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Asus Zenbook UX430 Andrei Girbea Rating: 4 out of 5

Asus Zenbook UX430 series (UX430UQ) review – a compact 14-inch ultraportable for the average user


  1. Henri

    May 21, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Hi! I must ask, specially you who use NoteBook FanControl to make your UX430UQ run silent, don't you experience any coil whine? I personally find it more annoying than the fan… or is it just my unit with the coil whine? I have had this notebook for 5 weeks now and I have multiple dead pixels so I have to send it for repair, maybe I should mention about coil whine too if you don't experience any.

    • christof

      May 22, 2017 at 4:54 am

      It is indeed sad to hear, that you are suffering from this! I have the UX410 and was afraid too to get to hear coil whine too. Fortunately my book is totally silent when using nbfc. I have had about 10 different ultrabooks the last two years and the most annoying thing i noticed with around 85% of them was coil whine. It tends to be common these days, so I was positively surprised to get an ultrabook without any noises!

      Are there any other experiencing coil whine (electrical buzzing)

      • Tom

        June 10, 2017 at 11:18 am

        My UX430UQ is so loud with coil whine it's embarassing for Asus.

        Total piece of shit …..

      • Dave

        June 14, 2017 at 4:46 pm

        Which fan configuration do you use for the UX430UQ? I just bought mine and I'm trying to use Notebook Fan Control, but when I set it up, I don't see the specific laptop model I have. There is no UX430UQ option available.

        • Tom

          June 30, 2017 at 11:54 am

          You use the UX360UAK profile

  2. Taufiq

    May 22, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Hi I'm currently staying in Canada and am desperately looking for the royal blue version of this ux430 model. I've searched everywhere with no luck on my side. If anyone could tell me where I could get this blue version will be really helpful.

    • Jeff

      July 20, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      The ux430UA is on best buy for 899 rn in canada. Im planning on buying one too…

  3. Beatsing

    May 25, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Nice review. I bought this based on your review. I've been using it for over a week now but my battery doesn't seem to last as long as yours. On light browsing at 30 %brightness wifi on with Internet Explorer I'm getting 5 to 7 hours. Watching YouTube wifi on 1080 I'm getting 5.5 hours. Is my battery defective? Thanks

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 25, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Are you using the Balanced Power mode? And are you running other things at the same time while watching Youtube? 5 to 7 h of browsing sounds about right, my test of light browsing consists of mostly typing in Google Drive with only one more tab open, our site, hence the longer running times.

      • Beatsing

        May 25, 2017 at 7:25 pm

        Thanks for your prompt reply. Yes I'm using balanced power mode. Only running YouTube on 1 tab gets about 5.5 hours which seems a bit low compared with your battery. On light browsing I have 2 tabs open it barely gets 7 hours. If I open multiple tabs it runs out in 5 hours. What do you think? Is there software that you'd recommend to test it? Thanks

        • Andrei Girbea

          May 26, 2017 at 7:33 am

          You can use download HWinfo, launch it in Sensors mode (there's going to be a check-in when you launch the app, it's intuitive) and scroll down to the battery section and see if your readings are similar to mine. The Screen's brightness can have an impact, if you have it setup higher than I had it.

          • beatsing

            May 27, 2017 at 2:58 am

            Hi, Thanks for your reply. I downloaded hwinfo64, and the battery is rated 50000mwh, and discharge 10305mw. Not sure why there is a large difference as I'm only running edge with 2-3 tabs, light browsing, wifi on, 30% brightness.

  4. Juan

    May 27, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Hi Mike, excellent review. You said storage is upgradeable, is it true? By the pictures you take it doesn't feel like you can replace the ssd.

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Of course you can, the SSD can be easily removed, it's hold in place by that single screw: http://cdn.ultrabookreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/internals-general-view.jpg

    • Jane

      May 27, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      It's possible to upgrade it. Just note that the new SSD there will be connected to the PCI-E Connector of the South Bridge. Meaning that it's not connected directly to the CPU. It could be nothing to worry about, but Asus supplied the South Bridge a PCI-E Connector which supports only PCI-E 2.0, but not PCI-E 3.0. You can read here more of how it affects on the speeds of Writing and Reading.

  5. Dan

    May 27, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Anyone knows if there will be a newer version (Perhaps UX450UQ) being reannouced of in 29 May, at Asus Press?


