Asus ZenBook S Review: Dongle included

Asus ZenBook S detailed review

You go to a coffee shop and shake hands with your client. You pull your recently purchased Asus ZenBook S from your sleeve with your trusted wireless mouse just to realize there’s no room to plug it in. All you can see are three USB Type-C ports and a 3.5mm audio jack; This is a little more than the Samsung Galaxy S9 in your pocket. You smile and tell your client that you are attaching the included dongle to the mouse receiver because “this device is for the future.”

Makes your client smile but in reality thinks your otherwise slim and sexy laptop looks positively ridiculous by hanging a rectangular tail from its side for a USB mouse receiver. “Consider buying a Bluetooth mouse,” your client commented, adding that you both chatted after the meeting. “It’s the only elegant way to connect a mouse to that thing right now. I’m scared.”

Construction and design

As soon as you open the lid of ZenBook S, it becomes clear that its design is not what you would call regular. At first glance, the ZenBook S feels like a sharp meat cleaver in the hand because of how thin it is. At 1.29 centimeters, the ZenBook S is half a centimeter thinner than the original Apple MacBook Air. Set the ZenBook S on a table and open the lid — you’ll notice that the back edge of the keyboard increases in height with it, tilting 5.5 degrees to the front for easy typing. According to Asus, this is the Ergolift hinge at work.

The Asus ZenBook S uses an all-metal unibody construction. The lid features the Asus Zen series signature concentric-circle pattern, which feels grippy to hold and carry around. The laptop can be opened with one finger, although some effort is required to first separate the lid from the base. The bottom of the keyboard makes your palms feel comfortable to rest on while typing. The emergence caused by the ErgoLift hinge certainly goes a long way in enhancing overall typing comfort. At 1.05 kg, the ZenBook S feels very light in the hand. After all, the ZenBook S is built and designed right on top.

Display, audio and IoT

The Asus ZenBook S’s display is a 13.3-inch full HD LED-backlit unit with an aspect ratio of 16: 9. Asus has chosen to keep the surface glossy even though the screen below it is not a touchscreen panel. It reflects light from the surface at certain angles, which is an acceptable trade-off for good aesthetics. Speaking of angles, the display hinge goes back to a maximum of 145 degrees. This is certainly enough to work in odd positions but there are times when you can catch yourself that it can be completely flat.

According to Asus, the ZenBook S ‘display is capable of 100 percent color reproduction on the sRGB color scale. However, according to our tests, it covers 96 percent color on the sRGB color scale and 74 percent color on the Adobe RGB color scale. Colors look rich and full while working on ZenBook S and watching movies. The maximum screen brightness of 237 LUX is enough to work in most indoor and outdoor areas. The high screen-to-body ratio of Asus laptops is said to be 85 percent, which becomes clear when you open the lid. The bezels on the side of the laptop measure a positive 5.9 mm The 178-degree horizontal viewing angle is sufficient for most work locations. All things considered, the ZenBook S ‘display must be top-notch.

Audio crisp and high volume from ZenBook S’s two down-firing speakers. Considering the laptop to be just an ultrabook, the bus output is rich enough. It has enough thump and depth when running base-heavy tracks like the Kamoz Here comes the hotsteper And Leonard Cohen As deep as a thousand kisses. Voices and instruments, such as the trumpet and the violin, are full and controlled without any or a few notable signs of distortion. The sound of Herman Cardon-certified speakers threatens to break when the volume reaches its maximum, but it is still rare.

The Asus ZenBook S’s ports can be counted on a single finger: three USB Type-C ports (two of which are Thunderbolt 3, and one is USB 3.1) and a 3.5mm audio jack for the headset. To make the laptop very slim and even accommodate a USB port, leave out an HDMI port and card reader slots. To rectify the lack of ports, Asus has included a “mini dock” with the ZenBook S. When connected, the small matchbox-sized rectangle gives you access to a USB-A port, an HDMI port, and a USB-C access. Ports If you are a user who regularly uses USB ports, you may want to stay away from ZenBook S. But if you think that you can only do USB-C or live a ‘dongle life’, then you should have no hesitation about the Asus ZenBook S ‘port setup.

