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Asus ZenBook UX310UQ-GL011T Notebook Review

Sebastian Bade (translated by Martina Osztovits), 12/09/2016

Solid all-round device! With the ZenBook, Asus presents us a compact 13.3-inch device. Its Skylake processor and the dedicated GPU ensure a fast system. Our review will reveal whether the device has any disadvantages.

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For the original German review, see here.

The trend towards compact devices continues. However, the advantages of the "big devices" should not get lost. With the Asus ZenBook UX310UQ, the manufacturer has steered a happy medium. The 13.3-inch laptop is quite suitable for work and the occasional gaming. Due its moderate size and low weight, the device can be stored away quickly and safely.

Our test model includes “GL011T" in its name, which hints at an Intel Core i7-6500U processor and a dedicated GPU (Nvidia GeForce 940MX). In addition, it features 16 GB of DDR 4 RAM, a 256 GB SSD and a conventional 1 TB hard drive. With this hardware and the FHD panel the notebook cost 1199 Euros (~$1267) at the time of writing. Other configurations of the Asus ZenBook UX310 series are also available. There are already first devices with Kaby Lake GPU, which are supposed to bring a performance gain of about 10% compared to Skylake CPUs depending on the application. As an alternative to the FHD display, which is used in our test sample, there is a QHD+ variant (3200x1800 pixels).

We have only added devices of the same performance class with an Nvidia GeForce 940MX to our comparison.

The devices in our comparison group include:

Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T (ZenBook UX310 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX - 2048 MB, Core: 1122 - 1242 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, DDR3 (Micron), ForceWare 375.86, Nvidia Optimus, HD Graphics 520
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4, 2133 MHz, dual-channel
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 166 PPI, AU Optronics AUO142D, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002, 256 GB 
, SSD + HGST Travelstar HTS541010A7E630, 1000 GB HDD @ 5400 rpm
Soundcard
Conexant SmartAudio HD
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio combo, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18.35 x 323 x 223 ( = 0.72 x 12.72 x 8.78 in)
Battery
48 Wh, 4240 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD 720p
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, underside, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Asus bag, power adapter, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.466 kg ( = 51.71 oz / 3.23 pounds), Power Supply: 170 g ( = 6 oz / 0.37 pounds)
Price
1199 EUR

 

Case

The ZenBook series from Asus are characterized by a compact and light build. Our test device also comes with the distinctive features of several Asus laptops. For example, concentric circles decorate the aluminum surface of the lid. The corners of the base unit are rounded and the aluminum surfaces give a very high-end appearance overall. Asus uses silver color with a slight copper tint for the case. The stability of the ZenBook benefits from its compact design. The base unit twists only when force is applied. However, we only need to apply little force in order to twist the lid. When applying selective pressure to it, slight color shifts become visible for a short time. Nevertheless, the lid is stable and does not appear cheap.

One-handed opening of the display is possible. The two hinges are not too rigid. However, the display teeters for a few seconds, when it experiences bumps or jerks. The maximum opening angle of the Asus ZenBook UX310UQ is slightly lower (about 15 to 20°) than that offered by other devices in our comparison group.

We liked the build quality of the laptop. Nevertheless, the gaps are slightly uneven near the hinges. However, this does not tarnish the quite good overall impression.

 

Size Comparison

The Asus ZenBook UX310UQ ranks in mid-range in terms of size. However, apart from the Xiaomi Mi Air, all other devices in our comparison group are 14-inch devices. The footprint of the Xiaomi Mi Air is about one centimeter (~0.4 in) smaller in both length and width compared with that of our test model. The ZenBook UX310UQ is about the same size as the Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK. From among the comparison group, the Lenovo ThinkPad T460p requires the most space.

Connectivity

An inherent feature of devices of this size is the relative fewness of interfaces. Asus has equipped the ZenBook UX310UQ with a total of 4 USB ports, one of them USB 3.1 Type C. In addition, the notebook comes with a full-size HDMI port and an SD card reader. The interfaces are spread on the left and right side of the laptop. The manufacturer has omitted an optical drive. If you require a DVD or Blu-ray drive, you have to use an external solution. Due to the lack of space, the interfaces sit relatively close to each other. The manufacturer has mitigated the ergonomic problems caused by plugged cables by positioning all interfaces towards the rear of the sides.

left: power-in, USB 3.0, HDMI, USB 3.1 TYPE C, audio in/out
left: power-in, USB 3.0, HDMI, USB 3.1 TYPE C, audio in/out
right: SD card reader, 2x USB 2.0
right: SD card reader, 2x USB 2.0
front: speaker grilles
front: speaker grilles
rear: no interfaces
rear: no interfaces

