Asus Zenbook 14 UX3450MA-QD074W, 14-inch Ultrabook with DCI-P3 OLED screen, easy to carry and with long battery life – LaptopSpirit

Our review of the Asus Zenbook 14 OLED UX3450MA-QD074W

Easy to carry with its original compact thin and lightweight blue design, the versatile Asus Zenbook 14 OLED UX3450MA-QD074W laptop with a 13-hour battery life features a 14-inch 16/10 Full HD OLED DCI-P3 display with much more accurate colors than average and a latest generation Meteor Lake hybrid Core Ultra 5 125H processor with Intel Arc graphics solution paired with 16GB of RAM for good general performance, multimedia processing acceleration, and the ability to play modest games. This Windows 11 Ultrabook, with enhanced responsiveness due to its fast 512GB SSD storage, has a backlit keyboard with a NumPad numeric keypad, an Infrared webcam for facial biometric authentication with a shutter, and USB-C Thunderbolt 4 and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED UX3450MA-QD074W specifications

Screen(s) 14.5” Full HD OLED 16/10th 0.2ms 400cd/m² Display HDR True Black 600 100% DCI-P3 Low blue light emission (1920×1200, glossy)
Processor Intel Core Ultra 5 125H Meteor Lake (14 cores: 4P 4.5 GHz / 8E 3.6 GHz / 2LP-E)
Installed (max) 16GB (soldered) LPDDR5x 7467 MHz
Graphics card Intel Arc integrated into the processor
Storage 512GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4)
Connectivity 1 USB 3.2 (Gen2) + 2 USB-C Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1
Networking Wi-Fi 6E ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.3
Backlit keyboard Yes (1.4mm stroke)
Numeric keypad Yes, via NumPad (NumberPad)
Windows Hello Yes, via Full HD Infrared webcam with shutter
Audio system 2 speakers (2 x 2W) Harman Kardon Smart Amp
Operating system Windows 11 64-bit
Announced autonomy / Battery 13 hours / Li-Ion 4-cell 75Whr
Weight / Dimensions (mm) 1.22 Kg / 321.4 x 220.1 x 14.9

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED UX3450MA-QD074W versus the competition

The Asus Zenbook 14 OLED UX3450MA-QD074W is already on sale at Asus France and offers an attractive configuration/price ratio for its category, where it is one of the cheapest to offer such recent and powerful processor and graphics solution with colors as faithful a display, Thunderbolt connectivity, and a numeric keypad module, all in such an original color.

If this Asus Zenbook 14 OLED UX3450MA-QD074W does not meet all your criteria, you will find on our gaming laptop guide other configurations for gaming with a similar budget. At the same budget, prioritize the model with the most powerful graphics card, as it will have the most impact on performance. Need a student laptop? Check out our guide.

Chassis, connectivity, screen of the Asus Zenbook 14 OLED UX3450MA-QD074W

Rechargeable to 60% in 49 minutes and certified to the MIL-STD-810H military toughness standard, this versatile lightweight and compact blue design Ponder Blue Ultrabook has an original and elegant look.

This versatile multimedia Ultrabook offers good connectivity with its 2 USB-C Thunderbolt 4, its Bluetooth 5.3 and Wi-Fi 6E ax wireless modules for remote communication and connection, its HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV or monitor, its audio port, and its USB 3.0 (compatible USB 2.0) ensuring transfers up to ten times faster than USB 2.0 when connecting a USB 3.0 device.

As the webcam is equipped with Infrared technology, biometric authentication via facial recognition is possible using Windows Hello technology.

A good point is that privacy can be preserved by covering the webcam with a privacy shutter when not in use.

To better distinguish the keys when the ambient light is limited, the backlit chiclet keyboard can be turned on.

Like any model with a screen size of less than 15 inches, this laptop lacks space on the right to accommodate a physical numeric keypad. However, Asus provides this laptop with its NumberPad technology. Once NumPad is activated, the touchpad transforms into a touch numeric keypad to enter numbers more easily.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED UX3450MA-QD074W

Thanks to its OLED DCI-P3 features, the screen offers much more accurate colors than average with deep blacks, low latency, and significant horizontal and vertical viewing angles. The OLED display brings out vibrant colors but is also subject to reflections in bright environments (e.g. outdoors). The Full HD display also stands out with its 16/10 format, displaying more information in height than the classic 16/9 format.

Performance, autonomy of the Asus Zenbook 14 OLED UX3450MA-QD074W

The Asus Zenbook 14 OLED UX3450MA-QD074W may interest those looking for a versatile High Fidelity multimedia laptop with recent components for nomadic use.

Its autonomy is indeed around 13 hours on battery under light use, which may appeal to those looking for a student laptop, especially since its lightness, compactness, and thinness make it easy to carry.

Logically, this Ultrabook does not have a dedicated graphics card. However, it entrusts all graphics to the Intel Arc solution integrated into the processor, similar to a dedicated graphics card like the GeForce RTX 2050, allowing for photo and video viewing as well as modest gaming and a wider range of titles than with the traditional Iris Xe, of course.

The Intel Arc is integrated into the Core Ultra 5 125H Meteor Lake processor, a low-power consumption model with 14 hybrid cores and AI capabilities, similar to the 16GB of RAM.

This processor delivers good overall performance suitable for many users and is suitable for multimedia processing that utilizes multicores and RAM, such as photo editing or video editing.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED UX3450MA-QD074W

However, if the goal is to frequently undertake graphic-intensive tasks and/or processor-intensive work, it is best to opt for a PC based on a suitable dedicated graphics card and/or non-low power consumption processor.

As for storage, there is a 512GB SSD, equivalent to the standard capacity of hard drives. If additional space is needed, it can be expanded with an external storage unit. For fast transfers, a USB 3.0/Thunderbolt/USB-C device is preferred.

Finally, expect some heat and noise during heavy usage (e.g. processing) of this versatile multimedia High Fidelity Ultrabook, which can be coupled with a ventilated stand to keep its temperatures in check (be sure to check the dimensions!).

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