Asus Zenbook 14 OLED UM3406HA review (2024, AMD Ryzen 7 8840HS)


  1. Dishonored One

    May 29, 2024 at 2:20 pm

    Hi, thanks for all the content you are putting out in the reviews! All the data helped me a ton during the research. Honestly I have no idea how you are able to put out this much quality content with such a small team, it's like you guys are GN of ultrabook world or something xdd. I'm surprised I never heard about your articles before, maybe it's because I'm much more versed into desktop PCs, rather than laptops.

    I was surfing the ultrabook market for the past week or so, and as much as I don't wanna go with any of ASUS's product in light of their deceptive and sometimes straight-up illegal RMA practices, among other issues, there seems to be no meaningful alternative in 900-1200 euro range as of now. I mean Lenovo putting 1920×1200 OLED panels in their Yoga line-up for the past 3-4 years is a joke, not to mention all of their color spectrum seems to come down to dark grey and black, which is the scheme I got bored of some time ago now. At first I wanted to go with Zenbook UX3402ZA 1240P SKU, because that is more than enough for my workflow, and the Aqua Celadon colour they have just looks so nice, that particular model can be had for ~750 euros refirb(which might be sketchy, given my experience with used tech) or for 950 euros new, which is a lot for a 2-year-old model.

    Luckily, upon some further research, mostly through your articles at that point, I stumbled upon this year's 14" UX3405 125H model, and not only that, but it ended up being only like 20-25% more expensive than the UX3402ZA, with much better efficiency, slighty improved finish, aesthetics and overall ergonomics, while also being "the shiny new thing". I imagine if you got an average of 13.3W power consumption with 155H across 5 scenarios tested means that 125H should fare even better for the same workflow, and the runtimes of 155H were more than satisfying to begin with. I guess my only gripe with UX3405 is color-matched keyboard, which can be annoying at times, especially with lighter colour schematics such as that silver option. That, and the fact that this laptop is made by company called Asus :\. Well, just wanted to thank all of you guys behind the tested hardware/script again for making the choice much easier for me and many other people, it's a rare treat these days, I mean quality content with a lot of insights for people who are trying to make an informed buying decision and are somewhat into tech.

    I am curious about couple of things, though. Couldn't find any mention of test methodology, so how do you guys test noise levels(from what distance, what's the noise floor in the room etc.) and display latency? I mean I don't know much about colorimeters, just saw screenshots from I assume is X-Rite CMD-ish utility, do they also offer latency testing in their suite? As someone who's into desktop environment I always assumed everyone just defaulted to Nvidia LDAT. I would really appreciate if you could elaborate on these questions. Not trying to be a nuisance or anything, just genuinely curious to peek behind the curtain a little. Cheers!

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 29, 2024 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks for the kind words.

      For noise, I use an external mic and an app on my iPhone, and we measure at head-level, so about 60 cm over the laptop.

      For panel response time, we don't normally test that, we don't have the right tools for it.

      PS: Comments are moderated and manually approved, as clearly mentioned at the end of the comment form. we do that so we can reply to all comments, and prevent spam. that means it can take a day or two for the comment to appear on the site, when we get to it.

  2. Pierre T

    June 1, 2024 at 1:57 pm

    Any chance you'll review the 2024 hp spectre 14?

    • Andrei Girbea

      June 1, 2024 at 2:06 pm

      Most likely, not. HP haven't send us a review unit when they did for other publications.

      • Pierre T

        June 2, 2024 at 10:48 am

        That's a shame. Do you know if it has the old OLED problem with graineness thats very probounced or if it uses a newer panel where its less of an issue,

      • Andrei Girbea

        June 2, 2024 at 5:50 pm

        it should be the new generation, since it's a late 2023 launch and the read I've seen don't bash it for graininess. There's still some, since this is touch OLED, but it shouldn't be that bad based on my experience with the panel in the Asus UX3405

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