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Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Tanja Hinum (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 10/26/2016

All-rounder with gaming qualities. With the Zenbook UX510UW, Asus has created a successful compromise of a good gaming laptop and all-rounder for everyday use. The slim laptop pleases with a good configuration and good rates. However, the laptop has its shortcomings.

For the original German review, see here.

With the Zenbook UX510UW, Asus launches a stylish, 15.6-inch all-rounder that sports an interesting CPU-GPU combination: Asus fuses a GeForce GTX 960M GPU with a ULV dual-core processor. Among the GTX-960M laptops that we have tested, the Zenbook is the second device that is based on this combination. This graphics core is normally paired with a quad-core processor. Consequently, the Zenbook requires less energy than the competition, and it is also quieter overall. Rivals are laptops like Dell's XPS 15 2016 9550, HP's Omen 15, Acer's Aspire V15 Nitro, and Apple's MacBook Pro 15.

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Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T (Zenbook UX510 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M - 4096 MB, Core: 1097-1189 MHz, Memory: 1253 MHz, GDDR5, 128-bit interface, ForceWare 373.06 (21.21.13.7306, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2133, single-channel, soldered memory, one memory bank empty
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LP156WF6-SPB6, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002, 256 GB 
, + HGST HTS541010A7E630 (5400 RPM, 1 TB), 1131 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC256 @ Intel Sunrise Point-LP PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: SD, Brightness Sensor, TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.9 x 382 x 255 ( = 0.78 x 15.04 x 10.04 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, USB mouse, Evernote, Foxit PhantomPDF, MS Office 365 (trial), McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), WPS Office for Asus, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2 kg ( = 70.55 oz / 4.41 pounds), Power Supply: 568 g ( = 20.04 oz / 1.25 pounds)
Price
1299 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Asus uses a silver-gray aluminum casing for its Zenbook. Only the display bezel (color: black), and hinges (silver-gray) are plastic. The laptop does not offer a maintenance hatch. The casing has to be opened for accessing the innards. More about that later. The battery is non-removable.

The casing proves to be well-manufactured and does not exhibit any weaknesses. This looks slightly different in terms of stiffness. The base unit can be warped a bit too much for our taste. Here, we expect more from a laptop that costs just below 1300 Euros (~$1419). The lid's stiffness is within an acceptable range. Pressure on the lid's back does not lead to image distortions. The hinges keep the lid firmly in position but it rocks for a moment. Opening the lid with one hand is possible with a bit of tugging.

The Zenbook's dimensions and weight place it in the upper midfield. The most compact and lightest device is Dell's XPS 15.

Size Comparison

390 mm / 15.4 inch 262.8 mm / 10.3 inch 23.9 mm / 0.941 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs390 mm / 15.4 inch 262 mm / 10.3 inch 23.9 mm / 0.941 inch 2.4 kg5.22 lbs385 mm / 15.2 inch 255 mm / 10 inch 22 mm / 0.866 inch 2.3 kg5.05 lbs382 mm / 15 inch 253 mm / 9.96 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.2 kg4.95 lbs383 mm / 15.1 inch 255 mm / 10 inch 21.3 mm / 0.839 inch 2.1 kg4.54 lbs382 mm / 15 inch 255 mm / 10 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2 kg4.41 lbs358.9 mm / 14.1 inch 247.1 mm / 9.73 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2 kg4.5 lbs357 mm / 14.1 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 2 kg4.32 lbs

Connectivity

The Zenbook comes with a selection of interfaces that we find in many laptops. Two of the four Type-A USB ports support USB 3.0 standard. One Type-C USB port (USB 3.1 Gen1) is also present. It supports DisplayPort-over-Type-C USB. An adapter for using this feature is not included. Such an adapter can be purchased in electronics stores for about 20 Euros (~$21). The Zenbook doesn't come with an Ethernet port. When required, a corresponding adapter will also have to be used here. Good: The laptop's interfaces are distributed in the back areas of both sides. Thus, cables will not obstruct the places beside the wrist rest.