    • Andrei Girbea

      May 27, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      I'd reckon there will be an update by the time Nvidia launched a replacements for the 940MX chip, but I don't think that will happen before the end of the summer. If you don't care that much about graphics though, this should be fine till the next Intel hardware is released, towards the end of the year.

  6. Mario Quimi

    May 30, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Hi Andrei, great review, I really like this laptop but I can't find it in USA, Do you know when will be available in USA? Thanks.

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 30, 2017 at 3:25 am

      Unfortunately, no, I don't have any insiders with Asus North America. Could try getting in touch with them on Facebook or Twitter and see if they have anything to say about thos

    • Tom

      May 30, 2017 at 10:58 am

      It recently became available from Costco, however they only have the most expensive version. I7 with the discreet graphics for $1300

      • Joe

        May 30, 2017 at 11:21 pm

        Hey Tom, is this in the Costco in Canada? If possible would be able to tell me which location? Because best buy sells the intel i5 with the graphics card. For $1300 too

      • nico

        June 3, 2017 at 2:27 pm

        and I noticed that even though it is the highest spec configuration, it doesn't seem to come with the fingerprint reader and they only have the Grey option. I have no idea what ASUS have in mind with these differences across regions

  7. Bob

    May 31, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    How can I control the fan speed? First day using it and it seems to roar like crazy even doing nothing

    • Cody

      August 22, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      Take a look through all the comments on this post, there are instructions on how to install a fan control app to make the laptop silent.

  8. Tom

    June 1, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Hello, Thank you for your review. I would like to buy this model and want to ask you. Is it full aluminium. Its hard to recognise what is plastic (except display black frame) what is colored aluminium. I am also thinking about model ux410 which is better equpied for almost same price, but according to some picture this lower model should be made from plastic. So how it is with ux430? Does it looks more durable for daily use? Thank you for your answer

  9. nico

    June 3, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    This review is from March. We are almost in June and the laptops are not available in the US yet, nor there is any release date mentioned by anyone. Are these ghosts laptops or what? Are they ever coming out in the US? Does anyone know anything about their release in the US?

    • Kane

      June 5, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      Now at Costco.com for $999

      ASUS ZenBook UX430UQ Laptop – Intel Core i7 – 2GB NVIDIA Graphics – 1080p

  10. Shawn

    June 6, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Hay great review, I saw this system bestbuy and loved it. However I can't seem to get one with a US keyboard where did you get yours?

  11. Dieter

    June 7, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Hi, just wanted to add something; I bought this ultrabook (UX410UA-GV024T) for my GF's son to use in high school and I set it up last week. I set it up (removed bloatware, put OnlyOffice on it and adjusted the settings a slight bit), and while configuring Windows Hello I noticed I could set up face recognition. Hadn't really paid it any mind before.

    Anyhow, now it's gone with its owner to his dad's and I can't check, but setting up the same (cause I thought it was cool) with my boat-sized HP Zbook 15 I found I could do the fingerprint sensor (not present on the UX410UA), which is pretty crappy, but not the face recognition, which struck me as a lot cooler.

    Then I went to research it and doing face recognition with Windows Hello, would have to mean that the ASUS UX410UA comes equipped with Intel RealSense 3D camera. Googled it and there's nowhere I can read that this ultrabook actually has this feature. Even when sites specifically mention the feature they say it doesn't have it.

    When I see the ultrabook again on Friday I'll confirm in Device Manager, but I'm pretty sure face recognition with Windows Hello was present.

    Anyone have any similar experiences? Am I losing it?

    Btw I thought it a great machine for the few hours I got to play with it. My version didn't have NIL coating or sharp edges, and never got under real heavy load, so I haven't noticed any downsides yet.

  12. Claudio

    June 8, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I bought today the asus zenbook ux430
    I'm also complaining about the noise, what did you do to reduce the noise?

    • Dieter

      June 8, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      You can use Notebook Fan Control to alter the temperatures at which the fan kicks in, but make sure you know what you're doing, as the cooler the processor runs, the longer its life expectancy, and if you turn it off completely, you might well fry your laptop.

      Check out this video: youtube.com/watch?v=V6hYPZXtlK0

  13. claudio

    June 8, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    today, i bought a ux 430! but, he do very noise.
    how i can fix it?

    • J

      June 9, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Hey Claudio
      As mentioned in some of the earlier posts you can use the notebook fancontrol app and choose the Asus Zenbook Flip UX360UAK profile.

