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Asus ZenBook 15 UX534 review (UX534FTC – Core i7, GTX 1650, 4K or FHD screen)

Asus ZenBook 15 UX534 overview (UX534FTC – Core i7, GTX 1650, 4K or FHD display)

Very similar to its predecessor, the ZenBook 15 UX534 slots in a distinct segment with out a lot competitors, as a properly crafted, compact and light-weight 15-inch laptop computer with stable on a regular basis efficiency, some gaming skills, respectable battery life, and aggressive pricing.

It’s not as succesful in demanding hundreds as a lot of the 15-inch performance-ultraportables (just like the Dell XPS 15, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Excessive and even the MacBook Professional), however then once more it’s a extra reasonably priced pc and handles most different each day duties simply as effectively.

With that in thoughts, we’ve hung out with the model new ZenBook 15 UX534FTC (10th gen Comet Lake Core i7, GTX 1650, UHD display) and the prevailing ZenBook 15 UX534FT (ninth gen Whiskey Lake Core i7, GTX 1650, FHD display) notebooks in the previous few weeks, and gathered our impressions of the 2 down beneath, with the products and the quirks.

The overview primarily focuses on the late-2019 ZenBook 15 UX534FTC configuration, as that’s the one that you simply’ll largely discover in shops within the months to come back, however we’ll additionally evaluate it to the Whiskey Lake variant. For what it’s value, the platform is what primarily units the 2 aside, and that’s a minor distinction contemplating the quad-core Whiskey and Comet Lake i7s are practically an identical. The UX534FTC does get just a few different additional options although, like improved wi-fi and an optionally available wide-gamut UHD display possibility.

Specs as reviewed – ZenBook 15 UX534FTC

Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FTC
Display 15.6 inch, FHD or UHD/4K, IPS, non-touch, shiny
Processor Intel Comet Lake Core i7-10510U CPU
Video Intel UHD 620 + Nvidia GTX 1650 4GB DDR5 (Max-Q design – 35 W)
Reminiscence 16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (soldered)
Storage 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD (80 mm – Samsung PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR)
Connectivity Wi-fi 6 (Intel AX201), Bluetooth 5.zero, Quick LAN (through USB dongle)
Ports 2x USB-A Three.1, 1x USB-C Three.1 gen2, HDMI, SD card reader, mic/headphone
Battery 71 Wh, 120W charger
Dimension 354 mm or 13.94” (w) x 220 mm or eight.66” (d) x 17.9 mm or zero.70” (h)
Weight Three.72 lbs (1.69 kg)+ .77 lbs (.41 kg) charger and cables, US model
Extras backlit keyboard, HD webcam,  obtainable in Royal Blue or Icicle Silver, protecting sleeve

Our overview unit is a high-tier model of the ZenBook 15, with the UHD display and the 1 TB SSD, however the different points are an identical throughout all the prevailing configurations. That apart, since we obtained two completely different variations to overview, we’ll contact on each the FHD and UHD display choices, so that you’ll understand how they evaluate by way of high quality and their total influence on each day use and battery life.

Design and building

The design hasn’t modified from the ZenBook 15 UX533, that’s why I’ll refer you to our earlier article for our in-depth impressions on the construct high quality, alternative in supplies and total ergonomics.

In just a few phrases, although, this ZenBook appears nice and it’s constructed pretty effectively. Metallic is used for the outer casing, together with the primary chassis and the underside, and all the factor is constructed strongly, with little or no flex within the lid cowl or within the keyboard deck.

So far as I can inform, Asus solely affords the UX534FT and UX534FTC variants in a darkish blue shade, which appears good, but in addition reveals smudges slightly simply, so you want to remember that you simply’ll always should rub this clear (I purposedly haven’t cleaned our pattern earlier than taking the photographs).

That apart, the very compact footprint is a attribute of the ZenBook 15 lineup. The laptop computer will get small bezels across the display and a really small seen chin, largely as a result of most of it’s tucked away behind the primary chassis because of the Ergolift hinge design. This beautiful a lot lifts-up the laptop computer on the underside of the show, making a barely ahead inclined typing place and permitting for higher airflow beneath.

