Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN review: An ultraportable laptop with a knack for gaming

    Sure, you’ll be able to scoop up a quicker Eighth-generation Intel quad-core ultraportable than the $1,000 Asus ZenBook 13, however good luck discovering one with a discrete graphics core, good for Photoshop-minded professionals or informal avid gamers craving on-the-go Fortnite or Dota 2. A strong array of ports, a quick keyboard and spectacular battery life spherical out the engaging (if fingerprint-prone) package deal.

    Asus ZenBook 13 specs and worth

    We examined the $1,000 royal-blue version of the ZenBook 13, which comes with a 13.Three-inch contact show, an Eighth-generation quad-core Intel Core i5-8250U processor, discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive. A less expensive model of the ZenBook 13 with built-in graphics could be on faucet in “a pair months,” in line with an Asus rep.

    The ZenBook 13’s most arresting function must be its shiny, beautiful lid, etched with Asus’s telltale sample of razor-thin—or, to be extra exact, nano-thin—concentric circles, courtesy of a five-layer course of the producer calls “nanoimprint lithography.”

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    The ”nanoimprint lithography” on the ZenBook’s lid is each beautiful and fingerprint-prone.

    The shiny result’s actually a sight to behold, by no means extra so than whenever you first glimpse the pristine ZenBook sitting in its cardboard delivery field. Inside just a few days, although, the lid of my ZenBook 13 evaluation unit was lined with fingerprints. I used to be in a position to buff the shiny end again into form, however preventing off the smudges turned out to be a shedding battle.

    Measuring 12.2 by eight.5 by zero.5 inches, the ZenBook 13 makes for an impressively slim machine given its discrete graphics core, and it feels fairly mild at about 2.7 kilos, or somewhat over three kilos when you embrace the seven-ounce energy adapter.

    Asus ZenBook 13 show

    The ZenBook’s 13.Three-inch 1920-by-1080 show appears sharp and vivid, with svelte 6.9mm bezels alongside the perimeters however considerably thickers bezels alongside the display’s high and backside edges. Measuring about 282 nits (or candelas) at its highest brightness setting, the ZenBook 13’s show is fairly vivid, nicely above our minimal 250-nit commonplace for snug indoor viewing, if a tad dimmer than the 300-nit readings we’ve recorded on competing laptops.

    Viewing angles on the ZenBook 13’s AHVA (a proprietary twist on IPS) display have been wonderful, with the show dimming solely barely as I moved back and forth or above and beneath.

    The ZenBook’s touch-enabled show simply dealt with my faucets and swipes, and sure, there’s pen assist, though you’ll should pony up $50 for the elective ASUS energetic pen.

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