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Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX535 laptop review: It could still be a little more Zen

ZenBook without a Zen CPU. With a 4K NanoEdge OLED touchscreen, narrow display bezels, 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, strong all-round performance, and a second display (ScreenPad) integrated into the touchpad, the ZenBook 15 UX535 exudes plenty of premium quality and is designed to appeal to creative and professional users in particular. Our review will clarify if it's able to accomplish this.
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The ZenBook Pro series is Asus's high-end subnotebook series. The Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE, which is already two years old, is the direct predecessor with a ScreenPad. The Pro Duo models that feature an even larger second display were released a year ago. Asus is now taking a step back again in terms of the ScreenPad size; otherwise, there's a new CPU-GPU combination. Since there's a lack of competition with the same unique selling point (ScreenPad), we make do with the multimedia laptops listed below, which otherwise have a similar hardware configuration. Apart from that, we also include the ZenBook 15 UX534 sibling model in our comparison.

Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Processor
Intel Core i7-10750H 6 x 2.6 - 5 GHz, Comet Lake-H
Graphics adapter
Memory
16384 MB 
, 1,600 MHz, dual-channel
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixel 282 PPI, touchscreen, BOE0866, OLED, NanoEdge display, glossy: yes, HDR, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM470
Storage
WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00, 1024 GB 
, 890 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-H - cAVS
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20Gbps, 1 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: headset audio jack, Card Reader: SD card reader
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20 x 357 x 240 ( = 0.79 x 14.06 x 9.45 in)
Battery
96 Wh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p infrared (IR) camera
Primary Camera: 1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.987 kg ( = 70.09 oz / 4.38 pounds), Power Supply: 460 g ( = 16.23 oz / 1.01 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
87 %
12/2020
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
i7-10750H, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
2 kg20 mm15.60"3840x2160
85 %
03/2020
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
i7-10510U, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
1.6 kg18.9 mm15.60"1920x1080
90 %
06/2020
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
i7-10875H, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
2 kg18 mm15.60"3840x2400
87 %
02/2020
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
i7-9750H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
1.7 kg18.7 mm15.60"3840x2160
80 %
06/2020
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
R5 4600H, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
2.2 kg24 mm15.60"1920x1080
88 %
06/2018
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
i9-8950HK, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
1.9 kg18.9 mm15.60"3840x2160

Case - Revised aluminum unibody

The dark case of the UX535 is made almost entirely of metal and has been completely redesigned. It's similar to that of its sibling model, but it has more ventilation slots and other connections. The display's frame also manages to completely do without plastic, and the NanoEdge panel is made entirely of glass and is set directly into the aluminum frame. The base and display lid are, therefore, very stable and resistant to torsion. Bending the base requires a lot of effort, and this only leads to minimal crackling and creaking noises. Workmanship is generally at a high level; we didn't find any noticeable gaps.

Pretty, ring-shaped structure, but with grease stains
Pretty, ring-shaped structure, but with grease stains

The design pleases with its noble simplicity. With its sandblasted round structures, the dark aluminum surface almost looks like a classy record. The delicate, sand-colored "ZenBook Series" lettering in the center of the hinge is also nice. An asymmetrically placed silver ASUS logo decorates the top. However, fingerprints and grease stains remain clearly visible on the surface.

On the inside, the palm rests are slightly higher than the keyboard, which has a kind of bevel at its lower edge, making it more deeply embedded.

The ZenBook isn't really light due to its stable metal case; the ThinkPad X1 Extreme or even its own sibling model are much lighter. However, the rest of the competition is similarly heavy. In contrast to its predecessor, the 15-inch laptop has shrunk a bit.

Except for the sibling model as well as the Dell XPS 15, all competitors are a bit larger, so the UX535 places itself in the middle.

Size comparison

363 mm / 14.3 inch 255 mm / 10 inch 24 mm / 0.945 inch 2.2 kg4.8 lbs365 mm / 14.4 inch 251 mm / 9.88 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 1.9 kg4.14 lbs361.8 mm / 14.2 inch 245.7 mm / 9.67 inch 18.7 mm / 0.736 inch 1.7 kg3.77 lbs357 mm / 14.1 inch 240 mm / 9.45 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2 kg4.38 lbs354 mm / 13.9 inch 220.4 mm / 8.68 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 1.6 kg3.42 lbs344.72 mm / 13.6 inch 230.14 mm / 9.06 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2 kg4.35 lbs

Connectivity - Stingy ZenBook subnotebook

The ZenBook is sparsely equipped for a 15-inch device. It only provides two USB ports, one of them Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 and charging function. We find this to be clearly too little! At least there's a full-fledged SD reader. A LAN port is absent once again. In spite of the few ports, they are still positioned quite close together; especially the HDMI and the USB-A port are very close to each other.

