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ASUS ZenBook 14 UX425EA: Model of consistency

Boring in the best way possible

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When I think of the ASUS ZenBook line, the first word that comes to mind is “consistency.” It’s a machine that promises good quality and all-around good performance. Much of the same is true with the ASUS ZenBook 14 UX425EA. 

Been around for a while now and I’ve seen the ZenBook become the favorite companion for people at different points in my life. I knew someone who got through most of University with a ZenBook. I also know a few people who have spent happy years with their ZenBook.

Suffice to say, it’s a line that has stood the test of time. And for good reason. The general build quality of ZenBooks is fantastic. With the ZenBook 14 UX425EA, that sturdy, reliable build lives on.

Undeniably ASUS

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It has its signature look, too. Taking center stage on the lid is the concentric-circle ZenBook finish. It’s a look that’s been around for years and one that easily and quickly distinguishes itself from other laptops.

A few other ASUS staples that are present on the ZenBook 14 UX425EA are the Ergolift hinge and NanoEdge bezels. Both provide different levels of satisfaction. One in the opening and raising the laptop department, the other in providing a sleek look and more screen.

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As a daily companion, it’s easy to lug around weighing only 1.17kg. Whether you have to be out and about despite the pandemic or you’re just finding the optimal work position at home, it’s easy to move around with this laptop.

A reliable workhorse

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When it comes to getting actual work done, there are zero compromises. The ZenBook 14 UX425EA is powered by the 11th Gen Intel Core i5 with 16GB LPDDR4X and 512GB PCIe 3.0 x2 NVMe SSD storage.

That is a more-than-decent combo for most kinds of officework. Whether you’re dealing with a pile of Word documents, flipping through Excel sheets, or slaving away at a PowerPoint presentation, the laptop can handle that and more.

It also won’t leave you wanting in the ports department. Here’s a list of what you’re getting:

  • 2 x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C
  • (Up to 40Gbps with 5V-20V  Easy Charge )
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A 1 x standard HDMI 2.0
  • 1 x MicroSD card reader

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These are welcome additions in a slim and light laptop in a sea of slim and light laptops that only give you half of what you’re getting here.

What surprised us the most is the Number Pad 2.0 — the trackpad that doubles as a numpad. Trackpads on windows have generally been average at best compared to their mac counterparts. But every now and then, a laptop or two emerges that comes a little close.

ZenBook 14 UX425EA

Using the ZenBook 14 UX425EA’s trackpad has been quite a treat. And that’s not something I can say about most other Windows laptops. The typing experience feels even better. In fact, parts of this review were typed on the laptop itself.

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Battery life is also right around as promised (around 15 hours). You definitely won’t feel the need to look for a power outlet halfway through your day. There’s enough juice here to keep you moving during workday so you can plug and relax at night.

Media consumption and creation

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If you deal more with multimedia work – whether that’s some photo editing or some light video editing, you’ll be pleased to know that the ZenBook 14 UX425EA handles these tasks well.

A key factor is the display. It’s a 2.8K QHD NanoEdge Display with 100 percent DCI-P3 with a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. It’s color accurate and has various modes that cater to eye protection. So, whether you’re working or relaxing with your favorite show at the end of the day, your mind will be at ease knowing the laptop is still subtly catering to your needs.

You can easily switch between Normal and Vivid modes depending on what you’re doing.

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The laptop is also equipped with capable dual speakers. But the true great audio feature is AI noise-canceling. Video calls are now the norm and it helps that no matter what headphones or earphones you use, the laptop itself will aid in canceling background noise for a better experience.

In relation to this, the webcam is also placed in a sensible area so you need not worry about unflattering angles. You just gotta make sure you’re in a well-lit area if you really wanna show off your lovely face.

Is the ZenBook 14 UX425EA GadgetMatch? 

The ZenBook 14 UX425EA is boring in the best way possible. This is a laptop with no fuss and no gimmicks. Just a solid daily companion that you’re sure will be with you for years.

