ASUS ZenBook 3 UX430UA: Premium practicality

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ASUS ZenBook 3 UX430UA

ASUS’ ZenBook series has been well-received by critics and consumers since its first outing. The top-of-the-line models get all the attention most of the time—and for good reason. But here we take a look at the midrange ZenBook 3 UX430UA to test its mettle and find out how exactly it holds a candle to its higher-end brother.

THE NUMBERS

Display
14-inch 16:9 Full HD
OS
Windows 10 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core i5-7200U, Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620
Memory
512GB SSD internal storage, 8GB RAM
Camera
HD
Connectivity
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, USB Type-C, USB 3.1, USB 2.0, microHDMI, SD, audio jack, fingerprint scanner
Dimensions
324 x 225 x 15.9mm, 1.25kg
Price
P59,995

The UX430UA is a 14-incher trapped in a 13-incher’s body and that’s absolutely divine. The screen is made bigger, and the bezel thinner, to make sure that the laptop doesn’t get wider in spite of the larger display. The Full HD resolution might feel limiting but it is mostly forgivable in small screens.

The ZenBook 3 UX430UA looks stunning despite the glossy coating. The body isn’t made of aluminum but plastic covered in aluminum sheets, and so it feels sturdy but tends to flex when put pressure on. It is, after all, P30,000 less expensive than the lowest variant of the Deluxe model available in the Philippines.

It doesn’t sport an Intel Core i7, but the 7th-gen i5 Kaby Lake paired with 8GB RAM does an impeccable job. Everything’s smooth and fast from boot up to launching programs and switching between windows. You can still play graphics-intensive games despite the integrated graphics card.

After a while, the bottom gets a bit hot but not too much. The keyboard feels warm, too, although not to the point of concern.

 

I don’t spend nine straight hours on the computer, but no matter how much I use the ZenBook UX430UA on Wi-Fi throughout the day, the battery keeps up well. Take note that I spend much of my screen time writing on Word and on Google Docs, browsing the Web, and playing video or music files.

It’s great that ASUS provides a port for charging separate from the USB Type-C port, other USB ports, and an audio jack. Nowadays, thoughtfulness in this regard is appreciated.

Speed says

The ASUS ZenBook 3 UX430UA is a beautiful, compact laptop that feels and performs more premium than midrange. Computing and battery power meets more than your everyday productivity and entertainment requirements, while the 14-inch screen in a typically 13-inch frame is an excellent bonus. This notebook doesn’t feel as sturdy and luxurious as the Deluxe edition, but you still get ZenBook quality and updated features in a much more practical alternative.

Review by Aritha Zel Zalamea
First published in Speed May 2017
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