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Pros: This is a medium-large, very thin laptop with a very bright, clear 1920*1080 IPS display, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD, Core i7-8565U CPU, and nVidia GTX 1050 Max-Q GPU.
The screen and keyboard are the best I've seen on a laptop--the bezel on the screen is very thin, looks like maybe 1/4 inch, and the keyboard has a real numeric keypad on the right side, which is wonderful for typists.
For work, productivity, web browsing, and pretty much all routine tasks, this laptop is blazing fast.
You can play games on it, but it's not a gaming laptop and its GPU is not the equal of its CPU or SSD. I tested with the 2016 reboot of DOOM. On OpenGL using all Ultra settings, the game is not really playable, with framerates dropping as low as 15 fps. All High settings raises that to 25-30, but only on Medium does the game become fluid enough to play well, with framerates in the 45-60 range. Switching to Vulkan only works for the High and below presets, as the 2 GB video RAM isn't enough for Ultra quality. On both High and Medium quality, framerates are basically the same as with OpenGL. Note that again, because of the 2 GB video RAM, when using Vulkan, you have to exit the game and run it again every time you change the quality setting in Vulkan mode.
The audio quality on this laptop is good. with decent volume. The sound is clear. At high volume, treble response overwhelms vocal and bass range; the balance is much improved, though still of course weak on the bass side, if you pull the volume down to 50% - 75%.
Battery life is very good for a laptop this thin, looks like for browsing and productivity you could have six hours or more. Do a lot of gaming and that number comes down considerably, my testing indicates three to four hours with heavy gaming. Still, not bad, as this is almost triple the battery life that my work-provided laptop offers.
The display quality is amazing, bright and clear and without much dimming or color shift when viewed from an angle. There are no stuck or dead pixels on the laptop display.
Connectivity is good, with a MicroSD card reader, a SUB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C / DisplayPort combo port, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (USB 2 compatible), and an HDMI port, giving you two options for connecting external video. Power and charge indicator lights are available on the right side beside the card reader. The external power connector is also on the right side panel at the very rear.
Cons: A drive activity light would be nice--certainly not a deal-breaker. There really aren't many other complaints I would have, except for not being a great fan of Windows 10. I wish Microsoft would stop patterning their OS after their (now defunct) phone design, and design a GUI for a desktop operating system again.
The "case" deserves mention. The laptop comes with a kind of slip-case cover, almost like a very thin black pillowcase, that secures with velcro. This isn't my favorite sort of case, and has no handles or carrying straps. Be careful when putting the laptop in the case that your grip on the laptop doesn't slip. I recommend replacing the case with a real laptop case.
Overall Review: This laptop has high-end features that are appropriate for its price point. I do wish it had a stronger GPU with more video RAM, but I doubt many people would consider buying this if they are looking primarily for a gaming laptop.
This is a powerful laptop packed with the latest technology, and using it is a real pleasure.
Pros: IPS display is off the hook for graphics, at any angle.
SSD hard driver performance is 1750MB/s read and 1620MB/s write for sequential reads.
USB port is good for 434MB/s read and 335MB/s write to my external SSD.
Bluetooth functions very well and is very capable.
3DMark11 scores 6779 on performance mode
3dMark Night raid scores 16010
3DMark Vantage scores 17830
PCMark Vantage scores 12302
Modern Warfare 3 with all settings maxed out runs at about 120 FPS (single player so no network bog down)
Portal runs at 210 FPS maxed out
Diablo runs 310 FPS (Original game)
Battery life is pretty good I feel, 2-3 hours gaming 6-7 at work with our software installed, and about 8 hours just streaming music.
WIFI is extremely capable of any internet connection, my fastest download was 690MB is 2 Minutes and 13 Seconds.
You can adjust battery to only charge to 80% or only 60% so if it is always plugged in, or plugged in most of the time your battery will not go bad any where near as fast (this is very nice)
Cons: Don't try to run OpenGL applications if you don't know how to on NVidia chipsets.
Case is VERY prone to fingerprints, wish they put a coating on it to help keep it clean.
It's a Laptop (sorry I'm Biased)
Overall Review: Not normally a Laptop person, but I could use one for work so I accepted this review Item. I am very surprised on it's performance compared to what laptops used to be compared to computers.
