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Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Review – An Excellent Standalone Laptop

ASUS has gone all out in OLED laptops. First, it introduced the cheapest laptop under $ 1000 for its Asus ZenBook 13 OLED. Then it brought out two   OLED displays, ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED.  It also introduced the first detachable tablet with Windows with an OLED display in the Vivo book 13 Slate OLED.

The fact that the company adds the OLED in the laptop model name shows how important it considers this feature.  The ZenBook 14X OLED laptop will be launched in early 2022 with a high-resolution OLED panel.

Design

It has a sleek design that is more attractive than Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro or a Samsung Galaxy Book, which comes with minimal aesthetics. The ZenBook is more similar to the exotic design of HP Spectre x360 14.

The laptop leverages the small bezels around its 14-inch 16:10 display to come out as a nicely sized laptop. It has a height and width similar to a Lenovo IdeaPad laptop and has a thickness of 0.67 inches thick, and it is slightly heavier than the IdeaPad.

The laptop has solid connectivity.  A single USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 port is available on the laptop’s left side, a full-size HDMI 2.0 port, two USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 ports, one for power, and a 3.5mm audio jack. A microSD card reader comes on the right side. It is a good mix of legacy and the future. Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6 perform the wireless duties.

Performance

The ZenBook 14X OLED is the third-fastest in Geekbench 5 with a good processor score and slightly slower than the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro and Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1. It does well in the handbrake test and is better than the Lenovo IdeaPad slim laptop but loses out to the speedier Risen CPU in Inspiron 14-inch 2-1 laptop.

The ZenBook also did well in the Handbrake test beating IdeaPad Slim 7i Pro, but it is not better than the fast Ryzen CPU in Inspiron 14 2-in-1 from Dell.

Display

The ZenBook 14X OLED display comes in a few configurations are all in the 16:10 aspect ratio. One can select from a WQXGA+ (2,880 x 1,800 or a 4K+ (3,840 x 2,400) panel.

Keyboard and touchpad

The key spacing is the same, and on the right-hand side of the keyboard is the movement keys row. The Spectre keyboards are excellent. Also, the Asus switches have a lot of travel with a comfortable bottom action. The keyboard does not give the feeling of being precise and snappy. There are better keyboards like the Dell’s XPS, but the ZenBook keyboard is still good.

The touchpad has a vast space the does not use space available on the palm rest. Some laptops, like HP Spectre x360 and Dell XPS 13 and the 14, make good use of the extra space. It is not a tiny touchpad, but it could have been larger given the space options it had. Luckily, it has a comfortable surface that makes swiping accurate as its precision touchpad works well for its multitouch gestures. The buttons are responsive and click without sounding loud.

The ZenBook comes with a Window Hello login password-less feature with a fingerprint reader embedded in the keyboard power button.  It works nicely, allowing the user to power up and log in with a single stroke reliably and quickly.

Battery life

The battery life of this laptop has 63 watt-hours which are suitable for a 14-inch laptop. The high resolution of the OLED display makes it power-hungry. Overall, OLED features do not allow it to last eight hours, and one must keep a 100-watt USB-C charger close by.

Pros 

  • Excellent OLED display
  • Solid hardware built
  • Excellent keyboard
  • Screed pad 2 adds to the functionality
  • Competent performance

Cons

  • Mediocre battery life
  • A bit expensive

Final takeaway

As one can see from the review of Asus ZenBook 14X OLED, laptop is well built and has a spectacular display and robust performance. On these qualities alone, one can recommend this laptop. If one can know the various usage of the ScreenPad 2 touchpad, they can come in handy. The drawback is its battery and a bit expensive at around $1400.

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