For some years, PC manufacturers have been competing to make a Windows notebook that is better-looking and more useful than a MacBook Air. One of the clear contenders has been ASUS with its ZenBooks. Each generation has provided tempting design, lightness and features, with the UX390UA coming it at under a kilogram. The UX430UA, being a 14in model, isn’t quite that featherweight, but it still has plenty to entice.
The ASUS ZenBook UX430UA looks as great as previous models, with a brushed metal-look to the lid and (in the case of our sample), a stylish contrast between the dark blue of the chassis and black keyboard. But the internals are a pretty standard configuration for an ultrabook in this class. There’s an Intel Core i7 7500U, 8GB of DDR4 memory, integrated Intel graphics, and a 256GB SSD.
This makes it very similar to the Dell XPS 13. But the price at time of writing was also quite a bit lower than the XPS 13. Could this be the perfect 14in portable?
- Processor: Intel Core i7-7500U 2.7GHz, Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz
- Memory: 8GB LPDDR4 2133MHz
- Hard drive: 256GB SSD
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home
- Display: 14in (16:9) 1920 x 1080 LED backlit 60Hz Anti-Glare Panel with 72% NTSC
- Graphics: Integrated Intel® HD 620 Graphics
- Audio: 3W speakers
- Networking: Integrated 802.11 AC
- Power Supply: 3 Cells 50 Whrs Polymer Battery, 45W power brick
- Dimensions: Width 324 mm, Depth 225 mm, Height 15.9 mm
- Weight: 1.25 g with Battery
- Interfaces: 1 x combined headphone/microphone audio jack, 1 x USB 3.1 Type C, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x Micro HDMI, 1 x SD card reader
- Adapters included: USB 3 to Ethernet; Micro HDMI to HDMI