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  • ASUS ZenBook S13 (UX392FA) review: "ultra" from all sides


    Thin and powerful laptops continue to successfully attack the markets, offering good performance in most everyday tasks, if not to talking about specialized software and AAA games. Every year they become better and breathing down my neck seized our MacBooks. Meet the new candidate for the throne: ASUS ZenBook S13 UX392FA.

     

    ASUS ZenBook S13 UX392FA

    All-metal hipster

    Even when closed, the laptop is surprising: the dimensions make it look more like a tablet than a full-fledged laptop. But no, the screen diagonal is rather big 13.9 ”. At the same time, a discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX 150 graphics card is also installed in the device. The framework to which we will come back has played a significant role in achieving such miniature. In the meantime, we can easily open the cover with one finger and look at the inside surface of the ZenBook S13.

    The keyboard and trackpad are surrounded by aluminum of the same tone as the cover of the ultrabook. The trackpad is located exactly in the middle. Above the display in a small ledge placed a webcam. To do this, engineers had to break the correct geometry of the top frame of the screen by adding a small trapezoidal panel. The solution is logical - from the bottom of the display for the webcam space would not be found. Well, there is a nuance on the materials: despite the metal, the lid of the new item in a closed-form is slightly squeezed.

    ASUS ZenBook S13 UX392FA

    Screen and ergonomics

    These two parameters are not accidentally included in one section: it is around the design of the display that the logic of using a laptop is built. The ErgoLift hinge, familiar to our readers from reviews of other ASUS laptops, lifts the case above the table when the lid is opened, simultaneously giving airflow to the inside of the laptop. Plastic inserts are provided at the point of contact of the hinge with the surface. In the closed form, they slightly spoil a uniform smooth metal plane of a back end face. On the other hand, the metal will not scratch and the device will not slide on your knees.

    The frame around the display has a 2.5-millimeter thickness. It is due to them that it was possible to reduce the overall dimensions, compared to the previous generation. The panel itself is made by IPS technology and provides one hundred percent coverage of the sRGB color space. The ratio of the screen area to the body is 97%, this is a very good indicator for an ultrabook. However, in the model with the application for premium, I would like to see a matte display, which is less visible glare.

    ASUS ZenBook S13 (UX392FA)

    The keyboard of ZenBook S13 without a dedicated digital unit, but the layout of the keys is not affected: they are placed widely and are not compressed horizontally. Except that the first time uncomfortable cause well, very small arrows, but this is easy to get used to. The keys move noticeably, and their surface is slightly concave for the additional convenience of input and reduction of typos and errors to a minimum. The keyboard is highlighted, there are three modes. F1-F12 keys perform auxiliary functions by default: screen brightness and keyboard backlighting, volume and so on. In normal mode, they work while holding Fn. The keyboard is a little pressed, this is particularly evident in the area of the buttons G and H.

    The trackpad is medium-sized covered with glass, the surface is tactile pleasant. Perhaps someone would prefer a wider area, but here the size of the laptop does not allow. Logon by fingerprint operates quickly, but Windows Hello the camera does not support.

    Sounds good for its size

    For the sound of new items meets the system created in conjunction with Harman/Kardon. The speakers are on the bottom panel and slightly raised above the surface on which the ultrabook. The sound resonates inside the case, so the audio is well detailed even if the speaker slots are closed. The volume reserve is small. The speakers do not hiss and crack at the maximum level — for office spaces and home use this is enough for pleasant listening. On the road, in any case, it is better to use headphones. Low frequencies are not enough, but it is expected for a device of such a thin size.

    Autonomy and performance

    In "Optimal performance" mode with 50% screen brightness and minimal keyboard backlight, the laptop can last up to six and a half hours. If you resort to energy-saving options, minimize the brightness of the IPS-panel and turn off the backlight, then in the mode of working with text and using the browser, the autonomy will increase at least twice. The manufacturer claims up to 15 hours of operation.

    ASUS ZenBook S13 (UX392FA)

    Another nice feature — fast charging for Type-C: for 49 minutes the battery of the laptop makes up for 60%. Those who have portable or stationary memory with power Delivery support, they will definitely come in handy for ZenBook S13. However, the complete adapter is small, for transportation, a lot of space is not required.

    Test results

    GEEKBENCH

    Single-core - 4740

    Multi-core - 10 829

    3DMARK

    FireStrike - 1116

    FireStrike Extreme - 539 

    TimeSpy - 706 (graphics 5974, processor 6115) 

    Night Raid - 5167 

    Sky Diver – 4413

    CINEBENCH R15

    OpenGL - 45.03

    CPU – 400

    CPU Single core – 64

    PCMark 10

    3488

    The processor Intel Core i7-8565U IS responsible for speed, the sample with 16 GB of RAM visited the test. System speed at altitude. However, "heavy" applications untwist fans, and they begin to make noise. It is clear that with such a video card to count on an excellent performance in games is not necessary, the same Fortnite at medium settings and lower resolution gives a maximum of 20 fps. The situation is slightly better in casual games like Thimbleweed Park and The Witness so that fans can pass the time for your favorite puzzle will not be disappointed.

    ASUS ZenBook S13 (UX392FA)

    Specifications

    CPU

    Intel Core i7-8565U

    VIDEO CARD

    NVIDIA GeForce MX 150

    RAM

    16 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz

    STORAGE DEVICE

    1 TB SSD, PCIe

    SCREEN

    13,9", Full HD (1920x1080), IPS, glossy, 100 per cent coverage of the sRGB, the brightness is 400 CD/m2

    INTERFACES

    2 x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2, 1 x USB Type-A 3.1 Gen2, microSD card reader, 3.5 mm jack

    DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT

    19.5 x 31.6 x 1.29 cm, 1.1 kg

    ADDITIONALLY

    Harman/Kardon sound, fingerprint scanner, Mil-STD 810G certification, fast charging

    Conclusions

    The very high-tech design of ASUS ZenBook S13 (UX392FA) immediately makes it clear that we are talking about the model of the premium segment. Powerful processor Intel i7 eighth generation, coupled with an impressive amount of RAM provides sufficient performance for office tasks, as well as allow you to run not particularly demanding games.

    ASUS ZenBook S13 (UX392FA)

    The laptop has not a lot of ports, but the situation is saved by a complete docking station. The weight and dimensions of the device are ideal for transportation in a backpack or carrying case. In addition, a capacious battery with fast charging via a Type-C connector will not allow you to remain without a working tool in the midst of a business day. Cost - at the level of solutions from Apple: for similar dimensions and performance you have to pay.

     


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