Asus Zenbook 14 OLED review – sleek design, sharp display and powerful performance at a premium

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Asus Zenbook 14 OLED review – sleek design, sharp display and powerful performance at a premium
Asus Zenbook 14 OLEDSourabh Jain
  • Asus launched the premium Zenbook 14 OLED laptop in India.
  • The laptop is priced starting at ₹89,990 and is available in two variants.
  • Here’s my review of the Asus Zenbook 14 OLED that will help you decide whether you should buy the device or not.
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Asus recently launched the Zenbook 14 OLED laptop in India along with the premium Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition. The Zenbook 14 OLED is a premium thin and lightweight laptop that is designed for professionals.

The Zenbook 14 OLED is a feature-packed device that comes with the up to Intel i7 12th gen chipset, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD and the Intel Iris Xe graphics card. The major upgrades over its predecessor include a bigger battery, better display, improved design and more.

I received the Intel i7 12th gen variant with 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD and here’s my review of the latest notebook from Asus.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED price and availability



Asus Zenbook 14 OLEDPrice
i5 12th gen₹89,990
i7 12th gen₹1,04,990

The Asus Zenbook 14 OLED is available in Aqua Celadon and Ponder Blue colour options from Amazon India, Flipkart, Asus online store and the company’s authorized retailers across the country.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED design


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Asus Zenbook 14 OLED review – sleek design, sharp display and powerful performance at a premium
Asus Zenbook 14 OLED features a thin design.Sourabh Jain

The Asus Zenbook 14 OLED features a minimalistic design. The laptop comes with an aluminum body that makes it durable and gives it a premium look. The laptop features a thin and lightweight design.

It is just 16.9mm thick and weighs 1.39 kg. The laptop fits in a regular 14-inch laptop bag and its lightweight allows you to easily carry it around with you.

The laptop comes with a 180-degree hinge that slightly lifts the base of the laptop to allow you to type easily and ensure proper flow of air. It comes with a durable design and is US MIL-STD 810H certified.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED review – sleek design, sharp display and powerful performance at a premium
Asus Zenbook 14 OLED back design.Sourabh Jain

The back comes with a matte finish with stripes and a small Asus logo at the bottom. You do not have to worry about fingerprint smudges as the matte design ensures that your fingerprints do not stick.
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Asus Zenbook 14 OLED review – sleek design, sharp display and powerful performance at a premium
Palm rest area and keyboard design.Sourabh Jain

Coming to the palm rest area, apart from a few stickers that can be easily removed, you only have the Dolby and Harmon Kardon branding.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED review – sleek design, sharp display and powerful performance at a premium
Ports offered on the Asus Zenbook 14 OLED.Sourabh Jain

In terms of connectivity, the Asus Zenbook 14 OLED offers two Thunderbolt 4.0 ports, one USB 3.2 Type-A port, an HDMI port and a microSD port. For some reason, Asus has decided to place the Type-C ports on the right and the Type-A port on the left.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED display


The display is one of the highlights of the device and it is what makes it a great option for content creators and designers.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED review – sleek design, sharp display and powerful performance at a premium
Asus Zenbook 14 OLED display.Sourabh Jain

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The Asus Zenbook 14 OLED features a 14-inch 2.8K OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, 16:10 aspect ratio and HDR support. The laptop comes with slim bezels on the side and offers a 90% screen-to-body ratio.

As mentioned earlier, the laptop is a good option for content creators as it comes with Pantone validation for colour accuracy and is TUV Rheinland certified for safety and quality standards. It offers 100% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage, ensuring proper colour accuracy.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED keyboard and trackpad


The Asus Zenbook 14 OLED comes with the company’s ErgoLift hinge that slightly raises the keyboard when you open the laptop, allowing you to type comfortably.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED review – sleek design, sharp display and powerful performance at a premium
Asus Zenbook 14 OLED keyboard and trackpad.Sourabh Jain

It features an edge-to-edge keyboard which the keys offer a 1.4mm key travel. The keyboard is backlit and comes with a fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button which allows you to easily unlock the device.

I used the device to type a lot of content and found that it offers a good experience. The slight elevation by the hinge does make it a bit easier to type. If you are someone who types a lot like me, you will have no issues using the Asus Zenbook 14 OLED.
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The trackpad comes with the company’s NumberPad 2.0 design. The touchpad comes with a number pad integrated in it, which can be enabled with the press of a button. This allows you to quickly enter numbers, making it suitable for users who have to enter a lot of numbers.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED performance


The Asus Zenbook 14 OLED is available in two variants – i5 12th gen and i7 12th gen. I used the i7 12th gen variant with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of PCIe NVMe 4.0 SSD and Intel Iris Xe graphics.

Performance is one of the laptop’s strongest points. The laptop is equipped with top-end hardware and that reflected when I used it. The laptop is able to easily handle several chrome windows and tabs open at once and switching between apps is a breeze.

Like the Zenbook 14X Space Edition, the major drawback of the Zenbook 14 OLED is the lack of a dedicated graphics card. It is equipped with the Intel Iris Xe. While the card cannot compete with dedicated graphics, we were able to play PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on low settings without any issues.

If you are someone who wishes to play games in your free time, keep in mind that the Zenbook 14 OLED will be able to handle only basic games. It will not be able to run any of the recent AAA titles.
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Asus Zenbook 14 OLED benchmarks


As expected, the Asus Zenbook 14 fared well in benchmarks, thanks to its powerful hardware.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED review – sleek design, sharp display and powerful performance at a premium
Asus Zenbook 14 OLED benchmark scores.Business Insider India/Geekbench 5 /PCMark 10

The laptop scored 1616 points on the single-core Geekbench 5 test and 8,013 points on the multi-core test.

In the PCMark 10 test, the Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition scored 9,839 in Essentials, 7,121 in Productivity and 6,526 in Digital Content Creation.

Asus Zenbook 14 OLED battery life


The Asus Zenbook 14 OLED is equipped with a 75WHRs battery that offers around 9-10 hours of usage on a single charge. I used the laptop for browsing, watched a few YouTube videos and played a few rounds of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, getting around 9 hours of use.

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The laptop comes with 65W charging support that fully charges the laptop in around 2 hours.

The laptop is a good option for you if you travel a lot because you can easily get all your work done without needing to plug it in.

Verdict


The Asus Zenbook 14 OLED is a great option if you are a professional or a student looking for a premium laptop. The laptop ticks all the boxes in terms of design, display, performance and battery. The lack of a dedicated graphics card may be a letdown for some users but it is expected from a lightweight notebook.

SEE ALSO:

Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition review – a combination of interesting design and solid performance

Asus ROG Strix G17 (2022) review — a good-looking gaming laptop with flagship performance

Samsung Galaxy M33 5G review – dependable device with an all-day battery

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