SD Card Reader

The performance of the card reader is slightly disappointing. The Asus UX310UQ cannot exceed 34 MB/s when copying images from the fast Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II memory card. The sequential reading test is done at 39.7 MB/s. Other current ZenBooks are also slowed down by a relatively slow card reader. The competitors from Lenovo and HP perform better than the ZenBook UX310UQ by far, even though their faster card readers still do not use the full potential of the technology.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
77.8 MB/s ∼100% +129%
HP Pavilion 14-al003ng
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
73.7 MB/s ∼95% +117%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
73.1 MB/s ∼94% +115%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
34 MB/s ∼44%
Asus Zenbook UX330UA-FC059T
30.3 MB/s ∼39% -11%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87.1 MB/s ∼100% +119%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
83.28 MB/s ∼96% +110%
HP Pavilion 14-al003ng
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
80.77 MB/s ∼93% +103%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
39.7 MB/s ∼46%
Asus Zenbook UX330UA-FC059T
37.3 MB/s ∼43% -6%

Communication

Wi-Fi: 801.11ac + Bluetooth
Wi-Fi: 801.11ac + Bluetooth

While the laptop lacks LAN connectivity, a reliable Wi-Fi module from Intel provides wireless networking in our test model. The Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 7265 module uses the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz bands and also supports Bluetooth. When connected to our standard router, the ZenBook UX310UQ achieves a transfer rate of 676 Mbit/s in receiving and still 556 MBit/s in sending. These results are not that far from the theoretical gross transfer rate of 867 MBit/s.

We did not encounter any problems with Wi-Fi connections during our time with the test model. Data transfer was constant and very reliable.

Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (RTL GBE)
676 MBit/s ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX330UA-FC059T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (I219-V)
609 MBit/s ∼90% -10%
Asus Zenbook UX360UA-C4159T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
505 MBit/s ∼75% -25%
HP Spectre x2 12-a001ng
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
439 MBit/s ∼65% -35%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (RTL GBE)
556 MBit/s ∼100%
Asus Zenbook UX360UA-C4159T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
526 MBit/s ∼95% -5%
Asus Zenbook UX330UA-FC059T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (I219-V)
421 MBit/s ∼76% -24%
HP Spectre x2 12-a001ng
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
323 MBit/s ∼58% -42%

Security

Since the ZenBook is not a thoroughbred business device, there are only a few security features. It comes with only a Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM).

Accessories / Scope of Delivery

Apart from the laptop itself, a compact power adapter, a quick guide and a suitable sleeve bag are included. However, the included bag has only enough space for the laptop and has not been made for storing accessories such as the power adapter. We liked the bag, since it protects the device from scratches when transporting it.

Asus  includes a suitable bag.
Asus includes a suitable bag.

Maintenance

Once you have removed the underside of the case, maintenance is relatively easy. It is easy to remove the aluminum cover once you have loosened the 10 small Torx screws and the two screws hidden beneath the two rear-sided rubber feet. A special tool (sharp edge) is not necessary. It is easy to replace the components or clean the fan.

The incorporated components can easily be reached beneath the cover.
The incorporated components can easily be reached beneath the cover.

Operating System

The Asus ZenBook UX310UQ is offered with Windows 10 64-bit (Home or Professional). Other operating systems are not officially supported. The driver download section of the manufacturer only lists Windows 10 64-bit.

Warranty

Asus offers a 24-months warranty on hardware for the ZenBook UX310UQ. 

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard of the Asus ZenBook UX310UQ.
The keyboard of the Asus ZenBook UX310UQ.
The keyboard of the Asus ZenBook UX310UQ with light.
The keyboard of the Asus ZenBook UX310UQ with light.

With a size of 17 x 15 mm (~0.7 x ~0.6 in/width x height), the key size is about the same as of normal desktop models (without number block). We liked the key size, the key distance and the slightly roughened, quite legible keys. In addition, the conventional layout makes fast typing possible. The backlight with three levels makes typing in the dark easy. The four cursor keys are rather small with not even half the size of the other keys. This makes navigating in Excel sheets or text more difficult.

The key travel is relatively short with only 1.6 mm (~0.06 in) and could be firmer. As a result, the typing experience is slightly spongy. A better feedback in terms of a more distinctive pressure point would improve this. Overall, the keyboard appears to be good. It is sufficient for occasional work. However, prolific writers should look for a higher-quality alternative.

Touchpad

The Touchpad of the Asus ZenBook UX310UQ.
The Touchpad of the Asus ZenBook UX310UQ.

