ASUS ZenBook 13 UX325E (11th-gen Intel) Hands-on
Aside from the VivoBook S14 S433EQ, ASUS has also released a ZenBook laptop powered by the 11th-gen Intel Core processor and Intel Iris Xe Graphics, the ZenBook 13 UX 325E. Check out our initial thoughts below.
ZenBooks are known for their beautiful design and a slim and compact body made from premium materials. Those qualities are still found in the new ZenBook 13 and more.
The all-metal body comes in two colors — Piney Grey and Lilac Mist. The lid features the signature ZenBook spun-metal finish. Depending on the angle, the chamfered edges also gleam when light hits it, making it more attractive.
Found on the left side are the full-size HDMI and two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports that support fast charging, 4K UHD external displays, and up to 40Gbps data transfers.
On the right is a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port and a microSD card reader. Yes, the ports are limited, but ASUS included a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter and a USB-A to RJ45 adapter.
Found underneath are the ASUS SonicMaster Speakers, a vent, and four rubber feet.
Lift the lid, and you will be greeted by the 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) NanoEdge display with an IPS panel and 300 nits of brightness. Above it is the HD camera with IR function to support Windows Hello and the built-in array microphone with support for Cortana and Alexa.
The ErgoLift hinge has already done its job at its point, lifting the top part of the base to improve airflow at the bottom and to adjust the keyboard to a more comfortable angle.
We have the edge-to-edge backlit (3 levels) chicklet keyboard made of high-quality plastics and a matte finish. The keys are a bit small than what we’re used to, but it is quiet and has good tactile feedback. Key travel is also decent at 1.4mm. Below the keyboard is a wide and smooth ASUS NumberPad 2.0 that integrates a full-size LED-illuminated numeric keypad into the touchpad for easy data entry.
Powering the ZenBook 13 UX325E that we have on hand is an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor with Intek Iris Xe graphics, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, Windows 10 Home, and a 67Whr battery. We’ll know more about its performance in our full review, so stay tuned.
All of that is housed in a body with a small footprint, weighs in at only 1.11 kg, and tested to meet the ultra-demanding MIL-STD-810G U.S. military standard for reliability and durability, which includes an altitude test, drop test, high-temperature test, low-temperature test, vibration test, and humidity test.
The ASUS ZenBook 13 UX325 is priced at PHP 54,995 and is now available on ASUS Concept Stores and ASUS Official Lazada Store.
ASUS ZenBook 13 (UX325) specs:
13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) NanoEdge display, 300 nits
Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor
Intel Iris Xe Graphics
8GB 3200MHz LPDDR4X RAM
512GB PCIe 3.0 x2 NVMe SSD
WiFi 6 GIG+
2 x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1 x Standard HDMI
1 x MicroSD card reader
Windows 10 Home
3D IR camera with Windows Hello
ASUS NumberPad 2.0
Built-in Array Microphones (with support to Cortana and Alexa)
Built-in ASUS SonicMaster Speakers
Harman Kardon certified audio
67Whr 4-cell lithium-polymer battery
30.4 x 20.3 x 1.39cm
Pine Grey, Lilac Mist