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Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN review (Core i7-8565U, MX150)

Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN overview (Core i7-8565U, MX150)

This text gathers our impressions on the Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN, Asus’s top-of-the-line ultrabook for essentially the most of 2019.

The UX392 follows up on one among our favourite ultrabooks of 2018, the ZenBook S13 UX391 collection, and competes on the excessive finish of its area of interest not simply with gadgets just like the Dell XPS 13 9380, the Microsoft Floor Laptop computer or the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, however particularly with the Huawei MateBook X Professional and Razer Blade Sealth 13, as this 2019 model of the ZenBook S13 now will get devoted graphics and a bigger display.

The ultra-compact light-weight form-factor, the premium building, the 13.9-inch show and the most recent technology with devoted graphics from Nvidia are in actual fact the UX392FN’s foremost promoting factors, alongside its wonderful pricing for a high-specced configuration, beneath most equally outfitted opponents on the time of this text. We’ll speak about all these elements down-below, in addition to contact on the laptops potential quirks, which you’d be higher concentrate on earlier than deciding to go for it.

As a disclaimer, our overview unit is a pre-production model of the ZenBook S13 UX392, lent by Asus for the aim of this overview. It carried out as anticipated throughout our time with it, so I’m assured our findings are in step with what you may anticipate from the models you’ll be capable to discover in shops.

Specs as reviewed

Asus Zenbook S13 UX392FN
Display screen 13.9 inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, non-touch, shiny
Processor Intel Whiskey Lake Core Core i7-8565U CPU
Video Intel UHD 620 + Nvidia MX150 2 GB GDDR5 (10DE 1D12), with Optimus
Reminiscence 16 GB LPDDR3 2400 MHz (soldered)
Storage 256 GB SSD (WDC PC SN520 – M.2 PCIe x2 80 mm)
Connectivity Wi-fi AC (Intel AC 9560), Bluetooth 5.zero
Ports 1x USB-A Three.1 gen 2, 2x USB-C gen 2 (with DP and charging), microSD card reader, mic/headphone
Battery 50 Wh, 65 Wh
Measurement 316 mm or 12.44” (w) x 195 mm or 7.67” (d) x 12.9 mm or zero.5” (h)
Weight 2.Four lbs (1.1 kg)
Extras backlit keyboard, VGA webcam, accessible in Utopia Blue

Asus affords the ZenBooK S13 UX392 in a number of totally different configurations, with Core i5 or i7 Whiskey Lake processors, eight/16 GB of RAM and 256/512 GB or 1 TB of SSD storage. On high of that, two totally different sub-series can be found, the ZenBook UX392FN reviewed right here, with devoted Nvidia MX150 graphics, in addition to the ZenBook UX392FA, with Intel UHD 620 graphics solely. The 2 are in any other case equivalent, so a lot of the article under applies to each variants.

Design and building

The ZenBook S13 UX392 is among the lightest (2.Four lbs), thinnest (.5 of an inch) and, on the identical time, most compact 14-inch laptops available in shops today, because of its design with a 97% display to physique ratio (in response to Asus) and small bezels across the whole display.

Asus’s patented Ergolift hinge design makes this doable, by hiding the display’s chin behind the laptop computer, and on the identical time lifting up the main-body on the display’s body, making a barely inclined typing place.

This isn’t a novelty, we’ve seen an identical design carried out on most ZenBooks launched within the final 12 months. The UX392 minimizes the highest bezel greater than the opposite choices, although, and it does it with out sacrificing the digicam placement, which remains to be there on the high, by together with a reversed notch in the course of the display ensemble. This accommodates the digicam and microphones, and likewise acts as a knob you could seize on to simply raise up the display. Sadly, Asus was not capable of combine Good day IR cameras on this laptop computer as effectively, so that you’re robbed of the comfort of seamlessly logging into Home windows together with your face, however you need to use the choice finger-sensor built-in inside clickpad as an alternative of typing up the password each time.

