Function & Style: The ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED (UM5401QA) Review


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The new year that is 2023, seems to start on a good stride as I recently got a new laptop. It was perfect timing as I’m weaning on my older ASUS notebook gifted by my husband 5 years ago. While it’s still usable, this new ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED is something else!

As a woman content creator, I love nice things, but demand good specs. Because in our field of blogging and content creation, a commanding multimedia output is important. And for that, we need a good laptop that combines both – I found both style and function in this ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED.

ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Review
ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED (UM5401QA) Review

Sleek and Stylish

As I’ve been starting to get familiar with the ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED (UM5401QA) for the past week or two, I love several of its key features.

Let’s start with the design.

As the world’s first laptop with a 16:10 WQXGA+ OLED NanoEdge display, it showcases images in a not-so-common 2880 x 1800 resolution, surpassing the WQXGA standard of 2560 x 1600 resolution for the 16:10 aspect ratio.

Sleeker than most compact laptops you’ll find in the market today, its NanoEdge design warrants slim bezels and a screen 18% bigger than most, with a 16:10 workspace, making watching, gaming and work easier and more fun.

Remarkably, the architectural configuration packed everything in an incredibly thin body as the chassis and lids are also made of lightweight, diamond-cut aluminum alloy – something not too common even in high-end laptops. The side profile also presents less than 15.9mm – resulting in a total weight of only 1.4 kg – perfect for people on the go like me.

Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Unboxing
ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED In-Box
Jade Black
Elegant-looking with a Spun Metal Brushed Finish in Jade Black

Display & the OLED Supremacy

Its superior OLED display is a significant element that makes this laptop a cut above most.

The stunning 16:10 OLED display means the technology delivers a supreme viewing experience with enhanced realism as true-to-life colors are rendered at any brightness level up to 550 nits while maintaining deep blacks. This means you can see the content more clearly without having to turn up the brightness; therefore, your eye consumes even less blue light.

Note that the NanoEdge display design extends to all 4-sides for up to 92% screen-to-body ratio. As a result, you would feel the visual difference from your previous laptop/s, just like I did.

Aside from the aforementioned clearer images at any brightness and VESA DisplayHDR™ 500, an ASUS OLED display also means the following:

  • Cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 best-in-class color gamut
  • 70% less harmful blue light than normal LCD
  • 0.2ms fastest laptop response time (blur-free movies and games)
  • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Philippine Price
OLED Vibrant Colors on Display
ASUS OLED Care
PANTONE-validated color accuracy, TÜV Rheinland Eye Care Certification, and ASUS OLED Care built-in software
OLED Laptop
OLED Supremacy

I can genuinely attest to these differences from my recent experience. Wearing eyeglasses since my high-school years with an eye grade of at least 250, these OLED features reduced my eye strain despite the long working hours.

Add to that the PANTONE-validated color accuracy, TÜV Rheinland Eye Care Certification, and ASUS OLED Care built-in software for a longer lifespan and prevention of the OLED burn-in phenomenon.

Tablet Feels on my Laptop

Have I mentioned it’s also a ‘touchscreen‘?

This is my first touchscreen laptop, so you can imagine my childlike delight in this relatively new experience. I’m literally ecstatic about going beyond the regular use of my keyboard and mouse.

It’s like having a tablet and laptop in one. The experience was so seamless and precise that I had to remind myself not to detach the screen from the keyboard body. 🙂

Touchscreen Laptop
Touchscreen Laptop
Zenbook Series
Zenbook Series

Flexibility and Style

Another personal first with this new ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED is its 180° wide viewing angle with ErgoLift hinge.

Needless to say, I am amazed once again as this is the first laptop which enabled me with this flexibility. Flexing the laptop to almost lay flat on a surface was an adventure for someone who works from her bed at night.

Seriously now, such design flexibility is good for collaboration and presentations. Not many know in the tech world that aside from being a content creator, I am also connected with Sun Life Insurance and St. Peter Memorial Plans, where I showcase a lot of client proposals.

ASUS 180 degrees viewing angle
ASUS 180 degrees viewing angle
Zenbook 14X OLED UM5401QA
Zenbook 14X OLED (UM5401QA)

Workhorse Specs

Equipped with the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 H-series processor, you know it is internally good as it looks from the outside. It’s an excellent option for professionals, for business, or even for gaming with its 8GB memory and 512GB PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSDs.

Furthermore, the Zenbook 14X OLED is equipped with a 63 Wh lithium-polymer battery providing up to 11 hours of stand-by battery life. When I am using it unplugged, fully-charged – video-editing, multiple open apps, and internet browsing with social media – it can run to about 5 hours non-stop. Quick-charging while it’s powered off is done in a little below 2 hours.

For connectivity, the device comes with Full I/O Ports consisting of two USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C ports, full-size HDMI 2.0, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack, along with a microSD card reader.

For internet connectivity and cooling, you’ll be glad to know that this model is equipped with a dual-band Wi-Fi 6 and ASUS IceCool Plus featuring a new thermal design with powerful dual-fan cooling technology and two 83-blade fans.

ASUS laptop backlit keyboards
Full I/O Ports with 180 degree ErgoLift Hinge + Back-lit Keyboard
ASUS Laptop Audio Jack
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port (dongle for wireless mouse not included), and a 3.5mm audio combo jack

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