Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA
Average of 17 scores (from 22 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA
Wise man's tablet. Zen means to live life to the fullest - a high claim. Asus also expects much from its latest tablet. The ZenPad S 8.0 is supposed to be the slimmest of its kind and features a big RAM capacity of 4 GB. Asus mentions beauty, strength, and luxury. Here is a first short review.
Wise man's tablet. Zen means to live life to the fullest - a high claim. Asus also expects much from its latest tablet. The ZenPad S 8.0 is supposed to be the slimmest of its kind and features a big RAM capacity of 4 GB. Asus mentions beauty, strength, and luxury - for a fair price.
The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is one of the best compact Android tablets you can buy for less than £200, thanks to its impressive portability, comfortable user experience and dependable performance. It’s a shame it’s bogged down in crapware, but at least you can slot in a microSD card to boost the built-in storage.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/05/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Gadget Show
The Asus Zenpad S 8.0 is the latest tablet to hit the market, and it combines a handy size with some decent specs, a gorgeous screen and a price that doesn't break the bank.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/09/2015
Source: Trusted Reviews
The ZenPad S 8.0 targets a currently underserved segment of the tablet market. There are currently woefully few decent affordable tablets available. The ZenPad S 8.0 is far from perfect, with its custom ZenUI skin and out of date Android Lollipop operating system hamper its overall appeal.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/02/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80%
Source: Pocket Lint
The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is special because it crams a good, super-sharp screen into a very slim and handy body for a great price. Samsung's best at this level is the Samsung Tab 4 8.0, which isn't nearly as good by comparison. If you have a bit more to spend you can often get a great deal on a Nexus 9 or last-gen Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. But only because they're quietly being discontinued (at the time of writing). It's actually the £219 iPad Mini 2 that is the most alluring alternative. But how much does the extra £50 mean to you?
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/20/2015
Source: Expert Reviews
The ZenPad S looks very impressive on paper, particularly when you consider it costs £170 for the 16GB model - significantly less than the iPad Mini or Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2, arguably the two premium tablets to beat right now. On closer inspection it's clear to see why; the design might be gorgeous and the display resolution very high, but performance is only mediocre and battery life isn’t great either. If you’re looking for a gaming tablet to take on the move, this probably won’t fit the bill, but for web browsing and watching videos on the sofa, it’s a great buy.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/09/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
Performance from the Intel Atom Z3560 is also very solid. There is enough processing power to deliver a good real world experience. A strong set of benchmark scores argue the point that the included Z3560 CPU is a mid-range processor. This CPU will please even the most impatient tablet users with its sheer speed. An 8MP camera is capable of delivering decent photos, too. They are not spectacular and I would still recommend using a modern smartphone for photography on the go. That said, images are fairly detailed for a tablet, and colours look good – so this camera can do a job.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Phone Arena
How much would you pay for a tablet that comes with an 8-inch 2K display, new USB Type-C connector, 8MP/5MP camera combo, svelte/elegant design, 64-bit Intel Atom processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage with microSD expansion? How about $299 for the entire package? That’s not too shabby when you think about it, so it’ll definitely appeal to those who are cost-conscious.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/24/2015
Rating: Total score: 68%
Source: Hot Hardware
ASUS has a history of building Android tablets with solid specs for the money (MeMO Pad, Nexus 7) and the ZenPad S 8.0 is yet another example. It has a really nice looking display with a 2048x1536 resolution, a fair bit of power provided by an Intel Atom Z3580 processor and 4GB of RAM, and even a newfangled (and reversible) USB Type-C port, though it limits transfers to USB 2.0 speeds.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/16/2015
The ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA is undoubtedly a quality tablet for the price, especially if you keep the charging cable close. The benchmarks compete with much pricier devices, and its design is as comfortable to use as it is aesthetically pleasing. We'd still rather have the Xperia Z4 Tablet, for its superior enterprise software, longer battery life and attachable keyboard, but for anyone looking specifically for an ultra-portable 8in slate, this is one to consider alongside, and perhaps even instead of...
