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Asus ZenBook 15 (i7-8565U, GTX1050 Max-Q) Laptop Review

Mike Wobker, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, T. Hinum (translated by Stas Kokhanyuk), 02/12/2019

Compact and powerful. Thanks to Intel’s Core i7-8565U and Nvidia’s GTX 1050 Max-Q, the Asus ZenBook 15 packs a lot of performance in a very slim chassis. With a fast SSD and 16 GB of RAM, the Asus notebook does not leave anything to be desired. Read our review to find out if this is truly so.

Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD

Asus has positioned its notebooks from the ZenBook series as devices with a slim design and a lot of performance. For example, the following ZenBook models known as the UX3410UQ and UX430UN received quite a bit of praise in our reviews, thanks to their slim build and great battery life. Our current review device, known as the Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD, belongs to the latest generation of laptops in this series and features a 15-inch screen, which is the largest that this series has ever seen. There are also 13- and 14-inch notebooks in this product line, which are branded by Asus as the ZenBook 13 and ZenBook 14, respectively.

The Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD in our review configuration features an Intel Core i7-8565U with Intel’s integrated UHD Graphics 620. The GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q from Nvidia is responsible for running demanding 3D applications. Moreover, the laptop features a 512 GB SSD and 16 GB of RAM.

In our review, the Asus ZenBook 15 will have to compete with other notebooks with similar hardware. The competing devices include: The base model of the Razer Blade 15, the Lenovo ThinkPad T580, the HP EliteBook 1050 G1 as well as Asus’s own ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE.

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Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q - 2048 MB, Core: 1000 MHz, Memory: 1752 MHz, Boost: 1139 MHz, 398.75, Intel UHD Graphics 620
Memory
16384 MB 
, Dual-Channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, BOE07D8, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G, 512 GB 
, 430 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-LP - cAVS
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm combined audio jack, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18 x 354 x 220 ( = 0.71 x 13.94 x 8.66 in)
Battery
73 Wh, 4800 mAh Lithium-Polymer, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 16 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9, 1.280 x 720
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Harman Kardon, Keyboard: Chiclet-style, Keyboard Light: yes, AC adapter, cleaning cloth, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.6 kg ( = 56.44 oz / 3.53 pounds), Power Supply: 383 g ( = 13.51 oz / 0.84 pounds)
Price
1600 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - Rigid and slender Asus notebook

Thanks to its unusual design, the Asus ZenBook 15 stands out when you first look at it: It has very slim bezels. The side bezels are only 3 mm thick and the top bezel is about 6 mm thick. According to the manufacturer, the laptop has a screen-to-body ratio of 92%. The case of the notebook is machined from a solid block of aluminum. The ZenBook 15 comes in the color scheme called “Royal Blue Metal”.

The surfaces of the Asus notebook feel very rigid and robust. The build quality is very good and the decorative element under the screen does not cause any problems. All joints are flush with each other and all the buttons and ports sit firmly in their respective cutouts.

Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD

When compared to other notebooks in this price range, the ZenBook 15 has a somewhat similar width. However, it has a much smaller depth. The ZenBook 15 weighs 1.8 kg, which makes it the lightest laptop in our comparison chart.

Size Comparison

Connectivity - Laptop with USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C

The Asus ZenBook 15 features only the most necessary ports. Here the manufacturer forgoes a LAN port and only includes HDMI and USB ports. Standard USB ports only support USB 3.1 speeds (up to 5 Gb/s). However, the USB Type-C port can operate at Gen2 speeds (up to 10 Gb/s). This is why the Type-C port should be compatible with almost any dock that relies on USB-C technology. Moreover, you can also output a video signal over the USB Type-C port.

Left side: fan grill, one USB 3.1 Gen1 port, combined headphone/microphone jack
Left side: fan grill, one USB 3.1 Gen1 port, combined headphone/microphone jack
Right side: SD card reader, one USB 3.1 Gen1 port, one USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port, HDMI-out, power socket
Right side: SD card reader, one USB 3.1 Gen1 port, one USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port, HDMI-out, power socket

SD Card Reader

In our benchmarks, the SD card reader of the ZenBook 15 delivers subpar results. With a read rate of 78 MB/s and a write rate of 65.6 MB/s, the Asus laptop takes a spot near the bottom of our comparison chart.

The inserted SD cards protrude from the slot by about half a centimeter, which is why they have to be removed when you are transporting the device.

