Are you looking for an elegant laptop, with functions for productivity and with different options? I have been able to test the Asus ZenBook Pro 14, model UX480. It is the new bet of Asus for the laptop in the high range, a light device, with good design and a lot of power. The most interesting are the functions that have applied to the productivity, as its ScreenPad, a screen integrated into the trackpad that allows us to perform different functions. Then my analysis with all the features and experience of use.
The Screenpad, The Essence of the Asus Zenbook Pro 14
One of the most striking features is the Screen Pad. It is a normal trackpad, with correct size. Although it is not continued with the design, so we have a small step between the chassis and the trackpad. Also, it is not as fluid on the finger as other trackpads.
The interesting thing about this panel is that it has a 5.5-inch screen with Full HD resolution. It reminds us of a lot of the Apple TouchBar. Its function is similar, although in this case, you can get many more uses.
The Screenpad allows us different functions. All of these can be changed through the F6 key on the keyboard.
The first, let us see some shortcuts, such as a music control, calculator, calendar or numeric keypad. In this way, if you need to make a quick operation, just swipe and select the icon.
It is as if you had a small screen on a mobile phone. You can send the content by dragging the window down and move as if it were a touch panel. I, for example, have used it when working.
I have also used it for entertainment since you can watch YouTube videos in full screen without any problem.
Finally, there is an option that allows us to deactivate this panel. In this way, it will only be used as Trackpad and will spend less autonomy. Not everything is positive, I have missed some other feature and better optimization with third-party applications. For example, you can press accept or cancel in pop-ups or shortcuts with other apps and services.
Technical Data Sheet Asus Zenbook Pro 14 Ux480
|screen||14 inch LED Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16: 9
Screenpad with 5.5-inch Full HD + screen
|Processor||Up to Intel Core i7-8567U (4 cores, 1.8GHz – 4GHz)|
|RAM||16 GB DDR4|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 4 GB RAM|
|Audio||ASUS SonicMaster with Harman Kardon certification|
|Internal memory||512 GB PCIe|
|Drums||Lithium polymer with 4 cells, 70Wh|
|OS||Windows 10 home|
|Connections||WI-FI AC Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||1 x USB 3.1 Gen. 2 Type C, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A,
1 x USB 2.0, HDMI, Headphone jack
|Colors||Blue with gold finishes|
|Dimensions||323 x 225 x 17.9 mm, 1.6 kilos|
|Featured features||Screenpad with the screen, backlit keyboard|
|Price||From 1,500 euros|
The Design of the Asus Zenbook Pro 14 UX480
The design of the Asus ZenBook Pro 14 UX480 is very elegant. One of the strongest points is the style of your hinge. The truth is that it is not the first Asus team to include this design that hides the screen hinge.
In this case, it makes the upper part rise slightly, which allows us better handling on the keyboard and makes the screen be a little higher.
The laptop has very good finishes, with aluminum details and a screen with very good use in the front. Its weight is 1.6 KG.
I have transported it more than once and coming from a MacBook Pro, I have not had any kind of complaint. It is light and comfortable. Let’s look closely at the design.
The cover of the Asus ZenBook Pro 14 has a kind of texture, it is a magnet for the prints, but it offers a rather elegant design. On the left side are the charging connector, a USB C, USB 3.1 and HDM.
On the right are the LED indicators of power and autonomy, audio connector, a slot for micro SD and another USB port. A negative point: we do not have an Ethernet connection and it does not come with an adapter in the box.
When opening the lid, we find its 14-inch screen with Full HD + resolution and a frame in the lower part, where the logo of the model is housed. After passing through the hinge, a frame with a golden finish and keyboard. A ‘chewing gum’ type keyboard. The keys are comfortable, very comfortable. They are not slippery and have a very good route.
Of course, they are backlit. An interesting detail is that these keys are not illuminated by the sides, but each letter lets light through. In night situations it offers a better virtual experience, there does not seem to be a flash on the keyboard. And speaking of keys, the power on is at the top. Unfortunately, we do not have a fingerprint reader, so we have to unlock the device through Windows.
Screen and Sound of Asus Zenbook Pro 14
The screen is 14 inches and has Full HD resolution, IPS technology and an advantage of more than 80 percent of the front. It is a bright panel, with very good detail in the images and very good color, with little saturation in the images.
The brightness is very good indoors. On the outside, there is a lack of brightness and the reflections on the screen are very visible.
As for the sound, we have a double stereo speaker located in the back. As the device rises slightly when the screen is opened, there is no obscuration problem. The sound is very, very clear and with very good quality. In the volume, good feelings continue to be appreciated. A very clear high volume and a very well achieved minimum, without losing detail.
Autonomy of ASUS ZENBOOK PRO 14
Asus ensures that we can get up to 12 hours of autonomy with the new ZenBook pro 14 UX480. In our tests, we have not reached that limit, yes around 9 – 10 hours with intensive use, which is not bad. Taking into account the thickness and size is a good duration of autonomy. The loading is done through a specific connection. With the original 240 V charger, we have achieved a full charge in about an hour.
Performance of ASUS ZENBOOK PRO 14
We went to one of the most interesting sections: its performance. Here we find an Intel Core i7 processor with up to 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB internal memory.
How does it move on a day-to-day basis? I have been able to perform different tasks with the device: productivity, games, multimedia in all the laptop is handled with total fluency. In productivity tasks, the system moves perfectly, with fast processes in the transfer of files, downloads, video rendering, etc.
At stake, we find similar results, those powerful, such as Fortnite or Apex move them without any problem. However, I have noticed that this device is not so focused on the gameplay. Especially since I’ve noticed FPS crashes and some cuts in games that demand more performance.
The best of the Asus ZeenBook Pro 14
- Screen quality is very good.
- The ScreenPad and the options
- Good performance in general lines
- Good design
- Does not have a fingerprint reader
- The screen is not touch
Windows 10 Home with Its Extras
Windows 10 Home is the operating system that comes with this computer. Asus recommends the professional version, but this must be adquririla to part. In this case, Windows 10 does not have changes any more what Asus adds with its programs and options. This version has Windows Hello for unlocking. An alternative to the fingerprint reader that works very well. It is fast and accurate in most situations, even indoors with low light. It also has speech recognition for Cortana, the Microsoft assistant. It can also be configured with Amazon’s Alexa.
There are hardly any additions from Asus. Yes, we have applications on the ScreenPad, as well as some programs that come preinstalled in the system. Of course, also l configuration of the graphics card and screen options. As for Microsoft, we have all the programs that usually come in Windows 10. Also the official store, where we can download different applications. These are the apps and services that we will find in the Software.
- ASUS Live Update
- ASUS Product Registration Program (APRP)
- ASUS Splendid
- ASUS GiftBox
- ScreenPad Toolbar
- ScreenPad Launcher
- ScreenPad Calculator
- ScreenPad Calendar
- ScreenPad for Office
- ScreenPad for YouTube
- ScreenPad Music Player
- ScreenPad NumKey
- ASUS Sync
- ASUS Battery Health Charging
- ASUS Tru2Life Video
Price And Conclusions Of Asus Zenbook Pro 14
The Asus ZenBok Pro 14 is a good device for the multimedia section. Its screen has a very good quality, with good brightness and good viewing angles (maybe it reflects a lot in very bright conditions). To this, we add a double speaker with excellent sound quality.
What about the price? The UX480 costs $1700. It is not cheap, but we must take into account the features it offers, its finishes and versatility.
Looking at the competition we see similar prices. Therefore, you must take into account all these aspects and if you think that this device adapts to your needs or if you think that with something more basic you will have enough. For my part, it has left me very good feelings.