Asus ZenBook 14 UX435EG review: ScreenPad-equipped ultraportable gets updated hardware Review

The 14-inch Asus ZenBook 14 UX435EG incorporates the quirky ScreenPad — a small secondary screen embedded in the touchpad

The 14-inch Asus ZenBook 14 UX435EG incorporates the quirky ScreenPad — a small secondary screen embedded in the touchpad that supports a vary of employs, which you won’t find on laptops from any other maker. The ZenBook range’s regular slender-and-light-weight make is existing and appropriate, and whilst the price of £1,399 (inc. VAT £1,165.eighty three ex. VAT) may possibly look a very little superior you do get an 11th-generation Intel Main processor and discrete Nvidia graphics. This model updates the ZenBook 14 UX434FL, which I reviewed in August 2019.

At its launch Asus proclaimed the ZenBook 14 UX435EG to be “the world’s smallest 14-inch notebook with ScreenPad”, which is rather less remarkable when you take note that Asus is the only notebook manufacturer that does ScreenPads. 

The Asus ZenBook 14 UX435EG operates on 11-generation Intel Main i5 or i7 processors with discrete Nvidia GeForce MX470 graphics, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage. It weighs one.19kg and is MIL-STD 810G compliant.


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Still, the ZenBook 14 UX435EG is in fact compact at 31.9cm broad and 19.9cm deep, and also slender at one.59cm thick at the front, mounting to one.79cm at the back where it needs to accommodate several ports and connectors. The body weight of one.19kg makes it an suitable notebook for carrying about, and the make is impressively robust. The aluminium alloy chassis material indicates I couldn’t bend the lid in my hands, and it lends lots of solidity to the base as well. Asus claims the ZenBook 14 UX435EG meets MIL-STD 810G, but if you should not want to ding the etching on the outside the house of the lid, you may possibly even now want to use a protective sleeve when carrying or storing this notebook. 

Acer can squeeze a 14-inch screen into a chassis which is hardly larger sized than the screen by itself thanks to its minimal-bezel NanoEdge screen, which delivers a (claimed) ninety two% screen-to-human body ratio. Acer offers us two separate measurements for the small small-facet bezels: 2.6mm measured amongst the edge of the non-active screen display spot and the inside of edge of the case, and four.4mm measured from the edge of the screen to the inside of edge of the chassis. For the major and base bezels, which are thicker, we just get measurements to the edge of the non-active screen: 6.1mm for the major edge and 3.3mm for the base. The somewhat deep major bezel accommodates the IR webcam with Home windows Hi guidance.  

The display by itself is a 14-inch FHD (one,920 x one,080) LED-backlit IPS touchscreen. It really is shiny, distinct and sharp with four hundred nits highest brightness, but instead reflective. The contact responsiveness on my review model was exemplary. 

The excellent screen is complemented by a Harman Kardon-certified dual speaker set up that delivers superior-good quality seem, even though major quantity could be louder. If you use the integrated audio subsystem for voice or online video calls, the AI-assisted sound cancelling audio functionality might occur in handy. There are 4 modes to decide on from: Usual, Stability, One Presenter and Multi-Presenter. 

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The total-size keyboard is backlit and sensibly laid out, but some people will find it noisy. The touchpad doubles up as a secondary five.65-inch display (ScreenPad).


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The keyboard manages to be both equally ‘clacky’ and ‘thunky’. Heavier-handed typists may possibly find the sound stage a very little annoying, and there’s a fair volume of flex. Still, the keys are big and properly spaced, and I was in a position to contact type at my regular velocity. The touchpad is offset a fair way from the place bar, which took a very little acquiring utilised to, but it is really somewhat big and very responsive.  

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ScreenPad gives utilities that can be moved to the major screen as necessary, along with shortcuts, controls and a amount pad.


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The ScreenPad is the most notable element of this notebook — and in fact of a escalating amount of Asus laptops. The standard strategy is that the touchpad doubles up as a 2nd screen — a five.65-inch FHD+ (2160 x one,080) Super IPS panel that delivers a vary of efficiency-improving shortcuts, controls and utilities. 

So, for illustration, there’s a utility for automating keyboard sequences referred to as Brief Essential, a element for launching selected teams of apps with a few of taps, and a handwriting recognition utility. You can even change information amongst the major display and the ScreenPad — even though the pad is so compact that it is really only practical for a compact amount of capabilities. There is certainly also a most likely useful amount pad.  

Asus delivers an API for third get-togethers, so possibly more capabilities and even bespoke apps may possibly show up in the potential. The ScreenPad is effortlessly toggled on and off by means of a Fn critical, for individuals situations when you just want to use the standard touchpad attributes. 

Each and every time I’ve reviewed an Asus notebook with a ScreenPad I’ve uncovered it appealing to participate in about with, but not an indispensable addition to my day to day computing. If it were being a long term element of my day to day notebook I may possibly use it more, but I are not able to be absolutely sure. For now, it is really an intriguing but unproven Asus-unique element. 

The ZenBook 14 UX435EG is driven by an 11th generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor with discrete graphics courtesy of Nvidia’s 2GB GeForce MX470 chipset, along with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. This is a very properly-specified ultraportable notebook — therefore the price tag. There are other configurations, but these are not at the moment readily available in the British isles.  

There are two Thunderbolt four/USB-C ports, one particular of which is occupied when the notebook is charging, a solitary USB 3.2 port, a total-size HDMI port and a 3.5mm headset jack. There is certainly also a MicroSD card reader.  

On its website, Asus just rates battery daily life from the 63Wh battery as ‘outstanding’. About 3 hrs of a usual working day throughout which I largely worked into net apps, browsed, listened to tunes and viewed online video, the battery went from a hundred% to 74%. On that foundation, you must be in a position to get a day’s do the job finished on battery electric power, if you are operating mainstream workloads. 

Conclusions

The Asus ZenBook 14 UX435EG is properly created and has an up-to-day, superior-conclusion configuration. The keyboard is noisy but very relaxed to use, the 14-inch IPS screen is excellent and all-day battery daily life must be no dilemma for knowledge employees. The ScreenPad might be an acquired style, but you won’t know if it satisfies you right until you spend some time with it.

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