In this article, we’re taking a close look at the ASUS Zenbook 14 UX434FL, the mid-2019 update of the popular ZenBook 14 series of ultraportable laptops.
This is based on last year’s ZenBook 14 UX433FN, with a similar design and construction, but updated hardware (still a Whiskey Lake processor, but the newer MX250 dGPU) and a ScreenPad, the neat secondary 5.65″ screen that ads extra functionality to the classic clickpad, something we’ve previously seen on the ZenBook Pro line and has been added to the entire ZenBook and VivoBook S lineups this year.
The 2019 iteration also gets a touchscreen this time around, as well as a more mature hardware and software package, which allows for quieter daily use and potentially better performance in demanding loads. On the other hand, nothing has changed in the IO and battery-life departments, where the previous ZenBook fell a little short of the competition.
We’ve spent time with two different pre-production samples of the ZenBook 14 UX434FL, which performed much as we’d expect from the final retail units, thus we’ve gathered our impressions on the two in the article down below.
Specs as reviewed
|Asus ZenBook 14 UX434FL|
|Screen||14.0 inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, touch, glossy, BOE NV140FHM-N63 panel|
|Processor||Intel Whiskey Lake Core i7-8565U CPU|
|Video||Intel UHD 620 + Nvidia MX250 2GB DDR5 10W (10DE 1D52) (GeForce 431.36)|
|Memory||16 GB LPDDR3 (soldered)|
|Storage||1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD (Samsung PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR – 80 mm)|
|Connectivity||Wireless AC (Intel AC 9560), Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||1x USB-A 3.1, 1x USB-A 2.0, 1x USB-C 3.1 gen2, HDMI, microSD card-reader, mic/headphone|
|Battery||50 Wh, 65W charger|
|Size||320 mm or 12.56” (w) x 200 mm or 7.83” (d) x 15.9 mm or 0.63” (h)|
|Weight||2.84 lbs (1.29 kg)+ .44 lbs (.2 kg) charger, US version|
|Extras||white backlit keyboard, 5.65″ ScreenPad, HD webcam, IR Hello camera and near-field mics, available in Royal Blue|
Just like with the past series, Asus will most likely offer the ZenBook UX434 in various configurations, with Core i5 and i7 processors, with or without the MX250 GPU (UX434FL – with, UX434FA – without), as well as with or without a touchscreen. The availability is going to vary between regions, and there’s no way to tell in advance which variants will make it to your country.
Design and construction
On the outside, the 2019 ZenBook UX434FL is mostly identical to the previous Zenbook UX434FN, so I’ll direct you to our existing article for in-depth impressions on the build and design.
There are, however, three important differences to keep in mind. Firstly, the 2019 model is only available in the Royal Blue color scheme as far as I can tell, which looks nice, but at the same time shows smudges and fingerprints much easier than the Silver variant of the UX434. Secondly, the 2019 model gets a large ScreenPad that occupies a bigger part of the palm-rest, but that doesn’t interfere with the everyday use practicality in any way.
The third change is hidden underneath, where Asus redesigned the air intake grills, opting for a larger intake on top of the entire hardware ensemble, and no longer the limited side vents we’ve seen on the 2018 lineup. We’ll talk about this aspect’s impact on the performance and thermals in a further section.
These aside, the UX434 builds on already one of the nicest designs out there. It’s beautiful and is built well, even if it’s not a unibody design as the ZenBook S UX392 and there’s still some flex in the keyboard deck and the lid cover, around the Asus logo.
Aside from the stylish looks, the compact form-factor remains this laptop’s main selling point. Asus went with tiny bezels around the entire screen, including a small visible chin, as most of it tucks away behind the body as part of the Ergo-lift hinge design. This lifts up the laptop on the screen’s bottom frame, allowing for a slightly inclined typing position and improved airflow underneath, in corroboration with the redesigned intakes mentioned earlier. The mechanism is strong and can be operated with a single hand, but there’s a downside: you can only lean back the display to about 145 degrees, which is limiting for an ultraportable laptop when using it on the lap or in confined spaces.
Here’s how the UX434 compares to the popular XPS 13 in terms of size and design. You can see that it’s about the same height and only a little bit longer, despite the fact that it packs a 14-inch display.
