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ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (2024) Laptop Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.2
Reviewed Mar 05, 2024 at 12:36 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Apr 11, 2024 at 09:15 am
ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (2024) Picture
8.2
School
6.5
Gaming
8.1
Multimedia
7.7
Workstation
8.2
Business

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (2024) is a premium 14-inch Windows ultraportable. This 2024 model (UX3405) replaces the Intel 13th Gen model (UX3402VA) from the previous year. It's available with Intel Core Ultra CPUs, ranging from a Core Ultra 5 125H to an Ultra 9 185H, integrated Intel Arc Graphics, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of storage. Display options include a 60Hz FHD+ OLED and a 120Hz 2.8k OLED panel (with or without touch and pen input). It has a 1080p webcam, Wi-Fi 6E wireless connectivity, and a 75Wh battery. Its port selection comprises one USB-A, two USB-C/Thunderbolt 4s, an HDMI 2.0, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

See our unit's specifications and the available configuration options in the Differences Between Variants section.

Our Verdict

8.2 School

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED 2024 is great for school use. It feels incredibly well-built and is easy to carry around, thanks to its compact design. It also provides a fantastic user experience with its sharp OLED display, spacious keyboard, and large, responsive touchpad. Performance-wise, Intel's Core Ultra CPUs can handle most student workloads, like text processing and web browsing; however, this laptop's limited cooling causes significant throttling, which isn't ideal for heavy, sustained workloads. Additionally, the CPU's integrated Arc graphics aren't fast enough for demanding tasks, making this laptop unsuitable for students in technical fields requiring lots of GPU processing power. The battery lasts around eight hours of light use, so depending on your workload, you may need to plug it in for a quick charge to get through the day.

Pros
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Sharp OLED display.
  • Tactile keyboard; large touchpad.
  • Wide port selection includes two Thunderbolt 4 ports.
  • Excellent 1080p webcam.
Cons
  • Integrated graphics can't handle demanding tasks.
  • May need to plug in laptop to get through typical 8-hour day.
  • OLED is susceptible to permanent burn-in.
6.5 Gaming

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED UX3405 is mediocre for gaming. It's only available with integrated graphics, which aren't fast enough to handle graphically intensive titles. You can play some lighter, puzzle-like games but have to play at a lower resolution or with low settings to get smooth gameplay. As for the display, the 120Hz OLED panel delivers a clear image and improves responsiveness; it just doesn't support VRR to reduce screen tearing.

Pros
  • 120Hz display with decent response time.
  • Fast, user-replaceable SSD.
  • Wide port selection includes two Thunderbolt 4 ports.
  • Quiet fan.
Cons
  • CPU throttles significantly under load.
  • Integrated graphics can't handle demanding tasks.
  • Soldered RAM.
  • No VRR support.
  • OLED is susceptible to permanent burn-in.
8.1 Multimedia

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED UX3405 is great for media consumption. It's very portable due to its thin and light design, and its battery lasts over eight hours of video playback. Its OLED display produces deep, inky blacks for a fantastic dark room viewing experience, and it has a wide color gamut, making it suitable for viewing HDR content. The speakers have a decent amount of bass and get reasonably loud; however, they also sound boxy and unnatural. Unfortunately, while you can get a display with touch input, this isn't a convertible laptop, so you can't put it in tent mode or use it as a tablet.

Pros
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Sharp OLED display.
  • Display supports touch input.
  • Battery lasts over eight hours of video playback.
  • Speakers get reasonably loud.
Cons
  • OLED is susceptible to permanent burn-in.
  • Speakers sound unnatural with very little bass.
7.7 Workstation

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED UX3405 is decent for use as a workstation. Its Intel Core Ultra CPUs are fast but throttle significantly due to the laptop's limited cooling, which isn't ideal for heavy, sustained workloads. Also, it's only available with integrated graphics, which aren't powerful enough to handle GPU-intensive tasks. You can do some color work, though, as its OLED displays have full DCI P3 and near-full Adobe RGB coverage. It has a fast, user-replaceable SSD, and its great port selection includes two Thunderbolt 4 ports, allowing you to transfer files quickly and connect two 4k @ 60Hz displays with a single cable. The keyboard gets a bit toasty under load, but the fan is pretty quiet.

