|Standing screen display size||13.3 Inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080 Pixels|
|Processor||2.5 GHz core_i5_7200u|
|RAM||8 GB LPDDR3|
|Memory Speed||1866 MHz|
|Hard Drive||256 GB Solid State Drive|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics 520|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||12 Hours|
ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 13.3-inch LCD Ultra-Slim Laptop (Core i5 Processor, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Windows 10) w/ Harman Kardon Audio, Backlit keyboard, Fingerprint Reader
|Specific Uses For Product||Multimedia, Personal, Business|
|Display Size||13.3 inches LED|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
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- Built-in fingerprint reader with one-touch login via Windows Hello feature
- 13.3-Inch wide-view Full-HD LCD Display with Windows 10 Pre-installed
- Latest 7th generation Intel i5-7200U 2.5 GHz Processor (Turbo to 3.1 GHz)
- Fast storage and memory featuring 256GB SSD with 8GB DDR3 RAM
- Extensive connectivity with HDMI/D-SUB/USB Type C, 802.11a/c WiFi, and SD Card Reader; Sleek and light weight 2.6 lbs aluminum body for comfortable portability
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The New ZenBook UX330UA
ASUS ZenBook is lighter, slimmer and faster than our notebooks in its class to give you the unmatched power and all-day portability you need to conquer your day.
The new ZenBook UX330UA packs an Intel Core i5 processor and a responsive 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD), everything from startup to loading demanding programs happens in a flash.
- 13.3-Inch wide-view Full-HD Display with Windows 10 Pre-installed
- Latest 7th generation Intel i5-7200U 2.5 GHz Processor (Turbo to 3.1 GHz)
- Fast 256GB SSD with 8GB DDR3 RAM
- Extensive connectivity with HDMI/D-SUB/USB Type C, 802.11a/c WiFi, and SD Card Reader
- Sleek and light weight 2.6 lbs aluminum body for comfortable portability
- Built-in fingerprint reader with one-touch login via Windows Hello feature
Fingerprint Reader – Effortless Login
The glass-covered precision touchpad uses exclusive technology developed for smartphone touchscreens to give high sensitivity and incredible accuracy. The touchpad also incorporates an advanced fingerprint sensor for fast, easy and secure login. And as it's a ZenBook, it looks beautiful, too, with a brilliant diamond-cut chamfered surround. Smart Gestures simulate many of Windows 10's touchscreen functions on the touchpad, giving you the most intuitive user experience.
Keeps up with you Step-by-Step
With the latest Intel Core i5-7200U Processor, 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 memory and 256GB Solid State Drive, ZenBook UX330 starts up in seconds and keeps moving at a rapid pace as you open anything from web browsers to large programs.
Unlike other portable laptops, ZenBook UX330UA is built for enthusiast-class applications, including photo and video editing while on-the-go.
SuperSpeed USB 3.0and USB 3.1 Type C with USB Charger+
ZenBook UX330 features 3 built-in USB 3.0 ports and USB 3.1 Type C deliver up to 10 times faster transfer speed compared to previous generation USB. One USB port is further enhanced with USB Charger+ for up to 50 percent faster charging to USB 3.0 devices -- even with the PC is 'asleep' or shut down.
See the Difference Anywhere--and Wherever you Go
The ZenBook UX330’s 13.3-inch wide view anti-glare display looks amazing and prevents distracting glare whether you’re working in a brightly lit room or streaming videos sitting at a cafe table in the sun. With a wide viewing angle of 178-degrees, share the screen with others when watching an HD movie or showing your presentation files.
Typing Comfort Hours on End
With longer all day battery life, there’s more comfort and responsiveness with the ZenBook UX330. Extra attention went into developing an ergonomic full-size keyboard that features optimal 1.5-millimeter key travel (how deep the keys press down), a rubberized palm rest and an extra wide touchpad that simulates a touchscreen for effortless Windows gesture control.
Effortless Sound Control
With SonicMaster, you have several pre-set sound profiles to choose from that optimizes sound. For the audiophile inside all of us, there are more advanced controls available to specifically customize each parameter, sound level and detail so you can create a personal profile.
Your Always on-call PC Medics
One year Accidental Damage Protection with 30 days Zero Bright Dot Guarantee is the most comprehensive coverage available. Gives you protection against drops, spills and electrical surges while ensuring a flawless display with zero bright dots. Something does happen, there’s a free 24/7 technical support line and 2-way free standard shipping for repairs.