The IO hasn’t changed either, and for some, it could be this laptop’s Achilles heel, as there’s no Thunderbolt 3 support and no full-size card-reader. You do get two USB-A slots, a USB-C gen2 with support for data and video, as well as a microSD card reader, which I’d reckon will suffice for most users and is actually more than most of the existing ultraportables offer these days, as many rely heavily on just USB-C connectors.
For me, the single important drawback is the lack of USB-C charging, as the laptop still rellies or a barrel-plug for that. It’s also worth adding that Asus might include a USB to LAN adapter in some regions, as well as an optional protective sleeve, but their availability varies.
All in all, there’s little to complain about this laptop’s build in terms of design, quality, or practicality. Yes, it’s not the sturdiest out there and doesn’t check all the right boxes, but it checks most and compensates for some of the lacks with aggressive pricing.
Keyboard and trackpad
The ZenBook UX434FL inherits its keyboard from the previous model, which is a pretty good typer, but still not one of my favorites.
The layout is standard for an Asus ultraportable, with softly finished full-size keys, proper spacing, short arrows and a set of smaller Function keys at the top, as well as the Power button integrated into the top-right corner, which I’d advise you to disable from Windows in order to prevent putting the computer to sleep when looking for Delete, even if this is stiffer than the other buttons and pressing it requires more force.
As expected on an ultraportable, this is also a fairly short-stroke keyboard, with 1.4 mm keystrokes. However, there’s a little bit of flex in the main-deck and the keys require a firm press to properly actuate, as the actuation point is at the very bottom and an incomplete press won’t register. For me, that translated in a fair bit of errors while typing fast. I am used to the slightly shallower and more forgiving keyboard on the XPS 13, so you might feel different about this implementation.
For what it’s worth, I’d expect the average buyer to get along with it just fine, but if you’re a fast typer and plan to input a lot of text on your notebook, I’d probably look elsewhere.
This keyboard is otherwise fairly quiet, thus appropriate for library use or other low-noise environments. It’s also backlit, with white LEDs and gold writing on blue keycaps, which makes them clearly visible in all conditions, with or without the lights being activated.
I like that the illumination can be activated by swiping fingers across the clickpad, as it should on every laptop imo, and the fact that you can choose between three different levels, but I’ll also add that there’s a fair bit of light creeping from some of the keys on this particular implementation, as well as a fair bit of unevenness in the LEDs intensity. I don’t remember noticing this aspect on last year’s ZenBooks, so there’s a good chance that’s due to the pre-production status of our sample.
The novelty here is the addition of the ScreePad, which consists of a large clickpad with an actual screen (5.65″, 2160 x 1440 px resolution, IPS panel) hidden underneath, which users can choose to enable or disable with a press of the F6 key. When off, the surface looks and feels just like a glass-covered clickpad, which works great with daily swipes, taps, and gestures. The surface is sturdy and doesn’t rattle with taps, and the lower part clicks smoothly and quietly, so even without the screen functionality, this is one of the best clickpads I’ve encountered on Asus laptops so far.
Activating the ScreenPad ads in extra functionality, but takes a toll on battery life, so I would only keep it active while the laptop is plugged in.
When active, the Screenpad works as either a secondary screen visible in Windows, and in this way can display everything you could put on a secondary screen (but miniaturized, of course), or as a companion screen running apps tied to certain software that you’re running on the main display. These apps need to be developed, though, and right now there aren’t many available. Our sample came with companion screens for the Microsoft Calendar, MS Music, Spotify, Evernote, Word, Excell and Powerpoint, as well a Numpad feature.
There’s no finger-sensor on the Zenbook UX434, but there’s an even more useful set of IR Hello cameras at the top of the screen, providing an effortless method of logging into Windows.
There’s a 14-inch display on the Zenbook UX434 series, like the name suggests, with a choice of either a non-touch or a touch variant, both with a layer of protective glass on top. The UX433 used to offer a matte variant as well, but that no longer seems to be the case with this updated model.
Our sample comes with the touch variant, so there’s still the glare that you’ll have to make do with in bright environments, but you do get the extra functionality of a touchscreen.
The panel is also a little bit brighter than on last year’s model. At 300+ nits, though, it’s still not as bright as the panels on the ZenBook UX392 or the important competitors from Dell, HP or Lenovo, which offer 400-nits panels at this point, and that makes this ZenBook difficult to use outdoors or in bright interior spaces, which is something to keep in mind when deciding between options.