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/09/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Pro
The ZenPad S 8.0’s biggest problem, however, is the thing Asus can do least about: the strength of the competition. For instance, you can pick up a 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 for around £270, or a 32GB iPad mini 2 for £279. That's a fair bit more cash, but both those devices are markedly more refined as a result. If you can live with its flaws, then the ZenPad S 8.0 delivers a hint of the high-end Android compacts for a little less, but frankly I'd recommend spending the extra - you'll be glad you did.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/08/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Laptop Mag
The Asus ZenPad S 8 0 offers a vibrant screen, sleek design and more than capable performance for $100 to $200 less than other premium 8-inch tablets. The $199 configuration, while not as powerful as the configuration we reviewed, is a particularly good value. ZenUI also offers some nice shortcuts and a good Kids Mode app for safely sharing the slate with children.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/08/2015
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: PC Mag
Despite lots of bloatware and mediocre battery life, the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is still a very solid tablet for the $300 price with its premium design and impressive specs. If you're looking for high-end features on a budget, it's a worthy competitor to the more-expensive Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, the forthcoming Galaxy Tab S2, and the iPad Mini 3. And if you don't mind the dip in onboard storage and RAM, the $199 model is an even better value.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/27/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Android Authority
So there you have it for this in-depth look at the ASUS ZenPad S 8.0! This tablet offers everything you’d expect from a high-end device in 2015, with its Quad HD resolution display, 4 GB of RAM, and front-facing dual stereo speakers. Additions like the extremely customizable UI make the experience even better, and the device doesn’t need any help from a third-party applications to create a great tablet experience. Thankfully, the only flaws in the ZenPad S 8.0 are software related and can likely be fixed at some point down the road. This tablet manages exceeds all expectations, and with a price point of just $299, is definitely worth picking up.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/17/2015
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 84% display: 90% mobility: 94% workmanship: 82%
Source: Chip.de DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/27/2016
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 87% features: 76% display: 80% mobility: 78%
Source: Allround-PC.com DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/27/2015
Source: Tom's Hardware DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/19/2015
Source: Areamobile DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/09/2015
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 82% mobility: 68% workmanship: 93%
Source: MobiFlip DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/15/2015
Rating: Total score: 84%
Source: Hispazone ES→EN
Positive: Solvent processor, connectivity and exceptional display quality; attractive, manageable, light and autonomy.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/14/2015
Source: CNet France FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/12/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Frandroid FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/25/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 80% mobility: 60% workmanship: 70%
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: Good workmanship; very good display; decent performance. Negative: Good price; poor battery.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/23/2015
Model: The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA is a luxurious tablet without overwhelming price tag. Asus certainly placed emphasis on the build quality with elegant finishes inspired by fashion. The rear consist of a metallic panel with diamond hairline pattern and the entire device feels solid in hand. There are two colors to choose from; black and white. Display on the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA is an 8 inch IPS LCD panel with good saturation and brightness levels. There is a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 layer protecting the touchscreen for ease of mind. The Android 5.0 Lollipop device comes with either an Intel Atom Z3560 or Z3580 quad core processor depending on the variant.
Supporting hardware consists of up to 4 GB RAM, a PowerVR G6430 GPU and up to 64 GB of storage. Users can even increase the available storage using a microSD card up to 128 GB. The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA comes with an 8 MP primary camera and a 5 MP front shooter. Audio quality is impressive with the stereo speakers tuned by DTS sound. Other features on the tablet includes Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and microUSB 2.0. Battery life on the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA comes in the form of a non-removable Li-Po battery rated at 15.2 Wh.Imagination PowerVR G6430: Multi core (4 cluster) graphics card for ARM processors that supports OpenGL 4.x and ES 3.0
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).
Z3580: Quad-core SoC for smartphones and tablets. Clocked at up to 2.33 GHz and integrates a DirectX-11-capable PowerVR/IMG GPU.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display size is a threshold between tablets and smartphones. Most tablets have larger screen diagonals but a lot of smartphones offer such a big screen.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for smartphones.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).
79.53%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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