The UX392 can also be nicer crafted than the opposite present ZenBook traces, because it will get a unibody aluminum design, and never a metallic outer-case sandwiched on a plastic inner-chassis. Because of this, your entire physique feels sturdier, with little to no flex in both the lid-cover or the keyboard deck, and all of the items fit-in collectively smoother, with no gaps or free edges on the joints, one thing you’ll run into on the common ZenBook 13/14 fashions.

The CNC craftsmanship course of does go away some sharp edges and corners although, across the display and particularly across the inside physique, which may chunk in your fingertips and wrists with day by day use. The sides across the palm-rest and keyboard deck are in actual fact tapered, however milled at a pointy angle and never at 45 levels as on different gadgets, thus really feel rougher and extra unforgiving. It’s exhausting to explain this in phrases, but the underside level is that the entrance edge and corners are harsh and never pleasant on the wrists, which is one thing you’ll have to just accept and on the identical time in some way provides as much as the laptop computer’s utilitarian building and aesthetics, for the dearth of a greater phrase.

I additionally contemplate this ZenBook UX392 to be one of the crucial lovely gadgets available on the market proper now. It’s accessible in a single shade, which Asus calls Utopia Blue, and appears very similar to a blueish tint of brushed aluminum to my eyes, paired with some refined gold accents within the Asus emblem on the lid and the keyboard’s writing. You would possibly say, hey, that’s only one extra silver ultrabook, however its truly a special nuance from what you’ll get with different laptops, which mixed with the brushed texture, does an incredible job at hiding smudges and fingerprints. I do need to warn you about that tapered entrance edge although: it’s going to dent in case you kind together with your watch on, one thing I’ve additionally skilled on my XPS 13 and would expertise on any related aluminum finishes.

Apart from the tough edges, the UX392 is, for essentially the most half, ergonomic and comfy to make use of. The palm-rest affords sufficient arm help, the display could be simply lifted with a single hand and the rubber toes on the backside provide truthful grip on a desk. Nevertheless, the display solely leans again to about 130 levels, which could be limiting in some conditions, and the truth that the entire laptop computer rises on these tiny rubber toes on the backside of the display does have an effect on its general stability, making it simpler to slip throughout a flat floor than different gadgets. So watch out to not come across the cable, the USB-C charger plugs in snuggly and also you’ll find yourself with the laptop computer on the bottom.

The IO is maybe the one main facet the place the ZenBook UX392 not aligns with my expectations, however the truth that it solely will get two USB-C ports, one USB-A and a microSD card-reader doesn’t come to a shock, given its measurement and at the moment’s miniaturizing developments.

The USB-C ports help gen 2 USB Three.1 switch speeds, DisplayPort video output, and charging, however this technology not will get Thunderbolt Three. Asus determined to ditch that for the MX150 GPU, nevertheless, one shouldn’t exclude the opposite, because the Whiskey Lake Core U CPUs provide 16 PCIe lanes, sufficient to accommodate a dGPU, Thunderbolt Three and NVMe storage on the identical time, as confirmed by gadgets just like the Huawei MateBook X Professional or the Razer Blade Sealth 13, amongst others.

General, the ZenBook UX392 improves on the already wonderful UX391 by way of design and construct high quality, whereas including a bigger display. On the identical time, the sharp entrance edge and corners make it extra unforgiving on the wrists, however my main gripe is with the dearth of Thunderbolt Three help, one thing supplied by the earlier technology. It’s true that a few of its performance is supported by the prevailing USB-C gen 2 ports, however you’re not going to have the ability to hook up an exterior GPU enclosure or get the identical switch speeds with these.

Keyboard and trackpad

The keyboard on the UX392 appears equivalent to the one on the ZenBook 14 UX433, but it surely doesn’t’ really feel the identical, and I’ll clarify why in a bit.

The structure is normal, with softly completed full-size keys, brief arrows and miniaturized Operate keys on the high, in addition to the Energy button built-in into the top-right nook, which I’d advise you to disable from Home windows so as to stop placing the pc to sleep when on the lookout for Delete, even when that is stiffer than the opposite buttons and urgent it requires extra drive.

