Inside ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED UM325 – disassembly and upgrade options
This notebook’s greatest feature is undoubtedly its OLED screen. However, let’s take a look on the inside, and see how future-proof it actually is.
ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED UM325
- AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
- AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (R4000/5000, 15W)
- 8GB RAM
- 512GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
To get inside of this notebook, first, you need to remove the back rubber feet. Then, undo all 7 Torx-head screws and pry the bottom panel away from the chassis.
Thankfully, ASUS was generous enough to supply a 67Wh battery pack for this machine.
3. Cooling system, memory, and storage
Inside, we see a very similar setup to that of the ZenBook 13 UX325. There is a single, thick heat pipe, for cooling. It connects to a heat spreader, and then a fan with a rather thin profile blows the heat away from the device.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to upgrade the memory here. However, it comes in configurations of 8 and 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM. Storage-wise, there is one M.2 PCIe x4 slot, located just above the processor.
ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED UM325 in-depth review
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- Very good battery life
- Two Thunderbolt 3 ports and Wi-Fi 6 support
- Infinite contrast ratio and a pretty high maximum brightness (Samsung ATNA33XC11-0)
- ErgoLift hinge and a very large NumberPad touchpad
- IR face recognition
- Thin and light premium build
- No RAM upgradability post-purchase
- Uses aggressive PWM up until 100 nits (our Health-Guard profile fixes the issue) (Samsung ATNA33XC11-0)