      You can find it here: github.com/hirschmann/nbfc/releases

    • Tom

      June 9, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Get Notebookfancontrol (github.com/hirschmann/nbfc/releases), intall and choose the profil of the Asus UX360.

      No noise until it reaches 60°.

  14. Maud

    June 15, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Which laptop would you recommend between the ux430ua and the ux330ua ?
    Which is the best overall?

    Are there laptops that don't have fan and noise issues ?

    • Tom

      June 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Yes there are notebooks but those are way more expensive than the UX430UQ/UA.

      You may want to check this lists:

      Subnotebooks: notebookcheck.com/Top-10-Subnotebooks-im-Test-bei-Notebookcheck.16614.0.html
      Ultrabooks: notebookcheck.com/Top-10-Ultrabooks-im-Test-bei-Notebookcheck.125873.0.html

      The prices are all wrong because Amazon goes crazy for unknown reasons.

      As for your question between the UX330UA and the UX430UA I can't answer that but you may want to look into this:

      And read a test for both notebooks from either this site or another quality notebook site.

    • Dieter

      June 15, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      330ua only has a 13" screen. 430 is better imo. I have 410 and while the fan spins at 25% most of the time, it hasn't bothered me so far. I think the extra size in the 410 may solve the noise issue, or maybe my ears aren't as sensitive as yours. Fans will be fans though, they will always make some sound.

      There are lots of laptops without fans or noise. Check out any laptop with core M it, for the newer ones, a Y in the processor number. They are fanless. For ASUS, everything with CA in the model number is fanless iirc.

  15. Emre Kaan Özkan

    June 15, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    My laptops had a coil whine this version is 430uq i replace this pc the new 430uq.
    are the all 430uq had same problem ?? but ı want buy same versıon

    • Tom

      June 15, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      My UX430UQ has also coil whine and afaik it's a known problem for the Zenbooks (+ the noisy fan).

      If you get lucky you may get one with lower coil whine (every pc and laptop has coil whine but normally the frequency is too high for the human ear, only if one does shit while engineering or use low quality coils / materials it's a problem).

  16. claudio

    June 17, 2017 at 10:23 am

    hey! thanks for the advice! my asus zenbook No longer makes noise. but, i play dragon ball xenoverse 2. in 20 min fo game, my ultrabook It gets very hot. is normal? Can I play or does it spoil the pc?
    the normal temperature is 37/40. is normal?

    • Tom

      June 17, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      37/40 is normal, between 33-46 depending on the temperature outside or in the room and if idle or browsing/gaming/running stuff.

      How hot does your laptop get while playing?

      • claudio

        June 19, 2017 at 8:02 pm

        70 graus
        how you can ten hours watching movies in 1080p?

        • Tom

          June 23, 2017 at 5:33 pm

          I'm not sure I understand what you're saying.

          • claudio

            June 28, 2017 at 11:34 am

            in my asus ux430, i can 9 hours if i have the wifi off. but if i have the wifi on and see videos in youtube in google chrome, my asus only can 4/5 hours. your asus can 8 hours in youtube. is normal?

  17. Jane

    June 24, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Hey, Anyone here who had upgraded it SSD from SanDisk (OEM) to a NVMe SSD, such as 960 PRO, had issues or problems later with the UX430UQ's Touchpad? If so, how did you fix the touchpad?

    • Andrei Girbea

      June 25, 2017 at 11:10 am

      What kind of problems? I"m curious cause the SSD should not have anything to do with the touchpad, they are not even remotely close. That could mean your problem is driver based?

      • Jane

        July 1, 2017 at 7:45 pm

        Well it appears that it was just a matter of drivers. I actually reinstalled the OS and things went ok.

  18. Richard

    June 26, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Is the UQ version suitable for high res video editing? Not on professional level though.

    • Andrei Girbea

      June 26, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Depends on your expectations. The Core i7 with 16 GB of RAM is good enough for Premiere and 1080p editing, but the performance is still limited to what you can get from a Core U processor.

  19. Lisa and brian

    June 30, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Hi, great review. Do you know which m.2 drives are compatable with the ux430? Most of the m.2 drives won't work on this machine (source asus mail). Im looking for a 512gb m.2 to change the 128gb i have…do you know a cheap one which will work on this machine? Thanks in advance!

