The Asus ZenBook 13 UX325J wants to impress with its low weight, long battery life and modern design. In the test we checked how it performs in everyday life.
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325J Test
Weighing just 1.1 kilograms, the new ZenBook 13 is easy to transport. In general, laptops are getting lighter. I have just tested the Schenker VIA 14 from the same price range, and this notebook achieves the same weight with a larger 14-inch display. In everyday life, I could easily carry the ZenBook around for a long time, even with one hand.
When it comes to workmanship, it is a bit clearer ahead. The ZenBook is made of metal, but the so-called base unit with the keyboard can be twisted and depressed a bit. This also applies to the lid, which also wobbles a little. This is not a catastrophe and usually does not affect working with the laptop, only the bouncing on the train could be a bit annoying. But: In the price range from around 1,200 euros, the workmanship should be better.
But the modern and space-saving design of the ZenBook is convincing. The display bezels are quite thin on the sides and top; the base unit almost ends at the left and right keys. Only the edge under the display is slightly larger. The touchpad is very generous, the back of the laptop impresses with its circular brushed metal and a shiny Asus logo. The low weight and compact design are impressive, the workmanship could have been even more robust.
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325J Keyboard & Trackpad: Ready for everyday life
The chiclet keyboard with flat keys serves its purpose and is above average overall. The stroke feels softer than on the Schenker VIA 14, whose keyboard is better overall. The ZenBook counterpart does not come close to the famous ThinkPad keyboards either. On the other hand, the feedback is clear enough when you have pressed a key and you can type quickly with the laptop in everyday life.
The huge touchpad with its 13 x 6 centimeters makes a mouse fall into oblivion. It allows the precise selection of screen contents and quick gestures. Pressing left and right at the bottom for the mouse button functions can be clearly felt and heard, perhaps a little loud for working in a library. There are two special touchpad features: swiping down from the top left opens the Windows calculator. And if you tap the icon in the top right, the number pad is displayed on the touchpad. I already know the feature from my older ZenBook 13. The only difference is that alt codes are finally working, how did I miss the dash!
The chiclet keyboard is also suitable for longer texts, the touchpad replaces a mouse and offers a number pad that can be faded in.
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325J Display: Bright and also good for photo editing
According to the manufacturer, the IPS display with Full HD resolution achieves a brightness of 450 nits, which would be very good for a laptop. In fact, the device can be used without any problems in the shade. The screen contents can still be seen in the sun, but the work is no longer pleasant. At least 650 nits would be better, as offered by good cell phones.
The display covers the sRGB color space and is suitable for basic image processing. I edited some photos from my DSLR with Nikon Capture NX-D on the laptop. That worked well and quickly. The display is equipped for work outside in the shade and for image processing.
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325J Features & performance: Thunderbolt 3 & USB-C charging
In our test model, the energy-saving quad-core chip Intel Core i7-1065G7 serves as the drive, supported by 16 GB of RAM. Thanks to Intel Iris Plus Graphics, there is also a certain amount of graphics power on board, which can be helpful for video editing, for example. Data is stored on a 1 TB PCIe SSD. In practical use when surfing the web, when writing this test and when editing images, the laptop impressed with its rapid work pace.
On the left side there is an HDMI 2.0 output and two Thunderbolt 3 ports that can also be used to charge the laptop. On the right there is a USB-A 3.0 port and a microSD input. Unfortunately, there is no headset connection, as users rely on Bluetooth.
The full-blown SD card slots are increasingly being replaced by microSD ports on new laptops, although cameras continue to use large SD cards. microSD cards can be found in cell phones, but why should someone take the card out of their smartphone and edit the photos? If you want to edit cell phone photos on the laptop at all, simply connect it via the USB port or use a wireless connection.
And for wireless connections, Bluetooth 5.0 and the current Wi-Fi-6 are used. If you like, you can unlock the laptop with Windows Hello. Unfortunately, there is only one webcam with a resolution of 0.9 megapixels, which we unfortunately could not access with the camera app.
The performance and equipment are good for the ultrabook class, only a full-blown SD card slot and a better webcam should have been.
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325J Running time & speakers: Rockt
Harman / Kardon, known for high-end audio products, is responsible for the sound. The stereo speakers are located on the right and left on the bottom of the base unit. The speakers have a clear and dynamic sound that is worthy of the purchase price of the laptop. There are even approaches of bass, metal and punk fun with the notebook. Most laptop speakers give up on these genres at the latest.
We didn’t have to worry about the runtime with the 67 watt battery in the test. According to the manufacturer, it should be 18 hours, but under rather unrealistic conditions (low display brightness, no WLAN, etc.). When we used the laptop, the laptop easily lasted a working day. When the notebook is switched off, it should reach 60 percent of the battery capacity in 49 minutes. We can at least confirm that the laptop charges quickly.
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325J Conclusion: a successful ultrabook
My personal, prolific writer highlight of the current Zenbook 13: I can enter alt codes on the touchpad number pad and thus create my favorite dash that my old ZenBook couldn’t do that. In general, most people who frequently produce texts will be satisfied with the keyboard, even if the Schenker VIA 14 and the ThinkPads have even better keyboards. Thanks to its good and bright display, the ZenBook is also equipped for image editing outdoors in the shade and, thanks to Intel Iris Plus, even for video editing.
The bottom line is that the ZenBook 13 UX325J is a great choice for copywriters, photographers, and videographers. The graphics power will often be insufficient for 3D CAD software, and the ultrabook is also not ideal for games, which would also be atypical for this device class. Alternative: The relatively mobile 2-in-1 Surface Book 3 offers enough performance even for these applications with a corresponding surcharge.
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325J Pros:
- + Design
- + Everyday performance
- + Display
- + Runtime
- + Speakers
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325J Cons:
- – Processing just okay
- – No headset connection
- – Low resolution webcam
- – No slot for full-size SD cards