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The yellow writing on silver keys doesn’t present numerous distinction as is considerably troublesome to learn with out illumination, but it surely’s completely readable with the LEDs switched on. You may select between three ranges of backlighting, and the illumination evenly covers your entire keyboard and doesn’t’ creep from beneath the keys in an annoying means.

That is additionally a reasonably short-travel keyboard, with 1.Four mm keystrokes, and the suggestions is alright. My expertise was totally different than on the UX433, although, as I really feel the keys truly actuate very simply on the UX392, don’t really feel spongy and don’t require a agency center press. That made this keyboard very quick, however quite unforgiving on the identical time, and my accuracy struggled at round 92-93%, down from my ordinary 95+%. Capitalizing letters whereas urgent the left Shift key with my pinky was particularly problematic, but it surely added as much as different sporadic missed strokes.

I additionally discovered this complete deck to be quite noisy, in contrast to the quiet one of many UX433, and it would entice some raised eyebrows on the library or in different very quiet environments.

The touchpad beneath the keyboard is a bit brief, as this laptop computer will get a smaller palm-rest than different 14-inchers, but it surely must be nice for day by day use. Asus went with a glass-made Synaptics floor with Precision drivers which performs effectively, reliably dealing with swipes, gestures, and faucets. The bodily clicks are fairly good as effectively, easy and solely a bit clunkier than I’d need. The floor additionally feels very steady and even, which suggests it doesn’t rattle when tapped firmer, which I notably recognize as I all the time use faucets on my laptops.

There’s nevertheless one nuisance you’ll need to get used to, and that’s the built-in finger-sensor. It tracked my fingerprint shortly and is a quick methodology of logging into Home windows, nevertheless, it may get in your means on this small clickpad, because the cursor not strikes when your finger strays over the sensor, which suggests you’re not going to ready to make use of your entire floor for monitoring. Ideally, I’d have a lot most well-liked a set of IR cameras on the high of the display as an alternative of this built-in finger-sensor, however hey, maybe subsequent 12 months…

Display screen

The ZenBook S13 UX392 will get a 13.9-inch IPS display with FHD decision, and it’s one of many higher shows I’ve ever seen on a ZenBook, in addition to lastly a more in-depth match-up for the screens on the opposite premium ultrabooks.

It makes use of a hardly recognized panel from Tianma, which is, nevertheless, a recognized LCD producer within the smartphones world, offering screens for Xiaomi telephones and even for some iPhones previously.

This panel is shiny, at 400+ nits, in addition to pretty evenly lit, with a variation of not more than 9% between the darkest and brightest spots. It additionally affords good blacks, distinction and shade protection, in addition to wonderful viewing angles, as you may inform from the technical specs under, measured with a Spyder4 sensor:

  • Panel HardwareID: TIANMA XM (TL139VDXP01);
  • Protection: 99% sRGB, 73% NTSC, 77% AdobeRGB;
  • Measured gamma: 2.2;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display: 394 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 950:1;
  • White level: 6500 Ok;
  • Black on max brightness: zero.41 cd/m2;
  • Common DeltaE: 1.54 uncalibrated, zero.65 calibrated;
  • PWM: N/A.

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This additionally got here effectively calibrated out of the field, with wonderful Gamma and White Level settings, however you may nonetheless use this calibrated profile to additional tackle the colour and gray-level imbalances.

I do, nevertheless, have two nits with the display. Initially, you most likely observed that there’s a layer of glass on high of this panel, however no contact help, so the glass is barely there to guard the show and reinforce the display’s body. The unwanted effects are the glare and reflections, one thing I can settle for on a touchscreen, however not that a lot in any other case. I do know a few of you just like the smoothness of those glasses coated screens, much like those on the MacBooks, however I for one would a lot quite get the graininess and practicality of matte panels as an alternative.

My second nit considerations potential gentle bleeding points, brought on by the tiny bezels pinching on the panel. We acquired some pinching on our overview unit, however solely seen on a darkish background at most brightness, so not with precise use, even when watching 21:9 films at regular brightness. There isn’t a assure you’re not going to worsen bleeding in your unit, although, so be sure that to check for it when you get the laptop computer.