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SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
152.1 MB/s ∼100% +132%
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
75.1 MB/s ∼49% +14%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
65.6 MB/s ∼43%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
64.2 MB/s ∼42% -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.2 - 190, n=158)
56.8 MB/s ∼37% -13%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
210 MB/s ∼100% +169%
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
84.5 MB/s ∼40% +8%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
78 MB/s ∼37%
Average of class Multimedia
  (10.2 - 253, n=155)
73.8 MB/s ∼35% -5%

Communication

The ZenBook 15 comes with Intel’s Wireless-AC 9560 adapter. It supports the following wireless communication standards: 802.11 a, b, g, n and ac. Thanks to a 2x2 MIMO antenna, the Asus notebook achieves an upload speed of 644 Mb/s and a download speed of 651 Mb/s. These results are on a normal level for this kind of device.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
666 MBit/s ∼100% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
664 MBit/s ∼100% +2%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
662 MBit/s ∼99% +2%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
651 (min: 547, max: 681) MBit/s ∼98%
Average of class Multimedia
  (44 - 949, n=117)
498 MBit/s ∼75% -24%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
362 MBit/s ∼54% -44%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
653 MBit/s ∼100% +1%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
649 MBit/s ∼99% +1%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
644 (min: 499, max: 661) MBit/s ∼99%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
584 MBit/s ∼89% -9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (46.1 - 949, n=116)
473 MBit/s ∼72% -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
124 MBit/s ∼19% -81%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø650 (547-681)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø643 (499-661)

Security

Thanks to its infrared webcam, the Asus ZenBook 15 can take advantage of Microsoft’s biometric facial recognition feature known as Windows Hello. It works well as long as the lighting is sufficiently bright. In poor lighting conditions, the facial recognition feature does not function properly, which often leads to failed log-in attempts.

Accessories

The box contains a 90-watt charger and a cleaning cloth. Asus does not offer any additional accessories for the ZenBook 15. However, you can get general accessories such as mice, headphones and keyboards from Asus’s online store.

Maintenance

The maintenance options of the Asus ZenBook 15 are quite limited. The bottom cover of the laptop can be removed. However, this will only allow users to replace the SSD. The RAM is soldered-in, which is why it cannot be replaced or upgraded.

Warranty

The ZenBook 15 comes with a 24-month warranty.

Input Devices - Asus notebook with a large Touchpad

Keyboard

The keyboard of the Asus ZenBook 15 is easy to type on. It offers a short travel distance and a clear actuation point. The keys are flat and have a smooth surface. This is why fingers often do not land in the center of the key. It takes some getting used to, but eventually even long typing sessions do not present any difficulties. Nevertheless, users will often have to look down at the keyboard to make sure that they have pressed the right key. The arrow and function keys are also rather small. Asus makes up for that by including a numeric pad.

For work in poor lighting conditions, the notebook comes with a three-level keyboard backlight. The backlight is somewhat uneven. Because of this, the keys in the center appear noticeably dimmer than the keys at the edges. Furthermore, the keyboard backlight shines through the cutouts for the keys and slightly blinds users.

Touchpad

The ZenBook 15 uses a ClickPad as a replacement for the mouse. It offers a large surface area for navigating the mouse pointer and registers multitouch inputs flawlessly. Pressing in the left bottom corner executes the left click. The actuation point is shallow, but not so shallow that it can cause accidental clicks. A right click is harder to execute. The ClickPad registers right clicks only when a lot of force is applied, and the actuation point does not feel very clear at all.

Display - Glossy Full HD screen

Pixel arrangement
Pixel arrangement
Screen bleeding
Screen bleeding

The 15.6-inch screen of our review device has a resolution of 1920x1080 and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The brightness of 303 cd/m² is quite average. However, it is still high enough to overpower the reflections in rooms lit by the sun. We measured 311 cd/m² in the center of the display, which is why the Asus notebook takes a spot in the middle of our comparison chart. The brightness distribution of 81% is the lowest result in our comparison group.

Asus also offers a variant of the ZenBook 15 with a UHD display that has a resolution of 3840x2160. 