    • Andrei Girbea

      June 30, 2017 at 6:48 am

      What do you mean most won't work? On the contrary, most should work imo.

      • Lisa and brian

        July 2, 2017 at 8:06 am

        I've got a list from Asus of some m.2 ssd drives that are not compatable with the ux430. On this list, there are some Sandisks that work and other don't. There's also a Samsung m.2 ssd on the list that isn't working on the ux430 …so before I buy a 512gb or 1tb m.2 ssd I really like to know which are compatable? It would be cool if you can check out which 512gb or 1tb drive definately work on the ux430? Asus' list is very short and they are still testing so therefor I ask you. Hope you can help us out :-)

        • Andrei Girbea

          July 2, 2017 at 4:11 pm

          I've seen reports of the Samsung 950 and 960 pro working. Care to make the list from Asus public here?

          • Lisa and brian

            July 5, 2017 at 6:16 pm

            Yes sure! Here's the list: ibb.co/mLAWKa (don't look at the red, they are still testing with those)

            Do you think the Samsung 850 Evo m.2 1TB will work? I would like to buy that one, because it's cheap in our country, but it is a risc because the PM961 Samsung is not working and Asus also didn''t test 1tb drives. Do you think there is a limit till 512gb or is that not possible? By the way do you know which motherboard the ux430 uses?

      • Vitalii

        August 30, 2017 at 3:16 am

        Andrei, why someone wants to replace ssd sata3 to faster ssd in asus u430, if in most of cases they don`t feel the difference?

        • Andrei Girbea

          August 30, 2017 at 3:20 am

          Well, I don't know if it's placebo or not, but I notice a tiny difference between a SATA and NVMe SSD with how responsive everything is. I doubt the regular user would notice it, especially if coming from an older device without an SSD, but there are probably a bunch of others like me out there who'll want the faster speeds. And perhaps some actually transfer many files on and off the computer, in which case the faster drive would make sense, albeit the transfer speeds are still bottle-necked by the connection

    • Dieter

      June 30, 2017 at 7:07 am

      All the cheap ones will probably work. IT's the NVMe etc. that won't work as you connect it through PCIe instead of SATA. UX410 is SATA 3 interface, but there's another slot so you can add 512 GB instead of having to switch it out.

      • Andrei Girbea

        June 30, 2017 at 7:25 am

        That's not true. As far as I know both the UX410 and UX430 use PCIe 2.0 X4 lanes, so PCIe M.2 will work, and NVMe drives will work too, but not at their highest speeds.

        Also see this thread: http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/asus-zenbook-ux310uq-does-the-m-2-slot-support-pcie-ssd.796362/ . The UX310 and UX410 get the same motherboard, with slight variations on the UX430, but not on the M.2 slot.

        There are also Jane's comments a while ago that offer details on the choice of SSD drive.

      • Lisa and brian

        July 2, 2017 at 8:09 am

        Like Adrei Girbea said, it doens't matter if it is nvme m.2 or an m.2 ssd on sata speed, it's all about the m.2 connector. All m.2 2280 ssd's will fit, but not all wil WORK. And we are talking about the ux430, not the ux410. And the ux430 only has 1 m.2 slot.

        • Ty

          July 9, 2017 at 2:59 pm

          A data point.

          I have the UX430UQ. I replaced the ssd with a Samsung SM951 Ahci m.2 ssd.

          Crystal disk mark shows:
          1540 MB/s read and 1562 MB/s write for sequential
          47.7 MB/s read and 138.9 MB/s write for random 4K.

  20. Po-wei

    July 7, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Does UX430's panel use PWM to adjust the brightness?

    • Tom

      July 10, 2017 at 11:04 am

      According to this test (most famous notebook test site in germany) it does not use PWM for brightness adjustment.

      In germany the UX430UQ is sold has UX3430UQ for whatever weird marketing reason.


      "Flackern / PWM nicht festgestellt" = Flickering / PWM not ascertained.

  21. Ryan

    July 16, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Hi, Andrei,

    Great review!! Like it very much. I'm Ryan. I'm in a dilemma of choosing a ultrabook between Acer Swift 3 14" and this Asia UX430 right now. For me, the main concern is the weight, quality, performance and price. The Asus UX430 has a lighter weight and a better screen which is both good for me, because I may travel with it a lot and work in some bright areas. But Asus's price is much higher than Acer swift. And I don't like the micro HDMI either. However, Acer swift comes with close performance and better price but lack of a good screen. So, what do you think? And may I ask for some advice from you? Thanks very very much.

