Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA

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Advantages:

As seen from the picture above, it is very slim and fits a 14-inch screen as compared to Asus Zenbook 3, which has a 12.5-inch screen. It also has a Windows 10 Pro operating system, a fingerprint scanner for security and is lightweight and portable, ideal for a business laptop. Having an Intel Core i7-7500U, it is fast and good for general usage, such as surfing the net and streaming HD videos. The design also looks good and is liked by many.

Disadvantages:

However, the shallow keyboard is not suitable for long-term typing and it is not suitable for gaming, even with an Intel Core i7-7500U. Similar to the Asus Zenbook 3, it only has 3 USB-C ports, with 2 of them being Thunderbolt. Fotunately, Asus kindly includes a few adapters, such as HDMI out and USB-A port. A standard non-touch 1,920 x 1,080-resolution screen is the only option available and the speakers are not loud, but headphones should solve the problem. On a similar tests with other laptops like LG Gram, it lasts only 7.5 hours, while others like the MacBook lasts 10.5 hours. It also costs $2600 SGD, which is why some of these are considered bad.

Specs that are not mentioned:

Storage: 512GB SSD

Graphics: 128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 620.

PC memory: 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz

Networking: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n , Bluetooth 4.1

My opinion:

I feel like this is not really a good value for money but is not bad for general use. There will probably be better alternatives but, maybe not on its style, so if you really want it and can afford it, go ahead. HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2 is a laptop that has a similar cost at $2800 SGD, which excels at different areas and is also not really worth the cost.

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Asus K455LB

The Asus K455LB is a laptop for both gaming and office work. It is nothing that outstanding but it is still a good laptop. It has a self-cooling palm rest for usage of long periods of time and a fairly long battery life of atleast 2-3hours when playing games and 4-5 hours when doing office work like writing documents.

It comes with an i7 core-5500U processor and 8GB of RAM which are fair decent for a laptop. It also has a Nvidia Geforce 940M which is not that great for running games at super high graphics settings but it is able to process things like videos much faster. From experience, it is able to run games like Bioshock infinite at high settings and Team Fortress 2 at max settings without experiencing any framerate drops.

It is fairly light as I have no trouble carrying the device on hand and a portable bag is given to people who purchased the laptop. A free Logitech M105 wired mouse is also given.

The device only has 1 audio port so if you have headsets that has 2 plugs, you have to choose which to put in. It comes with a LAN port, HDMI port and USB 3.0 port at left side of the device and 2 USB 2.0 ports, an SD card slot and a CD ROM drive at the right side of the device. It comes with 1 TB of memory which is handy if you need to install programs that take up lots of space.

In conclusion, this device is really convenient if you need to bring it all around as it is not very heavy and would be a burden to carry. The lack of 2 audio ports though is troublesome as headphones with 2 plugs can’t be used. I also noticed there’s a lack of a Caps Lock indicator. This could be rather troublesome if you accidentally pressed it and began typing things out, only to see all the words capitalised. The battery life is a nice touch as if you’re spending a long time outside it should last for a long period of time.It is around $1099 at retail price which is not recommended for people are at a budget. Thus, if you’re looking for a laptop that is for both gaming and work this would suit you nicely.

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Asus ZenPad S 8.0

The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is a multi-touch tablet. It has a dimension of 203.2 mm x 134.5 mm x 6.6 mm and a weight of 298 g which is lighter than the average tablet in the market. Average tablet weighs around 362 g. The physical size for this tablet is 8.0 inches and a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels. It runs on 64-bit intel CPU(Central Processing Unit).

It has a high pixel density of 320 ppi. There are some useful features such as light sensor and scratch-resistant glass. The camera is 8 megapixels and has a feature such as geo tagging. It runs on a quad-core processor and has a system memory of 4096 MB RAM.

Nextly, this tablet runs on a quad core processor. There are a few colours you can choose for this tablet such as black and white which is shown on the image on top. It also has a built-in storage of 64 GB and it is released on 10th July 2015. There are some pros and cons for this tablet. The pros are it has a high pixel density screen, quad core processor, lots of RAM and a thin body. The cons are the camera lacks autofocus, flash and the front-facing speakers are weak.

In my opinion, this is a good tablet. I would recommend it to people who would use the tablet casually and not those photo enthusiasts who loves to take photos with their phones or tablet. This tablet is not a tablet which specializes in photos, however, it has an affordable price which is quite reasonable since this is a good tablet as it has a lot of good functions which is useful in our daily lives such as the fast processor for this tablet. Hence, I shall give it a rating of 8.5/10.

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Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi

The Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi is a tablet. It is about 720 grams and its dimensions are 317.8 mm x 191.6 mm x 7.6 mm. This tablet have a resolution of 2560 x 1480 pixels and it i multi-touch. Its front-facing camera is 2 megapixels. It has a built-in storage of 128GB.

This tablet has a price of $799. There are advantages and disadvantages for this tablet. The only advantage is it have lot of RAM, to be exact it has a RAM of 4096MB. There are many disadvantages such as it has no rear camera, it lacks GPS which is also known as global positioning system, lacks microSD slot for storage expansion and it lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment.

This tablet is ultra slim of a measurement of 7.6 mm. On the sides of this tablet, you have a charging port, a windows start button, volume controls, dedicated power button, speakers, HDMI output, microUSB, microSD card slot, and the docking connectors. So far, there are no issues with the picture quality of this tablet.

In my opinion, i encourage people to buy this tablet, as it has an extremely high RAM. It also has a high consistent resolution which is useful for many people.

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