Wednesday, July 29th 2020

ASUS Launches All-New ZenBook 13 (UX325) and ZenBook 14 (UX425)

ASUS today launched ZenBook 13 (UX325) and ZenBook 14 (UX425), which are thinner and lighter than the previous generation that offers power on the go with versatile connectivity. The compact four-sided NanoEdge display offers a 90% screen-to-body ratio for immersive visuals, with the option of an ultra-low power 1-watt display that maximizes battery life. The user experience is also fully updated, featuring ASUS NumberPad 2.0, up to 22 hours battery life, a new edge-to-edge keyboard design, ErgoLift hinge mechanisms, and IR cameras for fast face-recognition. It's also equipped with the latest 10th Generation Intel Core processor and up to 8 GB RAM, up to 512 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs, and the latest WiFi 6 (802.11ax) for a faster and smoother performance.

The latest ZenBook Classic series offers two screen sizes. There's the ultralight ZenBook 13 for the ultimate travelers and the Zenbook 14 for those who prefer a larger screen. Both models are designed for effortless portability and a compact and elegant all-metal chassis that's a mere 13.9 mm thin. ZenBook 13 and 14 are also power efficient and a perfect match for today's on-the-go lifestyle.
The stylish new design of ZenBook 13 and 14 is enhanced by two new timeless color options. Pine Grey is a glossy shade that professionally stands out and features a special off-center version of the iconic ZenBook spun-metal finish. Lilac Mist embodies a subtle touch of high-end luxury with its elegant and modern matte shade. A great match for the classic ZenBook spun-metal finish.

Unrivaled I/O
ZenBook 13 and ZenBook 14 are the thinnest laptops in their class to offer uncompromised I/O capabilities. Both laptops are just 13.9 mm thin but uniquely for its size it still includes full-size HDMI and USB Type-A ports, two high-speed Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, and a microSD card reader for easy mobile data transfer. No other current 13.3-inch or 14-inch laptop offers all these I/O ports in such a thin design.

The two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports - with their convenient any-way-up connectors - support fast charging, up to two 4K UHD external displays for an expanded visual workspace, and up to 40 Gbps data speeds for ultrafast file transfers.

ZenBook 13 and 14 also support the new ASUS USB-C Easy Charge feature, which allows them to be conveniently charged from a wide range of standard USB-C chargers. USB-C Easy Charge allows users to enjoy ultrafast charging with any USB-C Power Delivery-certified charger, such as the bundled 65-watt charger, or charge at slower rates when wall sockets are unavailable using airline chargers, portable chargers or power banks.

Ergonomic design
ZenBook 13 and ZenBook 14 have bright and clear four-sided NanoEdge displays, with slim bezels that create a 90% screen-to-body ratio for a more immersive viewing experience. An optional low-power 1-watt display delivers 450 nits of brightness, while maximizing battery life.

The new edge-to-edge ergonomic keyboard design increases the size of the keyboard for a more comfortable typing experience. It also creates space for an extra set of useful function keys at the right-hand side of the keyboard. For typing comfort, the ErgoLift hinge automatically tilts the keyboard to the optimum typing angle when the lid is opened. This action also creates space under the laptop for extra cooling airflow.

For easy data entry, there's the ASUS NumberPad 2.0, which is a dual-function touchpad with an integrated LED-illuminated full-size numeric keypad. Simply tapping the icon on the touchpad turns the NumberPad on and off.

An integrated infrared (IR) camera located on the top bezel makes password-free face login fast and easy with Windows Hello. It also works in dim lighting conditions, which makes accessing the ZenBook 13 and 14 easier and faster in various settings.

Superb performance
ZenBook 13 and ZenBook 14 harness the power of the latest 10th Generation Intel Core processors - all the way up to the Core i7 series. These processors deliver faster, smoother, and more responsive performance than the previous generation. They are paired with up to 8 GB of high-speed RAM to help users do their daily tasks.

The laptops also have some of the fastest solid-state storage available, with up to 512 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs. With the latest WiFi 6 (802.11ax) users can enjoy wireless speeds that are up to 3X faster than WiFi 5, with 4X more network capacity and up to 75% lower latency.

Availability and Pricing
ASUS ZenBook 13 (UX325) and ZenBook 14 (UX425) is now available at MSRP $799.99 USD and $899.99 USD.
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6 Comments on ASUS Launches All-New ZenBook 13 (UX325) and ZenBook 14 (UX425)

#1
Yttersta
These reminded me of the legends that were Sony Vaio Pro 11 and 13. Of course the biggest advantage Sony had back then, for me, was the option to add a full size second battery. Easily had 20 hours of full use battery life on a 4200U on Linux. Hopefully these will be as good, as I simply haven't found a replacement to my Vaio Pro 11 still.
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#2
Vya Domus
Come on it's 2020, still just 8 GB of RAM ?
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#3
TheLostSwede
Vya Domus
Come on it's 2020, still just 8 GB of RAM ?
LPDDR4x is expensive...
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#4
jeremyshaw
Yttersta
These reminded me of the legends that were Sony Vaio Pro 11 and 13. Of course the biggest advantage Sony had back then, for me, was the option to add a full size second battery. Easily had 20 hours of full use battery life on a 4200U on Linux. Hopefully these will be as good, as I simply haven't found a replacement to my Vaio Pro 11 still.
Ah, for me, it's the Vaio S13 (predecessors of the Pro 13, with an extra Nvidia dGPU :D). Only ~10 hours of battery life (internal + slice battery), but it maintained that for almost 7 years before the display finally gave out :(.

The current Vaios are a rather sad and pale comparison, against the legacy of Vaios past. They are trying to get away with 36Whr batteries in their 14" laptops nowadays, lol.
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#5
Nephilim666
There's something unsettling about a "zen"book running Intel CPUs. Especially with how much better Ryzen 4000 is right now.
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#6
TheTechGuy1337
The ram is on board meaning soldered on the mobo. This has always been my biggest complaint with zenbooks. If it had a 16gb option then it would be my go to laptop, but no upgrade path is useless.
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