323
cd/m²
334
cd/m²
332
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
311
cd/m²
291
cd/m²
281
cd/m²
291
cd/m²
272
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 334 cd/m² Average: 303.2 cd/m² Minimum: 17.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 311 cd/m²
Contrast: 1296:1 (Black: 0.24 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.1 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2, calibrated: 2.48
ΔE Greyscale 4.93 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
88% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 58% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.44
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
BOE07D8, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
BOE NV156FHM-N61, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
B156HAK02.0, , 1920x1080, 15.6
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
AUO30EB, , 3840x2160, 15.6
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
AU Optronics B156ZAN03.1, , 3840x2160, 15.6
Response Times
9%
26%
-1%
20%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
45 (21, 24)
39.2 (19.6, 19.6)
13%
33.2 (15.6, 17.6)
26%
56 (26, 30)
-24%
44 (22, 22)
2%
Response Time Black / White *
37 (23, 14)
35.2 (20.4, 14.8)
5%
27.6 (14.8, 12.8)
25%
29 (14, 15)
22%
22.8 (12, 10.8)
38%
PWM Frequency
21190 (99)
Screen
-2%
-26%
7%
3%
Brightness middle
311
273.6
-12%
254.5
-18%
440
41%
357.6
15%
Brightness
303
262
-14%
238
-21%
389
28%
350
16%
Brightness Distribution
81
86
6%
87
7%
83
2%
85
5%
Black Level *
0.24
0.3
-25%
0.27
-13%
0.34
-42%
0.35
-46%
Contrast
1296
912
-30%
943
-27%
1294
0%
1022
-21%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.1
3.22
37%
4.58
10%
5.04
1%
4.12
19%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.91
7.61
15%
17.99
-102%
6.99
22%
9.91
-11%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.48
4.1
-65%
4.34
-75%
2.04
18%
4.23
-71%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.93
1.4
72%
3.3
33%
4.98
-1%
1.8
63%
Gamma
2.44 90%
2.24 98%
2.403 92%
2.48 89%
2.17 101%
CCT
7641 85%
6636 98%
6355 102%
7777 84%
6613 98%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
58
56.4
-3%
35
-40%
61
5%
87.5
51%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
88
86.2
-2%
55
-37%
94
7%
100
14%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
4% / -0%
0% / -18%
3% / 6%
12% / 6%

* ... smaller is better

According to our measurements, the screen of the ZenBook 15 has a very good contrast ratio of 1296:1 and a good black value of 0.24 cd/m². These are the second-best results in our comparison group.

The CalMAN analysis reveals that the blue part of the color spectrum overshoots its target and that the red part undershoots it. This issue can be completely resolved through calibration. You can download our ICC profile at the bottom of the box that contains all the display measurements (this box is located to the left of the graphic showing the distribution of brightness).

CalMAN - color accuracy
CalMAN - color accuracy
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - color accuracy (after calibration)
CalMAN - color accuracy (after calibration)
CalMAN - saturation (after calibration)
CalMAN - saturation (after calibration)
CalMAN - grayscale (after calibration)
CalMAN - grayscale (after calibration)
Color-space coverage (sRGB) - 88%
Color-space coverage (sRGB) - 88%
Color-space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 58%
Color-space coverage (AdobeRGB) - 58%

The Asus ZenBook 15 is not suited for outdoor use. Even on overcast winter days, the reflections make reading screen content very hard. Indoors, the reflections do not become too bothersome during the day. Artificial light sources also create reflections that make reading screen content more difficult.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
37 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23 ms rise
↘ 14 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 93 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
45 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21 ms rise
↘ 24 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 68 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9226 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The display of the Asus ZenBook 15 has very stable viewing angles. The screen content can be read from any angle without any distortions. The Asus notebook can be used from unusual positions, as long as there are no reflections on the screen.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - Light and gaming-capable notebook

Our review device comes with Intel’s Core i7-8565U, Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. Therefore, the laptop is not only suitable for demanding applications but also for gaming on medium settings.

There is also a cheaper version of the Asus ZenBook 15 that has Intel’s Core i5-8265U, Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q and 8 GB of RAM.

 

Processor

Thanks to the Core i7-8565U, the system feels very responsive. This CPU is based on the Whiskey Lake architecture and features four cores. Because it supports Hyper-Threading, it can process up to eight threads at the same time. The clock rates range from 1800 MHz to 4600 MHz. Additionally, the processor also has a dual-channel-enabled memory controller, which allows both RAM sticks in our review device to operate optimally.

