Asus revamped their complete strains of Zenbook (all-round thin-and-lights), Zenbook S (ultraportables) and Zenbook Flip (convertibles) laptops for the second a part of 2018 and first half of 2019, and these are usually not just a few minor updates.
The up to date fashions are thinner, lighter and extra compact than earlier than, with tiny bezels across the show and particularly tiny chins, in addition to screen-to-body ratios over 90%.
They’re motorized by the up to date Intel Whiskey Lake hardware, paired with numerous variants of devoted graphics chips, and amongst their prime options Asus mentions up to date keyboards, elective IR HD webcams and a backlit number-pad built-in inside the glass clickpads, a simplified variant of the Screenpad carried out on the Zenbook Professional UX580. Oh, and there’s additionally a 14-inch variant of the Zenbook Professional out there, the UX480, with Espresso Lake H hardware and GTX 1050 Max-Q graphics, in the event you’re on the lookout for a succesful all-rounder in a extra compact shell.
We’ll get our palms on all these fashions within the weeks to return, so keep tuned for our detailed critiques. Within the meantime, right here’s what you must anticipate from these new 2018 Zenbook strains, what’s intriguing about them, the place they nonetheless may fall brief and how they examine to the competitors.
2018 Asus ZenBook 13, 14 and 15
Asus ready an entire replace of the complete line of Zenbook ultraportables, with new 13-inch (UX333 collection, replaces UX330), 14-inch (UX433, replaces UX430) and 15-inch variants (UX553, replaces UX530).
The most important replace is the entire redesign of the outer-shell, with a a lot smaller footprint and slim nanoEdge bezels across the display. It involves no shock Asus adopted this development, however in contrast to many different laptops available on the market, these Zenbooks not solely get tiny 2.Three mm lateral bezels, but in addition a small forhead (5.9) and chin (Three.Three mm), for a screen-to-body ratio of round 95% (on the 13-inch variant, there are barely greater bezels on the opposite two). The digital camera continues to be positioned on prime of the display the place it belongs, and it’s an IR HD module suitable with Home windows Hey. It’s about time we see some respectable cameras on Zenbooks and it must be a welcomed replace over the crappy cameras on the present generations.
The brand new design additionally makes use of the ergo-lift hinge we’ve beforehand seen carried out on the Zenbook S UX391 collection, which lifts the main-body as a way to create an ergonomic and barely downwards inclined typing place, in addition to permit for higher air circulation beneath the laptop computer. This strategy works on the Zenbook S, however we’ll need to see how properly it may deal with the devoted graphics inside these Zenbooks.
All the things else seems to be like very acquainted Zenbook design, with an all-metal construct, Blue and Gold themes, the sample of concentric circles for the lid-covers and the IO lined on the edges. The keyboard appears very similar to what Asus used on the earlier era as nicely, however early reviewers point out it feels extra metallic, so I’d reckon Asus may need modified the supplies used for the important thing caps. As a novelty, the 13 and 14 inch fashions can get an optionally available backlit numeric pad built-in withing the glass clickpad. It’s in all probability not going to be very helpful for most individuals, nevertheless it could be for some.
It’s additionally value noting that Asus claims the brand new shells are MIL-STD-810G compliant (can survive small drops and bumps, temperatures of as much as 48 C – 118 F and altitudes of as much as 15000 ft – 4500 m), which might translate in improved reliability as they age. Time will inform.
