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ASUS ZenBook UX431FA 14 Inch Full HD IPS-Level Thin Laptop (Intel i3-10110U, 256 GB PCI-e SSD, 8 GB RAM, Windows 10 £529.99 Amazon
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ASUS ZenBook UX431FA 14 Inch Full HD IPS-Level Thin Laptop (Intel i3-10110U, 256 GB PCI-e SSD, 8 GB RAM, Windows 10 £529.99 Amazon

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Posted 25th May

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I know this was posted before recently - but it's gone down another 20 quid to £529.99.

Whilst previous comments suggested the Currys version with AMD Ryzen 5 3500U was the better deal at £600... I'm not so sure?

Whilst 'only' a Core i3, it is a comet lake 10th Gen (10110U) - and whilst also not a quad core like the Intel 8th Gen i5, it kinda surpasses that anyway - according to GeekBench and NotebookCheck.

Please read the link below before commenting.

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So actually, all things considered, it's actually a pretty nice machine for the price - with PCI-e SSD, IPS screen and metal finish etc?
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Every laptop posted on this site has something negative to put us potential suitors off.

Not IPS
No SSD
SSD too small
Windows 10 S
no dedicated GPU
Soldiered ram
no ram expansion
too much for an i3

Its proving to be really difficult to buy a laptop with some money off that fits all on here. 😁
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It's a really nice machine and you are also paying for the build quality and numpad, so this is a really nice price
Numpad a nightmare. Disable it. Otherwise great kit.
spinach_pie25/05/2020 16:26

It's a really nice machine and you are also paying for the build quality …It's a really nice machine and you are also paying for the build quality and numpad, so this is a really nice price


Agreed spinach pie, very classy looking laptop.
All Aluminium built, high quality IPS display with 85% Adobe sRGB coverage.
Backlit keyboard, great battery life and quality speakers for movies.
Edited by: "win26" 25th May
Heat!
Would this smoothly run emulation software like Dolphin (Wii U) and psxe (PS2) at native resolution?
Surely too expensive for an i3?
If you plan on doing anything intensive, please wait for the 4600u laptops to come in. This will be enough for basic needs and a bit more though
Seems decent.
Every laptop posted on this site has something negative to put us potential suitors off.

Not IPS
No SSD
SSD too small
Windows 10 S
no dedicated GPU
Soldiered ram
no ram expansion
too much for an i3

Its proving to be really difficult to buy a laptop with some money off that fits all on here. 😁
capa25/05/2020 17:49

Every laptop posted on this site has something negative to put us …Every laptop posted on this site has something negative to put us potential suitors off.Not IPSNo SSDSSD too smallWindows 10 Sno dedicated GPUSoldiered ramno ram expansiontoo much for an i3Its proving to be really difficult to buy a laptop with some money off that fits all on here. 😁


If the issue doesn't affect the buyer then it doesn't matter
SupeR13025/05/2020 17:10

Surely too expensive for an i3?


You can get a Ryzen 5 from Currys, but this processor is superior even it is an i3. You're not paying for the specs only, you pay for the form factor (which to me is very important). This is a really nice machine.
Edited by: "sheffield788" 25th May
capa25/05/2020 17:49

Every laptop posted on this site has something negative to put us …Every laptop posted on this site has something negative to put us potential suitors off.Not IPSNo SSDSSD too smallWindows 10 Sno dedicated GPUSoldiered ramno ram expansiontoo much for an i3Its proving to be really difficult to buy a laptop with some money off that fits all on here. 😁


You forgot the second coming of Christ, aka Ryzen 4000
Voted hot, particularly for the form factor, built quality and portability
Specs are not bad either. You can get a Ryzen 5 from Currys, at some point theirs was pretty much the same, but the i3 processor is still better, plus the Ryzen one loses 2GB RAM.
Can I ask if anyone has bought this particular version from Amazon, and whether the screen is matte or glossy?
"ZenBook 14 meets the ultra-demanding MIL-STD-810G military standard for reliability and durability"

Nice feature at this price point.
I have the AMD version of this machine:

ASUS - ZenBook 14 UM431DA 14” AMD Ryzen 5 Laptop - 256 GB SSD, Blue

It is indeed nice, my third ZenBook in a row. I think I paid around £506 via Currys christmas sale. I like it, tho my key pad and mousepad no longer work.
"The MIL-STD 810G standard spans over 800 pages and nearly 30 laboratory test methods for challenges ranging from weather (high and low temperatures, rain, and humidity) to physical forces (acceleration, vibration, and shock). Few computer vendors push their products over every hurdle that the standard posits, including such tortures as gunfire-recoil shock, icing or freezing rain, whether a laptop might spark an explosion in flammable-gas atmospheres, and—wait for it—resistance to fungus. Rather, the manufacturer may note that the system has passed, say, 10 or 12 MIL-STD tests.

