ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 OLED review: good-looking performer is a MacBook Pro rival

The ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 continues ASUS' streak of offering powerful laptops with great screens for creatives.

A black ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 OLED sitting on a patio in front of a grassy lawn
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Our Verdict

It doesn't present itself with the same pizazz as its bigger, slightly flashier sibling, the Pro 16X, but the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 OLED is a serious player among pro creative laptops. Boasting MacBook Pro-rivalling performance, a gorgeous screen and the delightful ASUS Dial, you'll quickly forgive it the smudge-friendly surface, the pedestrian battery life and the MacBook Pro-rivalling price tag.

For

  • Brilliant touchscreen
  • Handles video and photo work with ease
  • ASUS Dial is great

Against

  • Almost as expensive as the MacBook Pro
  • Pedestrian battery life

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The ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 OLED comes burdened with not the weight of its components (it's fairly light at 1.6kg), but rather the expectation created by its close cousins, the Zenbooks Pro 16X, 15 and S 13. The larger two have recently impressed us greatly with their impressive power, inventive ergonomics and gorgeous OLED screens, and the ultra-lightweight S 13 OLED even won our Small Laptop Of The Year award at the CB Awards 2023 (with that same screen too, just smaller).

So does the Pro 14 fill a need that's not already covered by this wide lineup of creative-friendly laptops from ASUS? I got a sample in for review over a period of several weeks, to see whether it could compete for a spot on lists like our one for the best laptops for photo editing, and while it doesn't quite hit the heights of ASUS' StudioBook, the Zenbook Pro 16X or even the Pro 14 Duo (with its ingenious second screen), it fully deserves its place alongside its impressive siblings in the constantly expanding ASUS lineup.

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As tested, UX6404VI version
CPU:Intel Core i9-13900H Processor 2.6 GHz (24MB Cache, up to 5.4 GHz, 14 cores, 20 Threads)
GPU:NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4070
Display:14.5-inch, 2.8K (2880 x 1800) OLED 16:10, 100% DCI-P3, touchscreen
RAM:16GB LPDDR5
Storage:1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 Performance SSD
Connectivity:1x USB-A 3.2, 1x Thunderbolt 4, 1x USB-C, 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack, 1x HDMI 2.1, 1x MicroSD, 1x DC-in
Wireless:Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3
Dimensions:32.18 x 22.33 x 1.79 cm
Weight:1.65kg
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ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 OLED benchmark scoring
PCMark 10: Total: 8,046Essentials: 11,276
Row 1 - Cell 0 Productivity: 11,499Digital Content Creation: 10,900
Geekbench 6:CPU Multi-core: 13,565CPU Single-core: 2,644
Row 3 - Cell 0 GPU: 97,192Row 3 - Cell 2
Cinebench R23.2:Multi-core: 12,280Single-core: 1,962
The Verdict
4.55

out of 10

Asus Zenbook Pro 14 OLED UX6404

It doesn't present itself with the same pizazz as its bigger, slightly flashier sibling, the Pro 16X, but the ASUS Zenbook Pro 14 OLED is a serious player among pro creative laptops. Boasting MacBook Pro-rivalling performance, a gorgeous screen and the delightful ASUS Dial, you'll quickly forgive it the smudge-friendly surface, the pedestrian battery life and the MacBook Pro-rivalling price tag.

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.