ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 Laptop Review

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The ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 is a thin, sleek ultrabook that leaves little more to be desired. Up from Intel Core i5 and M series processors that are often found in ultrabooks, the ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 saw an upgrade to a 7th Gen. Intel i5-7200U processor. In addition to that, it houses a 256 GB SSD, a 13.3 Inch Full-HD IPS display, a wide port selection and a fingerprint reader. Its sylphlike design measures only13.5mm in thickness and 1.2 kgs, distinguishing it as one of the most portable ultrabooks in the market.

Its design mimics the ASUS UX360CA-AH51T that we recently reviewed here, with its spun metal aluminum unibody casing. The two bear a most deceptive facade of similarity, variance only notable on inspection under the hood. And what’s even more impressive is its price, falling below $700 yet having just as powerful specs as the Dell XPS 13-9360 and its predecessors. Find out more – ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 Review.


Pros

  • Powerful 7th Gen processor
  • Great FHD IPS display, with the available option of a QHD display
  • Decent port selection
  • Fingerprint reader available
  • Exceptional input devices; backlit keys with deep key travel
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Fan is on most of the time
  • Affordable priced
  • Lots of bloat ware
  • Does not allow USB-C charging

Verdict

Is an excellent, portable, mid-range performance device made available at a decent price. A great match for content creators, business people and students.

ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 SPECS


Processor7th generation Intel i5-7200U 2.5 GHz Processor (Turbo to 3.1 GHz)
RAM8 GB DDR3L
Internal Storage256 GB SSD
Display13.3″ LCD |Resolution – 1920 x 1080 (HD) | IPS panel | Anti-glare | LED lit
Touch ScreenNo
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 620 Integrated
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.1 | Integrated 802.11a/b/g/n/ac(2×2)
InterfaceMicrophone-in/Headphone-out jack
USB 3.0 port(s) ( x 3)
USB-3.1 Type C Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps)
Micro HDMI
Micro SDXC card reader
AC adapter plug
Volume up/down
Memory Card ReaderYes | Multi-format card reader
SecurityBuilt-in fingerprint reader with one-touch login via Windows Hello feature
Keyboard backlightYes
Integrated WebcamYes | HD camera
Optical driveNo
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
AudioHarman Kardon| ASUS SonicMaster Technology
Built-in Stereo 1.6 W Speakers And Digital Array Microphone
Battery4110mAh 3-cell Li-ion Battery | 57 Whrs Polymer Battery
Dimensions12.7 x 8.7 x 0.53 inch (WxDxH)
Weight 2.6 lbs | 1.18 kgs
Power AdapterInput – AC 100/240 V [50-60 Hz] || Output – 45 Watt, 19 V, 2.37 A
ColorMineral Grey
Warranty1-year International Warranty with ASUS 1-year Accidental Damage Protection

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DESIGN AND FEATURES


The ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 associates itself with the Zenbook design, bearing a spun-metal finish, with its Zen-inspired concentric circles, adorning. The rest of the chassis, ie. bezel, keyboard surround and base is adorned with a durable sandblasted-metal finish. Its dimensions are 12.7 x 8.7 x 0.53 inch and weighs only 1.2 kgs. Unlike the ASUS UX360CA-AH51T that has a 360 degree hinge, the ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 comes with ordinary hinges that open up to around 110 degrees. They however are strong and exhibit no wobble or play. ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 Review - MOGZTechAir vents are located on the sides, which is great since it prevents the fans from picking up dust and fiber from surfaces its placed on, and also averts chocking of the vents when placed on soft surfaces. Its actively cooled system depends on a fan for proper heat management. It runs silently, only becoming distinct when the machine is under heavy loading. If however fan noise is a real concern to you, you may consider the ASUS UX360CA-AH51T or Acer Swift 7 which are both passively cooled.

Input devices

The lid swings open to reveal a full qwerty keyboard with black chiclet keys on a silver background. The keys are pleasant to use and render up to 1.5mm of key travel, which is quite alright for an ultrabook. In addition to that, the keys are backlit, with the light adjustable depending on the user’s taste. And as is becoming common these days, the start button is located where the the delete button was formerly, on the upper left corner of the keyboard, and has an LED light that comes on when the machine engaged. ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 Specs - MOGZTechThe touchpad measures 4.1 x 2.8 Inches and is smooth and responsive, both offline and online. It supports up to 4 finger gestures as is presented on the user manual. On its top right corner is a fingerprint reader, for biometric user identification. On that point again, it allows you to sign in using Windows Hello, a new authentication feature on Windows 10, which employs biometrics login. This is a notable edge over its the Dell xps 13, HP spectre and Hp Envy 13 competitors.

ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 Review - MOGZTechDISPLAY


The most notable feature in any laptop is the display, and that is no different in the ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54. It is adorned with a splendid 13.3 Inch Full HD display with 1920 x 1080 pixels, and that also features an ultra-wide color gamut of 72% NTSC, 100% sRGB, and 74% AdobeRGB. Color and contrast levels are impressive, and is the characteristic of IPS displays, viewing angles are quite wide, beyond 80 degrees from the center of the screen. And with a matt finish, unwanted reflections and glare are kept in check

Aside from the Full HD display, there also is available the alternative for a QHD display with a difference of around $100 between the two options. QHD displays offer a resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels, a step up from Full-HD.

You must be wondering which one you should go for. Since technology changes are so rapid, it’s always better to get the best you can if its in your power to do so. That way, you won’t feel pressured to change your device in a year or so when other advances are introduced into the market.


Ports

In line with the thin and light theme of ultrabooks, it is not consonant with design arithemetics to have all the ports available in desktop replacement laptops being present in ultrabooks. The ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 while not having all the common ports, has all whats necessary without having to carry multiple dongles (check specs sheet above). While there is scarcely room for a full HDMI port, a mini HDMI port fit in just fine. With this, connections to monitors, TVs or projectors is no hustle.

The presence of an multi-format SD card reader is definitely a plus for video and photo editors.ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 Specs - MOGZTechPERFORMANCE


Processor

The ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 houses a fast 7th generation Intel i5-7200U with a Turbo clock speed of 3.1 GHz, slower than its rivals, the HP ENVY 13-ab016nr with an Intel Core i5-7200U (3.1-3.5Ghz). The 13 Inch Envy and the ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 shares exactly the same specs, save for the Envy having a slightly more powerful processor. Even the Dell XPS 13-9350 falls behind the pack on this.

For day-to-day use, the Core i5-7200U processor definitely suffices, going as far as handling light video and photo editing. To test its general performance, the ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 was subjected to the Geekbench test. It managed score above 7100, falling slightly below the Dell XPS 13 and Hp Spectre, but beating the Acer Swift 7.

ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 Review - MOGZTechBoot time is about 5 seconds, thanks to the Solid state drive it runs on. Transfer speeds average around 162 Mbps, which is slightly below the average in that category. Regardless, the solid state drive is definitely faster than a Hard disk drive, almost up to 3.2 times as fast.

RAM and Graphics

The ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 comes with 8 GB of DDR3 Ram, and 265 GB of internal storage. The RAM is soldered in, and there’s no extra slot on the motherboard thus no upgrade ability. The M2 SSD can however be upgraded to a maximum of 512 GB.

With integrated Intel HD Graphics 620, light photo and video editing is possible. Although some actions in Photoshop and Lightroom may run a tad slower.

Battery

The ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 is fitted with an inbuilt 57 Whr battery that lasts anywhere between 8-11 hours on a single charge. With extreme use such as when video editing, you can expect up 2.5 hours, 9 hours for moderate use and around 11 hours with light use (web browsing and work processing).

Unfortunately, the machine does not support USB-C charging. That is only possible via its 4mm diameter power adapter.

Audio

ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 Specs - MOGZTechThe Harman Kardon bottom facing speakers are located toward the front of the machine. They are controlled by the SonicMaster software and offers several pre-set sound profiles to choose from that optimize the sound quality to the user’s taste. Undoubtedly, ASUS did a great job with the speaker, making them sound far better than the often anemic speakers in many ultrabooks.

CONCLUSION


ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 Review

At this point, you’re most likely wondering whether to buy the ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 or not. When we go on a purely specs basis, the Asus Zenbook matches most of its competitors with only marginal differences is performance. Interestingly, it to retail at a significantly lower price than they do.

Other machines with similar specs and of the same caliber, worthy of your consideration include the Lenovo IdeaPad 710S , Asus Zenbook 3 which weights only 2.1 lbs, Dell XPS 13, Hp Envy 13 and HP Spectre 13 and Acer Swift 7.

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Edwin M

Professionally a Mechanical Engineer and a Tech Nerd at heart, Edwin is above all a passionate hobby guitar player and proud gospel music listener. He writes reviews of gadgets he would love to buy and recommend.