The compact build brings about some limitations, which the user has to accept. However, the manufacturer uses the lack of space very well for the touchpad. The input surface is quite large with a width of 10.5 cm (~4.13 in) and a height of 7.4 cm (~2.9 in). The way Asus has incorporated the multi-touch pad in the base looks good. It is surrounded by a chrome bezel, which further improves the look of the touchpad. Dry fingers glide easily on the relatively smooth surface. However, the gliding traits quickly get worse when the fingers are slightly moist.

Multi-touch gestures work flawlessly. However, the two click buttons in the front part of the input device hardly have any key travel. The only feedback is a quiet clicking noise. Despite minor flaws, the touchpad's quality will be sufficient for most users.

Display

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
very good: no screen bleeding
very good: no screen bleeding

Our test model uses the Full HD variant. The TN panel features a pixel density of 166 dpi. As an alternative, the Asus ZenBook UX310UQ is also available with QHD+ display with a native resolution of 3200x1800 pixels.

Our test model with FHD panel achieves an average brightness of only 240 cd/m². In addition, the used display has a very low contrast (574:1). This, combined with a relatively high black value (0.43), make dark image parts look noticeably grayish. The brightness distribution of the display is 90%.

In view of the price, we had wished for an IPS panel. We cannot understand why the manufacturer has decided to incorporate a subpar TN display. In addition, PWM is used at a low frequency (50 Hz) at a display brightness of 30% and lower.

However, it is good that Asus uses an FHD display and not an HD display. Moreover, we could hardly detect any screen bleeding in completely black images.

255
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
237
cd/m²
248
cd/m²
247
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
235
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
i1 Pro
Maximum: 255 cd/m² Average: 240.2 cd/m² Minimum: 14.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 247 cd/m²
Contrast: 574:1 (Black: 0.43 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.74 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 4.87 | - Ø
88% sRGB (Argyll) 57% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.57
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
TN LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
a-Si WLED TFT, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
IPS-Panel, 2560x1440, 14
HP Pavilion 14-al003ng
LED IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
-6%
-13%
113%
1%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
39
35
10%
49
-26%
38.4
2%
36.4
7%
Response Time Black / White *
24
31
-29%
27
-13%
24.8
-3%
25.2
-5%
PWM Frequency
50
50
0%
50
0%
220
340%
Screen
6%
33%
17%
4%
Brightness
240
298
24%
334
39%
280
17%
209
-13%
Brightness Distribution
90
88
-2%
80
-11%
93
3%
88
-2%
Black Level *
0.43
0.35
19%
0.27
37%
0.31
28%
0.28
35%
Contrast
574
929
62%
1285
124%
935
63%
786
37%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.74
6.2
-31%
3.29
31%
3.88
18%
4.58
3%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.87
6.32
-30%
3.62
26%
5.47
-12%
2.34
52%
Gamma
2.57 93%
2.3 104%
2.23 108%
2.33 103%
2.26 106%
CCT
7450 87%
6926 94%
7307 89%
6469 100%
6661 98%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
57
58
2%
62
9%
63.3
11%
34.6
-39%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
88
90
2%
95
8%
96.64
10%
54.2
-38%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
0% / 2%
10% / 20%
65% / 43%
3% / 4%

* ... smaller is better

88% sRGB coverage
88% sRGB coverage
57% AdobeRGB coverage
57% AdobeRGB coverage

The image quality is acceptable in view of the recorded values. Its low contrast (574:1) and high black value (0.43) make dark scenes look grayish. The screen cannot display deep black. Out-of-the-box, the DeltaE-2000 values are slightly higher than the target value of 3 (ColorChecker 4.74 and grayscales 4.87). With a suitable ICC profile, which as always we provide for download, details can be improved by calibration.

The TN panel is slightly bluish out-of-the-box. The Full HD display covers the sRGB color space to 88%. However, the AdobeRGB coverage is only 57%. Hence, the used display is not suitable for professional image editing.

Grayscales
Grayscales
Color fidelity
Color fidelity
Color Saturation
Color Saturation

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↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 17 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. » 26 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (27.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
39 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 19 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. » 37 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (44.2 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 detected 50 Hz30 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 50 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 30 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 50 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 60 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 1345 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 30860) Hz was measured.

The viewing angles of the Asus ZenBook UX310UQ-GL011T.
The viewing angles of the Asus ZenBook UX310UQ-GL011T.

The Full HD display of our Asus ZenBook UX310UQ test model performs poorly in terms of viewing angles. The disadvantages of a TN panel become obvious. You can clearly see color deviations and a gray haze when viewed from nine different angles. You only have to change the opening angle slightly to see disturbing image deterioration. In view of the price range, Asus should reconsider their display choice as soon as possible.