Right: USB-C (with Thunderbolt 3 and charging function), audio jack, power supply
Right: USB-C (with Thunderbolt 3 and charging function), audio jack, power supply
Left: SD reader, HDMI, USB-A 3.0
Left: SD reader, HDMI, USB-A 3.0
Back: air outlet, ZenBook lettering
Back: air outlet, ZenBook lettering

SD card reader

The performance of the card reader corresponds to the class average but nothing more. In combination with our 64 GB Toshiba Exceria Pro UHS-II SDXC, the competition is sometimes much faster.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
198.5 MB/s ∼100% +168%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
164 MB/s ∼83% +121%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
74.2 MB/s ∼37%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
64.2 MB/s ∼32% -13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.2 - 222, n=224)
63.1 MB/s ∼32% -15%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
198.6 MB/s ∼100% +138%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
197.9 MB/s ∼100% +137%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
83.4 MB/s ∼42%
Average of class Multimedia
  (10.2 - 253, n=220)
78.4 MB/s ∼39% -6%

Communication

A connection for a LAN cable isn't available, so you have to resort to WLAN if you don't have an adapter. While the transmission performance is very good, the reception performance is a bit below the expectations of the AX201 module. Nevertheless, the values are significantly better than the multimedia class average.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1446 (653min - 1555max) MBit/s ∼100% +57%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1431 (1279min - 1644max) MBit/s ∼99% +55%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (289 - 1722, n=168)
1228 MBit/s ∼85% +33%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
922 (832min - 946max) MBit/s ∼64%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
662 MBit/s ∼46% -28%
Average of class Multimedia
  (44 - 1490, n=199)
660 MBit/s ∼46% -28%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1431 (566min - 1523max) MBit/s ∼100% +5%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1364 (1300min - 1398max) MBit/s ∼95%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=168)
1106 MBit/s ∼77% -19%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1049 (862min - 1225max) MBit/s ∼73% -23%
Average of class Multimedia
  (46.1 - 1563, n=198)
620 MBit/s ∼43% -55%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
584 MBit/s ∼41% -57%
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Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø922 (832-946)
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1424 (653-1555)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1431 (1279-1644)
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1364 (1300-1398)
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1049 (862-1225)
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1411 (566-1523)

Webcam

You can use the infrared webcam to log in via Windows Hello, but the images provided by the 720p camera are still only average.

ColorChecker
28.3 ∆E
25 ∆E
24.7 ∆E
23.2 ∆E
22.7 ∆E
17.7 ∆E
23.2 ∆E
31.1 ∆E
23.4 ∆E
26.6 ∆E
17.7 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
31 ∆E
19.6 ∆E
28.9 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
24 ∆E
22.2 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
12 ∆E
21.1 ∆E
20.3 ∆E
20.5 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440: 20.95 ∆E min: 3.32 - max: 31.14 ∆E
ColorChecker
18.7 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
18.8 ∆E
21.3 ∆E
15.2 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
28 ∆E
16 ∆E
17.9 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
22.8 ∆E
16.9 ∆E
14.5 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
18.8 ∆E
22.4 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
18.2 ∆E
18.6 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT: 16.25 ∆E min: 2.53 - max: 27.99 ∆E
ColorChecker
8.1 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
6 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
10 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
11 ∆E
ColorChecker Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD: 6.87 ∆E min: 3.18 - max: 14.93 ∆E

Security

Besides the aforementioned infrared camera for logging in via Windows Hello, TPM 2.0 is also on board; otherwise, there is neither a fingerprint scanner nor a Kensington slot or any other security features.

Accessories

Asus doesn't include any accessories; at least a USB LAN adapter would have been welcome.

Maintenance

There's no maintenance hatch, and the removable bottom cover is secured by 11 Torx screws. These have three different lengths, so you should take note of which screw belongs to which position. Unfortunately, Asus still hides two screws under the rear rubber feet, the latter are glued to the chassis, making it unnecessarily difficult for the customer to open the ZenBook. The hidden screws also have a different profile. If you dare, you will then have access to the battery, the fan and the SSD.

Hidden screws
Hidden screws
Different screw types
Different screw types
Backplate removed
Backplate removed
SSD, fan & battery
SSD, fan & battery

Warranty

Asus grants a 24-month warranty.

Input devices - Display integrated into the touchpad

Keyboard

ErgoLift hinge
ErgoLift hinge

The so-called ErgoLift hinge lifts the keyboard towards the display, which is supposed to provide a more ergonomic typing experience, but this also leads to potential scratches on the table. The keyboard's layout looks very tidy; the labels are clear, and the three-stage backlighting is helpful in the dark. The keys' surfaces feel a bit roughened, which initially takes some getting used to, since fingers don't glide away quite as smoothly on them.

