Asus ZenBook 13 is aptly named, its feature-heavy design comes at a price that relaxes your mind and wallet. Inside, the 2020 update of the ZenBook 13 is different from other high-speed 10th generation mobile devices and is the best Ultrabook by packing a separate Nvidia Geforce MX250 GPU in its slim, 2.7lbs frame, keeping the price low (1149) . $)) From similar offers from Dell and Apple. The Intel Core i7-10510U CPU also offers the highest clock speeds compared to its rivals (1.8GHz base, 4.9GHz boost). You can choose a wide range and an Asus display panel – a touchpad that doubles as a full-color touchscreen and you have the edge in a small laptop.
Asus Zenbook 13 Design
Out of the gate, the Asus ZenBook 13’s most obvious feature is its size. At 11.9 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches, it is smaller than both the Apple MacBook Air (12 x 8.4 x 0.6 in) and the Acer Swift 5 (12.5 x 8.3 x 0.6 in). Some competitors, such as the Dell XPS 139300 (11.6 x 7.8 x 0.58) come in smaller sizes, but Asus’ latest 13-inch ZenBook is still very portable.
The Asus Zenbook 13 has a shiny cover that unfortunately attracts fingerprints, although it has a clean radial texture that protrudes from the center to help deflect attention from any artifacts that leave your hands behind. There is also a reflective golden Asus logo in the middle, and the entire laptop is covered in dark blue or silver (we came first).
Opening the lid reveals a lightweight interior, the screen gets the most attention, and a larger touchpad than usual. Despite this, the gold strip along the top of the keyboard lends the ZenBook some additional Asus branding.
The ZenBook 13 offers a wide range of I / O, with a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, an HDMI port, and a power adapter connection to its left. So, on the right side is a USB 2.0 connection, a microSD card reader, and a built-in 3.5mm headphone and microphone jack.
Asus ZenBook 13 Productivity Performance
Asus ZenBook 13 has Intel Core i7-10510U processor, Nvidia Geforce MX250 GPU, 16GB DDR3 memory and 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD. To put this in perspective, the i7-10510U is a quad-core, 8-threaded processor that runs at a base clock of 1.8GHz and a maximum clock speed of 4.9GHz. This is higher than the Ryzen 7 4700U, which impressed us with the cost-to-performance ratio on the Acer Swift 3, although it also carries a higher price tag.
This is more than enough energy for surfing activity that constitutes most highly portable uses of bread and butter. With the Steam update in the background, I was able to open 30 Chrome tabs, including 3 FHD YouTube videos and Twitch 1080p @ 60fps streams with no noticeable lag.
On Geekbench 5.0, which is a synthetic benchmark, the ZenBook 13 did not perform well with some of its competitors. It had a score of 3,297, down from both the Dell XPS 13 9300 score 4,848 and the Acer Swift 5 score 3,637. This is particularly disappointing given that both the XPS 13 9300 and the Swift 5 run at an older and slightly weaker Intel Core i7-1065G7 clock speed. However, the ZenBook beat the Apple MacBook Air, which was only able to take advantage of the typically weaker Intel Core i5-1030NG7 to score 2,738 points.
The ZenBook 13 was more competitive in our handbrake video editing test, where we track the time in which a computer has to encode videos ranging from 4K (3840 x 2160) to FHD (1920 x 1080). Here, Zenbook’s 21:34 time was slightly later than the 20:05 code shift time for Acer Swift, and was much faster than the MacBook Air’s 27:10 coding time. XPS 13 led the pack with a time of 15:40.
Our file transfer test, where we track the time it takes a computer to transfer 4.97GB files, has shown that the ZenBook 13 is at the top of its class. Zenbook 13 completed its transmission at 727Mbps in 7.1 seconds. This is much faster than both the Dell XPS 13’s 621Mbps and the Acer Swift 5’s 642.5Mbps. It is also faster than the MacBook Air’s 508.9 Mbps speed.
ZenBook 13 has an edge over its rivals with the Nvidia GFS MX 250 discrete GPU. To test how it compares to integrated graphics on Dell and Acer, we ran the ZenBook with its Dirt 3 graphics benchmark (1080p at 1080p setting). ZenBook easily outshined the competition with an average frame rate of 73fps, above the average frame rate of Acer Swift 5 at 51fps, and an average frame rate of 59fps for the Dell XPS 13. However, there is a new GPU of this caliber on the market, the MX350, which we would love to see here.
We have also tested the ZenBook 13 by running a Cinebench R20 on a 20 bar loop. During this test, the average CPU clock speed of the ZenBook 13 was 2,315.8, and the average CPU temperature was 64.7 ° C (148.5 ° F). Our first test scored 1,281.1, while our last test fell to 1,227.6.
Asus Zenbook 13 display
The Asus ZenBook 13 features a 13.3-inch LED display with FHD technology, slant on the dimmer side compared to ultraportable laptop competitors, and only color reproduction.
I used the Zenbook 13 to watch the NYCC trailer for Star Trek: Picard, which I tested in both normal and low light conditions. In low light, horizontal viewing angles were generous, although normal lighting conditions significantly reduced vertical viewing angles. The image itself was digestible, though the colors refused to appear, and worked somewhat to keep an eye on the car’s character and silhouette in the dark scenes. The screen was also a bit dim, not that it prevented me from continuing the process.