Keyboard and touchpad

The first thing you will notice about the Asus ZenBook S ‘keyboard is that the key-caps are really big, which is great because it gives you enough real estate to hit the keys and very little chance of missing a key hit. The amazing thing about the ZenBook S ‘keyboard is that the keys offer ample travel even though the base is thin (its 1.2mm to be precise). Keystrokes occur with a pleasurable click-click, making typing, for the most part, a simple affair in the Zenbook S. The three-stage backlighting of the keyboard illuminates the keys in a warm off-white color against a blue-black background. , Makes it easy on the eyes when typing at night. The color matches the warmth of the screen when the Windows night light feature is turned on.

Although I have a few grooves with the keyboard design. First, the power button is placed right next to the delete key at the end of the top-most row, which is not good for them as it corrects their typing too much. Second, there are no dedicated keys for the Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down functions, which turns off some points for this otherwise efficient keyboard. Finally, I want the arrow keys to get bigger. All things considered, typing on the Asus ZenBook S is a delightful experience.

The ZenBook S’s touchpad is undoubtedly a modern precision unit, meaning that multi-finger taps and swipes can be customized using Windows settings. Movements are smooth and fast on the matte-finish touchpad. Clicks occur with soft, precise and adequate feedback If anything, the size of the touchpad itself could have been bigger. The ZenBook S ‘Touchpad integrates a square fingerprint sensor in the top right corner that works quickly and precisely when logging in.

Performance

The Asus ZenBook S is sold in India in a single variant that packs an eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8550U CPU, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB Toshiba NVMe solid-state drive. Graphics is powered by an Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated GPU. With all of this on its special sheet, the Asus ZenBook S scored quite well on our benchmark test. In PCMark 8’s Accelerated Creative Test, the ZenBook S surpassed the Microsoft Surface Book by 74 points. With its integrated GPU, it scraped through video benchmark tests with very average scores. The ZenBook S has demonstrated its fast storage device by scoring 753 megabytes per second in CrystalDiskMark’s sequential text tests and 523 megabytes per second in CrystalDiskMark’s sequential writing tests.

In the real world, lumbering elephants are exposed by the aggression of speeding midgets. With enough 16GB of RAM, I’ve been able to open and switch over a dozen applications across multiple virtual desktops in the review unit. Writing while playing music on iTunes, installing a benchmark app, browsing numerous instances of Chrome, and downloading a game update on Steam all happened simultaneously on the laptop without any hassle. There were a few instances when the laptop froze and showed a blue screen of death before restarting but I will check it for software error.

Not only is the Ergolift hinge on the ZenBook S lift the base of the laptop from the user’s lap, but it’s also important because the Intel is warming up inside. During app installation and video playback, the temperature of the CPU package rises to 80 degrees Celsius. This makes the keyboard hotter than one, making typing and fingers on the keycaps a bit uncomfortable. Although for the most part, the heat on this thin and light is very tolerable. Performance on the ZenBook S is top notch. This is great for those who want to get style, compactness and straight crunching from their laptop. This is for those who spend hours in applications like Chrome, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook but not in video-intensive applications like Adobe Photoshop.

Battery

For a laptop whose body is designed to last a lifetime, the battery doesn’t last very long. This is probably because inside the ZenBook’s thin and compact base it doesn’t have too much. In our battery benchmark test, the ZenBook S lasted 3 hours, 48 ​​minutes on a single charge, which, obviously, is downward. In comparison, the Microsoft Surface Book test lasted 4 hours, 12 minutes.

During daily use, things seem to get worse, as the battery of the review unit drops from 54 percent to 19 percent after just one hour of browsing and music playback via earphones. With the music off and the opening of just a few annoying documents, the battery dropped to 75 percent full in 1 hour, 45 minutes. It took about two hours to fully charge from almost zero. On average, the ZenBook S’s battery lasts about four hours on a single charge, and no more.

The last row

In multiple ways, the Asus ZenBook S reminds me of a motorcycle Honda that was launched almost ten years ago in India as a more fashionable alternative to its best-selling commuter motorcycle. It was called CBF Stanner and was targeted at those who preferred style over material. Asus ZenBook S is something হিসাবে as a lifestyle product that is more in terms of performance, ZenBook S nails it but as a thin and light that provides quality and battery life, it falls short.

Asus ZenBook S If you want a slim and stylish ultrabook that has enough power for business and play, you won’t mind the below-average battery life and the ever-connected dongle called the Mini Dock. All this comes at a very steep price of Rs 1,29,990.

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