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Asus ZenBook 14 Ultralight UX435 initial review (UX435EAL model – Tiger Lake i7, Iris Xe)


  1. Prac Malone

    November 12, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Is there is an embargo on the Nvidia MX450 and that's why you cannot publish the review of it turned on? Any ETA on when that review will be published? Thanks !

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 12, 2020 at 2:10 pm

      There's no embargo, the MX450 just doesn't work properly on this engineering sample with the current BIOS. The review is in stand-by right now, as I am waiting for updated BIOS or drivers on the Asus website, or perhaps a newer sample. So far no news.

  2. Meatball

    November 13, 2020 at 1:49 am

    Would you mind sharing the playlist you testing laptops speakers? I am also interested in what's your opinion about the trade off between the amount of bass sound and distortion or arm-rest vibration? Just curious cause I am only listen pop music. However, the weight of the devices seems unbeatable to anyway.

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 16, 2020 at 11:23 am

      My playlist includes Pharell – Happy, Billy Joel – Vienna, PInk Floyd – Dark side of the Moon and a few others. For me, the laptop sounds best with DTS on but volumes of sub 50%.

  3. Cyril

    November 13, 2020 at 1:53 am

    Thanks a lot for this review. I've been waiting for it since September. I own a UX32VD which is now quite old, and I feel this generation might be a good candidate to replace it.

    I tested a TB3 EGPU last summer at a friend's home and found it awesome. Plan to buy a system along with my new laptop. Do you think it would be a good combination?

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 16, 2020 at 11:25 am

      Could be, but I'd wait for more reviews first. I was informed that our initial findings are a bit different than what should be expected from the final product, so I'm waiting for a retail sample and will update the article.

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