Like I mentioned at the onset of this article, the ZenBook line is synonymous with “consistency.” In a world that’s ever changing, something as sure and as reliable as this laptop is precisely just what we need.

The ASUS ZenBook 14 UX425EA retails for PhP 64,995 and is available in ASUS Concept Stores and ASUS Official Lazada the  Store. It comes pre-installed with genuine Windows and Office Home Student 2019, a ZenBook sleeve, USB-A to RJ45 gigabit ethernet adapter, and USB-C to audio jack adapter.

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New MacBook Pros, AirPods 3 now for pre-order in Singapore

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Following Apple’s October event that saw the reveal of new AirPods and the much anticipated new MacBook Pros, the aforementioned devices are now up for pre-order in Singapore!

AirPods 3

The latest addition to Apple’s AirPods family features Spatial Audio and Adaptive EQ. Both features contribute to a more immersive and more surround sound experience as you enjoy your favorite tunes from Apple Music or your favorite podcasts.

It retails for SG$ 269. Delivery begins on October 26. That’s also when it’ll be available in Apple Stores.

MacBook 14″ and 16″

These 2021 MacBooks are the biggest update to Apple’s notebooks in years. Other than sporting the brand spanking new and super powered M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, the 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pros also got significant upgrades elsewhere.

Firstly, Apple has brought back the ports. Instead of just two Thunderbolt 3 ports, there are now three (3) Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port, and a must for pros — an SD Card slot. The 3.5mm jack also gets an upgrade allowing support for high grade headphones.

The display also gets an upgrade promising 1,000 nits of sustained brightness, as well as Promotion for that oh so smooth 120Hz refresh rate.

Pricing are as follows:

MacBook Pro 14″, M1 Pro, 512GB SSD — SG$ 2,999

  • 8-Core CPU
  • 14-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 67W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 14″, M1 Pro, 1TB SSD — SG$ 3,749

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 96W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Pro, 512GB SSD — SG$ 3,749

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Pro, 1TB SSB — SG$ 4,049

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Max, 1TB SSB — SG$ 5,249

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 32-Core GPU
  • 32GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

Delivery begins on October 26. That’s also when it’ll be available in Apple Stores.

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Apple announces new MacBook Pros powered by M1 Pro, M1 Max

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The MacBook Pro just got somewhat of a facelift as Apple introduces the new 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pros. Just with the sizes alone, longtime MacBook users will already see a difference as previous MacBook Pros used to come in 13″ and 15″ variants.

Let’s rundown everything that’s new in what Apple promises to be hyper-powered notebooks.

M1 Pro and M1 Max

The new MacBook Pros are powered by Apple’s latest and greatest processors. Want the numbers that fly over most people’s heads? Here you go:

M1 Pro — Up-to-10-core CPU with eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores, along with an up-to-16-core GPU. That’s up to 70 percent faster CPU performance than M1, and up to 2x faster GPU performance. Delivers up to 200GB/s of memory bandwidth–nearly 3x the bandwidth of M1 and supports up to 32GB of fast unified memory.

M1 Max — Has a 10-core CPU and doubles the GPU with up to a massive 32 cores for up to 4x faster GPU performance than M1. It also has up to 400GB/s of memory bandwidth — 2x that of M1 Pro and nearly 6x that of M1 — and up to 64GB of fast unified memory.

This allows for real time rendering on hyper demanding tasks like video editing, 3D modelling, game designing, and many others.

It has a notch

Now that we know what matters on the inside, let’s address what will likely be the most noticeable aspect on the outside. Like the iPhone, the new MacBook Pros now have a notch. It sits in the middle of the menu bar to be less of a distraction.

Housed in the notch is the much improved 1080P FaceTime HD camera with an f/2.2 aperture to let more light in — crucial in our daily working lives that is now dominated by video calling. Other features include machine learning based noise reduction and face detection, local tone mapping, auto white balance, auto exposure, and Smart HDR. Noticeably missing — there’s no Face ID.