Left: cable-lock slot, 2x USB 2.0 (Type-A), memory-card reader (SD), combo audio
Left: cable-lock slot, 2x USB 2.0 (Type-A), memory-card reader (SD), combo audio
Right: USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C), 2x USB 3.0 (Type-A), HDMI, power-in
Right: USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C), 2x USB 3.0 (Type-A), HDMI, power-in

SD-Card Reader

The speed of the installed memory-card reader is inappropriate for the laptop's price level. The reader is very sluggish. A maximum transfer rate of 27 MB/s is achieved when copying large data blocks. Transmitting 250 JPG image files (approx. 5 MB each) is performed at a speed of 19.1 MB/s. We tested the memory-card reader with our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference card.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
 
75 MB/s ∼100% +293%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
 
71 MB/s ∼95% +272%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
 
19.1 MB/s ∼25%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
 
12.6 MB/s ∼17% -34%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
 
86 MB/s ∼100% +219%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
 
82 MB/s ∼95% +204%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
 
27 MB/s ∼31%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
 
18.8 MB/s ∼22% -30%

Communication

In terms of Wi-Fi, Asus relies on a module that carries a chip by Intel (7265). In addition to the Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n standards, it also supports the fast ac-standard. The transmission rates we determined in ideal conditions (no other Wi-Fi devices in the vicinity, short distance between laptop and server PC) were good. The connection between the Zenbook and our router was always stable.

Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
612 MBit/s ∼100%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
460 MBit/s ∼75% -25%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
Intel Wireless-AC 7265 (jseb)
470 MBit/s ∼100%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
463 MBit/s ∼99% -1%

Webcam

The webcam does not produce any breathtaking photos. The quality suffices demands placed on videoconferencing. Its maximum resolution is 1280x720 pixels.

Accessories

The Zenbook is shipped with the usual documents: a quick-start poster and warranty conditions. Beyond that, a USB mouse has found its way into the box.

Asus includes a mouse
Asus includes a mouse

Maintenance

Screws hide behind the rear rubber stoppers
Screws hide behind the rear rubber stoppers

The laptop's base unit has to be removed for accessing the hardware. This involves removing the visible screws (Torx 5) on the underside. Asus loves to hide additional screws, thus making opening the casing as user-unfriendly as possible. The Zenbook is no exception. The Phillips screws behind both rear rubber stoppers also have to be removed. There is always a risk of scratching the casing when removing the stoppers and this is unnecessary. When all screws have been released, the base tray can be pried off using a flat spatula or putty knife. The user can then access the SSD, HDD, both fans, battery, and Wi-Fi module.

Innards
Innards

Warranty

The laptop comes with a two-year warranty - including a pick-up service. An extension to three years costs approximately 70 Euros (~$76). Please see our Guarantees, Return Policies & Warranties FAQ for country-specific information.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The Zenbook is furnished with a backlit chiclet keyboard. The three-level backlight is controlled via two function keys. The entire keyboard features flat keys with sleek surfaces. The keys have a short drop and clear pressure point. In our opinion, they could have a crisper resistance. The keyboard yields slightly in the center when typing on it. This should not be the case in a laptop from this price level. In total, Asus delivers a keyboard that meets the needs for home use. Prolific writers should opt for another device.

Touchpad

The multitouch ClickPad in the Zenbook has a surface area of 10.5x7.3 cm. Thus, plenty of room is available for gesture control. The pad's sleek surface does not stop the fingers from gliding. The pad has a short drop and clear pressure point.

Input devices
Input devices

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The matte, 15.6-inch screen in the Zenbook has a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Its brightness (316.3 cd/m²) and contrast (931:1) are good. Positive: The screen never displays PWM flickering.

According to Asus' website, the Zenbook is also available with an HD screen (1366x768 pixels) and a UHD screen (3840x2160 pixels). The correspondingly furnished models are, however, not yet on the market. Rivals of the Zenbook, such as Dell's XPS 15 and Acer's Aspire V15 Nitro, are also available with UHD or Full HD panels.