I mean, I can actually game on it, no issues at all, and at good setting, SSD is very fast, CPU is not quite up there with my home rig with it's i7-7700K OC'd to 4.9 GHz or it's dual OC'd video cards........ But IT WILL GAME and do so fairly well.
I ran this thing through every Torture test I know, even OCCT PSU for 24 hours, and it never blinked an eye. Heck I even had to reinstall windows because of the testing I did HAHA.
All in all I find this Laptop acceptable in every aspect, as a Primary Gaming Computer it's not quite up to my standards, but I am an extremist I suppose. When I was in College I would have killed for a laptop like this.
I'm sure I will enjoy this laptop for years to come at work, and maybe even game on it more when we are not busy.
Pros: -Built in IR camera
-Intel Whiskey Lake Core i7-8565U
-16 GB DDR4
-512 GB PCIe SSD
-GTX 1050 Max-Q
I really like how the track pad buttons are literally part of the track pad, instead of them being beveled like most track pads.
As the bevels tend to get gunk built up in them over time.
Honestly this should be a standard on all laptops. I'm glad asus added this feature to this laptop.
This screen has amazing clarity, definitely the best i have seen on a laptop.
Even includes a micro-fiber cloth for cleaning the finger prints on the screen
and lid. Yes this whole laptop is a finger print magnet.
Better than most laptops this size from 2018 and prior. Batteries have come a long way.
It may sound weird but I really like this square black charging block. Very compact, Unlike
the older ones I remember.
Honestly there was more bloatware installed by default from Microsoft than ASUS.
I think all I un-installed was ASUS sync and the dropbox app that works with it.
And of course all the Microsoft games that that app store pre-installs.
The Bios is no frills, But it is full UEFI. And you can boot BOOTX64.EFI from a USB device
from the setup menu. There is no fan controls, or anything else interesting to tweak in the bios.
it is definitely bare bones on options. Or they are hidden from the end user.
I like the direction that oem's are taking with peripherals. Most of these devices can just be USB add-ons
less open ports for things to get stuck in, or gunked up.
Yes it's a basic case, or laptop pillow case. But who cares it comes with it. And you don't have to rush out
and get one right away.
Cons: -Not Windows 10 Pro
For the Price point this should have come with the pro version... Just saying!
Overall Review: This is newer technology being used in this laptop, Hense the price point.
The build quality is solid, It doesn't feel cheap or flimsy on any part of it.
Cooling system is super quiet. I cannot for the life of me even here the fans.
If you are a Student or a light gamer this is a good buy. with a GTX 1050
you should be able to play mobas, etc. e.g. light to med graphic games.
You might be able to run some AAA games on low settings but I wouldn't
try it while on battery.
Pros: The 8565u was the main feature that sold me, boosting to 4.6, making short work of any applications. The screen continuing all the way to the hinge gives it a sleek look making it appear as if there is no bezel on the bottom of the screen. No complaints on 16 GB of ram and 512gb SSD, should be plenty.
Cons: No major issues so far only one minor issue that the bugs me, the chassis. I am coming from an XPS 13 and the chassis on it was solid. The aluminum clam-shell design of the XPS is far superior to the plastic chassis of the Zenbook. Whenever I close my labtop and grab it to put it away, feeling the lid of my labtop flex just bugs the hell out of me.
Overall Review: I was torn between this or a new XPS. I was leaning towards the XPS 13 because I was familiar with them and didn't have issues before, but the value of the Zenbook was too much to pass. I got this on sale for 1199 pre-tax, while a similar XPS 13 would have been closer to 1500.
Pros: Other then the good look, this laptop is nothing.
Cons: This computer is a piece of garbage and ASUS warranty on it is a joke. Here is the reason, I used mine for 2 - 3 weeks after buying it brand new and the power went completely dead. I sent it to ASUS, they kept it for a month and said it couldn't be repair because the were no parts available so they sent me a refurbished one as a replacement.
As a military veteran, I felt cheated and rob of something that I really needed for school. All my information I had on the dead computer were kept by ASUS. I will be reaching to the VA out reach team to further up on this issue with ASUS. To add to that, I will also be sending the refurbished one back and have them send me the damage computer.
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