The speakers are surprisingly good, managing high maximum volume and a little bass presence.
I’d happily watch You Tube and Netflix with these speakers, and music isn’t horribly crunched by them either. Even in pretty well-lit conditions, the webcam’s view of my face was murky.
Those are pretty noticeable reductions on last year’s model, which weighed in at 1.4kg and was what now appears to be a rather portly 19mm thick.Related: Best laptops Those numbers may have moved in the right direction, but it’s clear to see where Asus has cut costs with this machine.Aside from the lid, which has a gorgeous spun metal silver finish, the rest of the laptop is unashamedly plastic.Asus has absolutely nailed the 3,200 x 1,800 resolution panel on the UX330UA.
It’s rated as covering 100% s RGB gamut and a mighty impressive 72% NTSC gamut coverage, which is a wide and challenging colour space.WIth its thinner chassis, the number of full-size USB ports has fallen from three to two – one on each side.The full-sized HDMI port has gone, too, to be replaced by a micro-HDMI port on the right edge of the laptop.Despite the laptop’s compact size, the keyboard is big in all the right places, with nicely sized letter and number keys and reasonably large Backspace and Enter keys. Like the Mac Book Air, Asus has integrated the on-off switch into the keyboard itself but given it a switch that’s much firmer; it’s very difficult to hit accidentally.