294
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
326
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
326
cd/m²
360
cd/m²
287
cd/m²
299
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG Philips LP156WF6-SPB6
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 360 cd/m² Average: 316.3 cd/m² Minimum: 19 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 80 %
Center on Battery: 341 cd/m²
Contrast: 931:1 (Black: 0.35 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.49 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 4.84 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
80% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 53% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.23
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
IPS, 1920x1080
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T
IPS, 3840x2160
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
IPS-Panel, 2880x1800
Dell XPS 15 2016 9550
IPS, 1920x1080
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
AH-IPS, Normally Black, Transmissive, 1920x1080
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
IPS, 1920x1080
Asus G501VW-FY081T
IPS, 1920x1080
Response Times
-7%
-55%
5%
-29%
-38%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
40 (20, 20)
43.2 (18, 25.2)
-8%
62 (25, 37)
-55%
50 (15, 35, Plateau)
-25%
55 (22, 33)
-38%
50 (22, 28)
-25%
Response Time Black / White *
26 (6, 20)
27.2 (7.6, 19.6)
-5%
40 (13, 27)
-54%
17 (4, 13)
35%
31 (8, 23)
-19%
39 (10, 29)
-50%
PWM Frequency
362 (10)
200 (90)
Screen
-11%
24%
14%
8%
-16%
13%
Brightness middle
326
252.9
-22%
341
5%
399
22%
328
1%
214
-34%
341
5%
Brightness
316
250
-21%
315
0%
394
25%
310
-2%
203
-36%
312
-1%
Brightness Distribution
80
89
11%
82
3%
89
11%
86
8%
79
-1%
83
4%
Black Level *
0.35
0.5
-43%
0.34
3%
0.24
31%
0.33
6%
0.28
20%
0.32
9%
Contrast
931
506
-46%
1003
8%
1663
79%
994
7%
764
-18%
1066
15%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.49
5.22
5%
2.07
62%
5.95
-8%
4.74
14%
6.04
-10%
4.23
23%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
11.36
8.33
27%
3.27
71%
12
-6%
8.02
29%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.84
6.74
-39%
1.9
61%
8.41
-74%
3.15
35%
5.91
-22%
4.69
3%
Gamma
2.23 99%
2.45 90%
2.62 84%
2.35 94%
2.51 88%
2.44 90%
2.53 87%
CCT
5971 109%
6026 108%
6514 100%
7010 93%
6336 103%
7362 88%
7549 86%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
53
58.4
10%
58
9%
64
21%
54
2%
38
-28%
63
19%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
80
89.7
12%
91
14%
98
23%
82
3%
60
-25%
97
21%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-9% / -10%
24% / 24%
-21% / 2%
7% / 8%
-23% / -18%
-13% / 4%

* ... smaller is better

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 9331 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Zenbook vs. sRGB
Zenbook vs. sRGB
Zenbook vs. AdobeRGB
Zenbook vs. AdobeRGB

The screen has a DeltaE 2000 color shift of 5.49 in delivery state, which is not too far from the target range (DeltaE less than 3). The screen does not exhibit a bluish tint. The AdobeRGB and sRGB color spaces cannot be reproduced. The coverage rates are 53% (AdobeRGB) and 80% (sRGB).

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

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
26 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6 ms rise
↘ 20 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 47 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
40 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 20 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. » 46 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.5 ms).

Asus furnishes the Zenbook with a viewing-angle stable IPS panel. Thus, the screen remains legible in every position. The laptop can be used outdoors. However, the sun should not be shining too brightly.

Outdoors (taken under completely overcast skies)
Outdoors (taken under completely overcast skies)
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

Asus launches a premium-range multimedia all-rounder with the Zenbook UX510UW. The laptop offers plenty of computing power for routine use and can render games smoothly. Our review sample is priced at approximately 1300 Euros (~$1419). Other configurations were not available at test time.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon

Processor

A Core i7-6500U (Skylake) dual-core processor by Intel powers the slim laptop. It is a ULV model with a TDP of 15 watts. The CPU clocks at a base speed of 2.5 GHz, which can be boosted to 3 GHz (both cores) or 3.1 GHz (one core) via Turbo. Turbo is utilized in both AC and battery modes.

A look at our comparison chart shows that most rivals of the Zenbook are equipped with more powerful quad-core processors. Thus, Asus' laptop clearly lags behind the competition primarily in terms of multithread performance. This computing performance plus is, however, first clearly noticed when using applications optimized for multi-core processors. The performance difference will not be evident in routine use. The quad-core processors in the rivals belong to a higher TDP category (45 watts). Consequently, the user will have to accept a higher temperature development, higher power consumption, and shorter battery runtimes. The latter is often compensated for by the use of bigger batteries. In return, the laptops' total weight is higher.

