ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333FN Review: Mobility and Performance


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We continue to explore the latest ultrabooks from the ASUS ZenBook line. Not so long ago, the editorial visited 14-inch

representative and now it's time itselfcompact ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333FN. Despite the fact that the models have a lot in common (including stuffing), the 13-inch version still has some features. Something turned out better, and something worse. About all the features - in the review below.

What is it?

ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333FN - flagshipmetal ultra-compact laptop with a 13-inch IPS-display, Intel 8th generation processors, up to 16 GB of RAM, a fast SSD-drive and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card.

What makes him interesting?


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Like the bigger model, the ASUS ZenBook 13 gotrecognizable metal case, but in linear dimensions it is even smaller, although the thickness slightly increased. Overall, this is one of the smallest 13.3-inch laptops on the market. This was made possible thanks to a very thin frame around the perimeter of the display: the ratio of screen area to body area is 95%. In the 14-inch model, this figure was 92%. The screen itself is IPS, 1920x1080. In our case - with a matte finish, there is also an option with glass. Above it is a webcam and two infrared sensors for face recognition. The insides are similar to the 14-inch model: the Core i5 or i7 processors of the Whiskey Lake family, 8-16 GB of RAM, fast PCIe NVMe SSDs and discrete graphics GeForce MX150, plus there are full-sized ports.

How does it look and qualitatively assembled?


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ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333FN very compact, sizesare 302x189x16.9 mm, the company compares its linear dimensions with sheet A4. Visually, at first, it’s hard to believe that this is a 13-inch model. The body is metal, with a traditional Zen-pattern on the top cover. Yes, and dark blue with golden accents is not the first time used in the lineup ZenBook. Interestingly, the thickness is slightly larger than the 14-inch model (16.9 mm versus 15.9 mm). Subjectively, the 13-inch model is structurally felt more reliable and tough.


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It is alleged that the frames on the sides are 2.8 mm on the sides and 3.3 mm at the bottom of the screen, the ratio of screen area to body area is 95%. Of course, part of the bottom gap is hidden due to the ErgoLift mechanism, but this does not affect the visual perception of the laptop. In the upper part of the working surface there is a decorative golden insert.


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The “side” on the top is 5.9 mm so that the camera, microphones and infrared sensors can be positioned:


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The set of interfaces is exactly the same as that of the older one.Brother: proprietary connector for the power supply, full-size HDMI and one USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2, one USB 3.1 Type-A Gen 2 on the left side. Thunderbolt 3 is not supported, although it is not fatal with HDMI:


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On the right - LED indicators, a combined audio jack of 3.5 mm, a slot for MicroSD memory cards and USB 2.0:


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Front - cutout for opening a laptop. Behind - a ruler marking, two thin rubber feet, on which the laptop is in the open position and air vents:


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Below - four round rubber feet,air vents and stereo speakers. If desired, the bottom cover can be removed: in addition to the 9 screws that we see, two more are hidden under the legs. You can replace only the drive, everything else is unsoldered on the board:


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The laptop weighs only 1.09 kg, it is easy to transport. It seems to me that he is quite fit even in a handbag (not the smallest, but still). As I wrote earlier, the body feels stiff, does not flex anywhere and does not give in to twisting attempts. No squeaks or loose parts.

How convenient is it to use the keyboard and touchpad?


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ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333FN Got MechanismErgoLift, like most of the current ultra-portable manufacturer models. It raises the back of the working surface, the keyboard is obtained at an angle of 3 ° relative to the table, while the screen opens to 143 °. It seems to me that this is quite enough: I have never personally encountered the need to open a laptop 180 °. The hinge allows you to open the laptop with one hand, while the screen is fixed securely and does not falter.

Perhaps the only really controversial withIn terms of convenience, the moment ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333FN is the keyboard. The laptop is very compact and the manufacturer had to resort to some tricks. The buttons themselves are slightly smaller than usual in ultraportable laptops, and the layout has some special features. Arrows company decided to make a full height, as a result of the right shift short. The left Shift is also “cut” and pasted next to “.” The “~” button, also “ё”, is reduced in width. In general, the features of the layout will get used to:


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Despite the reduced linear size, the stroke of the buttons remained 1.4 mm. There is a white backlight with three levels of brightness:


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The touchpad is glass, small. But thanks to good coverage and good sensitivity, it’s convenient to use, dimensions do not cause discomfort:


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How good is the screen?

The laptop uses 13.3-inch IPS-display with a resolution of 1920x1080, in our case - with a matte anti-reflective coating. Visually it looks good: the picture is saturated, the viewing angles are maximum, and the highlights are minimum, so it will be comfortable to work in any conditions:


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According to the measurement results, the maximum brightnessdisplay amounted to 268.823 cd / m2. The black field brightness is 0.249 cd / m2, and the static contrast is 1080: 1. The screen is very well calibrated, the Gamma-curve is close to the benchmark, there is a slight lack of red and an excess of blue, as a result, the picture is a bit “cold”. But it can be corrected in the settings. Color gamut close to sRGB:


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What about performance, autonomy and sound?