, efficiency and improve choices

Out take a look at variations is the next specced configuration of the Asus Zenbook S13 UX392FN, with the Core i7-8565U WhiskeyLake processors, 16 GB of RAM and Nvidia MX150 graphics, within the lower-power 10De 1D12 variant meat for ultraportable laptops.

It solely will get a 256 GB SSD although, which is attached by way of a PCIe x2 line. In the event you go for a 512 GB or 1 TB SSD out of the field, these must be hooked by way of a full-width PCIe x4 connection, though the precise SSD will differ from area to area.

The CPU, GPU, and RAM are soldered onto the motherboard, and the WiFi makes use of a miniaturized format, so the M.2 SSD is the one simply upgradeable part. Attending to it’s a pretty easy job, however requires you to take away the again panel, which is held in place by a number of Torx screws.

In right here you’ll additionally discover the dual-fan thermal resolution, the 50 Wh battery, and the audio system. There’s a little little bit of unused area on the entrance, which counsel Asus may have most likely squeezed in a much bigger battery, however selected to not and simply persist with the 50 Wh battery they provide on your entire 13/14-inch Zenbook lineup today.

In fact, with this type of , the ZenBook UX392 handles on a regular basis chores simply, whereas operating pretty cool and quiet, as you’ll discover out from the following part of this overview. The next logs provide insights on the CPU/GPU speeds and temperatures with on a regular basis use.

In fact, in case you’re solely needing a laptop computer for looking, films, and day by day multitasking, you may persist with one of many decrease finish Core i5 configurations, accessible with eight GB of RAM. Asus does drive you to go along with the i7 if you’d like 16 GB of RAM, although, very similar to all the opposite OEMs on this area of interest.

The Core i7-8565U Whiskey Lake processor is pretty aggressive, with 4 cores, eight threads and the power to run at excessive frequencies if allowed by the thermal implementation. Usually, we take a look at the CPU’s habits in demanding masses by operating 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. Our take a look at unit is pre-production although, so we’re not going to get in-depth on this matter right here.

We are going to, nevertheless, point out that we have been capable of get some wonderful efficiency after undervolting the CPU at -100 mV, which allowed it to stabilize at frequencies of two.7-2.eight GHz GHz, 15-18 W TDP, 68-71 levels Celsius and scores of round 600-630 factors. Take these findings with a grain of salt, although, as the ultimate variations would possibly truly run at greater TDPs and thus rating greater.

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The CPU’s efficiency on battery was wonderful as effectively, with the CPU stabilizing at 15 W TDP in our loop Cinebench take a look at, which isn’t the case with many different ultrabooks.

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Subsequent, we’ve included a set of benchmarks, for these of you curious about numbers, which we’ve ran on the Finest-Efficiency energy profile in Home windows, with default voltage settings:

  • 3DMark 11: P3946 (Physics – 8740, Graphics – 3586);
  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 2619(Graphics – 2899, Physics – 7465);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 971 (Graphics – 872, CPU – 2746);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 2096;
  • PCMark 10: 4078;
  • PassMark: Ranking: 4646, CPU mark: 9975, 3D Graphics Mark: 2506;
  • GeekBench Three.Four.2 32-bit: Single-Core: 4345, Multi-core: 14445;
  • GeekBench Four.1.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 5314, Multi-core: 15789;
  • CineBench R15 (finest run): OpenGL 91.63 fps, CPU 662 cb, CPU Single Core 191 cb;
  • x264 HD Benchmark Four.zero 32-bit: Cross 1 –167.39 fps, Cross 2 – 41.78 fps.

Then we reran a few of the benchmarks on the -100 mV undervolted profile, which allowed a fairly important improve in CPU associated checks and, as anticipated, just about no adjustments in GPU scores:

  • 3DMark 11: P3985 (Physics – 10035, Graphics – 3597);
  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 2682 (Graphics – 2911, Physics – 12383);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 995 (Graphics – 877, CPU – 4300);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 2109;
  • GeekBench Four.1.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 5324, Multi-core: 17240;
  • CineBench R15 (finest run): OpenGL 92.35 fps, CPU 846 cb, CPU Single Core 192 cb;
  • x264 HD Benchmark Four.zero 32-bit: Cross 1 –199.34 fps, Cross 2 – 50.10 fps.

