The 15.6-inch laptops are still among the most popular, and even among them is dominated by conservative solutions, but there is a place for interesting patterns. ASUS Company in the framework of the flagship ZenBook lineup unveiled a 15.6-inch laptop Asus Zenbook UX510UW. The device is allocated a relatively low weight, as well as the discrete graphics card. Let’s see, what else can offer this laptop.
Contents of delivery: Asus Zenbook UX510UW
ASUS has always been famous for its well-bundled notebooks, and especially if we are talking about the models of the upper price segment. ZenBook UX510UW was no exception, with the device can be found carrying case, the adapter with HDMI to VGA, USB 3.0 adapter on the LAN RJ-45, as well as a simple wired mouse.
It is difficult to say how long will these accessories, but they are pleased to find in the kit.
Design: Asus Zenbook UX510UW
Externally UX510UW is made in the style of line with the company’s ZenBook concentric polished lid and ASUS logo in the middle.
The basis of the keyboard is made from a single piece of aluminum, which is mounted on the lower part of the screw. Keys at the same time slightly recessed into the casing, so as not to come into contact with the screen. The frame around the latter has a medium size and is made of matte plastic. Overall, the ASUS ZenBook UX510UW looks good, the designers used simple shapes while maintaining style Zenbook line.
In addition, it is important to note the quality and performance. Metal sufficiently tight around the keyboard, not to push for, and the same applies to the display unit. The build quality is also excellent, all the elements fit tightly. Hinge well captures the screen in any position, so open it with one hand will not work.
Dimensions ZenBook UX510UW up 382x255x19,9 mm, and weight – 2 kg. And if the housing dimensions can be called a standard, the weight of 2 kg and less occurs in a relatively small number of models. This allows us to call the ASUS portable solution that can be without any problems every day to carry in a backpack.
Connectors: Asus Zenbook UX510UW
The tendency to reduce the number of connectors, fortunately, walked ASUS ZenBook UX510UW side. Therefore, on the right side of his body, users can find an HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, and one USB Type-C.
The left side is a Kensington Security Slot, two ports USB 2.0, 3,5 mm headphone jack, as well as a card reader for SD cards.
The latter, unfortunately, is also USB 2.0 standard, therefore, can not provide high-speed reading and writing of information that can be critical for those involved in shooting photos and videos.
Display: Asus Zenbook UX510UW
The ASUS ZenBook UX510UW, came to us to the test, was set matte IPS-display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. This model also has a version with 4K resolution, however, and Full HD is enough for comfortable work.
By itself, the screen has good viewing angles, according to our measurements its maximum brightness is 274 cd / m2, and the minimum – 14.5 cd / m2. The laptop has a light sensor so the display brightness can be adjusted automatically. The picture quality is very good, the screen provides a virtually 100% coverage of the sRGB color space, in this case, it is quite “warm” color temperature is 5500K in the level. This is also well illustrated by the sagging blue color in the RGB levels.
For professional work with the color display would be worth more to calibrate, but for the average user nuances calibration will not be critical.
Platform and Performance: Asus Zenbook UX510UW
In the test, ASUS ZenBook UX510UW was established 14-nm 2-core processor Intel Core i5-7200U, clocked at 2.5 GHz (3.1 GHz in Turbo Boost mode). Also, the laptop uses 12 GB of DDR4-2133, SSD RAM, and 256 GB hard drive 1 TB.
System performance is at an excellent level, which is also confirmed by the synthetic tests. In PCMark 8 Home 3.0 laptop gaining 3078 points.
SSD read speed reaches to 559 MB / s, and the recording – 272 MB / sec. This is an average result, but it is enough to quickly launch programs and files.
The hard drive is not as fast, its standard speed to 5400 rev / m, though he compensates for this 1TB.
For graphics processing ZenBook UX510UW responsible discrete graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 with 2 GB of memory. In addition, when the notebook is running on battery power, it switches on the built-in Intel HD adapter Graphics 620. As for the digital video, today it can be called out of date, since the output at the end of last year, video cards GeForce GTX 10xx. Therefore UX510UW would like to see graphics GeForce GTX 1050, which would bring the laptop to gaming solutions. But, apparently, in the ASUS did not want to raise the value of the model, leaving the more powerful and expensive graphics card for ZenBook Pro line, the new devices that we probably will see this year.
As for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 with 2 GB, it is well known to us card, built on 28-nanometer process technology. It delivers the performance, which will be enough to play modern games at medium and minimum settings. I tried to run on a laptop Fallout 4 and “The Witcher 3” in Full HD resolution and at medium settings, they showed 28-30 FPS, but at minimum 31-34 FPS. If you play the less demanding graphics games, for example, in Civilization VI, it can be done comfortably and at medium graphics settings. Accordingly, the performance of GeForce GTX 960 will be enough for video editing.
In the test 3DMark Fire Strike 1.1 video card gains 3477 points, and Sky Diver 1.0 – 10040 points.
Heat and Noise: Asus Zenbook UX510UW
Enough performance configuration ZenBook UX510UW could affect the noise level and the heating housing. However, Intel Core i5-7200U was quite “cold” in its stress test system temperature does not rise above 60 degrees Celsius, respectively, no throttling is also observed.
We should also praise the cooling system during normal office work it can not be heard, and even while playing laptop noise within the normal range and does not irritate. The area around the keyboard at high load remains cold.
Keyboard and Touchpad: Asus Zenbook UX510UW
ASUS ZenBook UX510UW equipped with keyboard island type, while it is full-length with a numeric keypad. The keys are at a sufficient distance from each other and are pressed with a well-defined way. Typing on this keyboard is very nice.
Backlit keyboard UX510UW has three degrees of brightness, and even at the maximum to her to work comfortably in the dark.
The touchpad in the laptop has a standard size and slightly offset to the left, to be the main center of the keyboard. It works well, there is support for the simultaneous detection of several touches, and gestures.
Multimedia: Asus Zenbook UX510UW
On the notebook chassis, you can find the inscription Harman Kardon, but the sound is played through two small speakers on the underside of the housing.
It is difficult to say what exactly corresponds to the inscription Harman Kardon, but the external sound from a laptop is absolutely normal, it does not stand out either in volume or volume. The headphones sound good, and what you expect from the Realtek High Definition Audio Driver, at the same time it should be noted the excellent stock volume already on averages it seems redundant.
Autonomy: Asus Zenbook UX510UW
ASUS ZenBook UX510UW set 3-cell battery with 48 watt-hours, which is enough for 6-7 hours of office work with automatic adjustment of screen brightness. In the test of autonomy PC Mark 8, Home 3.0 with 200 cd / m2 brightness display under load the notebook lasted almost 4 hours.
Charging UX510UW from a major power supply of 120 watts, which is caused by the use of a discrete graphics card.
A full charge takes about 2 hours.
PROS of Asus Zenbook UX510UW: package, nice design and materials, relatively low weight, good display with a matte finish, high performance, the SSD 256 GB discrete graphics, good cooling system, comfortable keyboard and touchpad
CONS of Asus Zenbook UX510UW: Card reader USB 2.0, instead of the GeForce GTX 960 graphics would like to see the 1050 GTX
CONCLUSION: Asus Zenbook UX510UW
Asus Zenbook UX510UW – is relatively thin and lightweight 15.6-inch laptop with a nice body design and quality materials. On the model should pay attention to if you are looking for a mobile computer with a large screen and good performance, which will not only allow you to work comfortably, but sometimes even to play modern games.