The ZenBook 13 UX325 is more than just a nice-looking compact, lightweight 13.3-inch laptop. It has a few extra functions that make it more fascinating than your ordinary ultraportable. Instead of a traditional webcam, Asus crammed an IR camera and a webcam into the tiny bezel above the display, allowing you to check in to Windows 10 using facial recognition.
The footage from the 720p webcam is just average, however there is a shortcut on the F10 key to turn off the camera completely. Models with 10th-gen CPUs from earlier this year are still available, and are practically the same as the 11th-gen variants except for the processors and a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 4 update. Purchasing the newer 11th-generation model will provide you with some future-proofing, but it will come at a little greater cost.
The touchpad also has Asus' NumberPad 2.0 function. A full number pad is activated by pressing an icon in the top right corner of the pad. The software is sophisticated enough to recognize whether it's being used as a number pad or a touchpad, so you don't have to keep turning it on and off.
Another symbol in the top left corner of the pad allows you to change the brightness, and tapping it and swiping into the touchpad launches the calculator app on your screen. Another feature that makes it easier to use is that Asus engineered the hinge to raise the back of the laptop, allowing the keyboard to be at a more ergonomic typing position. It also aids in keeping it cool.
One of the few potential drawbacks of the ZenBook 13 is that it lacks a 3.5mm audio jack to accommodate the other connectors. In general, I enjoy the Asus ZenBook 13. Its tiny, lightweight form, as well as its battery life, make it an ideal everyday carry. The NumberPad 2.0 and IR webcam add a touch of gizmo to the package.