The arrow keys are half the usual height. The power button is integrated as a key in the upper right corner, but mistakes rarely occur because important functions like home, end, etc., are not located nearby as usual but on the arrow keys instead.

The keyboard
The keyboard
Short arrow keys
Short arrow keys
Power button
Power button

The keys themselves have a medium travel and emit a clear feedback, so that typing is easy on the whole. The typing volume is okay, but there are definitely quieter models.

Touchpad

Touchpad in normal mode
Touchpad in normal mode

The touchpad is also a second display with useful and configurable functions as well. The pad itself is very wide (approx. 13 x 6.5 cm) and has a glass surface with very good gliding properties. Fingers glide smoothly even when they're moved very slowly. The integrated mouse buttons are triggered reliably.

If you don't know any better, you might think that the gliding zone is a normal touchpad, because the background remains dark as usual when the touchpad is deactivated. But you can turn the display on with F6 and benefit from a second display as a result. However, this causes the touchpad function to be lost. So you should also have a mouse at hand, and the touchpad can still be shown in display mode.

The display is still quite grainy and not uniformly bright due to the matte surface. But unlike its predecessor, the interface has now been revised. You don't have to move a cursor anymore, and the display can be operated like a completely normal touchscreen.

The display contains shortcuts to start the most frequently used apps, but you can also drag apps completely into the ScreenPad, making it an extended display for the main screen. Asus also works together with third-party manufacturers so that their software can offer special functions in combination with the ScreenPad. Consequently, users benefit from additional control options via the ScreenPad when using some video and audio editors. All in all, we find the pad to be very successful and would like to see this function integrated by more manufacturers so that more developers can adapt their software to it as well. 

The ScreenPad can be activated using the F6 key
The ScreenPad can be activated using the F6 key
Touchpad in ScreenPad mode
Touchpad in ScreenPad mode

Touchscreen

The ZenBook Pro is full of handling possibilities, because the display can also be controlled using touch gestures. Typing on the screen is very precise and proved to be easy in the test.

Display - 4K with touch

Clear pixel grid
Clear pixel grid
Screen bleeding is barely noticeable
Screen bleeding is barely noticeable

The display comes from BOE. It's an OLED touchscreen panel with 4K resolution and HDR support. The average brightness is quite good at 375 nits, but its distribution isn't excessively even at 84%. The center of the screen is much brighter than the edges at over 400 nits.

The pixel grid is clear, and screen bleeding is so minimal that it actually isn't noticeable even in dark settings.

367
cd/m²
359
cd/m²
408
cd/m²
361
cd/m²
402
cd/m²
387
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
363
cd/m²
383
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
BOE0866
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 408 cd/m² Average: 374.8 cd/m² Minimum: 21.5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 397 cd/m²
Contrast: 1149:1 (Black: 0.35 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.47 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7, calibrated: 2.36
ΔE Greyscale 2.26 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
99% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.49
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
BOE0866, OLED, 3840x2160, 15.60
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
BOE CQ NV156FHM-N63, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Sharp LQ156R1, IPS, 3840x2400, 15.60
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
NE156QUM-N66, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.60
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
Panda LM156LF-2F01 (NCP004D), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
AU Optronics B156ZAN03.1, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.60
Response Times
-33%
-49%
-32%
-23%
-12%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
34 (16, 18)
45 (24, 21)
-32%
54 (26.4, 27.6)
-59%
46.4 (22, 24.4)
-36%
40.8 (19.2, 21.6)
-20%
44 (22, 22)
-29%
Response Time Black / White *
24 (13, 11)
32 (18, 14)
-33%
33.2 (19.2, 14)
-38%
30.4 (17.2, 13.2)
-27%
30 (16.8, 13.2)
-25%
22.8 (12, 10.8)
5%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-31%
-18%
-35%
-55%
-30%
Brightness middle
402
299
-26%
557.9
39%
464
15%
287
-29%
357.6
-11%
Brightness
375
280
-25%
541
44%
448
19%
271
-28%
350
-7%
Brightness Distribution
84
89
6%
91
8%
90
7%
88
5%
85
1%
Black Level *
0.35
0.21
40%
0.39
-11%
0.36
-3%
0.25
29%
0.35
-0%
Contrast
1149
1424
24%
1431
25%
1289
12%
1148
0%
1022
-11%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.47
4.76
-93%
4.54
-84%
4.2
-70%
4.77
-93%
4.12
-67%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.32
9
-108%
7.92
-83%
11.4
-164%
17.15
-297%
9.91
-129%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.36
3.82
-62%
0.8
66%
3.73
-58%
4.23
-79%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.26
3.53
-56%
3.2
-42%
7.2
-219%
2.7
-19%
1.8
20%
Gamma
2.49 88%
2.3 96%
1.99 111%
2.17 101%
2.115 104%
2.17 101%
CCT
6285 103%
7228 90%
6451 101%
6345 102%
7187 90%
6613 98%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
99
56
-43%
89.5
-10%
85.2
-14%
43
-57%
87.5
-12%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
86
100
99
61
100
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-32% / -31%
-34% / -23%
-34% / -35%
-39% / -49%
-21% / -27%

* ... smaller is better

The black level is also only average at best, but the 4K displays found in competitors that are even more expensive can't do any better. In return, the Dell and Lenovo devices have slightly better contrast overall, but 1,149:1 is also adequate. All in all, the display is better than that of the predecessor, but some competitors do it even better.