Pros
  • OLED display with full DCI P3 and near-full Adobe RGB coverage.
  • Fast, user-replaceable SSD.
  • Wide port selection includes two Thunderbolt 4 ports.
  • Quiet fan.
Cons
  • CPU throttles significantly under load.
  • Integrated graphics can't handle demanding tasks.
  • Soldered RAM.
  • OLED is susceptible to permanent burn-in.
8.2 Business

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED 2024 is great for business use. It has a sturdy all-aluminum build and a compact design, making it well-suited for those who travel for work. Working on this laptop feels amazing, as it has a sharp OLED display, a spacious keyboard, and a large, responsive touchpad. Plus, there's an excellent 1080p webcam for video calls and a Windows Hello IR camera for quick logins. Performance isn't a problem, as Intel's Core Ultra CPUs can easily handle productivity tasks like text processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. The battery lasts around eight hours of light use, so depending on your usage, you may need to plug it in for a quick charge to get through the day. Unfortunately, the RAM isn't user-replaceable, and the OLED display is susceptible to permanent burn-in.

Pros
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Sharp OLED display.
  • Tactile keyboard; large touchpad.
  • Wide port selection includes two Thunderbolt 4 ports.
  • Excellent 1080p webcam.
Cons
  • May need to plug in laptop to get through typical 8-hour day.
  • OLED is susceptible to permanent burn-in.
  • 8.2 School
  • 6.5 Gaming
  • 8.1 Multimedia
  • 7.7 Workstation
  • 8.2 Business
  1. Updated Apr 11, 2024: Added mention of the Apple MacBook Air 13 (2024) as an alternative with a brighter display in the Brightness section.
  2. Updated Mar 05, 2024: Review published.
  3. Updated Feb 28, 2024: Early access published.
  4. Updated Feb 16, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated Feb 06, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated Feb 01, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED UX3405 (model US3405MA-DS51T-CA) with an Intel Core Ultra 5 125H CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. The CPU, memory, and storage are configurable; the available options are in the table below.

Screen
  • 14" OLED 1920 x 1200 60Hz (100% DCI P3)
  • 14" OLED 2880 x 1800 120Hz (100% DCI P3)
  • 14" OLED 2880 x 1800 120Hz (Touchscreen, stylus support, 100% DCI P3)

CPU

  • Intel Core Ultra 5 125H (14 cores, 18 Threads, up to 4.5 GHz, 18MB Cache)
  • Intel Core Ultra 7 155H (16 cores, 22 Threads, up to 4.8 GHz, 24MB Cache)
  • Intel Core Ultra 9 185H (16 cores, 22 Threads, up to 5.1 GHz, 24MB Cache)
GPU
  • Intel Arc Graphics (integrated)
Memory
  • 8GB LP-DDR5x 7467MHz
  • 16GB LP-DDR5x 7467MHz
  • 32GB LP-DDR5x 7467MHz
Storage
  • 512GB M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4.0 SSD
  • 1TB M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4.0 SSD
Color
  • Ponder Blue
  • Foggy Silver

See our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Laptops

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED UX3405 is a great ultraportable laptop. It's among the best when it comes to the build quality and the overall user experience; however, its battery life is on the shorter side compared to other laptops in its class.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best Windows laptops, the best business laptops, and the best laptops for college.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2024)

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) and the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (2024) are both high-end Windows ultraportables with Intel's new Core Ultra H-series CPUs. While both devices support touch and pen input, the HP is a 2-in-1 convertible with a 360-degree hinge, while the ASUS is a more traditional clamshell model. The HP has a slightly brighter display, better-sounding speakers, a better 4k webcam, and longer battery life. It also performs better under load, as its CPU doesn't throttle as much, thanks to its superior cooling system. The ASUS has an HDMI port, which the HP lacks, though it's limited to HDMI 2.0 standards, meaning it can only output at a maximum resolution of 4k @ 60Hz.

ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023)

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (2024) and the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023) are very similar overall. The main difference is that the Zenbook 14 Flip is a 2-in-1 convertible, while the 2024 Zenbook 14 is a traditional clamshell model. The newer 2024 Zenbook 14 is slightly better, as it's available with a faster 120Hz display, and its webcam has a privacy cover. Also, its Intel Meteor Lake CPUs have two additional low-power cores to improve efficiency and an NPU (Neural Processing Unit) for A.I.-based tasks.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023)

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (2024) and the HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) are both great ultraportable laptops. The ASUS has a sturdier build, a wider port selection, and a better touchpad and webcam. Also, it's available with faster Intel Meteor Lake CPUs and faster 120Hz OLED displays. On the other hand, the HP has better performance over time and longer battery life, and it's available with a significantly brighter 1000 cd/m² display. The HP is a 2-in-1 convertible, meaning you can use it as a tablet, while the ASUS is a more traditional clamshell model.

LG gram 14 (2023)

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (2024) and the LG gram 14 (2023) are both great ultraportable laptops. Each has its pros and cons. The ASUS has a sturdier build and a better webcam, and it's available with a sharper 120Hz OLED display that supports touch and pen input. Also, the ASUS' Intel Meteor Lake CPUs have more cores and an NPU (Neural Processing Unit) to handle A.I.-based tasks. On the other hand, the LG has more ports, longer battery life, and better performance over time.

Apple MacBook Air 13 (2022)

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (2024) and the Apple MacBook Air 13 (2022) are both premium ultraportable laptops. The Apple model has a better touchpad, speakers, and webcam, and its battery lasts almost three hours longer in light uses. However, the ASUS has a wider port selection with support for multiple external displays, whereas the Apple laptop is limited to a single external monitor. The ASUS has a slightly sharper OLED display with a faster 120Hz refresh rate and touch/pen input support, but the Apple's IPS panel gets brighter to combat glare.

Apple MacBook Air 13 (2024)

The Apple MacBook Air 13 (2024) and the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (2024) are both great ultraportables. The Apple laptop's main advantage over the ASUS is its battery life, which lasts over three hours longer in light uses. It also has better-sounding speakers, and unlike the ASUS, it's a fanless device. The ASUS has a sharper OLED screen, but the Apple laptop's Retina display gets brighter to combat glare, and its anti-reflective coating is more effective in reducing bright reflections. On the other hand, the ASUS supports touch and pen input and has a wider port selection with better multi-display support.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
Traditional (Clamshell)

The ASUS UX3405 is available in a Ponder Blue or Foggy Silver color scheme. See the bottom of the laptop here.

9.5
Design
Build Quality

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED UX3405's build quality is outstanding. Its full-aluminum chassis feels very sturdy, exhibiting only a small amount of flex on the lid and keyboard deck. The finish doesn't scratch easily. It picks up fingerprints and smudges, though that's likely less of an issue on the Foggy Silver model. The feet feel solid and stick firmly to the bottom.

9.4
Design
Hinge
Range
180°
Stability
Good
One Finger Lift
Yes

The hinge is outstanding. Its wide range lets you lay the screen flat on the table, which is handy when you need to show the content to someone opposite you or want to write with a stylus in a more comfortable position. It feels smooth when opening and closing the lid and is very stable, exhibiting almost no wobble when typing vigorously.

8.7
Design
Portability
Size
14"
Thickness
0.8" (2.1 cm)
Width
12.3" (31.3 cm)
Depth
8.7" (22.0 cm)
Volume
88.2 in³ (1,446.1 cm³)
Weight
2.8 lbs (1.3 kg)
Charger Size
6.6 in³ (107.6 cm³)
Charger Weight
0.5 lbs (0.2 kg)
5.8
Design
Serviceability
Ease Of Access
7.5
RAM Slots
0
Storage Slots
1
Replaceable Battery
Yes
Replaceable Wireless Adapter
No

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED 2024's internals are easy to access; you only need to remove a few Tr5 screws and undo the clips holding the bottom panel with a prying tool. Unfortunately, the RAM isn't user-replaceable. There's only one storage slot—it supports M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 SSDs.

See the service manual here.

Design
In The Box

  • 65W power adapter
  • Documentation

Note: Depending on the region, you may get a laptop sleeve, a USB-A to RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet adapter, and/or an ASUS 2.0 (SA203H) stylus included in the box.

