Asus ZenBook 13 UM325SA review (AMD Ryzen 7 5800U Cezanne – review, OLED screen)

14 Comments

  1. John SMith

    May 19, 2021 at 7:24 am

    Uhhhh, where are the screen metrics like brightness and brightness distribution???

  2. John

    May 19, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Why wouldn't you recommend ryzen 7 for theses laptops? And why is ryzen 5600U better?

    Thanks

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 20, 2021 at 10:04 am

      I thought that was pretty clear from the article, but the reason is that the Ryzen 7 models don't deliver their best in this sort of an ultracompact chassis, and the Ryzen 5 models are cheaper and closer to their potential

  3. Kurt

    May 20, 2021 at 2:56 am

    Any issues with OLED screen-door effect with grainy static images or fuzzy text looking at the screen up close?

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 20, 2021 at 10:09 am

      not to my eyes, but I found the whole screen experience to be subjective. Like I said, OLED might not be for everyone and I'd recommend checking them in person and decide if they're OK for you or not. I'm rather concerned about gray-bending and black crushing, plus burning, but I haven't had any issue with the texts looking fuzzy on the OLEDs that I've tried.

      • Kurt

        May 20, 2021 at 11:49 am

        Thanks that's very good to know, even though I'm interested in the Asus Vivobook Pro with OLED.

      • Andrei Girbea

        May 20, 2021 at 12:19 pm

        Is that available in stores? I know it's been announced a while ago, but I haven't touched it yet

      • Kurt

        May 21, 2021 at 10:17 am

        I think it's only available in China right now, I'm importing the Ryzen model.

      • Andrei Girbea

        May 21, 2021 at 11:43 am

        Tricky. Not a fan of importing as I prefer having the option to return in case of something's not right. Quality Control is problematic these days with all brands. Fingers crossed yours turns out OK.

  4. Negative Ghostrider

    May 21, 2021 at 11:37 am

    So would you recommend paying the premium for the 5800u on a machine to be used for Lightroom/PS, some light video work, and music production (Ableton), or would a Ryzen 5 or Intel model be a better value? Resolve/Premiere and Ableton are going to love the multithreading but if heat throttling kills the potential extra performance, why bother spending more?

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 21, 2021 at 11:41 am

      I'd say probably not, but that depends on whether you can get the 5600U with 16 GB of RAM (which is what I consider the best value config on this unit) and the price difference between 5600 and 5800. If you can't get 16 GB with the Ryzen 5 then the 5800U upgrade is a must. And then if the Ryzen 7 model is just a little bit more expensive (~100 USD/EUR), I'd also get the Ryzen 7.

  5. O635789

    June 4, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    I'm in the U.S. but considering to buy a Zenbook in Europe since it seems ASUS doesn't want to ship their best products over here. May I ask what keyboard layout are they selling in Europe? The particular model I'm interested in is UM425QA-KI007T, they are listing different model UM425QA-PURE3 in Scandinavia, I guess some of them would have localized keyboard.

    • Andrei Girbea

      June 4, 2021 at 3:00 pm

      Tricky. As far as I know, they use localized keyboards for most of the different European countries. I don't think you can tell much about the included keyboard based on that code number, you'd have to check with the store and ask about it

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