The display is already well calibrated out of the box, and the color deviations are only minimal.

Grayscales
Grayscales
Colors
Colors
Saturation
Saturation
Grayscales calibrated
Grayscales calibrated
Colors calibrated
Colors calibrated
Saturation calibrated
Saturation calibrated

The monitor is also especially suitable for professional applications; Asus itself advertises its OLED panel with a 100% DCI-P3 coverage and brilliant colors. In our test, the display covers the sRGB color space completely and the AdobeRGB one to 64%.

sRGB: 100%
sRGB: 100%
AdobeRGB: 64%
AdobeRGB: 64%
100% DCI-P3 (source: Asus)
100% DCI-P3 (source: Asus)
Reflection from an oblique viewing angle
Reflection from an oblique viewing angle

Outdoors, you should find a place in the shade because of the reflective surface, but due to the good brightness, most details can still be recognized when looking directly at the display. However, you should avoid oblique viewing angles or sunlight.

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
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13 ms rise
↘ 11 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 36 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 18 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 636 (maximum) ms. » 28 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (38.6 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: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9700 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The viewing-angle stability of the 4K OLED panel is quite good; even when viewed from extreme angles, only little brightness is lost, and the screen contents are still clearly visible.

Performance - No performance stability

Its Intel Core i7 of the Comet Lake series, the GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, the 16 GB of RAM, and the 1 TB SSD qualify the ZenBook as a perfect multimedia all-rounder, and thanks to the OLED display with very good color-space coverage, the laptop is aimed especially at content creators, namely creatives and professional photo and image-editors. The built-in ScreenPad provides additional control options during editing and further emphasizes the potential target group.

Processor

Asus uses an Intel Core i7-10750H from the Comet Lake series. The CPU has six cores with clock speeds ranging from 2.6 to 5 GHz, and it can also process 12 threads simultaneously. The maximum boost clock speed for all cores running simultaneously is 4.3 GHz.

Our 30-minute Cinebench R15 loop reveals a strong performance fluctuation for the ZenBook that is many times higher than on the competition. The initial value is very high under little load; naturally, this value drops after the first two to three passes. However, performance never really stabilizes, but it fluctuates strongly until the end instead. Performance differences of over 10% can occur between two runs.

But on average, the CPU performs as it should. The Ryzen in the Acer Nitro is stronger, but the sibling model with a weaker CPU is significantly slower; the predecessor is about 38% behind.

On battery power, there's a performance loss of about 20%.

Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 on battery power
Cinebench R15 on battery power
070140210280350420490560630700770840910980105011201190126013301343.271254.431201.741070.921101.21230.621216.551223.921214.851216.361205.221104.731138.791210.621094.091155.371208.091212.081107.451145.841208.531079.911218.991193.51022.811000.21033.831072.991203.661182.381173.261162.861151.911133.371116.231122.41175.31163.531155.871133.081118.441108.431145.741205.251172.851189.21033.111199.721197.51192.711397.771393.341388.891379.61380.881387.441391.061392.951339.851317.131317.261315.751314.281316.011316.41318.781315.661319.741315.231320.921319.831320.791313.461316.441318.571038.531028.591033.811032.261031.811034.311033.891031.271031.31032.281037.11033.891031.671032.841034.11034.391033.381034.421032.21034.531028.891031.011031.191034.151033.891030.031033.161027.3810301032.11033.861012.611031.83968.55995.891017.581029.731033.911032.821030.871032.631033.111032.681031.221033.241032.341029.651031.651033.271032.26835.15751.57708.72731.6730.77720.68713.66722.92714.26720.89730.77721.5713.27727.66726.61715.26719.06734.11724.36714.45729.94722.92721.7731.6724.56723.75731.81722.1732.01734.12725.99730.34729.94726.82732.02724.77733.29729.3734.54727.66Tooltip
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440 Intel Core i7-10750H, Intel Core i7-10750H: Ø1158 (1000.2-1343.27)
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, AMD Ryzen 5 4600H: Ø1341 (1313.46-1397.77)
Asus VivoBook 15 K571LI-PB71 Intel Core i7-10750H, Intel Core i7-10750H: Ø1030 (968.55-1038.53)
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø729 (708.72-835.15)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Single Core) | CPU (Multi Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Single 64Bit | CPU Multi 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
493 Points ∼100% +4%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (431 - 504, n=34)
474 Points ∼96% 0%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
472 Points ∼96%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
Intel Core i7-10510U
461 Points ∼94% -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (62.6 - 585, n=80)
439 Points ∼89% -7%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
428 Points ∼87% -9%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
3250 Points ∼100% +11%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
3224 Points ∼99% +10%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (2088 - 3325, n=34)
2953 Points ∼91% +1%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
2922 Points ∼90%
Average of class Multimedia
  (148 - 4094, n=81)
1952 Points ∼60% -33%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
Intel Core i7-10510U
1827 Points ∼56% -37%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
204 Points ∼100% +3%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
198 Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (184 - 213, n=38)
197 Points ∼97% -1%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Core i9-8950HK
191 Points ∼94% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
191 Points ∼94% -4%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
Intel Core i7-10510U
186 Points ∼91% -6%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
178 Points ∼87% -10%
Average of class Multimedia
  (36 - 228, n=435)
137 Points ∼67% -31%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
1398 (1313.46min - 1397.77max) Points ∼100% +4%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
1391 (1148.9min - 1390.72max) Points ∼99% +4%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
1343.27 Points ∼96%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (804 - 1418, n=41)
1289 Points ∼92% -4%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1113 Points ∼80% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
1074 (967.16min - 1074.4max) Points ∼77% -20%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
Intel Core i7-10510U
835 Points ∼60% -38%
Average of class Multimedia
  (72.4 - 1815, n=458)
557 Points ∼40% -59%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Average of class Multimedia
  (279 - 8394, n=66)
865 Seconds * ∼100% -121%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
475 Seconds * ∼55% -21%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
391 Seconds * ∼45%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (322 - 531, n=34)
375 Seconds * ∼43% +4%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
353 Seconds * ∼41% +10%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
345 Seconds * ∼40% +12%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
5335 MIPS ∼100% +3%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
5181 MIPS ∼97%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (4504 - 5470, n=34)
5098 MIPS ∼96% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
4657 MIPS ∼87% -10%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1445 - 5412, n=63)
4578 MIPS ∼86% -12%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
4471 MIPS ∼84% -14%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
36693 MIPS ∼100% +9%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
36383 MIPS ∼99% +8%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (26040 - 37345, n=34)
34353 MIPS ∼94% +2%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
33549 MIPS ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
29516 MIPS ∼80% -12%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2492 - 47797, n=63)
23968 MIPS ∼65% -29%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
1318 Points ∼100% +4%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
1270 Points ∼96%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (1114 - 1333, n=34)
1262 Points ∼96% -1%
Average of class Multimedia
  (207 - 1586, n=54)
1228 Points ∼93% -3%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
Intel Core i7-10510U
1198 Points ∼91% -6%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
1108 Points ∼84% -13%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
7799 Points ∼100% +38%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (4775 - 6674, n=34)
6196 Points ∼79% +9%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
5663 Points ∼73%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
5260 Points ∼67% -7%
Average of class Multimedia
  (392 - 8053, n=54)
4768 Points ∼61% -16%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
Intel Core i7-10510U
4416 Points ∼57% -22%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
10.2 fps ∼100% +5%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (7.11 - 11.6, n=34)
9.88 fps ∼97% +2%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
9.7 fps ∼95%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
9.27 fps ∼91% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
7.1 fps ∼70% -27%
Average of class Multimedia
  (0.46 - 11.1, n=64)
6.29 fps ∼62% -35%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
99.2 s * ∼100%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
64.1 s * ∼65% +35%
Average of class Multimedia
  (16.5 - 229, n=52)
61.4 s * ∼62% +38%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (43.1 - 99.2, n=34)
54.1 s * ∼55% +45%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
52.6 s * ∼53% +47%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Average of class Multimedia
  (0.56 - 2.89, n=56)
0.794 sec * ∼100% -30%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
0.626 sec * ∼79% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (0.578 - 0.708, n=33)
0.613 sec * ∼77% -1%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H
0.609 sec * ∼77%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H
0.584 sec * ∼74% +4%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1343.27 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
142.93 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
198 Points
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System performance

