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Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3402ZA) Review: ASUS Powerful User-Centric Device

ByYinka Okeowo

Sep 26, 2022
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Zenbook 14 OLED is another powerful gadget. The 16.9 mm slim and 1.39 kg1 light OLED device comes with a breathtaking new design that’s timelessly elegant yet totally modern.

As an ASUS lover you are sure of perfect experience due to visuals from the expansive 16:10 2.8K OLED HDR NanoEdge touchscreen2,3,4, a color-accurate up to 550-nit screen that’s PANTONE Validated and has a cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 gamut.

The 12th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor, Intel Iris Xe graphics, 16 GB RAM and 1 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD deliver superb performance, and there’s a long-lasting 75 Wh battery.

The new Zenbook 14 OLED series design features the ASUS monogram with refreshing new colors across the series.

Quick Review

OLED touchscreen with NanoEdge

  • Up to 2.8K resolution
  • 100% DCI-P3 color gamut
  • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio; 0.2 ms response time
  • 70% less harmful blue light than normal LCD
  • TÜV Rheinland Eye Care certification, PANTONE® Validated, VESA DisplayHDR 500True Black

Incredibly lightweight & slim

  • Chassis and lid made of lightweight aluminum alloy
  • Weighs only 1.39 kg
  • Side profile of less than 16.9 mm

Robust processor & rich connectivity

  • Equipped with the latest 12th Intel® CoreTM i7 processor
  • Supports up to 16 GB of memory, 1 TB PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe SSDs,
  • Offers Thunderbolt 4, full-size HDMI 2.0, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, microSD card reader and audio jack

ASUS WiFi Master Premium

  • WiFi Master technology and WiFi 6E enable ultrafast downloads, smooth streaming, greater range, and incredibly stable network connections

ErgoSense Keyboard

  • Pitch of 19.05 mm
  • 0.2 mm dish
  • 1.4 mm key travel

ErgoSense Touchpad with NumberPad 2.0

  • Ultrasmooth surface with anti-fingerprint coating
  • Multitouch gestures
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The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED series is available in two color schemes: Ponder Blue and Aqua Celadon. The Ponder Blue model also features an anti-fingerprint coating.

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180° lay-flat hinge – A unique hinge design allows full 180° movement so you can lay the laptop flat, which is ideal for on-screen content with others sharing.

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Immersive visual experience

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED series features a 14-inch 2.8K 16:10 OLED HDR touchscreen with a 4-sided NanoEdge design, with incredibly slim 2.8 mm bezels on its external borders providing an up to 90% screen-to-body ratio.

The display supports 2880 x 1800 resolution, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 0.2 ms response time and 90 Hz refresh rate is certified VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black, supporting peak brightness of up to 550 nits and 0.0005 nits of deep black brightness, providing creators with brighter and more detailed viewing experiences.

The display offers an ultrawide color gamut of 100% DCI-P3 and is PANTONE Validated to provide the most precise color accuracy.

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Customizable color gamut- For different tasks or preferences, the new Zenbook series supports a customizable color gamut function, allowing users quickly and easily to switch the display’s color gamut.

The default setting is the ultra-vivid native color, and users can switch to other settings via the Splendid page in MyASUS.

The color gamut of sRGB is for creating web content or browsing, DCI-P3 is for cinema content, or Display P3 is for movie-grade colors finessed to fit everyday viewing in the real world.

Reasons why you need to choose the ASUS OLED laptop

Professional-grade true-to-life colors 

ASUS OLED laptops deliver exceptionally detailed and realistic visuals, with a cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 color gamut.  

Colors reproduced on the display are richer and more vivid: it is ideal for color-intensive projects. 

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Blue light reduction

Blue light is known to cause visual discomfort and disrupt sleep quality. By calibrating the spectrum, ASUS OLED laptops emit 70% less harmful blue light. Unlike traditional blue-light filters, shifting the spectrum means color accuracy is uncompromised. 

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Since children’s eyes are not fully developed, with a more transparent lens and cornea, harmful blue light can penetrate the eye more easily.

This means there is 80% blue light pass-through for 5 year-old children, compared to 20% pass-through for 60 year-old adults. 

Great clarity at low brightness 

When calculating the 3D color volume — which adds illumination to the traditional 2D color gamut — ASUS OLED displays have about a 60% higher color volume, offering better color performance at any brightness level. 

When comparing color expression under different brightness, OLED color expression stays the same ― even at lower brightness ― while LCD colors degrade significantly.  

