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ASUS ZenBook S UX393EA review (Core i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake, 3:2 3K touchscreen)

ASUS ZenBook S UX393EA evaluation (Core i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake, Three:2 3K touchscreen)

The ZenBook S is Asus’s premium lineup of ultrabooks, and has been up to date as of late-2020 with a brand-new product, code title ZenBook S UX393EA.

It is a main revamp of the earlier ZenBook S UX392 from 2019, now together with a Three:2 wide-gamut touchscreen, up to date primarily based on an Intel Tiger Lake platform, a bigger battery, and redesigned inputs and IO, all tucked inside a premium aluminum chassis. Because of this, that is finally a strong competitor for the opposite premium ultrabooks of this technology.

We’ve spent the previous few weeks with this ZenBook S UX393EA and gathered out ideas on it on this evaluation, with the sturdy factors and the quirks, in an effort to work out if that is as strong of a product in precise use because it appears to be on paper.

Disclaimer, our unit is a pre-production pattern supplied by Asus for the aim of this check. So far as I can inform, it’s equivalent to the retail fashions, however it’s best to nonetheless take our findings within the typing expertise, efficiency and effectivity sections with a grain of salt, as these may differ on the ultimate product and be influenced by future software program updates, given the early nature of the Tiger Lake platform. We’ll replace sooner or later if we get to retest a retail mannequin as nicely.

Specs as reviewed – ZenBook S UX393EA

Asus ZenBook S UX393EA
Display screen 13.9 inch, 3300 x 2200 px, Three:2 side ratio, IPS, shiny, contact, 500-nits and 100% DCI-P3 AU Optronics B139KAN01.Zero panel
Processor Intel Tiger Lake, as much as Core i7-1165G7, 4C/8T
Video Intel Iris Xe graphics
Reminiscence eight GB LPDDR4x 4266 MHz (soldered, dual-channel)
Storage 1x M.2 PCIe x4 SSD (Intel 660p SSDPEKNW010T8)
Connectivity Wi-fi 6 (Intel AX201), Bluetooth 5.Zero
Ports 1x USB-A Three.2 gen1, 2x USB-C Three.2 with Thunderbolt Four (knowledge, video, and energy), HDMI 1.Four?, microSD card reader, Three.5 mm jack with USB-C adapter
Battery 67 Wh, 65W USB-C charger with quick-charging
Dimension 306 mm or 12.04” (w) x 224 mm or eight.81” (d) x 15.7 mm or Zero.62” (h)
Weight from 2.97 lbs (1.35 kg)+ .45 lbs (.21 kg) charger, US model
Extras golden backlit keyboard with full-size format, glass NumberPad, HD+IR webcam with Hi there, stereo backside audio system

Asus affords the UX393EA in a large number of configurations, with varied quantities of reminiscence and storage, in addition to both Intel i5-1035G7 or Intel i7-1065G7 platforms. These apart, although, all of them share the remainder of the opposite traits.

If you happen to’re curious about our different opinions of Asus ZenBook lineups, you’ll find them listed right here, whereas our prolonged protection of the most effective ultraportable laptops of the second is out there right here.

Design and building

As I discussed already, this ZenBook UX393 is a model new design for Asus, their first laptop computer with a Three:2 show. That makes the chassis taller and, corroborated with the inner redesign and bigger battery, heavier than on the earlier ZenBook S sequence, at slightly below Three lbs on this reviewed configuration. As much as you if that’s a problem in a market with fairly a couple of sub-2lbs choices as of late.

This ZenBook additionally makes up for its weight with the sturdy construct high quality. Each the lid and the inside barely bulge even when pressed more durable and abused, and I haven’t seen any creaks or humorous noises when selecting up the laptop computer, not even when grabbing it from a nook, or throughout every day use. It is a lot stronger made than the conventional mid-2020 ZenBook lineup we’ve examined in latest months.

As for the design language, we’re getting the enduring ZenBook accents: a refined sample of concentric circles on the lid-cover, spurring from a golden non-lit Asus emblem, a reasonably clear inside with little branding parts and a few golden accents across the edges, and a principally dark-gray metallic floor all over the place else. This exhibits smudges and fingerprints pretty simply, so that you’ll consistently need to rub it clear, but it surely in any other case seems to be good and beautiful. I like how this seems to be general, even when the golden accents aren’t actually my cup of tea.

As for the practicality, this ZenBook implements the identical Ergolift design we’ve seen on previous ZenBooks, with the primary physique lifting up on small rubber toes positioned on the backside of the display half in an effort to favor a barely inclined typing place and improved airflow beneath. The cooling system pulls air from some slender lateral consumption cuts on the underside panel, and blows it out by means of the grills below the display, into the display, a typical perpetrator of the Ergolift design. We’ll speak about its effectivity and implications in an additional part.

That apart, the hinge-mechanism permits to simply choose up the display and modify it with a single hand, however the lean-back angle is restricted to solely about 145 levels, removed from the 180-degree I desire on this form-factor. In any other case, the laptop computer ists snugly on a flat floor and the huge arm-rest permits for snug use on each the desk and on the lap, and prevents your wrists from usually coming into contact with the nonetheless pretty sharp lips and entrance corners.

The IO is OK, with two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt Four help and an HDMI port lined-up on the left aspect, and an additional USB-A and miniSD card-reader on the precise. I can’t inform for positive if that’s an HDMI 2.Zero or 1.Four port, nonetheless wanting into it.

The standing LEDs are additionally neatly positioned on the left edge out of the best way, but Asus nonetheless applied an always-on mild within the energy button, nonetheless annoying the best way when watching a film at evening. Very similar to on the ZenBook UX325/UX425 fashions, although, there’s no built-in Three.5 mm jack on this laptop computer, as an alternative, Asus affords a USB-C to three.5 mm dongle within the pack. I’m not a fan, and it’s as much as you to resolve if that is one thing you’ll be able to settle for or not. I additionally would have most well-liked a full-size card reader as an alternative of the limited-use microSD one applied.

These apart, Asus additionally features a set of IR biometric cameras on the high of the display, WiFi Ax connectivity, and a USB to LAN adapter within the pack, in case you want wired Web entry. There’s no figner-sensor, although, however additionally they bundle a fabric/leatherette protecting sleeve with this ZenBook, a pleasant add-on that’s going to maintain the metallic coating protected in your bag.

Keyboard and trackpad

Whereas the keyboard format applied on this UX393 is just like the opposite layouts examined on fashionable ZenBooks, with full-size keys, spacious main-function keys, and the squashed inverted-T arrows, this implementation feels totally different in precise use.

Now, don’t neglect that is an early pattern and there’s an opportunity this isn’t the ultimate retail keyboard. I don’t assume that’s the case, although, as an alternative, Asus applied a shallower and softer typer right here on this thinner chassis, and that takes a toll on the general suggestions and accuracy. With the shorter strokes and really fast actuations, this leaves nearly no room for errors. For me, this suggestions translated right into a excessive error charge and never a really convincing typing expertise.

On the identical time, this can be a very fast and silent keyboard, nicely suited to library use and different quiet environments.

Suggestions apart, this keyboard can be backlit and it’s one of many higher implementations accessible in an Asus laptop computer, with uniform illumination and bright-enough ranges on the highest settings. On high of that, with the brief strokes, there’s additionally little to no mild bleeding noticeable from below the keys, with just some popping out from beneath the highest row of Perform keys. Moreover, Asus additionally made positive to implement a devoted Caps Lock indicator.

Down beneath the keyboard, centered on the chassis, Asus applied a spacious glass clickpad with Precision drivers and secondary NumberPad performance, the identical they placed on their different 2020 ZenBook and ExpertBook lineups. It’s a easy, dependable, and durable floor, with good gesture help and palm-rejection, and I’ve nothing to complain about it.

There’s no ScreenPad provided for this sequence, which stays an unique for the ZenBook 14 UX435s on this technology and the older UX434s.

As for biometrics, there’s no finger-sensor on the Zenbook UX393, however you do get a set of IR cameras on the high of the display.

Display screen

This ZenBook S UX393 implements the most effective display ever provided in an Asus ultrabook, and by a really far margin. In reality, it’s among the finest screens within the trade proper now.

First off, this can be a 13.9-inch Three:2 panel, thus affords a taller form-factor and elevated working house over the 16:9 and 16:10 panels on the market. The one draw back is the black bars you’ll need to dwell with on the high and backside when watching motion pictures.

Then, that is additionally a touchscreen, which except for the apparent profit, can be a shiny reflective floor.

Lastly, this is a wonderful high quality panel, with 3K decision (3300 x 2200 px), 500+ nits of brightness, 1600+:1 distinction ratio, and wonderful colours, with almost 100% DCI-P3 protection. This outmatches the panels at present provided within the MacBook Professional, MateBook X Professional, or the XPS 13.

Right here’s what we received in our exams, with an X-Ceremony i1 Show Professional sensor:

  • Panel HardwareID: AU Optronics AUO1A94 (B139KAN01.Zero);
  • Protection: 99.7% sRGB, 87.7% AdobeRGB, 97.6% DCI-P3;
  • Measured gamma: 2.00;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display: 514.07 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Min brightness in the course of the display: 28.04 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1674:1;
  • White level: 7500 Okay;
  • Black on max brightness: Zero.30 cd/m2;
  • PWM: No – tbu.

My solely grievance right here is the poor calibration out of the field and the 12-13% distinction in illumination consistency within the decrease corners, paired with some slight bleeding alongside the lower-edge. A calibration run with the X-Ceremony i1 Professional or the same sensor will handle the colour imbalances, making this panel a superb alternative for artistic work and every other exercise that requires a color-accurate show.

I can’t but touch upon the usage of PWM on this panel since we don’t have the precise instruments to correctly check it. I haven’t seen any flickering with the bare eye, however that’s nonetheless one thing it’s best to additional look into.

and efficiency

Our check mannequin is a mid-specced configuration of the Asus ZenBook S UX393EA, with an Intel Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics, solely eight GB of LPDDR4x 4266 MHz reminiscence, and a middling 1 TB Intel 660p SSD.

Earlier than we proceed, remember the fact that our evaluation unit is a pre-release pattern despatched over by Asus and examined with the software program accessible as of late-September 2020 (BIOS 201, MyAsus 2.2.38.Zero app).

Spec-wise, that is primarily based on the late-2020 Intel Tiger Lake i7-1165G7 , the identical applied by a large number of different ultrabooks of this technology. It’s a 4C/8T processor, very snappy in single-core duties, and averagely competent in multitasking, particularly when allowed to run at larger TDP settings. OEMs can implement this in a few totally different variations, with a sustained TDP of as much as 28W. As you’ll discover from our exams, this ZenBook is likely one of the higher implementations, able to 26+W of sustained energy in demanding masses in its most aggressive energy profile.

Graphics are nonetheless the main novelty of this Tiger Lake platform, and the i7-1165G7 will get probably the most succesful model of the Iris Xe iGPU, with 96 Execution Items clocked at as much as 1350 MHz. That’s a big improve over the Iris Professional G7 within the Ice Lake i7-1065G7 processor, with its 64 EUs and decrease frequency, alongside a few different technology disadvantages.

Our configurations additionally will get eight GB of LPDDR4x 4266 MHz of RAM out of the field, in dual-channel, and an Intel 660p PCIe x4 SSD, a mid-performance choice. This would possibly differ for the retail variations, although, particularly on the 1 TB configurations, which Asus usually equips with quicker Samsung drives. Nonetheless, upgrades are attainable in case you take away the again panel, maintain in place by a few seen Torx screws, and two extra hidden behind the rear-rubber toes.

The CPU and reminiscence are soldered on the motherboard and non-upgradable, and inside you’ll discover that many of the inside house is occupied by the battery right here, leaving for a small motherboard that despatched over the SSD near the CPU plate.

So far as the software program goes, this will get the usual MyAsus app which permits management over the facility profiles, battery and display settings, updates, and so forth, whereas the Audio is managed in AudioWizard.

There are three efficiency/thermal profiles to select from:

  • Efficiency – permits the CPU to run at 26+W, with followers ramping as much as 41-42 dB in demanding masses and video games;
  • Customary – permits the CPU to run at 17+W, with followers ramping as much as 37-38 dB in demanding masses and video games;
  • Whisper – limits the CPU at 10+W to favor decrease fan-noise of sub 30 dB.

The Customary profile is well-balanced and retains the fan idle with mild use, and quiet with heavier masses. The laptop computer additionally feels snappy with every day multitasking, video streaming, text-editing, and the likes.

Nevertheless, extra demanding masses and gaming profit from the Efficiency mode and the elevated energy allocation. Don’t neglect to take these findings with a grain of salt, as our unit is pre-production and never the ultimate retail mannequin.

We begin by testing the CPU’s efficiency in taxing chores by working the Cinebench R15 benchmark for 15+ instances in a loop, with 2-Three seconds delay between every run, on the Efficiency mode.

The Tiger Lake i7 processor runs at about 26W of energy and ~3000 MHz from the get-go, with no vital enhance within the first loops, and excessive temperatures within the 90+ Celsius. The fan ramps to about 41-42 dB at head-level on this check, and the laptop computer returns scores of round 780-800 factors.

Undervolting is just not an choice for Tiger Lake with the newest variants of Throttlestop, so we couldn’t tweak the settings in any approach.

We did retest the laptop computer on the Customary and Whisper modes. Customary limits the CPU at 17+ W, with a lower in fan-noise, and Whisper lowers the restrict to 10+ W, with even quieter followers. Right here’s what we received in our exams.

To place these ends in perspective, right here’s how a few different AMD and Intel ultraportable notebooks rating on this identical check.

The 8Core and 6Core Ryzen 4000 platforms are nonetheless a transparent step-up in efficiency over the Intel choices, however TigerLake appears to be a slight enchancment over matching IceLake configurations on this form of CPU-heavy masses.

Operating the longer and tougher Cinebench R20 check ends in comparable findings, whereas on the grotesque Prime 95 check the CPU stabilizes at round 25+ W after a brief preliminary enhance, with temperatures of round 90-degrees C.

We additionally ran our mixed CPU+GPU stress exams on this pocket book, on the identical Efficiency profile.

3DMark stress runs the identical check for 20 instances in a loop and appears for efficiency variation and degradation over time, and this unit didn’t cross it, which suggests a efficiency degradation as soon as the warmth builds-up. That’s not sudden given the excessive CPU temperatures in our earlier exams. Luxmark Three.1 absolutely masses each the CPU and GPU on the identical time, but it surely doesn’t correctly help the Tiger Lake at the moment, so it’s not related right here.

Subsequent, listed below are some benchmark outcomes. We ran the complete suite of exams and benchmarks on the usual Efficiency profile. Right here’s what we received.

  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 4658 (Graphics – 5084, Physics – 11691, Mixed – 1842);
  • 3DMark 13 – Evening Raid: 15454 (Graphics – 19181, CPU – 7356);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 1719 (Graphics – 1553, CPU – 4381);
  • AIDA64 Reminiscence check: -;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 2899;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 1019;
  • Handbrake 1.Three.1 (4K to 1080p encode): 21.14 common fps;
  • PassMark: Ranking: 4938 (CPU mark: 12930, 3D Graphics Mark: 3155, Disk Mark: 12947);
  • PCMark 10: 4744 (Necessities – 9826 , Productiveness – 6431 , Digital Content material Creation – 4585);
  • GeekBench Four.Four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 6642, Multi-core: 21760;
  • GeekBench 5.Zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1500, Multi-core: 4981;
  • CineBench R15 (finest run): CPU 799 cb, CPU Single Core 212 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (finest run): CPU 1923 cb, CPU Single Core 539 cb;
  • x264 HD Benchmark Four.Zero 32-bit: Move 1 – 184.22 fps, Move 2 – 42.46 fps;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 74.48 s.

We additionally ran some Workstation associated masses, on the Excessive Efficiency profile:

  • Blender 2.82 – BMW Automotive scene- CPU Compute: 9m 5s (Auto);
  • Blender 2.82 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 23m 9s (Auto);
  • Luxmark Three.1 – Luxball HDR – OpenCL CPUs + GPUs rating: CPU not correctly acknowledged;

These outcomes are inside 10% of the Intel i7-1185G7 reference configuration that has been supplied by Intel for the preliminary Tiger Lake efficiency previews, so I wouldn’t count on main variations with the retail fashions. There is likely to be some room for enchancment within the mixed CPU+GPU masses if Asus someway manages to run the nearer to its 28W theoretical sustained energy, however I don’t assume that’s attainable on this form of a skinny form-factor, given the excessive temperatures on our pattern. This side is very noticeable when working video games, the place the Tiger Lake i7 stabilizes at between 22-25W within the examined titles, with the GPU working at inside 10% of its marketed speeds of 1.35 GHz.

We ran a few DX11, DX12, and Vulkan titles on the Efficiency profile and Low/Lowest graphics settings. Right here’s what we received:

UX393 – Intel 1165G7 – FHD UX393 – Intel 1165G7 – 3K UX425 – Intel 1065G7 IdeaPad 7 – AMD R7 + Vega eight UM425 – AMD R7 + Vega 7
Bioshock Infinite (DX 11, Low Preset) 83 fps (44 fps – 1% low) 40 fps (22 fps – 1% low) 81 fps (58 fps – 1% low) 66 fps (50 fps – 1% low)
Dota 2 (DX 11, Finest Trying Preset) 63 fps (39 fps – 1% low) 34 fps (20 fps – 1% low) 53 fps (40 fps – 1% low) 39 fps (28 fps – 1% low)
Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Low Preset, no AA) 29 fps (19 fps – 1% low) 11 fps (Three fps – 1% low) 12 fps (10 fps – 1% low) 28 fps (24 fps – 1% low) 21 fps (17 fps – 1% low)
Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Lowest Preset) 44 fps (33 fps – 1% low) 32 fps (22 fps – 1% low) 33 fps (24 fps – 1% low) 45 fps (36 fps – 1% low)
NFS: Most Wished (DX 11, Lowest Preset) 60 fps (45 fps – 1% low) 35 fps (27 fps – 1% low) 42 fps (25 fps – 1% low) 60 fps (46 fps – 1% low) 56 fps (34 fps – 1% low)
Rise of the Tomb Raider (DX 12, Lowest Preset, no AA) 46 fps (12 fps – 1% low) 16 fps (Three fps – 1% low) 41 fps (22 fps – 1% low) 28 fps (22 fps – 1% low)
Shadow of Tomb Raider (Vulkan, Lowest Preset, no AA) 34 fps (18 fps – 1% low) 17 fps (12 fps – 1% low) 38 fps (22 fps – 1% low) 27 fps (16 fps – 1% low)
Unusual Brigade (Vulkan, Low Preset) 54 fps (45 fps – 1% low) 21 fps (7 fps – 1% low) 41 fps (36 fps – 1% low) 37 fps (32 fps – 1% low)
The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Low Preset, Hairworks Off) 28 fps (22 fps – 1% low) 21 fps (14 fps – 1% low)
  • The Witcher Three, Dota 2, NFS – recorded with MSI Afterburner in sport mode;
  • Bioshock, Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Unusual Brigade, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities;

I’ve added a few different configurations for comparability, all of them ultraportables, albeit not throughout the identical value vary. We haven’t reviewed a high-power Ice Lake configuration for a correct comparability to this Tiger Lake implementation, as an alternative, I’ve added the UX425 which runs at about 15W on this form of masses, so there’s no surprise it’s crushed by the 1165G7 on this ZenBook UX393. I’ve additionally added the AMD 4800U + Vega eight configuration for comparability and can additional follow-up on that in a separate article. Don’t neglect that IdeaPad 7 is a retail mannequin with a thicker chassis that permits the APU to consistently run at 26+W with video games.

Again to our evaluation unit, primarily based on these findings above, older or informal titles run at 60+ fps alright at FHD decision and low graphics settings on this configuration, and much more latest AAA video games are playable at 30+ fps. For some cause, although, Witcher Three didn’t begin on this laptop computer, and in reality on any of the opposite Tiger Lake fashions that now we have for evaluation.

As talked about already, the Intel i7-1165G7 implementation on this chassis runs at between 22-25W within the examined titles, with the CPU averaging speeds of round 2.Zero+ GHz and temperatures of 78-85 levels C, and the GPU working at 1.1 to 1.25 GHz. That’s not dangerous for a skinny implementation, but on the identical time, not the very best the platform must be able to in a thicker design and improved cooling.

Switching over to the Customary profile limits the CPU at round 16-17W, with a noticeable drop in efficiency and a drop in CPU/GPU temperatures.

Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others

Asus went with a reasonably fundamental thermal module right here, with a single heatpipe and single fan, just like what we’ve seen applied on most of their latest ZenBook and ExpertBook lineups.

I used to be anticipating one thing else, given the thermal module within the older UX392 sequence, and I’m truly stunned this performs the best way it does with this type of cooling, particularly since Asus additionally went for a detailed again and restricted air-intake on the underside panel, restricted to these slender grills on the edges. Air can be sucked in by means of the keyboard and from behind the hinge, although.

As for the exhaust, it blows the recent air into the display, and whereas a few of it’s absorbed by the show’s hinge, the panel itself reaches temperatures of 50+ levels C within the space across the exhaust, one thing I’m not snug with long-term. If you happen to’re planning on working demanding masses and video games on this laptop computer, I’d rigorously think about this side in my buy choice.