The UX535 performs as expected and without surprises in the PCMark benchmarks. Of all things, the two-year-old predecessor is often just ahead of the current model. Subjectively, the vast majority of tasks are completed smoothly, and there are no issues.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark Home
PCMark Home
PCMark Work
PCMark Work
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, i9-8950HK, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
5802 Points ∼100% +12%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (5176 - 5526, n=2)
5351 Points ∼92% +3%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
5176 Points ∼89%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5171 Points ∼89% 0%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, R5 4600H, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI
5062 Points ∼87% -2%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
4662 Points ∼80% -10%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1001 - 9234, n=159)
4000 Points ∼69% -23%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
3786 Points ∼65% -27%
Productivity
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, i9-8950HK, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
8020 Points ∼100% +17%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
7994 Points ∼100% +17%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
7284 Points ∼91% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (6827 - 7457, n=2)
7142 Points ∼89% +5%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, R5 4600H, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI
6848 Points ∼85% 0%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
6827 Points ∼85%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1407 - 9071, n=160)
6541 Points ∼82% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6489 Points ∼81% -5%
Essentials
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
9808 Points ∼100% +9%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (8966 - 9395, n=2)
9181 Points ∼94% +2%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, R5 4600H, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI
9169 Points ∼93% +2%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, i9-8950HK, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
8971 Points ∼91% 0%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
8966 Points ∼91%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
8911 Points ∼91% -1%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2891 - 10539, n=160)
8046 Points ∼82% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
7548 Points ∼77% -16%
Score
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, i9-8950HK, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
5358 Points ∼100% +10%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
5125 Points ∼96% +5%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (4887 - 5225, n=2)
5056 Points ∼94% +3%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, R5 4600H, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI
4892 Points ∼91% 0%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
4887 Points ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4535 Points ∼85% -7%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
4490 Points ∼84% -8%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1144 - 6514, n=161)
4231 Points ∼79% -13%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
5265 Points ∼100% +23%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
4540 Points ∼86% +6%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, i9-8950HK, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
4456 Points ∼85% +4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2213 - 5681, n=327)
4348 Points ∼83% +2%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
4272 Points ∼81%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
 
4272 Points ∼81% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4241 Points ∼81% -1%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10510U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
3761 Points ∼100% +12%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
3731 Points ∼99% +11%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, i9-8950HK, Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
3661 Points ∼97% +9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1371 - 5364, n=348)
3439 Points ∼91% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3417 Points ∼91% +2%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
3357 Points ∼89%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
 
3357 Points ∼89% 0%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3357 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4272 points
PCMark 10 Score
4887 points
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DPC latencies

Just by simply opening the browser, the ZenBook already shows latency problems. The LatencyMon tool detects even higher latencies in combination with our 4K/60 Hz YouTube video. Once again, the Kernel Mode Driver Framework Runtimes causes the most problems, but it's also accompanied by the ACPI driver and an Nvidia driver. There were six dropped frames during YouTube playback.

YouTube
YouTube
LatencyMon Main
LatencyMon Main
LatencyMon Drivers
LatencyMon Drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10875H, SK Hynix PC611 512GB
9855.5 μs * ∼100% -1175%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, R5 4600H, SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI
1000.2 μs * ∼10% -29%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
773.2 μs * ∼8%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

The mass storage device is an SSD from Western Digital with a generous 1 TB capacity. It's ranked 12th in our SSD/HDD Benchmarks article, so it's a quite fast model. The test values confirm this, but the drive is still not quite as fast as the Samsung PM981 found in the sibling model or in the Lenovo ThinkPad X1.

