for the number pad. But it’s also a shortcut to run the Windows Calculator. To do this, it is necessary to perform an upward and downward movement on it.
Asus Zenbook 14X OLED (UX3402) – Screen
Asus is one of the brands most involved in democratizing OLED displays on laptops. So it’s no surprise that the Zenbook 14X has a board based on this technology. The latter allows you to enjoy beautiful colorimetry with full coverage of sRGB, RGB and DCI-P3 spaces. Photographers, content creators, and other photo-sensitive people will appreciate it.
On a daily basis, the contribution of an OLED panel is also measured by its infinite contrast ratio, which is synonymous with deep blacks rather than “dull” gray as is sometimes the case with an IPS screen.
Other advantages of this Samsung ATNA40YK07 (SDC4171) motherboard are a generous 400 nits brightness, and a 90Hz refresh rate for smoother scrolling without forgetting the definition of 2880 x 1800 pixels. Which brings more versatility to the screen without requiring as many resources as a UHD panel. And in use, it’s difficult if not impossible to see a difference on a 14-pocket diameter. Finally, what he most notices is the thinnest of the bottom border, it’s a 16:10 screen and therefore offers more height than its 16:9 counterpart.
The webcam is in its usual place. The quality is fine. Colors reproduce fairly well during the day even if they tend to be a bit saturated. The lack of detail is also unfortunate, but it’s still a common weakness in almost all laptops today. Infrared sensing point and therefore Windows Hello compatibility. So we have to be satisfied with the fingerprint sensor as we mentioned a bit above.
Asus Zenbook 14X OLED (UX3402) – Performance
Zenbook 14X cuvée 2022 includes the latest Intel Alder Lake processors, the novelty of which is that these processors offer more cores. But beware, not everyone has the same job. Thus, the Core i7-1260P powering our Zenbook 14X consists of 4 “Performant” cores and 8 “Efficient cores”. So it is the successor to Core i7-1165G7 and Core i7-1185G7.
In practice, the Core i7-1260P was placed close to those in our various tests. However, there appears to be room for improvement possible in the future, when the software will be further optimized to take advantage of the new Alder Lake architecture.
In the meantime, if performance is an important selection criterion, it is better to choose processors from the “H” ranges, whether from AMD or Intel. and link it to a dedicated graphics card to take advantage of increasingly important graphics acceleration in photo/video software.
Asus Zenbook 14X OLED (UX3402) – Noise/Noise/Temperature Pollution
One advantage of not having a graphics card is that there are fewer restrictions in terms of heat dissipation. In fact, the processor should only be cooled. This makes the task of the cooling system easier. As a result, the Zenbook 14X’s screens held temperatures, around 75 degrees Celsius on average, even after several minutes of intense stress.
In terms of noise, the result is positive. In office automation/web browsing, fans are mostly inactive. When the computing load gets heavy, it becomes audible about 42 dB more in balanced mode or 47 dB in performance profile. However, we did not find any statistically significant differences in the execution times of our different tests. Therefore, we can only advise you to choose the balanced profile provided via the MyAsus utility.
Asus Zenbook 14X OLED (UX3402) – Autonomy / Battery
Ultrabook should be standalone to meet the needs of mobile users. At this point, with an average autonomy of 12 hours, the Zenbook 14X doesn’t disappoint. By forcing the refresh rate to 60Hz, it is possible to get an extra hour of battery life.
The MyAsus utility also offers the ability to prevent the battery from charging at 80 or even 60% via the “Charging battery health” option. Battery life should be preserved more if you use your laptop most of the time on mains without needing the full capacity of the battery.
Our Asus Zenbook 14X OLED (UX3402) review
With the new Zenbook 14X, Asus once again shows its expertise in ultrabooks. Light, elegant, silent, and with a battery life capable of keeping it away from a power source for an entire day, the Zenbook UX3402 has strong arguments for seducing a nomad. As a bonus, it can count on its 2K OLED screen to stand out from its competitors. In short, you won’t be disappointed!
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Asus Zenbook 14X Space Edition Review
To mark the 25th anniversary of the first Asus laptop that took part in an expedition to the MIR space station, Asus is launching a special series of Zenbook 14X.
The latter is thus decorated in gray adorned with secret serigraphs in honor of the space universe. And to perform tasks at supersonic speeds, it features an Intel Core i7-12700H processor. Asus Zenbook 14X Space Edition testing will be revealed in more detail on Masculin.com.