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Fancy an ultrabook weighing less than 1kg? Here’s the ASUS ZenBook 13!
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Fancy an ultrabook weighing less than 1kg? Here’s the ASUS ZenBook 13!

by Vyncent ChanApril 13, 2018

If you are in the market for an ultrabook that you can carry with you everywhere, this is probably it. The ASUS ZenBook 13 (UX331UN) is one portable ultrabook that packs the latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7 (Kaby Lake Refresh) CPU in its svelte 985g body.

Lightweight yet can take a real punch

We didn’t make a typo, it really just weighs 985g. While being light, and exceptionally thin at that — 13.9mm thin — the ASUS ZenBook 13 is designed to exceed the MIL-STD 810G military standard for reliability and durability. While it has been built for military grade durability, it will survive your vigorous rough day-to-day handling and transportation too. ASUS themselves has tortured the ZenBook 13 with drop tests 2x the usual height and lid-pressure tests, and needless to say, the ASUS ZenBook 13 passed them with flying colors.

Packed to the edge!

Minimising the footprint is a 13.3″ FHD NanoEdge display with ultra-thin 6.86mm bezels, for a 80% screen-to-body ratio. This laptop will fit into any bag that dares call itself a laptop bag. Despite the reduced space, ASUS still crammed a full-sized backlit keyboard — sans numpad — into the ASUS ZenBook 13. The screen does not only feature slim bezels, but also 100% sRGB coverage and 178° wide viewing angles. Your multimedia experience is further amped up by low-distortion smart amplifiers behind the Harman Kardon-certified audio system with ASUS’ latest SonicMaster technology.

As premium as it gets

Other premium touches include a smooth glass-covered Windows Precision Touchpad and a fingerprint sensor for hassle-free security. A 50 Wh battery offers 15 long hours of battery life, and it charges up to 60% in just 49 minutes. The cherry on the cake? Its tough chassis is made out of magnesium-aluminium alloy, which is durable, 33% lighter than aluminium alloy, and it is available finished in the sophisticated Deep Dive Blue.

ASUS ZenBook 13 Specifications

Model Number UX331U-ALEG100T UX331U-NEG109T UX331U-NEG103T UX331U-ALEG032T/033T
CPU Intel Core i7-8550U, 4C/8T @ up to 4.0 GHz Intel Core i5 8250U, 4C/8T @ up to 3.4 GHz
RAM 16GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz 8GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz
GPU Intel UHD 620 NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 Intel UHD 620
Storage  1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD 512GB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD 256GB M.2 SATA 3 SSD
Display 13.3″ FHD (1080p) NanoEdge wide-view display, 100% sRGB coverage, 178° wide viewing angles
Connectivity Dual-band 802.11ac WiFi with ASUS WiFi Master
Bluetooth 4.2
I/O 1x USB Type-C (USB 3.1 5 Gbps)
2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A (5 Gbps)
1x HDMI
1x microSD card reader
Power 65W adapter, 50 Wh battery
Dimensions 310 x 216 x 13.9mm
Weight 985 g 1.12 kg 985 g
Price  RM8299 RM5599 RM4099 RM3699 

Availability

The GeForce MX150-toting ZenBook 13 is available now on the market in a glossy Deep Dive Blue, while the variant without the dedicated NVIDIA GPU will be available by Mid of May. The UX331AL variants comes in an additional color, Rose Gold which will satisfy those who prefer a lighter color. The ZenBook 13 UX331AL will also feature a matte finish, so there’s less wiping to do.

Pokdepinion: Seems like the prefect ultrabook to carry around to work! The MX150 is also a good choice for casual gamers too.

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About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy student.

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