Those familiar with the situation in the world of electronics know that the struggle between the two largest developers of mobile platforms Intel and AMD has recently intensified. Moreover, the latter company is now slightly ahead of its main competitors in several areas. New Ryzen laptops have made significant contributions to this process. One of them is the ASUS ZenBook 14 UM425I laptop. The novelty is based on a processor from AMD, although before that such a modification was equipped with an Intel chipset. Let's tell you more about everything.
Strict and progressive design
The model has the same style as the Intel platform. Weighing 1.22 kg, it has a small size: 32 x 21 x 1.43 cm. The last parameter indicates the thickness at the widest point. The premiumness is added by the presence of a small blued glossy chamfer and circular grinding on the top cover.
At the bottom, the developers have placed a large grill for hot air exhaust. It is not only beautiful, but also effective. Waste streams will go under the screen.
When the cover is opened, the keyboard rises slightly (thanks to the ErgoLift hinges) and locks at an angle.
This increases the air gap, which allows for a better supply of fresh air.
The body is equipped with metal inserts, which not only improves the design, but also allows better heat dissipation. It also brings the ZenBook 14 UM425I closer to MIL-STD 810G. He is not afraid of falls from low heights, vibrations, temperature changes. The build quality leaves only a favorable impression.
ASUS ZenBook 14 UM425I is equipped with a 14-inch IPS-matrix from CEC-Panda, a Sharp partner. The screen has a refresh rate of 60 Hz, resolution - Full HD. Thanks to the narrow (slightly protruding for protection) side bezels, the display occupies 90% of the panel.
Depending on the configuration, it has a brightness in the range of 250-400 nits. The matte surface of the screen helps protect against glare, increasing the perception of the image when working in the sun.
The manufacturer claims to have a color rendition of 95% sRGB. Therefore, the laptop is suitable for image processing.
In the upper frame there is a peephole of an infrared video camera with an operation indicator. It is used to identify the user. There are no other ways to secure access to the device.
Keyboard and ports
The input module occupies most of the bottom of the laptop. There are scrolling keys. The whole structure is solid and almost does not bend.
The "keyboard" buttons have a long stroke, respond confidently to pressing, and emit a slight sound when on the reverse. This will definitely not bother anyone when working at night.
The backlight has three levels, so it's easy to choose the one that suits you.
However, there are some minor ergonomic errors. The power button is next to the Delete key. They are so close that you can accidentally confuse them during intense work. There is some crowding due to the additional block, as a result Backspace is not located where we would like. The layout of the arrows also leaves a lot to be desired.
The laptop is equipped with a standard touchpad. It has an area made of glass sufficient for functioning. The buttons are separated and have a good response.
ASUS ZenBook 14 UM425I got five ports: two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (up to 10 Gbps), one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A (up to 5 Gbps), one HDMI 2.0b and a microSD card reader ... This platform only lacks Thunderbolt 3, which is found in Intel-based devices. There is a Power Delivery connector for charging, which can be used for other needs.
Not all music lovers will like the lack of a 3.5mm jack. We can only recommend them to purchase wireless headphones. The presence of an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 adapter with built-in Bluetooth 5.0 will help with working with them. to ensure a quality connection.
Performance and sound
ZenBook 14 UM425I platform uses AMD Zen 2 processor based on 3rd generation architecture and Radeon Vega graphics accelerator. The base frequency of the chipset is 2 GHz, but it can be increased up to 4.1 GHz.
The device has good heat dissipation, since the operation of the cooler is practically inaudible. The dynamics of its functioning increases only when there is a high load. At such moments, the upper part of the device starts to get very hot - where the processor and radiators of the cooling system are located.
This does not happen often, the fans quickly do their job and turn off.
The gadget received 16 GB of LPDDR4x RAM. The internal storage is also impressive - 1 TB. Therefore, the performance of the laptop is high, any programs and applications work quickly. Most of the toys will go to the ZenBook 14 UM425I without problems in any mode, most of them can be used at maximum graphics settings.
The sonic capabilities of the laptop are impressive. This is due to the downward-facing speakers. They are able to sound the composition of any genre.
The battery with a capacity of 67 Wh is responsible for autonomy. On a single charge at full load, it allows the device to function for almost 4 hours. A 65W adapter is used for charging. A full cycle takes about two hours.
The new ASUS product leaves a pleasant impression. She has a modern design, good filling, impressive battery life. The performance is excellent too. The developers have created a laptop without obvious flaws. It will surely become one of the most popular devices in its class.
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