Particularly enduring with its 12 hours of battery life, the Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA-BM012T is the perfect nomadic companion. Its light metal case (1.2 kg) and compact opens onto a 14-inch borderless Full HD IPS 100% sRGB screen and contains a balanced configuration for multimedia: an 11th generation Intel Core i7 Quad Core with Iris Xe graphics chip comes with fast 512 GB SSD storage (with Intel Optane H10) and 16 GB of RAM. Some amenities are added such as the backlit keyboard, the NumPad (numeric keypad on the touchpad), the Windows Hello webcam or a complete connection with TB4. Beware of fingerprints on the other hand, the chassis marks clearly and the webcam is of very average quality.
Specifications of the Asus Zenbook UX425EA-BM012T
|Screen (s)||14 “Full HD IPS LED NanoEdge 300nits 100% sRGB (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-1135G7 Tiger Lake (2.8 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||16 GB (soldered) LPDDR4x 4266MHz|
|Graphic card||Intel Iris Xe Graphics|
|Storage||512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0×2 SSD 32GB Intel Optane H10 SSD Cache|
|Connectivity||1 USB 3.2 2 USB 4 Type-C Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.0, microSD|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Numeric keypad||Yes, via NumPad|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via 3D IR webcam|
|Audio system||2 Harman Kardon speakers, SonicMaster|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||10 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 67Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.17 Kg / 319 x 208 x 13.9|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Asus Zenbook UX425EA-BM012T
The Asus ZenBook UX425EA-BM012T 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 signature concentric textured effect 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 be talking about a sophisticated and understated look that lends itself to any type of environment, even a professional one. The ultrabook is made entirely of metalto give a little robustness to its slim silhouette. The case also meets the military resistance standard MIL-STD-810G for foolproof strength (extreme heat, shock, fall, humidity, altitude, exposure to the sun).
The silhouette of this Asus laptop PC totals 1.17 kg on the scale with a very well optimized thickness ( 13.9 mm ) to encourage mobility.
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.
Another welcome feature on this Zenbook, the NumPad 2.0 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. This is very useful for those who regularly enter numbers even if the lack of “return” when entering can be startling at first.
The screen, for its part, gives an impression of interesting immersion thanks to a screen / case occupancy ratio of 90% . The result is visible on all four sides while keeping the webcam on the top edge. As for the panel, the dense Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) allows you to view High Definition content in the best conditions. Another good point, it takes advantage of the wide viewing angles specific to the IPS panel while the anti-reflective finish limits the impact of ambient light on the screen, making it easier to work on the go (train for example).
Distributed on each side of the chassis, the connection is well equipped on this Zenbook UX425EA-BM189T which takes the opposite of the current trend. There is a USB-A 3.2 port (standard size), two USB 4 Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports , a microSD card reader and an HDMI 2.0 output. On the other hand, be aware that Asus has removed the headphone jack but provided a USB-C to audio adapter. Windows Hello is provided by the 3D infrared webcam with facial recognition and connectivity is state-of-the-art with Wifi 6 ax and Bluetooth 5.0.
Performance, battery life of the Asus Zenbook UX425EA-BM012T
To power this Asus Zenbook UX425EA-BM012T, we find a Core i7-1165G7 processor11th generation. Known as Tiger Lake, this processor brings some interesting advancements, starting with a higher TDP. Thus, the Core i7-1165G7 of our MSI displays a TDP of 28W where its predecessors, the Core i7-1065G7 and the Core i7-10510U are satisfied with a TDP of 15W, and this despite the low consumption. This results from an increase in performance visible on advanced software (Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Davinci Resolve, 7Zip, etc.), a little less on basic daily tasks (Office, surfing the Web, streaming …) . We understand, these tasks in question are perfectly taken care of by the Zenbook, but as these are missions that only commit very few resources, the difference between the generations is not noticeable. In front,, an important total for multitasking which allows the coming years to come with confidence.
But the most interesting novelty of this 11th gen Tiger Lake lies above all in the 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, take a look at our review of the equipped HP Specter x360 13-ap .
Finally, a point on battery life, which is rather decisive on this model since it should exceed 12 hours in web browsing via Wifi thanks to the high capacity battery (67 Whr). It is particularly generous and one of the big strengths of this Zenbook UX425EA.