The processor is soldered
The processor is soldered
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6414
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
11024
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4917
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
55.26 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.61 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.47 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
81.31 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
326 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
130 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus G501VW-FY081T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
149 Points ∼68% +15%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
147 Points ∼67% +13%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
Intel Core i7-4870HQ
144 Points ∼66% +11%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
Intel Core i7-4870HQ
143 Points ∼66% +10%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
134 Points ∼61% +3%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
Intel Core i7-6500U
132 Points ∼61% +2%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
Intel Core i7-6500U
130 Points ∼60%
Dell XPS 15 2016 9550
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
118 Points ∼54% -9%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
113 Points ∼52% -13%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
678 Points ∼15% +108%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
674 Points ∼15% +107%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
672 Points ∼15% +106%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
656 Points ∼15% +101%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
Intel Core i7-4870HQ
594 Points ∼14% +82%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
Intel Core i7-4870HQ
589 Points ∼13% +81%
Dell XPS 15 2016 9550
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
461 Points ∼11% +41%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
Intel Core i7-6500U
329 Points ∼8% +1%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
Intel Core i7-6500U
326 Points ∼7%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5462 Points ∼50% +11%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5391 Points ∼50% +10%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
Intel Core i7-4870HQ
5358 Points ∼49% +9%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5244 Points ∼48% +7%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
Intel Core i7-6500U
4924 Points ∼45% 0%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
Intel Core i7-6500U
4917 Points ∼45%
Dell XPS 15 2016 9550
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
4759 Points ∼44% -3%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20326 Points ∼31% +84%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20097 Points ∼31% +82%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
19949 Points ∼31% +81%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
Intel Core i7-4870HQ
17747 Points ∼27% +61%
Dell XPS 15 2016 9550
Intel Core i5-6300HQ
16161 Points ∼25% +47%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
Intel Core i7-6500U
11050 Points ∼17% 0%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
Intel Core i7-6500U
11024 Points ∼17%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
12971 Points ∼16% +107%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
Intel Core i7-4870HQ
12624 Points ∼16% +102%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
12062 Points ∼15% +93%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
Intel Core i7-6500U
6785 Points ∼8% +8%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
Intel Core i7-6500U
6255 Points ∼8%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
Intel Core i7-4870HQ
3422 Points ∼70% +18%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
3385 Points ∼69% +17%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
Intel Core i7-6500U
3278 Points ∼67% +13%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
3182 Points ∼65% +10%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
Intel Core i7-6500U
2889 Points ∼59%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
Intel Core i7-6500U
6721 Points ∼19%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
Intel Core i7-6500U
3350 Points ∼53%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Asus G501VW-FY081T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
246.27 Points ∼70% +17%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
241.34 Points ∼69% +15%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
Intel Core i7-6500U
210.1 Points ∼60%

System Performance

A strong processor and quick solid state drive ensure a fast-running system. We did not encounter problems. The PCMark benchmark scores are very good. It is possible to increase the performance slightly. Installing a working memory module activates dual-channel mode. Consequently, the integrated GPU is utilized better and supplies more power.

The unused working memory bank is hidden behind a plate
The unused working memory bank is hidden behind a plate
PCMark 7 Score
4986 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3370 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4118 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4341 points
Help
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
5003 Points ∼77% +15%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
Radeon R9 M370X, 4870HQ, Apple SSD SM0512G
4638 Points ∼71% +7%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
4599 Points ∼70% +6%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
4435 Points ∼68% +2%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
4341 Points ∼67%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B512 M.2 512 GB
3964 Points ∼61% -9%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
3867 Points ∼59% -11%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
3946 Points ∼65% +17%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
Radeon R9 M370X, 4870HQ, Apple SSD SM0512G
3821 Points ∼63% +13%
Dell XPS 15 2016 9550
GeForce GTX 960M, 6300HQ, WDC WD10SPCX-75KHST0 + LiteON CS1-SP32-11 M.2 2242 32GB
3575 Points ∼59% +6%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
3495 Points ∼57% +4%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
3447 Points ∼57% +2%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
3370 Points ∼55%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B512 M.2 512 GB
3154 Points ∼52% -6%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
3077 Points ∼51% -9%

Storage Devices

An M.2 SSD by SanDisk serves as system storage. It has a total capacity of 256 GB. Roughly 200 GB of that can be used. The rest of the storage is reserved by the Windows installation and recovery partition. The SSD's transfer rates are good. Zenbook owners will not be lacking storage capacity. In addition to the SSD, a traditional 2.5-inch hard drive is inside the laptop (1 TB, 5400 RPM).