You’ll find more details down below, recorded with a Spyder4 sensor, but in just a few words, this is a fair-quality panel, with solid viewing angles and above average color reproduction, contrast, and brightness. Blacks tend to get a bit washed out once you pump up the brightness, and you should know that our testing method returns lower contrast and brightness results than others, as these are measured by quickly switching between a white and black image at intervals of about 3 seconds.
- Panel HardwareID: BOE BOE07E9 (NV140FHM-N63);
- Coverage: 97% sRGB, 71% NTSC, 75% AdobeRGB;
- Measured gamma: 2.3;
- Max brightness in the middle of the screen: 306 cd/m2 on power;
- Contrast at max brightness: 730:1;
- White point: 7100 K;
- Black on max brightness: 0.42 cd/m2;
- PWM: No.
Calibration is fairly poor out the box, with skewed gamma, White Point and gray levels, so you can use this improved profile to address some of the issues, if you don’t own a calibrating tool. We also noticed a fair bit of brightness variation towards the lower corners, even if light-bleeding was not noticeable with the naked eye.
Update: I ran the same tests on another ZenBook UX434FL sample, and the results were fairly consistent, with only mild variations:
- Panel HardwareID: BOE BOE07E9 (NV140FHM-N63);
- Coverage: 94% sRGB, 71% NTSC, 73% AdobeRGB;
- Measured gamma: 2.2;
- Max brightness in the middle of the screen: 297 cd/m2 on power;
- Contrast at max brightness: 720:1;
- White point: 7000 K;
- Black on max brightness: 0.41 cd/m2;
- PWM: No.
Hardware, performance and upgrade options
Our test versions are both higher-specced configurations of the Asus Zenbook 14 UX434FL, with the Core i7-8565U Whiskey Lake processor, Intel UHD 620 and Nvidia MX250 graphics with Optimus, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1 TB NVMe SSD.
The RAM, CPU and GPU are soldered on the motherboard, but the storage is accessible and upgradeable. Our variant comes with a fast PCIe x4 1TB Samsung PM981 drive, but the retail versions ship with 256/512 GB drives and I cannot tell you for sure which model will be available in your region. In the past, Asus shipped the ZenBook 14 with PCI x2 drives, and I’d reckon it’s going to be the same for the 256 GB variants on this model, but whether the 512 GB variants are PCIe x2 or x4 is not something I can tell for sure at this moment.
You’ll have to remove the bottom panel in order to get to the internals, which is a simple process, as it’s held in place by a handful of visible Torx screws, with two extra screws hidden beneath the rubber feet. Inside you’ll get unrestricted access to the SSD, as well as the thermal module, 50 W battery, speakers and the miniaturized WiFi card. Just a heads-up, our sample came with a warranty sticker on top of the SSD screw, which suggests that replacing the SSD might void the warranty, but I expect this won’t be present in most regions, due to legislation.
With this kind of hardware, the ZenBook 14 UX434FL handles everyday chores easily, while running cool and completely quiet, unlike the previous UX433 generation, which suggests Asus tweaked the fan’s behavior. We’ll get to that further down, but in the meantime, the logs below offer insights on the CPU/GPU speeds and temperatures with everyday use.
Of course, if you only need a laptop for browsing, movies, and daily multitasking, you can stick to one of the lower-end Core i5 configurations, if available in your region. Those shipped with just 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage in the past, yet that’s enough for mundane chores. Asus forces you to go with the i7 if you want 16 GB of RAM, though, much like most of the other OEMs in this niche.
The Core i7-8565U Whiskey Lake processor is a good choice for more demanding loads as well, with four cores, eight threads and the ability to run at high frequencies if allowed by the thermal implementation. We test the CPU’s behavior in demanding loads by running Cinebench R15 for 10+ times in a loop, with 2-3 sec delay between each run, which simulates a 100% load on all the cores. Normally, portable implementations of this CPU return high scores for the first run, but lower ones once heat builds up and the processor need to clock down in order to cope with the thermal and power limitations.
