ASUS Zenbook UX391 Hand-on and first impressions

With the current dominance of gaming laptops in the Philippines market with the Republic of Gamers laptops, ASUS aims for more with the ultrabook line with their new Zenbook UX391.

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Design

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The UX391 seems to be a combination of their Zenbook 3 and ASUSPro B9440. With the addition of the “Ergo Lift”, the screen moves the entire body in order to create an inclined keyboard typing position and leave extra room for ventilation underneath. This pretty much solves the hinge issues that a lot of the laptops have been having in recent years. Although, there have been a few feedback from local retailers about the screen being unhinged out of the box.

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The laptop is also subtle in design, with a dark-blue metallic color scheme. One thing to note though is that the matte surface is a fingerprint magnet as you would see in the pictures.

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As far as the I/O, ASUS has kept it to a minimum by putting a USB-C only and as a result, you’d find 3 UBS-C slots and a headphone jack. Hopefully, ASUS offers a dongle with this for display output use and extra USB ports.

Keyboard and trackpad

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The keyboard layout and feel takes from the Zenbook UX490. With a minor setback. They switched “Power” and “Delete” keys. The keys are soft with only a travel of 1.2mm with yellow backlight.

Hardware and Upgradability

The ASUS Zenbook UX391 comes with either an i5-8520u or i7-8550u. RAM is upgradable to 16GB 2133Mhz and storage Up to 1TB PCIE Gen 3 x4 SSD. We hoped to get more time with it in order to actually open up the device and see inside but we only had a few hours with the device.

Conclusion

The ASUS Zenbook UX391 is one of the devices which will keep you company in those long meetings. Although, that’s about as far as it goes. There’s very little that can go wrong with this ultrabook. It’s thin and light with a fair built and good keyboard. Performance is as expected from Intel’s 8th generation processors with minimal use.

Price and Availability

  • 13.3-inch 4K UHD IPS touchscreen display (glossy) @ 3840 x 2160 resolution (Deep Dive Blue color only)
  • 13.3-inch Full HD IPS non-touch display (anti-glare) @ 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Intel Core i7-8550U processor
  • Intel Core i5-8250U processor
  • 8/16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM
  • up to 512GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, Thunderbolt 3 supported
  • 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
  • 1x Combo Audio port
  • EdgeLift hinge
  • 50Wh lithium-polymer battery
  • 311 x 213 x 12.9mm
  • 1kg (anti-glare display), 1.05kg (glossy display)
  • Deep Dive Blue, Burgundy Red

The ZenBook S (UX391) will come in four variants:

13-inch 4k with the i7-8550U, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB PCIe x4 SSD – Php 99,995

13-inch 4k with the  i7-8550U, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB PCIe x4 SSD – Php 84,995

13-inch FHD with the i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB PCIe x4 SSD – Php 69,995

13-inch FHD with the i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB PCIe x4 SSD – Php 69,995 (Burgundy Red)

 

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