My solely nit with this design regards the truth that the cooling exhaust is positioned very near the precise panel. Scorching air is pushed out by way of vents between the hinges, and with most laptops, there’s a chin beneath the show to take the brunt of the warmth. The chin is far smaller on this ZenBook 15, and because of this, the precise panel reaches temperatures of round 50 levels Celsius in that space proper close to the exhaust, whereas the pc runs video games and different demanding hundreds.

Asus are most certainly conscious of this facet, because the UX534 fashions ship with a layer of glass on high of the panel, which helps with each the warmth and strengthening the show. There’s no contact included although, which might have been a welcomed addition.

The glass-cover does push the load as much as Three.7 lbs (1.7 kilos), whereas the non-glare variant weighed simply Three.Four lbs (1.55 kilos).

This apart, the ZenBook 15 UX534 is pretty sensible and ergonomic, however I nonetheless want Asus would blunt the interior edges, they’re a bit sharp for my liking and dig into my wrists when utilizing the pc in cramped areas. On high of that, they might do one thing about permitting the display to lean again previous 145 levels, that’s a small element that I search for in an ultraportable, as I typically use the laptop computer on the knees, whereas mendacity in mattress or on the couch.

So far as the IO goes, nothing has modified. The laptop computer nonetheless will get 2x USB-A slots, one USB-C gen2 with video assist, a full-size HDMI connector and a full-size card-reader. Asus even features a USB to LAN adapter within the pack, simply in case you want entry to wired Web. The one factor lacking continues to be Thunderbolt Three assist, which prevents this from being hooked to a TB3 dock and particularly to an exterior GPU.

Keyboard and trackpad

I bear in mind I appreciated this keyboard on the Zenbook UX533, however I’m not that keen on it anymore on the UX534. Don’t get me improper, it’s a superb typer, it’s very quick and quiet and responsive. Nevertheless, there’s one thing I simply can’t get used to with the best way the keys click on.

The strokes are pretty shallow and don’t require lots of drive to actuate, however on the similar time you must hit the keys during, or else they gained’t all the time actuate. Meaning you’ll generally hit the important thing, however don’t get the outcome, and that occurred pretty typically with the left Shift and the House keys. That apart, because of the mushy strokes, this keyboard can also be unforgiving to straying fingers. Assured typers will most likely get away with it positive as soon as they alter to this bizarre suggestions, however it’s going to take a while.

That apart, the keyboard can also be backlit, with white LEDs and three brightness ranges to select from. The illumination will be summoned with a swipe throughout the clickpad and takes round a minute to change off.

The structure can also be normal for a 15-inch ZenBook, with correctly sized and spaced main-keys, shorter arrows and a cramped NumPad part that additionally integrates the Energy button on the very top-right.

The novelty right here is the addition of the ScreePad we’ve additionally seen on the opposite 2019 ZenBooks and VivoBooks, which consists of a big clickpad with an precise display (5.65″, 2160 x 1440 px decision, IPS panel) hidden beneath. Customers can select to have this lively or change it off with a press of the F6 key. When off, the floor appears and feels similar to a glass-covered clickpad, which works nice with each day swipes, faucets, and gestures. The implementation is sturdy and doesn’t rattle with faucets, and the decrease half clicks easily and quietly.

Activating the ScreenPad adverts in additional performance, however takes a toll on battery life, so I’d solely hold it lively whereas the laptop computer is plugged in.

When lively, the Screenpad works as both a secondary display seen in Home windows, and on this method can show every part you could possibly placed on a secondary display (however miniaturized, after all), or as a companion display working apps tied to sure software program that you simply’re working on the primary show. These apps should be developed, although, and proper now there aren’t many obtainable. Our pattern got here with companion screens for the Microsoft Calendar, Music, Spotify, Evernote, Phrase, Excell, and Powerpoint, in addition to a Numpad function.

There’s no finger-sensor on the Zenbook UX534, however most variations get a set of IR Hi there cameras on the high of the display. Our check items didn’t embody the IR Cameras, which implies Asus would possibly select to chop them off in sure markets.


