Ultrabooks have established themselves as ideal working machines. At ASUS, laptops of this class belong to the ZenBook series and have been available since October 2011. The choice is large: the screen size varies from 11.6 to 15.6 inches, processors from i3 to i7, weight from 0.9 to 2.2 kg. One of the latest models came to us for a test, a sort of middle peasant - the “trine” UX331UA with the new Intel processor of the eight-thousandth series.
- Screen: 13.3 ", IPS, 1920 x 1080
- Central processor: Intel Core i5-8250U, 4 cores, 8 threads, 3.4 GHz, 15 W
- GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620
- RAM: 8 GB DDR3-1066 single-channel
- Storage: M.2 SSD 238 GB Micron MTFDDAV256TBN
- Wired Network: No
- Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 (Intel Wireless-AC 8265)
- Audio Card: 7.1 HD Audio (Realtek ALC294)
- Sound: speakers, microphone
- Ports: 3.5 mm jack (headset), 2x USB3.0, USB 3.0 Type C, HDMI, micro SD
- Battery: 50 Wh
- Dimensions: 310 x 216 x 14 mm
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home
- Weight: 1.1 kg
- Price: 59 000 rubles
In a cardboard box, in addition to a laptop, I found only a power supply and a paper Quick Guide.
The hero of the review is made in a strict office style - flat edges without designer tricks, right angles, a minimum of graphic refinements. Panels of the case are made of aluminum, and various textural processing adorns the surface. The company's website draws attention to the lid design: "... a dazzling finish resembling the shimmering surface of a crystal." The circular tracks on the lid do not cause associations for me, but it looks really beautiful.
Especially if you pull out the laptop into the light of day. In the end, you need to test the equipment in practice, and it is somehow strange to rest statically on a table with a machine weighing 1.1 kg.
The reverse side of beauty is visible in the photo - dust and fingerprints are perfectly visible in sunlight. But it’s in nature, where in dry weather it is full of fine suspensions in the air. Home prozibanie in one place during the week does not affect the appearance.
On the reverse side there is a flat surface with several ventilation slots and rounded edges.
The body thickness at the front end is 9 mm, at the far end - 14 mm.
On the front bevel, the speaker holes are drilled.
Ventilation slots from below when working on a sofa or blanket will be blocked with almost one hundred percent probability, so the main zone of intake and air exhaust is located at the rear end of the case.
The recess in the top cover prevents the cooling system from losing heat removal efficiency by driving the same air around.
The sidewalls are occupied by a few (by the standards of full-sized laptops) connectors. On the right is a USB, microSD card reader and a 3.5 mm jack headset. On the left are two USB (Type-A and Type-C), HDMI and power. There are a couple of indicators - charging and activity.
The location of the sockets is convenient, but the USB sockets on the left I would carry away from each other.
Screen, touchpad and keyboardThirteen-inch IPS matrix is well inscribed in the top cover, the thickness does not exceed 4.5 mm.
Screen resolution - 1920 x 1080 pixels, matte finish, no touchscreen.
Small frames on the sides do not interfere with work, although at first they look too wide. And the screen was worth raising a little higher, here every 5 millimeters add convenience, especially with prolonged work on the knees.
The keyboard is without a numeric keypad, but the main set of buttons is full-sized - caps 16 x 16 mm, the distance between them is 3.2 mm, the stroke is slightly more than 2 mm
It’s convenient to type, and navigating through the text, command line and working in file managers is not very good. The cause of the discomfort is unnecessarily squeezed cursor keys, the thumbs strive to press two or three buttons at once.
Next to them is a square “window” of the fingerprint reader. A convenient thing for short-term but frequent partings with a laptop in the workplace.
The touchpad is ideal for text editors and browsers - the touch area is 104 x 74 mm, combined with keys. In specialized work programs (graphics and video editors) it is better to use the mouse.
And yes, the UX331UA pulls out not only office applications and a browser with a dozen pages - thanks to the adequate stuffing.
IronA quad-core Intel Core i5-8250U processor, capable of overclocking to 3.4 GHz, is soldered on the motherboard. When all the cores are fully loaded, its frequency, alas, does not rise above 1.8 GHz due to the fifteen-watt heat pack.
RAM 8 gigabytes in dual channel mode, type - DDR3-2133
The video card in the test sample is built-in, UHD Graphics 620. There are versions with nVidia discrete
The drive is an SSD of the form factor 2280 with a SATA III interface installed in the M.2 slot. The actual volume is 238 gigabytes, which is enough for the operating system and the basic set of programs. Volume data will have to be stored on an external drive - there was no space for a hard drive. With a lack of volume, the solid state can be replaced by a similar one in length (80 mm).
The networks are only wireless - Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2, their work is provided by the Intel AC 8265 controller. The audio card is based on the Realtek ALC294 codec, the sound system is designed by Harman-Kardon. The capacity of the built-in battery is 3160 mAh, it occupies half of the internal space.
Test resultsWith a fifteen-watt processor you can’t get far, but in Photoshop and Corel Draw it works easily, in Sony Vegas only loading from external sources and the final rendering of images slows down. The system owes its quick work primarily to an SSD; you do not notice a relatively slow processor before starting resource-intensive tasks.
For those who like numbers - in Cinebench R15 OpenGL the test showed 53 fps, the processor - 597 points. PCMark 10 scored 2783 points, 3D Mark in the Time Spy benchmark 351 points, in Sky Diver - 4197. The cooling fan works interestingly. He barely threshes up to 89 degrees on the processor, then abruptly picks up speed, drops the temperature to 65-70 degrees and keeps it at that level, sensitively reacting with the speed of rotation of the impeller to the heating of the crystal.
The noise from the only small turbine hidden in the bowels of the casing is small, but the keyboard heats up significantly under serious load on the processor. And this is understandable - all the emphasis on compactness, low weight and battery life, the rest will wait.
In terms of battery life, the UX331UA is very good: 2.5 hours under heavy load, seven hours in a text editor. Watch HD video or surf the Internet for six hours. Great machine for passing time in long journeys or flights. Acoustics, by the way, easily shouts over the little one screaming for three rows of seats; there was no need to get headphones. The main thing is not to plug things and countertops with holes in front of the speakers.
What is the bottom line? Ultrabook ZenBook UX331UA is perfect for continuous office and / or traveling work. Everything you need is available: width slightly larger than A4 sheet, weight 1.1 kg, thickness less than 15 mm, excellent FullHD screen, capacious battery and nice appearance. The only disadvantages that can be written are the difficulties with increasing the amount of memory and a relatively weak processor. The last drawback can be partially offset by an increase in the budget for the purchase of the version with i7-8550U.
The price, in my opinion, is adequate for the tested config. True, it was affected by the jumping dollar rate - about two months ago, the assembly described above was 5-7 thousand cheaper.
Keyboard heating under load
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Final rating: 8 out of 10.