Asus has introduced two new premium notebooks with the Zenbook 14 and Zenbook 14 Flip OLED. They are not only supposed to offer a lot of performance and an impressive display. On top of that, Asus seems to have managed to pack a lot of performance into a compact case. We take a closer look at the whole thing.
OLED NanoEdge display
What might sound like a tongue twister makes a great impression at first glance. Thus, behind the name there is not only a high-resolution OLED display, which is supposed to be able to offer great contrasts and a high resolution. A screen-to-body ratio of a proud 90 percent (Zenbook 14) and 88 percent (Flip 14) is also reflected in extremely thin screen edges. On top of that, the screens with an aspect ratio of 16:10 offer 100 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, which in combination with a PANTONE validation should make the hearts of creative people beat faster.
High performance on the go
Asus has always stood for PCs with plenty of performance. The manufacturer wants to prove once again that this is not only possible at home, but also on the go with its Asus Zenbook 14 OLED and Zenbook 14 Flip OLED. After all, they are supposed to be a guarantee for computing power on the go despite their slim, mobile design. The installed technology already sounds promising. The manufacturer optionally installs an AMD Ryzen 7 5825U (UM3402) or Ryzen 9 5900HX processor (UN5401).
In the AMD versions, a Radeon processor graphics is supposed to provide graphics power. For Intel fans, the two newcomers are alternatively available with an Intel Core i7-1260P processor in combination with Intel Iris Xe graphics (UX3402). The CPU is supported by up to 16 GB LPDDR4X or LPDDR5 RAM. You can also provide enough storage space. Thus, there is a fast M.2 SSD with 1 TB of storage space in the maximum configuration.
So that you don’t have to worry about possible damage to the device when on the go, Asus promises “the balancing act between an extremely robust design and extremely compact dimensions”. Both devices weigh just under 1.4 kg and are supposed to be extremely robust according to the military standard MIL-STD 810H. With a 75 Wh battery in the Zenbook 14 and a 63 Wh battery in the Flip version, Asus has also ensured that the two devices should be enduring, at least in theory.
Two real all-rounders
The Zenbook 14 OLED and Zenbook 14 Flip OLED seem to be the perfect compromise between work machine and entertainment gadget. Besides the ErgoSense keyboard, the NumPad, which can be displayed on the trackpad again in typical Asus fashion, ensures comfortable typing. In times of home offices, the manufacturer also seems to have thought about video conferencing. After all, it installs AI noise-canceling audio technology alongside a suitable webcam, which is supposed to deliver the best picture and sound quality. The ease of use is rounded off by further features like a fingerprint sensor as well as the one-touch power.
The port diversity should also provide for a great workflow. With USB-C, USB-A and the like, everyone should be able to find the right input for their devices. Once the workday is over, the two new additions to Asus’ lineup can be used as an entertainment center. The built-in Dolby Atmos stereo sound system is supposed to provide great sound, for which Asus has even picked up a certification from Harman Kardon.
Prices and availability
The Asus Zenbook 14 OLED and Zenbook 14 Flip OLED are available now. For its Zenbook 14 with AMD CPU (UM3402), Asus charges an MSRP starting at 999 euros. The Zenbook 14 with Intel CPU (UX3402) again means an MSRP starting at 1,199 Euros. The Zenbook 14 Flip OLED, on the other hand, has an MSRP starting at 1,299 Euros.