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ASUS Launches the All-New ZenBook 14 (UX425)

ASUS has announced ZenBook 14 (UX425), new-generation 14-inch ultraportable laptops in the ZenBook Classic series. ZenBook 14 are even thinner and lighter than the previous generation. ZenBook 14 weighs just 1.13 kg and a mere 13.9 mm thin, but uniquely for such an ultra-thin design they offer comprehensive I/O capabilities, including full-size HDMI and USB Type-A ports in addition to Thunderbolt 4 USB-C and a microSD card reader. They are the world’s thinnest 14-inch laptops to offer such comprehensive and versatile connectivity.

Compact four-sided NanoEdge displays offer a up to 90% screen-to-body ratio for immersive visuals, with the option of an ultra-low power 1-watt display that maximizes battery life. The user experience is also fully updated, featuring ASUS NumberPad 2.0, up to 21 hours battery life, a new edge-to-edge keyboard design, ErgoLift hinge mechanisms, and IR cameras for fast face-recognition. Powered by the latest 11th Generation Intel Core processors with next-level Intel Iris Xe graphics and up to 32 GB RAM, ZenBook 13 and ZenBook 14 make light work of multitasking, productivity and entertainment. Up to 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x2 SSDs and the latest WiFi 6 (802.11ax) round off the specification for superb all-round performance.

The latest ZenBook Classic series offers two screen sizes. For the ultimate traveler, there’s the sleek ZenBook 14. It is designed for effortless portability, with a compact and elegant all-metal chassis that’s a mere 13.9 mm thin. ZenBook 14 are also incredibly power efficient, with up to an amazing 21 hours of battery life on a single charge, meaning that the charger can be left at home for many trips to minimize weight and bulk. ZenBook 14 are a perfect match for today’s on-the-go lifestyles. The stylish new design of ZenBook 14 is enhanced by two timeless new color options. Pine Grey is a glossy shade that is calm and peaceful. It projects professional wisdom and features a special off-center version of the iconic ZenBook spun-metal finish.

ZenBook 14 redefine what’s possible in an ultra-thin laptop: they are the world’s thinnest laptops in their class to offer uncompromised I/O capabilities. At just 13.9 mm thin, but uniquely for their size still include full-size HDMI and USB Type-A ports, two high-speed Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, and a microSD card reader for easy mobile data transfer: No other current 13.3-inch or 14-inch laptop offers all these I/O ports in such a thin design. The two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports — with their convenient any-way-up connectors — support fast charging, up to two 4K UHD external displays for an expanded visual workspace, and up to 40 Gbps data speeds for ultrafast file transfers.

ZenBook 14 also support the new ASUS USB-C Easy Charge feature⁵, which allows them to be conveniently charged from a wide range of standard USB-C chargers. USB-C Easy Charge allows users can enjoy ultrafast charging with any USB-C Power Delivery-certified charger, such as the bundled 65-watt charger, or charge at slower rates when wall sockets are unavailable using airline chargers, portable chargers or power banks. USB-C Easy Charge takes the frustration out of long journeys or travel in locations with limited mains power.

ZenBook 14 have bright and clear four-sided NanoEdge displays, with slim bezels that create an up to 90% screen-to-body ratio for a more immersive viewing experience. The new edge-to-edge ergonomic keyboard design increases the size of the keyboard for a more comfortable typing experience. It also creates space for an extra set of useful function keys at the right-hand side of the keyboard. For maximum typing comfort, the precision-engineered ErgoLift hinge automatically tilts the keyboard to the optimum typing angle when the lid is opened. This action also creates space under the laptop for extra cooling airflow.

Selectable cooling-fan profiles give users the choice of Whisper mode for ultra-quiet cooling, Standard mode for balanced dynamic performance, or Performance mode for high-efficiency cooling when full performance is needed. For easy data entry, there’s the productivity-enhancing ASUS NumberPad 2.0. This is a dual-function touchpad with an integrated LED-illuminated full-size numeric keypad: simply tapping the icon on the touchpad turns NumberPad on and off.

An integrated infrared (IR) camera located on the top bezel makes password-free face login fast and easy with Windows Hello. It also works in dim lighting conditions, so accessing ZenBook 13 and 14 is easier and faster than ever in any environment. ZenBook 14 feature an ASUS ClearVoice Mic with AI-trained noise-canceling technology to ensure clear voice outgoing communications in online meetings or internet voice calls. They also use ASUS ClearVoice Speaker technology to filter out ambient noise from incoming audio streams.

ZenBook 14 harness the power of the latest 11th Generation Intel Core processors — all the way up to the Core i7 series. These processors deliver faster, smoother and more responsive performance than the previous generation. They’re teamed with powerful new next-level Intel Iris Xe graphics for silky-smooth visual performance, and up to 16 GB of high-speed RAM to help users blitz through daily tasks.

The laptops also have some of the fastest solid-state storage available, with up to 1 TB PCIe® 3.0 x2 SSDs that ensure fast boot times and near-instant app loading. With the latest WiFi 6 (802.11ax) users can enjoy wireless speeds that are up to 3X faster than WiFi 5, with 4X more network capacity and up to 75% lower latency. Wireless connections are enhanced with ASUS WiFi Smart Connect that automatically selects the best WiFi source, so the laptop connects seamlessly to the best WiFi signal and known mobile hotspots.

ASUS ZenBook 14 (UX425EA) will be available from 12h November in UAE from Sharaf DG, Emax, Jumbo, Ecity, Amazon, and Computronics.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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