Outdoor use is possible thanks to a matte display surface, which prevents annoying reflections. However, outdoor use would benefit from a higher average brightness.

Unlimited use is possible in the shade.
Unlimited use is possible in the shade.
It is still possible to work in the sun.
It is still possible...
It is still possible to work in the sun.
...to work in the sun.

Performance

The Asus ZenBook UX310UQ has been designed for mobile use. Thanks to its fast dual core processor and 16 GB of RAM, not only can it run the usual office applications smoothly, but also demanding applications such as Adobe Lightroom. The 256 GB SSD has a significant impact on a smoothly running system. Without this, it might often be affected by shorter latencies.

Thanks to an Nvidia GeForce 940MX, the notebook brings enough performance for running the odd recent game. However, this dedicated GPU should not be considered a gaming solution, since it rather is an entry-level model.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
DPC latencies
Intel Extreme Tuning Utility
 

Processor

The Skylake CPU cannot be replaced.
The Skylake CPU cannot be replaced.

The Intel Core i7-6500U is more than sufficient for the mentioned field of application. The processor in our device still stems from Intel's Skylake generation. In the meantime, newer models of the 7th generation called Kaby Lake are used by the ZenBook UX310 series. In our test model, the CPU is fixed to the motherboard. Thanks to the Hyperthreading technology, it can process up to 4 threads simultaneously. The TDP of the frugal processor is 15 watts. The base clock is rated at 2.5 GHz and the clock rate can be dynamically increased to up to 3.1 GHz (1 core) or 3.0 GHz (2 cores) depending on the load. The performance gain when compared to the smaller sibling, the Intel Core i5-6200U, is about 10 to 15%. This can also be seen in the recorded Cinebench R15 benchmark results. The native quad core processor (Intel Core i7-6700HQ) in the Lenovo ThinkPad T460p takes the lead by far. The solid performance of the processor is not throttled on battery.

CineBench R10
CineBench R10
CineBench R11.5
CineBench R11.5
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
Jetstream 1.1
Jetstream 1.1
Octane V2
Octane V2
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600
147 Points ∼100% +13%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500
130 Points ∼88%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
118 Points ∼80% -9%
HP Pavilion 14-al003ng
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
115 Points ∼78% -12%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
114 Points ∼78% -12%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600
662 Points ∼100% +102%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500
327 Points ∼49%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
294 Points ∼44% -10%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
292 Points ∼44% -11%
HP Pavilion 14-al003ng
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
270 Points ∼41% -17%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600
1.67 Points ∼100% +13%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500
1.48 Points ∼89%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
1.29 Points ∼77% -13%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
1.21 Points ∼72% -18%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600
7.42 Points ∼100% +136%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
3.23 Points ∼44% +3%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
3.21 Points ∼43% +2%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500
3.15 Points ∼42%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500
6407 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
5620 Points ∼88% -12%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500
14075 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
12670 Points ∼90% -10%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600 (Edge 20)
243.68 Points ∼100% +17%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500 (EDGE: 38.14393.0.0)
208.98 Points ∼86%
HP Pavilion 14-al003ng
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
194.52 Points ∼80% -7%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
178.14 Points ∼73% -15%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300 (EDGE: 25.10586.0.0)
165.18 Points ∼68% -21%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600 (Edge 20)
37996 Points ∼100% +28%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500 (EDGE: 38.14393.0.0)
29762 Points ∼78%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
25958 Points ∼68% -13%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300 (EDGE: 25.10586.0.0)
25149 Points ∼66% -15%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300
1391.2 ms * ∼100% -16%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300 (EDGE: 25.10586.0.0)
1381.8 ms * ∼99% -16%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500 (EDGE: 38.14393.0.0)
1196.3 ms * ∼86%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600 (Edge 20)
994.3 ms * ∼71% +17%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6502
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
10897
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4904
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6549 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
14075 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
6407 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.15 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
45.61 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.48 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
327 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
130 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
62.78 fps
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System Performance

Booting and loading applications work smoothly without long delays. The PCMark 8 results show that the system performs very well. Much to our surprise, it can even keep up with the Lenovo ThinkPad T460p with a faster processor. 16 GB of RAM provide enough reserve capacities for applications with high RAM requirements and make the system future-proof. This should render upgrading the RAM unnecessary in the near future.