AS SSD
AS SSD
AS SSD Copy
AS SSD Copy
CrystalDiskMark 5
CrystalDiskMark 5
CrystalDiskMark 3
CrystalDiskMark 3
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
SK Hynix PC611 512GB
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
SK Hynix BC511 HFM512GDJTNI
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Samsung SSD PM961 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe (MZVLW1T0)
Average WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
12%
4%
14%
-17%
-5%
14%
Write 4K
109.97
138.1
26%
123.3
12%
148.08
35%
94.71
-14%
125
14%
143 (108 - 186, n=8)
30%
Read 4K
43.44
45.89
6%
41.85
-4%
47.31
9%
38.91
-10%
44.68
3%
44.2 (36.5 - 50.7, n=8)
2%
Write Seq
1956.93
2147
10%
2054
5%
1414.08
-28%
1056
-46%
1059
-46%
2133 (1790 - 2874, n=8)
9%
Read Seq
1614.53
2188
36%
1617
0%
1320.24
-18%
1183
-27%
771.7
-52%
2034 (1615 - 2469, n=8)
26%
Write 4K Q32T1
341.64
427.8
25%
413
21%
493.59
44%
445.3
30%
506.6
48%
435 (318 - 570, n=8)
27%
Read 4K Q32T1
364.28
404
11%
377.5
4%
593.94
63%
477.7
31%
614
69%
435 (299 - 579, n=8)
19%
Write Seq Q32T1
3081.3
2396
-22%
2705
-12%
2969.6
-4%
1063
-66%
1763
-43%
3016 (2602 - 3102, n=8)
-2%
Read Seq Q32T1
3251.3
3454
6%
3442
6%
3471.7
7%
2154
-34%
2171
-33%
3283 (2872 - 3421, n=8)
1%
AS SSD
20%
-10%
29%
-16%
6%
26%
Copy Game MB/s
677.32
1229.92
82%
1000.64
48%
728.25
8%
1185 (677 - 1625, n=5)
75%
Copy Program MB/s
509.31
505.66
-1%
627.12
23%
430.94
-15%
589 (429 - 791, n=5)
16%
Copy ISO MB/s
1611.39
2226.22
38%
1998.8
24%
1045.16
-35%
2159 (1611 - 2589, n=5)
34%
Score Total
3706
3622
-2%
2809
-24%
4650
25%
2321
-37%
4065
10%
4612 (3274 - 5673, n=8)
24%
Score Write
1841
1641
-11%
981
-47%
2301
25%
960
-48%
1547
-16%
2335 (1650 - 3011, n=8)
27%
Score Read
1252
1342
7%
1222
-2%
1556
24%
905
-28%
1679
34%
1528 (1107 - 2055, n=8)
22%
Access Time Write *
0.037
0.028
24%
0.096
-159%
0.027
27%
0.031
16%
0.036
3%
0.0418 (0.017 - 0.098, n=8)
-13%
Access Time Read *
0.058
0.033
43%
0.057
2%
0.053
9%
0.064
-10%
0.04
31%
0.0546 (0.041 - 0.068, n=8)
6%
4K-64 Write
1617.62
1353.01
-16%
715.16
-56%
1952.2
21%
730.2
-55%
1272.75
-21%
2015 (1345 - 2797, n=8)
25%
4K-64 Read
1022.18
1028.18
1%
967.36
-5%
1265.43
24%
703.37
-31%
1431.02
40%
1234 (789 - 1712, n=8)
21%
4K Write
101.16
134.68
33%
117.63
16%
138.12
37%
123.15
22%
100.89
0%
143 (101 - 221, n=8)
41%
4K Read
41.16
49.12
19%
47.41
15%
54.96
34%
51.52
25%
37.78
-8%
44.8 (41.2 - 48.6, n=8)
9%
Seq Write
1221
1533.44
26%
1486.34
22%
2106
72%
1063.92
-13%
1728.67
42%
1763 (928 - 2620, n=8)
44%
Seq Read
1885.7
2642.52
40%
2072.43
10%
2352
25%
1503.5
-20%
2098.63
11%
2488 (1886 - 2979, n=8)
32%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
16% / 17%
-3% / -5%
22% / 23%
-17% / -17%
1% / 2%
20% / 22%

* ... smaller is better

WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
Sequential Read: 1582 MB/s
Sequential Write: 2025 MB/s
512K Read: 852.1 MB/s
512K Write: 1560 MB/s
4K Read: 40.91 MB/s
4K Write: 107.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 355.3 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 335.4 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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Graphics card

The laptop can switch between the energy-efficient but weak Intel UHD Graphics 630 iGPU and the dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q graphics card. The latter is an entry-level gaming card. The Max-Q design is a bit more power-efficient but also slower than the normal version.

In the 3DMarks, it remains slightly below an average 1650 Ti Max-Q (3 to 11%). However, the same GPU is about 3% slower in the sibling model.

A whole 35% of the 3D performance is lost on battery power as our repeated 3DMark 11 run reveals.

3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark 11
3DMark 11
3DMark 11 on battery power
3DMark 11 on battery power
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
13927 Points ∼100% +26%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i7-10875H
12865 Points ∼92% +16%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (11055 - 12275, n=6)
11665 Points ∼84% +5%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10510U
11119 Points ∼80% +1%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
11058 Points ∼79%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, Intel Core i7-9750H
10885 Points ∼78% -2%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i9-8950HK
8854 Points ∼64% -20%
Average of class Multimedia
  (352 - 26292, n=695)
3435 Points ∼25% -69%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
3773 Points ∼100% +25%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i7-10875H
3601 Points ∼95% +20%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (2982 - 3332, n=6)
3142 Points ∼83% +4%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
3010 Points ∼80%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, Intel Core i7-9750H
2909 Points ∼77% -3%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10510U
2883 Points ∼76% -4%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i9-8950HK
2075 Points ∼55% -31%
Average of class Multimedia
  (142 - 7372, n=115)
1779 Points ∼47% -41%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
10209 Points ∼100% +27%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i7-10875H
9930 Points ∼97% +24%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (8024 - 9105, n=8)
8491 Points ∼83% +6%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
8024 Points ∼79%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10510U
7784 Points ∼76% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, Intel Core i7-9750H
7741 Points ∼76% -4%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i9-8950HK
7291 Points ∼71% -9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (337 - 19655, n=477)
3325 Points ∼33% -59%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10510U
48573 Points ∼100% +36%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
48088 Points ∼99% +35%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (30436 - 53539, n=5)
44831 Points ∼92% +26%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i9-8950HK
43721 Points ∼90% +23%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H
35605 Points ∼73%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, Intel Core i7-10875H
34971 Points ∼72% -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2468 - 87836, n=463)
18467 Points ∼38% -48%
3DMark 11 Performance
10610 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
18333 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
7432 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
3236 points
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Gaming performance

Even though the GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q is more of an entry-level card for gaming, most titles can be played at Full HD and often even at high details. But the GPU is overwhelmed by the ZenBook's native 4K resolution.

