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March 20, 2018

Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UAL : Hands On Review

The latest 13 inch Zenbook UX331UAL laptop from Asus is extremely thin and lightweight with just 2.2 pounds, and still includes a super-powerful Intel Core i7-8550U Quad-core processor, 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of PCIe Solid State Storage. The design is really impressive and one of the best around with an all-metal chassis. ASUS additionally claims that its battery is highly impressive as well which will remain intact up to 15 hours. The new Asus ZenBook 13 is not only extra portable but also exceptional in performance. What more? You can even take pleasure while listening to its Harman Kardon high quality and powerful audio system.

Asus ZenBook 13 Release date, Availability, and Pricing:

The new ZenBook 13 UX331UAL model will be available in the first half of this year, probably in the end of March or start of April. The prices are also not confirmed yet, but there are few rumors saying that the initial price will be over $1000 in U.S. Asus ZenBook 13 price in Australia will be around AU$1400.

Asus ZenBook 13 Specs and Features:

ZenBook 13 UX331UAL specifications and most prominent features are as under:

  • 13.3-Inch LED backlit Full HD display
  • 1920x1080 Resolution & 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 60Hz Anti-Glare Panel w/ WideView Technology
  • 72% NTSC Support
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Intel Core i7 8550U/ i5 8250U/ i3 8130U Processor
  • Windows 10 Operating System w/ Cortana Support
  • 8GB/16GB RAM
  • 8 GB/16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz SDRAM Onboard Memory
  • Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • 128GB/256GB/512GB SATA3 SSD
  • 256GB/512GB/1TB PCIe Gen3X4 SSD
  • 3 Cells 50 Whrs Polymer Battery
  • 720p front-facing camera
  • VGA WebCam
  • 802.11 AC (2x2) Wi-Fi & V4.2 Built-in Bluetooth
  • Built-in Stereo 1 W Speakers & Array Microphone
  • Harman/Kardon Certified Audio w/ 3.5x louder smart amplifier
  • BIOS Booting User Password Protection
  • 2 x Type A USB3.0 & 1 x Type C USB3.0
  • 1 x HDMI as well as HDMI 1.4 Support
  • 1 x Micro SD Card
  • 1 x audio jack COMBO
  • 13.9mm thickness
  • 985g Weight

Ultra-Thin, Ultra-Light, and Ultra-Portable:

You always demand the ultra-thin, compact, and lightest possible laptop when you are out. And ZenBook 13 UX331UAL is just designed while keeping this in mind. The device weight is only 985g (approx. 2.2 pounds) with just 13.9mm thickness. With NanoEdge slim-bezel design, it’s also ultra-compact laptop so you can take it wherever you want.

Artfully Constructed from Premium Materials:

The modern and elegant ZenBook 13 is the very first ZenBook device made of magnesium-aluminum alloy, a highly powerful and super-light material, which is 33% lighter than the standard alloy. The device also has incredible heat-dissipation characteristics, and it stays super-cool for providing you long-run efficiency and performance.

Elegant Color Choices:

ZenBook 13 laptop is not only sleek and beautiful in design, but comes with two elegant coloring options: Deep Dive Blue and Rose Gold. Rose Gold truly adds a fresh and wonderful sparkle to your life; however, this color is not available in all states.

Stunning Full HD Display with Unmatched Features:

With gorgeous NanoEdge display, an ultra-thin bezel and 80% screen-to-body ratio, ZenBook 13 provides you the biggest screen display in the minimum space. Not only this, you will feel more immersed while performing the tasks, thanks to its no-distracting bezel.

The extravagant 13.3’’ Full HD display fits in an ultra-compact frame, making ZenBook 13 device a footstep smaller than many 13-inch laptop or notebook models. On the other hand, the wide 100% sRGB color gamut provides accurate and highly sharp colors, and hence everything will look more natural than ever. The device is using 178° wide-view technology to protect image quality when viewed at different and extreme angles, and hence the laptop is great for collaborating as well as for entertaining.

