We’ve found what appears to be the most advanced laptop for everyday tasks. ASUS ZenBook 14, with its miniature size, surprises with performance and energy efficiency.
ASUS ZenBook 14 2020 is a compromise option for those who are not enough 13 inches, and 15 is already a lot. Against the background of “classmates”, this ultrabook stands out with increased autonomy and serious hardware, which will be relevant in the coming years.
Appearance and ports
ASUS developers are doing well with taste. ZenBooks look stylish and relevant. The updated ZenBook 14 comes in two colors: calm gray and pleasant purple. Moreover, both are suitable for both her and for him – complete gender equality.
The laptop is very lightweight (perhaps the lightest in existence). And thin. At the same time, the case does not give the impression of being fragile and unreliable. Cool aluminum does not bend, connections do not play, everything is fitted and assembled neatly. ASUS certifies its notebooks to the military-grade MIL-STD 810G reliability standard – the devices are placed in extreme climatic conditions (high humidity, pressure, etc.) and tested under various mechanical stress (for example, vibration and even falls from a height).
The Taiwanese were able to fit five ports in such a thin case: two USB-C, one regular USB, HDMI and a microSD card reader. What else do you need to be productive? Especially nice is the fact that you can charge the 2020 ZenBook 14 from any USB-C charger – that is, now you only need to have one device with you and forget about the heap of wires in your backpack or bag.
The only drawback can be seen by those who do not want to part with wired headphones – the 3.5 mm “jack” has disappeared. But ASUS carefully put a USB-C adapter in the box.
Input devices and monitor
In the ZenBook 14 2020, as in all the latest lines of notebooks from ASUS, the ErgoLift hinge is used – when open, the laptop rises slightly and stands on one of the end faces of the top cover. This creates a comfortable angle for typing on the keyboard, and the cooling system works more efficiently. The developers also say that the speakers (they are located at the bottom and sides of the laptop) in this position transmit the highest quality sound – certified, by the way, by Harman / Kardon. The stereo system, of course, does not pretend to be home speakers, but the sound is really good, especially considering the size of the device.
One of the highlights of the updated ZenBook 14 is its keyboard. The keys have become a little larger, the designers have added “air” between them, now typing is as comfortable as on a desktop keyboard. The ZenBook 14’s key travel is 1.4mm. At the same time, they are almost silent.
There are also navigation buttons – they are convenient for working with tables and documents.
The touchpad – ASUS calls it the NumberPad – is wide and perfectly tuned to keep out movements. It has an adjustable backlight. It is convenient to type numbers, you can display a full-fledged calculator.
The 2020 ZenBook 14 features a 14-inch high-brightness, energy-saving display. It is good for everyday tasks – it reproduces colors adequately, does not glare, and has a wide viewing angle. There is a nice addition – using the proprietary MyASUS program, you can adjust the color temperature. By the way, the pre-installed “native” software deserves special attention.
“Native” utilities and autonomy
The Link to MyASUS function is particularly impressive. It allows you to “make friends” laptop and smartphone (even iPhone). The user can exchange files and links between devices, expand the ZenBook’s display by adding a smartphone. You can literally call from a laptop. The only limitation is that the phone and laptop must be within the coverage area of the same Wi-Fi network.
The already mentioned MyASUS program, for example, allows you to customize power modes in accordance with your needs and seriously save resources. For example, there are three modes of battery operation: normal and two modes of limiting the capacity – up to 60% and up to 80%. These limits help reduce battery wear. If you are often near an outlet and have the opportunity to recharge, turn on the “80%” mode. If you constantly work in the office or at home, the “60%” mode is for you. That being said, the 2020 ZenBook 14 has legendary battery life. In energy-saving mode, it can “live” almost a day without recharging. Easily withstands a working day (10-12 hours) in a medium load mode. At the same time, recharging up to 60% takes less than an hour. For extreme cases, there is even an emergency recharge mode from a power bank.
The 2020 ZenBook 14 comes with the latest Intel Ice Lake 10nm processors. This allows the new product from ASUS to compete in performance even with some premium devices. This is greatly helped by the graphics (in ZenBooks it is up to Iris Plus), which are much faster than budget discrete graphics cards.
Another feature of ZenBook 14 is SSD performance. The storage literally “flies”. The fact is that the laptop uses another development from Intel – Optane memory. It caches the files that the user most often accesses, due to which the speed of work increases significantly (by tens of percent).
ASUS ZenBook 14 in 2021 just got sleeker and more powerful. Coupled with impressive battery life, this is one of the best devices in its class (and some indicators are objectively the most outstanding). It is unlikely to be suitable for modern video games, professional video work, or motion design. But the device easily copes with the tasks for which the creators are sharpened – this is perhaps the ideal assistant for performing daily tasks, which you can always carry with you.
● Intel Iris Plus Graphics
● Intel UHD Graphics
14 “Full-HD (1920×1080) 16: 9
8/16/32 GB LPDDR4X 3200 MHz
● Intel Core i7-1065G7
1.3GHz (with Turbo boost up to 3.9GHz) Quad Core, 8MB Cache
● Intel Core i5-1035G1
1 GHz (with Turbo boost up to 3.6 GHz), 4 cores, 6 MB cache
● Intel Core i3-1005G1
1.2GHz (with Turbo boost up to 3.4GHz), 2 cores, 4MB cache
2 TB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD
256GB / 512GB / 1TB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x2 M.2 SSD
2 x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C (up to 40 Gbps)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A (up to 5 Gbps)
1 x HDMI
1 x MicroSD card reader