Buying a laptop worth more than 1,000 euros to work on a day-to-day basis is an investment that cannot always be justified for most people. It is enough with a machine of less than 300 euros to surf the Internet, use online office and watch videos, although if we need to edit multimedia or run render programs of any kind, the specifications and prices will skyrocket.
The same is true when we need a high-quality screen, and that’s where OLED comes in.
For the last month I have been testing the ZenBook 13 OLED, de ASUS, a laptop where the protagonist is its screen, something that draws attention as soon as you turn it on. Up to 400nits of brightness and 1920X1080 resolution.
What I liked about the ZenBook 13 OLED
It’s a computer extremely lightweight and portable, only 1.1 kg, very thin (13.9mm), elegant, although its screen is not gigantic (something that I have missed after trying the ROG Strix SCAR 17 during the summer).
Long battery life, very low noise, it doesn’t heat up at all and has a good sound, something that is rare in such thin notebooks.
The touchpad is also original. It has a button to adjust light, and it is possible to change modes within the touchpad, transforming it into numeric.
When it comes to ports, it doesn’t have many. 1 USB 3.2 type A, 2 Thunderbolt 4, 1 HDMI 2.0b and a micro-SD card reader. No ethernet port or 3.5 mm jack.
The battery lasts about 8 hours with normal work, somewhat below the specifications (they say up to 13 hours), but enough if we take into account the image quality of the screen. It charges in half in just under an hour.
Regarding video conferencing, the included noise cancellation system is appreciated. It should be mandatory in these times. It has an infrared camera that recognizes the face and starts the session, by the way.
Another detail is the inclination it offers when it is opened, which makes it more practical for those of us who spend hours writing.
On the level of military resistance … sorry, I haven’t tested it. In theory it can fall to the ground without breaking, but I prefer to test that with something that costs less than 1,000 euros.
What I didn’t like about the ZenBook 13 OLED
I did not like the small size of the INTRO key on the keyboard, although it is something that one gets used to.
On the other hand, I have noticed mouse jumps from time to time. It doesn’t matter much with the applications I usually work with, but it can be a problem for someone who needs massive precision. It is possible that it is solved with configuration, but I personally have not succeeded.
You can see more details on asus.com.