It seems like decades later, Windows laptop manufacturers realized that people didn’t need narrow stripe screens. More and more often, models with an aspect ratio of 16:10 are coming out, which is much more convenient to work on.
This year ASUS went even further and released ZenBook S UX393 with a screen of 14 inches and an aspect ratio of 3: 2.
The benefits of the new format are simple: more convenient interface programs when working with photos or graphics and more spacious contentthat is not clamped in a narrow visible field.
Below in the review I figured out in which scenarios the solution will be useful, and in which not. And what can this laptop, claiming to be “top-rated”, give in addition to the unusual aspect ratio.
Looks elegant, the ports are almost not offended
The ZenBook S UX393 is well built and looks expensive. Copper accents on the edges add status to the device, while thin screen bezels heighten the effect. With a thickness 15.7 mm he weighs only 1.35 kg.
Due to the unusual ratio, the laptop is compact, and in the hands it feels dense and durable, as if every centimeter of free space was used inside.
We had a deep emerald blue model. The lid is elegant as always: a metal surface with concentric circles around the logo. The solution has one drawback – the surface collects prints quickly.
All the necessary ports are located on the side faces: two USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 support and charging, one USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 full connector HDMI 1.4 and memory card slot microSD.
The microSD port does not have a spring mechanism, and the card itself comes out slightly from the case. Considering that this is a miniature version, there shouldn’t be any problems.
We just didn’t find a place for audio output, but who is using it now? Now something else is more important.
Confused LCD screen with OLED
IN ZenBook S UX393made 8 GB panel installed ratio 3: 2 and resolution 3300 x 2200.
Each screen is calibrated at the factory to be Pantone certified for a comfortable experience.
During the first week of use, I thought it was OLED, and I was very surprised that it was actually an LCD matrix. Apparently, I thought so due to the fact that here 133% sRGB coverage and 100% DCI-P3, high contrast and deep blacks.
At the same time, the delay in switching the color here is slightly more than average (38 ms vs 24 ms), so I would not recommend taking a laptop if you are looking for a gaming model. For this, the same ASUS has a separate line.
The screen is also touch
Viewing angles allow you to view the image from different parts of the room. I can only call it a downside if you really like to hide. And so it is very useful when watching movies.
I was very pleased with the lack of PWM, due to which some laptops flicker at low brightness.
A webcam with IR sensors for face recognition, including in the dark through the Windows Hello system, was placed in the upper narrow edge.
Aspect ratio gives more content
Using a taller screen is trite more convenient than a narrow 16: 9.
On a 3: 2 screen, more text fits in articles and posts, it is more convenient to view images and read comments, navigate windows and work with tools.
In a professional environment, this also helps.
For example, our Sony Alpha camera, with which I also did this review, shoots in the original resolution of 3: 2. All full-frame cameras do the same. This is the image standard you see in most of our articles.
Such pictures are much more convenient to process on the screen with the same proportions, since they fit better.
Just as smartphone screens have become significantly longer for accessing content, the same effect occurs in laptops, simply in landscape orientation.
The model with the photo was surprised by the unusual ratio. He said that the screen seemed unusual and familiar at the same time. The proportions reminded him of monitors in the 2000s with the same ratio, which seemed to have a second chance to prove their worth.
Here I agree. The proportions of 16: 9 came to us from the movies and at the same time are well suited for games, but reading articles with them is terribly inconvenient. Here the screen seemed to be opened and finally allowed the eyes to “breathe”.
High-end components, but no discrete graphics card
The minimum amount of RAM in ZenBook S UX393made 8 GB and 512 GB storage. This is enough for productive work with many office tasks and photo editing.
There will be two Intel processors to choose from: i5-1135G7 or i7-1165G7… These are energy efficient chips that can handle today’s workload of daily workload.
Includes a sturdy case
It is thanks to them that the impressive battery capacity 67 Вт•ч will provide about 8 hours of work at medium brightness, and fast charging with the included 65W power adapter will give 60% charge in 49 minutes.
The processors have a powerful Intel Xe graphics, which acts at the level of discrete graphics cards of previous generations. It is capable of delivering stable 30 FPS in the same GTA 5, for example.
The volume of the cooling system will not rise above 40 dB
But, again, the laptop is not really for games, graphics are more likely to be needed by those who are engaged in graphics and mount with acceleration on CUDA cores.
Supporting Wi-Fi 6… You probably have a gradually growing (or about to appear) a fleet of devices that support the standard.
Together with a router based on the same technology, you will quickly feel how much more efficient home and office Internet will be distributed between devices.
The cliviatura beats off its work by a hundred
As with all high-end laptops, ASUS has improved productivity and added to the touchpad NumberPad 2.0… It replaces the panel with numbers and is activated by the touch button in the right corner.
During the tests, I have never turned on numpad accidentally, but quickly entering numbers with it is very convenient.
I liked that the usual-looking trackpad, until the last moment when the function was turned on, did not give out its presence in any way. There are no carvings and no traces of numbers – just a gray rectangle and that’s it.
The keyboard is standard here: no bells and whistles, but it doesn’t disappoint either. It has large buttons and a distinct stroke, so it spans the entire width of the panel.
The sound is luxurious at the table, there is a nuance on the knees
Due to the large keyboard on top, there was no room for the speakers, so they were placed at the bottom on the beveled edges.
Certified Harman | Kardon, they give out excellent sound without wheezing and whistling, to which there are absolutely no complaints. There is no cheapness, the music is straightforward.
On the table, sound waves are reflected from the surface and directed directly at you, the acoustic effect was thought out very cleverly for this use. The solution has only one drawback: if you put the laptop on your lap, the sound will go down and become less saturated.
If you’re going to watch movies on your bed, I recommend using a stand. At the same time, dust will not get into the cooling system.
There is software for synchronization from iPhone and Android
In order to control a laptop a little deeper and integrate its software with a smartphone, ASUS offers its software hub MyASUS.
In it, you can track the load on the network connection, adjust the degree of cooling (so that it is not so noisy, for example), adjust the battery life using different modes.
Another great feature made iOS and Android compatibility. You will need to install the application on your smartphone and log in to it.
After that, through this utility, you can transfer files and copy links, duplicate the screen and control it remotely, use the tablet as a second monitor, and even receive calls.
Reliable laptop with an expressive display
For 120,000 rubles ASUS ZenBook S UX393 can hardly be called inaccessible.
On its homepage, the company advertises the device as incredibly premium, which could intimidate potential buyers.
The point is that in reality the laptop has a good value for money.
It has a fast SSD, colorful touch screen, energy efficient fast processor and many useful ports. All this in a slim and well-built body.
It has collected the best features of consumer laptops to keep the price tag right while giving the maximum to those who work at home or in the office.
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