Small, compact and perfect for everyday use.
Asus’ line of ZenBooks have already proven their worth and now we have another model in the ZenBook 14 line which what the company is calling as the world’s smallest 14-inch laptop. That’s exactly it – the UX433F basically is a 14-inch screen in a 13-inch body. This was done thanks to the ‘NanoEdge’ design that gives it slimmer bezels.
At barely more than a kilogram, the UX433F is lightweight which makes it an ideal device to bring everywhere. There’s a chiclet-style keyboard is backlit and the trackpad can also transform into a number pad when needed. The connectivity ports are located on both sides ranging from standard USB to USB-C to HDMI. It uses a proprietary charging port, though it would have fared better if it supported USB-C.
The UX433F is powered by an 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8565 CPU with 16 GB of RAM, enough to deliver a decent performance especially for everyday multitasking. The 14-inch screen has a Full HD resolution, which is enough to get a large screen estate. The UX433F also has the same ErgoLift feature that raises the keyboard slightly to allow better heat dissipation and more comfortable tying. I’ve used this for weeks preparing for this review, and its a breeze to work on not to mention how easy it is to carry.
Rounding off the specifications is the 512 GB SSD and a 3D IR camera that can be used by Windows as an alternative to fingerprints when logging in. It’s Asus’ version of Face ID, and it definitely works well, taking around a second to complete the login process. There also an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU which is good enough to handle multimedia tasks.
The UX433F runs on Windows 10 and includes all the bell and whistles that comes with Microsoft’s operating system. I’ve used the notebook from office to home, switching from answering emails to watching Netflix and the UX433F handled it with ease. More intense tasks like video editing would show the device’s limitations, then again the UX433F wasn’t made for this purpose.
Still, the notebook runs quiet even with the fans blaring in the background, and I usually get a decent 7-8 hours of everyday usage and even around 12 hours of battery life when watching on Netflix. Overall, the Asus ZenBook 14 UX433F performs great as an everyday notebook for home and office use. Prices starts at 5,299 AED.
– Great screen
– Excellent build quality
– Decent performance
– USB-C charging would’ve been better
Overall rating: 4/5