By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend
A SLEEK and powerful notebook computer in a compact and light body, the new Asus ZenBook 15 (UX533) is the most portable 15-inch laptop around with a footprint of only 35.4cm x22cmx 1.79cm and weighing in at just 1.69 kilogrammes.
ASUS says the UX533 is about the same size as a standard 14-inch ultra-thin laptop and that it achieved this by using a four-sided frameless NanoEdge display that features ultraslim bezels. This results in 95-per-cent screen-to-body ratio for a near-borderless viewing experience.
The four-sided frameless NanoEdge display design uses a unique patent-pending method to rearrange the display PCB board in order to reduce bezel size.
The UX533 comes with an ultrathin camera module so that it can be housed at the top-bezel location. The camera uses a four-element lens to produce sharper images and lower noise. Additionally, the advanced infrared (IR) camera has see-in-the-dark capabilities that enable fast, reliable hands-free face login with Windows Hello even in dim environments.
Adding to its portability is its long battery life. It uses 73Wh 4-cell lithium-polymer battery that provides battery life of up to 17 hours.
Despite being just 1.79cm thick, the UX533 is powerful. Powered by latest 8th Generation Intel Core i7-856U 1.8GHz processor with four cores, it is equipped with fast 16 GB DDR4 2,400 MHz working memory or RAM and comes with fast 512 GB SSD (Solid State Drive) drive.
Adding to its fast performance is the graphics horsepower from Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q graphic engine with 2 GB DDR5 graphic memory.
The fast graphic engine powers the beautiful display with 1920x1080 pixel resolution. During the test, I enjoyed looking at photos and watching full HD videos. I was also impressed by its speed – both business applications and full HD video clips ran fast and smoothly.
Thanks to its good quality audio system, the notebook gives hours of listening and viewing pleasure. The audio system of the new ZenBook series has been carefully tuned by experts from the Asus Golden Ear team and certified by audio specialists Harman Kardon to ensure the very best sound for all kinds of content.
The UX533 comes with twin speakers that are driven by a dual-channel smart amplifier, allowing the maximum volume possible.
And despite its fast performance, the UX533 is quiet as it uses an updated cooling system incorporating state-of-the-art components, including an innovative liquid-crystal-polymer fan impeller with 71 blades – an increase of 40 per cent over previous designs –housed in an advanced 3D-curved aerodynamic shroud that can move more air than before.
The laptop also has an innovative dual-fan system to keep the powerful Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q GPU cool and comes with an exclusive Quiet Fan app that lets you choose more performance with a slightly higher operating noise, or quieter operation when doing tasks that are not processor- or graphics-intensive.
Another advantage is the ergonomically designed keyboard with large chiclet keys and long 1.4mm travel to make each keystroke discernible and precise for a more comfortable typing experience. Each key has a 0.2mm keycap curve, which helps to increase typing accuracy and comfort. The keys are also backlit for convenient typing in the dark.
The UX533 comes with new function (Fn) key that now acts like a toggle button. In the past, you had to hold the function button down and simultaneously press the respective F1 to F12 keys to adjust settings like screen brightness, volume or keyboard backlighting. Now, you just need to press the Fn key once, then tap the respective F1 to F12 setting you wish to change.
The new ZenBook 15 is equipped with gigabit-class Wi-Fi and ASUS Wi-Fi Master technology, so you can enjoy ultrafast downloads and smooth streaming with greater range and more stable network connections than ever before. It also uses latest Bluetooth 5.0.
Comprehensive connectivity is achieved through an SD card slot, a USB-C Gen 2 port, a full-sized USB 3.1 port and an HDMI port on the right and a full-sized USB 3.1 port and audio jack on the left.
The new ASUS ZenBook 15 (UX533) is yours for Bt45,990.
>> Operating System: Windows 10 Home
>> Processor: Intel Core i7-8565U processor
>> Display: 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) NanoEdge display; 178-degree wide-view technology, 72% NTSC: Four-sided frameless design, up to 92% S/B ratio
>> Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, 2GB/4GB GDDR5 VRAM
>> Memory: 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 onboard
>> Storage: 512GB PCIe 3.0 SSD
>> Connectivity: Wi-Fi: Dual-band 802.11ac gigabit-class Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0
>> Camera: 3D IR HD camera
>> Interface: USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (display support), USB Type-A (up to 10Gbps), USB Type-A (up to 5Gbps), HDMI, SD card, Audio combo jack
>> Audio: ASUS Sonic Master stereo audio system, certified by Harman Kardon, Array microphone with Cortana and Alexa voice-recognition support
>> Review Guide ASUS ZenBook 13 /14 /15
>> Battery: 73Wh 4-cell lithium-polymer battery up to 17 hours battery life
>> Dimensions: 35.4cm x 22cm x 1.79 cm
>> Weight: 1.69kg