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 7
PCMark Vantage
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4603 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN512HCHP
4463 Points ∼97% -3%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
4312 Points ∼94% -6%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
4274 Points ∼93% -7%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4440 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN512HCHP
4241 Points ∼96% -4%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
3961 Points ∼89% -11%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
3769 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
3337 Points ∼89% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN512HCHP
3292 Points ∼87% -13%
HP Pavilion 14-al003ng
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, SanDisk Z400s 256 GB M.2 2280
3238 Points ∼86% -14%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
3144 Points ∼83% -17%
PCMark 7
Productivity
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN512HCHP
4840 Points ∼100% +23%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
3933 Points ∼81%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
2481 Points ∼51% -37%
Score
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2600, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN512HCHP
5585 Points ∼100% +5%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
Intel Core i7-6500U, 2500, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
5305 Points ∼95%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U, 2300, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
4866 Points ∼87% -8%
PCMark Vantage Result
13885 points
PCMark 7 Score
5305 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3769 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4440 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4603 points
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Storage Devices

The Asus ZenBook UX310UQ uses a combination of SSD and HDD. Because of the interface, the maximum transfer rate is limited to just over 500 MB/s. In our test model, the SanDisk SSD misses the 500 MB/s level by only a small margin in sequential reading. The 4K Read performance is especially important for fast booting. With AS SSD, we record 18.68 MB/s in this scenario. We had wished for a value bigger than 20 MB/s here. Subjectively, the SSD in the M.2 2280 form factor does a solid job. Apart from the SSD, which houses the operating system, the laptop comes with a conventional 1 TB hard drive. It stems from HGST and rotates at 5400 rpm. The maximum transfer rate is 107 MB/s and the average transfer rate is 85 MB/s. These values reflect what you can expect from a hard drive. Hard drives with a rotation speed of 7200 U/min achieve about 100 MB/s on average.

SanDisk delivers the SSD in the M.2 2280 format.
SanDisk delivers the SSD in the M.2 2280 format.
M.2 SSD when incorporated
M.2 SSD when incorporated
The 2.5-inch hard drive in its place.
The 2.5-inch hard drive in its place.
The hard drive rotates at 5400 rpm.
The hard drive rotates at 5400 rpm.
AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark (SSD)
HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark (HDD)
CrystalDiskMark (HDD)
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN512HCHP
HP Pavilion 14-al003ng
SanDisk Z400s 256 GB M.2 2280
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
42%
109%
48%
-6%
Write 4k QD32
200.2
294.3
47%
312.2
56%
319.8
60%
204.6
2%
Read 4k QD32
147.4
395.8
169%
487.6
231%
358.1
143%
149.5
1%
Write 4k
72.07
85.76
19%
153.4
113%
86.5
20%
73.94
3%
Read 4k
22.03
33.3
51%
43.4
97%
29.18
32%
14
-36%
Write 512
272.8
302.6
11%
414.3
52%
Read 512
318.6
419.9
32%
411.4
29%
Write Seq
319.2
302.7
-5%
314
-2%
442
38%
309.1
-3%
Read Seq
468.1
508.4
9%
1209
158%
502.4
7%
469.3
0%
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Transfer Rate Minimum: 52 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 107.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 84.8 MB/s
Access Time: 21.7 ms
Burst Rate: 241.4 MB/s
CPU Usage: 15.8 %

Graphics Card

The Nvidia GeForce 940MX is soldered.
The Nvidia GeForce 940MX is soldered.

3D applications get a small performance boost with the Nvidia GeForce 940MX. This GPU was introduced in March 2016 and is based on the Maxwell architecture. Depending on the load, the power consumption of this GPU ranges between 15 to 30 watts. The dedicated Nvidia GeForce 940MX works at 1122 to 1242 MHz and features 2 GB of DDR3 VRAM.

If 3D performance is not required, the system automatically switches to the integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 graphic chip. This saves energy, which leads to longer battery runtimes. The Intel HD Graphics 520 is integrated in the CPU and can take load off the CPU when playing videos. It supports DirectX-12 and the H265-/HEVC-Codec.

