The ASUS Zenbook UX330UA-AH54 is a superb desktop-replacement laptop with a sturdy Kaby Lake Core i5 processor, a rapid SSD as well as good overall performance, all these for far much less than the rivalry.
Advantage: Sleek design. Extensive battery life. Strapping productivity performance.
CONS: No Ethernet port.
At quick look, the 13.3-inch ASUS Zenbook UX330UA-AH54 (2016 Quartz Grey) virtually looks alike to the well-reviewed ASUS Zenbook UX305UA-AS51, and it has the same wonderful design. But in the interior, it’s a different story. The UX330UA-AH54 look like the Dell XPS 13, MacBook Air as well as HP Spectre with an improve seventh-generation Intel Core i5 processor (Kaby Lake), 8GB memory with 256GB SSD; which is a remarkable upgrade from the prior iteration’s Intel “Skylake” Core i5 processor. It doesn’t quite better than the Asus ZenBook 3, our up to date top pick for high-end desktop-replacement laptops on largely performance as well as build quality, but with a price that’s hard to beat, it’s surely worth considering.
Design and Features
The Asus UX330UA-AH54 maintains the unique features of all Zenbooks:–a thin plus light build premium aluminum chassis, rounded corners as well as concentric circle patterns on the lid with a stunning centered Asus’ silver logo. ASUS Zenbook UX330UA-AH54 is a system’s matte-silver finish that is fingerprint defiant. All these features make it look very much like the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display. It measures 0.5 by 12.7 by 8.7 inches (HWD) also weighs 2.6 pounds (9 ounces lighter than the Asus UX305UA-AS51), furthermore the chassis has been made thinner. The laptop has the same relaxed keyboard, carbon fiber keyboard deck, with one-piece touchpad.
Basically, to have a thinner chassis you need to do with a few concessions. Here the number of full-size USB ports has dropped from three to two – one on every side. The full-sized HDMI port has also dropped, and in its place, there is a micro-HDMI port on the right side of the system. Most people will find the USB 3.1 Type-C connector valuable, as it allows you power peripherals such as USB monitors in addition to other storage gadgets autonomously. Also included is an SD card reader along with a 3.5mm headset jack, even though an Ethernet port is completely omitted. Wireless abilities include 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 4.1.
ASUS Zenbook UX330UA-AH54 is encircled by half-inch bezel; the 13.3-inch knob-touch screen is bright as well as crisp, credit to an LED-backlit matte panel amid Full HD (1,920-by-1,080) resolution. The screen is additionally boosted by the IPS technology, together with wide viewing angles (up to 178 degrees) with color gamut of 72%, this makes it a remarkable panel that you can comfortably use for longer periods without eye sprain. 4K screen are now of high standard for high-end desktop-laptops akin to the Dell XPS 15. However the Full HD is still very good for daily computing requirements. Nevertheless, if you’re into media creation, then a 4K panel is preferably as they show more perfect colors. Moreover, the display should be sufficient for enthusiast-level digital photography along with video.
The backlit keyboard of ASUS Zenbook UX330UA-AH54 laptop has square, chiclet-style keys, although there isn’t sufficient room on the right side of the deck not even for a small number pad. The keys provide moderately shallow travel, except that they are eventually comfy to type on. The large silver touchpad right below the keyboard has incorporated left- with right-click buttons, which are silky as well as responsive.
The 8GB of memory with 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) are the same to what you get on the Acer Swift 7, the HP Spectre 13, the MacBook Pro, with the earlier two versions of the XPS 13 Touch. The Asus ZenBook 3 comes with dual the memory and storage respectively. But the combo here appears to be the current sweet spot amid price as well as usability for a midrange or high-end ultraportable. As a result, it gives you enough RAM to keep a few apps with dozens of browser windows open concurrently, with plenty storage space to house most of your everyday programs, in addition to your projects or movies.
The Zenbook UX330UA-AH54 is well outfitted with a 2.5GHz Intel (Kaby Lake) Core i5-7200U processor and 8GB of RAM, with Intel HD graphics. It is noteworthy to state that the seventh-generation processor is the newest release and it does crunch number well with sturdy performance. This ASUS Zenbook UX330UA-AH54 adds some much-needed performance, in addition to quite significant extra battery life, which was a breaking point of the preceding ZenBook models. Actually what’s truly striking about this laptop is how ASUS managed to fit in a Sky Lake processor with gobs of memory in such a miniature machine. Surprisingly, the processor discharges speeds of between 2.5GHz along with 3.1GHz, united with 8GB memory; it’s good to go for most day-to-day computing requirements.
All these amazing features give the ZenBook AH54 sufficient muscle to close-in on systems such as the Apple MacBook, Dell XPS 13 Touch, as well as HP Spectre 13. By mere Looking at it, the MacBook is still stuck with dawdling m3 with m5 CPUs as well as a maximum of 8GB RAM. We look forward that Apple might pep up it shortly, now that we have the latest seventh-generation CPUs filtering into the market, however as it stands now, ASUS ZenBook 3 wins the spec battle among its rivals in the market.
HD graphics is intergraded on the Zenbook UX330UA-AH54, usual to midrange ultraportables, which don’t offer much room for 3D gaming. Although the ZenBook’s Kaby Lake processor is eventually higher than their forerunners, and together with a double-channel RAM, the performance is the same with most devoted lower mid-range graphics cards. To be precise, the UX330UA’s gaming capabilities are restricted. At low resolution as well as low to medium quality settings, you can effortlessly run games; especially games that do not strain the hardware so much. It was tested with hardware-hungry titles such as the Witcher 3 and the frame rates were not anything close too well.
If you are looking for midrange gaming, you might have to consider the ASUS K501UX which comes with a devoted NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M gaming graphic card, or the Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK, credit to its powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 graphic card. The Zenbook AH54’s gaming capacity is on par with Apple MacBook Air 13-inch as well as the Dell XPS 13 Touch, although with somewhat negligible differences since none of the three laptops can run high-end 3D games efficiently.
ASUS Zenbook UX330UA-AH54 battery life is fantastic. Credits to its 57-Whrs polymer battery pack, it lasted 11 hours and 43 minutes on our rundown test, beating the Dell XPS 15 Touch (9550) (5:56) as well as the MacBook Pro 15-Inch Retina Display (2014) (8:55). The device may weigh more than the svelte ultraportables, save for it lasts nearly 6 hours longer than most contending laptops. It is highly advantageous that this laptop can last a full work day, and more. Extremely beneficial for road warriors
The ASUS Zenbook UX330UA-AH54 is without doubt a high-end desktop replacement laptop with great Intel “Kaby Lake” Core i5 processor, an amazing crisp Full HD screen, abundance of networking options, fantastic battery life, with strong performance. Although it doesn’t stand out like its predecessor the ASUS Zenbook UX305UA-AS51 did at the time, in fact due to the rivalry for more powerful systems like the ZenBook 3, Acer Swift 7 as well as Dell XPS 13 in the same class. The Asus Zenbook 3 still remains our Editors Top choice premium ultraportable laptop. Credit to its: speedy, lasting, slender, extremely light weight, good-looking screen, good aesthetics as well as strong build quality. However the UX330UA is a best option if you’re really on a budget but needs a powerful laptop that will last all day long.