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ASUS updates its ZenBook 13, 14 and 15 laptops with better graphics

By Koh Wanzi - on 27 May 2019, 8:00pm

ASUS updates its ZenBook 13, 14 and 15 laptops with better graphics

ASUS ZenBook 13

ASUS today announced updates to its ZenBook 13, 14 and 15 notebooks, including a larger secondary display and more powerful discrete GPU options. 

The new ScreenPad 2.0 is now available on all the new ZenBook models. It features a larger 5.65-inch 2,160 x 1,080-pixel touchscreen and a new interface that is more intuitive to navigate. The interface was modeled after smartphone UIs, and the ScreenPad 2.0 will let you do things like refer to your notepad while you type up a report. 

It also comes with built-in utilities to boost productivity, like a digital number pad, Quick Key for one-tap automation of complex keyboard sequences, and support for handwritten inputs.

ASUS ScreenPad 2.0

Compared to the original ScreenPad, ScreenPad 2.0 offers more space to work with, so it should be easier to use as well. 

The laptops are equipped with ultra-slim bezels on all four sides, so they feature a smaller space footprint and a pretty impressive 95 per cent screen-to-body ratio on the ZenBook 13.

The ZenBook series has generally been known for its combination of performance and portability though, so the new laptops will be equipped with the latest Intel 8th-generation processors, options for NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics or even a GeForce GTX 1650, and up to 16GB of RAM. 

Here's an overview of their specifications:

ASUS ZenBook 13 UX334

  • 13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS display
  • Intel Core i7-8565U processor
  • 16GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  • 1TB PCIe SSD
  • 50Wh Li-polymer battery
  • 302 x 189 x 17.9mm
  • 1.22kg

ASUS ZenBook 14 UX434

  • 14-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS touchscreen display
  • Intel Core i7-8565U processor
  • 16GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  • 1TB PCIe SSD
  • 50Wh Li-polymer battery
  • 319 x 199 x 16.9mm
  • 1.26kg

ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534

  • 15.6-inch 3,840 x 2,160-pixel IPS display
  • Intel Core i7-8565U processor
  • 16GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
  • 1TB PCIe SSD
  • 71Wh Li-polymer battery
  • 354 x 220 x 18.9mm
  • 1.65kg

A range of different memory and storage configurations will be offered, so you can configure the ZenBooks according to your requirements. The ZenBook 15 will also feature a 1080p display, in case you don't see the need for the 4K panel. 

One thing that's missing is support for Wi-Fi 6, and the new ZenBooks make do with Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0. 

ASUS also pointed out the improved battery life on the laptops, partly thanks to the more power efficient ScreenPad 2.0. The secondary display no longer turns on the discrete GPU every time you use it, so it's no longer as battery intensive. 

On the cooling front, the ErgoLift hinge lifts up the keyboard to improve airflow (and also create a more comfortable typing experience). 

The Royal Blue color of the laptops is complemented by a distinctive Rose Gold trim bar above the keyboard. It's a little ostentatious, but it's a distinctive touch that goes well with the spun-metal finish on the lid. 

ASUS ZenBook 13

When it comes to ports and connectors, the ZenBook 15 is the only one that comes with a full-sized SD card reader, while the smaller models make do with a microSD card slot. 

I'll update once there's news on local price and availability.

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