Asus Zenbook UX410UQ (UX3410UQ) review – multimedia notebook in a portable package


  1. edi

    June 30, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Swift 3 or ux410?

  2. Ed Lawrence

    July 15, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Andrei, I'm considering getting the UX410 with an i5 for £799 from, as an upgrade from my UX305 with an M3 processor (which is hard to buy nowadays, but used to retail at £550). I've assumed the UX410 is 'better', along with assuming the i5 is better than the M3. However I'm not sure it's £250 better – the UX305 is practically silent compared to the always-on fan of the UX410, and the M processor has some advantages over the i. Can I be confident that the UX410 is really an upgrade, or is the difference not worth £250?

    • Andrei Girbea

      July 16, 2017 at 4:21 am

      Hy, performance wise the UX410 is better. It also gets a larger screen, more ports, upgradeable RAM and storage and a slightly better keyboard imo. On the other hand, the UX410 is noisier (CPU with fan, that can be addressed with that small piece of software mentioned in the post) and heavier, so if you ask me you shouldn't upgrade unless the M3 UX305 is no longer powerful enough to do what you require it to do.

      • lololo

        December 25, 2017 at 10:53 am

        it is a pencilcase

  3. Ivan

    July 23, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Hi Andrei, I'm considering getting this (UX410UQ) or the UX430UQ. What would you recommend for an incoming freshman law student? Is the fan really that bothersome?

  4. Robert

    July 29, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Andrei, can you please tell me how annoying fan noise on this laptop truly is? Is it just audible or is it like something that is just too much and does not occur on most of the other laptops?

  5. Axel

    August 18, 2017 at 2:00 am

    I have the UX410UQ and added an 128GB PM961.
    In AS SSD I get 1390 MB/s read and 740 MB/s write.
    In Crystal it is 1820 MB/s read and 790 MB/s write.
    All drivers are newest available. I tested with older drivers (esp. VMMe) but always with worse results.
    Is the 128GB really so slow? Did you guys with 1850/1650 MB/s install anything special??
    Thanks a lot!
    BTW if anybody is unsure if he should buy the UX410: I would never buy it again but I can't return it. The keyboard is flexible crap, the click touchpad is plastic crap and sooo annoying, only the top is aluminum, everything else cheap plastic. No thanks. Go for Dell if you can.

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 18, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      1. If you'll look through he comments on the UX430 review here on the site you'll notice the m.2 slot is hooked to PCIe 2.0 lanes, so an NVMe slot won't run at full speed on this laptop. I can't tell for sure what are the limits though, you'll need to dig further. But, do you really tell the difference in daily use? If so, in what kind of application? If you're using a 128 GB SSD I'd reckon it's just for OS and software, and personally I really doubt you can tell the difference between 1.8 and 2.5+ Gbs reads. I for one can't, at least.

      PS: Is there a Dell alternative for this laptop? Which one?

  6. Axel

    August 20, 2017 at 12:41 am

    I agree, in daily use I probably wouldn't recognize any difference. Only when copying large files or many small files, because my PM961 also has a bad 4k speed of 45 / 130 MB/s. Generally a 256GB PM961 in other laptops performs twice as fast and this is maybe a difference one can recognize.

    I just wondered why my write speed is only 750 instead of 1600 as most of the owners in the ux430uq comments mentioned. I wonder if they used Samsungs newest NVMe drivers as I did.

    And as a Dell alternative I would recommend a refurbished XPS13 which is way better quality and used still better and cheaper than a new UX410uq. I also like the Latitude 5480 or 7480 which have a great keyboard, touchpad and display. The former models 5470 or 7450 are available very cheap as refurbished versions. (I know that these laptops are slightly bigger than the UX410)

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 20, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Unfortunately I can't help with the speeds, i no longer have the laptop around and never tried adding a faster drive on my sample in the first time, perhaps others can pitch in. You could also drop a comment in here: , there are more people following that post and some of them upgraded the storage.

      On the other topic, yes, it's true the XPS and those Latitudes are nicer laptops, but I don't think it's fair comparing a new product to refurbished ones. Yes, you can get good value with refurbs and it's an option to consider, but I'd reckon most regular buyers would be more comfortable buying a new product. And as a new product, this Zenbook is a pretty solid option for the price imo.

