Asus Zenbook 14X OLED - Full Review with Pros and Cons
Asus doesn’t hesitate to try all kinds of combinations. Ranging from extremely portable gaming laptops till slim and sleek business laptops. Asus has it all, what it lacked is a high end not so fancy laptop which is amazingly equipped and capable. Here they introduced the Asus Zenbook 14X OLED series which doesn’t shy to stand out.
This is a sleek and feature-rich laptop having a beautiful design. Available in 12th gen chips from intel; i5, i7 & i9, this review is all you need to know about the new comer from Asus. The model in review is the maxed-out variant. It has the Intel® Core™ i9-12900H Processor with up to 2.5 GHz of clock speed.
Build and Quality
This laptop is not really a head turner but is indeed a beautiful machine. The body is made out of metal which feels solid to grip. That can easily be accredited to the fact that this Asus Zenbook 14X OLED has a US MIL-STD 810H military-grade standard certification.
It has a weight of 1.40 kilos which is acceptable but a lighter weight can be expected for such a premium device. The thickness remains in check at 15.9 mm, again decent but not something extra ordinary. Where its due is finally a 180-degree rotating hinge which was a not supported in many other Asus laptops.
The is little to no flex and the keyboard raises up on opening the screen. That’s part of smart design. Overall, the Asus Zenbook 14X OLED clearly is a stand apart in terms of Build and Design.
Ports, I/O and Connectivity
Connectivity too remains quite conventional. There is 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 2x Thunderbolt™ 4 which supports display or power delivery, 1x HDMI 2.0b, 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, & a Micro SD card reader. Support for only one USB 3.2 is a disappointment but 2 Thunderbolt ports is also a thumbs-up.
The Asus Zenbook 14X OLED has a support for Wi-Fi 6E(802.11ax) (Dual band) 2*2 & Bluetooth 5.2 and hence the connectivity is not a problem.
For where it’s due, Asus has added plethora of connectivity options and Device management options through the pre-loaded MyASUS App. It has System diagnosis, Battery health charging, Fan Profile, Splendid Function key lock, Wi-Fi SmartConnect, Link to MyASUS, TaskFirst Live update, ASUS OLED Care & AI Noise Cancelling.
Keyboard –It is a chicklet style with 1.4mm key travel. This also has support for backlight which is obvious in this segment. Single coloured backlight hurts and a RGB one would have been better. Still a really good keyboard.
Touchpad –It is also big enough. It is precise and easily gets the job done. Asus has added Virtual NumberPad on the trackpad as it lacks one physically. Overall, a good Trackpad.
The Asus Zenbook 14X OLED is equipped with a 720p HD wide camera. And with AI features equipped mic the sound quality is good enough.
The stylus is also a cherry on cake, the laptop and stylus complement each other nicely.
This Asus Zenbook 14X OLED is equipped with a 14″ 2.8K OLED touchscreen display with a refresh rate of 90 Hz & 0.2ms response time. With a 550nits peak brightness, 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut, 1,000,000:1, VESA CERTIFIED Display HDR True Black 500, 1.07 billion colours, PANTONE Validated, Glossy display, 70% less harmful blue light, SGS Eye Care Display, Touch screen, with stylus support, Screen-to-body ratio of 92 %, it is the maximum one can ask for in a laptop display. One word, it is simply stunning.
The higher refresh rate and the OLED laptop is an easy recommendation for anyone who is looking for casual gaming and productivity laptop.
The Intel® Core™ 12th gen chips are good and mostly on par with 6 series Ryzen chips. The thermals are in check and extended usage does heat the Asus Zenbook 14X OLED a little bit. With that acknowledged, it is important to note that this device is not for gaming. This is a productivity aimed business laptop and casual games can easily be played.
The graphics unlike last time are the integrated ones i.e., Intel® Iris Xe Graphics, and this feels like a proper downgrade over the last generation. Hence, keep in mind that this is not suitable for extensive titles and should be evaded for a better gaming centric laptop.
The storage is a 1TB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 4.0 Performance SSD and has a read speed of up to 6500 MB/s.
The 2 down facing speakers are present with added Harman/Kardon & Cortana and Alexa voice-recognition support. It produces good sound output. Nothing extra ordinary but gets the job done. Good bass and treble with stereo surround make movie watching a good experience.
The Asus Zenbook 14X OLED packs in a 63 Wh battery inside which can be charged using Type-C 100W of charger which is bundled with the laptop. Given the efficient nature of OLED displays, this machine lasts easily above 8 hrs which is commendable.