    • Andrei Girbea

      July 16, 2017 at 8:40 am

      Do you consider the Swift 3 14 with the matte screen and no dedicated graphics, or the newer model with a glossy screen and Nvidia graphics?

      If it's the former, then it would really depend on whether you want to spend the extra for the Asus, which is a nicer laptop: lighter, better screen, better build quality, larger battery. But for what it costs, that Swift 3 offers excellent value, as long as you can live with the dim screen, extra weight and don't plan to use it outside or in strong light.

      If it's the updated version, then I can't comment yet, I'm working on a review right now that will include my opinions on it, since it's changed quite a bit from the existing Swift 3.

      • Ryan

        July 16, 2017 at 8:53 am

        Hi Andrew, thanks for your reply. It does help me think. Actually I'm considering the Swift without dedicated graphics, the cheaper one. So you mean the Asus has its reasons to be higher priced one. I pay more, I get a better laptop. And if I pay less, Acer does a fairly good job too. It's just the swift 3 is not as good as Zenbook UX430 yet. Am I right?

        • Andrei Girbea

          July 16, 2017 at 9:09 am


          • Ryan

            July 16, 2017 at 9:27 am

            Okay! Got it. Thanks very much Andrei!

  22. Danny

    July 16, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Can someone help me decide between Asus zenbook ux330ua which has intel i7, 16gb ram and 512gb ssd but no graphics card VS Asus zenbook ux430uq intel i5, 512gb ssd and 16gb ram with the Nvidia 2gb graphics card. I honestly don't need graphics card. How much of a difference will the intel i7 VS intel i5 make? I really don't like the bezel on the ux330ua but it has better specs. They both are the same price. $1299 Cad. What do I do?

    • Andrei Girbea

      July 16, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      Little to no difference at all with daily use, and the i5 will also run a little cooler.

      If they're the same price I'd get the UX430, imo it's a nicer laptop and the bigger screen makes it more comfortable to use.

      • Danny

        July 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm

        I see Everyone talking about the fan noise. Exactly how bad is it and does every laptop have it? Has Asus created a bios to fix it or do I still depend on the notebook fan control app? I feel like notebook fan control is a lot harder r to use. Is that right? Anyone made the fan control for ux430uq? Also has the fan noise helped with actually cooling the laptop?

  23. TRTB

    July 24, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Me again. Do you know if this one can be charged via USB-C? And does the screen use PWM flickering? Thanks in advance!

    • Sem

      August 28, 2017 at 3:31 am

      No pwm, no type-c charge.

  24. Richard

    July 27, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Thank you very much Andrei, really great work you are doing, your review helped me a lot when considering buying this Asus notebok. Finally ordered it and looking forward to try it. Thanks again,
    Greetings from Norway

    • Andrei Girbea

      July 27, 2017 at 5:17 am

      Thanks. Please get back with your feedback if you have the time.

  25. A. M.

    July 28, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Concerning the fan noise and thermal behaviour, notice that ASUS have released two BIOS updates: version 201 ("Update FW") on 10.02.2017 and version 300 ("Optimize system performance") on 13.07.2017: asus.com/us/supportonly/UX430UQ/HelpDesk_download .

    None of the two files has a clear description, but please notice that UX430UA has also received a BIOS update on 07.02.2017 (version 201) named "Update thermal policy". This suggests that "Update FW" for UX430UQ does the same thing, i.e. change the thermal behaviour: asus.com/us/supportonly/UX430UA/HelpDesk_download .

    In light of all this, could you please apply these updates and then test the laptop again only for fan and heat behaviour? I'd say that ASUS have listened to the users and tweaked the firmware, and I'd like to see whether this solves the problems and whether some throttling is involved in their fix.

    • Andrei Girbea

      July 28, 2017 at 11:54 pm

      i no longer have the laptop , but perhaps someone else can try these.

    • JK

      August 9, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      Those BIOS updates do not bring help to the fan noise problem. I had version 201 originally on my UX430UQ and I just updated to version 300.

      • Daniel

        September 1, 2017 at 12:39 pm

        Today I updated the graphis card (Intel HD Graphics 620), to version, and the fan has been really quiet so far. Haven't been needing Notebook Fan Control :D I really hope this is the so needed fix!!