Display
Display
Screen Specs
Resolution
2880 x 1800
Aspect Ratio
16:10
Pixel Density
242 PPI
Panel Type
OLED
Touch Screen
Yes
Screen-To-Body Ratio
87%

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED laptop is available with the following displays:

  • 14" OLED 1920 x 1200 60Hz
  • 14" OLED 2880 x 1800 120Hz
  • 14" OLED 2880 x 1800 120Hz (touch and stylus support)

The 2.8k displays look very sharp and provide just enough screen real estate for split-screen multitasking. The FHD+ display (1920 x 1200) isn't as sharp (162 PPI), though the difference might not be immediately noticeable at typical viewing distances. All three are 16:10 displays. This aspect ratio is great for productivity, as it gives you slightly more vertical space than a standard 16:9 display, allowing you to see more information when reading a document or website. There's a permanent burn-in risk on the OLED panels, especially with static elements like Windows' taskbar; however, it's unlikely to be an issue for those viewing varied content.

7.7
Display
Refresh Rate
Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No

While not entirely necessary for productivity, the 2.8k OLED display's 120Hz refresh rate does provide a better user experience than a standard 60Hz refresh rate. It makes motion look smoother, like when scrolling through a document, and it also improves responsiveness when moving the cursor and using touch or pen input. That said, the higher refresh rate will take a toll on battery life. You can set it to 60Hz to save battery, and there's also a setting that automatically switches the refresh rate to 60Hz when running on battery and 120Hz when plugged in. The FHD+ display is limited to 60Hz and likely has a slower response time.

10
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
32,133 : 1

The display's contrast ratio is effectively infinite since OLEDs can turn off individual pixels to produce perfect blacks. The posted contrast ratio is low due to the limitations of our measuring tool.

7.4
Display
Brightness
Maximum Brightness
337 cd/m²
Minimum Brightness
1 cd/m²

The display gets bright enough for use in most indoor settings but not outdoors in broad daylight. It gets very dim at the lowest brightness setting, which is great for dark room viewing because it causes less eye strain. The FHD+ display has the same advertised brightness. If you need a laptop with a brighter display, check out the Apple MacBook Air 13 (2024).

7.1
Display
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
4.88%
Indirect Reflections
1.44%
Calculated Direct Reflections
3.44%

The display's reflection handling is decent. Its glossy finish mainly struggles with bright light sources, like a lamp or open window during the day. The reflections are visible even with the screen at maximum brightness.

10
Display
Black Uniformity
Uniformity (Std. Dev.)
0.226%
7.1
Display
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
36°
Color Washout From Right
37°
Color Shift From Left
20°
Color Shift From Right
18°
Brightness Loss From Left
41°
Brightness Loss From Right
41°
Black Level Raise From Left
60°
Black Level Raise From Right
60°
Gamma Shift From Left
39°
Gamma Shift From Right
39°

The display's horizontal viewing angle is decent. Like most OLED panels, colors shift fairly quickly as you move to the side.

7.0
Display
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
35°
Color Washout From Above
37°
Color Shift From Below
18°
Color Shift From Above
20°
Brightness Loss From Below
40°
Brightness Loss From Above
41°
Black Level Raise From Below
45°
Black Level Raise From Above
45°
Gamma Shift From Below
38°
Gamma Shift From Above
39°

The display's vertical viewing angle is decent. Again, color shift is the main issue when viewing from above or below. It isn't too bad if you're only viewing documents, but you'll have to look at the screen more or less straight on if you need perfect accuracy for color-critical work.

7.7
Display
Out-Of-The-Box Color Accuracy
Avg. White Balance dE
1.49
Avg. Gamma
2.2
Avg. Color dE
4.36
Avg. Color Temperature
6,364 K

The display's out-of-the-box accuracy is good. The white balance is outstanding, but the average color dE is high because the default color profile targets a wider color space, resulting in oversaturation. Some people may like this punchier, oversaturated look; it just isn't very accurate. The color temperature is only mildly warmer than the standard 6500K target, giving the image a slight, almost imperceptible reddish tint. The gamma follows the sRGB curve relatively well; dark scenes are a little too dark, while bright scenes are a bit too bright.

9.7
Display
Color Gamut
sRGB xy
152.47%
sRGB uv
145.83%
Adobe RGB xy
96.15%
Adobe RGB uv
98.67%
DCI P3 xy
99.99%
DCI P3 uv
99.99%
Rec. 2020 xy
80.39%
Rec. 2020 uv
83.37%

The OLED display's color gamut is superb. It has full coverage of the sRGB and DCI P3 color spaces and near-full coverage of the Adobe RGB color space. It's suitable for media consumption, professional photo editing, as well as for viewing and producing SDR and HDR content. The FHD+ display has the same color gamut.

