Asus announced the new Asus ZenBook 14 (UX431) 2019 model at CES on January 7 last month, and now it has landed in stores , though it doesn’t seem to launch before March: https://www.amazon.com/ZenBook-NanoEdge-i7-8565U-Numberpad-UX431FA
Asus ZenBook 14 (UX431) is this 14-inch Windows 10 Pro laptop with the peculiar double function touchpad, which features both a touchpad and a numberpad with a fingerprint reader. This numberpad is optional though. It also has quad-speakers, with two bass speakers underneath, and two upward facing Harman / Kardon speakers on each side of the keyboard.
Despite is coffee shop and office looks, this laptop is actually slightly rugged and has been certified according to MIL-STD-810G standards. And while the laptop may look strange in some pictures with how the display goes lower than the keyboard when opened up, this is only because it features the “ErgoLift” keyboard, that relies on the screen as a laptop stand that liftes it up from the rear and both tilts the keyboard forward in a more ergonomic fashion, while also providing better ventilation for the cooling of the laptop.
Performance is good, and the price is nice, with the Intel Core i7-8565U model with, Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD storage costing $899. It can also be upgraded to 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM (2133 MHz), while cheaper models are the Intel Core i5-8265U for $799, and a Intel Core i3-8145U version for $649.
Full HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 100% sRGB color gamut, a 10+ hour battery life, and weight of 1.39 kg also helps.
– Tom Bowen