ASUS ZenBook 13 Overview
Measuring just 0.5″ thin and weighing just 2.5 pounds, the ASUS 13.3″ ZenBook 13 UX331UN Multi-Touch Notebook features a royal blue finish with a glossy coating. In addition to its ultraportable design, the ZenBook 13 also features a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM.
The 13.3″ NanoEdge display features slim bezels for an 80% screen-to-body ratio. This allows you to fully enjoy the Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. You can also output to an external display via the HDMI 1.4 port.
The system is powered by an 8th Gen Kaby Lake R 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5-8250U quad-core processor. It also has 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, a 256GB M.2 SSD, a microSD card slot, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, USB 3.0 Type-C, and USB 3.0 Type-A. The Chiclet-style keyboard is backlit and there is also a built-in fingerprint reader that works with Windows Hello. Windows 10 Home (64-bit) is the installed operating system.
ASUS ZenBook 13
8th Gen Kaby Lake R Quad-Core Intel Core i5 Performance
The system houses an 8th Gen Kaby Lake R Intel Core i5-8250U processor. Its quad cores can reach a stock speed of 1.6 GHz. It can be boosted up to 3.4 GHz.
13.3″ Full HD Multi-Touch Display
The 13.3″ display features a Full HD 1920 x 1080 screen resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio, powered by a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The screen also has multi-touch support and a glossy finish.
Dual-Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.2
Featuring dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the ZenBook 13 delivers higher performance, broader coverage, and longer battery life than previous Wi-Fi standards. The ZenBook 13 also comes with Bluetooth 4.2 technology, so you’ll be able to connect wirelessly to Bluetooth-compatible peripherals and accessories.
The ZenBook 13 measures in at 0.5″ thin and weighs just 2.5 pounds. It also features a 6.86mm slim-bezel NanoEdge display, which gives it an 80% screen-to-body ratio. The royal blue finish has a crystal-like glossy coating, which was created using a nano-imprinted lithography process.
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Xbox on Windows 10
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