On our two ZenBook UX434FL test units, the i7 settled for frequencies of 2.4+ GHz, a TDP of 15 W, temperatures of 72-73 degrees Celsius and scores of around 540+ points with out of the box settings.
Further tweaking is possible by undervolting the processor, with Throttlestop, as XTU does not support Whiskey Lake. Our models ran stably at -100 mV, which allowed it to stabilize at frequencies of 2.6+ GHz, 15+ W TDP, 73-75 degrees Celsius and scores of around 610+ points, as shown in the images below. The CPU’s performance on battery was excellent as well, with the CPU stabilizing at 15 W TDP in our loop Cinebench test, which is not the case with many other ultrabooks.
Next, we’ve included a set of benchmarks, for those of you interested in numbers, which we’ve ran on the Best-Performance power profile in Windows, with default voltage settings:
- 3DMark 13 – Fire Strike: 2775(Graphics – 3023, Physics – 8610);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 1009 (Graphics – 906, CPU – 2886);
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 2164;
- GeekBench 4.1.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 5227, Multi-core: 16078;
- CineBench R15 (best run): CPU 750 cb, CPU Single Core 187 cb;
- CineBench R20 (best run): CPU 1398 cb;
- x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 32-bit: Pass 1 –168.24 fps, Pass 2 – 39.37 fps.
Then we reran some of the benchmarks on the -100 mV undervolted profile, which allowed a quite significant increase in CPU related tests and, as expected, pretty much no changes in GPU scores:
- 3DMark 13 – Fire Strike: 2793 (Graphics – 3005, Physics – 11005);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 1021 (Graphics – 907, CPU – 3604);
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 2165;
- PCMark 10: 3995 (Essentials – 8182 , Productivity – 6533 , Digital Content Creation – 3239);
- PassMark: Rating: 4824, CPU mark: 11112, 3D Graphics Mark: 2822;
- GeekBench 4.1.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 5240, Multi-core: 16873;
- CineBench R15 (best run): CPU 803 cb, CPU Single Core 189 cb;
- CineBench R20 (best run): CPU 1527 cb;
- x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 32-bit: Pass 1 –192.21 fps, Pass 2 – 45.88 fps.
Both the CPU and GPU scores are above average for such an implementation. That’s due to the fact that the system allows the CPU to run and high TDP/frequencies for short-to-medium bursts, enough to ensure these solid results in short-term demanding loads. As suggested by the Cinebench tests, the performance eventually drops in long-duration demanding sessions, as the CPU settles for its standard 15 TDP, which is normal from this kind of a thin-and-light laptop. However, other thin and lights like the Dell XPS 13 or Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon allow the CPU to constantly run at higher clocks in Cinebench on their Max Performance profiles, something this ZenBook does not match.
As for those GPU scores, these MX250 ZenBooks 14 scored higher than the ZenBook S 13 UX392 reviewed earlier, built on the same 10W variant of the MX250 chip. The 3D Mark stress tests also claim the performance is consistent with longterm demanding loads, as you can see below, and the CPU/GPU temperatures didn’t get very high during these tests either.
However, the real-life gaming experience returns different results, with the GPU stuttering in all our tests, both with the out-of-the-box settings and with the undervolted CPU. As shown in the logs below, the GPU initially runs well, but then the clocks drop down by a lesser or greater amount, which causes the framerates to occasionally drop to unplayable levels. That was especially noticeable in Witcher 3, and less of a problem in games like Shadow of Mordor.
In order to address this behavior, we limited the CPU and stock 1.8 GHz speeds, which allows an increased power and thermal headroom for the GPU and eliminates the stuttering. Of course, that might not be an option for CPU heavy titles, but it works fine for the games we’ve tested, as shown below. Our Tweaked profile not only limits the CPU to 1.8 GHz, but also includes a -80 mV undervolting (-100 mV proved unstable in some titles, so we had to dial up a few notches).
Gaming on the battery is also possible on this laptop, for some reason even allowing higher GPU framerates in Witcher 3 than when plugged in, which is abnormal and suggests perhaps further tweaking can improve the gaming experience on the retails models.
