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ASUS ZenBook Pro 14 UX480 review – the hottest 14-incher on the market

ASUS ZenBook Pro 14 UX480 review – the hottest 14-incher on the market

ASUS’s ZenBook collection has all the time produced a special breed of laptops. The newest and biggest from the model known as ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480. It is likely one of the first laptops outfitted with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q that we examined. Nevertheless, this isn’t the function that everybody is speaking about. It truly is the second display, which weirdly sufficient occurs to be a… touchpad as nicely.

In case you are accustomed to twin display laptops, you could know that the preferred iteration of the know-how is the contact bar contained in the MacBook Execs. Though it’s a genius function it has some downsides. Downsides that ASUS have coated virtually utterly with their “ScreenPad”. Let’s not focus simply on this futuristic implementation, although, as virtually every thing concerning the ZenBook Professional 14 UX480 screams premium. It has an exquisite display, in addition to a “gaming succesful” hardware.

Let’s see whether or not this small man is ready to compete with the confirmed competitors of MacBook Professional and the Dell XPS 15 9570.

You possibly can verify the costs and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/asus-zenbook-pro-14-ux480/

Contents

Specs Sheet

ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480 technical specs desk

Acer

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Show

14.Zero”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS

HDD/SSD

256GB M.2 NVMe SSD

Dimensions

323 x 225 x 17.9 mm (12.72″ x eight.86″ x Zero.70″)

Ports and connectivity

  • 1x USB Sort-C three.1 (three.1 Gen 2)
  • 1x USB Sort-A three.1 (three.1 Gen 2)
  • 1x USB Sort-A 2.Zero
  • HDMI
  • Ethernet lan
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 5.Zero
  • Audio jack combo audio / microphone jack

Options

  • Fingerprint reader
  • Net digital camera
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Audio system
  • Optical drive
  • Safety Lock slot

What’s within the field?

ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480’s packaging options the trippy box-in-a-box expertise. Contained in the second field (which by the best way is extra aesthetically-oriented) there are two compartments. One among them is for the laptop computer itself and the opposite is for the charging adapter. Along with the facility adapter, there’s a USB-C to RJ-45 adapter inside, as properly. Digging additional inside we will see that ASUS have been variety sufficient to incorporate a carrying/ protecting bag.

Design and development

ZenBook Professional 14 UX480 is among the highest quality notebooks that ASUS has ever produced. It’s physique is constructed solely from aluminum, therefore the load of 1.6 kg, thus making it isn’t one of many lightest 14″ laptop computer you’ll see available on the market . Nevertheless needless to say it wants to chill down a comparatively highly effective GPU within the face of GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q they usually have been capable of squeeze inside a 17.9mm-thick type issue.

Recently, increasingly producers begin to depend on a lid-opening design, that lifts the laptop computer barely from the world it’s positioned on. This manner they provide the cooling system an excellent quantity of breathable area. Whereas it’s fairly strong on the ZenBook Professional 14 UX480, it has a draw back. It renders the display virtually unattainable to shut with a single hand. You need to watch out to not throw it from the sting of the desk (we virtually did that, yikes).

Shifting on to the keyboard, which is clicky and quick to sort on. Nevertheless, the important thing journey is so brief, it virtually reminds us of Apple’s Butterfly keys. Along with that, it’s outfitted with a backlight with adjustable illumination ranges.

Subsequent, we now have probably the most intriguing elements of ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480’s design – its so-called ScreenPad. As you will have already figured it out it doubles as a second display. It’s shiny sufficient, has a glass cowl on prime and is arms down probably the most responsive touchpad on a Home windows laptop computer. Along with that, it has a few mods inbuilt. They’re structured within the type of a menu, which includes a Music Participant, Calculator, Calendar and a NumKey part. Furthermore, it has the choice to rework textual content in Microsoft Workplace.

And if that isn’t a robust sufficient purpose to assume that the ScreenPad is best than Apple’s TouchBar – right here comes the ultimate blow. The ScreenPad can be utilized as a second display. Sure, what you see on the picture under is Rise of the Tomb Raider, operating on the touchpad – hallelujah 2018 (and in case you are watching from the longer term – sure, it was an enormous deal earlier than we had flying automobiles, okay?!).

