Asus’s Zenbooks are identified for being fairly light-weight and fairly reasonably priced. However the firm is including one other calling card to the road: OLED show know-how.
The brand new 14-inch Zenbook 14X OLED will probably be obtainable with both a 4K OLED HDR show or a 2.8K OLED 90Hz show. Given these resolutions, both needs to be a big step up in image high quality from the Zenbook 13 OLED, the ultraportable OLED mannequin Asus launched earlier this yr. That system has an FHD OLED show (which was nonetheless fairly vivid and shiny in our testing).
The Zenbook 14X OLED will cowl 100% of the DCI-P3 colour gamut and a 0.2ms response time. Asus claims it can emit “70 percent less harmful blue light than normal LCD”.
Display apart, the 14X weighs 3.09 kilos and is 0.67 inches thick — decently transportable, although there are thinner and lighter 14-inchers on the market. It may be configured with Eleventh-Gen Intel processors as much as a Core i7, in addition to 16GB of reminiscence and 1TB of storage. Port choice consists of Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Sort-A, and a microSD reader.
That every one sounds good, however the massive query mark is battery life. A high-resolution display in a skinny and lightweight laptop computer can generally be a recipe for catastrophe there, as we’ve seen time and time once more. The Zenbook 13 OLED lasted over 11 hours in our testing, which is superb, however that display has many fewer pixels to energy.
The Zenbook 14X OLED begins at $1,399.99 — much more than the Zenbook 13 OLED, which begins at $799. That’s not essentially stunning, given the 14-incher’s bigger and higher-resolution display.
There’s a convertible model of the 14X coming as properly — the Zenbook 14 Flip OLED. That mannequin has the identical decision choices, and its contact show helps a “4096-pressure-level stylus”.
The brand new launch follows Samsung’s announcement in January that the corporate would begin mass-producing 14-inch 90Hz OLED panels this yr. The brand new Zenbook could be the first of many 14-inch OLED notebooks to hit cabinets within the subsequent few months; Samsung didn’t launch a listing of companions on the time of its announcement.