Crisp and Ultra-Realistic Visuals:

ASUS Tru2Life takes ZenBook 13 notebook’s display to the next level.  This is the same video enhancement technology that is being used in most of the high-end TV nowadays. Through intelligent software algorithms, it optimises the sharpness and contrasts up to 150% of each and every video frame. Due to this, videos produced look more real, more clear, and more detailed.

Cutting-edge Performance:

With the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor (can be boosted to 4GHz frequency),16GB RAM (ensures Asus ZenBook 13 runs smoothly without showing any sign of lag when multitasking and playing graphics enriched games),Windows 10 Pro upgraded Operating System, and up to 1TB super-fast PCIe SSD (3x faster than SATA SSD),ZenBook 13 delivers optimum performance.

Made to Multi-task:

New Eighth generation Intel core processors provide increased performance with more cores, and so the laptop allows multi-tasking better than ever. The device is made to offer super-smooth performance and handles multiple applications at a time, thanks to 8th Gen Quad-core processors by Intel.

More Energy Efficient:

ZenBook 13 is a faster and more energy-efficient device. It is not economical on battery power but offers high-class performance. It is loaded with the latest 8th generation Intel core chip, which delivers up to a 30% better performance over its previous generations.

Work Unplugged On the Go:

You will experience the all-day battery life on the go with new ZenBook 13 UX331UAL. A 50Wh Lithium-polymer specifically designed battery provides this notebook up to 15 hours to work. The good thing about Lithium-polymer batteries is that they keep most of their original charge capacity, up to 3x extended lifespan as compared to the standard batteries, so you don’t need to worry about the low battery no matter where you move.

Beautiful Backlit Keyboard and TouchPad:

The exceptional laptop consists of a full-size backlit keyboard, which illuminates the keys so you can stay productive while typing in low-light or no-light rooms. With the glass-covered precision touchpad and 1.4mm key travel, you will get maximum convenience and comfort. This exceptional device uses palm-rejection technology, as well as supports multi-finger gestures and handwriting.

Highly Powerful and Intelligent Sound Technology:

By using the powerful Harman Kardon-certified audio system and low-distortion smart-amplifier technology that can increase volume up to 3.5x, this ZenBook model lets you feel the ultimate audio experience.

Most Up-to-date Windows OS:

ZenBook 13 comes with the most advanced and feature-rich Windows Operating System, Windows 10. It lets you enjoy all the new Windows features including Cortana and Modern Standby.

Windows Cortana assists you to organize your busy life intelligently for a truly personal Windows experience. And with Modern Standby, you can turn your laptop device ON and OFF instantly just like you do with your mobile phone.

One-Touch Access to Windows Hello:

Enjoy a password-free sign-in with its built-in fingerprint reader in the touchpad and Windows Hello that gives you quick and the safest way to unlock your Windows device. So now you don’t need to type a password every time you log in. And using your touch, it recognises you apart from all other users.  

Limitless Mobility:

ZenBook 13 device includes Asus Wi-Fi Master technology. Due to this technology, you will not only get faster and reliable Wi-Fi connections at greater distances, but you will also take maximum advantage of the 6x-faster speeds (up to 867Mbps) than 802.11n.

Additionally, with the MU-MIMO-capable dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, you can experience 3x-faster Wi-Fi performances in multi-device environments. On the other side, the Bluetooth 4.2 allows you connect your best devices with less impact on battery strength.

Our Verdict:

If you are searching for an ultra-smart and ultra-portable laptop with solid performance and discrete GPU, then ZenBook 13.3-inch notebook is just designed for you. Although it is not as slick as its competitors, still it is one of the best high-spec laptops Asus is going to release this year. With an attractive design, high-quality finishing, and limitless mobility, and all the necessary ports included, ZenBook 13 UX331UAL will definitely impress you.

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