  7. Axel

    August 21, 2017 at 12:00 am

    One more word to the laptop: A thing about the UX410UQ that really made me mad is the fact that everything is made of cheap plastic except the screen cover. The former Zenbooks where made of an aluminum unibody. But almost none of the review sites I read mentioned that fact. They always hyped the nicely cover of brushed aluminum. So I thought the whole laptop is made of aluminum parts. Unfortunately I bought it here in South East Asia and cannot return it. I'd wish that review sites more clearly describe the material of a laptop.

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 21, 2017 at 2:57 am

      The inner deck is aluminum as well, at least that was the case with our review sample. Are you sure it's different with your unit? Put your teeth on the surface, it might sound strange but you'll feel the difference between plastic and metal this way. The underbelly is indeed made out of plastic. These are clearly mentioned in our article :)

  8. Axel

    August 25, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Yes, everything is made of plastic, except the cover with the ASUS logo. I bought mine in Vietnam and the model number is UX410UQK – with a K at the end. Maybe ASUS produced a cheaper plastic version of the UX410UQ for the Vietnames market. Cause here really nobody cares about the material or quality and when I mention the material everybody looks at me as if I am an extraterrestrian ;-)
    Well, I will try to find out if there are different models of the UX410UQ. The Vietnamese Asus website lists prices of USD700 for the 410UQ (with i5, 4GB and HDD) and USD900 for the 430UA (with i5, 8GB and 256GB SSD). What where the prices in US?

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 26, 2017 at 4:16 am

      They're not available in the US, but over here in Europe their a little under 1000 EUR for the i7 configuration with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD. The Ux410 is a little cheaper than the 430.

  9. Mickey

    September 8, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Hi, If i wanted to play some games such as dota 2 and fifa on this laptop would it be able to run? In the review it was mentioned in the battery section that you wouldn't get much from gaming but it is unclear to me if it is just in regards to the battery.

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 11, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      It's in regards to battery. Gaming performance is explained in the Hardware and Performance section. Such games should run fine on the 940MX chip, although you might have to trim down graphics settings in the latest Fifa releases.

  10. Toleg

    September 21, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Hi, Andrei

    Thanks for great detailed reviews.
    Today I've picked-up UX410UA-16 (16GB RAM) from shop. Wanted to add that SD card reader doesn't allow to insert adapter to the whole length! It's allow to insert only 1/3 of it's length. As I understand this is because of overall laptop height.

    So, if you were using SD card on permanent as an additional storage, then it will be very unhandy on this laptop. Because adapter sticks out from laptop for almost 2 cm…

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 21, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Perhaps I should have mentioned this in the review, but that's the case with pretty much all Zenbooks and in fact most other portable laptops out there.

      • Toleg

        September 27, 2017 at 7:28 pm

        A couple of new notes.

        I set Fedora26 OS in parallel to Windows 10 and was working mainly from it.
        As usually advised for a new batteries, I did 2-3 full discharge/charge cycles for it. After that I started to get ACPI error messages during booting up and battery stopped to charge anymore…
        Restart, plugging AC on/off didn't help. ACPI drivers removal/automatic install from Windows didn't help as well.

        I was able to ressurect charging only after reseting BIOS to defaults (I actually didn't change in it nothing) and temporary turning PC off. After that under Windows it started to charge again. And under Fedora as well.

        If you will google it you will find that it's quite common problem – battery stops to charge under Linux for some reasons (mainly acpi driver error). Handling is unclear and relates to kernel settings. Maintainers of OS usually say it's manufactury problem.

        Bad thing that on my previous Asus Eee PC1011CX weak _old_ battery died for the same reason. It discharged to 0% under Ubuntu and I wasn't able to charge it anymore from both Windows 7 and Ubuntu.

        2. This one is a quite strange, but. Because of metallic top surface, releif touch pad border reflects light in a quite strong manner. And you get sunbeams into your eyes quite often.

