ASUS 13.3" ZenBook 13 UX331UN Multi-Touch Notebook (Royal Blue)

ASUS 13.3" ZenBook 13 UX331UN Multi-Touch Notebook (Royal Blue)

ASUS 13.3" ZenBook 13 UX331UN Multi-Touch Notebook (Royal Blue)

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Product Highlights

  • 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5-8250U Quad-Core
  • 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM | 256GB M.2 SSD
  • 13.3" 1920 x 1080 Multi-Touch Display
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU (2GB GDDR5)
  • MicroSD Card Slot
  • USB Type-C | USB Type-A | HDMI 1.4
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.2
  • Windows 10 Home (64-Bit)
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ASUS ZenBook 13 overview

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Measuring just 0.5" thin and weighing just 2.5 pounds, the ASUS 13.3" ZenBook 13 UX331UN Multi-Touch Notebook features a royal blue finish with a glossy coating. In addition to its ultraportable design, the ZenBook 13 also features a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

The 13.3" NanoEdge display features slim bezels for an 80% screen-to-body ratio. This allows you to fully enjoy the Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. You can also output to an external display via the HDMI 1.4 port.

The system is powered by an 8th Gen Kaby Lake R 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5-8250U quad-core processor. It also has 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, a 256GB M.2 SSD, a microSD card slot, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, USB 3.0 Type-C, and USB 3.0 Type-A. The Chiclet-style keyboard is backlit and there is also a built-in fingerprint reader that works with Windows Hello. Windows 10 Home (64-bit) is the installed operating system.

ASUS ZenBook 13

8th Gen Kaby Lake R Quad-Core Intel Core i5 Performance
The system houses an 8th Gen Kaby Lake R Intel Core i5-8250U processor. Its quad cores can reach a stock speed of 1.6 GHz. It can be boosted up to 3.4 GHz.
13.3" Full HD Multi-Touch Display
The 13.3" display features a Full HD 1920 x 1080 screen resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio, powered by a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The screen also has multi-touch support and a glossy finish.
Dual-Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.2
Featuring dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the ZenBook 13 delivers higher performance, broader coverage, and longer battery life than previous Wi-Fi standards. The ZenBook 13 also comes with Bluetooth 4.2 technology, so you'll be able to connect wirelessly to Bluetooth-compatible peripherals and accessories.
Design
The ZenBook 13 measures in at 0.5" thin and weighs just 2.5 pounds. It also features a 6.86mm slim-bezel NanoEdge display, which gives it an 80% screen-to-body ratio. The royal blue finish has a crystal-like glossy coating, which was created using a nano-imprinted lithography process.

Windows 10

Start Menu
After its hiatus in Windows 8, the Start Menu has returned. Utilizing a combination of the traditional menu system and Windows 8's Live Tiles, the improved Start Menu gives you more information at a glance, showing notification information alongside your applications and other pinned items.
Cortana
Microsoft's digital personal assistant, Cortana can answer your questions with information gleaned from both your device and the internet at large. You can type or even talk with her, if your system has a microphone. Using her Notebook, Cortana keeps track of your needs and wants, and she learns over time to improve her information gathering skills.
Microsoft Edge
After nearly 20 years, Microsoft has finally replaced its Internet Explorer web browser. With Microsoft Edge, users can write directly on web pages and share notes with friends and colleagues. It also improves the online reading experience by adding a distraction-free mode and read-it-later functionality. Edge also has built-in Cortana integration; you can have her help you find a restaurant, make a reservation, and pull up directions without leaving your browser.
Windows Store
For Windows 10, Microsoft has unified the Windows Store. Now, apps for PCs, tablets, and phones will all be accessible from one place. And with support for Universal Apps, one version of an app can work across all your compatible devices automatically.
Windows Continuum
Windows 10 was designed for a variety of screen sizes and input styles, and with its Continuum feature, it automatically adapts to fit your needs. A Windows 10 tablet on its own requires a touch-centric approach, but attaching a mouse and keyboard will shift everything to a more traditional interface. You can even attach an external monitor to your Windows 10 phone for a near-desktop experience. But it's not just the operating system; Windows Universal Apps take advantage of Continuum as well.
Xbox on Windows 10
Gaming is a big focus of Windows 10. Xbox integration allows for PC players to match up against Xbox One players on supported games, and if you have an Xbox One, you can even stream compatible titles to your PC. Native support for recording with the new Game DVR feature makes it easy to capture and share your gameplay. The new DirectX12 takes better advantage of multi-core processors, giving games a performance boost, even on older hardware. Windows 10 also features native support for virtual reality headsets, such as the Oculus Rift.
UPC: 889349936825
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ASUS 13.3" ZenBook 13 UX331UN Multi-Touch Notebook (Royal Blue)
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    ASUS ZenBook 13 specs