The ZenBook UX534 will get a 15.6-inch show obtainable in just a few completely different variants. We obtained to check the FHD and the UHD Glare panels, each with a layer of protecting glass, however with out assist for contact.

As defined earlier, the glass does reinforce the show and helps fend off a few of the warmth that blows into the show from the exhausts, however it additionally provides glare and reflections into the combo, making the laptops harder to make use of outside or in brilliant environments.

And that’s particularly problematic within the FHD panel-option, which will get a slightly common panel made by BOE, an identical to the one of many ZenBook UX533. The glass takes a small toll on the perceived brightness, although, that’s why our sensor solely measured max brightness-levels of round 260-nits on this check mannequin.

Particulars down beneath, taken with a Spyder Four sensor.

  • Panel HardwareID: BOE BOE07D8 (NV156FHM-N63);
  • Protection: 96% sRGB, 72% NTSC, 74% AdobeRGB;
  • Measured gamma: 2.2;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display: 256 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 640:1;
  • White level: 8400 Ok;
  • Black on max brightness: zero.40 cd/m2;
  • PWM: No;
  • Response time: ~42 ms GtG.

The panel got here poorly calibrated out of the field, with a severely skewed white-point and blueish tint, so that you’ll need to deal with that. We additionally observed shade and luminance uniformity deviations within the decrease corners, so total I’d say that is an OK display possibility, however probably not what I’d anticipate on this class in 2019. And that’s as a result of the competitors has raised the bar recently, together with brighter and better-quality FHD shows on their items.

Asus additionally affords a UHD display possibility for the ZenBook UX534FTC variant, which will get a a lot nicer panel. It’s nonetheless made by BOE, however it’s brighter, richer (with 100% Adobe RGB protection) and extra uniform, as you possibly can see beneath. Particulars down beneath, taken with a Spyder Four sensor.

  • Panel HardwareID: BOE BOE07D( (NE156QUM-N64);
  • Protection: 100% sRGB, 100% NTSC, 100% AdobeRGB;
  • Measured gamma: 2.2;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display: 431 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 750:1;
  • White level: 7300 Ok;
  • Black on max brightness: zero.58 cd/m2;
  • PWM: No.
  • Response time: ~48 ms GtG.

In fact, the UHD panel does value extra and takes a slight toll on the battery life, however as you’ll see in an additional part down beneath, it’s smaller than I anticipated.

Backside level, Asus wants to enhance future ZenBooks 15 on this division. For this era, the FHD panel is barely OK by at the moment’s requirements so long as you’re largely protecting the laptop computer indoors, whereas the UHD panel is a stable possibility, however costlier and most certainly not obtainable in most areas. On high of that, each these choices are shiny and but don’t assist contact, which is one thing clients would possibly need and one thing Asus affords on the 14-inch ZenBook UX434.

Oh, and another factor: each these panels are 60 Hz and pretty sluggish, thus not nice for gaming.

, efficiency and improve choices

Our check fashions are each top-tier configurations of the Zenbook UX534FT and UX534FTC, with the high-end Core i7 U processor, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1 TB Samsung PM981 NVMe SSD and the Max-Q variant of the Nvidia GeForce 1650 graphics chip.

The UX534FTC comes with the Comet Lake Core i7-10710U, whereas the UX534FT will get the Whiskey Lake Core i7-8565U. The previous is the newer launch for late-2019, however it’s nearly the identical by way of specs and efficiency in this sort of skinny implementations, that’s why we’ll largely give attention to the i7-10710U on this overview. I’ll, nonetheless, put up a distinct article evaluating the 2 within the subsequent few days.

Anyway, the 1 TB configurations include a quick Samsung PM981 SSD out-of-the-box, however 256 and 512 GB configurations would possibly solely ship with PCIe x2 drives that you simply would possibly need to improve. The storage is, in truth, the one upgradeable part on this laptop computer, because the CPU, RAM and Wi-Fi are soldered on the motherboard, so it is best to be sure that to get the configuration you need from the start. Fortunately, most configurations embody 16 GB of RAM from what I’m seeing.

You need to take away all the again panel to get inside, which is a reasonably easy job: you’ll want a Torx screwdriver for the screws seen across the sides, and there no different screws hidden beneath the rear rubber toes, like on the ZenBook 14.