Both the solid state drive...
Both the solid state drive...
...and the HDD can be replaced
...and the HDD can be replaced
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Sequential Read: 459.3 MB/s
Sequential Write: 325.5 MB/s
512K Read: 279.2 MB/s
512K Write: 280.1 MB/s
4K Read: 22.43 MB/s
4K Write: 74.86 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 149 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 234 MB/s
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T
Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
Apple SSD SM0512G
Dell XPS 15 2016 9550
WDC WD10SPCX-75KHST0 + LiteON CS1-SP32-11 M.2 2242 32GB
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
Lite-On CV1-8B128
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
236%
172%
-40%
-34%
6%
Write 4k QD32
234
344
47%
353.2
51%
1.085
-100%
74.82
-68%
168
-28%
Read 4k QD32
149
534.3
259%
403.1
171%
199.5
34%
121.1
-19%
276.8
86%
Write 4k
74.86
128.6
72%
30.98
-59%
1.051
-99%
27.86
-63%
81.38
9%
Read 4k
22.43
50.42
125%
19.27
-14%
31.36
40%
13.7
-39%
33.14
48%
Write 512
280.1
1570
461%
1430
411%
44.78
-84%
167.8
-40%
169.6
-39%
Read 512
279.2
1068
283%
896.6
221%
321
15%
310
11%
327.6
17%
Write Seq
325.5
1579
385%
1558
379%
64.04
-80%
178.2
-45%
169.2
-48%
Read Seq
459.3
1633
256%
1442
214%
238.6
-48%
435.3
-5%
475.7
4%

Graphics Card

Asus furnishes the Zenbook with a GeForce GTX 960M graphics unit by Nvidia. It is an entry-level model to the GPU premium range. The core supports DirectX 11 and clocks at a base speed of 1097 MHz, which can be boosted up to 1189 MHz via Turbo. The GPU is supported by 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory (128-bit interface). The 3DMark outcomes slightly lag behind the rivals based on the GTX 960M unit. Here, the rivals' quad-core processors become obvious.

Besides the GeForce GPU, Intel's HD Graphics 520 graphics chip is also inside the laptop. The units create a graphics-switching solution (Optimus). The GeForce GPU takes care of performance-driven applications like computer games. Intel's graphics chip is used for routine tasks and battery mode. Switching is performed automatically, but the user can always intervene manually.

The GPU is also soldered
The GPU is also soldered
3DMark 06 Standard
19872 points
3DMark 11 Performance
4732 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
47117 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
10115 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3651 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
1915 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1206 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
15075 Points ∼30% +212%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7919 Points ∼16% +64%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5440 Points ∼11% +13%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5304 Points ∼10% +10%
Dell XPS 15 2016 9550
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i5-6300HQ
5258 Points ∼10% +9%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5220 Points ∼10% +8%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6500U
4826 Points ∼9%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i7-6500U
4198 Points ∼8% -13%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
AMD Radeon R9 M370X, Intel Core i7-4870HQ
3593 Points ∼7% -26%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
11730 Points ∼29% +184%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5904 Points ∼15% +43%
Dell XPS 15 2016 9550
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i5-6300HQ
4362 Points ∼11% +6%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4348 Points ∼11% +5%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4314 Points ∼11% +4%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4290 Points ∼11% +4%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6500U
4133 Points ∼10%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i7-6500U
3147 Points ∼8% -24%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
AMD Radeon R9 M370X, Intel Core i7-4870HQ
2501 Points ∼6% -39%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
69253 Points ∼36% +167%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
36659 Points ∼19% +41%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
30621 Points ∼16% +18%
Dell XPS 15 2016 9550
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i5-6300HQ
30296 Points ∼16% +17%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
27075 Points ∼14% +4%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6500U
25986 Points ∼13%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
25748 Points ∼13% -1%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i7-6500U
20049 Points ∼10% -23%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
AMD Radeon R9 M370X, Intel Core i7-4870HQ
15500 Points ∼8% -40%