7.2
Display
Flicker
Flicker-Free
No
Flicker Frequency
480 Hz
Flicker Active Below
100%

The display's flicker is unlikely to be an issue for most people, as the flicker frequency is relatively high. However, it may still cause eye strain for people sensitive to display flickering.

Interface
8.1
Interface
Keyboard
Typing Quality
8.0
Numpad
No
Backlighting
Adjustable
Operating Force
61 gf
Actuation Force
34 gf
Pre-Travel
0.89 mm
Total Travel
1.45 mm

The ASUS UX3405MA has a great keyboard. Its layout feels spacious and is relatively standard, so it's easy to adapt to. The keys have a decent amount of travel, require little force to actuate, and provide relatively satisfying tactile feedback. However, key stability isn't very consistent, as some keys wiggle more than others. The backlight is white and adjustable via the F4 hotkey.

8.8
Interface
Touchpad
Tracking Quality
9.0
Size
15.1 in² (97.5 cm²)
Material
Glass
Dedicated Buttons
No

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED UX3405's touchpad is excellent. It's large without being in the way when typing and feels very smooth. It tracks all movements and gestures well, and there are no issues with palm rejection. You can only click in the bottom half of the touchpad. The buttons feel a tad mushy, so it's sometimes hard to know if a click has been registered.

Like previous Zenbooks, there are two icons at the top corners of the touchpad. Touching the right one activates the number keys, turning the touchpad into a virtual NumPad. A short press on the left icon adjusts the Numpad's brightness, while a long press launches Windows' calculator app. The NumPad feature seems to be only available on select models, so check the specifications if it's important to you.

5.7
Interface
Speakers
Max Volume
77 dB SPL
Standard Error @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
8.0 dB
Slope @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
3.6
Bass Extension (Low-Frequency Ext.)
236 Hz
Treble Extension (High-Frequency Ext.)
12 kHz
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Vol.
1.8 dB

The speakers get reasonably loud with minimal compression at higher volume levels. They have a decent amount of bass but sound boxy, with an unnatural timbre.

8.7
Interface
Webcam & Microphone
Video Quality
8.5
Resolution
1080p
Position
Top Center
Privacy Cover
Yes
Face Unlock
Yes

The ASUS UX3405's webcam is excellent. The image looks detailed and well-exposed; however, it's noisy, and the colors look slightly washed out. Voices sound loud and clear over the microphone with almost no background noise. The webcam's privacy cover also disables the webcam at the software level.

Connectivity
8.0
Connectivity
Ports
USB-A Ports
1
USB-C Ports
2
Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt 4
USB-C Charging
Yes
USB-C Display Out
Yes
HDMI
2.0
DisplayPort
No
3.5mm Jack
Combo mic/headphone
Card Reader
No
Ethernet
No
Proprietary Port
No
Security Lock
No

The ASUS UX3405 has a great port selection. The USB-A port supports USB 3.2 Gen 1 data transfer speed of up to 5Gbps. Both USB-Cs support Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gbps data transfer speed and two external 4k displays at 60Hz), DisplayPort, and Power Delivery. The latter allows for fast charging of the laptop and other PD-compatible devices connected to the port. Regarding the HDMI port, although ASUS advertises it as HDMI 2.1, it uses the TMDS (Transition Minimised Differential Signaling) signaling method, which only supports up to a maximum output resolution of 4k at 60Hz (8-bit), not 4k at 120Hz. As such, we consider it an HDMI 2.0 port.

Connectivity
Wireless Communication
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
Bluetooth
5.3

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED UX3405's wireless adapter is an Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211.

