ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3405) review: beautiful, lightweight, powerful OLED laptop gets an AI boost

ASUS remains the OLED laptop leader, thanks to a lightweight package that perfectly complements its gorgeous screen.

A blue ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3405) on a carpeted floor
(Image: © Future)


  • OLED screen even better, somehow
  • AI neural processor boosts performance
  • Undercuts MacBook Air on price


  • Graphics performance could be better
  • Not enough ports

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The new ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED entered my testing lab (my desk) burdened with heavy expectation. After all, ASUS has been having a couple of very interesting years, not just with the company's industry-leading foray into OLED technology as standard, and not just because they've done some unique stuff like the Zenbook Duo, but also because some of last year's favourite laptops for me came from ASUS. That includes both this new Zenbook's big sibling, the powerful Zenbook Pro 16X, and its ultra-lightweight one, the Zenbook S 13 OLED

So how could the Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3405) ever live up to the lofty standards set by its predecessors? Especially now that ASUS' lineup has been simplified a lot, a move that includes dropping all bespoke graphics-card entries from the Zenbook range, instead relying on a new AI-boosted chipset and Intel Arc graphics? After a few weeks using it as my daily driver at work, running extensive benchmarks and trying out creative software on it, and even trying a bit of gaming, turns out it handles itself quite well indeed. Well enough to overpower all the other lightweight laptops out there? Maybe...

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As tested, UX3405 version
CPU:Intel Core Ultra i9-185H Processor 2.3 GHz (24MB Cache, up to 5.1 GHz, 16 cores, 22 Threads)
GPU:Intel Arc Graphics
Neural processor:Intel AI Boost NPU
Display:14-inch, 3K (2880 x 1800) OLED 16:10, 100% DCI-P3, touchscreen
Storage:1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD
Connectivity:1x USB-A 3.2, 2x Thunderbolt 4, 1x HDMI 2.1 TMDS, 1x 3.5mm Audio jack
Wireless:Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3
Dimensions:31.24 x 22.01 x 1.49cm
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ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (UX3405) benchmark scoring
Geekbench 6Single-core: 2,355Multi-core: 12,285
Row 1 - Cell 0 GPU OpenCL: 32,560Row 1 - Cell 2
PC Mark 10:Total: 5,998Row 2 - Cell 2
Erlingur Einarsson
Tech Reviews Editor

Erlingur is the Tech Reviews Editor on Creative Bloq. Having worked on magazines devoted to Photoshop, films, history, and science for over 15 years, as well as working on Digital Camera World and Top Ten Reviews in more recent times, Erlingur has developed a passion for finding tech that helps people do their job, whatever it may be. He loves putting things to the test and seeing if they're all hyped up to be, to make sure people are getting what they're promised. Still can't get his wifi-only printer to connect to his computer.