    Performance
    Processor Intel Core i5-8250U Quad-Core
    Base Clock Speed 1.6 GHz
    Maximum Boost Speed 3.4 GHz
    Total Installed Memory 8 GB
    Maximum Memory Capacity 8 GB
    Memory Type LPDDR3 SDRAM
    Graphics Type Dedicated
    GPU NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM
    Display
    Size 13.3"
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Touchscreen Yes
    Finish Glossy
    Drives
    Total Capacity 256 GB
    Solid State Storage 1 x 256 GB M.2
    Optical Drive None
    Input/Output Connectors
    Ports 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
    Display 1 x HDMI 1.4
    Audio 2 x Integrated Speaker
    Integrated Microphone
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack
    Media Card Slots microSD
    Communications
    Modem None
    Wi-Fi 802.11ac; Dual-Band
    MU-MIMO Support 2 x 2
    Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
    Mobile Broadband None
    GPS None
    NFC None
    Webcam User-Facing
    Battery
    Battery Chemistry Lithium-Ion
    Watt Hours / Type 50 Wh
    Cells 4
    Power Requirements 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
    Power Supply 1 x 65 W
    General
    Operating System Windows 10 Home (64-Bit)
    Security BIOS Booting, HDD User Password Protection, Infineon TPM Software Professional Package, Fingerprint Reader
    Keyboard Type: Standard Notebook Keyboard
    Features: Backlight, Chiclet Style
    Pointing Device TouchPad
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 12.2 x 0.5 x 8.5" / 31.0 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
    Weight 2.5 lb / 1.1 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.9 x 10.0 x 2.3"