These CPU scores are doable resulting from the truth that the system permits the CPU to run at excessive TDP for some time, sufficient to make sure excessive Turbo Enhance frequencies in short-term demanding masses. The efficiency ultimately drops in long-duration demanding classes, although, because the CPU settles for a extra normal 15-18W TDP, as proven within the Cinebench loop take a look at, which is regular from this type of a thin-and-light laptop computer.

Ultimately, what units the ZenBook UX392 aside from many different ultrabooks is the inclusion of the Nvidia MX150 GPU. In fact, that is merely an entry-level graphics resolution in its extra environment friendly 1D12 variant, so don’t anticipate to have the ability to run AAA titles at high-graphics settings on this pc. It’s nonetheless 2-Three occasions sooner than the built-in Intel UHD 620 chip in benchmarks, which interprets in improved efficiency in functions that may profit from GPU acceleration (sure video modifying/3D work software program, sure programming software program), in addition to in video games.

Earlier than we speak in regards to the gaming expertise, don’t neglect the UX392 implements the 10W 1D12 model of the MX150 chip, the one meant for ultraportable gadgets. That’s much like chips within the Huawei MateBook X Professional 2018 or the Asus ZenBook 14, however slower than the 25W variant carried out in gadgets just like the MSI PS42 Status or the Razer Blade Stealth. On high of that, a few of you would possibly surprise why there’s not the newer Nvidia MX250 chip inside this laptop computer, one thing already accessible in a handful of different thin-and-lights. I don’t have a solution for this, besides, given how the MX250 is only a rebadged and barely higher-clocked model of the MX150, the truth that you’re solely getting an MX150 received’t truly make any important distinction with real-life use.

Anyway, again to our gaming outcomes, we ran a few DX11 and DX12 video games on our test-unit, on FHD decision and Low/Excessive particulars, and compiled the leads to the next desk.

FHD Low Preset FHD Excessive Preset
Bioshock Infinite 73 fps 49 fps
Far Cry 5 21 fps 15 fps
Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor 45 fps 29 fps
Rise of Tomb Raider 31 fps 22 fps
Shadow of Tomb Raider eight fps 5 fps
The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt 25-30 fps 18-22 fps
  • 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

That is what we acquired by way of CPU and GPU speeds in Witcher Three, a really taxing title for this type of .

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Undervoting the CPU has little or no impression on the gaming outcomes, because it permits the processor to run at barely greater speeds, however with out an impression over the GPU. Particulars under.

Nevertheless, liming the CPU’s frequencies at inventory speeds (1.eight GHz) in Throttlestop does result in decrease CPU and GPU temperatures, and consequently, permits the GPU to run at Three-5% greater clocks in Witcher Three, and extra in much less demanding titles. That’s a minor increase, however one thing value holding in thoughts if you wish to get the most effective gaming efficiency on this laptop computer.

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All in all, our pre-production model of the ZenBook UX392 handles demanding masses and even gaming higher than I anticipated, given my previous expertise with the equally configured and sized, however truly thicker, ZenBook 14 UX433.

So far as analyzing this one’s efficiency compared to the competitors, we’re going to depart that for a separate article. It’s nonetheless necessary to have real looking expectations. One thing just like the Dell XPS 13 or the Thinkpad X1 Carbon are going to fare just a little higher in demanding CPU masses, as their thermal implementations focus totally on the processor, whereas on this case, the design must cater to each the CPU and GPU. On the identical time, one thing just like the Razer Blade Stealth or the MSI Status PS42 are going to carry out higher in video games, as they’re constructed on the 25W model of the Nvidia MX150 chip, however they’re not as compact or as gentle as this ZenBook.

That leaves the ZenBook S13 UX392 someplace on the crossroads, as one of many higher balanced multi-purpose ultraportables, and that’s why I anticipate this to be a preferred choice down the street.

Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others

Asus up to date the thermal design of the ZenBook UX392, which makes use of a two fan/one heatpipe implementation, with the followers positioned in between the CPU and GPU. That is additionally enhanced with some correct consumption grills on the backside and the truth that the hinge lifts up the laptop computer and permits good airflow beneath.

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Because of this, the cooling resolution does a greater job at holding the elements at bay on this ZenBook S13 than the extra normal thermal design of the ZenBook 13/14 collection, and likewise runs quieter.

The followers are lively with day by day use, however you’re barely going to listen to them even in a quiet room with on a regular basis use, and solely kick on sooner with multitasking, whereas the laptop computer is plugged in and on the Finest Efficiency energy mode. I did discover some digital creaking although, however faint and nonetheless barely audible from common use distance.

The followers spin sooner with demanding masses and video games, however don’t go above 42 dB at head-level, which remains to be a low noise stage for this type of a tool.

So far as temperatures go, the ZenBok S13 UX392FN runs cool with informal use, however heats-up with video games. The highest half above the keyboard reaches temperatures within the mid-40s, which isn’t that prime for an i7/MX150 configuration of this measurement, however given the design and the metallic unibody, you’re nonetheless going to really feel the warmth. The WASD keys, as an illustration, attain temperatures of round 42-43 levels Celsius, which places them in uncomfortable territory.

On high of that, the thermal design pushes scorching air by exhausts positioned behind the hinge, and with the very small chin, that truly implies that the underside a part of the panel will get quite scorching as effectively, reaching temperatures within the 43-45 levels Celsius. I’d anticipate the layer of glass to supply some safety, besides, I’m unsure if this received’t have a damaging impression on the panel’s high quality in that specific area. Asus has been utilizing this related design within the ZenBook 13/15 traces for a number of months, and I haven’t but heard any folks complaining about this matter, however who is aware of what may occur inside the anticipated 2-Four 12 months lifespan of those gadgets.

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*Day by day Use – 1080p Youtube clip in EDGE for 30 minutes
*Load – taking part in Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes

For connectivity, there’s an Intel 9560 wi-fi module inside this laptop computer, with Bluetooth 5.zero, just about the go-to resolution for any up-to-date ultraportable today. It carried out nice with our setup, each close to the router and at 30 toes with obstacles in between, and didn’t run into any drops or different points.

So far as the audio system go, there’s a set of them firing by cuts on the lateral sides of the underbelly, and so they’re just about common. We measured most volumes of about 76 dB at head stage, with none distortions, and the sound comes out alright, with good mids and highs, however quite missing on the decrease finish, as lows are solely noticeable from round 100-105 Hz. All measurements have been recorded on the Music Mode from the included Audio Wizard software program.

The ZenBook S13 UX392 solely will get a 720p digicam, flanked by microphones, and positioned on that reversed notch on the high of the show. The standard is common at finest and quite washed out, a lot what you may anticipate from laptops today, which makes it OK for infrequent use, however nothing to brag about.

Battery life

There’s a 50 Wh battery contained in the Zenbook S13 UX392, similar to on all the opposite 13 and 14-inch ZenBooks launched within the final 12 months, and that’s on the smaller facet for a 14-inch gadget at the present time.

Nonetheless, Asus created an environment friendly implementation, and consequently, the battery life doesn’t disappoint. Don’t nevertheless anticipate greater than Four-5 hours of real-life multitasking, 6-7 hours of sunshine use and greater than 10-11 hours of Netflix.

Right here’s what we acquired on our overview unit, with the display’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~30 brightness).

  • 6 W (~eight h of use) – textual content modifying in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 5.Three W (~9 h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 5 W (~10 h of use) – 4k .mkv video in Film App, Higher Battery Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 5 W (~10 h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 12.5 W (~Four h of use) – looking in Edge, Higher Efficiency Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 28 W (~1 h 35 min of use) – Gaming – Shadow of Mordor, Max Efficiency Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON, fps restrict of 40.

Asus pairs the ZenBook S13 UX392 with a 65 Wh USB-C charger, with quick-charging performance. A full-recharge takes round 1 hour and 30 minutes, however 60% of the battery could be crammed up in round 50 minutes.

