Asus Zenbook 14 OLED (2024) review: still the value king?

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Asus Zenbook 14 OLED beforehand position showing show and keyboard.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED (2024)

MSRP $1,300.00

“When it comes to value, nan Asus Zenbook 14 OLED remains undefeated.”

Pros

  • Excellent OLED display
  • Solid build quality
  • Fast productivity performance
  • Very bully keyboard
  • Attractive aesthetic

Cons

  • Mediocre productivity performance
  • Limited configurations available

The Asus Zenbook 14 OLED has been 1 of my favourite laptops to urge for budgets nether $1,000. It’s 1 of nan fewer that has comparatively fewer compromises contempt its affordable price.

In 2024, Asus has brought an updated exemplary pinch Intel’s latest Meteor Lake Core Ultra chips, making it among nan first you tin buy. This caller exemplary isn’t rather nan aforesaid value, switching to Intel from AMD and maxing retired nan configuration, but it remains a beardown competitor among nan best 14-inch laptops you tin buy.

Specs and configurations

  Asus Zenbook 14 OLED (2024)
Dimensions 12.30 inches x 8.67 inches x 0.59 inches
Weight 2.82 pounds
Processor Intel Core Ultra 7 155H
Graphics Intel Arc graphics
RAM 32GB
Display 14.0-inch 16:10 3K (2880 x 1800) OLED, 120Hz
Storage 1TB SSD
Touch Yes
Ports 2 x USB-C pinch Thunderbolt 4
1 x USB-A
1 x HDMI 2.1
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
Wireless Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3
Webcam 1080p pinch infrared camera for Windows 11 Hello
Operating system Windows 11
Battery 75 watt-hours
Price
$1,300

Asus has conscionable 1 configuration of nan Zenbook 14 OLED (2024) available, and it’s a spot of an impractical one. Priced astatine $1,300, it comes pinch an Intel Core Ultra 7 155H, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, Intel Arc graphics, and a 14-inch 3K OLED display. The erstwhile Zenbook 14 OLED started astatine conscionable $700, pinch a much entry-level configuration of 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

While this caller Zenbook 14 OLED whitethorn correspond a humble value increase, it remains an affordable action to immoderate competitors. The caller Dell XPS 14, for example, starts astatine $1,699 contempt coming pinch half nan RAM and storage. However, it tin beryllium configured pinch faster components for much money, including a discrete GPU. The Apple MacBook Air is little costly astatine nan debased end, $1,099 for 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, but ramps up to $1,899 for 24GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.

That makes nan Zenbook 14 OLED 2024 an attractively-priced laptop by comparison, but without entry-level configurations presently available, it’s not rather nan bargain that nan 2023 exemplary represented. We tin dream that those cheaper models will travel eventually, but Asus has not confirmed this publically arsenic yet.

Design

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED 2024 beforehand angled position showing show and keyboard.Mark Coppock / Digital Trends

Asus has created a chopped and charismatic artistic pinch its latest laptops, featuring sleek, minimalist lines and a geometric shape connected nan show pinch a subdued logo successful nan corner. The 2024 Zenbook 14 OLED maintains that creation successful a Powder Blue colour scheme, and it’s a good-looking laptop. The Apple MacBook Air is simply a small much elegant, and nan Dell XPS 14 is simply a small much futuristic, but nan Zenbook holds its own.

The aforesaid is existent pinch its build quality. The all-aluminum chassis is solid, while remaining ray astatine 2.82 pounds, and nan lid is incredibly rigid. That compares to nan MacBook Air, which has a coagulated chassis but a lid that’s a spot bendable. It’s astonishing to opportunity that nan Zenbook 14 OLED mightiness moreover beryllium a much solidly built laptop. The Zenbook isn’t arsenic incredibly bladed arsenic nan MacBook Air, which comes successful astatine 0.44 inches compared to nan Zenbook’s 0.59 inches, but nan MacBook is almost arsenic dense contempt having a smaller display.

The Dell XPS 14 has a show that’s half an inch larger, and it has thinner bezels than nan Asus — though nan Zenbook’s bezels are rather slim compared to immoderate different 14-inch laptops — but it’s thicker astatine 0.71 inches and a lb heavier.

