ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED UM325UA (Ryzen 7 5700U): Unboxing & First Look Review
I have my long term review coming up in the next couple of days, so stay tuned for that. But in the meantime i took delivery of what might be a better option: the asus zenbook 13 um 325, and i got ta say this is really blowing me away. Not only does it have a 13.3 inch oled display with a full hd resolution, but it gets brighter than the samsung offering coming in at 400. Nits gorgeous oled display it’s, also powered by the amd ryzen 7 5700u processor, giving it some really good performance, we’re going to get into that and more in this video, hey everybody it’s andrew – and this is my unboxing and first look at the asus zenbook 13 um 325 coming up Music now, as we take a look at the specs in the interest of transparency and full disclosure i’m not being paid by asus i’m, not being sponsored by asus. All the opinions you’re about to hear are my own. Asus is not getting copy approval. That means they’re, seeing this video for the first time, just like you now, this review unit is on loan from asus, and once this review is done, i’ll be sending it back now. Pricing as configured is 899.99 and to me that is an excellent price for a really great laptop, especially with an oled display for those interested i’ll leave a link in the description below for more information and where you can buy one and with specs and pricing.
Out of the way let’s find out what you get inside the box, let’s open it up now lifting the lid you’re, greeted by the unit itself, we’re gon na get to this in just a moment. But before we do that, you also get some information. Regarding your warranty – and you also get some documentation about this laptop – you get a 65 watt usbc power adapter, you get a usba to ethernet adapter, which is always good as a nice value add on, and you also get a 3.5 millimeter to usbc adapter, which you’re Going to need, because this laptop doesn’t have a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack and they also give you a carrying sleeve again, another value add on here at no additional cost. I like what asus is doing here and holding this unit for the first time. The first thing that comes to mind is how portable this is, the extremely lightweight at 2.51 pounds or 1.13 kilograms, definitely portable to take with you on the go. I like that portability aspect of this laptop. I also like its all metal design. It’S got a really nice cylindrical finish on it as far as that design is concerned, and it has a really nice pine gray finish, giving it a sleek and modern look. But one thing to note: it is a major fingerprint magnet. You will be wiping it down. Quite a bit: okay let’s check out the port selection we’re, going to start off on the left side.
We get one hdmi 2.1 port and you get two usb 3.2 gen, 2 type c ports and moving over to the right side. You get a microsd card reader, along with one usb 3.2 gen1 type, a port, notably missing there’s no headphone jack you’ll have to use the included adapter in the box if you want to use wired headphones. Needless to say, i’m, not a big fan of them, not including a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack on the device itself to get inside this laptop. What you need to do is remove the t5 torx screws pop off the bottom plate and you’re. In now, once inside you’ll notice the single fan for cooling – and you also will notice the four cell 67 watt hour battery now battery life has been pretty good. So far, i’ve been seeing more than 14 plus hours on my continuous web service test over wi fi. At 150, nits i’ll do more testing, of course, of the battery. In my upcoming full review. Now the only thing that’s user upgradable is the ssd. Although you get some really good reads and writes, as you can see from the results. Unfortunately, the ram is soldered into the motherboard. You won’t be able to upgrade that, but you can get it in either 8 or 16 gigabytes of lp ddr4 x, ram and the good news is. This is running in dual channel mode: to get maximum performance out of this ryzen chipset.
This has wi fi six, along with a bluetooth, five combo and both are working well on that front. Unfortunately, that is soldered into the motherboard. You won’t be able to upgrade the wi fi card down the road, but the good news is, of course it is wi, fi, six, so it’s good for the foreseeable future. Okay, let’s talk about the display and what we’re looking at here is a 13.3 inch oled full hd display with a resolution of 1920×1080. That means this has a 16 to 9 aspect ratio which is great for consuming media watching netflix, amazon and youtube is really great. You won’t have any black bars, but for productivity work i actually prefer a 16 to 10 aspect ratio as you’ll do less scrolling when it comes to web browsing you’ll see more on the display. Now, as with any oled display, you get the really deep blacks. The very vibrant colors – and it also has a blow blue light filter on this. That means you’re going to get less eye strain as a result and that’s actually pretty good. This is a pantone validated display according to asus and it’s, also an hdr 500. True black display – and it also gets pretty bright – coming in at 400 nits, making this good for both indoor and outdoor use. Although it is a glossy display and you will notice some glaring reflections when you have certain lighting conditions or in direct sunlight.