So far as the GPU goes, that’s, in truth, the foremost replace of those 2019 generations. Final yr’s mannequin got here with a Pascal GTX 1050 Max-Q chip and these 2019 variations get a Turing GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU. It’s nonetheless an entry-level chip optimized for cell, thus with only a 35W TDP and never the 50W you’ll get with full-size laptops, however it’s pretty succesful so long as you don’t plan to run the most recent titles at excessive graphics settings.

We’ll get to the graphics efficiency in a second, however first, let’s contact on the CPU. In fact, the laptop computer handles on a regular basis use (shopping, video, text-editing) easily, however when you’re getting the i7 you’ll most certainly need to put it to some critical work as effectively.

That’s why we check the CPU’s efficiency in demanding hundreds by working Cinebench R15 for 10+ occasions in a loop, with 2-Three sec delay between every run, which simulates a 100% load on all of the cores. For our assessments, we used the Excessive-Efficiency mode in Home windows.

Out of the field, the CPU settles for round Three.1 GHz after a number of Cinebench runs, scores of round 650 factors, a TDP of 24+ W and temperatures of round 89 levels Celsius.

The outcomes are excellent for a Core U laptop computer, as Asus units a excessive TDP worth that favors efficiency, however the temperatures are increased than I used to be anticipating. As compared, the i7-8565U powered UX534FT runs Four-5 levels cooler and delivers the identical type of efficiency, whereas the UX533 reviewed final yr was able to comparable outcomes whereas protecting the CPU at round 75 levels Celsius. It did run noisier, although, which means that Asus tweaked the fan profile in the direction of a extra quiet one on the 2019 fashions. We’ll speak extra about this beneath.

For now, we proceeded to enhance this conduct by undervolting the CPU with Throttlestop, as defined on this detailed information. Our i7-10710U ran stably at -60 mV, whereas the Whiskey Lake i7-8565U went decrease to -80 mV, however it’s vital to know that the i7-10710U variant is an early pre-production model, whereas the i7-8565U is a last retail unit, so there’s room for additional enchancment on the Comet Lake configuration with later drivers and software program updates.

At -60 mV, the CPU settles for round Three.2 GHz after a number of Cinebench runs, scores of round 690-700 factors, a TDP of 24+ W and temperatures of round 89-90 levels Celsius, which is a mere 5% enchancment over the inventory settings. As compared, the i7-8565U undervolted at -80 mV settled for Three.2 – Three.Three GHz, scores of round 700-710 factors and temperatures of round 85 levels Celsius.

Our pattern carried out fairly effectively on battery too (particulars above), returning scores of round 580 factors in Cinebench, with the CPU being restricted to 15 W and frequencies of two.5-2.6 GHz.

Subsequent, we’ve included a set of benchmarks, for these of you interested by numbers. We ran them on the Excessive-Efficiency profile and default settings:

  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 6519 (Graphics – 7435, Physics – 9314);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 2888 (Graphics – 2807, CPU – 3458);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 5597;
  • GeekBench Four.Four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 5003, Multi-core: 14883;
  • GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1195, Multi-core: 3849;
  • CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 713 cb, CPU Single Core 171 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 1525 cb;
  • x264 HD Benchmark Four.zero 32-bit: Move 1 – 172.02 fps, Move 2 – 42.24 fps.
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 80.86 s.

Then we reran a few of them on the -60 mV undervolted profile:

  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 6430 (Graphics – 7227, Physics – 10213);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 2913 (Graphics – 2803, CPU – 3756);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 5536;
  • PCMark 10: 4881 (Necessities – 8983 , Productiveness – 7204 , Digital Content material Creation – 4876);;
  • PassMark: Score: 4655, CPU mark: 10919, 3D Graphics Mark: 6002;
  • GeekBench Four.Four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 5358, Multi-core: 16920;
  • GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1228, Multi-core: 4000;
  • CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 736 cb, CPU Single Core 180 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 1609 cb, CPU Single Core 419 cb;
  • x264 HD Benchmark Four.zero 32-bit: Move 1 – 182.68 fps, Move 2 – 44.46 fps;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 77.12 s.