Width Size Peak Weight
ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480 323 mm (12.72″) 225 mm (eight.86″) 17.9 mm (Zero.70″) 1.60 kg (three.5 lbs)
ASUS ZenBook 14 UX430 324 mm (12.76″) 225 mm (eight.86″) 16 mm (Zero.63″) (-11%) 1.25 kg (2.eight lbs) (-22%)
HP EliteBook 840 G5 326 mm (12.83″) 234 mm (9.21″) 17.9 mm (Zero.70″) 1.45 kg (three.three lbs) (-9%)

Ports

ASUS have tried to place as a lot as they will, whereas sustaining minimalistic really feel on the similar time. On the left aspect of the gadget they’ve put a chargin plug, adopted by USB Sort-C (saddly no Thunderbolt help), a USB Sort-A three.1 Gen. 2 and a full-sized HDMI port. On the other aspect you possibly can solely discover a USB Sort-A 2.Zero, MicroSD card slot and an Audio jack. As we talked about earlier ASUS have included a USB Sort-C to Ethernet cable adapter within the field.

Disassembly, improve choices and upkeep

Accessing the internals of ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480 is comparatively straightforward. Nevertheless, an odd screwdriver gained’t do the job, because the screws are Torx-headed. Fortunately, there are not any hidden ones, so simply unscrew these 10 seen ones and also you’re all set.

The very first thing we see inside is a reasonably tightly packed hardware. The cooling itself is properly considered, as there’s a single lengthy warmth pipe cut up within the center by a two-fan meeting. This could present good cooling because the CPU and GPU are separated.

One other cool factor we observed concerning the cooling is that it has secret labels on the followers and the CPU plate. The primary two learn Shadow and Legend, while the latter one reads Iron Go well with. 10 factors for humor, ASUS.

Sadly, the RAM chips are soldered onto the motherboard. They’re situated simply beneath the M.2 SSD, which by the best way is the one storage slot on the pocket book.

Regardless of being solely a 14″ pocket book, ASUS has made good use of the area inside, choosing a 70Wh battery unit. We’ve seen smaller battery packs do nice with this CPU so, expectations are excessive with this one.

Show high quality

ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480 contains a Full HD IPS display, mannequin quantity AUO B140HAN03.5 (AUO353D). Its diagonal is 14″ (35.56 cm), and the decision – 1920 х 1080. Moreover, the display ratio is 16:9, the pixel density – 157 ppi, their pitch – Zero.161 x Zero.161 mm. The display may be thought-about Retina when seen from a minimum of 56 cm (from this distance, the typical human eye can’t see the person pixels).

ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480 has snug viewing angles. We’ve offered pictures at 45 levels to guage high quality.

As we already talked about ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480 has two shows – principal one plus the ScreenPad, which can be utilized as a second show. The diagonal of the ScreenPad is 5.5″ (13.97 cm), and the decision – 1920 х 1080 – principally the identical measurement and determination as an iPhone eight Plus. Moreover, the display ratio is 16:9, the pixel density – 400 ppi, their pitch – Zero.063 x Zero.063 mm. The display might be thought-about Retina when seen from at the least 23 cm.

The utmost measured brightness is 280 nits (cd/m2) in the midst of the display and 262 nits (cd/m2) common throughout the floor with a most deviation of 10%. The Correlated Shade Temperature on a white display and at most brightness is 6900Okay (common) – slightly colder than the 6500Okay optimum for sRGB. The typical colour temperature via the gray scale earlier than profiling is 7100Okay.
The ScreenPad is tremendous brilliant – 445 nits (cd/m2), and has an excellent 1100:1 distinction ratio.
Within the illustration under you’ll be able to see how the show performs from uniformity perspective. The illustration under exhibits how issues are for operational brightness ranges (roughly 140 nits) – on this specific case at 70% Brightness (White degree = 139 cd/m2, Black degree = Zero.19 cd/m2).
Values of dE2000 over four.Zero shouldn’t happen, and this parameter is among the first it is best to examine when you intend to make use of the laptop computer for shade delicate work (a most tolerance of two.Zero ). The distinction ratio is suitable – 730:1 (700:1 after profiling).