      • bobo

        February 28, 2018 at 9:07 am

        "As usually advised for a new batteries"

        It is usually NOT advised to do this with Li-Ion batteries.

  11. Dieter

    October 4, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Just ordered my second UX410UA. Ordered one for my stepson and loved it, now my girlfriend needed one and I ordered another one. For the price, these things are just fantastic.

    I'm waiting on something 15" like UX530 upgrade to i7-8550U and MX150 myself. If that ever happens.

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 4, 2017 at 5:29 am

      Yeah, that potential ux530UN would be really nice. I would wish it got a bigger battery though, 52 Wh is not enough for me.

  12. Francis

    October 12, 2017 at 3:16 am

    Hi Andrei,
    do you have any idea what is the highest resolution monitor this notebook can drive via the HDMI output?

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 14, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Should drive 4K 30 Hz, not sure about 4K 60 Hz though.

  13. jay

    October 28, 2017 at 2:14 am

    Hello, Andrei
    I'm a retired Yank residing in Thailand and your thorough review aided my decision to buy a Zenbook UX410UQ-GV052T. I added a 250ssd and more RAM to the laptop, which replaces my old Win-7 laptop which died. The new unit will be carried on my motorcycle trips exploring much of SE-Asia.
    A few rookie questions about my new purchase, as I find Win-10 quite confusing! Time will tell ;-)
    -I downloaded the ASUS UX410UQ color profile…but can't find a file or link to load the .umi file onto the laptop?
    -Is there a way and how, when I am home, can I connect my modem to the unit? Is there an adapter for the modem plug used on my old Win-7 system and which port to use on the Zenbook?
    -Lastly, I can't located the 'Splendid' 4 available color file options on my Zenbook?

    Thank you for time and the vdetailed review.
    Much appreciated,

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 30, 2017 at 5:16 am


      1. try this:
      2. What kind of modem? Does it plug via USB? If yes, an USB-C to USB-A adapter should work. Or you can buy an adapter with multiple ports, there are plenty on amazon and ebay.
      3. Not sure what you mean here. If you're talking about the Splendid Asus app, I don't use it and I prefer to uninstall it anyway, then load the calibrated color profile manually.

      Hope these help. Please get back with clarifications if not.

  14. jay

    October 28, 2017 at 3:03 am

    Khun Andrei
    OOPS! Just discovered the ASUS adapter to connect my modem to the Zenbook.

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 30, 2017 at 5:17 am

      Ah, OK, already replied to this question, but totally forgot there's an adapter included already.

  15. Sandy

    November 23, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Hello there! Thank you for the very detailed review. After the hinges on my Lenovo Ideapad U410 pretty much snapped and broke in half after almost 5yrs of use, it's time to look for a new portable friend.
    The UX410UQ is on sale these days for under 899 for the i5 model. However, the same model also runs a 512GB SSD rather than the hybrid version in your review. Any thoughts on that? I'm quite enamored with the design and weight of the 410 after lugging around a much heavier laptop with the same screen size. Portability is key but unfortunately the 430s are too pricey for me.
    Either way, I just want to make sure I'm not making a mistake by going for the 410 model with only an SSD. Thanks!

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 24, 2017 at 10:48 am

      That's even better, the SSD is faster and it makes no noise, unlike a HDD.

  16. Marek

    November 30, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Andrei,

    I would like about noise coming from inside laptop asus ux410uq ? I think you called that "some coil whining on top". I started hearing some strange noise 2 days ago, like hard drive SSD working wrong or some "clicking" coming from inside laptop. I am wondering it is normal or I must be affraid, I am pretty sure that I didnt hear this few weeks ago.

    • Andrei Girbea

      December 2, 2017 at 5:15 am

      Does it come from the HDD? Put you ear on top fo the keyboard and try to narrow down the source. Coil whining does sound a little like a HDD spinning, but it should come from the CPU/GPU area, not the HDD. I wouldn't worry about it though if it's coil whine, aside from the inconvenience of having another noise source.