3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark 11
3DMark 06
3DMark 05
3DMark 03
Unigine Valley
Unigine Heaven
3DMark 2001SE
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-6200U
2091 Points ∼5% +32%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1718 Points ∼4% +8%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
1589 Points ∼4%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-6200U
1553 Points ∼4% -2%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-6200U
12078 Points ∼7% +42%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
9230 Points ∼6% +8%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-6200U
8552 Points ∼5% 0%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
8519 Points ∼5%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
46764 Points ∼6%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-6200U
45561 Points ∼6% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
43587 Points ∼6% -7%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
2636 Points ∼5% +14%
HP Pavilion 14-al003ng
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-6200U
2508 Points ∼5% +8%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-6200U
2417 Points ∼5% +4%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
2321 Points ∼5%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-6200U
2221 Points ∼4% -4%
1280x720 Performance
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
2805 Points ∼10% +16%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-6200U
2578 Points ∼9% +6%
HP Pavilion 14-al003ng
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-6200U
2553 Points ∼9% +5%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
2424 Points ∼8%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-6200U
2330 Points ∼8% -4%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
14195 Points ∼34% +37%
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-6200U
11658 Points ∼28% +13%
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
10351 Points ∼25%
3DMark 2001SE Standard
28793 points
3DMark 03 Standard
28408 points
3DMark 05 Standard
20654 points
3DMark 06 Standard
10351 points
3DMark 11 Performance
2424 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
44072 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
6264 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1394 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
716 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
514 points
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Gaming Performance

The Asus ZenBook UX310UQ has not been designed for gaming. This also becomes obvious in the benchmarks. Despite Nvidia GeForce 940MX, only older games will run smoothly. The performance is often only sufficient for HD resolution and medium presets.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 85.948.739.413.3fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 67.243.829.110.7fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 2416.38.75.3fps

Emissions

System Noise

Noise characteristics
Noise characteristics

The noise from the small fan is kept within reasonable limits in the Asus ZenBook UX310UQ. As soon as the fan starts running, a quiet rustling noise becomes audible. We did not notice any high-frequency noise or pulsing rotation speeds during our time with the test model. The fan often stands still when the system is idling. Under load the rotation speed increases and the notebook reaches a noise level of up to 40 dB(A). The average system noise under load is about 36.2 dB(A). The devices in our comparison group are all about on par. Hence, there is no clear winner in this aspect.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.3363334.637.32536.73533.239.636.73147.942.636.639.947.94037.935.232.435.237.95031.933.631.632.331.96332.531.429.128.232.58027.234.926.72627.210025.928.125.82625.912526.127.525.425.426.116024.325.224.623.324.320027.625.922.923.827.625023.732.621.922.723.731524.727.321.121.624.740023.12619.920.223.150023.226.72019.623.263022.326.918.918.622.380024.527.618.418.624.5100025.228.418.21825.2125025.328.717.717.425.3160025.228.817.917.925.2200025.830.317.817.525.8250026.430.717.817.826.4315024.828.61817.924.8400023.728.7181823.7500021.425.318.418.321.4630021.324.818.418.421.3800020.322.918.518.420.3100001920.618.418.4191250018.719.518.318.218.71600018.91918.318.418.9SPL36.240.130.630.536.2N2.53.51.41.42.5median 24.3Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011Tmedian 27.3median 18.4median 18.4median 24.3Delta1.71.71.821.7hearing rangehide median Fan Noise
The small fan is not disturbing.
The small fan...
The small fan is not disturbing.
...is not disturbing.

Noise Level

Idle
30.5 / 30.5 / 31.5 dB(A)
HDD
30.9 dB(A)
Load
36.2 / 40 dB(A)
 
 
 
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)
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
Intel Core i7-6500U, GeForce 940MX
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U, GeForce 940MX
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
Intel Core i5-6200U, GeForce 940MX
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
Intel Core i7-6700HQ, GeForce 940MX
HP Pavilion 14-al003ng
Intel Core i5-6200U, GeForce 940MX
Noise
-7%
-3%
5%
-1%
Idle Minimum *
30.5
32.5
-7%
31.15
-2%
29.2
4%
29.2
4%
Idle Average *
30.5
34.6
-13%
31.15
-2%
29.2
4%
29.2
4%
Idle Maximum *
31.5
34.6
-10%
31.15
1%
29.2
7%
30.8
2%
Load Average *
36.2
38.7
-7%
38.2
-6%
33.5
7%
38
-5%
Load Maximum *
40
39.9
-0%
41.7
-4%
38.8
3%
44.3
-11%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

3DMark 11 after the stress test
3DMark 11 after the stress test

Asus handles the case temperatures in the ZenBook UX310UQ excellently. This also becomes apparent in the comparison table. Under prolonged load, a hotspot (40.4 °C/~105 °F) develops in central rear part of the underside. On the top side, we have recorded a maximum of 38.5 °C (~101 °F). Without load, the case temperatures remains significantly below 25 °C (~77 °F), which is a very good value.