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ASUS OLED laptops are able to show great detail at lower brightness settings. This means you can see the content more clearly without having to turn up the brightness; therefore, your eyes are exposed to less blue light. 

ASUS OLED laptops are able to maintain color detail at any brightness, so you can adapt the brightness according to your usage environment. Because OLED displays deliver accurate color with less brightness, eyes have less exposure to blue light. 

Extreme contrast, astonishing detail 

OLED displays have millions of light-emitting diodes (LED) instead of the just 50 or 60 LEDs found in LCD displays. OLED displays can turn on and off the LED for each pixel on the screen, and achieve true black with a 1,000,000:1 extreme contrast ratio.  

0.2 ms Instant response for smooth actions 

ASUS OLED displays have an ultrafast 0.2 ms response time ― 50X faster than average laptop LCD displays. This ensures smoother fast-paced action scenes, low-latency gameplay, and subtle details like blur-free text scrolling. 

ASUS OLED burn-in prevention  

With extended use, certain pixels on the display may age, resulting in degraded colors (burn-in). 

To prevent this, ASUS takes the following steps: 

  • Default shipping in Windows Dark mode 
  • Default OLED screen protection: Dims the screen after 5 minutes at idle    
  • Samsung OLED burn-in refine technology 
  • OLED screen warranty: 7000 hours, guaranteed (@200 nits) 

The Samsung OLED algorithm detects aging pixels and enhances the current passing through these pixels. This enables the degraded pixels to display brighter colors and, as a result, shows accurate perceived colors. 

ASUS OLED Care

ASUS OLED laptops come with an ASUS-exclusive OLED Care mechanism that’s proven to protect your OLED display. Image persistence, or burn-in, on an OLED display can occur if a static high-contrast image is displayed for a prolonged period of time.

To avoid this, when your ASUS laptop is idle for over 30 minutes, our specially designed screensaver kicks in. This significantly reduces the chance of burn-in by making sure all the pixels are illuminated and darkened equally, thus protecting the display from visible color shifts over time.

Impressive Specifications

With a thin and light form factor, the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED series is equipped with the 12th Gen Intel® Core i7 P-series processor.

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED series supports up to 16 GB of onboard memory and a 1 TB PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe M.2 SSD. It also offers Thunderbolt 4, standard HDMI 2.0, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, combo audio jack, and a microSD card reader. All of these options ensure comprehensive connectivity.

The Zenbook 14 OLED series is equipped with a 75 watt-hour battery, which provides more than enough battery life to cover a day of work or play.

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Intel Evo platform

Co-engineered with Intel, the Zenbook 14 OLED series is an Intel Evo™ certified laptop, which guarantees a certain set of hardware specifications and key experience targets for an exceptional mobile experience ― including instant wake and long battery life.

12th Generation Intel Core processors

12th Gen Intel Core processors feature an unprecedented new hybrid architecture, which offers a unique combination of Performance and Efficient cores (P-core and E-core). This translates to real-world performance, intuitively scaled to match whatever you’re doing.

The Performance cores are designed to maximize single-thread performance and responsiveness for compute-intensive workloads like gaming and 3D design.

The Efficient core delivers multithreaded performance for tasks that can run in parallel (like image rendering), along with efficient offloading of background tasks for modern multitasking.

12th Gen Intel Core processors also support the higher speeds and bandwidth of LPDDR5 memory, faster connectivity of Intel® Wi-Fi 6E, and reliable Thunderbolt™ 4 ports

Up to 16 GB LPDDR5-4800 MHz memory

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED series features an onboard memory design to allow for a thinner and lighter chassis, and it still provides up to 16 GB capacity and fast 4800 MHz LPDDR5 clock speeds to provide plenty of processing power.

Up to 1 TB PCIe4.0 x4 NVMe M.2 SSD

Models in the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED series feature an M.2 slot with up to an optional 1 TB PCIe4.0 x4 NVMe SSD and support for up to 6500 MB/s read performance.

Rich Connectivity

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED series features two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports. Each Thunderbolt 4 port can support up to 40 Gbps data bandwidth, DisplayPort, and Power Delivery. In addition, ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED series also offers a full-sized HDMI 2.0 port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, an audio combo jack, and a microSD card reader.

This makes it possible for the Zenbook 14 OLED series to easily connect to an external 4K display, storage devices, or expand connections.

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ScreenXpert 3.0 for ASUS PCs

In the past, ScreenXpert 2.0 was used as an application to support and assist ASUS dual-screen models but now the brand new ScreenXpert 3.0 supports general single-screen models of ASUS laptops, providing users of ASUS laptops with a more efficient experience when dealing with multi-window-related operations.