The trouble with a MIL-STD 810G sticker on a laptop's box or a vendor's website is that it doesn't tell you enough. Because no independent agency certifies MIL-STD compliance, it's up to you to look for documentation or details of which tests a product passed, who conducted the tests—the manufacturer, or an outside lab—and how the tests were performed. For example, since users are prone to drop laptops, certification for shock is a popular claim. But there's no rule about what height to drop a device from.

Does this make the certification useless? Not at all. Just think of it as a checklist item or the first thing to look for, rather than a guarantee of bulletproof reliability, and be aware that you need to read the fine print."

Pcmag.com
Namrofni1025/05/2020 19:20

"ZenBook 14 meets the ultra-demanding MIL-STD-810G military standard for …"ZenBook 14 meets the ultra-demanding MIL-STD-810G military standard for reliability and durability"Nice feature at this price point.


That's the clincher for me
Namrofni1025/05/2020 20:00

"The MIL-STD 810G standard spans over 800 pages and nearly 30 laboratory …"The MIL-STD 810G standard spans over 800 pages and nearly 30 laboratory test methods for challenges ranging from weather (high and low temperatures, rain, and humidity) to physical forces (acceleration, vibration, and shock). Few computer vendors push their products over every hurdle that the standard posits, including such tortures as gunfire-recoil shock, icing or freezing rain, whether a laptop might spark an explosion in flammable-gas atmospheres, and—wait for it—resistance to fungus. Rather, the manufacturer may note that the system has passed, say, 10 or 12 MIL-STD tests.The trouble with a MIL-STD 810G sticker on a laptop's box or a vendor's website is that it doesn't tell you enough. Because no independent agency certifies MIL-STD compliance, it's up to you to look for documentation or details of which tests a product passed, who conducted the tests—the manufacturer, or an outside lab—and how the tests were performed. For example, since users are prone to drop laptops, certification for shock is a popular claim. But there's no rule about what height to drop a device from.Does this make the certification useless? Not at all. Just think of it as a checklist item or the first thing to look for, rather than a guarantee of bulletproof reliability, and be aware that you need to read the fine print."Pcmag.com


Yes it's really up to individual interpretation.
A Ryzen 5 3500 will thrash this i3 even if its a 10th gen in any multi core scenario. The only scenario where an i3 will be a little better would be single core. Also, the link you have included only talks about GPU power not the processor performance.

In today's world, where most applications use multiple cores and we run multiple applications side by side, it's plain stupid to buy a dual core laptop unless you are stretched out on money or just want to buy an i3.

If a Ryzen laptop is around the same money as this, I would always go for a Ryzen laptop. My dual core intel laptop from a few years back struggles on Windows 10 with few Chrome tabs open, so this is a definite no-no for any future proofing whatsoever.

I love the design of this laptop but with an i3 for this price, it absolutely does not male any sense. COLD
Edited by: "Wall-E" 25th May
Wall-E25/05/2020 20:54

A Ryzen 5 3500 will thrash this i3 even if its a 10th gen in any multi …A Ryzen 5 3500 will thrash this i3 even if its a 10th gen in any multi core scenario. The only scenario where an i3 will be a little better would be single core. Also, the link you have included only talks about GPU power not the processor performance. In today's world, where most applications use multiple cores and we run multiple applications side by side, it's plain stupid to buy a dual core laptop unless you are stretched out on money or just want to buy an i3.If a Ryzen laptop is around the same money as this, I would always go for a Ryzen laptop. My dual core intel laptop from a few years back struggles on Windows 10 with few Chrome tabs open, so this is a definite no-no for any future proofing whatsoever.I love the design of this laptop but with an i3 for this price, it absolutely does not male any sense. COLD