To ensure we’re on the identical web page, we want to offer you a bit of introduction to the sRGB shade gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start out, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the seen specter of colours by the human eye, supplying you with a greater notion of the colour gamut protection and the colour accuracy.

Contained in the black triangle, you will notice the usual colour gamut (sRGB) that’s being utilized by hundreds of thousands of individuals in HDTV and on the internet. As for the Adobe RGB, that is utilized in skilled cameras, screens and so on for printing. Principally, colours contained in the black triangle are utilized by everybody and that is the important a part of the colour high quality and colour accuracy of a mainstream pocket book.

Nonetheless, we’ve included different colour areas just like the well-known DCI-P3 commonplace utilized by film studios, in addition to the digital UHD Rec.2020 normal. Rec.2020, nevertheless, continues to be a factor of the longer term and it’s troublesome for right now’s shows to cowl that nicely. We’ve additionally included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colours that naturally happen round us every single day.

The yellow dotted line exhibits ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480’s shade gamut protection.

Its show covers 92% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (net/HDTV normal) in CIE1976.

Right here is the ScreenPad state of affairs, which seems fairly comparable.

Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimum colour temperature (6500Okay) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.

We examined the accuracy of the show with 24 generally used colours like mild and darkish human pores and skin, blue sky, inexperienced grass, orange and so forth. You possibly can take a look at the outcomes at manufacturing unit situation and in addition, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.

Under you possibly can examine the scores of ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480 with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Net design” profile (proper).

The subsequent determine exhibits how nicely the show is ready to reproduce actually darkish elements of a picture, which is important when watching films or enjoying video games in low ambient mild.

The left aspect of the picture represents the show with inventory settings, whereas the appropriate one is with the “Gaming and Net Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you can find the grayscale and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the show. On the 2 graphs under you’ll be able to simply verify for your self how your show handles the darkest nuances however needless to say this additionally is determined by the settings of your present show, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the encompassing mild circumstances.

Response time (Gaming capabilities)

We check the response time of the pixels with the standard “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” technique from 10% to 90% and vice versa.

We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 28 ms.

Well being impression – PWM / Blue Mild

PWM (Display flickering)

Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is a simple method to management monitor brightness. If you decrease the brightness, the sunshine depth of the backlight isn’t lowered, however as an alternative turned on and off by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these mild impulses, the sunshine/no-light time ratio varies, whereas brightness stays unchanged, which is dangerous to your eyes. You possibly can learn extra about that in our devoted article on PWM.

Fortunately, ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480 doesn’t use PWM to regulate the brightness ranges of its display. This implies it’s protected on this facet for prolonged durations of use.

Blue mild emissions

Putting in our Well being-Guard profile not solely eliminates PWM but in addition reduces the dangerous Blue Mild emissions whereas maintaining the colours of the display perceptually correct. Should you’re not conversant in the Blue mild, the TL;DR model is – emissions that negatively have an effect on your eyes, pores and skin and your entire physique. You’ll find extra details about that in our devoted article on Blue Mild.

Conclusions

Each of ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480’s screens have a Full HD decision, snug viewing angles, and good shade protection. Whereas the utmost brightness is among the principal drawbacks of the primary display, the ScreenPad excels on this facet. Nevertheless, on the constructive aspect, the primary show doesn’t use PWM to regulate brightness and is fairly shade correct, even at default settings.

Purchase our profiles

Since our profiles are tailor-made for every particular person show mannequin, this text and its respective profile package deal are meant for ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480 configurations with 14.Zero″ AUO B140HAN03.5 (AUO353D) (FHD, 1920 × 1080) IPS.

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Learn extra concerning the profiles HERE.

Along with receiving environment friendly and health-friendly profiles, by shopping for LaptopMedia’s merchandise you additionally help the event of our labs, the place we check units with a view to produce probably the most goal evaluations potential.

