Reviewers laud the ZenBook 13, which takes 15th place in our Best Laptops of 2021 list and comes in at No. 6 on our Best Laptops for College list, for its trim and light design and low price. They also appreciate its support for older peripherals and cables, something absent from larger and more expensive laptops that only feature USB-C ports, as well as the clever way its touchpad can be used as a numeric keypad.

Reviewers are less enthusiastic about the lack of a UHD touchscreen and a headphone jack. Tests also found that the ZenBook 13’s battery life, even with a more efficient 11th-generation i7 processor, fell short of the advertised 22 hours by 10 hours or so. In particular, users will experience less battery life if they use Wi-Fi. However, that is still pretty good for Windows laptops. Reviewers also found that although Asus claims that this ZenBook model is “ruggedized,” it can feel a bit flimsy in practice.

ASUS ZenBook 13 Ultra-Slim Laptop 13.3” Full HD NanoEdge Bezel Display, Intel Core i5-1035G1 Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, NumberPad, Windows 10 Home, Lilac Mist, UX325JA-AB51

  • 13.3 inch wide-view Full HD 4-way NanoEdge bezel display
  • Latest 10th generation Intel Core i5-1035G1 Core Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.6 GHz) with Intel UHD graphics
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Fast storage and memory featuring 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD with 8GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • Built-in IR camera for facial recognition sign in with Windows Hello
  • ErgoLift hinge and backlit keyboard and NumberPad
  • Extensive connectivity with HDMI 2.0b, Thunderbolt 3 via USB Type C, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0, USB 3.2 Type-A, and Micro SD card reader (USB Transfer speed may vary. Learn more on ASUS website)
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ASUS ZenBook 14 Ultra-Slim Laptop 14” FHD NanoEdge Bezel Display, Intel Core i7-1165G7, NVIDIA MX450, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, ScreenPad 2.0, Thunderbolt 4, Windows 10 Pro, Pine Grey, UX435EG-XH74

  • Innovative ScreenPad: 5.65-inch Full HD+ interactive touchscreen trackpad that adapts to your needs for smarter control and multitasking
  • App Switcher on ScreenPad: easily move docked windows between your main display and ScreenPad display
  • Handwriting on ScreenPad: Take note or jot down your ideas by writing on the ScreenPad
  • NumberKey on ScreenPad: Turn ScreenPad into a numeric keypad for easy numeric data entry
  • 14 inch 400nits Full HD (1920×1080), Anti-Glare IPS level NanoEdge bezel display

ASUS ZenBook Duo UX481 14” FHD NanoEdge Bezel Touch Display, Intel Core i7-10510U CPU, 8GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, Innovative ScreenPad Plus, Windows 10 Home, Celestial Blue, UX481FA-DB71T

  • ScreenPad Plus: 12.6 inch matte touchscreen, giving you endless way to optimize your multitasking experience by extending the screen or split windows and apps on both displays
  • 14 inches Full HD NanoEdge touchscreen glossy main display
  • Latest 10th generation Intel Core i7 10510U Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.9 GHz)
  • Fast storage and memory featuring 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD with 8GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • Built-in IR camera for facial recognition sign in with Windows Hello
  • Exclusive ErgoLift design for improved typing position, optimized cooling system and enhanced audio performance
  • Extensive connectivity with Gig+ Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), HDMI, and USB Type C (USB Transfer speed may vary. Learn more on ASUS website)
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ASUS UX534FTC-AS77 ZenBook 15 Laptop, 15.6” UHD 4K NanoEdge Display, Intel Core i7-10510U, GeForce GTX 1650, 16GB, 512GB PCIe SSD, ScreenPad 2.0, Amazon Alexa Compatible, Windows 10, Icicle Silver

  • 15.6 inch wide-view 4K UHD 4-way NanoEdge bezel display with 92% screen to body ratio
  • Innovative ScreenPad: 5.65-inch interactive touchscreen trackpad that adapts to your needs for smarter control and multitasking
  • Latest 10th generation Intel Core i7-10510U Quad Core Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.9 GHz) with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q discrete graphics
  • Fast storage and memory featuring 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD and 16GB RAM
  • Works with Amazon Alexa Voice Service that helps you with tasks, entertainment, general information, and more.
  • Built-in IR camera for facial recognition sign in with Windows Hello
  • Extensive connectivity with HDMI, USB Type C, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.0 and SD card reader (USB Transfer speed may vary. Learn more at ASUS website)
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ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 Laptop, 15.6” OLED 4K UHD NanoEdge Touch Display, Intel Core i7-10750H, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, GeForce RTX 2060, ScreenPad Plus, Windows 10 Pro, Celestial Blue, UX581LV-XS74T

  • Professional-grade performance: 10th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB SSD, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics for professional-level performance
  • Extreme durability: Durable laptop build that meets military standards, giving you protection and peace of mind wherever you go
  • Stunning display: 15.6 inch UHD OLED main touchscreen display and full-width ScreenPad Plus touchscreen offer 4K dual-screen computer interaction
  • Optimized design: Sleek ErgoLift design elevates laptop for optimized cooling, enhanced audio performance, and improved typing position
  • Convenient and comfortable layout: LED NumberPad and separate palm rest add comfort and convenience
  • Professional level stylus: Active stylus lets you comfortably draw or take handwritten notes
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