Configuration
Configuration
CPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Core Ultra 5 125H
Core Count
14
Thread Count
18

The ASUS UX3405 is available with the following CPUs:

  • Intel Core Ultra 5 125H (14 cores, 18 Threads, up to 4.5 GHz, 18MB Cache)
  • Intel Core Ultra 7 155H (16 cores, 22 Threads, up to 4.8 GHz, 24MB Cache)
  • Intel Core Ultra 9 185H (16 cores, 22 Threads, up to 5.1 GHz, 24MB Cache)

All three are high-performance CPUs from Intel's Meteor Lake family. They have many changes compared to Intel's 13th Gen processors, including the addition of two low-power E-cores (LP-E) to handle light tasks, further improving efficiency, as well as an NPU (Neural Processing Units) for A.I-based tasks, like background-blurring on video calls. These processors can handle general productivity tasks, like text processing, web browsing, and video playback. They can handle more intensive tasks, like programming and video editing; however, due to this laptop's limited cooling system, they'll throttle significantly under heavy, sustained loads. Regarding core composition, the Core Ultra 5 has four performance cores, eight efficiency cores, and two low-power efficiency cores (4P+8E+2LP-E), while the Core Ultra 7 and 9 have six performance cores, eight efficiency cores, and two low-power efficiency cores (6P+8E+2LP-E). All three CPUs have the same Neural Processing Units (NPU).

Configuration
GPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Arc Graphics
Dedicated/Integrated
Integrated
VRAM Size
N/A

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED UX3405 is only available with Intel Arc Graphics, an integrated GPU designed to handle light tasks like web browsing and video playback. You can play some older or puzzle-like games, but you'll have to play at a lower resolution or with low graphical settings to get smooth gameplay.

Configuration
RAM
Capacity
16 GB
Modules
8 (Soldered)
Type
LP-DDR5x
Speed
7,467 MHz

You can configure this laptop with 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of RAM. The memory isn't user-replaceable.

Configuration
Storage
Advertised Capacity
512 GB
Usable Capacity
445 GB
Drive 1
Micron MTFDKBA512QFM-1BD1AABGB
Drive 1 Type SSD
Drive 2
No 2nd Drive
Drive 2 Type No 2nd Drive

You can configure this laptop with 512GB or 1TB of storage. The SSD is user-replaceable; the slot supports M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 SSDs.

Performance
9.1
Performance
Geekbench 5 (Synthetics)
CPU Single-Thread
1,649 points
CPU Multi-Thread
9,246 points
GPU Compute
27,728 points

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED UX3405 has an outstanding overall score in Geekbench 5. The posted results are numbers obtained in the default 'Standard' mode—switching to the 'Performance' mode increases the multi-thread score to 10,007. All three available CPUs can handle general productivity tasks with no issues. For more demanding multi-threaded workloads, it's best to get a Core Ultra 7 or 9, as they have two additional performance cores. That said, if your tasks take a long time to complete, you're better off getting a laptop with a more robust cooling system, as this laptop's single fan design causes significant throttling on the CPU. Intel's Arc GPU isn't bad for integrated graphics, but it's still slow compared to discrete GPUs and isn't ideal for intensive tasks.

9.5
Performance
Cinebench R23 (CPU Rendering)
Single-Thread
1,646 points
Multi-Thread
8,485 points

The ASUS UX3405's Intel Core Ultra 5 125H scores well in Cinebench R23. The posted results are numbers obtained in the default 'Standard' mode. Switching to the 'Performance' mode increases the multi-thread score to 12,302, which is closer to the expected score for this CPU. However, thermal throttling causes the performance to drop the longer the processor is under an intense load, eventually reaching the same score as the posted result after a few consecutive runs. The Core Ultra 7 and 9 have two additional performance cores and are better suited for heavy, multi-threaded workloads.

7.7
Performance
Blender (3D Rendering)
CPU Render Time
4.5 min
GPU Render Time
N/A
GPU Render Time (Optix)
N/A

While you can render 3D images in Blender using the CPU, getting a laptop with a discrete GPU is best, as even an entry-level GPU, like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, can render images much faster.

6.0
Performance
Basemark GPU (Game Scene)
Overall Score
25,188

The Intel Arc GPU's Basemark score is unremarkable. It's a step up from Intel's own Iris Xe, but it's still far too slow for graphically intensive games. You can play some simple, puzzle-like games or older titles at 1080p, but you'll have to play at a lower resolution or with low graphics settings to get playable frame rates.

