ASUS Zenbook 15 UX533FD Review
- Display and Graphics
- Keyboard and Touchpad
Fuelling and supporting creativity is a new life-mission of many contemporary laptops, with leading tech giants designing computing devices to support creative ideas and their execution. But few have so far managed to do this as brilliantly as ASUS with its Zenbook series; the newest ASUS Zenbook 15 UX533FD extends the legacy. As the smallest 15” laptop, the Zenbook 15 has an eye-catching, inspiring design, an Intel i7 processor, NVIDIA graphics, and cool features that inherently support your creative ventures. Let’s dig deeper into everything this Zenbook has to offer.
Behold and Be Spellbound: Display and Design
The design and display of this laptop are both so stunning they are sure to impress even the most cynical of laptop critics. Traditionally, the ASUS Zenbook 15 UX533FD has come with an attractive spun metal finish that is intact here too. However, the design has only got more remarkable: the laptop has a royal blue body with rose gold enhancements, complemented by an ultra-narrow bezel. The bezel is, in fact, so sleek that it has a thickness of only 3mm at the sides, expanding the display area, creating a frameless effect, and realizing a screen-to-body ratio of 92 percent. (The bezel is only slightly thicker at the bottom—at 4.5mm—and 6.4mm at the top to fit in the camera.)
The beauty of the design extends within. On this laptop, you get a graphics support of NVIDIA GTX1050 Max-Q—graphics of superior quality rendered on a screen resolution of 1920 X 1080. Optionally, you can even get home a 4K UHD display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160.
Further, the screen is full High-Definition (no surprises there) and has an optimal sRGB gamut of 100 percent. The screen also supports wide-view, so you can view undistorted imagery from angles as sharp as 178 degrees. Enhancing the color accuracy and brightness are the latest technologies of ASUS Splendid and ASUS Tru2Life Video. Interestingly, this also helps keep your eyes unstrained as you watch movies or work on high-resolution image editing for hours on end.
Processing Like a Pro
Cognizant of how creativity shouldn’t be restrained by low speed or delays, the ASUS Zenbook 15 UX533FD has a mighty, eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8565U processor that can be boosted to run up to a fantastic 4.6GHz. This is a great deal faster than a seventh-generation processor (almost 2.4 times). It turns out, this is a processing prowess perfect for a myriad of tasks, including creating long-form documents, editing photos, and even a certain degree of gaming. It is possible to get a lower (and cheaper) configuration depending on your needs—an Intel Core i5-8265U processor that can run up to 3.9GHz.
In terms of RAM and storage, the Zenbook is fairly competent: you get up to 16GB RAM and up to 512GB (PCIe SSD storage). Note that this Zenbook runs Windows 10 Pro and this is also the recommended operating system for optimal performance on this device.
Coming to the most incredible bit—the battery life. The ZenBook 15 has a lithium-polymer battery (73Wh) that lasts up to 16 hours! This is among the highest in class and provides a terrific degree of mobility and reassurance that a lack of power supply will not bog down your creative thoughts.
Mobility and Connectivity
So, how does ASUS Zenbook 15 UX533FD fare when you carry it around with you, attempting to work on the go? Well, if that super-long battery life sets expectations for a device that does not shirk from but actually loves to travel, these expectations are well met. This Zenbook with its compact design—almost as compact as a 14” model—is also one of the lightest at 3.5lbs. It has a thickness of 0.7” (width: 13.94”, depth: 8.66”) and military-grade durability (MIL-STD-810G) that makes it anxiety-free to carry the laptop around with you, across environments and conditions. Apart from the ASUS internal tests, the laptop is subjected to tests across altitudes, temperatures and humidity, and that is saying something!
On this super-sleek 15” laptop, the sound system does not make any compromises. You get a Harman Kardon certified sound system that delivers accurate, pure sound. This is boosted by the ASUS SonicMaster technology that provides further amplification. The sound system is yet another plus that boosts the mobility of the laptop, letting you experience goodness wherever you are.
Wireless connectivity is a prime need when you’re on the move. Catering to this, the Zenbook offers high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi. A handy technology called the ASUS Wi-Fi Master lets you avail of swifter speeds across greater distances through MU-MIMO-capability. Sample some statistics: it is possible to stream HD videos from distances of more than 300 meters. Even with USB devices, you typically circumvent interference and can stream from as far away as 225 meters. The computer also supports Bluetooth 5.0.
Device-support on this Zenbook is reasonably well-equipped, boasting of a USB-C port that supports data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, a USB 3.1 port, and an SD card reader. This is ample to connect to any peripherals you require as well as external displays.
Ease of Use: An Innovative ErgoLift and Numpad
There are two inventive features in this Zenbook that make it incredibly easy to use. One—an ErgoLift hinge that adds a 3-degree tilt to your keyboard to make the typing experience smoother. And two—a NumberPad that eliminates the problem of working with numbers on sleek, mobile laptops.
The specially-engineered hinge makes it much easier to work on the laptop, reducing strain and providing a desktop-like effect. It also makes the opening angle wider (145 degrees) but hides away completely when not in use to retain the design. The number pad (i.e., the keyboard in general) is backlit and highly sensitive to touch, even with multiple gestures. The 1.4mm key travel distance on the glass-protected touchpad also enhances the precision and ergonomic capabilities of the keyboard.
Apart from these two features, the Zenbook 15 also has other provisions to boost your ease of use. Most notable among these is its high-quality biometric hardware that works together with Windows Hello and Cortana, letting you log in with your touch and command with your voice. This computer supports Alexa too so you can issue voice commands with ease and experience the simplification this can bring to your day.
Bottom line – ASUS Zenbook 15 UX533FD
Yet again, ASUS has designed a powerful, compelling laptop that understands creativity like the back of its hand. With speedy and smooth processing, high-grade graphics, and features tailor-made for mobile design professionals, the ASUS Zenbook 15 UX533FD is a terrific partner for a highly productive day.
|Specs of ASUS Zenbook 15 UX533FD|
|Processor||Up to Intel Core i7-8565U quad-core (up to 4.6 GHz)|
|Graphics||Up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB|
|Storage||256GB/512GB PCIe SSD|
|Display||15.6″ with up to 4K UHD resolution|