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Value and availability

The Zenbook UX392 is listed in shops in some areas of the world as of the center of April 2019, and scheduled to ship in the direction of the top of the month.

Within the US, you’ll largely discover a greater finish configuration with the Core i7-8565U processor, the Nvidia MX150 graphics and 512 GB of SSD storage, however solely eight GB of RAM, for $1399. Different choices must be accessible each within the US and worldwide in a while, and we’ll replace this part as soon as we all know extra.

Within the meantime, you may comply with this hyperlink for up to date configurations and costs on the time you’re studying this text.

Ultimate ideas

The ZenBook S13 UX392 is Asus’s finest ultrabook up to now.

It’s not excellent and isn’t for everybody, but it surely pushes the business ahead with its design, construct high quality and options.

I’m going to start out this wrap-up with the potential deal-breakers, so that you’ll shortly know if that is for you or not: it doesn’t get Thunderbolt Three or IR cameras, is barely accessible with a shiny non-touch show and solely affords common battery life. On high of that, it’s metallic unibody design does go away some sharp, unforgiving edges and corners, which your wrists may not recognize with day by day use.

However, that is an excellently crafted and spotlessly completed pc, with a small-bezel 13.9-inch display and a shiny, vivid panel, trendy , quick wi-fi, and first rate audio system and battery life. It additionally will get a superb glass clickpad and a quick keyboard, though it’s a bit noisy and for my type, additionally not essentially the most correct, however you would possibly really feel in any other case.

There’s additionally the efficiency facet. Most ultrabooks of this measurement and weight get Whiskey Lake processors and NVMe storage, however his one additionally will get an MX150 GPU, which makes it extra versatile for creative-work and video games. You would possibly argue that different choices can be found with the newer MX250 GPU, however as already talked about within the article, that’s hardly going to make a distinction with real-life use, because the MX250 is just about a rebadged MX150 with the potential for barely greater clocks speeds, if allowed by the thermal implementation.

So what in regards to the competitors?

In the event you’re not interested by GPU efficiency in your thin-and-light laptop computer, then the ZenBook loses one among its main benefits, so you may both have a look at the UX392FA variant with out the Nvidia graphics, if accessible in your area, or at gadgets just like the Dell XPS 13, the HP Spectre 13, the Microsft Floor Laptop computer or the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon collection. Every has their professionals and cons, and the ZenBook will more than likely even have a worth benefit over most of those different choices, for the upper specced variants.

If the GPU is necessary to you, then this ZenBook UX392FN could be one among your finest bets in its area of interest, and it’s on this area of interest the place we charge it at Four.5/5 , as a wonderful ultracompact allrounder with the power to deal with productiveness chores and informal video games, as soon as that lengthy work day is over. As a phrase of warning, although, be sure that to purchase from a spot that handles returns and RMAs easily, Asus’s high quality management has been reported as problematic, and there’s an opportunity you would possibly run into some points that we haven’t encounter on our take a look at unit, which embody, however isn’t restricted to, extreme display bleeding, coil whine, wi-fi issues or a sticky clickpad.

For a few of you, although, the Huawei MateBook X Professional could possibly be a greater choice. The 2019 variant is dear, however final’s 12 months’s variant may be very aggressively priced and consists of some robust aces down its sleeve: the three:2 high-resolution touchscreen, the marginally bigger battery, and Thunderbolt Three connectivity. The MateBook X Professional isn’t with out flaws although, and likewise word accessible all around the globe.

On high of that, in case the efficiency of the 10W MX150 chip doesn’t help you run the video games that you really want, one thing just like the Razer Blade Stealth 13 or the MSI Status PS42 could possibly be the alternate options to think about, as they’re constructed on the 20-25% sooner variant 25W variant of the MX150 GPU.

That just about wraps up our overview the 2019 Asus ZenBook S13 UX392FN. I’m trying ahead to listening to your impressions, although, so will get in contact within the feedback part you probably have something so as to add or any questions that I’d be capable to reply to.

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

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