If you make weight a decisive factor in the purchase of your future laptop PC, then look to the side of the Asus ZenBook UX435EAL-BM023T. Ultralight (980 grams), this 14-inch gray-tinted ultrabook features a small size and a productive architecture that is responsible for meeting the needs of the greatest number of office and multimedia (no 3D or gaming) with its Core i7 Quad Core with integrated Iris Xe for graphics, a fast SSD storage of 512 GB and its good amount of RAM (16 GB). The target here is definitely nomads who need a machine that goes everywhere but elegant, compact and responsive for all kinds of work, especially as the amenities are interesting: bright and anti-reflective screen, recent connectivity with Wifi ax (Wifi 6) and TB4, infrared webcam, NumPad, backlit keyboard and autonomy of approximately 10 hours. A reproach to make? Maybe its heating when you push the use.
Specifications of the Asus Zenbook UX435EAL-BM023T
|Screen (s)||14 “Full HD IPS 100% sRGB 400nits thin edges (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake (2.8 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||16 GB (soldered) LPDDR4X 4266 MHz|
|Graphic card||Intel Iris Xe Graphics|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|Connectivity||1 USB 3.2 2 USB 4 Type-C Thunderbolt 4, HDMI, microSD|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Numeric keypad||Yes, virtual via NumPad|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via IR webcam|
|Audio system||2 Harman Kardon speakers, SonicMaster|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||10 hours / Li-ion 3 cells 63Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||980 g / 319 x 201 x 15.6|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the Asus ZenBook UX435EAL-BM023T
Before talking about design, it is important to mention the measurements of this Asus Zenbook UX435EAL. Indeed, this is what distinguishes it from the Zenbook UX435EA, the letter “L” being added to the reference meaning “Light” (light) or “Ultralight” as Asus calls it. Thus, our ZenBook UX435EAL-BM023T weighs only 980 grams on the scale , a very small weight that will go unnoticed in your bag. The thinness of the chassis has also gained a little more than 1mm compared to the UX435.
The Asus ZenBook UX435EAL-KC055T takes the design of the latest Zenbooks with its gray color (Pine Gray) and a significantly more angular silhouette. The look remains very simple and discreet, while not forgetting the aesthetic signature of the series, namely the circular pattern on the back of the cover which converges on the logo. We are of course always dealing with an all-metal case on the outside (plastic inside). The keyboard is backlit in several shades to highlight the white lettering.
The screen arouses an impression of interesting immersion thanks to a record screen occupancy ratio of 92%. The result is visible on all four sides with a special mention for the lower edge of only 3.3mm. Asus also managed to keep the webcam high (6.1m) while not breaking the balance of the frame. In addition, 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 and the good colorimetry specific to the IPS panel.while the anti-glare finish fights against glare in strong ambient light, a plus for comfort. Another important detail, the brightness is important (400 nits) and the screen covers 100% of the sRGB colors for those who retouch the image a little.
Distributed on each side of the chassis, the connections are attractive by providing both modern and classic ports. There is a single full-size USB 3.2 port as well as two versatile and state-of-the-art Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C ports as well as an HDMI 2.0 output and a microSD card reader. For the Windows Hello connection, the infrared webcam with recognizable facial features provides instant authentication. Note that the wireless modules benefit from the latest Wifi 6 (802.11 ax) and Bluetooth 5.0.
Another welcome feature on this Zenbook, the Number Pad presented here in version 2.0 . Its principle is to display a virtual numeric keypad in highlighted (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.
Performance, autonomy of the Asus ZenBook UX435EAL-BM023T
The ZenBook UX435EAL-BM023T is powered by an 11th generation Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 Quad Core processor which inherits a higher TDP than previous generations, 28W against 15W for the Core i7-1065G7 and Core i7-10510U. 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 since these are missions that only commit very few resources, the difference between the generations is not noticeable. Opposite, the RAM provides for 16 GB RAM, an important total for multitasking which allows the coming years to come with confidence.
Even more interesting here, the arrival of the new integrated graphics chip Iris Xe . Thanks to it, Intel is back in the race against AMD but also and above all 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.
For its part, the storage is entrusted to a 512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD which will bring a welcome dose of responsiveness to the system. Compared to a standard mechanical hard drive, is is quieter, more robust and energy efficient, and allows Windows to achieve remarkable fluidity with short load times and zero latency execution. What’s more, its capacity is nothing short of ridiculous and can accommodate a good chunk of your game library although some may not find it sufficient.
Let’s finish with a point on 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 (63 Whr). It is about the right average for mobility.