All in all, the GPU also performs at the expected level, but most competitors without a Max-Q design are about 20 to 25% faster, which can be a big advantage. The predecessor is about 20 to 30% slower with its GTX 1050 Ti.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
38.3 (29min) fps ∼100% +25%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
38.1 (34min - 43max) fps ∼99% +24%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (29.8 - 36.1, n=6)
31.8 fps ∼83% +4%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
30.7 fps ∼80%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
29.9 (27min, 28P1 - 32max) fps ∼78% -3%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
28.1 fps ∼73% -8%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
24.2 fps ∼63% -21%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2.9 - 92.1, n=145)
22.4 fps ∼58% -27%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
67.7 (56min) fps ∼100% +23%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
65.6 (60min - 69max) fps ∼97% +19%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (52.6 - 66, n=7)
55.5 fps ∼82% +1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
55.4 fps ∼82% +1%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
55 fps ∼81%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
48.7 fps ∼72% -11%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
44.6 fps ∼66% -19%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3.8 - 138, n=155)
34.1 fps ∼50% -38%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
126 (96min) fps ∼100% +26%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
102.6 fps ∼81% +2%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
100.8 (73min - 114max) fps ∼80% 0%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
100.3 fps ∼80%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (87.3 - 117, n=6)
96.4 fps ∼77% -4%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
88.3 fps ∼70% -12%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
87.2 fps ∼69% -13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (5.2 - 210, n=148)
52.7 fps ∼42% -47%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
209.9 (199min - 226max) fps ∼100% +25%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
167.9 fps ∼80%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (153 - 199, n=6)
165 fps ∼79% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
160.2 fps ∼76% -5%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-A8190T
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
144.6 fps ∼69% -14%
Average of class Multimedia
  (8.9 - 311, n=153)
79.5 fps ∼38% -53%
Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
48.9 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
 
48.9 fps ∼100% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
47.3 fps ∼97% -3%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
34.8 fps ∼71% -29%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1.8 - 88, n=84)
25.6 fps ∼52% -48%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
60.5 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
 
60.5 fps ∼100% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
57.8 fps ∼96% -4%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
39.6 fps ∼65% -35%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2.5 - 107, n=103)
27.6 fps ∼46% -54%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
107.4 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
 
107 fps ∼100% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
102.8 fps ∼96% -4%
Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
75.5 fps ∼70% -30%
Average of class Multimedia
  (5.3 - 160, n=111)
38.9 fps ∼36% -64%
1024x768 Lowest Preset
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
163.4 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
 
163 fps ∼100% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
154.9 fps ∼95% -5%
Average of class Multimedia
  (9.4 - 202, n=108)
59.4 fps ∼36% -64%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
51 (39min) fps ∼100% +28%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
48 fps ∼94% +20%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
40 fps ∼78%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (34 - 40, n=3)
37 fps ∼73% -7%
Average of class Multimedia
  (6 - 92, n=32)
30.1 fps ∼59% -25%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:SM
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
58 (46min) fps ∼100% +26%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
57 fps ∼98% +24%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
46 fps ∼79%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (40 - 46, n=3)
43.3 fps ∼75% -6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (6 - 105, n=36)
32.7 fps ∼56% -29%
1920x1080 Medium Preset
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44-R5FT
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
69 (53min) fps ∼100% +25%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
62 fps ∼90% +13%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (55 - 56, n=3)
55.3 fps ∼80% +1%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
55 fps ∼80%
Average of class Multimedia
  (6 - 84, n=38)
34.5 fps ∼50% -37%
1920x1080 Lowest Preset
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
103 fps ∼100% +14%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (90 - 92, n=2)
91 fps ∼88% +1%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
90 fps ∼87%
Average of class Multimedia
  (32 - 103, n=6)
69 fps ∼67% -23%
1280x720 Lowest Preset
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i7 4K UHD
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
139 fps ∼100% +21%
Asus ZenBook UX535-M01440
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
115 fps ∼83%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
  (102 - 115, n=3)
108 fps ∼78% -6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (13 - 151, n=40)
70.3 fps ∼51% -39%

Unlike in the Cinebench loop, our one-hour The Witcher 3 loop shows very constant frame rates.

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