  17. Roland

    June 5, 2018 at 6:30 pm


    I bought my ASUS ZenBook UX410UA-AS74, 14”, i7-8550U (4 core) Up to 4.00GHz, 8GB DDR4, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, from Amazon couple of days ago, from my perspective these are the Pro and Cons:

    + Screen is great, the colors are natural and the resolution enough, 14" screen into 13" body, it is a matte, anti-glare IPS screen with wide viewing angles
    + The Lid hinges are sturdy enough to make Lid not wobble when you travel on train and when is in your lap,
    + Laptop weight is 1.4 kg that means a great traveler laptop,
    + Very responsive and fast loading programs,
    + VERY QUIET laptop, no fan noise at all, (i made a BIOS upgrade) even before it was quiet,
    + Nice keyboard, responsive and pleasant to type, better than other at the same price,
    + Upgrade option are great for the next years,
    + Touch pad is almost ideal for me, responsive, multi gesture, great dimension, nice click

    – Battery not as good as they describe, not able to squeeze more than 5h of life
    – Backlit keyboard is active by default, I prefer to be Inactive by default and activate on request,
    – Screen not bright enough for outside use
    – The charger brick should be plugged direct into socket, is better to have a cable between the socket and the charging brick

  18. davidhcefx

    June 2, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you for your detailed review!
    There's some typos that I spotted, namely the "neither" in "It puzzles me why either of these", the "if" in "in you want to", and the "out" in "Check our the image". That's it!

  19. David

    July 4, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    This model UX410UQ is also prevalent in China, so yes i think (like some of the others) that it's made for the Asian markets.. quality standards always lower there. It is really a typical laptop owned by chinese people.

  20. Ario

    August 10, 2021 at 6:57 am

    Hi Andrei, i have this model UX410UQK, i wonder is this model upgradable considering 128GB SSD is quite small, could i upgrade its storage / ram size?

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 10, 2021 at 8:59 am

      The article already explains that you can upgrade both the RAM and the storage.

      • Ario

        August 10, 2021 at 6:08 pm

        alright thanks!

  21. Alex Went

    January 8, 2022 at 3:28 am

    I have had a UX410UQ for just over four years and it has been superb, largely because of the bright and flawless IPS panel. I added Notebook Fan Control as soon as I could and my fans rarely if ever kick in. Superb.

    Now I am thinking of updating it, I find the new generation of laptops at this price point all have massively inferior screens, even the ones that advertise a higher nit value. The Lenovo panels, but also Dell XPS, all seem to suffer from shadowing and discoloration (I work a lot with full-screen white documents).

    I'd like to stick with Asus, but I have a problem reading OLED screens because I wear varifocals, the result being a colour-fringe around text. And, of course, they are glossy.

    I'd be interested if UBR or fellow readers can recommend what I might upgrade to for around €1000 with a panel as good as my current one.

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 8, 2022 at 2:12 pm

      YOu can get an arguably better matte IPS screen than what's on your laptop is some 2021 ZenBoom models. You'll have to aim for the 400+ nits option with 100% sRGB and low power consumption, though, which is available on some UX425EA models. Not sure if it's available locally in your area. You'll find the exact panel ID (the Au Optronics option) in this article and then you'll have to find a shop that can provide details on the panel, or just buy, test and return if needed:

      • Alex Went

        January 8, 2022 at 2:18 pm

        Many thanks Andrei. Yes, I saw the 400 nit 425EA in the shop here in Prague. At first sight it looked good, but the second time I took my existing laptop to check against it, and guess what? It was dimmer. I know that updating BIOS/Graphics driver can sometimes have a dramatic effect, though, so I may try it. As you say, I always have the option of return (though I end up doing so quite regularly at this shop!!!). Cheers for the link, too.

      • Andrei Girbea

        January 8, 2022 at 2:36 pm

        That's weird, the panel on your ZenBook was around 300-nits if I remember right (might be wrong, it's been a very long time since I used one). I'd give that XU425EA a go and see how it does for you.

        There aren't a lot of brighter matte options out there if that won't do. I'd consider an XPS 13 with the FHD 500-nits panel, but Dells are very expensive here in Europe, so it might not be within your budget. There's also a 400-nits 2.8K IPS option in the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro that might barely get within your budget: , but it's not available everywhere.

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