After years of using small, conventional displays, Asus has finally jumped on the OLED bandwagon with its Zenbook 14X. The notebook packs a gorgeous Ultra HD display, a lightweight chassis, and a price tag well below $1,000 to compete with Apple’s MacBook Pro. The Zenbook 14X is now available for pre-order and will cost $799.99.
The new 14-inch ZenBook 14X will come in two sizes with either a 4K OLED HDR display or a 2.8K OLED 90Hz display, making it one of the first laptops to have an option for such high-resolution screens. Given how vivid and bright we found the FHD OLED screen on the ultraportable 13.3-inch ZenBook 13 earlier this year, we can definitely describe either of these displays as a significant step up in picture quality and overall viewing experience.
The Zenbook 14X OLED will feature a screen with 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, and will not take more than 0.2ms to respond once you tap on the display. This is because it emits 70% less harmful blue light than normal LCD displays, so it’s brighter with less chance of eyestrain while offering all-round protection for your eyes.
Weighing just 3.09 pounds and a very slim 0.67 inches in diameter, the 14X is a decently portable 14″ laptop, though there are thinner and lighter computers to be had if portability is really paramount when picking a machine of this size. Configurable with 11th-Gen Intel processors from i5 up to i7, as well as 16GB of memory and 1TB of storage, it provides more than enough power for doing most tasks. It hosts a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, a Thunderbolt 4 interface, an HDMI 2.0 connector, and a microSD slot for extra memory expansion options.
All of that sounds good, but the big question mark for laptops having long battery is if the screen resolution is too high. Some thin and light laptops have a hard time lasting long on just one charge because of this. The following ZenBook is actually an excellent example countering this idea, as it has a screen with tons of pixels to power – but it still lasts over 11 hours on average.
The Zenbook 14X OLED starts at $1,399.99, about double the price of its smaller brother, the Zenbook 13 OLED, which starts at $799. That’s not surprising because the 14-inch laptop has nearly double the display area and features an ultra-high-resolution screen.
There’s a convertiAsus has announced the ZenBook 14 Flip OLED, the first laptop to feature an OLED display. The company showed off a prototype at Computex, but it’s unclear whether production models will use an actual OLED display or simply an LCD with a protective sheet of plastic over top of it.
The new release follows Samsung’s announcement that the company would start mass-producing 14-inch 90Hz OLED panels this year. We’re looking forward to seeing how other companies will implement this technology in future laptops – prices could go way down if other brands start adopting different approaches.