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It is considered that there are two types of tablets: for work and for entertainment. The first is characterized by a powerful processor and simple software, the second is a great display, good sound and a durable battery. But, Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is created both for the first and for the second.
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Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Tablet Reviews
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 - tablet. which offers excellent opportunities for both work and entertainment, and at a price of $ 300 (18,000 rubles), while having a 10-inch screen. The aluminum case, 2K display, high performance and a 5900 mAh battery are good, but did Asus manage to please all users? Let's find out.
Design Asus ZenPad 3S 10
ZenPad 3S 10 looks like a more expensive tablet. The body is made entirely of aluminum, without plastic elements.
On the smooth back of the Asus ZenPad 3S 10, in the upper left corner, there is a camera, and in the middle is the Asus brand. With rounded corners, the tablet is more comfortable to hold.
The front panel has a display thatoccupies 78% of the total body area. Under it is a fingerprint scanner, which is built into the button "Home". The “Multitasking” and “Back” capacitive buttons are located on either side of the “Home”. The power / lock button and the paired volume button are located on the right side of the device. The fact that they are metal is pleasant to the touch, but makes it difficult to work - sometimes you have to press a button twice to turn on the tablet.
The thickness of the tablet is 5.8 mm, and the weight is 430 g, so the ZenPad 3S 10 is thinner and lighter than the iPad Pro.
The IPS panel with a 2K resolution (2048 × 1536) and a diagonal of 9.7 inches is installed as a screen panel. ASUS "VisualMaster" technology makes the image more contrast, clear and pleasing to the eye.
The colors are bright, the text is clear, the viewing angle is178 degrees, it is enough that the image on the display is clear at any angle. Asus also added its proprietary application “Splendid”. It can adjust colors more precisely, for example, reduce the sharpness of the blue with the “Bluelight Filer” option (useful for eyes at night).
The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 display uses a 4: 3 aspect ratio. The same ratio on the iPad, and it's nice to see that it is more and more distributed among Android tablets.
Interface and functionality
ASUS uses its own userthe interface on Android 6.0, and with it the software part of the ZenPad 3S 10 resembles tablets 2013. Application icons are small, and their own design is missing.
ZenLauncher is preinstalled, soUsers have ample opportunities: ordering applications and folders, choosing wallpaper, setting styles and effects, and so on. The Game Genie panel should please gamers - it provides information about the games, allows you to record and broadcast them on the YouTube Gaming service, and even offers to increase their performance by speeding up the system. However, we didn’t find any real benefit from the latter function when testing.
For drawing and not only, Z Stylus is useful, which is similar in function to the Apple Pencil and S Pen.
CPU and memory
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is equipped with six-coreprocessor Mediatek 8176, which consists of two cores ARM Cortex A72 with a frequency of 2.1 GHz and four ARM Cortex A53 with a frequency of 1.7 GHz. The graphics are represented by the PowerVR GX6250, and it all relies on 4 GB of RAM.
The ZenPad 3S 10 tablet is very fast. Streaming HD streaming video, visiting social networks, checking email and running multiple applications at the same time without any problems. Games like Mortal Combat X run perfectly. It cannot be said that it surpasses all other tablets, there are more powerful ones, but you will have to pay more for them. At the same time, for the absolute majority of users, device performance will be more than enough.
Ports and connections
There are all the connectivity options you would expect from a modern Android tablet - Wi-Fi WLAN 820.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.2, support for Miracast, GPS, gyroscope, etc.
Sometimes a Wi-Fi connection disappears for 1-2 seconds. This is especially annoying when downloading large files and similar cases when you need a continuous connection to the Internet. Only the latest software update helped, but this does not mean that the problem will not return.
USB Type-C connector is used to charge and to increase the native memory of 32 GB or 64 GB. Also here there is a slot for memory cards MicroSD, which allows you to expand the volume to 128 GB.
Camera and shooting
The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front camera. Both are capable of recording video in Full HD 1080p and do not have flash.
There are a variety of modes in the camera application,including HDR, TimeLapse and Slow motion video. It is even possible to scan QR codes without the need to download third-party applications. Among the manual settings are white balance, ISO and exposure. The functionality of the application is encouraging, but it looks a bit outdated.
Photo and video quality
Shooting from a tablet is generally quite inconvenient,especially if it has a 10-inch screen, so we didn’t expect anything special from the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 camera. Even if you shoot still objects in ideal conditions, the quality will be mediocre, and with a slight darkening or too bright light, the photos will be terrible.
The front camera is relatively good, but even for selfies it is rather weak. It's good that video can be recorded in 1080p resolution, but the quality is as low as that of a photo.
What is really good here is the sound, which is only slightly muffled. But for it is to thank the microphones, not the camera.
Multimedia and sound
The 10 "2K display is great for gaming andwatching movies. Also included are two speakers that work on the NKP Smart AMP. High definition audio playback (24 bit, 192 kHz) with compatible devices is supported. The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is the first tablet that DTS Headphone: X supports. The sound is very impressive, and all thanks to technology SonicMaster 3.0. AudioWizard application allows you to customize all aspects of the sound.
From tablets rarely expect high quality sounds, especially of this size and price. But in this, Asus was able to surprise us pleasantly.
Battery Capacity Asus ZenPad 3S 10
5900 mAh battery is enough for a visitsocial network, checking email and playing Mortal Combat X for about three days. At the same time, the tablet was actively used for about 3 hours a day and with moderate screen brightness.
Fast charging Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 is supported, but it takes 3 hours and 23 minutes to charge Asus ZenPad 3S 10 from 0 to 100%. This is partially justified by the battery capacity.
Should I buy Asus ZenPad 3S 10?
Asus really did create an inexpensive onea tablet that is suitable for both work and entertainment. Moreover, the ZenPad 3S 10 seems worthy of a higher price, and it's not just the design or the touch-friendly case. 2K-display demonstrates excellent image, there is enough performance, the sound in the columns delights, and the battery lasts a long time. Given that all this is priced at $ 299 (18,000 rubles) - the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 has almost no competitors.
Although not the best installed on ZenPad 3S 10software (you can change a lot in the interface), it will still be different from pure Android, which may disappoint fans of this OS. Yes, the cameras under no circumstances can not provide decent quality, but a large tablet was still not suitable for shooting.
Summing up, we can say that Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is not a perfect gadget, but it’s hard to find the best tablet for the price.
- Expensive design;
- Lighter and thinner iPad Pro;
- Fast fingerprint scanner;
- Great display;
- Durable battery;
- Memory expands to 128GB.
- The interface seems obsolete;
- Slow charging;
- Bad back camera.
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