All in all, the 2019 ZenBook 15s carry out very effectively for Core U implementations, as a result of the CPUs are set to run at increased than normal frequencies and TDP.

They’re performance-wise pretty shut or the Core H i5s with 45W TDP, at a fraction of the vitality necessities, which permits them to additionally carry out very effectively whereas unplugged, each within the Cinebench loops and with video games. Alternatively, they will’t match the six-core Core H i7s obtainable in most different 15-inch performance-ultraportables, so if efficiency in demanding work/college hundreds is one in all your major standards, likelihood is you’ll discover higher worth with these. We’ll discuss your choices within the conclusions part.

Shifting ahead, we check the system’s total stability in mixed CPU + GPU assessments by working the 3DMark TimeSpy Stress check and the LuxMark Three.1 check. Each UX534 samples handed the 3Dmark assessments, and with Luxmark, which simulates a mixed 100% load on each the CPU and GPU on the similar time, the CPU drops to 15W pretty rapidly and throttles to 1.5 GHz, whereas the GPU runs effectively at 35W and stable frequencies.

Lastly, we get to run some actual video games consultant for DX11 and DX12 architectures, on the Max Efficiency energy profile and the -60 mV CPU undervolt, at FHD Low, FHD Excessive and UHD Low settings, simply to see what you possibly can anticipate when you’re getting the UHD panel and take into consideration working video games on the native decision (spoiler: don’t).

FHD Low FHD Excessive UHD Low
Bioshock Infinite 162 fps 136 fps
Far Cry 5 57 fps 46 fps 19 fps
Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor 92 fps 66 fps 25 fps
Rise of Tomb Raider 38 fps 31 fps 24 fps
Shadow of Tomb Raider 53 fps 36 fps
The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt 72-94 42-62 fps 23-30
  • The Witcher Three – recorded with Fraps in marketing campaign mode
  • Bioshock, Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities

For comparability, right here’s how this GTX 1650 Max-Q laptop computer compares to a couple different units in the marketplace: the smaller ZenBook UX434 (i7 Core U, MX250 10W), the older ZenBook UX533 (i7 Core U, GTX 1050 35W) and the full-size Acer Nitro 7 (i7 Core H, GTX 1650 50W).

UX534 FHD Excessive UX433 FHD Low UX533 FHD Extremely Nitro 7 FHD Extremely
Bioshock Infinite 136 fps 77 fps 114 fps
Far Cry 5 46 fps 23 fps 24 fps 56 fps
Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor 66 fps 50 fps 57 fps 88 fps
Rise of Tomb Raider 31 fps 32 fps 24 fps 53 fps
Shadow of Tomb Raider 36 fps eight fps 53 fps
The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt 42-62 fps 27-38 fps 24-32 fps 46-56 fps

Again to our ZenBook UX534FTC, the gaming efficiency out-of-the-box is OK, nonetheless, we logged within the expertise on the -60 mV undervolted profile. Each the CPU and the GPU work effectively however run at pretty excessive temperatures, round 85-90 levels Celsius for the CPU and round 78-80 levels for the GPU.

Gaming on the battery can also be doable on this laptop computer. On this case, the GPU is proscribed to 30 W and the CPU at round 14-15 W, however the expertise stays wonderful. You’re not going to sport for lengthy although, because the battery will run out of juice in about 70 minutes.

In conclusion, the ZenBook UX534FTC can play video games launched in the previous few years pretty effectively, so long as you’re OK with reducing on the small print. This isn’t a gaming laptop computer by any means, as you’ll discover units with higher specs and sooner 144 HZ screens for a similar type of cash or much less when you’re keen to compromise on the portability and ultra-compact form-factor.

Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others

The UX534s hold the identical thermal design from the UX533, with two 5V followers and two heatpipes, every pipe linked to a single radiator. Efficiency-wise, this cooling does a reasonably good job at protecting the Core U CPU and GTX 1650 GPU in examine, as seen above, however each elements run at excessive temperatures with video games and different demanding hundreds.