In the single-core section of Cinebench R15, the Intel Core i7-8565U in the Asus ZenBook 15 performs as well as the Intel Core i9-8950HK in the Asus ZenBook Pro 15. However, the multi-core performance falls well below that of the Intel Core i7-8750H. All in all, the CPU performance of the ZenBook 15 is above average.

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Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø704 (683.27-815.1)
Razer Blade 15 Base Model Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø864 (856.88-926.63)
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS Intel Core i7-8650U, Intel Core i7-8650U: Ø482 (448.21-590.42)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Core i9-8950HK
191 Points ∼100% 0%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Intel Core i7-8565U
191 Points ∼100%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
Intel Core i7-8750H
177 Points ∼93% -7%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Intel Core i7-8750H
175 Points ∼92% -8%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (158 - 191, n=13)
175 Points ∼92% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
Intel Core i7-8650U
166 Points ∼87% -13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (36 - 191, n=342)
125 Points ∼65% -35%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
Intel Core i7-8750H
1131 Points ∼100% +39%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1074 Points ∼95% +32%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Intel Core i7-8750H
923 Points ∼82% +13%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Intel Core i7-8565U
815 Points ∼72%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (543 - 815, n=14)
634 Points ∼56% -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
Intel Core i7-8650U
605 Points ∼53% -26%
Average of class Multimedia
  (73 - 1550, n=355)
465 Points ∼41% -43%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
23118
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
1803
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2682
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.4 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.65 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
20.54 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
119.91 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
815 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
191 Points
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System Performance

The Asus ZenBook 15 achieves good results in the PCMark benchmarks. It takes a spot in the middle of our comparison chart and outperforms almost all other devices with an Intel Core i7-8565U and a GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q. The apps start very fast and accessing data and opening folders does not present any problems.

You can find out how the Asus ZenBook 15 stacks up against other laptops on our CPU Benchmarks page.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
5802 Points ∼100% +38%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5417 Points ∼93% +29%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5-P KXG50PNV2T04
4920 Points ∼85% +17%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4204 Points ∼72%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  (3905 - 4204, n=2)
4055 Points ∼70% -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1511 - 5823, n=74)
3667 Points ∼63% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3050 Points ∼53% -27%
Productivity
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
8020 Points ∼100% +17%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
6879 Points ∼86%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
6855 Points ∼85% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6809 Points ∼85% -1%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5-P KXG50PNV2T04
6770 Points ∼84% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  (6120 - 6879, n=2)
6500 Points ∼81% -6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3113 - 8020, n=75)
6026 Points ∼75% -12%
Essentials
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
8971 Points ∼100% +9%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
8577 Points ∼96% +4%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5-P KXG50PNV2T04
8281 Points ∼92% +1%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
8233 Points ∼92%
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
7951 Points ∼89% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  (7378 - 8233, n=2)
7806 Points ∼87% -5%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3733 - 9360, n=75)
7270 Points ∼81% -12%
Score
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
5358 Points ∼100% +21%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4896 Points ∼91% +10%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5-P KXG50PNV2T04
4666 Points ∼87% +5%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4443 Points ∼83%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  (4020 - 4443, n=2)
4232 Points ∼79% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3933 Points ∼73% -11%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2046 - 5358, n=75)
3858 Points ∼72% -13%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5395 Points ∼100% 0%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5381 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  (4905 - 5381, n=2)
5143 Points ∼95% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5038 Points ∼93% -6%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5-P KXG50PNV2T04
4643 Points ∼86% -14%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
4456 Points ∼83% -17%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2213 - 5651, n=260)
4256 Points ∼79% -21%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4425 Points ∼100% +9%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4052 Points ∼92%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  (3801 - 4052, n=2)
3927 Points ∼89% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3728 Points ∼84% -8%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8950HK, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
3661 Points ∼83% -10%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5-P KXG50PNV2T04
3433 Points ∼78% -15%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1740 - 4693, n=280)
3364 Points ∼76% -17%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4052 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5381 points
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Storages Devices

Our review model of the Asus ZenBook 15 comes with a 512 GB SSD. It achieves similar read and write rates to other notebooks with comparable storage devices. In day-to-day use, folders and files open without any delays. The programs start quickly and the system boots up very fast. Besides a 512 GB SSD, you can also choose either a 256 GB SSD or a 1 TB SSD.

You can find out how the Asus ZenBook 15’s storage device stacks up against other HDDs and SSDs on our HDD/SSD Benchmarks page.

Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
Toshiba XG5-P KXG50PNV2T04
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
Average WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
22%
-4%
-1%
17%
1%
Write 4K
126.2
112.5
-11%
122.1
-3%
94.81
-25%
125
-1%
117 (98.2 - 126, n=4)
-7%
Read 4K
41.2
43.09
5%
44.61
8%
26.45
-36%
44.68
8%
42 (39.4 - 44.1, n=4)
2%
Write Seq
1055
1450
37%
825.7
-22%
1037
-2%
1059
0%
1092 (753 - 1386, n=4)
4%
Read Seq
883.8
1392
58%
810.6
-8%
1280
45%
771.7
-13%
1115 (884 - 1336, n=4)
26%
Write 4K Q32T1
445.5
356.1
-20%
293.9
-34%
277.6
-38%
506.6
14%
371 (258 - 510, n=4)
-17%
Read 4K Q32T1
338.8
406.9
20%
374.8
11%
333.9
-1%
614
81%
336 (326 - 340, n=4)
-1%
Write Seq Q32T1
1453
1451
0%
1714
18%
1037
-29%
1763
21%
1454 (1453 - 1455, n=4)
0%
Read Seq Q32T1
1734
3272
89%
1772
2%
3135
81%
2171
25%
1721 (1681 - 1741, n=4)
-1%
Write 4K Q8T8
1043.5
Read 4K Q8T8
913.6
AS SSD
31%
46%
26%
69%
20%
Copy Game MB/s
1069.77
1129.32
728.25
930
Copy Program MB/s
495.54
395.41
430.94
415
Copy ISO MB/s
1891.98
2507.07
1045.16
1153
Score Total
2845
2952
4%
3587
26%
2768
-3%
4065
43%
3021 (2696 - 3294, n=4)
6%
Score Write
1220
1499
23%
1564
28%
1153
-5%
1547
27%
1302 (1075 - 1515, n=4)
7%
Score Read
1075
970
-10%
1336
24%
1120
4%
1679
56%
1134 (1075 - 1224, n=4)
5%
Access Time Write *
0.027
0.04
-48%
0.035
-30%
0.056
-107%
0.036
-33%
0.0298 (0.024 - 0.036, n=4)
-10%
Access Time Read *
0.08
0.113
-41%
0.047
41%
0.051
36%
0.04
50%
0.0793 (0.05 - 0.129, n=4)
1%
4K-64 Write
1047.43
1269.69
21%
1325.22
27%
953.17
-9%
1272.75
22%
1079 (871 - 1285, n=4)
3%
4K-64 Read
974.82
748.68
-23%
1139.74
17%
855.74
-12%
1431.02
47%
991 (916 - 1044, n=4)
2%
4K Write
131.57
92.98
-29%
106.22
-19%
105.36
-20%
100.89
-23%
127 (104 - 162, n=4)
-3%
4K Read
41.81
40.75
-3%
50.78
21%
19.07
-54%
37.78
-10%
41.4 (40 - 43.3, n=4)
-1%
Seq Write
411.81
1366.97
232%
1324.07
222%
948.36
130%
1728.67
320%
962 (412 - 1261, n=4)
134%
Seq Read
578.98
1802.55
211%
1453.55
151%
2454.1
324%
2098.63
262%
1014 (579 - 1372, n=4)
75%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
27% / 27%
21% / 25%
13% / 15%
43% / 47%
11% / 12%

* ... smaller is better

WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Sequential Read: 899.7 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1050 MB/s
512K Read: 451.7 MB/s
512K Write: 791.4 MB/s
4K Read: 39.15 MB/s
4K Write: 115.1 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 300.5 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 412.3 MB/s

Graphics Card

The Asus ZenBook 15 has Intel’s integrated UHD Graphics 620 and Nvidia’s dedicated GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q. While Intel’s graphics unit provides enough performance for simple programs and the OS, the GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q is used to run complex 3D applications. Unlike many GeForce graphics cards without the “Max-Q” designation, this GPU is specifically tuned for efficiency, which is why it offers a little less performance but produces a lot less fan noise. The performance also depends on the cooling solution.

The Asus notebook achieves the highest results in the 3DMark benchmarks that we have ever seen from a laptop with a GTX 1050 Max-Q. You can also see in our comparison chart how much performance you are going to lose if you go with a notebook with Intel’s integrated UHD Graphics 620. When compared to the Asus ZenBook Pro 15, which has a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, the ZenBook 15 is about 20% slower.