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|Computer Memory Size||8 GB||8 GB||8 GB||16 GB||8 GB||4 GB|
|CPU Model Manufacturer||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel||AMD||Intel|
|CPU Speed||2.5 GHz||3.6 GHz||3.6 GHz||4.7 GHz||4.1 GHz||2.8 GHz|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920x1080 pixels||—||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080||—|
|Screen Size||13.3 inches||15.6 inches||13.3 inches||13.3||14 inches||11.6 inches|
|Hard Disk Size||256 GB||—||—||512 GB||—||64 GB|
|Item Dimensions||8.7 x 12.7 x 0.5 inches||14.31 x 9.86 x 0.71 inches||12 x 8 x 0.55 inches||11.98 x 7.99 x 0.55 inches||12.73 x 8.62 x 0.63 inches||11 x 7.5 x 0.67 inches|
|Item Weight||2.60 lbs||3.97 lbs||2.60 lbs||2.45 lbs||2.65 lbs||2.31 lbs|
|Operating System||Windows 10||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Pro||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 S|
|RAM Type||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR4 SDRAM||DDR4 SDRAM||DDR4 SDRAM||DDR4 SDRAM||DDR4 SDRAM|
|Wireless Communication Standard||802.11ac||802.11ax||802.11ax, Bluetooth||Bluetooth||802.11ax||802.11ac|
Asus UX330UA-AH54 13.3" Fhd, matte, grey, Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5GHz, 8GB LPDDR3, Intel HD, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 (64bit), HD Webcam, Bluetooth 4..1, includes adapter, user manual, warranty card, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB3.1 Type C (Gen 1), 1x Headphone-out & Audio-in Combo Jack, 1x Micro HDMI, card reader *The actual transfer speed of USB 3.0, 3.1 (Gen 1 and 2), and/or Type-C will vary depending on many factors including the processing speed of the host device, file attributes and other factors related to system configuration and your operating environment.
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Build quality: (4.9/5)
Excellent build quality for the price. You will have an entirely aluminum body (except the bottom cover) which makes it very sturdy.
The FHD display is a decent 1080p display. There seems to be less light-bleed and improved color contrast when compared to the previous model, which is good. The new profiles for switching display modes is quite nice, too. Overall, the display is much improved over the Skylake model and I am very happy with this laptop thus far.
Keyboard, Trackpad, Fingerprint Reader: (4.8/5)
The keyboard is very much improved over the previous model. It is even back-lit, which is a huge plus, in my opinion. The keys have a very nice feel to them and are no longer "rounded" but rather squared and feel more like a quality chiclet keyboard. The track pad is different than the previous model and will take some getting used to, but it is improved. And the fingerprint reader is responsive. This new model allows you to sign in using Windows Hello, a new authentication feature on Windows 10, which uses biometrics to login.
Boot time is about 5 seconds. However, the SSD read and write speeds are not much improved over the previous model. They are 520MB/s and 350MB/s, respectively. (Note: Windows 10 loves to throw processes in the startup, so disable these applications to make startup faster.) This laptop has the new Intel Core-i5 7200U processor, which is honestly a decent step up, considering the clock speed. I noticed about 22% improvement in Unigine Heaven Benchmark (due primarily to the new Intel HD 620 Graphics). HOWEVER, this is where things took me by surprise... I'm not sure if it's because of the CPU or Windows 10, but some processes made the CPU fan spins up quite often, which became quite annoying for a Zenbook (aka. Ultrabook). The CPU temperature reached nearly 55C at idle and the fan was very noticeable. The previous model (UX305UA) did not have this issue. My belief is that the unit I received was defective in this regard, so I returned it and have ordered another.
Battery life: (4.3/5)
The battery life of this new system is roughly 2.5 hours with extreme use (e.g. video editing, benchmarking, etc.). The battery life is right around 11 hours with light use (e.g. web browsing, homework, etc.). And the average battery life with day-to-day usage was around 9 hours. All in all, I believe this is very good. Actual battery life will vary depending on the user and what applications you're running.
What an amazing improvement over the previous model... I am so impressed by this, I'm considering purchasing another (despite the CPU fan issue) as I believe the laptop I received may have just had a bad factory paste job.