        • Daniel

          September 3, 2017 at 3:28 pm

          You can ignore my last comment. The fan noise is here again.
          Notebook fan control is still the only solution :(

  26. beekey

    July 28, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Hi there.thanks for review and comments in discussion.

    any owners of UX430 – do you have any issues with micro HDMI? is it durable enough for (almost) daily use connecting the beamer?

  27. Jacob

    August 1, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Would you choose this or HP Spectre 13? Thanks

  28. Paul

    August 26, 2017 at 3:40 am

    Hey. I'm planning to buy asus zenbook ux530ux and I heard that 430 and 530 are basically the same. I'm an architect and use mostly autoCAD, photoshop and few rendering programs. My retailer offers ux530ux with i5, 8GB RAM, 512SSD and geforce 950m. Other variant is ux530uq with i7, 8GB RAM, geforce 940mx and 256 SSD. Both has the same price. Also it offers zenbook ux510 with geforce 950m, 16GB RAM, i7(7500), 1TB HDD + 128SSD with similar price tag. Which one would you recommend?

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 26, 2017 at 4:25 am

      The issue with the 430/530 is the non-upgradeable RAM, and for your needs 8 GB are probably not enough. I'd get something with at least 16. The Nvidia chip help a little bit, but the CPU matters much more.

      I'd also suggest two other aspects to consider:

      1. If you can't wait, perhaps consider a laptop with a quad-core Intel CPU and at least 16 GB of RAM instead, albeit it might be a little bigger and heavier.
      2. If you can wait, there's a new line of Intel Core U quad-core processors scheduled for the next weeks (details here: https://www.ultrabookreview.com/17655-coffee-lake-laptops/ ), and those provide better multitasking performance and should be better fir to your needs then the i7-7500U and other dual-cores.

      • Paul

        August 26, 2017 at 5:01 am

        Then I'll probably wait, because two additional cores will help a lot in rendering process. There is zenbook ux430 mentioned in your list and I wanted to ask is there any chance that ux530 will also get updated?

        • Andrei Girbea

          August 26, 2017 at 5:06 am

          I'd reckon yes, but I can't tell for sure when or even if. I couldn't find anything on an updated UX530 with either MX150 or Coffee Lake processors yet.

  29. Ultrathin

    September 11, 2017 at 1:52 am

    I'm contemplating between buying Lenovo IdeaPad 720 and this. Any comments?

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 11, 2017 at 3:16 am

      Are they the same price and config? Not sure what I'd pick between the two. The Lenovo is bigger and heavier, but gets a bigger battery. Also gets the faster 940MX with GDDR5 memory. Had some issues with performance and wireless on my sample though: https://www.ultrabookreview.com/17425-lenovo-ideapad-720s-review/ .

      The Asus is thinner and lighter, gets slower graphics.

      If you could wait, I'd suggest waiting for the kabylake-R quad-core configurations with MX150 graphics, though. Those configs should be a major step-up both in terms of CPU and GPU performance.

      • Ultrathin

        September 11, 2017 at 5:03 am

        Thanks. I would prefer Asus then. The Lenovo screen is too reflective for usage.

        Would you know when will the kabylake-R quad-core configurations with MX150 graphics be out in Asia?

        I'm planning to get the laptop in mid of nov

        • Andrei Girbea

          September 11, 2017 at 12:30 pm

          Can't tell, try to get in touch with Asus on social media and ask about

  30. Andrei Girbea

    September 12, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Hi, I was wondering if any of you guys that have this laptop try to set the CPU cooling on Passive from Power Management, to see if it has any effect on the fan's behavior? I'd reckon it doesn't, but perhaps someone can check.

    • Richard

      September 12, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Hello Andrei, I have Ux430Ua model, and passive CPU cooling (both on battery or pugged in) has no effect on fan. Fancontrol program seems to be the only solution so long.

  31. Ultrathin

    September 14, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Hi, anyone can tell me the difference between Asus X405UQ and this model?

    I took a glance at the specs and found that Asus X405UQ is equipped with a graphic of 940MX DDR5.

    Thought the audio is sonic master

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 14, 2017 at 3:06 am

      I'll review this in a few weeks. There are a many differences, primarily in terms of build and design, but also the keyboard, screen panel, speakers, battery size. The Vivobook X is the entry line for Asus right now, while the Zenbook UX is the top of the line.

