In a few words
Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.So we ran tests on ASUS Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T to find out what it was worth.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T adapted to surf the internet?
If your need for a laptop comes down to surfing the web, whether on e-commerce or information sites, and to making a few tables in excel, you could be satisfied with this Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T. An inexpensive computer such as Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T may seem to be the solution. ASUS is a manufacturer that has been offering laptops for several years now, but for this laptop they have used lower quality components. So you can understand that you will not keep this product for more than 4 years.
With a 14 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. Even if it is not equipped with a touch screen, this model is still easy to use. It’s not prohibitive, but you may find it Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T less easy to use when you’re on the go.
Nevertheless, the trackpad is intuitive and simple to use. An important parameter for those whose laptop is not a daily work tool but who wish to make it last for several years; ASUS thought it over carefully in this case.
The manufacturer offers a processor AMD Ryzen R7-3500U; A mid-range orientation. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. With less than a 8 Gb of RAM, it Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T is a fair one. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. By offering only 512 Gb, this Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T is one of the smallest in its category. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
Last point about the autonomy. the Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T can work 7 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. In other words, you will have to keep this Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T most of the time connected to the power cable.
Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T for videos?
ASUS has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. If you are very mindful of the quality for multimedia use, we advise you to turn to models other than the Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T; more high-end products, which on the other hand will be a little more expensive. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 14 inches, with a 1920×1080. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1.25 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor AMD Ryzen R7-3500U that is several years old now. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
As far as applications are concerned, did ASUS not install any. The operating system and that’s it. This is a Windows 10 that allows you to add the free or paid software you want. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
With AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for ASUS. For the Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T has only 3 ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
It Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.
Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T the right choice for travelling connected ?
It Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model ASUS. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
Its light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. It is one of the lightest in this category. It’s hard to have a large, lightweight laptop; the compromise is made according to your use. The 14 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
If you prefer the touch screen mode, you will be disappointed by this Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T. If you’re only doing it with the mouse, don’t forget it in the satchel. Or you’ll have to deal with the trackpad.
The processor AMD Ryzen R7-3500U is inferior to other competitive products.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 7 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 512 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. Thanks to this, ASUS was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who will need more space, this Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. Its 14 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 3 possibilities. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T really made for travelling.
The Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T for audio or video editing ?
Definitely not intended for audio and video editing. This type of use requires power and memory, which this model lacks. Even if it would be possible to do audio or video cutting, it doesn’t seem to correspond to this need. ASUS has favoured more standard uses, which require less computing speed. You should also be aware that this model is becoming outdated. So use this laptop for simple tasks, otherwise you’ll reach the limits and very often you’ll have frozen screens .
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. You can always try to do video editing with the processor AMD Ryzen R7-3500U. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 512 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, ASUS made the choice to put only one SSD. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. The Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 512 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (7 hours). It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. On this point ASUS could have done much better.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T receives the USB3 connection. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
In the end, it is a product not allowing audio and video editing. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.
The Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T for online or local games.
Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. Clearly, if your only need is to play games with this Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T, it may be better to go to other models. Clearly, ASUS has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
With only 1920×1080, this model is below standard ones. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Since ASUS has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.With 512 Gb it Zenbook UM431DA-AM077Tis below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 1.25 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
One of the lowest battery life 7 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In the end, we do not recommend this Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. But it can be a good choice for office functions.
The Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T for office automation.
Not really designed for office use, Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T it’s still a good product. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
Customary of this OS, ASUS has chosen as usual. In this case, it is Windows 10.
It’s not Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T equipped with all the applications you’ll need. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. A weight of 1.25 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 512 Gb. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive Zenbook UM431DA-AM077Tcan be quickly filled.
So, in summary, it appears that it Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T is less interesting than its competitors. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.
Finally, the Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T….
This Zenbook UM431DA-AM077T will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks