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


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Laptops on new Intel processors of the 10th generation are gradually starting to go on sale. To our editors

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

  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 - flagshipcompact metal 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 arrived with a reviewthe new quad-core Intel Core i7-10510U processor of the Comet Lake family with a clock frequency of 1.8 GHz and Turbo Boost up to 4.9 GHz. We will talk about it in more detail a little later. For the graphics in the laptop meets the discrete accelerator Nvidia GTX 1650 4 GB GDDR5 in the design of Max-Q. This is not the most productive solution, but for an ultrabook more than impressive. The RAM is 16 GB, and the drive uses a fast 1 TB TBe NVMe SSD. The laptop comes with FullHD and 4K IPS screens, a 4K configuration came to us. There are full-sized USB and HDMI ports, an SD card reader and an infrared camera for recognizing the owner's face. The case is traditionally made of metal, and instead of the usual touchpad, ScreenPad 2.0 (an additional touch screen that is combined with the touchpad) is used.

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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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The appearance and design of the laptop at a glancenot too different from smaller ZenBook models, and last year’s models looked about the same. The same metal case in dark blue, a concentric pattern on the lid, golden accents, ErgoLift design and the additional ScreenPad 2.0 touchpad already familiar to us from the 14-inch model. Only the dimensions are slightly larger. It 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 Gb / s), USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A (up to 10 Gb / s), HDMI and a connector for the power supply. As you can see, there is still no support for Thunderbolt and Type-C power, which is sad:


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There is a small cutout on the front face. At the rear there are air vents, a ruler logo and two rubber feet. On them, the laptop is in the open state:


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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 (as for 15.6-inch model): 354x220x18.9 mm, 1.65 kg. The weight of the model with anti-glare screen is 100 g less. The ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FT fits and shifts without any problems in any standard laptop compartment and doesn't pull the backpack too much. By design, everything is fine: the laptop is not amenable to bending or twisting.

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How convenient is it to use a laptop?


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One of the features of most compactASUS laptops last couple of years - ErgoLift design, thanks to which the lower part rises and is at an angle of 3 ° to the lower plane. This allows you to improve the air intake for the cooling system and give more “space” to the speakers. In this case, the display can be opened at 141 °. The keyboard layout is different from more compact models. Due to its large dimensions, it was possible to install a full-size keyboard with a separate digital unit. The smaller top row F, Home, End, PgUp and PgDown are combined with the F9-F12, separate Print Screen, Insert, Delete and the power button at the end of the row. The combination Fn + Esc switches the operating mode of the functional row of buttons. Both Shift are long, single-story Enter. Arrow block 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 touch screen with a diagonal of 5.65 inches and a resolution of FullHD +. It can work in the usual touchpad mode. In this case, the sensitivity is very good, ka and coverage. Thanks to this, it is very convenient:


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What can ScreenPad 2.0 do?


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About ScreenPad 2.0 we already told in detail in the review of ASUS ZenBook 14, so we will talk about it only in general terms. This is a touch-sensitive 5.65-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18: 9 and a resolution of 2160 × 1080. It is recognized by the system as an additional display, but with an additional shell for more convenient operation.


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The ScreenXpert shell is generally notIt has changed functionally since the review of the 14-inch ZenBook, but received official Ukrainian localization. On ScreenPad 2.0, you can drag any window or application from the main screen. Plus, there are several own useful tools and adapted applications:


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When dragging something, two icons appear on the big screen. One is responsible for moving the application to the lower screen, the second is for pinning ScreenXpert in fast applications:


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The main “desktop” ScreenXpert and standardset of applications. It consists of utilities for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, an application manager, a dashboard and a Quick Key panel with quick access to common operations that are usually done 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 see 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 a resolution of 4K (3840 × 2160) with a protective glass. There are configurations with FullHD and anti-glare. Visually, the screen is gorgeous, the picture is very saturated and bright, with excellent viewing angles. The reverse side of the coin - 4K will slightly reduce autonomy.


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According to the results of measurements, the maximum brightnessThe display amounted to a very impressive 408.541 cd / m2. The brightness of the black field is 0.41 cd / m2, and the static contrast ratio is 996: 1. Impressive performance. Calibration is also very good, the screen goes off a bit in cold tones. 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. An interesting situation turns out with them: Intel “rolled out” two families at once, which will live in parallel. Comet Lake and Ice Lake. The first family is a kind of “plastic lift” of processors of the previous generation: the same 14-nm process technology, slightly higher than the frequency, the same integrated graphics. These processors will be with the letter U in the model. Ice Lake is much more interesting: they are produced using the new 10-nm process technology, and can be recognized by the letter G in the marking. Some models will receive a new, more productive integrated graphics Intel Iris Plus. Models G7 (64 executive units), G4 (48 executive units). G1 will get 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 has received a 14-nm quad-core Intel Core i7-10510U processor with support for 8 HyperThreading streams, 8 MB SmartCache. The clock frequency is 1.8 GHz (up to 4.9 GHz Turbo Boost). So in fact we have the smallest improved version of the Intel Core i7-8565U. The integrated Intel UHD Graphics operates at the same frequency up to 1150 MHz (although the GPU-Z does not know it yet). Discrete graphics card - Nvidia GTX 1650 4 GB GDDR5 in the design of Max-Q, that is, with reduced power consumption and lower frequencies. Specifically - up to 1020 - 1245 (Boost) MHz. The amount of RAM 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 smart. The maximum read speed of about 3500 MB / s, and write - 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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For autonomy meets the 8-cell batteryat 71 Wh * h, a full charge takes just over 2 hours. They promise almost 15 hours of work. In real conditions, it turns out, of course, less. In the “office” mode with Wi-Fi connection, using a browser, mail, instant messengers and relatively low screen brightness (about 50%), the laptop can last about 8 hours without recharging. At the same time, ScreenPad 2.0 was used as a regular touchpad.

Built-in stereo speakers are pretty good. There is a volume margin, suitable for films and videos. For music, a little lack of low frequencies. Of the useful software there is MyASUS for setting up and updating a laptop and AudioWizard for setting up sound:


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In the dry residue

ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FT is still stylisha compact metal laptop in a 15.6-inch form factor, of course. At the same time, he received a very productive hardware and a modern, quite powerful discrete graphics card and a chic, bright 4K-display. The laptop is suitable not only for office work on the road, but it will also “pull” photo editing and video editing, and it will also turn out to play games. And as a bonus, it offers an additional screen combined with the touchpad, which can also find a lot of uses of ScreenPad 2.0. Plus there is a decent amount of full-sized ports, including a card reader for SD cards. Somewhat frustrating is that for all its modern hardware, the laptop never got Thinderbolt support and / or Type-C power, which would be very convenient. The laptop has not yet gone on sale, but there is a similar configuration with the previous i7 processor and it costs a little more 50 000 UAH. So wait for the novelty cheaper is clearly not worth it.

5 reasons to buy ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FTС:

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

2 reasons not to buy the ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FTС:

  • no USB Type-C charging and 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
64-bit Microsoft Windows 10

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
Li-Polymer, 71 Wh, 8 cells

Additionally
ScreenPad 2.0