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Review Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 performance notebook in a compact package

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Asus has recently introduced a completelyThe new ZenBook 15. The Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 has a 15-inch display with minimal frames, which makes the laptop case unusually compact. In this case, the characteristics were very interesting.

I got a review on the model ZenBook 15 UX533 withIntel Core i7-8565U processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q graphics, with 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB WD PCIe solid-state SSD drive. All this costs a little more than 90 000 p., For a premium laptop this is a very attractive price. For this money it is actually difficult to find a decent ultrabook with similar characteristics and stylish design.

And here I have a question. Is it enough for the new ZenBook 15 to be the best of the best?

  • Design and construction
  • Ports and connectors
  • Keyboard and touchpad
  • Good display
  • Speaker sound
  • Performance
  • Data storage
  • Gaming notebook
  • Battery autonomy
  • Should I buy?
  • Design Asus ZenBook 15 UX533

    As for the design, the ZenBook 15 UX533Practically the ZenBook 14 model is no different. The difference in the diagonal of the display and additionally the 15-inch version received the blue color of the Royal Blue case with the textured golden bar above the keyboard and the updated logo on the lid.

    The build quality of the Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 is the sameas with the younger models - it complies with the military strength standard MIL-STD-810G. Reliably strong here and the cover, and the lower part of the body. However, I found that one unpleasant detail of the last ZenBook series remained - the keyboard begins to sag under pressure. In principle, such models of this class should not be, the closest competitor Dell XPS 15 does not have this.

    Like the XPS 15, the ZenBook 15 also has a display withminimal frames - on the sides of only 3 mm and 4.5 mm above. At the same time, the camera remained in the same place - above the display, for Dell this is clearly a lesson. By the way, other compact laptops with 15-inch screens do not have such thin frames, I mean Apple MacBook Pro 15 and HP Specter x360 15. Asus is commendable!

    When I say this is a compact laptop - thisreally so. The ratio of the screen to the body is 92%. ZenBook 15 received the same ErgoLift hinge, which is used in the ZenBook 14. To improve the air flow and sound quality, it supports the laptop at an angle of 3 degrees. The hinge is well developed and the device can be easily opened with one hand.

    However, this laptop is not as thin aswanted to. Its thickness is 1.78 cm. For comparison, the thickness of the XPS 15 case is 1.67 cm, the MacBook Pro 15 is 1.55 cm. But, the ZenBook 15 UX533 weighs only 1.69 kg, while the XPS 15 weighs just over 2 kg, and the MacBook Pro 15 - 1.82 kg.

    Ports and connectors

    As for ports, the Asus ZenBook 15 UX533got the same set as the 14-inch model: USB-A 3.1 port, USB-A 2.0, USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2, full-size HDMI, 3.5 mm audio jack and slot for microSD cards. It would be nice to have Thunderbolt 3, however, it is not here. Wireless communication is supported by 2 × 2 modules MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0.

    Keyboard and touchpad

    Laptop Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 received a typicalKeyboard island type with black keys and three levels of constant illumination. The backlight is controlled using the function keys. Depth of pressing is 1.4 mm, and in my opinion, this is a good keyboard, although on the XPS 15 it is more convenient for me to type text. But, the best of the compared, I can call the keyboard Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme.

    Touchpad ZenBook 15 large and accurate, with supportMicrosoft Precision. Its buttons are easily pressed, the sound is quiet. The XPS 15 has a similar touchpad. Additionally, there is a numeric keypad without LED backlighting.

    Like the ZenBook 14, this model has no touchdisplay. You can unlock the ultrabook via Windows 10 Hello using an infrared camera for face recognition. This method works quickly and accurately.

    Good display

    Already from the name Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 is clear,that here is a 15.6-inch screen. The laptop received an IPS-display with Full HD-resolution (141 ppi). Yes, this is not a top resolution and individual pixels are noticeable near, however, we will get a longer battery life in theory. However, it would be nice to get in the next update ZenBook 15 screen with 4K resolution, even with a slight damage to the autonomy.

    Judging by the colorimeter, there is a panel installedaverage quality. Yes, it is objectively not bad, but by today's standards it is not the best. The brightness of this screen is 302 nits - slightly above average, the display of Dell XPS 15 is brighter - 397 nits. The contrast is also not the best - 710: 1, while the XPS 15 is 1050: 1.