9.1
Performance
Storage Drive Performance
Sequential Write Speed
1,037.3 MB/s
Sequential Read Speed
3,053.0 MB/s
Random Write Speed
65.9 MB/s
Random Read Speed
44.7 MB/s
7.2
Performance
Battery
Capacity
75 Wh
Battery Life (Web Browsing)
8.1 hrs
Battery Life (Video Playback)
8.3 hrs
Battery Life (Gaming)
2.4 hrs
Charge Time
2.0 hrs

Models with a FHD+ display likely have a longer battery life.

3.4
Performance
Borderlands 3
Avg. FPS
22 fps
1% Low
5 fps
0.1% Low
2 fps
1% Low Delta
173 ms
0.1% Low Delta
399 ms
Avg. FPS On Very Low
44 fps

Borderlands 3 isn't playable on the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED UX3405. The gameplay is extremely choppy, even with low graphical settings. The CPU's integrated GPU can't handle such a graphically intensive game. You can expect the same performance in other similarly demanding titles.

5.0
Performance
Civilization VI
Avg. FPS
36 fps
1% Low
14 fps
0.1% Low
10 fps
1% Low Delta
41 ms
0.1% Low Delta
73 ms
Avg. FPS On Minimum
101 fps
Avg. Turn Time
7.83 s

Civilization VI runs poorly. While you can get over 60 fps by lowering some graphical settings, the game stutters regularly. Upgrading to the Intel Core Ultra 7 or Ultra 9 won't improve the performance significantly.

4.7
Performance
Counter-Strike 2
Avg. FPS
41fps
1% Low
9fps
0.1% Low
3fps
1% Low Delta
86 ms
0.1% Low Delta
276 ms
Avg. FPS On Low
53fps

Counter-Strike 2 runs poorly on the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED UX3405. The Intel Arc integrated graphics can't push 60 fps at 1080p, even with the lowest graphical settings. The Core Ultra 7 and Ultra 9's integrated graphics will push closer to 60 fps, but the gameplay will still be very choppy due to frame drops.

4.5
Performance
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Avg. FPS
36 fps
1% Low
13 fps
0.1% Low
6 fps
1% Low Delta
48 ms
0.1% Low Delta
141 ms
Avg. FPS On Lowest
47 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider runs poorly. The gameplay is very choppy, even with low graphical settings. Upgrading to the Core Ultra 7 or Ultra 9 won't improve the performance significantly.

7.5
Performance
Thermals And Noise
Keyboard Temp While Idle
35 °C (95 °F)
Keyboard Temp Under Load
47 °C (116 °F)
Fan Noise While Idle
25.0 dBA
Fan Noise Under Load
40.0 dBA
Power & Fan Control App
Yes

The right side of the keyboard gets toasty under load, but it isn't hot enough to cause discomfort. The fan is only a quiet whisper when running an intensive load in the default 'Standard' setting. Switching to the 'Performance' mode only increases the fan noise by a few dB.

4.7
Performance
Performance Over Time
CPU Temp (Cinebench)
70 °C
CPU Perf. Loss (Cinebench)
32% loss
GPU Temp (Heaven)
74 °C
GPU Perf. Loss (Heaven)
8% loss

The CPU throttles almost immediately upon starting an intensive load in the 'Standard' mode. There's as much throttling in the 'Performance' mode; it just takes longer to get there.

Additional Features And Software
Additional Features And Software
Software
Operating System
Windows 11
Additional Software
Yes

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED UX3405 has a few pre-installed software applications, including:

  • GlideX: Lets you mirror your screen's content to a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
  • Intel Unison: Lets you connect your smartphone to the laptop, allowing you to send and receive messages, view photos taken on your smartphone, and transfer files, similar to Windows' MyPhone app.
  • McAfee: Antivirus and anti-malware application.
  • ScreenXpert: Window management utility for multi-display setups.

Additional Features And Software
Extra Features
RGB Illumination
No
Touch Pen
No
Secondary Display
No
Biometrics
Face Recognition

The ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED UX3405 has a Windows Hello facial recognition IR camera. You can use it to log into Windows, authorize Windows Store purchases, and auto-fill saved passwords on supported websites.

You can get this laptop with a QHD+ OLED display that supports pen input; however, depending on the model, region, and retailer, you may or may not get a stylus included in the box. The included stylus is an ASUS Pen 2.0 (SA203H), which uses Microsoft Pen Protocol (formerly N-Trig). The pen has 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and a built-in battery that you can recharge via USB-C.