Gaming Performance

The Zenbook reproduces almost all up-to-date games smoothly. The user will be on the safe side in terms of frame rates in games when selecting the HD resolution (1366x768 pixels) and medium quality settings. Games that do not have high hardware requirements allow for considerably more. It gets tight in Ashes of the Singularity and Mafia 3. The resolution/quality level has to be reduced further here. In total, the Zenbook's frame rates lag behind most rivals slightly. The weaker dual-core processor is noticed here. Laptops with a GeForce GTX 970M or GTX 980M graphics units will be needed for considerably more gaming power.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 232.6 153.6 110.2 50.1 fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 143.6 103.5 92.3 39.4 fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 110.7 93.5 70.9 33 fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 64 57 31 18 fps
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 104.8 69.7 35 30.2 fps
Far Cry Primal (2016) 61 29 26 19 fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 31.2 23.1 20.5 fps
Doom (2016) 73.9 60.4 35.1 34.7 fps
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016) 64.8 49 26.2 23.3 fps
No Man's Sky (2016) 46.2 39.7 24.3 10.9 fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 38.1 30.2 17.1 9.8 fps
FIFA 17 (2016) 147.6 132.7 83 81.5 fps
Mafia 3 (2016) 34.2 24.2 11 fps
BioShock Infinite - 1366x768 High Preset
Saelic Veni G731
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, ADATA Premier Pro SP900NS38 512 GB
155.9 fps ∼100% +69%
Hyperbook SL502 VR
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Crucial MX300 M.2 CT275MX300SSD4
149.7 fps ∼96% +62%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B512 M.2 512 GB
120.7 fps ∼77% +31%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
111.3 fps ∼71% +21%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
111 fps ∼71% +20%
Dell XPS 15 2016 9550
GeForce GTX 960M, 6300HQ, WDC WD10SPCX-75KHST0 + LiteON CS1-SP32-11 M.2 2242 32GB
108 fps ∼69% +17%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
92.3 fps ∼59%
Lenovo Y700-15ACZ
Radeon R9 M385X, FX-8800P, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-24HWST1
75.1 fps ∼48% -19%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
Radeon R9 M370X, 4870HQ, Apple SSD SM0512G
71.4 fps ∼46% -23%
Battlefield 4 - 1366x768 High Preset
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B512 M.2 512 GB
86 fps ∼100% +21%
Dell XPS 15 2016 9550
GeForce GTX 960M, 6300HQ, WDC WD10SPCX-75KHST0 + LiteON CS1-SP32-11 M.2 2242 32GB
80.8 fps ∼94% +14%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
80.8 fps ∼94% +14%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
70.9 fps ∼82%
Lenovo Y700-15ACZ
Radeon R9 M385X, FX-8800P, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-24HWST1
52.5 fps ∼61% -26%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
Radeon R9 M370X, 4870HQ, Apple SSD SM0512G
41.5 fps ∼48% -41%
Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B512 M.2 512 GB
53.2 fps ∼100% +6%
Asus G501VW-FY081T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
53.1 fps ∼100% +6%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
50.3 fps ∼95% 0%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
50.1 fps ∼94%
Lenovo Y700-15ACZ
Radeon R9 M385X, FX-8800P, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-24HWST1
43.5 fps ∼82% -13%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
Radeon R9 M370X, 4870HQ, Apple SSD SM0512G
28.5 fps ∼54% -43%
Doom - 1366x768 Medium Preset
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
67.9 fps ∼100% +12%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
60.4 fps ∼89%
Batman: Arkham Knight - 1366x768 Normal / Off AF:4x
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
59 fps ∼100% +4%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
57 fps ∼97%
Lenovo Y700-15ACZ
Radeon R9 M385X, FX-8800P, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-24HWST1
40 fps ∼68% -30%
Star Wars Battlefront - 1366x768 Medium Preset AA:FX
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
69.7 fps ∼100%
Lenovo Y700-15ACZ
Radeon R9 M385X, FX-8800P, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-24HWST1
31.4 fps ∼45% -55%
Deus Ex Mankind Divided - 1920x1080 High Preset AF:4x
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
49.1 fps ∼100% +187%
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
GeForce GTX 960M, 6500U, SanDisk SD8SNAT256G1002
17.1 fps ∼35%

Emissions

System Noise

The Zenbook hardly produces any noise during routine tasks. The fans spin at low speeds when they are active. The 2.5-inch hard drive drowns out the fans when it is accessed. The fans speed up audibly during load. We measured a maximum noise level of 44.8 dB in the stress test.

Fan 1
Fan 1
Fan 2
Fan 2
Fan loudness
Fan loudness

Noise Level

Idle
31.6 / 31.6 / 33.4 dB(A)
Load
41.7 / 44.8 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 31.6 dB(A)
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
6500U, GeForce GTX 960M
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
4870HQ, Radeon R9 M370X
Dell XPS 15 2016 9550
6300HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
6500U, GeForce GTX 950M
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 965M
Asus G501VW-FY081T
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Noise
6%
4%
-1%
-3%
-0%
-3%
-0%
off / environment *
31.6
31.3
1%
30
5%
31.2
1%
Idle Minimum *
31.6
28.9
9%
28.9
9%
32.6
-3%
31.2
1%
29.6
6%
32
-1%
32.1
-2%
Idle Average *
31.6
28.9
9%
28.9
9%
33.6
-6%
31.2
1%
32.1
-2%
33
-4%
32.1
-2%
Idle Maximum *
33.4
30.2
10%
28.9
13%
33.6
-1%
36.2
-8%
32.8
2%
36
-8%
32.1
4%
Load Average *
41.7
41.8
-0%
46
-10%
37.1
11%
45.3
-9%
41.4
1%
43
-3%
43.3
-4%
Load Maximum *
44.8
43.9
2%
46
-3%
47.5
-6%
47.3
-6%
48.4
-8%
49
-9%
44.3
1%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The Zenbook in the stress test
The Zenbook in the stress test