So please keep that in mind and as with an oled display, you get those really deep, blacks, the very vibrant colors and that super excellent contrast and that’s exactly what you’re going to get here, although not the most color accurate at a delta e score of 2.90 I’D like to see it below too, but it is somewhat color accurate nonetheless, and as far as the coverage of the color gamut we’re, looking at 92 percent of srgb, 72 adobe rgb 72 of the dci, p3 wide color, gamut and 66 ntsc makes it a pretty Good choice for content creators as far as doing lightroom, photoshop and, of course, video editing but we’re, not getting that 100 dci. P3 wide color gamut, that we were hoping to get on this a little bit less. Of course, at 72 percent, not quite as good but don’t, get me wrong. This is an excellent oled display that gets brighter than say something like the samsung galaxy book 360 that i just took a look at which just doesn’t get bright enough, even though it has a super amoled display. This has a leg up on that. So this is the front facing camera on the asus zenbook 13 running the ryzen 7 5700. You processor, of course, that is from amd now we’re. Looking at a 720p webcam 30 frames per second uh. Is it good for zoom? Is it good for any of your work from home needs? Let me know in that comment section below: how does it look in terms of the video quality and how is it audio? As far as the internal mics are concerned, i am curious to know now that camera is an infrared camera.
That means you can log in with face recognition with windows, hello and it worked pretty well now. There is a key on the keyboard that allows you to turn off the webcam for more security and privacy. You got ta love that now. What we have here as far as audio is concerned are two bottom facing speakers, they’re harman, kardon tuned, and they actually sound pretty good. It gets pretty loud, pretty rich sound and there is some bass on it, which is really good, especially for a 13.3 inch ultra portable laptop. I was actually impressed on how well it filled up a small sized room, it’s pretty good and for those wondering yes, you can open the lid with one finger and one thing: you’ll notice. When you do open the lid, it has an ergo lift hinge. That means you’ll have a nice raised, typing angle, which will give you a more comfortable typing experience and also will increase the air flow, which will give you better thermals, and that is a great aspect of the ergolift hinge. I really like it now. As far as the keyboard itself is concerned, you’re looking at 1.4 millimeters of key travel, which is really good, especially for an ultra portable, really good tactile feedback, and you don’t feel like your fingers, will bottom out. I really like that. I also like the fact that it has a multi stage. Backlight that really gets bright. You can actually see a nice differentiation between the key and the backlight, allowing you to work in a dark room or a dimly lit environment.
It worked really well and it has a precision touch pad that actually worked pretty well. Two finger scrolling was buttery smooth and all the gestures worked as you’d expect good job on that front and with the press of the button the touchpad turns into the screen pad, which gives you a numeric keypad, which allows you to crunch numbers. You’Re gon na, like that as well: okay, let’s talk about the performance so far, 24 hours in, i am impressed with that amd ryzen. 7. U amd processor, which of course is based on the zen two architecture, and i got ta say the numbers are looking good, especially for the multi core performance. As you can see, with the geekbench five results you can see, it really did well now. As far as the graphics are concerned, this has integrated radeon graphics, i would say they’re pretty good, not quite as good as the integrated xe graphics we’ve been seeing out of intel as of late. I will bring you all the performance numbers and i will test the thermals in my upcoming full review. I’Ve just had it for 24 hours. I need more time to put it through the full testing that i normally do. Okay, let’s bring it all home. What do i think about the asus zenbook 13 um 325 here for 2021, and i got ta say i really do like it. I, like it’s, really good performance so far out of that fifth generation amd ryzen 7 processor.
I, like the impressive battery life that this is getting with that 67 watt hour battery. I love the excellent value coming in at 899. That is an exceptional value, in my opinion, especially for what you’re getting with an oled display that offers exceptional contrast. It really is gorgeous and i like its generous selection of ports, although i don’t like the fact that there’s no headphone jack and there’s no thunderbolt support, since this is running an amd processor, but there are no real deal breakers here. Ladies and gentlemen, excellent performance with a gorgeous oled display and i can’t wait to bring you my full review coming very soon. So what do you think about this bad boy? The zen book 13 running that ryzen 7 you’re gon na love that cylindrical design with this pine gray finish and i got ta, say: i’m really liking it, especially uh with the look on it it’s, sleek, it’s, modern. I love that 13.3 inch oled display. It gets bright, it’s, sharp, it’s, vivid it’s, everything you want in an oled display. It looks absolutely gorgeous. In my opinion, i like the performance so far of that amd. Ryzen. 7. 5700U. Yes, it’s based on the zen 2 architecture, not the zen 3, but you could also get this with the 5800u, which is based on the zen 3.. So far, battery life is looking good with its 67 watt hour battery i’m, looking at 14 plus hours on my continuous web surfing test over wi fi at 150 nits.
So that is looking pretty good. Sound out of the two bottom facing speakers is actually really good. So far, uh really impressed with this 13 inch ultra portable. I got a lot more to come, especially testing everything on this in terms of the performance, the battery life, the thermals, everything in my upcoming full review. You don’t want to miss it stay tuned for that. So please hit the like button. Please subscribe. Please share this video don’t forget to leave a comment in the comment section below. Let me know how i’m doing. Let me know if there’s a device or something out there, you think i should review i’ll do my best to try to make that happen. Don’T forget to check me out on facebook, twitter, instagram and, of course, my website amd amdtechreviews.