Asus Zenbook 14X OLED review

With power, performance, and a fantastic screen does the Asus Zenbook 14X OLED tick all the boxes for photo and video editors

Asus Zenbook 14X OLED laptop on carpet
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Asus’ newest Zenbook 14X packs the latest Intel processor tech and a decent GPU into something the size of a thick magazine, and tops it off with an HDR OLED touchscreen that’s bright and colourful, if a little reflective. It’s a compact machine, with a battery that can last eight hours with constant but light use. Give it some real work to do, however, and the processor’s 20 cores mean it speeds through creative and productivity applications, while the GPU adds graphics acceleration to video and photo workloads. And though gamers may sneer at it, there's enough pixel-pushing oomph inside to keep most people entertained.


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    Powerful innards

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    Bright, colorful screen

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    Compact chassis


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    Shiny screen attracts fingerprints

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    A bit heavy

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The laptop industry enjoys putting hot things in small spaces, and the Asus Zenbook 14 OLED we’re sent for review manages to squeeze an Intel i9 processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPU into a wedge-shaped chassis barely 1.7cm thick. The screen is excellent and it costs less than two grand. 

This is, as you can see from the key specs, a high-performance laptop, but it balances this with a battery that will probably last you all day if you put it to sleep at lunchtime and don’t push it too hard. The 14.5in screen may be a little small for heavy editing sessions, but its ability to connect to external screens through HDMI and Thunderbolt ports means you’ll not be imprisoned in its small window for long.

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Ian Evenden
Freelance tech journalist

Ian Evenden has worked for newspapers, magazines, book publishers, and websites during his almost 25 years in journalism, and is never happier than when taking a new piece of expensive technology out of its box. When he's not slaving over a hot keyboard, he lies in wait for wildlife before shooting it with a long camera lens.