    ASUS ZenBook 13 reviews

    13.3" ZenBook 13 UX331UN Multi-Touch Notebook (Royal Blue) is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Laptop Overall I needed a new laptop for school and I really wanted an ultrabook for it's portability but I also wanted to be able to do some light gaming like Fortnite. I was looking at the Lenovo 720s which is $150 cheaper, but every review complains about the fan ramping up when doing absolutely nothing, which is a no no for in class setting. So I pulled the trigger on this laptop and here are some of my thoughts after about a month with this laptop. Some Pros: Display:(4.5/5) It gets brighter than most competitors and colors are accurate enough where it would satisfy anyone, touch screen is also a nice add on too although I would have to point out that the hinge has more play than I would like so every time you touch the screen, it keeps bobbing back which makes me not want to use the touch screen sometimes� Build(4.5/5) Build quality is great, nothing lose and there's no area of this laptop that feels cheap, except for the keyboard, but I'll get to that later. And seriously, I don't feel any weight after this is in my backpack and it's great for being able to walk around school all day with this laptop. Keyboard, Trackpad, Fingerprint Reader:(3.5/5) Okay, so the fingerprint reader works flawlessly with no lag. The trackpad is also good, however I did notice sometimes it just freezes or just stops tracking for a few seconds. It's most likely a driver issue rather than the actual trackpad itself but still, gotta point that out. Now onto the keyboard... the layout is fine and it works but it just feels mushy and the key caps feel kind of flimsy. Not the worst keyboard out there, but definitely one of the major cons of this laptop especially since I use my laptop to write out papers and it would be nice to have a better keyboard that doesn't remind me how much it sucks to type out a term paper. Performance:(5/5) What can I say? the new 8th gen cpu's are such a huge upgrade compared to last gen. For every day tasks, you're going to be more than satisfied with the performance. The laptop is dead quiet unless you run games or anything intensive. The SSD works fast enough for me. Graphics performance with the MX150 is good, especially if you consider how thin this laptop is and how it has to push all the heat out. Although when you play games the fans get pretty loud but I guess that's a good thing knowing your fans work. Didn't really get the chance to benchmark many games but any MOBA titles are going to run perfectly fine. Overwatch on medium settings(1080p), I'm getting 60-70 fps average with the occasional dip to the 50's. Fortnite hovers around 45-55 fps on medium settings(1080p). Temperatures don't get too hot either. Battery Life:(5/5) Battery life is great, I get through 6 hrs of school with my laptop constantly on looking at slides, web browsing, watching videos, and I still have 30% left over. The longest I've went without charging was about 8 hrs but that was also with the screen brightness way up so overall, pretty impressed with the battery life. Speakers:(4.5/5) Honestly, really surprised with the speakers. It gets really loud and doesn't distort even at high volume. Amazing how good the speakers are on this thin chassis. Ports:(3.5/5) Port selection is decent, there's no thunderbolt or usb-c which would have been nice to see. Okay now onto some minor gripes. - Lid is a fingerprint magnet, and it starts to bother you every time you have to wipe it off. - Like I said before the hinge could be sturdier as it is a touch screen. Also I wish the screen was able to angle back more. - Webcam is atrocious, one of the worst I've seen on a laptop but I never use it anyways so not a big deal for me. Overall I'm loving this laptop and it is a great buy at $1000. If you're looking for a ultra light laptop than can do some light gaming, this is a great buy.
    Date published: 2018-04-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The choice you make after you weight all the options If you are looking into this machine, you are most likely looking for something that is small, good for traveling, and has decent specs. Good news, you are in the right place! The Zenbook offers all of these. However, there are alternatives out there. So why not go them instead? First of all there is Lenovo's Ideapad 720s line. The advantages are very simple to see. -Thunderbolt support -Expandable RAM socket However, the disadvantages aren't so obvious. -Single Channel RAM Means it's going to be slower and in some apps, a lot slower -Lenovo's aggressive thermal throttling Means you'll be lucky if the machine runs at decent speeds above stock. Reading into user reviews on forums around the internet reveal Lenovo is very aggressive with throttling to the point users report 4 core speeds of around 2Ghz. A far cry from 3Ghz + that users of other makers get on the same CPU. Overall, Lenovo machines are nice, but they are often gimped in some way. Being an owner of them in the past, I can attest to this. Moving on, Dell. Dell offers some very good arguments for a better laptop than the Zenbook. Both Inspiron, XPS, and Alienware lines have models that are nice picks. -Full RAM sockets -Thunderbolt 3 -Much better GPU (GTX 1060 on Alienware 13) But those come with some cons. -Weight These things are heavy. -Poor battery life Small batteries, high performance parts. Really don't expect much from these. -Heavy power brick Something to consider when traveling. It isn't just the weight and size of the laptop, it's also the size of that power brick. All in all, the Dell is the machine you want if you aren't worried about weight or battery life but want a small 13inch size. The only thing better is a Eurocom. But those are desktop replacement machines and aren't really great for heavy traveling. Zenbook overall, solves a lot of issues. With some unfortunate limitations. -Dual Channel RAM It may be soldered but CPUz does read it as dual channel. Big performance gain. -Higher TDP operation before throttling It will get warmer but, performance will remain higher. Zenbook users on forums around the net have noted ASUS gave it less limits despite it's tiny case. CPU clocks regularly get up into the 3Ghz+ range. All cores running close to 3.4Ghz is common. Where Lenovo heavily polices thermals, ASUS lets the machines run. -Weight It's light, very light. The power supply is also very small. More Apple like. This thing is a wonder for traveling light. Cons... -No Thunderbolt This is probably the biggest con to the machine. -Limited expansion options First thing I did was swap out the 256GB with a 1TB M2. But that's all you can do with the Zenbook. The 256GB drive is a Micron SSD with very so-so performance. I dropped in an MX500, which is another Micron drive. Performance is similar to the SATA MX500 drive. AS SSD Benchmark rates the 256GB around a score of 276. It doesn't score terribly in seq. Generally around 350-400MB. Better in write than read. But in 4k-64 it is completely outclassed by the MX500 which ultimately scores in the 1160-1170 range. You really won't notice much difference between the stock drive and a Crucial or Samsung. NVME drives you likely will see bigger improvements in responsiveness. You just need to weigh the cost and whether it is worth it to blow that kind of money on this little thing. Ultimately I deemed it wasn't necessary. -Fingerprints? This is really up to your preference. Asus gives you a cleaning cloth with the laptop. Frankly I don't spend all day staring at the pretty blue case so I don't care as much. Ultimately the decision came down to overall portability. My travels demand the most power for the size. Zenbook offered that. The only better option was the Zenbook Pro. Frankly, it had the real specs I wanted. Even Thunderbolt 3. However, it was $500 more and a bit bigger. Not to mention heavier. Instead of spending that extra $500, I got the 1TB MX500, a transfer case, and some other travel supplies. Still got money leftover. Will I miss not getting the Pro? Maybe. But I do most major work on desktops. Only needing something small for travel that I can maybe get in a game of Overwatch. Which, by the way, runs nicely. It's a 720-1080 medium effect machine for sure. Overwatch hits in the 50-100fps range depending on what resolution you set it to. Quite impressed by this MX150. For a 64bit chip, it's got spunk. nVidia has done well with getting performance this good on an entry level GPU. Hopefully this helps someone decide. Truthfully I was all set to order the Lenovo. Even had an order placed. But the deeper I dug into the performance throttling, the less I liked what Lenovo did. I canceled the order with them and ordered this. Will update this later as time goes by and I see how this holds up.
    Date published: 2018-06-12
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