Perfect ultrabook for casual players

Jan 31, 2018 AT 11:53 AM | BY LifeBanter


The Asus ZenBook 13 (UX331) ultrabook attracts the eye with its glossy, dark blue cover which is as shiny as the hood of a freshly waxed car.

This lid can be opened with one hand. This is a test I do for every laptop, but only a few models of the pass. But the glossy cover has a drawback – you’ll have to regularly wipe or see the covered by the fingers of the fingers.

As ultrabooks go, the ZenBook is smooth and that the light it receives. Its wedge-shaped, aluminium chassis weighs approximately 1.12 kg and is a little less than 14mm thick.

Given its slim profile, the keyboard is, not surprisingly, shallow and bends slightly in the middle. The keyboard backlight has three levels of adjustable brightness.

Asus has equipped its ultrabook with a fingerprint sensor. But there is no infrared camera for face authentication; a basic Web camera hangs at the top of the screen instead.

This screen, like many new laptops, and is bordered by a thin frame. To 1 920 x 1, 080 pixels, the ZenBook the standard resolution for a 13.3-inch model.

This is also the case of his plan of switching of the display that offers great viewing angles. I love the matte screen finish as well as the freshness, the lack of a touch screen, it is a mere shell of the laptop.

The ZenBook sports the new Intel Core i7-8550U processor with four processing cores compared to its predecessor two. The Asus laptop also has an entry-level Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics chip to give it a slight advantage in the game of performance relative to its rivals.

In the PCMark 8 Home benchmark, the ZenBook scored 3,312 points compared to 2989 for the Dell XPS 13.

I’ve tried a couple of casual PC games such as Lego Worlds, which went smoothly enough to 1 920 x 1, 080 pixels and more than 40 frames per second. This is nearly twice the number of frames per second that I had with the built-in Intel graphics present in other ultrabooks.

The improvement in graphics performance comes at a price – the ZenBook’s internal cooling fan is more audible than before.

The rest of its hardware is comparable to that of the premium asus has launched this year. It has ample system memory (16 GB) and an ssd of 512 gb. Unfortunately, its single USB Type-C port does not support the Thunderbolt 3 of the interface, which would have allowed it to connect to external docks or monitors.

The ZenBook lasted about 61/2 hours in our video-loop battery test. This is decent, but not as impressive as the eight-hour, managed by the Dell XPS 13. I guess the ZenBook is slightly smaller than the battery and its own graphics chip are the reasons for the shorter of the duration of operation.

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