The Zenbook 14 OLED enjoys a keyboard pinch ample keycaps and tons of spacing, and its switches are ray and snappy pinch plentifulness of travel. I recovered it rather comfortable for longer typing sessions, and while I still for illustration Apple’s Magic Keyboard, nan separator is beautiful thin. The Zenbook’s keyboard is amended than nan HP Spectre x360 14‘s version, and I haven’t tried retired nan caller XPS 14. Asus besides designs nan hinge to prop up nan chassis somewhat successful nan rear, making for amended airflow and a much ergonomic typing angle.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED 2024 apical down position showing keyboard.Mark Coppock / Digital Trends

The Zenbook’s touchpad is simply a mechanical version, though, while immoderate of its title — including nan MacBook Air, nan XPS 14, and nan Spectre x360 14 — is moving connected to haptic touchpads. The Zenbook 14 OLED’s touchpad is good arsenic acold arsenic mechanical touchpads go, but it’s a small disappointing successful 2024. Also, Asus dropped nan NumberPad 2.0 LED numeric keypad that was coming successful nan erstwhile generation. That will beryllium disappointing for number crunchers. Interestingly, nan show is pen-enabled, and Asus includes an progressive pen successful nan container — an overseas prime for a clamshell laptop.

Connectivity is solid, pinch a operation of modern and bequest ports. Many laptops, including nan MacBook Air and XPS 14, are Thunderbolt 4-only. Dell does see a microSD paper reader, while nan Zenbook does not. In addition, Asus is only offering Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3, whereas nan Intel Meteor Lake chipset supports Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4. The Spectre x360 14 supports nan cutting-edge wireless technology, though it will apt beryllium immoderate clip earlier Wi-Fi 7 is wide supported.

The webcam is simply a 1080p version, which has go nan caller standard. It has an infrared camera supporting Windows 11 Hello facial recognition, which worked good successful my testing. As pinch different laptops utilizing nan Meteor Lake chipset, Asus touts nan AI processing capabilities afforded by nan caller Neural Processing Unit (NPU), specified arsenic amended capacity tuning. Unlike Dell and HP, Asus hasn’t offered overmuch accusation yet connected precisely really overmuch AI functionality will beryllium supported by nan NPU.

Performance

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED 2024 rear position showing lid and pattern.Mark Coppock / Digital Trends

The Zenbook 14 OLED 2024 uses Intel’s latest 14th-gen chipset, specifically nan 28-watt Core Ultra 7 155H, pinch 16 cores (six Performance, 8 Efficient, and 2 Low Power Efficient) and 22 threads. We’ve tested 3 laptops pinch nan aforesaid chipset, truthful our sample size is limited. So far, nan Core Ultra 7 155H slots betwixt nan 28-watt 13th-gen Core i7-1360P and nan much power-hungry 45-watt Core i7-13700H.

The Zenbook is nan faster of nan 3 laptops we’ve tested, though, peculiarly erstwhile its capacity mode is engaged. In that mode, nan Zenbook is arsenic accelerated arsenic laptops for illustration nan Zenbook 14X OLED pinch nan Core i7-13700H and nan HP Pavilion Plus 14 pinch nan Ryzen 7 7840U. That makes it a very accelerated laptop for nan astir demanding productivity users. The Zenbook is besides faster than nan MacBook Air, which is presently stuck connected nan M2 chipset. That will alteration erstwhile nan MacBook Air is upgraded to nan caller M3.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED 2024 broadside position showing lid and ports.Mark Coppock / Digital Trends

It only has Intel Arc graphics, though, which are faster than nan previous-gen Intel Iris Xe graphics but not arsenic accelerated arsenic an entry-level discrete GPU for illustration nan Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050. That intends nan Zenbook 14 OLED won’t beryllium arsenic accelerated successful imaginative applications that tin utilize a much powerful GPU. And it won’t beryllium a very bully laptop for gamers.

Geekbench 5
(single/multi)
Handbrake
(seconds)
Cinebench R23
(single/multi)
PCMark 10 Complete
Asus Zenbook 14 OLED 2024
(Core Ultra 7 155H)
Bal: 1,710 / 9,217
Perf: 1,721 / 12,575
Bal: 85
Perf: 80
Bal: 1,743 / 10,434
Perf: 1,793 / 12,745
6,348
HP Spectre x360 14
(Core Ultra 7 155H)
Bal: 1,588 / 10,548
Perf: N/A
Bal: 111
Perf: N/A
Bal: 1,750 / 9,832
Perf: N/A
6,316
Acer Swift Go 14
(Core Ultra 7 155H)
Bal: 1,533 / 9,015
Perf: N/A
N/A Bal: 1,762 / 10,773
Perf: N/A
6,665
Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8 (Core i7-1360P) Bal: 1,843 / 8,814
Perf: 1,835 / 10,008
Bal: 122
Perf: 101
Bal: 1,846 / 8,779 Perf: 1,906 / 9,849 6,102
Asus Zenbook 14X OLED (Core i7-13700H) Bal: 1,848 / 11,157
Perf: 1,852 / 11,160
Bal: 84
Perf: 82
Bal: 1,819 / 11,066 Perf: 1,826 / 12,795 6,020
HP Pavilion Plus 14 2023
(Ryzen 7 7840U)
Bal: 1,819 / 9,655
Perf: N/A
Bal: 84
Perf: N/A
Bal: 1,721 / 12,234
Perf: N/A
6,804
Apple MacBook Air
(M2)
Bal: 1,925 / 8,973
Perf: N/A
Bal: 151
Perf: N/A
Bal: 1,600 / 7,938
Perf: N/A
N/A

