I d have alerted you versus reconditioned computers and deep-discount closeout sales if you told me you d discovered an OLED laptop for just $800. The inky blackness and gorgeous colors of OLED have not come low-cost. Dell charges a $300 premium simply for the screen. And yet Asuss brand-new budget-friendly OLED laptop computer defies those expectations.
The brand-new device is called the Asus ZenBook 13 OLED, and early evaluations are currently recommending it might be a slam dunk for spending plan buyers. While theres no headphone jack and some are complaining about a cramped keyboard, the 2.5-pound laptop computer doesnt appear to stint the specifications. In addition to that 13-inch 1080p OLED screen (one of the first 1080p OLEDs I can remember on a laptop) with its 100-percent DCI-P3 color gamut, you can configure it with up to Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processors, 16GB of storage and 8GB of RAM.
The Intel design replaces these USB-C ports with visually identical Thunderbolt 4 ports instead.
Even at the $800 starting cost, you get your pick of an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U or an 11th-gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 chip, a backlit keyboard, a Windows Hello prepared IR cam, full-size HDMI 2.0 and USB-A ports, a pair of USB-C ports, and a microSD card slot.
Theres a few essential distinctions between the Intel and AMD designs, though, according to the companys specification sheets:
Intel begins with a measly 256GB of storage at the $800 mark instead of 512GB for AMD
The business prices estimate 3 additional hours of battery life for the AMD system over Intel (keep in mind that both were determined at a fairly dim 150 nits of brightness) from the same 67Wh battery
With Intel, you get a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports instead of plain ol USB 3.2 Type-C
AMD models just have Wi-Fi 5, while Intel ones get Wi-Fi 6
If you told me you d found an OLED laptop for simply $800, I d have alerted you against refurbished computer systems and deep-discount closeout sales. And yet Asuss new economical OLED laptop defies those expectations.
13-inch 1080p OLED screen (one of the very first 1080p OLEDs I can remember on a laptop computer) with its 100-percent DCI-P3 color gamut, you can configure it with up to Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processors, 16GB of storage and 8GB of RAM.
As far as I can tell, retailers like Amazon and Newegg quietly put the laptop computers on sale previously this month, though the $800 AMD variant does not seem to be delivering quite. Heres a $900 Intel model at Amazon, an $800 AMD model at Newegg, and a whole selection of the new laptop computers at Asuss own store.
If youre searching for a 2-in-1 convertible, Asus is sticking its budget friendly OLED screen in those too, beginning at $950, though Intel appears to be your only CPU alternative there.
We d heard screen manufacturers were finally going to standardize laptop-sized OLED panels this year– possibly Asus laptops are just the suggestion of the iceberg.