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Notebook stuffing options are almost identical.14-inch model, which we have already tested, so that the differences will be minimal, depending on the specific configuration. Recall that the processors used are Intel Core i5-8265U and i7-8565U of the Whiskey Lake family, which are not too different from Kaby Lake Refresh. Few added in frequency. The test configuration uses a quad-core (with support for 8 HyperThreading threads) 14-nanometer Intel Core i7-8565U with a clock frequency of 1.8 GHz, acceleration to 4.6 GHz Turbo Boost and 8 MB SmartCache. The integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 chip with a frequency up to 1150 MHz and the discrete GeForce MX150 with 2 GB of GDDR5 video memory are responsible for the graphics. The amount of RAM is 8 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz (there are configurations with 16 GB). Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 AC (2 × 2) and Bluetooth 5.0.


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The results in performance tests are quite good, as for an ultraportable laptop. Of course, the GeForce MX150 is not a gaming video accelerator, but it is still more powerful than the integrated graphics:


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ASUS ZenBook 13 comes with a 256 SSD,512 GB or 1 TB with a PCIe interface model. The top version for 1 TB is PCIe 3.0 x4, the other options are PCIe 3.0 x2. We had a configuration with a 512 GB drive:


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The maximum read speed of the drive was 1720 MB / s, and the write about 1450 MB / s:


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The cooling system works efficiently and does nottoo noisy: at extreme loads audible, but not annoying. In the office does not pay attention. “Internals” under prolonged loads do not heat up above 75 °, the laptop works stably. When turned on, AIDA64 for some reason gave an inscription about overheating and throttling, although in reality this does not happen:


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You can also play, Apex Legends or Destiny 2at low settings, they give out about 25 frames per second. You can get a smoother picture if you lower the resolution, for example, to 1366x768. Older and less demanding games go without problems:


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ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333FN is powered by a similar14-inch model of a 3-cell battery for 50 Wh. Full charge takes a little over 2 hours. In the “office” mode (browser, mail, instant messengers and permanent Wi-Fi connection) with a brightness of 50%, the laptop works a little longer than its older brother. About 9 hours. So charging is not necessary to take with you to work.


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The stereo speakers harman / kardon are quite good asfor such dimensions. It is quite enough to watch movies, music is better in headphones. A set of proprietary software is practically standard: Ice Power for setting up an audio system, utilities for installing applications, drivers, and switching Fn mode, the ASUS Sync application has been added to them. It allows you to wirelessly connect from a laptop to a smartphone to synchronize data:


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In the dry residue

By performance ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333FN -powerful, current ultraportable laptop, also with bonus in the form of discrete graphics. Let not even the most powerful. But it is surprising that it was all possible to pack in one of the smallest 13-inch laptops on the market. Plus, he received a very high-quality display, can withstand the working day without recharging and is equipped with an efficient cooling system, thanks to which it all works stably. And, of course, it looks very presentable, like all ASUS ZenBook. But without doubtful features not done. One of them migrated from the older model (the set of ports is similar): the lack of support for Thunderbolt 3 and charging by Type-C. The second is due to the compactness: non-standard keyboard layout, which will have to get used to. The configuration we visited on the review costs about 40 000 UAH. The amount is decent, but most of the competitors are equipped with last year’s processors and lack discrete graphics.

6 reasons to buy ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333FN:

  • Very compact and stylish case;
  • high performance;
  • high-quality display;
  • full size connectors;
  • long battery life;
  • efficient cooling system.

3 reasons not to buy ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333FN:

  • controversial keyboard layout;
  • lack of support for Thunderbolt 3;
  • No support for Type-C charging.

ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333FN

ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333FN - flagshipmetal ultra-compact laptop with a 13-inch IPS-display, Intel 8th generation processors, up to 16 GB of RAM, a fast SSD-drive and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card.

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Specifications ASUS ZenBook 13 UX333FN

Display
13.3 inches, 1920x1080, IPS

Dimensions
302x189 × 16.9 mm

Weight
1.09 kg

operating system
64-bit Microsoft Windows 10

CPU
Intel Core i7-8565U, 4 cores, 1.8-4.6 GHz (Kaby Lake R, 14 nm)

Ram
8 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz

Graphics
nVidia GeForce MX150, 2 GB GDDR5, Intel UHD Graphics 620

Storage device
SSD NVMe PCIe3x 2,512 TB

Communications
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, 2.4 and 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0

Connectors

Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 2, Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 2, USB 2.0, HDMI, MicroSD card reader, combo audio jack

Camera
Camera with infrared sensor

Battery
Lithium Polymer, 50 WHr, 3 cells