expired Asus Zenbook 14 UX431FA 14" Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8GB $943.20 Delivered @ Futu Online eBay

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Specifications

  • i5-8265U (Quad core)
  • Intel UHD Graphics
  • 8GB LPDDR3
  • 256GB PCIE 3x2 NVME
  • 14" 1080p Slim Bezel Display (100% sRGB)
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • 47Wh 2-cell battery
  • 65watt power adapter

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Comments

  • +2 votes

    Wish there was a 16GB version of these on sale :(

  • +5 votes

    Even i am after 16gb version.

  • -1 vote

    Why do their specs omit any information about the screen? Or am I just missing it?

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      Missing it.

      14" 1080p Slim Bezel Display (100% sRGB)

      • +2 votes

        Is it glossy or matt what are the nits.
        It's also nice to have that information in the ebay listing in the case of a laptop that might have multiple SKU's and you end up getting the one with a lower resolution or a tn panel or something. and them not having any of that information in the listing makes me wonder, does it even say 1080p anywhere?

        • +1 vote

          I agree that it should really be on every listing

          But that info isn't even on Asus's official page, so I blame them. This model seems to only ever come with 1080p Antiglare (Matte?) screens.

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          It's a matte screen and fairly sure its 250 nits from memory.

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          I think the version with the MX150 was gloss and the rest are matt?

          This one is definitely matt, and it's a nice screen IMHO..

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          I agree, I wish manufacturers and sellers were more specific. Notebookcheck.net is my go-to for detailed specs and numerical testing. They reviewed the ux433fa, which looks very similar at a glance and likely has the same panel. Article here

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      Nah this one is a 431FA, not 433FA. Its a cheaper variant that's a bit heavier, among other things.

  • -1 vote

    Pity is only comes with 8 gig

  • +7 votes

    Come on, guys. 8GB is more than enough for every day computing unless you're serious about video editing or gaming.

    • +2 votes

      Total memory is dRAM (“physical “) plus preselected amount of sRAM (“swap” on SSD/HD). How much memory user needs depends on number of open application or browser tabs. OS should be utilising all of its dRAM to prevent trashing of sRAM.
      “Every day computing” may mean minimise but never close applications or browser tabs, especially if using sleep/hibernate instead of shutdown/sign out. So, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to exhaust dRAM.

      • +3 votes

        No issues with my old Samsung laptop with 4GB RAM playing music or video, word processing, chrome with multiple tabs

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          If you add more tabs you will have issues. I currently normally idle around 16GB on my desktop so your "everyday computing" doesn't meet my needs. You might have no issues, but I would never advise anyone going under 8GB for a computer these day especially when the price is difference is not by that much.

          8GB is minimal amount I would recommended to anyone these day on a laptop, and I always suggest going for more as most devices these day have solder on memory so no upgrade path down the year.

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          Look into Windows’ Resource Monitor - if total memory used is less than dRAM, then you’re golden.

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          because you dont do anything but consume media?

    • +5 votes

      2019, chrome will use 4GB ez with multiple tabs

    • +1 vote

      I use a lot of large excel spreadsheets which chew RAM like crazy.

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      Or run Virtual Machines.

      The other thing is the future.

      I'm on a 4GB Macbook Air that would be fine except running virtual machines is now painful. 8GB would cover now but in a few years will it be enough?

      8GB is now the standard, but how long before 16GB is?

    • -1 vote

      Buying a 8GB laptop in 2019 is not future proof for the next few years

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    Support Type c charging Or TB3?

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    This is tempting

  • +1 vote

    I bought one the last time it was on sale. Really enjoying it - keyboard feels great, metal frame feels sturdy.

    • +3 votes

      What's the battery like, how long does it last?

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      If it's anything like my Asus UX301 (quite a few generations before this one), it is metal-lined plastic.
      It's not a metal unibody (I'm not an Apple fan)

      The below is a video of the Asus Zenbook 14, UX433FN, the video owner has taken apart the laptop.
      https://youtu.be/FwMRVjeWJS8?t=430

      Notice where the receiver holes for the screw from the bottom cover are.

      They are gold star shaped bits, because the part it connects to, is plastic.

      I.e. if you ever accidentally drop the laptop, the plastic bits where the gold star screw receivers are, will break and snap.
      Check the quality of a laptop's material by the screw receiver joints, that will tell you if it's plastic or metal

      Sure for the price it's alright for a consumer laptop but if you want something sturdy, go for business class if you can

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    Can anyone confirm I will receive an original Australian Tax Invoice from Futu to claim TRS?..

    • +2 votes

      I purchased from the last deal which was with shopping express online. I had to message them to get a tax invoice which they email to me a few days later.
      im pretty sure they are the same company? anyway I think any Australian Seller has to provide an invoice when required

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    Any recommendations on a new Ryzen equivalent?

  • -2 votes

    I'm never going near Asus again. Laptop I bought a couple years (one of their more premium ranges) was plagued with poor build quality issues and their support was absolutely terrible. Deliberately delaying and 'repairing' but not doing anything other than windows reinstall. They reinstalled windows about 8 times without fixing the issues until I threatened to report them to ACCC and even then it took another couple months before they just refunded me. Horrible experience. You get what you pay for I guess. Enter at your own peril.