I/O (Input / Output): (4.5/5)
The laptop has plenty of ports, including a USB-Type C port, which is compatible with the adapters to make this an additional USB 3.0 port. And most importantly, for all of you content developers out there (or photographers), it does have an SD card slot.
The system is not upgradeable. The M.2 SSD may be upgradeable, but do not take my word for this. I did attempt to remove the bottom panel but was unable to because I feared the pressure it took to get it off would result in cracking the plastic, so I decided it was not worth it, considering I wanted to return it due to the fan issues. My belief is that there are two screws hidden beneath the rubber feet (glued down).
Conclusion: (32.1 / 35)
Overall, this system is great. I would love to have given it a 4.5 star rating but this is not possible. If you are looking for a fairly powerful, quality, and lightweight laptop for less than $800, this is it. Let me just say once more, this system, the UX330UA, is a great improvement over the previous model. (I did not include "upgradeability" in the overall score because it is a Zenbook and they've never been upgradeable. But I thought it was worth mentioning, considering I did attempt to open it up to re-paste.)
Would I recommend this laptop? Yes, it's a great alternative to a Macbook and offers you a great balance between performance and portability. It's wrapped in a nicely built chassis with minimal flex. The design is elegant and the system is a great improvement, overall. The speakers are great for a 13" laptop - not the best, but very good and much improved. For $750, this is a good deal, and I can almost guarantee you'll be happy with the system. It may not be perfect, but it's close.
EDIT [Nov. 25th]: I have ordered another unit and plan to update this review, especially if the fan issue persists.
EDIT [Nov. 27th]: The new system has arrived (a day early, I might add) and the fan seems to still spin up depending on what applications are running. However, it appears to be tamed down a bit on this unit. I'm assuming the previous unit I returned had some issue with the thermal compound on the CPU heat sink, which caused it to overheat more easily. But with that said, the fan is still noticeable and annoying from time to time. I'll be sure to update this post later.
EDIT [Nov. 28th]: I've noticed that with the laptop in "Battery Saver" mode (enabled in power options, by clicking on the battery icon) the laptop fans do not spin up nearly as much and it is much quieter, as you'd expect from a Zenbook (or Ultrabook). The Windows 10 module updater is what is causing the system to spin up and make a lot of annoying noise... It's always trying to update.
However, I found that the fan was making quite a lot of noise. I opened the laptop up and found that the noise was not the fan but a metal cable that runs over the fan causing the loud noise as it vibrates. After fastening the cable down, the noise no longer occurs.
Removing the backplate is easy, just remove the visible screws and two screws under the rubber feet. You'll see the cable resting just above the fan.
Amazon, you really need to stop lumping multiple products in the same listing, its confusing and totally skews the overall rating system.
ASUS, seriously guys, update your product specifications on your site and stop with the confusing model numbers. I couldn't find any additional info on this laptop, other than the amazon listing.
I've had this laptop for the better part of a week now, I can answer any questions on it.
The screen is IPS and looks fantastic, very little light bleed (the spectre x360 has a better display IMO, but is also more expensive). Colors and contrast look great.
Build quality is great, solid aluminum typical zenbook construction (except the bezel is plastic). The size is pretty amazing too, despite the larger bezels. Its super light and thin. Keyboard is great, backlit with an auto-light sensor (sensor can be shutoff). The touch-pad is microsoft precision and feels really great. I should also mention the fingerprint scanner is a nice add-on. Didn't think I'd use it, but it has been really convenient for unlocking the pc. Anyone with a nexus 5x can attest to how awesome having a fingerprint scanner can be.
It is a core-i5u (not a core-M) so it can run hot if you push it. Fan noise isn't that bad, quieter than others (such as the spectre x360). Fan only seems to run when the processor is under load, otherwise its silent. Honestly I'd rather have it this way and get the extra CPU performance when I need it vs a totally silent configuration that is slower.
Battery life seems great so far. It comes with a Macbook style charger, which is nice and portable.
Now for the negatives on this laptop. The SSD is pretty sub-standard. Its a sandisk Z400 m.2 drive. I wish they would have spent the extra $10 and put in a sandisk X400, would have been well worth the upgrade (google for benchmarks). Also, NVME support would be nice (asus tech support claims the m.2 port only supports SATA, I might pick up a NVME drive to confirm). In the end the SSD is fine, definitely way better than a hard drive, but it could have been much better. I plan on upgrading to a 500 gig drive at some point so its not a big deal to me.