You can learn what kind of performance you can expect from Nvidia’s GTX 1050 Max-Q on our GPU Benchmarks page.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
14351 Points ∼100% +105%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i9-8950HK
8854 Points ∼62% +26%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  (6874 - 7385, n=3)
7092 Points ∼49% +1%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8565U
7016 Points ∼49%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
6874 Points ∼48% -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (352 - 18234, n=610)
2820 Points ∼20% -60%
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8650U
1802 Points ∼13% -74%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
11366 Points ∼100% +102%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i9-8950HK
7291 Points ∼64% +30%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  (5622 - 5792, n=3)
5697 Points ∼50% +1%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
5677 Points ∼50% +1%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8565U
5622 Points ∼49%
Average of class Multimedia
  (337 - 14463, n=387)
2739 Points ∼24% -51%
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8650U
1118 Points ∼10% -80%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
81720 Points ∼100% +128%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i9-8950HK
43721 Points ∼54% +22%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8565U
35858 Points ∼44%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  (34926 - 36630, n=3)
35805 Points ∼44% 0%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
34926 Points ∼43% -3%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2468 - 77755, n=389)
16273 Points ∼20% -55%
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8650U
8948 Points ∼11% -75%
3DMark 06 Standard
9694 points
3DMark 11 Performance
7116 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
17993 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
5209 points
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Gaming Performance

During gaming sessions, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q is utilized. This GPU is optimized for energy-efficiency and low fan noise. This is why the fan noise does not exceed 40 dB(A).

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q is available in many different configurations. The ZenBook 15 comes with the lowest configuration that has a core clock of 1000 MHz and 2 GB of GDDR 5 video memory. Nevertheless, the Asus notebook is still powerful enough to be able to run all the latest titles in 1080p on medium settings.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
38.5 fps ∼100% +28%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
30 fps ∼78%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  (18.5 - 30, n=2)
24.3 fps ∼63% -19%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
24.2 fps ∼63% -19%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
18.5 fps ∼48% -38%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2.9 - 51.5, n=81)
18.4 fps ∼48% -39%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
71.4 fps ∼100% +74%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
44.6 fps ∼62% +9%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
41 fps ∼57%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  (34 - 41, n=2)
37.5 fps ∼53% -9%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
34 fps ∼48% -17%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3.8 - 93.2, n=91)
27.4 fps ∼38% -33%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
134.7 fps ∼100% +125%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
88.3 fps ∼66% +47%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
60 fps ∼45%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  (59.3 - 60, n=2)
59.7 fps ∼44% 0%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
59.3 fps ∼44% -1%
Average of class Multimedia
  (5.2 - 157, n=92)
40.7 fps ∼30% -32%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
204.9 fps ∼100% +220%
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
103.2 fps ∼50% +61%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
  (64 - 103, n=2)
83.6 fps ∼41% +31%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
64 fps ∼31%
Average of class Multimedia
  (8.9 - 219, n=94)
58 fps ∼28% -9%

Our benchmarks with the video game titled The Witcher 3 show that the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q in the ZenBook 15 outperforms other laptops with the same GPU. Moreover, the performance did not fluctuate over the entire run of gameplay. We did not observe any thermal throttling. Many older titles run smoothly on the Asus notebook on the highest settings. All the latest video games can achieve playable frame rates in 1080p on medium settings.

To learn what kind of gaming experience you can expect from Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, go to our Gaming Benchmarks page.

05101520253035Tooltip
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G; The Witcher 3: Ø27.5 (26-30)
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 26625215059fps
Thief (2014) 106766638fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 64604130fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 98623629fps

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System Noise

System Noise
System Noise

In everyday use, the Asus ZenBook 15 only produces noise when it is under load. Thanks to Nvidia’s Max-Q technology, the system noise is limited to about 40 dB(A). During our stress test, this limit is slightly exceeded. Having said that, the fan noise never becomes too bothersome.

When running simple apps, the laptop is usually completely silent. This is why the ZenBook 15 is suited for quiet environments, as long as you are not using it to run demanding 3D applications.

