Experience the image quality offered by OLED on the Asus ZenBook UX325EA-KG308T. Color (100% DCI-P3), contrast, deep blacks, brightness, you will gain on all these elements. But the 13-inch ultrabook has other arguments, especially for nomads with its NumPad, its varied connectivity with TB4 and its powerful components. The 11th generation Core i5 Quad Core processor is quite at home in the versatile field with its more powerful than average integrated Iris Xe graphics chip and its fast memory / storage duo (16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD). And the amenities are not lacking with Windows Hello facial recognition, 12 hours of battery life, Wifi AX or the extended backlit keyboard. The only downside is the weak speakers and the lack of a jack. The
Specifications of the Asus Zenbook UX325EA-KG308T
|Screen (s)||13.3 “Full HD OLED NanoEdge 100% DCI-P3 400nits (1920×1080, gloss)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-1135G7 Tiger Lake (2.4 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||16 GB LPDDR4X 3200MHz (soldered)|
|Graphic card||Intel Iris Xe|
|Storage||512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD 32GB Intel Optane H10 SSD Cache|
|Connection||1 USB 3.2 2 USB 4 Type-C Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.0, microSD|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.0|
|Numeric keypad||Yes, via NumPad|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via infrared webcam|
|Audio system||2 Harman Kardon SonicMaster speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||15 hours / Li-Po 3 cells 67Whr|
|Dimensions (mm) / Weight||304 x 203 x 13.9 / 1.1 Kg|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Asus ZenBook UX325EA-KG308T
The Asus ZenBook UX325EA-KG308T is dressed in a “Pine Gray” color that is reminiscent of the Celestial Blue of the Zenbook UX481. Here, the gray tint is brilliant, worked with bevelled edges and the concentric textured effect typical of the Zenbooks on the back of the screen which bypasses the now offset Asus logo on the right. Asus talks about a design ” that inspires calm and serenity “. Rather, we’ll talk about a sophisticated and understated look that lends itself to any type of environment, even a professional one. The ultrabook is made entirely of metal to give a bit of robustness to its slim silhouette but its color tends to mark fingerprints, to be taken into account if you are manic.
Indeed, the Zenbook 13 is particularly thin and light with 13.9 mm thickness and a scale that tilts around 1.1 kilograms , but also compact thanks to the thinned edges of the screen (screen / device ratio of 88 %). Note that its unibody (monocoque) chassis meets the military resistance standard MIL-STD-810G for foolproof strength (extreme heat, shock, fall, humidity, altitude, exposure to the sun).
The ultrabook is equipped with “ErgoLift” hinges which raise the base when the screen is opened to improve typing comfort on the keyboard and ensure better air circulation below. Speaking of the keyboard, this one has a white key backlighting system and stretches across the width of the base with a row of function keys appearing on the right.
The screen is the highlight here, because it is one of the first to offer Full HD OLED , therefore at a more affordable price over 4K OLED more widely crossed. Thus, the contrast and black levels are far beyond anything you will see on a conventional LED display and the display here benefits from high brightness (400 nits) added to extended colorimetry (100% DCI- P3, sRGB) to offer the most faithful rendering to image professionals. Added to this, the borderless design (NanoEdge) on all four sides reinforces the impression of immersion. Its Full HD definition(1920 x 1080 px) allows you to offer a vast, perfectly clear display space and to make the most of High Definition content even if we remain a step above the finesse and comfort of 4K obviously. Also note that this screen is bright and that it will tend to reflect the surrounding light more readily than you antiglare. But again, the good brightness of the slab should counter the majority of the inconveniences.
Strong point here, Asus is swimming against the current in terms of connectivity is so much the better! While the trend is to reduce the number of ports to an absolute minimum, the Zenbook 13 UX325EA can count on a microSD card reader, an HDMI 2.0 video output and a USB Type-A port (standard format) in addition to two more ports. modern USB 4 Type-C Thunderbolt 4 . Everything is there in easy-to-access formats and you also benefit from the versatility of the TB4 to connect a docking station (up to 2 external screens) and improve your productivity. Connectivity question, Wifi 6 (802.11 ax) and Bluetooth 5.0 respond present while the Infrared webcam is responsible for ensuring Windows Hello facial recognition. One glance is enough to log in. Note also that there is no jack. You will therefore need to use an adapter or a Bluetooth headset to enjoy solo audio.
Another welcome feature on this Zenbook is the NumPad integrated into the touchpad. Its principle is to make a highlighted numeric keypad (retro LED) appear on the touchpad following a pressure in its upper right corner. Asus announces that it will provide even faster input in version 2.0.
Performance, battery life of the Asus ZenBook UX325EA-KG308T
In addition to the screen, it is the processor that attracts attention on board this Asus ZenBook UX325EA-KG308T. This is a Core i5-1135G711th generation Tiger Lake which brings some interesting advancements, starting with a higher TDP. Thus, the Core i5-1135G7 of our Zenbook displays a TDP of 28W where its predecessors, the Core i5-1035G4 and the Core i5-10210U are satisfied with a TDP of 15W. This leads to a fairly visible increase in performance on advanced software (Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Davinci Resolve, 7Zip, etc.), a little less on basic everyday tasks (Office, surfing the Web, streaming …) . We understand, these tasks in question are perfectly taken care of by the ultrabook, but since these are missions that only commit very few resources, the difference between the generations is not noticeable. And keep in mind that we still have a low power Core i5 in front of you, therefore not enough to provide intensive performance in creation as would non-low consumption processors (-H). In front,the RAM provides 16 GB of RAM , a generous total that ensures impeccable fluidity in multitasking. Namely that the RAM is welded and therefore not upgradeable on this device, so it is welcome.
But the most interesting novelty of this Gen11 Tiger Lake lies above all in their new integrated graphics chip, the Iris Xe. Thanks to it, Intel is back in the race against AMD but also and especially against small NVIDIA graphics cards such as the GeForce MX250 or the GeForce MX350. The performances of the Iris Plus G7 of the Gen10 (Ice Lake) are exceeded by a good length. So, with the Iris Xe, you should be able to play many games at 1080p under good conditions and work on fairly graphics-intensive tasks (Lightroom) without delay. Another benefit of having a faster graphics chip integrated into the processor is that it simplifies the design of the ventilation system and therefore causes less noise and heat than in a configuration with a dedicated graphics card.
Storage is also getting attention here since it is entrusted to a 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD supplemented with a 32 GB Optane H10 SSD cache.. Hitherto crossed alongside a hard drive on the entry level to boost the startup and shutdown phases and some application launches, the Optane module now supports the SSD but the gain is then anecdotal as the latter is already showing remarkable responsiveness in the system on a daily basis. Indeed, the SSD ensures shortened loading times, an almost instantaneous launch of Windows and very fast file copies, not to mention the qualities in terms of energy savings, durability and silence of the SSD. Not to spoil anything, its capacity is not ridiculous and can accommodate a good part of your game library. For more info on the Optane H10 module.
But one question remains: what about battery life? This is indeed a crucial data if we consider this ultrabook for mobility. The battery is quite large for a 13-inch (67 Whr), which should allow it to exceed 12 hours of battery life in web browsing via Wifi, with a little more in video playback. A very good result in favor of mobility. In addition, Asus has thought of users in a hurry by equipping its ultrabook with Fast Charge technology to recharge the battery to 60% of its capacity in 40 minutes .