    As for the color, the display ZenBook 15The UX533 corresponds to 72% of the AdobeRGB color gamut and 94% sRGB is the average. For the same competitors, the numbers are much more interesting and the color range is clearly wider. Subjectively, according to my feelings, this is a pleasant screen for work and leisure. When viewing video scenes were not dark, dim.

    Speaker sound

    The sound of the speakers Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 does not stand out, despite the fact that they are built in such a way that the sound is reflected from the surface of the table.

    Harmon Kardon Smart Booster and Tuningallow you to get a large volume reserve, however, at maximum volume, the sound is greatly distorted. I recommend watching videos or listening to music at medium volume, for better quality.

    Performance and Tests

    ZenBook 15 UX533 joined the mass,running on the latest 8th generation Intel Whiskey Lake processors. But, the version is also available on the quad-core Intel Core i7-8565U. I must say that the laptop definitely works faster than the previous model.

    As for the ratings in the benchmarks, Asus was able tosqueeze the maximum performance out of the Intel U processor series. For example, in Geekbench 4, the laptop got 5330 points in single-core and 17 607 in multi-core tests. Dell Inspiron 13 with the same processor and in the same test showed more modest results - 5242 and 16 019 points respectively. Interestingly, the Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 was able to bypass even the HP Specter x350 15, which runs on a more powerful Intel Core i7-8705G.

    Next, I tested the device in the Handbrake test, which encoded a video of 420 MB in H.265. In the test, the processor is tested under load and its heat dissipation.

    As a result, I was pleasantly surprised by the result - only 195seconds, which is a record for models on U-series processors. All other tested models showed the result for more than 200 seconds. To get a faster result, you have to take an ultrabook with a 45-watt processor.

    Data storage

    Western SSD is installed in ZenBook 15Digital PCIe. Its read / write speed is similar, ZenBook 14 speeds. The memory is pretty fast here, in terms of write speed, competing models like the Inspiron 13 and Specter x360 15 were behind.

    Gaming performance

    Asus has installed a video card in the ZenBook 15 UX533Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q. I can say that the laptop works exactly as the rest with graphics cards version Max-Q. In most tests, the graphics were on par with the AMD Radeon RX560X. For example, in a synthetic 3DMark Fire Strike ultrabook caught up with the Asus VivoBook Pro N580 with a GTX 1050 card.

    ZenBook 15 performance in the Rocket LeagueIt turned out to be at the level of Dell XPS 15 - 220 frames per second at 1080p, and at maximum settings - 132 fps. In Battlefield 1, the laptop under test showed the same results as the Acer Nitro 5 with Radeon RX560X graphics - at 1080p it was 58 fps, at ultrahigh settings - about 30 fps.

    By running demanding deus ex: Mankind Divided, I got the expected results. The device showed about 30 fps at 1080p at high settings, and at ultrahigh only 17 fps. Slightly faster here were the VivoBook Pro, Dell G3 Gaming and Razer Blade 15 Base.

    In general, this ZenBook clearly does not compare with the mosttop gaming laptops, however, you can run modern games on it. For entry-level gamers, this will be the perfect laptop, where you can play games with not the highest graphics settings.

    Autonomy Asus ZenBook 15

    Asus ZenBook 15 has a 73 battery installedWatt / hour Taking into account that the 15.6-inch IPS display has a resolution of 1080p and an energy-efficient Intel Whiskey Lake processor of the 8th generation is installed, we get a device with a long autonomy.

    In the Basemark test, the laptop showed 5.5hours That's more than almost all tested competitors, including the Dell XPS 15 with a 97 watt / hour battery. But, Lenovo ThinkPad Z1 Extreme lasted in this test almost twice as long. When surfing the web, ZenBook 15 worked just under 10 hours. With this result, it lags behind the XPS 15 and the Lenovo Yoga C930 - they worked more than 10 hours. ZenBook 14 and ThinkPad X1 Extreme are left behind. Even the XPS 15 is behind the whole hour.

    For a 15-inch laptop, these are good results and in theory the battery will last for a whole day without the need for recharging.


    The Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 is a great laptop,which largely bypassed the younger brother and most of the competitors. We get excellent performance, long battery life and gaming capabilities. In addition, it is compact, which makes the laptop easy to carry.

    Yes. It does not look as premium as the XPS 15, but it’s a reliable alternative with a significant discount.


    • Small and lightweight body.
    • Extremely thin display frames.
    • Very good battery life.
    • Excellent performance and even gaming.


    • No version with 4K screen.
    • The keyboard is too flex.

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