      • Ultrathin

        September 14, 2017 at 11:22 am

        Thanks. Are u saying that this model is better than x405UQ? The pricing is a whopping difference as well. With a better graphic card, x405uq is priced at least 400 dollars lesser.

        • Andrei Girbea

          September 14, 2017 at 1:29 pm

          Yes, it's better across the board. Still, whether it's worth that kind of a difference is a different thing though. If you can live with the smaller battery, large body, etc, the x405 should be a good laptop as well. Just make sure you get an IPS screen and not a TN screen.

  32. Julian

    September 19, 2017 at 3:18 pm


    I want to buy this laptop but I don't know if I should buy the i5 or i7 version.
    I'm planning on doing some photo editing with photoshop and some video editing (not on a professional level). Is it worth getting an i7 core? Is there any noticeable difference between the two when browsing the web (for example)?

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 19, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Not with everyday use or with movies, but the i7 is faster in demanding multi core loads, and photo and video editing are such tasks. Are you going to use Photoshop or Premiere or Lightroom, or some simpler programs? Also, how much extra would you have to pay for the i7? Normally I consider the i7 a hard sell on its own, but makes sense if its paired with more RAM (16 with the i7, 8 with the i5 configs), which is going to matter a lot with those photo/video tasks too.

      • Julian

        September 20, 2017 at 6:24 am

        I'm going to use Photoshop and Premiere. I'd have to pay about 100 euros extra for the i7 core. The RAM is the same for both laptops

  33. Alex

    September 25, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Hey, So after months of being in the comment section as I was among the 5 people who initially commented. I decided to buy the laptop despite the complaints on the fan noise. So I've had it for about a week or longer and I really enjoy using this. Yes everything is great and yes the fan makes noise, but its not a deal breaker for me. it acts like white noise for me. I did download notebook fan control with the 360ua version and im not sure what to do after. There was no way for me to change the settings to turn on fan at a particular temperature. I wasn't sure if it should be left in automatic. If there is anyone who can walk me through it or even upload a youtube link for this particular model it'd be great. There are also times when the fan noise stops for a brief second and its crazy how much quieter it gets, i guess thats because i got used to it. I highly recommend this laptop despite the fan noise. The keyboard and the sound is a pleasure.

  34. punlshd

    September 27, 2017 at 2:56 am

    Hi I'm considering this one (UX430UA) without the discrete graphics and with 8 GB Ram and i5 CPU and I'm pretty unsure about this one and its bigger brother Zenbook UX530UX that has the same ram but and i7, GTX 950M dGPU and 15.6" Screen, so will things differ between these in terms of cooling or fans especially that they fitted a better discrete graphics in this version? anyone have thoughts or tried it? it's also portable at 3.6 pounds as I need it mainly for a CS degree and some light gaming.

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 27, 2017 at 3:10 am

      Not sure about the cooling on the 950M version, but the UA model is definitely going to run cooler and probably quieter as well, as the amount of generated heat would be much lower. How much quieter though, that I cannot tell, but perhaps someone else could pitch in.

  35. Bahadır

    October 17, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Hi everyone,
    I bought UX430UQ from Turkey. And i would like to change my SSD with in Samsung SM961 512GB 22x80mm PCIe x4 Gen 3.0 NVME SSD MZVKW512HMJP instead of Sandisk SATA 3 512gb SSD.

    I have four question that i must solved.

    1. Will 512gb samsung SM961(i wrote above) work on my ultrabook.
    2. Will 1Tb version samsung SM961 work on my ultrabook.
    3. If i change my SSD sata 3 to PCLe x 4 will my ultrabook work faster? How much faster will be?,
    4. Do you suggest different kind of brand or model SSD Pcle X4 instead of SM961

    Thanks for your answers.

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 17, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      I don't have the laptop anymore and I dont' know for sure of the Samsung 961 is compatible. Perhaps someone else can pitch in.

      WE do know this uses 4x PCIe 2.0 lanes, so you won't get the full capabilities of that Samsung SSD. Will be faster than the SATA drive included, but whether you'll be able to notice the difference in real use it's entirely up to you, what kind of computers you've used in the past and your everyday use scenarios.

