• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Display: 14-inch Full HD
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8265U
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
  • Ports: HDMI, 2x USB Type-A, 1x USB Type-C, microSD Reader
  • Dimensions: 319 x 199 x 15.9 mm
  • Weight: 1.19kg
  • Pros:
  • Design
  • NumberPad
  • Cons:
  • Location of Power Button

Fill Your Life With Zen

A new ASUS ZenBook landed onto our desk this month, and it is the latest device within the ZenBook series. The ZenBook 14 comes with a unique design that is a little smaller compared to regular laptops. As it is smaller, you can slot this easily into messenger bags or maybe even a large purse. It still manages to pack a 14-inch display along with a tenkeyless keyboard. The ScreenPad of the ZenBook Pro makes a tiny cameo on this laptop as well, but dubbed as NumberPad.

By holding a finger on the Numpad icon on the top right of the touchpad, you can bring up the NumberPad, essentially a lit up numpad on the touchpad. Of course, you can still use the touchpad while the virtual numpad is lit, but you will now also be able to tap on the virtual keys to key in numbers. This means that you can type out numbers without reaching for the keyboard, ideal for busy accountants or jobs that require you to type/count numbers on a daily basis. You will need to bring up the calculator app if you wish to perform calculations, of course, and it should be noted that you can’t use the virtual numpad if the touchpad is locked. As most people will eventually use a mouse, having a touchpad on without accidentally moving the mouse cursor would be a great combo to have.

The NumberPad can be turned on by just holding the button on the top right

The NumberPad can be turned on by just holding the button on the top right

As mentioned, the laptop does pack a 14-inch screen and this is achieved with a near bezel-less sides and bottom. The top of the display is slightly thicker to house a webcam, and this is loads better compared to bottom placed webcams. When the laptop is opened, the display will lift up the laptop slightly to improve its cooling. The display is great to watch movies on, with colours that pop and text that are clear as day. This is also enhanced by the ASUS Splendid technology.

The keyboard is pretty comfortable to type on and powering on the laptop is snappy. Before the display is fully lifted, the display is already on and ready to go. However, with the power button just above the backspace button, you could accidentally send the laptop to sleep mode and potentially lose your work progress. Aesthetically, having all the keys in one area may make it visually pleasing, but functionally it could spell disaster. While we are on the topic of aesthetics, the laptop also sports the usual ZenBook swirl design on the front of the laptop, giving it a touch of premium to the overall look of the laptop. But it is still a fingerprint magnet and will require you to wipe it down every now and then.

Power button located just above the backspace and besides the delete button

Power button located just above the backspace and besides the delete button

The ZenBook 14 is a lightweight laptop with a unique size that can allows it to be used in smaller tables and so on. With the addition of the NumberPad, accountants and jobs that requires you to key in numbers can rejoice.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The ZenBook 14 is a great laptop that is lightweight and comes with a good design that allows it to be used even in smaller areas. The many ASUS technologies included can also be useful in improving your workflow.

(to be published in issue January 2019)

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