Review of ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FTС: compact laptop with GeForce GTX 1650 and 10th generation Intel


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Laptops powered by the new 10th generation Intel processors are gradually starting to go on sale. To our editorial office

one of these models arrived.This is the updated ASUS ZenBook 15. We have already visited the 13- and 14-inch models. The hero of today's review differs from them not only in the updated processor and screen diagonal. A more powerful discrete graphics card is installed inside, and the 15.6-inch ZenBook has a number of differences structurally.

  1. What is it?
  2. What is interesting about the ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FTC?
  3. What is included?
  4. How does it look and qualitatively assembled?
  5. How convenient is it to use a laptop?
  6. What is ScreenPad 2.0 capable of?
  7. How good is the screen?
  8. What about performance, autonomy and sound?
  9. In the dry residue

What is it?

ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FT - flagshipa metal compact laptop with a 15.6-inch IPS display, 10th generation Intel processors, up to 16 GB of RAM, a fast SSD drive, a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics card and an additional ScreenPad 2.0 screen combined with a touchpad.

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What is interesting about the ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FTC?


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ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FTC came to us for review withnew quad-core Intel Core i7-10510U Comet Lake processor with a clock frequency of 1.8 GHz and Turbo Boost up to 4.9 GHz. We'll talk about it in more detail a little later. The laptop's graphics are powered by a discrete Nvidia GTX 1650 4 GB GDDR5 accelerator in Max-Q design. This is not the most productive solution, but for an ultrabook it is more than impressive. There is 16 GB of RAM, and a fast 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD is used as a storage device. The laptop is available with FullHD and 4K IPS screens, and a 4K configuration has arrived. There are full-size USB and HDMI ports, an SD card reader and an infrared camera for facial recognition. The body is traditionally made of metal, and instead of the usual touchpad, ScreenPad 2.0 is used (an additional touch display that is combined with a touchpad).

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What is included?


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ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FT comes in a boxgray in medium size. Inside - a laptop, a 120 W power supply, a power cable, a traditional Velcro-style envelope-case, a USB-Ethernet adapter and documentation.

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How does it look and qualitatively assembled?


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Appearance and design of the laptop at first glancenot too different from the smaller ZenBook models, and last year's models looked about the same. The same dark blue metal body, concentric pattern on the lid, gold accents, ErgoLift design and the additional ScreenPad 2.0 touchpad screen already familiar to us from the 14-inch model. Only the dimensions are slightly larger. Looks good and expensive. On the other hand, there is a feeling that we have already seen all this and would like something new.


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The arrangement of ports and functional elements is slightly different. On the left side of the laptop there are three openings of the cooling system, 1xUSB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A and a combined 3.5 mm audio jack:


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Right - LED indicators, SD slotcards, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (up to 10 Gbps), USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A (up to 10 Gbps), HDMI and power supply connector. As you can see, there is still no support for Thunderbolt and power supply via Type-C, which is sad:


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There is a small cutout on the front edge. At the rear end there are ventilation holes, a line logo and two rubber feet. Here the laptop is open:


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The design of the bottom cover also remained virtually unchanged. Round rubberized legs, stereo speaker grids and openings for intake of cold air by the cooling system:


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Different configurations use screens withanti-reflective coating or protective glass. We have just the last option. The frames around the screen are thin, 3 mm on the sides, 6.4 mm on top and 4.5 mm on the bottom. Really impressive. In the upper part, a set of microphones, a webcam and infrared sensors to determine the owner’s face is already familiar to ZenBook:


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The laptop turned out to be very compact (for 15.6-inch model): 354x220x18.9 mm, 1.65 kg. The weight of the model with an anti-glare screen is 100 g less. The ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FT easily fits and transports in any standard laptop compartment and doesn't weigh too much on your backpack. The design is all good: the laptop cannot be bent or twisted.

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How convenient is it to use a laptop?