Noise Level

Idle
30.5 / 30.5 / 30.5 dB(A)
Load
40.8 / 41.8 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.5 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.133.332.833.12532.332.729.432.33131.932.230.631.94030.329.93030.35028.232.128.828.26327.827.126.127.88027.427.127.627.410026.12825.626.112525.924.924.825.916024.824.323.924.820024.323.722.424.325023.422.421.723.431522.522.921.222.540023.123.220.223.150023.723.519.423.763024.124.718.924.180025.926.217.725.9100029.830.217.729.8125027.929.617.727.9160029.329.417.629.3200030.13117.730.1250030.731.517.530.7315031.433.418.131.440003031.518.230500030.331.618.330.3630027.927.918.627.9800023.423.918.923.41000020.521.21920.51250019.719.91919.71600020.219.619.420.2SPL40.841.930.540.8N3.33.51.33.3median 25.9median 24.9median 18.9median 25.9Delta2.93.41.82.9hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAsus ZenBook 15 UX533FD

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

During our stress test, the surfaces of the Asus ZenBook 15 get noticeably warm. The surface temperatures reach up to 47 °C (116.6 °F) under load. It is not exactly hot, but it is very warm. The heat is concentrated at the bottom of the laptop. The wrist rest area never gets as hot as the rest of the device. The notebook also never gets so hot that you will not be able to keep it in your lap.

Our stress test represents an extreme case scenario. During this test, the core temperatures reach up to 90 °C (194 °F) and the CPU frequency sinks below the base clock rate of 1800 MHz. Once the cooling system kicks in the clock speeds stabilize and remain above the base clock rate for the remainder of the test.

Because such utilization levels are very unlikely to occur in real life, users should not experience any problems related to thermal throttling in day-to-day use.

Max. Load
 42.8 °C
109 F
47.2 °C
117 F
43.9 °C
111 F
 
 37.9 °C
100 F
44.5 °C
112 F
31.7 °C
89 F
 
 30.6 °C
87 F
27.7 °C
82 F
29.7 °C
85 F
 
Maximum: 47.2 °C = 117 F
Average: 37.3 °C = 99 F
38.6 °C
101 F
40.2 °C
104 F
43.2 °C
110 F
32.6 °C
91 F
38.6 °C
101 F
37.9 °C
100 F
28.7 °C
84 F
31.1 °C
88 F
32.4 °C
90 F
Maximum: 43.2 °C = 110 F
Average: 35.9 °C = 97 F
Power Supply (max.)  46.3 °C = 115 F | Room Temperature 22.7 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.3 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 47.2 °C / 117 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.2 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.5 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.6 °C / 87.1 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-1.5 °C / -2.7 F).
Heat distribution when idle (top)
Heat distribution when idle (top)
Heat distribution when idle (bottom)
Heat distribution when idle (bottom)
Heat distribution under load (top)
Heat distribution under load (top)
Heat distribution under load (bottom)
Heat distribution under load (bottom)

Speakers

Pink Noise
Pink Noise

The ZenBook 15 comes with Harman Kardon-certified speakers. The result is sound with elevated highs and subdued lows. The speakers are good enough for occasional use, but we recommend you get a pair of headphones or external speakers if you want to use the ZenBook 15 for media consumption on a regular basis. These can be connected either via the combined headphone/microphone audio jack or Bluetooth 5.0.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.932.836.92535.429.435.43142.230.642.24036.53036.55033.828.833.86328.426.128.48027.327.627.310025.825.625.812526.424.826.416028.823.928.820038.822.438.825055.721.755.731564.321.264.340067.620.267.650065.719.465.763066.518.966.580070.517.770.5100070.517.770.5125071.517.771.5160072.917.672.9200073.617.773.6250071.817.571.8315067.518.167.5400070.118.270.1500076.918.376.9630080.318.680.3800078.618.978.61000072.81972.81250076.51976.51600071.719.471.7SPL86.230.586.2N60.91.360.9median 70.5median 18.9median 70.5Delta8.31.88.335.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus ZenBook 15 UX533FDApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.33 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 62% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 28% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 43% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 48% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management - Good battery life despite a dedicated GPU

Energy Consumption

Charger
Charger

According to our measurements, the ZenBook 15 draws at least 2.7 watts when idle and up to 89 watts under load. This is why the Asus notebook proves to be the most energy-efficient device with a dedicated graphics card in our comparison chart. Moreover, the Asus ZenBook 15 is also one of the most energy-efficient gaming notebooks that we have ever reviewed.