Right here’s what else to anticipate when it comes to specs and options:
|Asus ZenBook UX333||Asus ZenBook UX433||Asus ZenBook UX533|
|Display||13.Three-inch – FHD matte or shiny||14.Zero-inch – FHD matte or shiny||15.6-inch – FHD or UHD, matte or shiny|
|Processor||as much as Core i7-8565U||as much as Core i7-8565U||as much as Core i7-8565U|
|Video||as much as Nvidia MX150 2 GB||as much as Nvidia MX150 2 GB||as much as Nvidia GTX 1050 four GB Max-Q|
|Reminiscence||as much as 16 GB LPDDR3 (soldered)||as much as 16 GB LPDDR3 (soldered)||as much as 16 GB LPDDR3 (soldered)|
|Storage||1x M.2 PCIe x4||1x M.2 PCIe x4||1x M.2 PCIe x4|
|Ports||2x USB-A Three.1, 1x USB-C gen 2, HDMI, microSD, mic/earphone||2x USB-A Three.1, 1x USB-C gen 2, HDMI, microSD, mic/earphone||2x USB-A Three.1, 1x USB-C gen 2, HDMI, SD, mic/earphone|
|Battery||50 Wh||50 Wh||73 Wh|
|Measurement||302 mm or 11.88” (w) x 189 mm or 7.44 (d) x 16.9 mm or .66” (h)||319 mm or 12.55” (w) x 199 mm or 7.83” (d) x 16.9 mm or .66” (h)||354 mm or 13.93” (w) x 220 mm or Eight.66” (d) x 17.9 mm or Zero.70” (h)|
|Weight||~1.2 kg (2.7 lbs), 1.1 kg for matte model||~1.2 kg (2.7 lbs), 1.1 kg for matte model||~1.7 kg (Three.75 lbs), 1.6 kg for matte model|
|Worth||begins at $899||begins at $899||begins at $1099|
There’s nonetheless no Thunderbolt Three connectivity on these up to date Zenbooks, which is usually a deal-breaker for some potential consumers, particularly as extra and extra rivals supply it at this level. The smaller models additionally merely get a microSD card-reader and two USB-A slots.
As a novelty, Asus appears to supply all these strains with both matte or glass-covered shows so far as I can inform proper now. I’d anticipate the shiny variations to get contact as properly, however that’s but to be confirmed. As for the panels, the officers specs point out IPS models with 72% NTSC shade protection, so just about on par with what’s obtainable on the present Zenbooks. Hopefully Asus selected some brighter panels this time and the 14-inch variant not will get the flickering ache that was carried out on the Zenbook UX430UN.
Talking of that, these Zenbooks shall be out there with Intel UHD 620 graphics because the UX333FA, UX433FA and UX533FA strains. Discover that these variants get the FA moniker now, and not the UA used with the final a number of generations. It’s going to assist distinguish the Whiskey Lake builds from the older variants, however is nonetheless yet one more solution to confuse potential consumers.
Variations with devoted graphics are additionally out there: UX333FN (MX150), UX433FN (MX150) and UX533FD (GTX 1050 Max-Q). The official specs don’t supply any particulars whether or not the 13 and 14-inch variants get the full-power or the Max-Q variants of the MX150 chip. I’d anticipate the 25W variant on the Zenbook UX433FN and given its thickness, on the 13-inch mannequin as properly. That may additionally permit Asus to maintain the pretty current Zenbook UX331 of their lineup, which is a thinner 13-incher with MX150 Max-Q graphics.
— footage by way of TheVerge and Engadget
These apart, a few of you could be disillusioned by the one 50 Wh batteries contained in the 13 and 14-inch laptops, with rivals providing nearer to 60 Wh batteries nowadays. I’m all for greater batteries myself, however let’s not overlook these are a few of the most compact units of their courses, so I’d reckon Asus needed to juggle rigorously with the interior format and might solely achieve this a lot this time. 50 Wh batteries ought to nonetheless supply round 5-6 hours of day by day multitasking and 7-Eight of video, which isn’t that dangerous (Asus introduced 15+ hours of battery life of their press launch, however that’s removed from what you possibly can truly get in real-life use).
So far as competitors goes, the 13-inch Zenbook UX333 should face harsh competitors from the Dell XPS 13 and LG Gram 14. The 14-inch variant should outmatch units just like the Acer Swift Three, MSI Status PS42 and particularly the Huawei MateBook X Professional, whereas the 15-inch variant swims in much less crowded waters and could possibly be a very good choice for these in search of a extra reasonably priced various for the Dell XPS 15 and Asus Zenbook Professional UX550 strains.