Talking about the Ryzen equivalent from Currys, 2GB RAM are reserved for graphics, also, according to this (credit to whoever posted this on a previous deal), the i3 outperforms this specific Ryzen:
40871331.jpgMy I3 does really well, no issues at all, but I agree with you, I will not get another i3 unless is a proper bargain.
Edited by: "sheffield788" 27th May
sheffield78825/05/2020 21:23

Talking about the Ryzen equivalent from Currys, 2GB RAM are reserved for …Talking about the Ryzen equivalent from Currys, 2GB RAM are reserved for graphics, also, according to this, the i3 outperforms this specific Ryzen:[Image] My I3 does really well, no issues at all, but I agree with you, I will not get another i3 unless is a proper bargain.


Be very careful about these websites which get money from Intel to fudge the numbers.

Check a comparison of these two processors on notebookcheck.

Any multicore benchmarks, Ryzen will score nearly twice of the i3.
Still using my 2015 Zenbook. (Typing this post on it now!!)

Use it for watching movies / youtube, powerpoint, word, web browsing

can't see the need to upgrade to a new machine at the moment, but when the time comes, it will definately be a zenbook
Helpful56725/05/2020 22:27

Still using my 2015 Zenbook. (Typing this post on it now!!)Use it for …Still using my 2015 Zenbook. (Typing this post on it now!!)Use it for watching movies / youtube, powerpoint, word, web browsingcan't see the need to upgrade to a new machine at the moment, but when the time comes, it will definately be a zenbook



Same here!(UX410 2017 i3-7100u)

I'm not a heavy user, so as long as a laptop's got an SSD it'll probably be fast enough for me. The screen on my laptop is excellent, and although I'm tempted by this deal, the slightly dimmer display is putting me off. Asus announced the UX425 recently - it'll supposedly have a really bright(450nits) screen. Maybe I can hold out 'til then...
Well done OP, for mentioning the IPS screen in the description.
Can the RAM be upgraded?
JustExtreme26/05/2020 10:58

Can the RAM be upgraded?


On Amazon and scan it says max 8gb supported.
JustExtreme26/05/2020 10:58

Can the RAM be upgraded?


It's non-removable according to crucial website as well
Edited by: "Namrofni10" 26th May
capa25/05/2020 17:49

Every laptop posted on this site has something negative to put us …Every laptop posted on this site has something negative to put us potential suitors off.Not IPSNo SSDSSD too smallWindows 10 Sno dedicated GPUSoldiered ramno ram expansiontoo much for an i3Its proving to be really difficult to buy a laptop with some money off that fits all on here. 😁


Just the way it is. Any laptop that did meet the spec doesn't exist anymore I bet. Lower demand for it for something lighter, thinner etc. So now they're all chasing impracticality and profitability.
sheffield78825/05/2020 18:31

Voted hot, particularly for the form factor, built quality and portability …Voted hot, particularly for the form factor, built quality and portability Specs are not bad either. You can get a Ryzen 5 from Currys, at some point theirs was pretty much the same, but the i3 processor is still better, plus the Ryzen one loses 2GB RAM.


There was the possibility of an i5-1035g1 with an Nvidia MX330 dGPU for £420 with the lenovo ideapad 5 a bit back so I would disagree with heat on this.
Dalha_S26/05/2020 16:17

There was the possibility of an i5-1035g1 with an Nvidia MX330 dGPU for …There was the possibility of an i5-1035g1 with an Nvidia MX330 dGPU for £420 with the lenovo ideapad 5 a bit back so I would disagree with heat on this.


I remember that deal, I was actually interested in that but decided to pay £400 for an i5 Zenbook, I like it more. I'm not sure if that deal was cheap because of a student discount. Or it was a strange colour if it was the John Lewis deal.
I do remember a good deal on Lenovo on the specs you suggested, but without the OS.
However, I can't say this is bad just because I found once or twice a better deal a while ago. Pretty much every price here was cheaper a while ago. What's important is what is available now and for how much. This is not my favourite laptop deal by far, but it is still somewhere on top, I don't vote hot only for number 1.
Edited by: "sheffield788" 26th May
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