In the stress test, we also check the temperatures of the components. The CPU reaches a maximum of 94 °C (~201 °F) and continuously clocks at 2.5 GHz under permanent load. The Nvidia GeForce 940MX clocks at 1175 MHz under load and remains slightly cooler than the CPU, at 86 °C (~187 °F). Although the case temperatures are quite low, the components get quite warm. We did not detect any thermal throttling, but the system works close to the limit. A slightly dusty cooling unit might be enough to cause CPU throttling due to too high temperatures. We rechecked the 3D performance immediately after the stress test. 3DMark 11 came up with the same score as previously in the cold run.

Stress test: Prime95 + FurMark
Stress test: Prime95 + FurMark
Stress test: only FurMark
Stress test: only FurMark
Stress test: only Prime95
Stress test: only Prime95
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
GeForce 940MX, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
GeForce 940MX, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN512HCHP
HP Pavilion 14-al003ng
GeForce 940MX, 6200U, SanDisk Z400s 256 GB M.2 2280
Heat
-13%
-12%
-32%
-21%
Maximum Upper Side *
38.5
43.4
-13%
51
-32%
51.6
-34%
44.1
-15%
Maximum Bottom *
40.4
43.2
-7%
47
-16%
55.2
-37%
44.9
-11%
Idle Upper Side *
24.8
28
-13%
24.4
2%
30.7
-24%
32.4
-31%
Idle Bottom *
23.8
28.2
-18%
24.6
-3%
31.5
-32%
30.2
-27%

* ... smaller is better

Max. Load
 31.8 °C38.5 °C33.3 °C 
 34.6 °C38.4 °C28.4 °C 
 27.7 °C25.2 °C27 °C 
Maximum: 38.5 °C
Average: 31.7 °C
34.6 °C40.4 °C34.5 °C
31.3 °C36 °C33.5 °C
28.4 °C29.1 °C29.8 °C
Maximum: 40.4 °C
Average: 33.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  53 °C | Room Temperature 21.5 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket
Idle (top side)
Idle (top side)
Idle (underside)
Idle (underside)
Load (top side)
Load (top side)
Load (underside)
Load (underside)

Speakers

Speaker characteristic
Speaker characteristic
AudioWizard
AudioWizard

Although the sound is generated by a solution from Harman/Kardon, you should not expect too much. The stereo speakers are simply too small for producing rich sound. Hence, mid tones and high tones are dominating. The volume is sufficient for a room of average size. However, the speakers sound sharp and unpleasant at maximum volume. As the speakers are projecting downwards, soft surfaces will significantly dampen the sound. You won't get around a good headset or 2.1 sound system for an unlimited sound experience.

The speaker grills are on the front side.
The speaker grills are on the front side.
The two speakers stem from Harman/Kardon.
The two speakers...
The two speakers stem from Harman/Kardon.
...stem from Harman/Kardon.
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.134.635.12534.739.634.73138.339.938.34033.135.233.15030.132.330.16327.928.227.98028262810034.12634.112539.225.439.216041.223.341.220044.923.844.925052.622.752.631557.921.657.940060.120.260.15006119.66163062.918.662.980063.218.663.2100062.31862.3125065.317.465.3160065.817.965.8200067.617.567.6250069.917.869.9315071.517.971.5400072.91872.9500072.118.372.1630072.318.472.3800071.518.471.5100007118.4711250070.918.270.91600068.218.468.2SPL81.730.581.7N49.91.449.9median 65.3Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011Tmedian 18.4median 65.3Delta8.928.935.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (73 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (2.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 54% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 37% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 29% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 65% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 48%

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, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 48%

Frequenzdiagramm im Vergleich (Checkboxen oben an-/abwählbar!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power adapter delivers a maximum of 45 watts.
The power adapter delivers...
The power adapter delivers a maximum of 45 watts.
...a maximum of 45 Watt.

The manufacturer has taken a good approach to energy consumption when compared to the other devices in our comparison group. Asus has done a good job in terms of idle consumption so that the system can outperform its competitors. Only under load, the Asus ZenBook UX310UQ requires slightly more energy than its four competitors. Our test models needs 48.7 watts on average and up to 63 watts for short periods of time. Only the Lenovo ThinkPad T460p is even more power-hungry in these scenarios (52.2 watts and 89.8 watts).