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One of the features of most compactASUS laptops for the last couple of years have had an ErgoLift design, thanks to which the bottom part rises and is at an angle of 3° to the bottom plane. This allows for improved air intake for the cooling system and gives more &#8220;space&#8221; speakers. In this case, the display can be opened to 141°. The keyboard layout differs from more compact models. Thanks to its large dimensions, it was possible to install a full-size keyboard with a separate numeric keypad. Reduced in size, the top row F, Home, End, PgUp and PgDown are combined with F9-F12, separate Print Screen, Insert, Delete and the power button at the end of the row. The Fn+Esc combination switches the operating mode of the functional row of buttons. Both Shift are long, one-story Enter. Block of arrows of reduced height.


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Button travel 1.4 mm, moderately soft, but informative. There is a three-level backlight:


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ScreenPad 2.0 is a 5.65-inch touch screen with FullHD+ resolution. It can work as a regular touchpad. At the same time, the sensitivity is very good, as is the coverage. This makes it very convenient:


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What can ScreenPad 2.0 do?


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About ScreenPad 2.0 we have already described in detail in the review of ASUS ZenBook 14, so we will only talk about it in general terms. This is a 5.65-inch touchscreen display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2160x1080. It is recognized by the system as an additional display, but with an additional shell for more convenient control.


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The ScreenXpert software shell as a whole does nothas changed functionally since the review of the 14-inch ZenBook, but received an official Ukrainian localization. ScreenPad 2.0 allows you to drag any window or app from the main screen. Plus there are several of our own useful tools and adapted applications:


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On the big screen, when you drag something, two icons appear. One is responsible for moving the application to the bottom screen, the second is for pinning it in ScreenXpert quick applications:


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Main &#8220;desktop&#8221; ScreenXpertand a standard set of applications. It consists of utilities for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Application Manager, Number Pad, and Quick Key bar with quick access to common operations that are typically performed using button combinations. There is a standard set, and you can also add your own, including separately for different applications.


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In the settings you can adjust the brightness, ScreenPad resolution, enable power saving mode, change the refresh rate and view the instructions for use.


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To work, convenience and stability of the interfaceScreenPad 2.0 does not arise. Everything works quickly, without glitches and bugs (in any case, it did not occur during use). How practical and necessary it is is a different and extremely individual question. He can find a lot of applications, ranging from moving to ScreenPad 2.0 a music player or messengers and ending with toolbars in applications. But, it seems to me, only a part of potential owners will use this.

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How good is the screen?

The laptop uses 15.6-inch IPS display with 4K resolution (3840×215;2160) with protective glass. There are configurations with FullHD and anti-glare coating. Visually, the screen is magnificent, the picture is very rich and bright, with excellent viewing angles. The other side of the coin is that 4K will slightly reduce battery life.


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According to the measurement results, the maximum brightnessdisplay was a very impressive 408.541 cd/m2. Black field brightness is 0.41 cd/m2, and static contrast is 996:1. Impressive figures. Calibration is also very good, the screen goes into cool shades quite a bit. And this can be adjusted in the settings if desired:


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What about performance, autonomy and sound?


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First, a few words about the new Intel processors10th generation. The situation with them is interesting: Intel &#8220;rolled out&#8221; two families at once that will live in parallel. Comet Lake and Ice Lake. The first family is a kind of &#8220;plastic lift&#8221; processors of the previous generation: the same 14-nm process technology, slightly higher frequency, the same integrated graphics. These processors will have the letter U in the model. Ice Lake is much more interesting: they are produced using a new 10nm process technology and can be recognized by the letter G in the marking. Some models will receive new, more powerful integrated Intel Iris Plus graphics. Models G7 (64 execution units), G4 (48 execution units). G1 will receive simpler graphics: Intel UHD Graphics with 32 execution units. Unfortunately, there is nothing for sale on Ice Lake yet. Models with Comet Lake have already begun to appear and our ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FTС received a 14nm quad-core Intel Core i7-10510U processor with support for 8 HyperThreading threads, 8 MB SmartCache. Clock frequency - 1.8 GHz (up to 4.9 GHz Turbo Boost). So, in fact, we have a very slightly improved version of the Intel Core i7-8565U. The integrated Intel UHD Graphics operates at the same frequency up to 1150 MHz (although GPU-Z doesn't know it yet). Discrete video card - Nvidia GTX 1650 4 GB GDDR5 in Max-Q design, that is, with reduced power consumption and reduced frequencies. Specifically - up to 1020 &#8211; 1245 (Boost) MHz. The RAM capacity is 16 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz. Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 6 (Intel AX201) and Bluetooth 5.0.