I’d have anticipated that to ramp up the outside temperatures a good bit as effectively, however the outer shell solely reaches temperatures of round 45 levels Celsius, which isn’t unhealthy in any respect. As expressed earlier than, although, I’m involved about the truth that scorching air is pushed into the display and the panel-area across the exhaust goes previous 50 levels Celsius, which I’m afraid would possibly trigger points over time. That is, in my view, a design flaw and one thing Asus haven’t correctly thought of of their quest to make the ZenBook sequence smaller than the competitors.

Now, when you don’t plan on working lots of video games and different taxing chores, that shouldn’t trouble you that a lot. However then once more, in that case, you is likely to be higher off with a distinct laptop computer altogether, as you’d be paying additional for the 1650 CPU that gained’t be put to make use of.

That apart, the ZenBook 15 runs cooly and quietly with each day use. The followers are all the time lively, even with mild use, however you’re not going to listen to them whereas shopping and watching motion pictures, they usually stay very quiet with gaming as effectively, at about 40-41 dB at head-level. That’s a bit decrease than on the ZenBook 15 UX533, which confirms my assumption that Asus have tweaked the fan profile between generations, with a optimistic influence on noise-levels and a detrimental influence on interior temperatures.

Sadly, there’s no approach to additional change this conduct from the software program, as Asus doesn’t present any energy profiles or management over followers and efficiency on the ZenBook lineup.

I additionally haven’t observed any coil whine or digital noise on both of our samples, however this has plagued Asus merchandise previously and there’s no assure you gained’t’ get any along with your unit.

*Each day Use – working Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, followers 35-36 dB
*Load – taking part in Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, followers 40-41 dB

With the transfer to Intel’s 10th gen , the ZenBook UX534FTC additionally will get the most recent WiFi 6 wi-fi connectivity, by way of the Intel AX201 module. Because of this, the laptop computer carried out nice with our setup and we didn’t’ run into any points throughout our assessments. That apart, a USB to Ethernet dongle can also be included within the field, simply in case, you’ll ever must hook to the Web through wire.

The audio system have been barely redesigned as effectively on the 2019 ZenBook 15s, as the entire battery-section has been revamped to accommodate the ScreenPad. Because of this, there’s now not lots of unused area across the audio system they usually’ve been moved on the perimeters and now not fireplace trough grills on the entrance, which implies you’re going to be much less more likely to muffle them when utilizing the machine on the lap.

The standard hasn’t considerably modified, although, which makes these audio system OK for each day use. We measured most volumes of about 80-82 dB at head stage, with none distortions and a restricted quantity of vibrations within the palm-rest, and the sound comes out alright, with good mids and highs, however slightly missing on the low finish. The output will be considerably tweaked within the included AudioWizard app, however don’t anticipate wonders.

A 720p digicam is positioned on the high of the display on our unit and it’s mediocre, similar to most different laptop computer cameras. Retail variations of the ZenBook UX534FTC also needs to get a set of IR Hi there cameras in most areas, flanked by an array of mics suitable with Alexa and Cortana, which is able to assist out when logging in with out having to kind the password, since this laptop computer doesn’t get different varieties of biometrics.

Battery life

The inner redesign barely shrunk the battery contained in the ZenBook UX534s to 71 Wh, down from the 73 Wh battery contained in the UX533. That’s nonetheless a superb dimension for a thin-and-light 15-inch laptop computer, thus there’s no shock it will final for fairly a very long time on a cost.

The autonomy goes to range primarily based on the display alternative, after all, and we examined each samples and yow will discover the outcomes beneath (each with the ScreenPads switched off).

First, right here’s what we obtained on the FHD configuration, with the display set at 40% brightness, which is round 120 nits:

  • eight.5 W (~eight+ h of use) – textual content enhancing in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • eight.6 W (~eight+ h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • eight.Three W (~eight+ h min of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 13.5 W (~5 + h of use) – shopping in Edge, Higher Efficiency Mode, display at 40%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 55 W (~1 h 10 min of use) – Gaming – Witcher Three, Max Efficiency Mode, display at 40%, Wi-Fi ON, no fps restrict.