Another thing I've noticed is the occasional "coil whine" while idle. You can really only hear it in a dead silent room, and its not nearly as bad as the Dell XPS or HP envy's I've used in the past. For this price point I'm willing to look past this.
The value in this laptop is amazing. Its truly a no-frills (lack of touchscreen/flip design) ultrabook for people who just want a solid built ultra-portable machine with plenty of power under the hood.
Update: 29th-June-2019 - Case N190698845
This laptop has gone through two RMA's already due to BIOS programming failures on Asus's part and bad interactions with Windows 10 Enterprise (yes, I am in a Microsoft Software Assurance agreement and the Premier Field Engineer could recreate the error on a couple of laptops). Less than two years of good operation, and this latest BIOS update from May 31st again bricks my machine. However, support will no longer repair what was obviously their programming issues without a major service charge, and honestly, I can upgrade from here. However, Asus has lost me as a customer permanently for this. I expect laptops under reasonable care to last four years, and that if software update failures cause issues with an otherwise functioning machine, that I am made whole if I can prove the matter.
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Excellent battery life. Barring games, handily gets six hours, and I've stretched it to over 9 hours with careful use of battery saver and power saver options. It could probably go further but I haven't pushed its battery limits that far yet.
Trackpad is excellent. It's near-Apple quality thanks to it being a Precision Pad by Microsoft, which means accurate finger gestures, accurate pointing, and the finger print reader which seemed a little gimmicky at first but I've come to rely on for quickly signing in to Windows with - it's just a touch, and you're logged in again. Gestures also make using multi-desktops easy (four-finger swipe).
Comfortable keyboard with three light settings. Decent amount of travel and remains comfortable for typing on for extended periods.
Screen has no complaints. Plenty of ports, smart card reader is a welcome plus, I haven't used the USB-C port yet but glad it's there.
Finish is good. Feels premium and light. This laptop is very portable.
Most of the cons I would level at Microsoft and Windows 10 rather than the laptop itself. There is a small amount of flex in the keyboard but it isn't detrimental, it just makes the system feel a little less premium than a Macbook.
Fan noise in near-silent rooms can sometimes be a little annoying. Most of the time, this laptop is silent, or near silent, well, well below a whisper. For example right now I'm mostly idling at desktop with GPU and CPU at 42 Celsius, 8% cpu utilization, and the fan is engaged (on its lowest setting). Why? I think the fan should stay off until 50C or higher, but I guess Asus thinks otherwise. The breeze from the open window is louder than the fan, but take the laptop into a closed room and it's a little different - but again, step two feet away and you won't hear it. When playing games, the fan can definitely get a bit louder, but that's to be expected - the heat has to get vented somehow. And it's not as noisy as other laptops I've used.
Performance-wise, no complaints. While I haven't tested it out in particularly demanding games (FTL, Darkest Dungeon, Doom 1, Everquest, Risk of Rain), the only game in that list which pushed its limits was Risk of Rain (inexplicably), and performance was still fine, just the system was getting rather hot and noisy. Performance in Youtube, streamed movies, Netflix, and the like has been excellent. 8gb memory and 256gb SSD feels deluxe and I tend to hover around 4gb in use with a lot of applications in use, so there's plenty of room to grow. 64gb and 128gb flash drives come so cheaply these days and in such small form factors that it's quite easy to expand storage in the future.
If you're looking for something portable with good battery life and quality craftsmanship you could do a lot worse than this laptop. It will play plenty of light games, older titles, and the battery life for work-tasks is excellent. If you're looking to game more seriously, get something with a discrete GPU.
It is fast and light to carry around.
Only thing the powercord seem really short which can be annoying at times but the battery last long.
Edit: (after going to Intel's website for current Wifi and Bluetooth drivers things seem better, Asus's driver packages are dated from the summer and current ones are October/November on Intel's site)
It answers its promess of a long lasting battery without a problem, I've been able to go beyond 12 hours, but it usually last about 10 hours under basic multi-tasking (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Chrome and Mail all opened).
The speed of it is also amazing, it boots in under 5 seconds and ready to use!
I haven't found any cons yet.
I mostly use my laptop for university and work, and I couldn't have asked for a better laptop.
Don't get me wrong though, this is not a gaming laptop and I haven't tested for performance, PC's are meant for that ;)