The single-screen version of ScreenXpert 3.0 features APP Switcher, App Navigator, and Camera & Microphone switcher, users can enable it in My ASUS software.

Control Center

When users enable the single-screen version of ScreenXpert 3.0 in MyASUS software, it will have a floating button shown on the main display.

Users can click it and expand the Control Center taskbar. Currently, the Control Center taskbar features some quick access icons such as App Navigator, Camera & Microphone switcher, and setting page.

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App Navigator

The App Navigator can display all programs that currently opened on the system, and users can quickly move a program window to the other display or close each program window via the App Navigator page.

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Camera & Microphone switcher

There are the camera and microphone shortcuts on the Control Center taskbar, allowing users quickly to enable or disable the camera and microphone of the laptop. Users can set these shortcuts in the setting page.

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APP Switcher

When an app window is moved, a built-in floating ActionMenu automatically pops up. Users can choose the designated display number and release it, then the app window will be full-screen displayed on the designated display. In addition, the ActionMenu also provides a quarter, left-right alignment, or top-bottom alignment display mode, which can help users quickly position multiple windows to the specified display and position.

ASUS-exclusive WiFi Master Premium

The Zenbook 14 OLED series is equipped with ASUS WiFi Master Premium technology, which has a built-in dual‑band WiFi 6E wireless network for faster wireless transmission performance. It also has an ASUS-exclusive WiFi SmartConnect feature, which provides greater distance, stability, and seamless wireless network experiences for users.

The tri-band Wi-Fi 6E

Wi-Fi 6E adds a new 6 GHz band with up to seven additional 160 MHz channels while WiFi 6 devices share the same congested spectrum—and only two 160 MHz channels—with other legacy Wi-Fi 4, 5, and 6 devices. This gives WiFi 6E devices the advantage and ability to experience gigabit speeds more easily.

The tri-band WiFi 6E (802.11ax) wireless network card of the Zenbook 14 OLED series provides up to 3X higher throughput and 4X the network capacity of WiFi 5 (802.11ac), and it also supports Bluetooth 5.2 connection. Additionally, the WiFi 6E wireless network card is backward-compatible with legacy WiFi 6 and Wireless-AC. It will also work with legacy WiFi 4, 5 and 6 networks using 2.4/5 GHz bands.

WiFi SmartConnect

With WiFi SmartConnect, your laptop will automatically connect to the router with the best signal in your current environment. It also memorizes the mobile hotspots you connect to and prioritizes connections to them when they‘re detected.  

WiFi Stabilizer

In order to achieve extremely thin screen bezels, many laptops began to place the WiFi antennas under the keyboard area. However, this location houses many high-frequency hardware components, which can generate a lot of electromagnetic noise that interferes with WiFi signals.

To avoid this, the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED series is equipped with noise reduction technologyto reduce USB 3.2 signal interference. It also has a metamaterial filterthat isolates electromagnetic noise radiating from the USB 3.2 ports. These features ensure that WiFi transmission performance remains stable and consistent.

USB-C Easy Charge for power anytime, anywhere

USB-C Easy Charge support means that the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED series can be used with a wide range of standard USB-C chargers (5V-20V). Users can enjoy ultrafast charging with any PD (Power Delivery) certified charger, including the 65 watt fast-charge adapter supplied with the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED series, or juice up your device on the go with airline chargers, portable chargers or power banks! It’s incredibly convenient when there are no wall sockets available, such as flights or in vehicles.

Easy USB-C® Charging ensures 4.5-watt charging when connecting to a non-Power Delivery chargers, including portable chargers or USB Type-A to USB-C® chargers. When using a Power Delivery charger, the charging speed will match the connected adapter’s power output, up to a maximum of 65 watts.

ErgoSense Keyboard

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED series features an ErgoLift hinge design which results in the ErgoSense keyboard automatically tilting when the laptop is opened. This design allows users to type more comfortably and increases the ventilation space under the chassis for improved heat dissipation.

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The keyboard of the Zenbook 14 OLED series achieves a 19.05 mm pitch (the distance between the middle of a key to the middle of its adjacent key) and offer many commonly used function keys, enabling users to type comfortably.

The keyboard is backlit for convenient typing in dark environments such as flights. In addition, the keys of ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED series feature a subtle 0.2 mm dish-shaped indentation and 1.4 mm key travel — the longest of its class of laptops.

