Light in your bag and relatively light on your wallet (for its class), the $1,052 Asus ZenBook UX430UA offers high-end features — such as an 8th Gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive — in a 2.78-pound package. In addition to strong performance, this Asus laptop offers one of the most colorful 14-inch displays we’ve tested. You can get longer battery life, a more elegant chassis and a better typing experience from competing laptops that cost hundreds more. But considering what you get for the money, the ZenBook UX430UA is a great value.
The Asus ZenBook UX430UA has a premium but plain gray-aluminum chassis that will neither embarrass you nor make you stand out at the coffee shop. Like most Asus ZenBooks, it has a metallic, concentric-circle design on the lid, with a matte metal deck, sides and bottom surface. I really wish Asus would use the attractive blue-and-gold color scheme that it employs on the ZenBook 3, but the company is probably saving that level of sexiness for more expensive laptops.
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