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.28 / 0.62 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3 / 5.6 / 6.8 Watt
Load midlight 48.7 / 63 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
6500U, GeForce 940MX, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002, TN LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
6200U, GeForce 940MX, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP, a-Si WLED TFT, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
6200U, GeForce 940MX, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
6700HQ, GeForce 940MX, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN512HCHP, IPS-Panel, 2560x1440, 14
HP Pavilion 14-al003ng
6200U, GeForce 940MX, SanDisk Z400s 256 GB M.2 2280, LED IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Power Consumption
-31%
-6%
-51%
-8%
Idle Minimum *
3
4.9
-63%
4
-33%
5
-67%
4
-33%
Idle Average *
5.6
9.4
-68%
6.6
-18%
9.9
-77%
6.4
-14%
Idle Maximum *
6.8
10.7
-57%
7.4
-9%
10.8
-59%
7
-3%
Load Average *
48.7
46
6%
41.7
14%
52.4
-8%
45.5
7%
Load Maximum *
63
47.2
25%
52.4
17%
89.8
-43%
62.2
1%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The positive impressions in terms of power consumption are also reflected in good battery runtimes. The Asus ZenBook UX310UQ features a screwed lithium ion battery inside with a capacity of 48 Wh. A single charge ensures an idle runtime of 14:38 hours. However, the laptop needs to be plugged to the mains again after 1:43 hours under load. Our Wi-Fi test is significantly more realistic. A full charge is sufficient for 8:06 hours here. This is a relatively good result, since the devices in our comparison sometimes fall behind the ZenBook UX301UQ by far. Overall, the Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK takes the lead. However, with 53 Wh, it also comes with the largest battery in the comparison field. The battery life in the H.264 test is about an hour shorter than in the Wi-Fi test with 6:59 hours. This is sufficient for watching two to three videos.

The 48 Wh lithium ion battery...
The 48 Wh lithium ion battery...
... is screwed inside.
... is screwed inside.
maximum battery life
maximum battery life
minimum battery life
minimum battery life
Wi-Fi battery life
Wi-Fi battery life
H.264 battery life
H.264 battery life
Charging time
Charging time
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
14h 38min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (EDGE: 38.14393.0.0)
8h 06min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
6h 59min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 43min
Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T
6500U, GeForce 940MX, 48 Wh
Lenovo Yoga 710-14ISK
6200U, GeForce 940MX, 53 Wh
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13,3")
6200U, GeForce 940MX, 40 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad T460p-20FXS05500
6700HQ, GeForce 940MX, 48 Wh
HP Pavilion 14-al003ng
6200U, GeForce 940MX, 41 Wh
Battery Runtime
11%
-14%
-30%
-32%
Reader / Idle
878
958
9%
718
-18%
660
-25%
Load
103
147
43%
83
-19%
61
-41%
WiFi
WiFi v1.3
486
433
-11%
389
-20%
298
-39%
329
-32%
H.264
419
424
1%
423
1%
357
-15%

Pros

+ good battery runtimes
+ many interfaces
+ backlit keyboard
+ large touchpad
+ notebook sleeve is included
+ dedicated GPU
+ high system performance
+ stable chassis
+ elegant, simple design

Cons

- subpar display quality
- PWM at 50 Hz
- narrow viewing angles
- slightly spongy key stroke
- display teeters

Verdict

In review: the Asus ZenBook UX310UQ-GL011T. Test model provided by Asus Germany.
In review: the Asus ZenBook UX310UQ-GL011T. Test model provided by Asus Germany.

The ZenBook series from Asus in known for light and mobile devices and we can actually say that the Asus ZenBook UX310UQ is both. With the ZenBook UX310UQ, ASUS offers a very long-lasting subnotebook, which convinces with high-end materials and a good build quality. The test configuration for about 1200 Euros (~$1267) delivers a good system performance and long battery runtimes.

At the first glance, the Asus ZenBook UX310UQ appears very high-end. Low weight and long battery runtimes make this device a mobile companion for everyday tasks. Customers will get an elegant device for 1200 Euros (~$1267).

The built-in TN panel falls significantly short of our expectations. A device of this price range should come with a significantly better display. The input devices are also not entirely convincing. Hence prolific writers will not be happy with the ZenBook UX310UQ in the long run. The included sleeve bag for storing the device away safely is an advantage. In addition, Asus has done a good job in terms of connectivity. For a 13-inch device, it delivers sufficient interfaces for connecting peripherals.

Asus Zenbook UX310UQ-GL011T - 12/06/2016 v6
Sebastian Bade

Chassis
81 /  98 → 83%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
75%
Connectivity
53 / 80 → 67%
Weight
69 / 78 → 79%
Battery
89%
Display
82%
Games Performance
62 / 68 → 91%
Application Performance
86 / 87 → 98%
Temperature
94 / 91 → 100%
Noise
90%
Audio
59 / 91 → 65%
Camera
64 / 85 → 75%
Average
76%
84%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Sebastian Bade, 2016-12- 9 (Update: 2016-12-11)