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Asus ZenBook 14-inch Laptop (UM431DA-BH51-CB)

Asus ZenBook 14-inch Laptop (UM431DA-BH51-CB)

This model ranked #3 among Laptops priced $425-950 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

This premium-looking laptop is a solid choice for productivity on the go and thanks to its small size and plentiful ports, it gives you plenty of options to make the most of things on and off the desk.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Laptop which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this Laptop.$30+

No Number Pad. If you primarily work with numbers, the lack of a number pad on this laptop could be inconvenient. You have the option of using an external number pad to remedy that, especially if you only need it on occasion.$20+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $20 on accessories, for a total cost of $820.

Who it's For

  • Aspiring Creative
  • Multitasker
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared to other Laptops

Bang for the Buck67th percentile
Versatility73th percentile
Power (General Purpose)54th percentile
Power (Graphical)53th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)68th percentile
Storage Space54th percentile
Portability86th percentile
Battery Autonomy60th percentile
Longevity35th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck51th percentile
Versatility80th percentile
Power (General Purpose)45th percentile
Power (Graphical)44th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)62th percentile
Storage Space40th percentile
Portability87th percentile
Battery Autonomy56th percentile
Longevity26th percentile

Specs

Screen

14", 1920×1080 (FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), 157.35 PPI, Multiple Monitor Support

Operating System

Windows

CPU

AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, 4 cores clocked from 2.1 to 3.7 GHz

GPU

AMD Radeon Vega 8 Mobile

Memory

8 GB

Storage

512 GB total, Media Card Reader, Solid State (very fast)

Battery

47Wh

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w32.4 × d21.2 × h1.59

Dimensions (in): w12.76 × d53.85 × h4.04

Weight (kg): 1.388

Weight (lbs.): 3.06

Features

  • Backlit
  • External Power Brick
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • Webcam / Front-Facing Camera / Selfie Cam
  • HDMI
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • USB 2
  • USB Type-C
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-A
  • Built-In Keyboard
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac

Maintenance and Upgrades

I do not have much insight to offer regarding this product.

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Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this laptop to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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