    • +1 vote

      My 8 years old Asus laptop is still going well. Asus is one of the best brands of laptop manufacturers so I am surprised that you had a terrible experience (especially with their premium ranges)…

      • +1 vote

        Their support centre had a REALLY bad reputation a while ago

        I've owned 3 Asus laptops, two grey imported from America at the time with intl warranty and they kept trying to weasel their way out of the repair claiming it must have been secondhand..

        3rd was an Asus zenbook from DSE before they collapsed

        One was bought from amazon via priceusa (at the time it was one of the first mail forwarder companies, however the way they did it was a western Daigou, they buy it, then you buy it from them)

        The last time I went back to the Asus support centre things must have changed because the way they handled things differently, no longer as rude.

        Their premium range may not be as premium as you'd think, most Asus Zenbooks have a plastic chassis inside underneath the metal layer to give you the illusion of premium

        • +1 vote

          I've never had to use their support during the past 20 years tbh so I have no experience dealing with them or their warranty terms. However, from my experience it sometimes really depends on factors like how people use it. Sorry I am a bit honest.

          • +1 vote

            @beOson:

            However, from my experience it sometimes really depends on factors like how people use it. Sorry I am a bit honest.

            I'll be honest here too then.
            My issue: The screen would turn grey and horizontal lines appeared. Diagnosis: faulty screen connector ribbon. When I first presented the receipt from PriceUSA and the Amazon one (they are one day apart), but at the time they had international warranty as with most ASUS products. They claimed they fixed it. However upon disassembly, they must have forgotten to reconnect the keyboard ribbon cable. At the time I received the repaired item, I only turned on the laptop to check whether the screen is okay, but I never tried to login or use the computer - my mistake? Maybe.

            I called up the following day to report this and said I'd need a second visit, because at the time, they had this ridiculous RMA number generation process before I could drop in.

            The first ASUS service centre guy I saw a long time ago apparently claimed because I touched the laptop at the time, it was my fault the keyboard broke

            The second time I brought it in, the keyboard issue was fixed, but one of the clips on the laptop body to hold down the keyboard broke. The way the ASUS laptop keyboards were held into the laptops were four tabs, one on each corner.. and this resulted in a very bouncy keyboard.
            Remedy = double-sided sticky tape.

            I'm sorry but being blamed by the repair technician I broke something when they didn't reconnect a ribbon cable is not exactly what I call acceptable.

            The last time I went back to the Asus support centre things must have changed because the way they handled things differently, no longer as rude.

            I said this before, it was improved with newer people. I went back a total of two times for an Asus Zenbook UX303, the well known hinge issue, and also the power plug started splitting (it's just poor design.. bendy component and the cord casing around it is not reinforced)

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              @cwongtech: While I said I am being honest I hoped people are aware of the fact that I can only share my own experiences "based on my past experiences" and it didn't mean that I never expected to only hear about the good experiences at all just because I don't have a bad one with them (or any other brands) :P

              Anyway, sorry to hear about the issues you had with them though, the first issue was probably due to 50% bad luck and 50% poor hardware/quality control, which then led to having you to approach support or even re-visited them just to fix something caused during the first repair attempt. That's not good at all.

              But I am glad to know that their support has improved as even though I haven't been using support/warranty in the past, I still consider these things when I look for new laptops or other stuffs.

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                @beOson:

                I still consider these things when I look for new laptops or other stuffs.

                Look for disassembly guides as well, you can tell whether something is fully metal or not at the screw joints Zenbooks are metal lined plastic laptops, not the metal unibody appearance it seems to have

                Let me know if you need a photo to show what I mean, happy to oblige.

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                  @cwongtech: All good, I read reviews like these - https://laptopmedia.com/review/asus-rog-strix-g531-review-bu... and look at the number of heat pipes and design of fans and airflow (in comparison to previous models if any, as well as other competitors in similar price range) before I come to my own personal final decision (in which it takes brand awareness, price, budget and many other factors into consideration). So again you don't really have to (keep) putting the emphasis on premium & plastic/metal/fully metal stuffs in front of me because I know what I am buying - a good laptop that has lasted for 8+ years (and still going) which offers a great user experience (reducing on a monthly basis since perhaps year 6 though) that fully meets my needs :)

                  Plus, I don't drop my laptops often like others do, if you drop them often, perhaps get an Apple or Lenovo instead as they've been marked as drop-resistant lol

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                    @beOson:

                    Plus, I don't drop my laptops often like others do, if you drop them often, perhaps get an Apple or Lenovo instead as they've been marked as drop-resistant lol

                    Accidents happen. Go for business class laptops.. they're the nerf guns of the adult world.
                    Apple are really not that drop-proof..

                    Microsoft Surface Pros however, were demonstrated with full confidence they could survive drops (although not really marketed with that guarantee)

  • +1 vote

    Ordered one. Thanks for the heads up.