The Zenbook performed our stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) differently in AC and battery mode. The CPU's speed fluctuated from 2.7 to 3 GHz and 400 MHz in battery mode. The graphics unit clocked at full speed (1189 MHz). The processor temporarily ran at 3 GHz in AC mode before slowing down to 2.3 to 2.4 GHz where it remained. The graphics unit's speed ranged around 1.1 GHz. The laptop did not heat up excessively. The temperatures all remained below 40 °C in the stress test.

Max. Load
 34.8 °C
95 F
28 °C
82 F
34.5 °C
94 F
 
 25.2 °C
77 F
35.6 °C
96 F
27.6 °C
82 F
 
 23.7 °C
75 F
23.2 °C
74 F
26.2 °C
79 F
 
Maximum: 35.6 °C = 96 F
Average: 28.8 °C = 84 F
34.5 °C
94 F
37 °C
99 F
32.6 °C
91 F
28.4 °C
83 F
34.6 °C
94 F
26.7 °C
80 F
25.6 °C
78 F
26.7 °C
80 F
25.2 °C
77 F
Maximum: 37 °C = 99 F
Average: 30.1 °C = 86 F
Power Supply (max.)  34.4 °C = 94 F | Room Temperature 20.2 °C = 68 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 28.8 °C / 84 F, compared to the average of 31 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35.6 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 37 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.4 °C / 74 F, compared to the device average of 31 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 26.2 °C / 79.2 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (+2.9 °C / 5.2 F).
Temperature development upper side (load)
Temperature development upper side (load)
Temperature development underside (load)
Temperature development underside (load)
Temperature development upper side (idle)
Temperature development upper side (idle)
Temperature development underside (idle)
Temperature development underside (idle)
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
6500U, GeForce GTX 960M
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
4870HQ, Radeon R9 M370X
Dell XPS 15 2016 9550
6300HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
6500U, GeForce GTX 950M
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 965M
Asus G501VW-FY081T
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Heat
-19%
-17%
-53%
-34%
-23%
-30%
-16%
Maximum Upper Side *
35.6
44.2
-24%
43.2
-21%
62.5
-76%
50.1
-41%
48.4
-36%
48.5
-36%
41
-15%
Maximum Bottom *
37
48
-30%
39
-5%
54.4
-47%
56.2
-52%
46
-24%
59
-59%
48.2
-30%
Idle Upper Side *
24.8
26.2
-6%
30
-21%
33.5
-35%
28.3
-14%
28.9
-17%
28.7
-16%
26.4
-6%
Idle Bottom *
24.1
27.8
-15%
29.3
-22%
36.7
-52%
31.1
-29%
27.9
-16%
25.7
-7%
26.7
-11%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The stereo speakers are situated on the device's underside. They produce a very decent sound that allows prolonged audio consumption. The device does not come with a separate subwoofer.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2041.138.141.12541.635.841.63141.934.841.94038.933.638.95041.432.941.46341.335.241.38043.130.743.110045.428.945.412543.927.843.916048.126.548.120052.827.652.825057.124.957.131559.92559.940058.42358.45006022.6606306621.46680066.421.166.4100060.220.260.2125064.519.964.5160065.419.565.4200067.819.267.8250072.619.672.6315073.619.373.6400072.619.372.6500072.719.372.7630073.519.373.5800072.519.272.51000066.318.966.31250069.918.669.9160006918.969SPL82.532.482.5N52.81.852.8median 66median 19.9median 66Delta62.8635.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAsus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044TApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (73 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 14.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 23% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 73% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 19%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 16% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 80% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

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

Frequency diagram in comparison (check boxes above can be turned on/off!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

