The new ZenBook 13 is a solidly-built laptop, and it’s display is stunning. Asus has also addressed one of my long-standing complaints with their laptops, i.e. audio quality, and the introduction of a powerful new AMD Ryzen CPU takes care of any power and battery life issues that I might have had.
My review unit was specced as follows:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700U (8-cores / 16-threads)
GPU: 8-core AMD Radeon Graphics
RAM: 16 GB DDR4
Storage: 1 TB SSD
Display: 13-inch FHD OLED @ 60 Hz
Connectivity includes a single USB-A port, 2x USB-C ports, a microSD card slot, and an HDMI port. A USB-C to 3.5 mm audio adapter is included with the package, and the laptop supports Windows Hello Face Unlock via a built-in IR camera and webcam combo.
I find macOS to be a much better laptop OS than Windows 10, and MacBooks – especially the new M1-based ones – run rings around Intel’s and AMD’s best low-power chips. And when it comes to display and audio quality, Apple’s devices are second to none.
While there’s nothing that can be done about Windows 10, there’s a lot that can be done in the hardware department. Asus, with its ZenBook 13 UM325U, now has me seriously considering a change of camp.
The ZenBook 13 is one of the best looking Ultrabooks I’ve used, and it feels as solidly built as a MacBook.