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Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN - Review of a light laptop for work and play

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I am sure that you, like most people withPurchase, give preference to a thin and light laptop that easily fits in your backpack. If so, then Asus has finally released the Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN, which you can easily take with you on any journey.

  • Almost gaming ultrabook
  • Design with minor modifications
  • Connectivity
  • Keyboard and Input Panels
  • High-quality screen and sound
  • High performance
  • Mediocre SSD
  • Thin and light car games
  • Battery autonomy and battery life
  • Should I buy?
  • Almost gaming Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN

    In this review I will tell you about Asus ZenBook 13The UX331UN is a 13.3-inch laptop that is on the lower level of the premium market. For the processor of the eighth generation Core i5-82U, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SATA SSD and Full HD display will have to pay $ 1000 (57 000 p.).

    The discrete entry-level Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card makes the ZenBook 13 the thinnest notebook with discrete graphics.

    Familiar design with minor changes.

    In appearance, the Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN is a bit likeother ZenBook laptops. Metal cover with logo and concentric circles. This time it was decided to cover it with a glossy finish with rounded edges 2.5D, which is applied using nanoprinted lithography. It looks beautiful, but not practical - prints remain instantly.

    Royal Blue color scheme gives a laptopattractiveness and elegance. Thanks to the Nano Edge display with a narrow screen frame, it is smaller than the usual 13-inch notebooks, and the thickness of the new ZenBook 13 is only 13.9 mm.

    With a weight of 1.The 12 kg device is identical to the HP Specter 13 and at the same time lighter than the DELL XPS 13 and HP Specter x360 13. It’s not the thinnest or lightest laptop, but it’s a fairly modern machine that won’t take up too much space.

    Build quality is the area where ZenBook 13UX331UN is different from its brothers and sisters. Clicking on the cover, keyboard, or bottom of the case, you can see a slight deflection, which makes it less attractive equipment among other thin and light Asus notebooks.

    The cooling system here uses a designa fan that directs the flow of cold air not only to the internal components, but also to the areas in contact with the user's fingers and palms.

    Connectivity

    Laptop Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN has 2 portsUSB-A 3.0, full-size HDMI, slot for microSD-cards and 3.5-mm combined audio jack. Unfortunately, the current USB-C port does not support Thunderbolt 3, which can be found on the XPS 13 and Specter 13.

    In addition, there is a 2 × 2 wireless connection MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

    Convenient keyboard and input panels

    Keyboard ZenBook 13 UX331UN built inStandard configuration, and a small and durable button press allows you to accurately type text. The backlight of the keyboard is uniform and bright, with three levels of brightness. The power button is set too close to the delete key, this can cause inconvenience.

    The touchpad Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN has a largeA fiberglass surface that provides good pressure and glide. The touch screen of Microsoft Precision, accurate and responsive, with support for the active Asus stylus.

    The fingerprint scanner located in the upper right corner of the touchpad works fine and allows you to quickly and without a password enter the system.

    High-quality screen and sound

    Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN equipped with a 13.3-inchFull HD-display and according to the indicators of a colorimeter, is located in the upper part of the average level among premium notebooks. The screen here is relatively bright, with decent contrast and colors, but it is not very suitable for professional photo editing, when a wide range of colors and high accuracy is required.

    ZenBook 13 UX331UN laptop uses 2stereo speakers with an active amplifier from Harman Kardon. Out of the box, the device reproduces sound with high definition, making it enjoyable to watch movies and listen to music. To customize and optimize the sound, you can use the Asus AudioWizard utility.

    High performance

    New ZenBook 13 UX331UN one of those laptopsAsus, which use 4-core Intel Core processors, in this case Core i5-8250U, which gives good performance and high energy efficiency when performing not the most difficult tasks.

    Test Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN easycoped with everyday tasks, as well as with such as video editing. If you do not work with large photos or video files, 8 GB of RAM is quite enough, and 256 GB SSD provides enough space for most users.

    Mediocre SSD

    Nevertheless, one of the areas where Asus allowedFailing to build this ZenBook is the choice of SSD. My review object is equipped with a 256GB Micron 1100 SATA SSD, it works faster than any hard disk drive (HDD), but slower than a PCIe SSD, which are increasingly found in premium notebooks.

    The test results showed thatThe performance of this notebook with an installed SSD Micron 1100 SATA is very mediocre. Even compared to other SATA systems, the ZenBook 13 UX331UN was a bit slower. However, this is not critical and will only be noticeable when working with very large files.

    Running games on a thin and light machine

    Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics processor in AsusZenBook 13 UX331UN is not the most powerful. This device will be much more acceptable for launching old products and games with low graphics details. It will not be able to compete with Microsoft Surface Book 2, which has a powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics processor under the hood.

    My ZenBook 13 UX331UN launched the Civilization VIon medium graphics settings at 33 fps. Battlefield 1 with a speed of 27 fps at medium settings, which is worse than the Acer Aspire 5, which showed 34 fps. The lighter game of the Rocket League at maximum graphics settings showed a speed of 48 fps, and on average - 59 fps.

    This laptop will be a good helper when editing photos and videos.

    Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN autonomy and battery

    Asus managed to install a 50 watt battery inThe UX331UN, which exceeds the 43 W battery in the HP Specter 13 and almost matches the 52 W in the newest Dell XPS 13. The Intel Core i5-8250U processor is an efficient chip for simple tasks that demonstrates battery life close to a working day.

    In the Basemark base test, tested by ZenBook 13The UX331UN showed about the same time as the XPS 13. When playing video, the laptop worked for a little less than 10 hours, which corresponds to most of the work day, of course, if your tasks are not more demanding.

    This new Asus ZenBook 13 2018 comes with a standard one-year warranty.

    Total

    If you are looking for a discrete graphics card in thin andLightweight 13.3-inch laptop you will not find a better option than the Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN. However, if you are satisfied with the integrated graphics, there are several more available options that provide better battery life, a more durable case and more connectivity options.

    Is there a better alternative?

    An alternative to the ZenBook 13 UX331UN is itsown budget brother ZenBook UX330UA. You give $ 750 ($ 42,500) for the same Core i5-8250U, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB SATA SSD and a 13.3-inch Full HD display, with the same performance, but the best battery life.

    You can choose the HP Specter 13 for $ 1080 (61 500 p.) or Dell XPS 13 2018 for $ 1,000 ($ 57,000). Specter 13 is much thinner and smaller, while the XPS 13 is the same size, although more durable. But, they do not have discrete graphics, so ZenBook wins here.

    If you want to spend less money, you can choose Acer Aspire 5 for $ 600 ($ 34,000), equipped with a seventh generation Intel Core i5 processor and a 15.6-inch Full HD screen.

    Lenovo IdeaPad 720s for $ 850 (49 000 r.) and Acer Swift 3 for $ 1,000 ($ 57,500) are two 14-inch laptops that support the MX150 and Intel's eighth generation. However, neither of these machines is as thin and light as the new ZenBook 13, although both have better performance.

    Thanks to the use of newest processorsGenerations of Intel Core, ZenBook 13 UX331UN easily withstand normal office work. The equipment supports connecting peripheral devices via USB-C, which is a plus, however, the lack of support for Thunderbolt 3 is distressing.

    Advantages of Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN

    • Light and compact.
    • Performance processor.
    • Good battery life.
    • The palms remain cold even with intensive work.
    • Attractive design

    Disadvantages of ZenBook 13 UX331UN

    • Under heavy load, the fans are noisy.
    • The lid, keyboard, and bottom are bent when pressed.
    • SATA SSD limits performance.

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