The 2018 Zenbooks might be available in shops beginning October 2018, with costs beginning at $899. Look additional for updates and different articles as soon as we all know extra.
Up to date Asus ZenBook Flip UX362 and UX562
The 2018 editions of the Zenbook Flip are available 13 (UX362) and 15 inch (UX562) variants.
else to anticipate when it comes to specs and options:
|Asus ZenBook Flip UX362||Asus ZenBook Flip UX562|
|Display||13.Three-inch – FHD contact||15.6-inch – FHD or UDH Pantone contact|
|Processor||as much as Core i7-8565U||as much as Core i7-8565U|
|Video||Intel UHD 620||as much as Nvidia GTX 1050 Max-Q|
|Reminiscence||as much as 16 GB LPDDR3 (soldered)||as much as 16 GB DDR4 (soldered)|
|Storage||1x M.2 PCIe x4||1x M.2 PCIe x4, 1x 2.5″ bay|
|Ports||2x USB-A Three.1, 2x USB-C gen 1, HDMI, mic/earphone||2x USB-A Three.1, 1x USB-C gen 1, HDMI, SD card, mic/earphone|
|Battery||50 Wh||57 Wh|
|Measurement||305 mm or 12.00” (w) x 189 mm or 7.44 (d) x 16.9 mm or .66” (h)||357 mm or 14.05” (w) x 226 mm or Eight.89” (d) x 20.9 mm or .82” (h)|
|Weight||~1.Three kg (Three.Zero lbs)||~1.9 kg (four.2 lbs)|
Zenbook S UX391FA
An up to date model of the ultraportable Zenbook S UX391 line can also be obtainable for the second a part of 2018, with Whiskey Lake hardware and the suitable moniker change: UX391FA.
This is a wonderful 13-inch pocket book with a compact and mild (2.2 lbs) construct, good matte display with slim bezels, an amazing keyboard, strong efficiency and fairly good battery life (50 Wh battery), as you’ll discover from our evaluation of the collection. The article analyzes the KabyLake-R configuration, however given how Whiskey Lake is merely a bump in Turbo Speeds with marginal efficiency positive aspects over KabyLake-R, all the things within the article nonetheless applies to the up to date UX391FA variant as nicely.
In the event you’re on this unit, I’d advise you to stay with the Core i5 configurations and the FHD display, that’s the place you’ll get the perfect worth on your buck.
Zenbook Professional UX480
That is the extra compact variant of the Zenbook Professional UX580 (reviewed in right here), and whereas it shares the design strains and the ScreenPad built-in inside the clickpad, it’s additionally a special pc in some ways.
For starters, this can be a extra compact and lighter gadget, with a 14-inch FHD Pantone display and 86% screen-to-body ratio. It additionally will get a extra normal keyboard, with out the annoying additional row of keys on the correct aspect that Asus placed on the UX580. However, the UX480 lacks the Thunderbolt Three connectivity that you simply get with the bigger variant, which might have positive been a pleasant addition.
The UX480 can also be not as highly effective because the 15-inch mannequin, because it’s constructed on Intel Whiskey Lake Core U processors, DDR4 RAM, quick PCIe storage, and solely depends on the Max-Q GTX 1050 chip for graphics, so isn’t as succesful with video games both.
For a lot of although this could possibly be a greater balanced all-rounder, a pc you need to use for work and occasional enjoyable, with extra highly effective elements, a greater display and bigger battery than you possibly can usually discover in a 14-inch pocket book.
In truth, the Zenbook Professional UX480 is sort of distinctive in at present’s market, thus with the proper worth, this could flip many heads.
We’ll replace as soon as we all know extra.
That’s about it for now, these are the necessary Asus Zenbook updates for the second a part of 2018 and first a part of 2019. Take a look at our detailed evaluations and different articles on the location for extra particulars.