Office Work - screen profile

Workplace Work

Workplace Work ought to be used principally by customers who spend more often than not taking a look at items of textual content, tables or simply browsing. This profile goals to ship higher distinctness and readability by holding a flat gamma curve (2.20), native shade temperature and perceptually correct colours.

Design and Gaming - screen profile

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed toward designers who work with colours professionally, and for video games and films as properly. Design and Gaming takes show panels to their limits, making them as correct as potential within the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 commonplace for Net and HDTV, at white level D65.

Health-Guard - screen profile

Well being-Guard

THealth-Guard eliminates the dangerous Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the adverse Blue Mild which impacts our eyes and physique. Because it’s customized tailor-made for each panel, it manages to maintain the colours perceptually correct. Well being-Guard simulates paper so the strain on the eyes is significantly decreased.

All

Sound

ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480 has a Harman Kardon branding on its audio system. They supply clear and loud sound all through the entire frequency vary. Properly, at the very least for a laptop computer.

Drivers

ASUS is sort sufficient to offer the ZenBook 14 Professional UX480 with a preinstalled 64-bit model of Home windows 10. Therefore, all the drivers and utilities include it. Nevertheless, for those who ever have to obtain any future drivers, or do a recent set up on Home windows, you will get all the things you need from right here: https://www.asus.com/Laptops/ASUS-ZenBook-Pro-14-UX480FD/HelpDesk_Download/

Storage efficiency

Though it’s strongly area dependent, the NVMe SSD our configuration of ZenBook Professional 14 UX480 was outfitted with is SK Hynix BC501 with 512GB capability. It’s switch speeds attain from 1.64 GB/s Learn and Zero.87 GB/s Write. It’s esentially, twice slower than Samsung PM981, which is likely one of the quickest available on the market.

SSD mannequin (480-512GB variants) Max.Seq.Learn (GB/s) Max.Seq.Write (GB/s) IOPS 4K Learn IOPS 4K Write Latency Learn (ms) Latency Write (ms)
SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 512GB 1.64 Zero.87 10170 27922 Zero.035 Zero.031
Samsung PM981 three.41 1.88 12199 27961 Zero.040 Zero.035
LITE-ON CA3-8D512-Q11 three.18 1.66 9864 25136 Zero.171 Zero.Zero41
Intel Professional 6000p Collection 1.83 Zero.59 7792 28266 Zero.075 Zero.033
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G three.13 Zero.46 8425 29661 Zero.055 Zero.046

CrystalDiskMark – Max.Seq.Learn/Write; AS SSD – IOPS 4K Learn/Write, Latency Learn/Write

Battery

Now, we conduct the battery exams with Home windows Higher efficiency setting turned on, display brightness adjusted to 120 nits and all different packages turned off apart from the one we’re testing the pocket book with. As we anticipated from a ZenBook, it didn’t fail to ship.

Was it due to the beefy 70Wh battery or the blokes at ASUS have accomplished an excellent job optimizing? In all probability each, as a result of we have been capable of get 12 hours and a half of net shopping and 9 hours and a half of video playback. In case you are loopy sufficient to play video games away from the plug, the GTX 1050 Max-Q goes to empty your battery fairly shortly – from 100-Zero for 102 minutes.

CPU choices

The ZenBook Professional 14 UX480 comes with both the Intel Core i7-8565U or the Core i5-8265U Whiskey Lake CPU. Each of them have 4 cores and eight threads with the one distinction mendacity in barely greater clock speeds and a couple of MB extra cache for the Core i7.

GPU choices

GPU-wise ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480 is obtainable with a single choice – the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q.

Gaming checks

ASUS has made the daring choice together with a “Gaming grade” GPU inside this pocket book. Whereas it makes use of much less energy than GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti, it nonetheless produces fairly a warmth. This resulted in reducing of efficiency, the longer the gaming session goes.

cs-go-benchmarks

GTA-V-benchmarks

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Temperatures and luxury

Max CPU load

On this check we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The primary column exhibits a pc’s response to a brief load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a critical process (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is an effective indicator of how good the laptop computer is for lengthy masses resembling video rendering.

Common core temperature (base frequency + X); CPU temp.