The dish-shaped indentation subtly guides fingers onto the keys and the long key travel provides better feedback.

Together, these features improve typing accuracy and replicate the comfort of using a desktop PC keyboard.

Extra-useful hotkeys & Fn key with a lock option

The Zenbook 14 OLED series includes several dedicated hotkeys. You can use these to capture any part of the screen with a single tap, easily switch the webcam on/off, or lock the system in an instant for extra privacy. The Zenbook 14 OLED series also includes an Fn key with a lock option, allowing users to quickly switch between hotkey functions or general F1–F12 key functions by pressing the Fn + Esc keys at the same time.

New power key with fingerprint sensor

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED series features a new Power key design. It helps avoid accidental touches by users and also integrates the secure finger login, giving users more security login options.

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Exclusive ASUS NumberPad 2.0 with ErgoSense

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED is available with NumberPad 2.0, an LED-illuminated numeric keypad integrated in the touchpad. A single-touch sensor at the top right of the touchpad turns NumberPad on and off, and a tap on the icon at the top left lets you choose one of two brightness levels. You can also swipe from the top left icon in any direction on the NumberPad 2.0 to activate the Calculator app on the main display.

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Ultrasmooth finish, plus anti-fingerprint coating

A hydrophobic and high-end PVD anti-fingerprint coating are both applied to the touchpad of the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED.

These coatings ensure excellent resistance to wear and tear while also providing smoother feedback for scrolling movements and making the surface easy to clean. Even after more than 10,000 slides, the touchpad will still be as smooth as new.

Multitouch gestures

The ErgoSense touchpad supports multitouch gestures in Windows, so you can use three- or four-finger shortcuts to launch frequently used applications or functions.

Amazing Audio

Harman Kardon certified

The audio system of the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED has been carefully tuned by experts from the ASUS Golden Ear team and certified by audio specialists Harman Kardon to ensure the very best sound for all kinds of content. It outputs louder volumes, richer depth and better surround-sound effects compared to other laptops of a similar size.

ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED features dual speakers with Dolby Atmos support. Dolby Atmos provides an all-new listening experience that lets users hear music, movies, or podcasts in a detailed aural environment, with perfect clarity and lifelike spatial separation. Offering a wide range of equalizer settings, users can use the presets or custom tune the signal.

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Smart Amp ― 350% louder sound, zero distortion

The audio system of the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED features a smart amplifier driven by a powerful DSP chip that can enhance the maximum volume by up to 350%, providing clearer sound at all frequencies while preventing long-term damage to the sensitive speaker voice coils. Creating or listening to audio in your videos, movies, music, or games has never sounded better! 

The smart amplifier’s output is intelligently matched to the speaker’s physical capabilities, fine-tuning the system across the entire spectrum to ensure distortion-free audio at any volume level. The result is a high-quality audio experience and reliable long-term operation.

AI Noise-Canceling Audio

For business travelers and other remote employees, videoconferencing is increasingly common. Voice quality is important for efficient and clear communication, so the new Zenbook 14 OLED series features ASUS AI Noise-Canceling Audio, which ensures that users can hear and be heard clearly in any scenario. A ClearVoice Mic function page lets user select from one of four modes: Normal, Balanced, Single Presenter or Multi-Presenter.

When a user selects the Single Presenter mode, all ambient noise except human voices is filtered out. When a user selects the Multi-Presenter mode, the system normalizes individual voices from different positions or distances, so that all voices are conveyed at a similar volume. The ClearVoice Speaker function filters out all ambient noise except human voices, so that users can hear and record more clearly — even if background noise is present.

Webcam Effect feature

To provide better videoconferencing experiences, the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED series includes a new Webcam Effect feature. Via the MyASUS software UI, users can choose between Lighting Optimization, Background Blurring, Eye Tracking, and Motion Tracking effects.

Eye Tracking

Automatically adjusts and locks your gaze, so you always appears to be looking directly into the camera for more natural-feeling interactions

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Motion Tracking

Automatically detects and follows your motion for a better webcam experience (if you’re moving around).

GlideX

GlideX is a cross-device screen-sharing solution2. Using wired or wireless connections, you can create a bigger and better work or play space.

With a GlideX subscription service for user’s mobile devices, user can enjoy a convenient and optimized workflow in an instant. User can connect via WiFi or USB cable. Subscribe to enjoy ad-free, high-quality uninterrupted screen-sharing. Connect various devices simultaneously to expand user’s workspace, giving user a single point of access for all tasks!

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