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Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 Review with ScreenPad: A cool gadget, but not a laptop

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Today, it is not enough just to place the excellent ones.components in a well-designed laptop, to stand out from the crowd, you need to offer innovation. The innovation in the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 laptop is called the ScreenPad - a touchscreen built into the touchpad that can be used as a second display.

I got a review on a ZenBook Pro 15 equipped8th generation Core i9-8950HK processor, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti video card, 4K IPS display and the mentioned ScreenPad. The cost of this configuration is $ 2,300 ($ 151,750). A version with a Core i7-8750HQ processor and no ScreenPad costs $ 1,800 ($ 118,750). The laptop has a powerful premium configuration, but does the ScreenPad offer enough innovation? I figured it out.

  • Design and construction
  • Ports and connectors
  • Touchpad screenpad
  • Keyboard
  • Laptop display
  • Sound and Multimedia
  • Performance
  • Gaming opportunities
  • Autonomy
  • Alternatives
  • Should I buy?
  • Design Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580

    Laptop Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 hasrecognizable design of the company, with branded concentric circles on the body. Chamfers on the side faces painted in gold. The body is made of metal and has a brushed aluminum texture. The build quality is excellent, nothing backlash or creaks, the cover and the bottom part do not bend when pressed.

    However, the keyboard unit has someflexibility, which is unusual for ZenBook models. Hinges, despite their rigidity, allow you to open the lid even with one hand, which once again confirms the high build quality.

    Ports and connectors

    The ZenBook Pro 15 got a decent set of ports andconnectors, including two USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 with support for Thunderbolt 3 and 40 Gbit / s, two ports USB-A 3.1 Gen 2 and full-size HDMI, 3.5-mm audio jack and microSD card reader. Wireless connectivity is provided via Wi-Fi 802.11ac Wave 2 and Bluetooth 5.0.

    Touch ScreenPad

    The main chip Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580is a screenpad. The 5.5-inch 1080p touch IPS display works like a standard touchpad, but, it is slightly wider. The surface is quite conveniently designed, there is support for Microsoft Precision and Windows 10 gestures. One of its two modes of operation offers gadgets, like a calculator, a music player, and a numeric keypad. However, sometimes they are not available or work incorrectly.

    ScreenPad integration with Office, providesa set of editing controls when you start Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint. Unlike ScreenPad applications, Office tools have retained the ability to use the touchpad to scroll and tap. Extension Display mode adds a second display on which to drag applications. But, during testing, many errors appeared and frequent reboots occurred. This mode is best suited for Windows 10 applications that have been optimized for the touch screen.

    However, some functionalitymake great sense, for example, the main menu - provides convenient access to customizable application buttons. If Asus can get rid of all the lags and errors, I think ScreenPad will be a great innovation.

    Good keyboard

    Asus ZenBook Pro 15 has a typical islandkeyboard with black keys and attractive yellow letters. There are three convenient and consistent backlight levels. The keys are pressed gently and are great for comfortable typing.

    Touchpad touchpad display ZenBook Pro 15, excellentSuitable for quickly scrolling web pages and pressing on-screen buttons. Fingerprint scanner with support for Windows 10 Hello, as expected, works quickly and reliably.

    Display disappoints

    Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 is installed 4H UHDIPS display. I was disappointed with its color rendering and contrast, which is less than on other premium panels. Color accuracy is far from an ideal indicator, contrast is average. The brightness of 335 nits, below the performance of many premium laptops with a figure of 400 nits and above. Gamma went to 1.4, that is, video and images tend to be too bright in well-lit areas.

    Overall, this is a good display for work andview photos if low accuracy is not important to you. But, the contrast is noticeably lower than on the XPS 15 and Surface Book 2 laptops, movies and TV shows look too bright.

    Harman Kardon Sound

    The sound in the ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 is excellent, in partthanks to Harman Kardon speakers and the Smart Amplifier amplifier, which create the best sound. Even at maximum volume, there is inaudible distortion, and the rather large case provides good stereo separation. The bass here sounds better than usual, and the middle and high levels are clear and dense.

    Performance and Tests

    The Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 I Testedequipped with a 6-core processor Core i9-8950HK 8th generation operating at a frequency of 2.9 GHz. This is the most powerful processor that can be found on laptops today. However, a powerful processor in a closed package creates problems with heating and increased noise of the cooling system fans. It is worth noting that the XPS 15 is quieter and colder than many competitors.

    In the Geekbench 4 synthetic test, the ZenBook 15 Pro runs faster than the XPS 15 and Razer Blade 15 with the Core i7-8750H, as well as the XPS 15 2-in-1 and HP Specter x360 15 with the Core i7-8705G.

    Laptop is offered in SSD configurationToshiba PCIe drive with a capacity of 512 GB or 1 TB, which is very fast to read, and to write data. Overall, the performance of the ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 does not disappoint. The Core i9 processor is not much improved compared to the best Core i7, but this does not mean that the ZenBook Pro 15 is a weak device.

    Gaming opportunities

    Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 is equipped with a discreteNvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card. In game tests, he showed mixed performance. In 3DMark for synthetic games, the laptop has reached only 6534 points.

    In Battlefield 1 with medium settings andAt 1080p, the speed reached 55 FPS and 39 FPS at ultra. Deus Ex: Mansind Divided had similar results. Regardless of the quality of the graphics, ZenBook Pro 15 is slightly slower than most competitors.

    Use more efficient and compactGPU version Q 1050 Ti, would allow the laptop to increase the average frame rate. Nevertheless, in games the gadget shows quite good results.

    Battery autonomy

    Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 is equipped with a batterycapacity of only 7 W / h. Given the 4K display and high-quality components, it’s stupid to count on a good battery life. In the Basemark battery test, the laptop lasted less than three hours, and when browsing the web - a little less than four. When watching looped videos, the ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 score reached 5.5 hours, which is also not impressive.

    Among ultrabooks, such a result is, at best, average, since competitors from this class work 1-3 hours longer.

    Alternatives to Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580

    Dell's most obvious alternativeThe XPS 15, which is just as fast, has a 4K display, the best battery life, 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB SSD. However, despite the more conservative design, its cost in a configuration with a Core i9 processor is $ 2,960 ($ 197,650).

    If you are looking for a laptop for gaming, you should look at the Razer Blade 15 for about $ 2500 (166 900 p.), Which is equipped with a faster Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 graphics processor.

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme has got the newest 6-core Intel processor and GTX 1050 Ti Max Q graphics card, which makes it the best option in this class.

    Total

    Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 is filled with the latest andthe most modern components, Asus has created a beautiful and fast 15.6-laptop, which is suitable for almost all but avid gamers. ScreenPad is a true innovation, but it needs some work to become a really useful component.

    Should I buy it?

    The new ZenBook Pro 15 does not offer significantadvantages compared with competitors, has an average battery life and poorly calibrated display, ScreenPad is still too unstable and limited in functionality, otherwise it is a good and productive device.

    Benefits Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580

    • Comfortable keyboard.
    • Excellent build quality.
    • Innovative screenpad.
    • High performance processor.

    Disadvantages of ZenBook Pro 15 UX580

    • Average battery life.
    • The display lacks accuracy and contrast.
    • ScreenPad is buggy and limited in functionality.

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