Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
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The Asus ZenBook 15 is very nice-looking indeed and though hands-on time was limited to the point where I couldn’t do much more than browse the web and watch some YouTube clips, I’ve already seen some of what a Whiskey Lake-powered laptop can do in terms of fast file transfer over gigabit Wi-Fi. The claim of 16 hours battery life is also impressive, one which we can’t wait to put to the test. As much as I suspected that the ErgoLift hinge was just a bit of fancy branding, I have to admit that the ZenBook is very nice to type on and that might in part have something to do with the angle of the board. While colour isn’t important, it is also great to see attention to detail here, something that isn’t the same old black/grey/white variations.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/31/2018
Model: The Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD is one of the slightly more affordable offerings which still has decent performance. ASUS has updated its original ZenBook line with not only Intel's new Whiskey Lake U-series processors but also a new four-sided, nearly frameless design with up to 95 percent screen-to-body ratio. The whole ZenBook range is pretty stylish. The first thing to note is the commitment to keeping a high screen-to-body ratio of 92%, which is achieved by the side 3 mm bezels. Asus calls this ‘NanoEdge’, but that’s just really a fancy way of saying ‘a very thin bezel’. Then there are the colors which are beautiful deep blue and silver colored cases complimented nicely by rose gold accents. Weighing 1.59 kg, the ZenBook 15 isn’t as light as some of the other skinny laptops seen around. Then there’s something called ‘ErgoLift’, which is not as throwaway a name as it might sound once they realize what it means. The hinges of the ZenBook are shaped in such a way that when users open one, it has the effect of lifting the laptop’s posterior up off of the surface of the desk by an angle of 3 degrees. This sees the keys angled towards their hands at a more gentle angle, which supposedly makes it nicer to type on. As for hardware, it features a Core i7-8565U CPU, 8GB RAM, up to 512GB SSD and Harman Kardon-certified stereo speakers. Each laptop also has a traditional USB 3.1 port, two USB-A ports, a headphone jack, and a full-size HDMI port. These machines have passed various military-grade torture tests (MIL-STD-810G) so they should age a little better than many other laptops.
Similarly, the ZenBook 15 has a 4K display option, DisplayPort output via USB-C, a full-size SD card slot instead of microSD, plus a larger 73W battery (up to 16 hours) instead of the 14-hour battery life of the smaller models such as the ZenBook 13 and 14. Asus claims this feature also ensures that any audio emitted by the downward-pointing Harmon Kardon-certified speakers won’t be immediately absorbed by the desktop. Another highlight of this series is the optional backlit "NumberPad" on the glass trackpad. Simply tap the top right button to toggle this virtual numeric keypad. And yes, a user can still swipe the cursor around in this mode, so a user doesn't have to keep turning the NumberPad off and on. While this is obviously a poor man's ScreenPad from the ZenBook Pro, Asus still put in some effort into this component's five-layer construction, in order to make the NumberPad invisible while disabled. As a conclusion, the ZenBook 15 is an elegant laptop which features a big display. It is designed to give a user the freedom to discover the creative power, such as photo editing and multimedia related tasks. Thus, this laptop is designed for professionals on the go.
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Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
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Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).
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