Battery life

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED 2024 beforehand position showing logo.Mark Coppock / Digital Trends

Intel’s Meteor Lake chipset is intended to supply amended ratio while being much powerful. So far, nan results person been mixed, and nan Zenbook 14 OLED doesn’t do overmuch to explain matters.

The Zenbook managed 7 hours successful our web browsing test, a small little than mean and beneath nan HP Spectre x360 14, which lasted an hr longer. But it deed an fantabulous 19 hours successful our video looping test, an hr longer than nan HP. Neither people keeps up pinch nan MacBook Air M2, a people leader by a wide margin.

It’s imaginable that Intel needs to cleanable up nan firmware it’s providing to manufacturers, and we’ll yet spot amended artillery life successful much CPU-intensive tasks. The Asus has a 75-watt-hour battery, which is simply a batch for a 14-inch laptop, and a high-resolution OLED display. These aren’t bad artillery life results, but they’re not great, either. The Zenbook astir apt won’t past astir a afloat day’s activity unless your workload is very light.

Web browsing Video
Asus Zenbook 14 OLED 2024
(Core Ultra 7 155H)
7 hours, 9 minutes 19 hours, 5 minutes
HP Spectre x360 14
(Core Ultra 7 155H)
8 hours, 6 minutes 17 hours, 55 minutes
Asus Zenbook 14 OLED 2023
(Ryzen 5 7530U)
12 hours, 13 minutes 17 hours, 19 minutes
Lenovo Yoga Book 9i
(Core i7-1355U)
8 hours, 53 minutes 9 hours, 53 minutes
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED 2023
(Core i7-1355U)
9 hours, 47 minutes 15 hours, 14 minutes
Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8
(Core i7-1360P)
7 hours, 41 minutes 13 hours, 25 minutes
HP Dragonfly Pro
(Ryzen 7 7736U)
14 hours, 40 minutes 15 hours, 57 minutes
Apple MacBook Air M2
(Apple M2)
17 hours, 59 minutes 21 hours, 9 minutes

Display

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED 2024 beforehand position showing display.Mark Coppock / Digital Trends

In a existent twist (not), nan Zenbook 14 OLED’s show is excellent, pinch agleam and move colors and inky achromatic retired of nan box. I’ve been spoiled by reviewing truthful galore fantabulous displays lately.

According to my colorimeter, this is simply a emblematic OLED display, meaning it has very wide colors astatine 100% of sRGB, 98% of AdobeRGB, and 100% of DCI-P3, pinch superb accuracy astatine a DeltaE of 0.70 (less than 1.0 is considered excellent). Its achromatic levels are perfect, promising incredibly heavy contrast, while its brightness of 387 nits is coagulated for an OLED panel. The OLED sheet isn’t arsenic agleam arsenic nan mini-LED displays connected caller MacBook Pros, but you’ll still bask importantly amended HDR video than pinch IPS panels, acknowledgment to nan unthinkable contrast.

The Zenbook’s show is, therefore, a awesome prime whether you’re a productivity user, a creator (minus higher GPU performance), aliases a media consumer.

Audio is okay, pinch 2 downward-firing speakers providing capable measurement to capable my mini agency pinch conscionable a touch of distortion. Mids and highs were clear, but location wasn’t capable bass to grip rumbling explosions aliases heavy voices. You’ll want a brace of headphones for euphony and action movies and TV shows.

An fantabulous laptop, but not arsenic bully a value

The 2024 Zenbook 14 OLED leverages Intel’s latest chipset to supply fantabulous productivity capacity pinch a very coagulated build and an outstanding OLED display. It’s a very coagulated prime for a 14-inch laptop if you aren’t a creator who needs a discrete GPU.

At $1,300, nan Zenbook is simply a bully worth but not a awesome one. But here’s nan drawback — you whitethorn want to hold and spot if Asus launches a cheaper configuration. This is astir apt not a laptop you’ll request 32GB of RAM for, and if Asus yet rolls retired a 16GB model, that’ll beryllium nan 1 to buy.

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