ideal for travel and freelance. Why is it better than the Huawei MateBook and Macbook Air?

What do we value in a laptop? First of all, lightness, compactness and long operating time without recharging. These three factors make the device mobile. They allow you to easily carry it in a miniature bag, use it anywhere and not think about where to find an outlet.

ASUS ZenBook 14 UM425 is designed primarily with these requirements in mind. It is one of the smallest 14-inch notebooks with light weight and long battery life.

Design: fits even in a woman’s handbag

Visually, ZenBook 14 UM425 follows the ASUS Design Code. A sleek Ultrabook with pointed edges and a DVD-style, fluted reflective lid. Body material – metal.

When closed, a gap forms between the panels. If you push down on the cover, you can hear and feel them touching each other. Visually, this is also noticeable – there is too much distance between the panels.

When open, the bottom panel rises like all ASUS notebooks so that the keyboard and touchpad are at an angle and the cooling system works better. The maximum opening angle is 140 degrees.

The dimensions of the laptop case are 319 x 210 x 14.3 mm, the weight is 1.22 kg. Compactness and light weight are pleasantly surprising. This is one of the thinnest 14-inch laptops around. The device is thinner than the M1-based MacBook Air (304.1 x 212.4 x 16.1 mm), one of the most popular ultrabooks, although it is slightly larger in size.

These chassis dimensions make the ZenBook 14 UM425 the perfect laptop for on-the-go use. It fits into a bag without any problems – it does not weigh it down and does not take up much space. This allows you to use it in a cafe, coworking space, at school, you can take it in your hand luggage and watch a movie on the way.

The hinge is loose. The laptop can be easily opened with one hand; you do not need to hold the bottom panel with the other. In general, the case is of high quality. The disadvantages include only a mediocre build, which visually cheapens the laptop. However, the quality of the case is a cost to make a laptop affordable. The Huawei MateBook lineup has a metallic coating, but its quality leaves much to be desired.

Screen: thin bezel, anti-glare

The ASUS ZenBook 14 UM425 has a 14-inch 16: 9 aspect ratio, Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and 250 nits brightness. The panel is not touch-sensitive.

The disadvantages include permission. However, Full HD screens are consistently found in laptops with a price of up to 70,000 rubles.

The brightness is low. For comparison, the MacBook Air on the M1 is 400 nits. However, even in high light conditions, the picture is clearly visible. The display is matt and therefore reflects poorly. In addition, it has an anti-reflective coating.

Usable area – 90%. The bezel is thin, although the Huawei MateBook range is even thinner. When open, the laptop looks modern and aesthetically pleasing.

Keyboard, touchpad, connectors, webcam: ideal for office use

At first glance, the touchpad is classic for a Windows laptop. It contains two alternative buttons to the left and right mouse buttons.

The trick is the NumPad button. When you press it on the touchpad, the ASUS NumberPad 2.0 numeric keypad appears. Convenient if you work in Microsoft Excel with tables, numbers and formulas. Units of ultrabooks offer a NumPad keyboard, ASUS engineers figured out how to integrate it while maintaining the ergonomics of the case.

The keyboard is located across the entire width of the bottom panel of the case, as was the case with the MacBook 12, there is no space for the speakers on the left and right, we will talk about them later. In terms of the set and size of the buttons, this is a classic keyboard. Key travel – 1.4 mm, standard for an office laptop.

Arrow buttons are classic for 2021. They are T-shaped – the left and right keys are twice as narrow as the others. The industry is abandoning the butterfly keyboard solution for the 2016-2019 MacBook.

The backlight is adjusted with the F7 key. There are four levels: in one it is off, in the other three it works with different levels of brightness. In high light conditions, it can be turned off in order to save battery, in the dark it is better to turn on the maximum brightness mode. Conveniently. From a design point of view, there are questions about the keyboard – when the backlight is turned on, the area under the buttons is visible.

The top row of keys is functional. They can be used to take screenshots, block the webcam, or open the MyASUS app. For greater convenience, icons are drawn on the keyboard to understand what actions each button is responsible for.

There are five ports:

  • MicroSD card reader
  • USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1
  • HDMI
  • х2 USB  Type-C 3.2 Gen 2

Of these, a card reader can be noted. For some unknown reason, manufacturers ignore it, although it is an indispensable connector for designers, photographers, videographers. You can take a laptop to shoot to watch the results on the big screen.

Webcam resolution – 720p HD. In video conferencing, the color rendition will be of high quality, but the clarity is not high enough.

Iron, sound, autonomy: surprised

The ASUS ZenBook 14 UM425 is powered by AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors and delivers versatile performance. We got a complete set for Ryzen 7 5700U with integrated AMD Radeon Graphics (operating frequency – 1600 MHz, memory used – 512 MB).

This processor is up to 23% faster than its predecessor Ryzen 7 4700U. Logically, the Ryzen 7 5700U has eight cores and 16 virtual threads, while the Ryzen 7 4700U has half the virtual cores.

In practice, the laptop does an excellent job of basic professional tasks. Video for 10 minutes in Full HD is rendered quickly, problems appear only when working with color correction and in high resolution (4K).

The amount of memory is 16 + 512 GB. This is enough to keep several applications open at once (photo editor, browser, instant messengers) and store a large amount of files without thinking about free space on the drive.

ZenBook 14’s audio system is certified by one of the world’s leading audio manufacturers, Harman Kardon. This means that the sound is crystal clear with the effect of presence when communicating via video calls or entertainment (games, movies, videos on YouTube).

The speakers are located at the bottom next to the cooling system. However, this does not prevent the sound from being sharp and clear, thanks to the competent work on the body and the location of the bottom panel at an angle.

In terms of autonomy, ASUS claims 16 hours of video playback. In practice, when actively working with text editors and surfing the Internet, the charge lasts for one and a half working days. The battery capacity is 67 W / h. Fast charging is supported – 49 minutes is needed to charge from zero to 60%, the laptop fully charges in an hour and a half.


ASUS ZenBook 14 UM425 is the perfect laptop for working on the go. It is great for carrying around in size, offers a card reader for working with photos and videos, and multi-level backlighting allows it to be conveniently used in different lighting conditions.

The disadvantages include poor build quality, however, this is a problem for all Windows laptops, until no brand has grown to the level of MacBooks. Performance is definitely not provided for professional tasks, although the laptop is not designed for them, it is a compact typewriter with support for basic actions, such as photo processing with elementary actions. For travel and work with constant movement, this is the optimal laptop with a reasonable price (70,000 rubles).

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