As for the actual gaming results, we ran a couple of DX11 and DX12 games on our test-unit, on FHD resolution and Low details, and compiled our findings in the following table.
|FHD Low Preset||FHD Low Tweaked|
|Bioshock Infinite||76 fps||77 fps|
|Far Cry 5||20 fps|| 23 fps|
|Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor||46 fps||50 fps|
|Rise of Tomb Raider||28 fps||32 fps|
|Shadow of Tomb Raider||7 fps||7 fps|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||10-34 fps||27-34 fps|
- The Witcher 3 – recorded with Fraps in campaign mode
- Bioshock, Far Cry 5, Middle Earth, Tomb Raider games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities
Bottom point, gaming proved problematic on our two ZenBook 14UX434FL samples, both pre-release units and not the final retail models. However, given our experience with the previous ZenBook UX433 models with whom the 2019 updates share their internal design, I wouldn’t expect much better from those retails variants. I blame the thermal module for this behavior, paired with the fact that the fan favors low-noise over high rpms, so doesn’t ramp up as much as it could with gaming. But more about that in the next section.
Noise, Heat, Connectivity, speakers, and others
The UX434FL inherits the thermal module design from the 2018 UX433FN model, with a single fan and single heatpipe, and that doesn’t seem to be capable of keeping both the i7 CPU and the MX250 GPU in check in tasks that simultaneously put both these components to serious work.
That aside, the fan is also set-up to favor low noise, ramping up to about 40-41 dB at head level at maximum speeds, and while there is a generous air intake grill on the underbelly that’s supposed to allow plenty of fresh air to come in corroborated with the Ergolift hinge design, most of that grill is obstructed with thermal tape and only a limited amount of air actually gets inside, perhaps in an attempt to channel the airflow over the components and prevent dust from getting in. However, I would have expected a clear cut on top of the actual fan, and I’m curious of the impact of removing those pieces of tape that cover the grills in order to improve airflow.
Update: Analysing the internals, I also noticed the execrable GPU pasting, which should also have an impact on the GPU’s behavior. I’d look into repasting in a future article and see how that impacts things.
Anyway, with this thermal implementation described above, the ZenBook UX434FL runs warm on the outside and the components need to clock down in order to comply with the thermal limitations. On the other hand, switching to the Tweaked profile improves not only the performance in most games, but also allows the outer shell temperatures to drop by a few degrees.
There is however one aspect this thermal implementation does well, and that’s the way it behaves with daily-use, when the fan actually keeps off most of the time and only occasionally kicks in with multitasking. That’s, in fact, unusual behavior for a ZenBook, as all the other variants tested in recent years maintained the fan active with light-use as well, so I can’t vouch for the retail units behaving like our test units, or like the ZenBooks of the past.
I’ll also add that we didn’t notice any loud electronic noises on these samples, but that’s a known QC (quality control) issue with modern notebooks and no guarantee you won’t get any coil whine or creaking on your unit. I’d advise buying from a trustworthy store that handles returns properly, just in case you lose at the QC raffle.
*Daily Use – running Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, fans off
*Load – playing Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Default profile, fans 40-41 dB
*Load Tweaked – playing Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Tweaked profile, fans 40-41 dB
For connectivity, there’s an Intel 9560 wireless module inside this laptop, with Bluetooth 5.0, pretty much the go-to solution for any mid to top-tier ultraportable these days. However, for some reason, the chip didn’t perform as well on this implementation as on the ZenBook UX392 or UX433 tested in the past, only reaching slower maximum transfer speeds, and that’s most likely a drivers issue. That aside, we didn’t run into any drops or issues during our time with the computer, and it maintained strong signal and good speeds and 30+ feet with obstacles in between.
As far as the speakers go, there’s a set of them firing through cuts on the lateral sides of the underbelly, and they seem like a downgrade from the speakers on the UX433 variant (peaking inside you’ll see that they’re actually smaller than on the UX433). We measured fairly low maximum volumes of about 72-73 dB at head level, without any distortions, and the sound comes out alright, with good mids and highs, but lacking on the lower end, as lows are only noticeable from around 110 Hz. All measurements were recorded in the Music Mode from the included Audio Wizard software.
It is also worth mentioning that a fair bit of vibrations are pushed into the frame at volumes above 60%, and you’ll feel the chassis vibrating when using the computer on the lap or on the tighs. On top fo that, due to their positioning on the laterals, I also feel that these speakers are easier to cover up and muffle than on the previous generation.