The included 90-watt AC adapter should be able to provide enough energy to charge the device under any circumstances.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.48 / 0.8 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.7 / 8 / 10.6 Watt
Load midlight 74 / 89 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
8565U, GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
8650U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, Toshiba XG5-P KXG50PNV2T04, IPS LED, 3840x2160, 15.6
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
8950HK, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0), IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
 
Average of class Multimedia
 
Power Consumption
-99%
0%
-46%
-127%
-28%
-99%
Idle Minimum *
2.7
10.2
-278%
4.7
-74%
6.1
-126%
11.7
-333%
5.2 (2.7 - 6.8, n=3)
-93%
11.7 (2.6 - 101, n=911)
-333%
Idle Average *
8
13.2
-65%
7.9
1%
10.2
-28%
18.5
-131%
9.33 (8 - 10.2, n=3)
-17%
16.3 (4.2 - 122, n=911)
-104%
Idle Maximum *
10.6
17.6
-66%
11.4
-8%
13.4
-26%
22.8
-115%
11.8 (10.6 - 13.4, n=3)
-11%
19.8 (4.7 - 181, n=911)
-87%
Load Average *
74
99.5
-34%
47.2
36%
82
-11%
97.5
-32%
77.3 (74 - 82, n=3)
-4%
59.9 (18.5 - 164, n=890)
19%
Load Maximum *
89
133.3
-50%
48.1
46%
122
-37%
111.1
-25%
101 (89 - 122, n=3)
-13%
77.9 (20.1 - 329, n=895)
12%
Witcher 3 ultra *
113.6
102.9

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In our practically oriented Wi-Fi test, the Asus notebook lasted for eight-and-a-half hours. The ZenBook 15 was only beaten by the HP EliteBook 1050 G1, which has a battery with a bigger capacity. That being said, the 73-Wh battery in the ZenBook 15 achieves longer battery runtimes under load than most other gaming notebooks.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
26h 27min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
8h 39min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 51min
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
8565U, GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 73 Wh
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 65 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T580-20L9001AUS
8650U, UHD Graphics 620, 56 Wh
HP EliteBook 1050 G1-4QY20EA
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 96 Wh
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
8950HK, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 71 Wh
Average of class Multimedia
 
Battery Runtime
-47%
-51%
-20%
-44%
-52%
Reader / Idle
1587
690
-57%
1027
-35%
842
-47%
397 (73 - 1810, n=872)
-75%
WiFi v1.3
519
330
-36%
252
-51%
523
1%
375
-28%
354 (96 - 942, n=227)
-32%
Load
171
87
-49%
128
-25%
76
-56%
85.1 (32 - 238, n=872)
-50%

Verdict - Mobile multimedia notebook from Asus

Pros

+ great battery life
+ good noise/thermal management
+ good system performance
+ also suited for gaming
+ maintenance options

Cons

- highly reflective display
In review: Asus ZenBook 15. Test device provided courtesy of: Asus Germany
In review: Asus ZenBook 15. Test device provided courtesy of: Asus Germany

In our review, the Asus ZenBook 15 has proven itself to be a very powerful, highly mobile notebook that can run current video games. The slim build, great battery life, and the low weight make the Asus notebook all the more suitable for use on the go. However, those who want to use the ZenBook 15 for gaming will have to keep it plugged in most of the time.

The Asus ZenBook 15 is a compact gaming notebook that can handle all the latest titles. Moreover, it also excels when it comes to battery life.

With the ZenBook 15, Asus delivers a device with very good hardware that can meet the needs of most users. The missing ports can be replicated using the USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port and the SSD can be replaced, if need be. There are no other upgrade options. However, given the fact that our review device ships with 16 GB of RAM, this becomes a bit of a moot point. Thanks to Nvidia’s Max-Q technology, Asus is able to keep the temperatures in check. There are no performance drops, at least while gaming.

Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD - 02/14/2019 v6
Mike Wobker

Chassis
82 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
82%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
48 / 81 → 60%
Weight
68 / 20-67 → 100%
Battery
91%
Display
82%
Games Performance
88 / 85 → 100%
Application Performance
92 / 92 → 100%
Temperature
90%
Noise
87 / 95 → 92%
Audio
60%
Camera
45 / 85 → 53%
Average
77%
86%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2019-02-12 (Update: 2019-02-14)