Intel Core i7-8565U (15W TDP) Zero:02 – Zero:10 sec Zero:15 – Zero:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480 three.13 GHz (B+74%) @ 95°C 2.81 GHz (B+56%) @ 95°C 2.47 GHz (B+37%) @ 87°C
Dell Inspiron 15 7580 2.23 GHz (B+23%)@ 72°C 2.22 GHz (B+22%)@ 73°C 2.24 GHz (B+24%)@ 73°C

As you possibly can see from the outcomes above, the 2 tiny followers are dealing truly fairly properly with the Intel Core i7-8565U. What we like within the cooling set-up right here is the separation of the processor and graphics card to the 2 sides of the pocket book. This manner the producer was in a position to make use of successfully just one heatpipe, since as a consequence of convection the warmth is all the time pointing to the good spot of the copper heatpipe – the center half, the place the followers are blowing at.

Actual gameplay

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min)
ASUS ZenBook Professional 14 UX480 1441 MHz @ 80°C 1358 MHz @ 80°C

The robust outcomes from the CPU torture check carried over to the gaming exams. Nevertheless let’s not overlook that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q continues to be a gaming GPU and is designed eat a extra energy, therefore to supply extra warmth. That’s why you’ll be able to see an almost 80C on the die even after 2 minutes of labor. Whereas it’s a little an excessive amount of for a graphics card are nonetheless completely happy that it even made it to such a tiny type issue.

Gaming consolation

The IR photographs present us that just about the entire are of the pocket book is heated up, besides the center of the keyboard (coinciding with the followers). Whereas it’s regular for a tiny system to heat up like that, understand that in case you are a gaming fanatic, it will get a bit of heat to the fingers sooner or later.

Verdict

All the expectations right here have been justified. ASUS have produced top-of-the-line 14-inchers available on the market. Beast hardware, mixed with ZenBook software program expertise and inovative design are all the time appreciated. Particularly on this type issue. In reality, we have been so impressed by the overal image across the ZenBook Professional 14 UX480 that we’re prepared to forgive its minor flaws.

Maybe the most important from all of them is in regards to the show of the laptop computer – no, not the magical touchpad show – we’re speaking concerning the common one. Sure, it has nice colour protection and sure the colours are correct, and sure it is freed from PWM, however it’s simply too dim. Given the very fact it’s competing with MacBooks and XPSes there isn’t any place for compromises. Not solely that, however the distinction ratio is almost twice decrease than that of Dell XPS 15 9570.

The subsequent (and final) disadvantages hint their roots within the skinny profile of the ZenBook Professional 14 UX480. First, we have now the shallow keyboard, which is fairly tactile truly, though it has brief journey, and the second is the poor upgradability. You merely cannot improve the RAM, nor you possibly can put a separate SATA drive. Nevertheless, you’ll be able to nonetheless depend on that single M.2 port, plus it helps PCIe x4 speeds.

Lastly, with a view to repair the probably flawed impression, is the huge battery life this factor has. It might give you 12 hours and a half of net searching and 9 hours and a half of video playback. It is likely one of the greatest battery performances we acquired lately. It was to be anticipated, although, because of the 70Wh battery pack and low-voltage Coffe Lake CPU.

On the finish of this evaluation you’d say: okay guys, it’s clearly an awesome piece of know-how, why are you so harsh with it? Why are you nitpicking? Properly, when you pay a premium for a pocket book, you’d need every thing to be on level! As is the efficiency of the ZenBook Professional 14 UX480. If you need one thing extra – take a look at the 15″ model…

Execs

  • 12 and a half hours of net searching on battery energy
  • Lovely small type issue
  • GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q on board
  • Nice colour protection – 92% of sRGB (AUO B140HAN03.5)
  • It doesn’t use PWM to regulate display brightness (AUO B140HAN03.5)
  • Brilliant ScreenPad which doubles as a real second display
  • Makes use of its hardware at its max

Cons

  • The efficiency comes with a sacrifice – warmth
  • Poor upgradability

You possibly can verify the costs and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/asus-zenbook-pro-14-ux480/

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