We measured a maximum idle consumption of 11.8 watts - an acceptable rate. The energy requirement climbed to 95 watts in the stress test. This is a normal rate for the hardware platform installed here. The Zenbook consumes considerably less power than comparable laptops, such as Dell's XPS 15 based on a quad-core processor, over the entire load range. The ULV dual-core processor in Asus' laptop becomes evident here.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.34 / 0.58 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5 / 8.9 / 11.8 Watt
Load midlight 55 / 93 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
6500U, GeForce GTX 960M
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
4870HQ, Radeon R9 M370X
Dell XPS 15 2016 9550
6300HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
6500U, GeForce GTX 950M
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 965M
Asus G501VW-FY081T
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Power Consumption
-25%
-46%
-51%
0%
-39%
-24%
Idle Minimum *
5
6
-20%
9.9
-98%
8.9
-78%
5.2
-4%
7
-40%
6.9
-38%
Idle Average *
8.9
12.8
-44%
12.6
-42%
13.9
-56%
9.4
-6%
11
-24%
10.7
-20%
Idle Maximum *
11.8
13.3
-13%
16.8
-42%
15.6
-32%
10.8
8%
19
-61%
13.2
-12%
Load Average *
55
82.4
-50%
70
-27%
89
-62%
60
-9%
79
-44%
82
-49%
Load Maximum *
93
91.8
1%
114
-23%
118
-27%
80.9
13%
119
-28%
94
-1%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Asus' laptop achieved a runtime of 7:10 hours in our practical Wi-Fi test. This test simulates the load needed for opening websites. The "Balanced" profile is enabled, the energy-saving modes are disabled, and the screen's brightness is dimmed to approximately 150 cd/m². Our video test loops the short movie Big Buck Bunny (H.264 encoding, 1920x1080 pixels) to check the video playback time. The wireless modules are disabled, the energy-saving functions are turned off, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The Zenbook shut down after 7:02 hours here.

The battery has a capacity of 48 Wh
The battery has a capacity of 48 Wh
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
13h 36min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 38)
7h 10min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
7h 08min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 35min
Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T
6500U, 48 Wh
Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T
6700HQ, 96 Wh
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
4870HQ, 100 Wh
Dell XPS 15 2016 9550
6300HQ, 56 Wh
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79DV
6700HQ, 52 Wh
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
6500U, 53 Wh
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
6700HQ, 61.5 Wh
Asus G501VW-FY081T
6700HQ, 60 Wh
Battery Runtime
-2%
9%
-6%
-38%
0%
-31%
-28%
Reader / Idle
816
689
-16%
1039
27%
544
-33%
530
-35%
761
-7%
467
-43%
610
-25%
H.264
428
413
-4%
361
-16%
231
-46%
244
-43%
303
-29%
WiFi v1.3
430
379
-12%
432
0%
332
-23%
218
-49%
359
-17%
272
-37%
330
-23%
Load
95
117
23%
105
11%
140
47%
75
-21%
118
24%
93
-2%
64
-33%

Pros

+ IPS panel
+ Full HD resolution
+ backlit keyboard
+ SSD + HDD
+ good battery life
+ barely heats up
+ Type-C USB

Cons

- slow memory-card reader
- no Ethernet slot
- keyboard could be crisper

Verdict

In review: Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T. Test model courtesy of Campuspoint.de
In review: Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T. Test model courtesy of Campuspoint.de

The Zenbook comes with a Core i7 processor that has more than enough computing power for routine use. Asus waives a quad-core processor and installs a ULV dual-core processor instead. It has a positive effect on ergonomics and battery life. However, the Zenbook lags slightly behind the frame rates of other GTX 960M laptops in computer games. Nevertheless, almost all up-to-date games can be played on the Zenbook. The laptop runs quietly at least in idle mode and barely heats up even during load. A quick SSD ensures a fast-running system. The additionally installed 2.5-inch hard drive provides the necessary storage capacity. The Zenbook's matte IPS panel pleases with good brightness, good contrast, and stable viewing angles. The whole package is rounded off with decent battery runtimes.

With the Zenbook UX510UW, Asus has a successful all-rounder with gaming qualities that even allows mobile use thanks to a good battery life in its lineup.

However, the Zenbook is not free of criticism. The keyboard could have a crisper resistance and a clearer pressure point. The base unit should be stiffer. This can be expected in view of the laptop's price level. Beyond that, an Ethernet port is not present - an unusual decision.

Asus Zenbook UX510UW-CN044T - 12/09/2016 v6(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
82 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
51 / 81 → 63%
Weight
63 / 20-67 → 91%
Battery
89%
Display
85%
Games Performance
77 / 85 → 90%
Application Performance
83 / 92 → 90%
Temperature
95%
Noise
81 / 95 → 86%
Audio
50%
Camera
44 / 85 → 52%
Average
74%
83%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2016-10-26 (Update: 2019-04-21)