The ZenBook 14 UX434 gets a 720p camera, flanked by microphones, and placed at the top of the screen, but also a set of IR cameras for Hello login recognition. The camera’s quality is average at best and rather washed out, much what you can expect from laptops these days.
There’s a 50 Wh battery inside the Zenbook 14 UX434, just like on all the other 13 and 14-inch ZenBooks released in the last year, and that’s on the smaller side for a 14-inch device in this day and age.
Asus still puts up together an efficient implementation, and as a result, the battery life does not disappoint. Here’s what we got on our review unit, with the screen’s brightness set at around 120 nits (~40 brightness) and the ScreenPad switched off.
- 6.5 W (~7 h 30 min of use) – text editing in Google Drive, Better Battery Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 5.8 W (~8 h 30 min of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Better Battery Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 5.5 W (~9 h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Better Battery Mode, screen at 340%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 12.5 W (~4 h of use) – browsing in Edge, Better Performance Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 36 W (~1 h 20 min of use) – Gaming – Witcher 3, Max Performance Mode, screen at 40%, Wi-Fi ON.
Activating the ScreenPad takes a toll of .5-1.5 W per hour, depending on its settings and what you’re actually using it for, that’s why I would recommend keeping it off while using the laptop unplugged.
Asus pairs the ZenBook 14 UX434FL model with a standard barrel-plug 65 Wh charger. There’s no quick charging, so a full-recharge takes about 2 hours. USB-C charging is still not supported on this series.
Price and availability
The Zenbook 14 UX434FL is listed in stores in some areas of the world as of the middle of July 2019.
In the US, you’ll mostly find a higher-end configuration UX434FL-DB77 configuration with the Core i7-8565U processor, the Nvidia MX250 graphics, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD storage, with an MSRP price of $1199. Other options should be available both in the US and worldwide later on, and we’ll update this section once we know more.
In the meantime, you can follow this link for updated configurations and prices at the time you’re reading this article.
Our ZenBook 14 UX433 article was one of our most popular reviews here on UltrabookReview.com, which suggests a lot of people were interested in what that had to offer. This updated ZenBook UX434 variant is mostly the same laptop, but with a few tweaks, so I’d expect it to become very popular as well in the second part of 2019 and the first half of 2020.
Just like the previous model, the compact form factor and nice aesthetics are among this Zenbook’s main selling points, alongside a pretty good keyboard, great performance with everyday use and pretty good battery life. Performance with games is still problematic based on our experience with these two samples, mostly due to the limited thermal implementation, and there are still certain aspects missing or subpar, such as the lack of Thunderbolt 3 support or USB-C charging, the middling audio, the limited screen back-angle or the fact that Asus only went with a 300-nits panel, which is not bright enough for outdoor use, especially when considering this is a touchscreen with a reflective layer of glass on top.
That addition of a touchscreen is in fact one of the major updates of the ZenBook 14 UX434 line, alongside the addition of the Screenpad Asus aggressively pushes in front in their marketing materials. In all fairness, I’m not sold on this screen’s actual real-life worth with the existing companion software support, but that will improve, and right now I greatly appreciate that the clickpad is bigger and made out of glass, that’s why I mostly kept the screen off during my time with these laptops, but you might feel otherwise.
The ZenBook UX434 is also fairly well priced, especially outside the US where it doesn’t face such a tough competition. In the States, it’s on par with other thin and lights with the same specs, like the HP Envy 13, more expensive than the MSI PS42 Prestige and cheaper than the Asus ZenBook S13 UX392, Huawei MateBook X Pro or the Razer Blade Stealth, so it competitively sits somewhere in the middle of the pack.
However, quality control issues are something that potential users need to be aware of. Looking through the UX433 webstore listings, you’ll find that a fair bit of buyers ran into issues with the screens, coil whine, clickpad, and others. With the UX434 being a refined UX433, some of those might also affect to new model, although I sure hope Asus have improved their process given the small differences between the two generations; even so, I would commend you to buy your unit from a store that handles returns and RMA claims smoothly, in the eventuality you get a faulty unit and have to send it back or have it repaired under warranty. I’d also advise on buying extended warranty, if available in your region.
That pretty much wraps up our review of the mid-2019 Asus ZenBook 14 UX434FL, but we’re looking for your feedback, impressions, and questions in the comments section down below, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.