A display for discerning eyes

The display on the new MacBook Pros get significant upgrades. Officially called the Liquid Retina XDR Display, it features the same mini-LED technology found on the iPad Pro. It’s promising 1,000 nits of sustained, full-screen brightness, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The display also has ProMotion which means a 120Hz refresh rate for an even more eye-pleasing experience.

As the sizes suggest, they are also indeed larger than their predecessors. The 16″ model offers a 16.2-inch display with 7.7 million pixels–the most ever on a Mac notebook. Meanwhile, the 14″ model has a 14.2-inch screen with 5.9 million pixels.

Bringing back the ports

Making a comeback in this iteration of the MacBook Pros are more ports. Both models will get the following:

  • Three (3) Thunderbolt 4 ports
  • SDXC card slot
  • HDMI port
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

Also making its way back to MacBook is MagSafe. MagSafe 3 makes connecting a charge cable quick and easy while protecting MacBook Pro. It also introduces fast charging to the Apple’s notebooks getting you to 50 percent in just 30 minutes.

M1 Pro users can connect up to two Pro Display XDRs. M1 Max, users can connect up to three Pro Display XDRs and a 4K TV, all at the same time. They also have Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless connectivity.

macOS Monterey

Apple’s latest hardware will naturally come with their latest software. These new MacBook Pros have macOS Monterey right out of the box. That means users will get to enjoy the best of what Mac has to offer.

The long list of features include, but are not limited to: Live Text and Visual Lookup, Continuity, Shortcuts, SharePlay, Universal Control, and many more.

Of course there are the popular Mac apps which will run even smoother now and will allow you to create more like Final Cut Pro and Garage Band.

Pricing and availability

In the US, the new MacBook Pro models with M1 Pro and M1 Max are available to order today on apple.com/store and in the Apple Store app. They will arrive to customers and will be in select Apple Store locations and Apple Authorized Resellers starting Tuesday, October 26. Pricing are as follows:

  • 14″ MacBook Pro starts at US$ 1,999 (US$ 1,849 for education)
  • 16″ MacBook Pro starts at US$ 2,499 (US$ 2,299 for education)

It will be available in Singapore soon with the following pricing:

  • 14″ MacBook Pro starts at SG$ 2,999 (SG$ 2,769 for education)
  • 16″ MacBook Pro starts at SG$ 3,749 (SG$ 3,449 for education)
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Meet Apple’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips!

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The next generation of MacBook processors is here. Despite recently launching the lineup’s M1 chip, Apple isn’t slowing down. During Apple’s October event called Unleashed, the company unveiled two powerhouse processors to power the latest lineup of MacBook Pros. Let’s meet the new workhorses now.

Meet the M1 Pro

Featuring ten cores (configured with eight high-performance cores and two energy-efficient ones), the M1 Pro boasts masterful performance with 33.7 billion transistors. It can reportedly perform 70 percent better than the M1 chip. With double the width, it can fit up to 32GB of unified RAM. Additionally, the chipset’s GPU packs in 16 cores inside.

Meet the M1 Max

Pushing further than the M1 Pro, the M1 Max features 57 billion transistors inside its lithe frame. Though touting the same 10-core setup as the M1 Pro, the Max can pack up to 64GB of unified RAM. Likewise, the chipset’s GPU comes with 32 cores.

With the new chipsets, Apple is pushing its notebook lineups in the performance department. Both can supposedly perform several times better than a PC laptop’s integrated and high-end graphics cards. And despite the boost in performance, they can still deliver by using considerably less power. For example, the M1 Max can reportedly perform with 70 percent less power than PC laptops.

Both the M1 Pro and M1 Max are available in the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros.

SEE ALSO: 2021 iMac M1 Review: Your Best Work From Home Setup

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