This apart, the ZenBook UX393 runs cooly and quietly with every day multitasking, however heats-up a good bit with video games on the Efficiency profile, reaching temperatures within the 50s within the hottest components, each on the within and on the skin. That’s not sudden given the CPU additionally reaches inside temperatures within the 80-90 levels Celsius in these instances.

*Each day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, Whisper Mode, followers at Zero-33 dB
*Gaming  – Efficiency mode – enjoying Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, followers at 41-42 dB
*Gaming  – Customary mode – enjoying Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, followers at 37-38 dB

For connectivity, there’s latest-gen WiFi 6 with an Intel AX201 module on this laptop computer. It carried out nicely with our setup and the sign and efficiency remained sturdy at 30-feet, with obstacles in between.

Audio is dealt with by a set of stereo audio system that fireside by means of grills positioned on the underside, in direction of the entrance. The angled form of the D-Panel permits the sound to bounce off the desk with out distortions, and I additionally haven’t seen vibrations within the arm-rest at larger volumes. Because of their placement, although, the grills could be pretty simply muffled when utilizing the laptop computer on the lap.

We measured pretty low most volumes of 72-74 dB at head-level in our exams, and the audio high quality is concerning the common it’s best to count on from this class, high quality for motion pictures and music, however with little on the decrease finish. All these on the Music profile in Audio Wizzard.

The HD digicam positioned on the high of the display isn’t a lot, both. It’s high quality for infrequent calls, however the high quality remains to be muddy and washed out.

Battery life

There’s a 67 Wh battery contained in the ZenBook UX393, bigger than what you’d usually get in a 13/14-inch pocket book.

Right here’s what we received when it comes to battery life, with the display’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~40 brightness).

  • 10 W (~6+ h of use) – textual content modifying in Google Drive, Dynamic + Higher Battery Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 7.5 W (~eight+ h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Dynamic + Higher Battery Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 6.5 W (~10+ h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Dynamic + Higher Battery Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 16 W (~Four-5 h of use) – looking in Edge, Dynamic + Higher Efficiency Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON.

The 3K panel takes a toll on the general runtimes right here, however the laptop computer nonetheless lasts for a good whereas on every cost. Not as logn because the Intel Ice Lake and AMD Ryxen UX425 fashions that we’ve examined with the identical 67 Wh battery, although, however don’t neglect that our pattern is pre-production, so additional drivers ought to enhance on these outcomes.

Asus pairs the laptop computer comes with a compact 65W charger that plugs-in by way of USB-C. It’s a single-piece design with a compact brick and a protracted and thick cable, and a full cost takes about 2 hours, however quick-charging permits to fill-up to 60% of the battery in lower than an hour.

Worth and availability

The ZenBook S UX393 is scarcely listed in shops on the time of this text, with the top-tier i7 / 16 GB RAM / 1 TB SSD talked about at a bit of over 2000 EUR in some German shops. That’s costly, however I wasn’t anticipating this to be low cost within the first place.

We’ll replace after we know extra, and within the meantime, comply with this hyperlink for up to date costs and configurations in your area.

Closing ideas

I simply can’t draw closing conclusions on the Asus ZenBook S UX393 primarily based on this evaluation pattern alone, as this can be a pre-production unit and I’m not satisfied that my keyboard and battery life findings are in keeping with the retail fashions. On high of that, plus we don’t know a lot about pricing and availability, so we are able to’t correctly examine it to its piers.

What I can say is that this ZenBook S13 is likely one of the nicest made ultrabooks in the marketplace and affords just about the most effective show cash should buy on this form-factor: vibrant, punchy and vivid, plus additionally a touchscreen. Paired with the first rate IO and pretty snappy Intel Tiger Lake implementation, this might be an excellent premium all-rounder and cellular creator, so long as your work advantages from the Intel Iris Xe graphics and doesn’t rely solely on CPU-power, because the Tiger Lake platform remains to be quad-core and never a match for the AMD Ryzen choices on the market.

These apart, Asus additionally pairs the ZenBook S UX393 with a big battery, USB-C charging, first rate audio system, and a very good clickpad. Nevertheless, this isn’t one in every of my favourite typers, which is relatively shocking given my optimistic expertise with latest ZenBooks and ExpertBooks, so I’m rooting for a extra constant typing expertise on the retail fashions.

That’s about it for now. I’ll attain out to Asus for an up to date pattern as soon as accessible, and can replace the article if I get it. Till then, this ZenBook UX393 scores a Four.25/5 in our evaluation, however I can’t wrap this up or advocate it with out filling up all these gaps first.

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

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