Need a lightweight, robust and durable laptop PC for your office work? The Asus ZenBook UX425JA-BM005T is the perfect candidate for this. Its elegant gray case contains a balanced configuration carried by a 10th generation Intel Core i5 Quad Core with 8 GB of RAM and fast SSD storage for smooth surfing in Windows 10. The images are provided by a Full HD IPS 100 screen. % sRGB and some amenities such as the backlit keyboard, the NumPad (numeric keypad on the touchpad), the Windows Hello webcam or a rich connection with TB3 answer the call, as well as a generous autonomy of more than 10 hours. Beware of fingerprints that mark on the case on the other hand and the small storage capacity (256 GB) can also work against it.
Specifications of the Asus Zenbook UX425JA-BM005T
|Screen (s)||14 “Full HD IPS LED NanoEdge 250nits 100% sRGB (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-1035G1 Ice Lake (1.0 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB (soldered) LPDDR4x 3200MHz|
|Graphic card||Intel UHD Graphics G1|
|Storage||256 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||1 USB 3.2 2 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2) Thunderbolt 3, 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|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||10 hours / Li-Polymer 3 cells 67Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.17 Kg / 319 x 208 x 13.9|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Asus Zenbook UX425JA-BM005T
The Asus ZenBook UX425JA-BM005T 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 the ultrabook 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 is the NumPad 2.0 integrated into the touchpad. Its principle is to display a highlighted numeric keypad (retro LED) 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 UX425JA-BM005T which takes the opposite of the current trend. There is a USB-A 3.2 port , two USB 3.2 Type-C Gen2 (10Gbps) Thunderbolt 3 compatible 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 UX425JA-BM005T
The 10th generation Ice Lake processor will propel the Zenbook towards productivity. It is a low consumption Quad Core i5-1035G1 which gains a few performance points over its predecessors (i5-8565U Whiskey Lake / i5-10210U Comet Lake) and generally of the same ilk as its 11th gen successor, the Core i5-1135G7. Essentially, it fully supports common use (Web browsing, Office processing, video) and masters a few more demanding applications taking advantage of the multicore architecture (video editing, Photoshop, etc.). Opposite, the 8 GB RAMensures the minimum in system fluidity and for multitasking but know that the RAM is welded inside this Zenbook and therefore not upgradeable. To be taken into account if your use is greedy in RAM, for the next years.
The integrated graphics Intel UHD G1 is comparable to an Intel UHD 620 integrated in the processors of previous generations. It takes care of graphic tasks related to current use and can even support a few occasional games as long as they are not too demanding.
Now, a point on the autonomy which is rather decisive on this model since it should exceed 10 hours in web browsing via Wifi thanks to the high capacity battery (67 Whr). It is precious for nomads.
Finally, the storage is entrusted to a 256 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD , bringing its share of fluidity to Windows 10 and to the overall execution of programs, knowing that this comes at the level of capacity. If we count the space occupied by the system and by the programs, there is only about 200 GB of free space, enough to house a small part of your game library. For the rest, you will have to opt for an external or online storage solution.