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ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FTС - not a gaming laptop, butand copes with the graphics quite well. So the performance for photo editing or basic video editing is quite enough. The difference in performance between the Intel Core i7-10510U and Intel Core i7-8565U is minimal.


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The laptop has a very fast 1TB Samsung NVMe PCIe3 x4 SSD:


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The drive is very fast. Maximum read speed is about 3500 MB/s, and write speed is about 2400 MB/s:


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In the AIDA64 stress test at the start, the systemwarmed up to approximately 90 ° and throttling was observed. But it took less than a minute to adapt the cooling system to the load, after which the temperature of the components did not rise above 77 ° and there was no further throttling. At the same time, the cooling system cannot be called noisy: in the office environment, I had to listen specially. In this case, only the area above the keyboard is heated, which is quite acceptable:


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You can also play on a laptop quite comfortably. Relatively new games work without problems in FullHD resolution on medium graphics settings. In Destiny 2, the frame rate is kept at 60-70 FPS. On Metro Exodus and The Outer Worlds - 50-60 FPS:


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An 8-cell battery is responsible for autonomyat 71 Wh, full charging takes just over 2 hours. They promise almost 15 hours of work. In real conditions, it turns out, of course, less. In &#8220;office&#8221; mode with a Wi-Fi connection, using a browser, mail, instant messengers and a relatively low screen brightness (about 50%), the laptop can withstand about 8 hours without recharging. At the same time, ScreenPad 2.0 was used as a regular touchpad.

The built-in stereo speakers are quite good.There is a volume reserve, suitable for movies and videos. There aren't enough low frequencies for music. Useful software includes MyASUS for setting up and updating your laptop and AudioWizard for setting up sound:


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In the dry residue

ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FT is still stylisha metal laptop of compact dimensions, in a 15.6-inch form factor, of course. At the same time, it received very productive hardware and a modern, fairly powerful discrete video card and a gorgeous, bright 4K display. The laptop is suitable not only for office work on the road, but will also “handle” quite well. photo editing and video editing, and you can also play games. And as a bonus, it offers an additional screen combined with a touchpad, which can also be used in many ways ScreenPad 2.0. Plus there is a decent number of full-size ports, including a card reader for SD cards. It’s somewhat frustrating that, despite all its modern features, the laptop still doesn’t have support for Thinderbolt and/or Type-C power, which would be very convenient. The laptop has not yet gone on sale, but it has a similar configuration to the previous i7 processor and costs a little more50 000 UAH. So wait for the novelty cheaper is clearly not worth it.

5 reasons to buy ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FTС:

  • compact and lightweight metal body (in its class);
  • chic display;
  • high performance;
  • the presence of full-sized ports;
  • long battery life.

2 reasons not to buy ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FTС:

  • no USB Type-C charging or Thunderbolt support;
  • high price.

Technical specifications ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FTС

Display
15.6 inches, 4K, IPS

Dimensions
354x220x18.9 mm

Weight
1.65 kg

operating system
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

CPU
Intel Core i7-8565U, 4 cores, 1.8-4.9 GHz (Comet Lake, 14 nm)

Ram
16 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz

Graphics
nVidia GeForce GTX1650 Max-Q, 4 GB GDDR5, Intel UHD Graphics

Storage device
SSD NVMe PCIe3x 4 1 TB

Communications
Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0

Connectors

Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 2, 2x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 2, HDMI, SD card reader, combo audio jack

Camera
Camera with infrared sensor

Battery
Lithium polymer, 71 Wh, 8 cells

Additionally
ScreenPad 2.0