And right here’s the UHD panel, with the display this time set at 30% brightness, which is nearer to these 120 nits:

  • eight.5 W (~eight+ h of use) – textual content enhancing in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 9 W (~eight+ h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • eight.2 W (~eight+ h min of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 16 W (~Four h 30 min of use) – shopping in Edge, Higher Efficiency Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 55 W (~2 h of use) – Gaming – Witcher Three, Max Efficiency Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON, no fps restrict.

I used to be anticipating greater variations between the 2 choices, however the UHD got here near the FHD display in most conditions.

Activating the ScreenPad provides an total draw of 1-4W, primarily based on what’s working on it. I’d slightly preserve the battery and don’t discover a lot use for the ScreenPad anyway, so I’d largely hold it off. Even when I have been to make use of it, I’d most likely solely activate it whereas having the laptop computer plugged in and with a mouse hooked in.

Asus bundles the ZenBook UX534s with compact and light-weight 120 W charger, satisfactory capability for the inside this laptop computer. It’s the two-piece design with longer cables and never the lighter design we’ve seen on ZenBooks within the final years, with the prongs hooked up to the ability brick. There’s nonetheless no quick-charging, thus a full cost takes round two hours, and the USB-C port nonetheless doesn’t assist charging.

Value and availability

The Zenbook 15 UX534 sequence is available in shops as of early-October 2019.

Proper now you’ll largely discover the UX534FT configurations, with the Core i7-8565U processor. Within the US, probably the most widespread variant contains 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB of storage and the FHD glass-covered display (with out contact!) for $1399, which could be very aggressive for these specs and that quantity of storage.

The i7-10710U fashions are already obtainable in Europe, and can quickly be obtainable within the US as effectively. Over right here they begin at round 1500 EUR for the i7 /16 GB RAM / 512 GB SSD / FHD display variant. The UHD panel will most certainly demand a 200-300 USD/EUR premium, which is likely to be value it, given its wonderful high quality.

Down the road, I anticipate the UX534FT fashions to be step by step changed with the Comet Lake updates, however they may additionally go on reductions as they’re retired, so hold your eyes out for these gross sales.

Observe this hyperlink for up to date configurations and costs on the time you’re studying the article.

Ultimate ideas

The 2019/2020 ZenBook 15 UX534 stays a aggressive product in its class and one thing I’d contemplate if in the marketplace for a compact and light-weight pocket book with a full-size 15-inch show, wonderful on a regular basis efficiency, some gaming skills for the spare time and good battery life, all in a bundle that gained’t break the financial institution for you.

At 1399 USD /1500 EUR this isn’t an affordable pc by any means, however it’s extra reasonably priced than most different choices with comparable traits and options.

In fact, these ZenBooks are usually not with out their flaws. The typical-quality FHD display on most configurations, the dearth of Thunderbolt Three assist and the potential points that may very well be attributable to the elements working at excessive temperatures and by the new air being blown into the display, these are all good-enough causes to look elsewhere.

Efficiency ultra-portables just like the Dell XPS 15, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Excessive and even the MacBook Professional are going to supply higher efficiency, higher screens and larger batteries (not essentially longer battery-life, although), however comparable configurations will value you nearer to 2 grands, if no more. Then, if gaming is vital for you, then you definately’d be higher of with both a full-size laptop computer in the identical value vary, or maybe one of many compact choices with succesful graphics and quick screens, just like the Acer Predator Triton, the Asus ROG Zephyrus M and even the Razer Blade 15 Base, amongst others.

Alternatively, if gaming isn’t one thing you’re fascinated by, maybe ultraportables just like the LG Gram 15 or the Microsoft Floor Laptop computer 15 are those for you, with nicer screens, lighter weight and even longer battery life.

In the long run, the Asus ZenBook UX534FTC suits someplace between all these, as a possible jack-of-all-trades, one thing solely the Lenovo Yoga C740 may additionally supply today. That’s most likely this one’s essential rival, with comparable options and specs, however a convertible form-factor and a touchscreen. We’ve but to overview it on the time of this publish, however keep tuned for updates.

Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I have been masking cell computer systems because the 2000s and you will largely discover opinions and thorough guides written by me right here on the positioning.

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