      • Bahadır

        October 18, 2017 at 12:53 pm

        i used my pc for autocad and online games.

        i was searched every web site but i could not find anything about SM961 SSD that it is compatible or not.

        i read something about Samsung Pro 960 at forums, Pro 960 SSD is working on this computer, is it correct?

        If 960 pro 512gb SSD may work on pc i will buy it ?
        Also 1 GB version of 960 pro is it compatible ?

  36. George

    October 22, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Costco has the ASUS ZenBook UX430UN 14" on sale for $999 with an I7 8th generation, 512 HB SSD and 16 GB DDR3 RAM though.

    still worth it? it sounds like a great piece of hardware for that price. but its still $1000 for a laptop, so any help to make up my mind is appreciated.

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 23, 2017 at 9:19 am

      That's a pretty solid configuration for 1G.

      • Amol Modi

        October 27, 2017 at 4:06 pm

        What are the alternatives to this Costco offer of the model with similar specs under 1G?

      • George

        October 31, 2017 at 7:32 pm

        many thanks I ordered it :)

        • Amol Modi

          November 2, 2017 at 2:04 pm

          Hi George,

          Any feedback or reviews about this model?

      • alejo099

        November 13, 2017 at 5:15 pm

        It looked like a great deal, but sadly the new UX430UN has pretty bad PWM:
        I was about to pull the trigger and this stopped me. There are some reports of people suffering headaches as a result

        • Andrei Girbea

          November 15, 2017 at 4:29 am

          Sucks. I hope to get my hands on the UN soon as well.

  37. Matthew Pollock

    October 26, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Seen in an Amazom UK review
    Problem fix for Asus Zenbook UX430
    BySpeedtek22on February 9, 2017
    Style: 7th Gen Intel i5|Verified Purchase
    Had this laptop for a few weeks now and it runs great.
    However, I found that the fan was making quite a lot of noise. I opened the laptop up and found that the noise was not the fan but a metal cable that runs over the fan causing the loud noise as it vibrates. After fastening the cable down, the noise no longer occurs.
    Removing the backplate is easy, just remove the visible screws and two screws under the rubber feet. You'll see the cable resting just above the fan.

    Any comments? It seems an easy fix. But if it works, it is really odd that Asus didn't do something about it, this issue has persisted over several generations of Asus laptops.

    • Matthew Pollock

      October 26, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Oh sorry my mistake this is a review of the UX330. But presumably they would have kept the same fan arrangement.

  38. Mali

    November 2, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    You are comparing the exact same computers I am trying to. I have the Dell XPS 13 with the 5th gen i5 and am wondering if I should upgrade to the UX430 with same specs 8th gen i5 and dedicated graphics. I am only holding back because I absolutely love the screen on the XPS and the battery time is decent. Will i see any improvement in battery life? Any setbacks in picture quality?

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      The XPS 13 gets a bigger battery, so you'll actually see a drop with the Zenbook.

      The Zenbook is much cheaper for a higher end config with an i7 processor and 512 GB SSD, plus you also get the graphics for games. The XPS 13 is a nicer laptop imo (it's also my ultraportable of choice), but not a match for gaming and definitely annoying if you end up a with a unit with coil whining. The FHD screen on the XPS is also a little brighter and richer, but you'll hardly notice that in real use and the screen on the Zenbook is also pretty good. You might notice the whole adaptive contrast thing on the XPS, not sure if they fixed it on the newer models.

  39. Sandy B

    November 7, 2017 at 3:06 am

    I can't decide between zenbook ux430ua and yoga 720 (both 13-14 inches and i found the same price). I like zenbook because it has i7 7500u, but what i have read that yoga 720 has i5 7300u but overall seems to be better. I like the idea of the ink pen. I'm going to study IT management next January. Do i really need i7 7500u? What do you think and recommend? I don't want to spend more than $900.
    Thank you in advance:)

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 7, 2017 at 5:11 am

      Normally I'd say no, the i5 is good enough for most everyday tasks. You should however get at least 8 GB of RAM on your configuration.

  40. alejo099

    November 11, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Sadly the new UX430UN has pretty bad PWM:
    I really wanted to get it but they changed the panel they use in the laptop.

  41. Mahlet Birhanu

    November 15, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    is it true that the processor speed is 1.8GHz only?

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 15, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      For the i7-8550U? Yes, but it has Turbo and runs at higher clocks most of the time. Our latest review of the Spectre x360 with the same CPU explains that well.

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