[REVIEW] ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED – This is Premium Yet Affordable OLED Laptop

ASUS Malaysia has just launched its 2022 Zenbook series lineup from the exclusive special edition ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition, to creator-focus Zenbook Pro 16X OLED, Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED, and the mainstream Zenbook 14 OLED which we are reviewing today.

ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED
ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED UX3402 Specifications
  • Processor: Intel 12th Gen Core i5-1240P (12MB Cache, up to 4.4GHz, 4P+8E Cores) / i7-1260P (18MB Cache, up to 4.7GHz, 4P+8E Cores)
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Xᵉ Graphics 96EU (Up to 1.4GHz)
  • Memory: 16GB LPDDR5 4,800MHz RAM
  • Display: 14″ 2.8K (2,880 x 1,800), 16:10, 90Hz OLED Display, 500 nits, 100% DCI-P3, PANTONE & VESA Display HDR600 True Black
  • Storage: 512GB / 1TB PCIe Gen 4.0 SSD
  • Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 4 (Display & Power), 1x HDMI 2.0b, 1x USB A 3.2 Gen2, 3.5mm Audio Combo Port & microSD Card Reader
  • Connectivity: Intel AX211 Wi-Fi 6E & Bluetooth 5.2
  • Battery: 75Wh 4, cells Li-ion Battery with 65W Adapter
  • Dimension: 31.36 x 22.06 x 1.69 cm @ 1.39kg/3.06lbs
  • Colors: Ponder Blue (Intel i7) / Aqua Celadon (Intel i5 / i7)
  • Price: RM 4,399 (Intel i5) / RM 5,599 (Intel i7)

Here’s the FastView of the new ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED UX3402

New Looks

ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED New Design

ASUS has moved out from the iconic concentric circle ASUS logo on its back lid cover and features a more simple design and a subtle ASUS logo at the bottom corner. According to ASUS, this is a Kintsugi-inspired design based on traditional Japanese craftmanship incorporating ASUS’ new monogram logo adorns the lid. It offers two color options, Ponder Blue, which we have here, and Celadon Blue, a lighter grey.

ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED Back Cover

The aluminum-constructed Zenbook 14 OLED is robust and built to meet the MIL-STD-810H U.S. military reliability and durability standards.

ASUS also redesigned the ErgoLift with a cylindrical-shaped hinge that raises the chassis and tilts the keyboard upwards for better airflow and a better keyboard typing experience.

The display lid can be lifted open with one finger and opened 180-degree lay-flat for easier collaboration with a group of people around.

The thermal exhaust has now moved to the side instead of blowing into the display, as with all the previous ASUS Zenbooks.

Ports & Connectivity

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED is paired with a pretty complete ports array, a single USB A 3.2 Gen 2 on the right, while on the left, a full-sized HDMI 2.0b, a 3.5mm audio combo port, two Thunderbolt 4.0 (Power & Display) and a microSD card reader.

Connectivity-wise, Bluetooth 5.2 and Intel AX211 Wi-Fi 6E.

Keyboard & NumberPad 2.0

Sad to know that ASUS has removed the row of keys on the right side that placed the dedicated keys for Home, Page Up, Page Down, and End. The power button and delete key have swapped places, making sense as it’s a more natural position to hit the delete key. You will find a fingerprint scanner baked onto the power button for quick Windows login.

ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED ErgoSense

The backlit keys are spaced nicely and comfortable to type. I’m a big fan of the 0.2mm key-cap dish and fine-tuned key travel which ASUS called it ErgoSense.

You still have the ASUS’s signature NumberPad 2.0 large touchpad. It’s handy for those who need to punch a lot of numbers while retaining the touchpad function.

ASUS OLED Display

It’s a good move for ASUS to bring ASUS OLED as a standard display across all of its new laptops ranging from its affordable ASUS Vivobook to its creator-focus ASUS ProArt Studiobook. You get to enjoy an awesome-looking HDR display, with excellent colors reproduction, superb blacks, and contrast.

ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED Display

The taller 16:10 14-inch OLED panel offers a high 2.8K resolution, 100% DCI-P3 color space, PANTONE Validated, VESA Certified DisplayHDR True Black 500, and TUV Rheinland certified. It also has a smooth 90Hz refresh rate and a fast 0.2ms response time.

It also gets Dolby Atmos treatment paired with a beautiful display.

ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED Harman Kardon

Intel 12th Gen P-series

Moving on to performance, the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED receive a major upgrade including an Intel 12th Gen Alderlake P-series processor, speedy 4,800MHz LPDDR5 memory, and blazing fast PCIe Gen 4.0.

ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED Intel Evo

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED carrying Intel Evo certified badge, promises consistent performance while running on battery, instant wake, at least 9 hours of battery life, fast charging, and speedy connectivity like Wi-Fi 6.

I have benchmarked the laptop and here are the synthetic results;

Even though the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED is a thin and light laptop, it’s capable of handling light gaming on low settings and simple photo or video editing.

Battery

Packed with a large 75Wh battery and offers an average of 6 to 7 hours on normal work use and could stretch up to 8 hours with movie bingeing. The provided USB C PD charger can fuel up the laptop to 60% in just 49 minutes.

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ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED Review
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  • Built
  • Display
  • Performance
  • Features
  • Battery
4.6

Verdict

With a starting price of RM 4,399, the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED offers a pretty well-rounded laptop. It’s a premium mainstream thin-and-light laptop that strikes balances between performance and power efficiency. You will get the latest and best hardware for 2022 laptops, Intel 12th Gen EVO certified processor, LPDDR5 memory, a blazing-fast PCIe Gen 4, Thunderbolt 4, and a premium OLED display.