ASUS Zenboox UX305FA-ASM1 Review

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Choices, choices…
Looking for a laptop today is more than confusing as there are some incredible computers available with a variety of fun features such as touch screens, 2-in-1 tablets and net books. If light and thin are on your wish list, the ASUS Zenbook (http://www.asus.com/US/) is a great choice, but if you want the experience of a touch screen you will need to look elsewhere. It is mid-range as far as cost is concerned at under $700. For similar models, you can spend up to $1349 for the Dell XPS, for example.

Measuring up

The ASUS Zenboox (http://www.amazon.com/Zenbook-UX305FA-Laptop-Intel-Greyish/dp/B00SGS7ZH4) available at Amazon for $699.99 is an impressive model as it is an extremely thin, light and attractive, with an aluminum body, laptop. It measures 12.8 inches X 8.9 inches. Overall there are many positives to this new computer, such as it’s less that 1/2 inch in thickness and just about two-and-a-half pounds in weight. It has been ranked four and a half stars on Amazon and three and a half on PC Mag (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2480750,00.asp) and it has left many customers pleasantly surprised.

USB availability

There are many USB ports along the sides even though it is a thinner model, which is wonderful for charging cell phones and the like. There are ports available for a microphone and headphones as well as output for visual and audio needs.

Battery life

Compared to a similar product, the Mac Book Air (128 GB) the Zenbook has twice the amount of storage (256GB) available for your files and apps. It is 8G in speed and the power allows for most professional and casual gaming necessities. The battery life is approximately 10 hours, which is another great feature for out of office events and meetings as well as for flexibility and convenience. A similar model, such as the Lenovo Yoga which is over $1199 with less power. This is yet another example of how the machine measures up.

Software

There are many installations included in the set up, most importantly Windows 8.1, a 30-day membership of Microsoft Office 365 and Netflix. There are literally hundreds of downloadable apps to personalize the laptop. Some of them you may not need and they are easy enough to remove.

Viewing

The display is an amazing HD 1920 X 1080 resolution. It has a matte finish for anti-glare visuals and is equipped with an IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel that allows for excellent color and a 170 degree viewing angle. The downfall with the matte finish is the loss of intensity in some of the darker colors. The streaming capabilities are excellent for presentations and HD movies.

Security

As far as security options are concerned the Zenbook has a built-in case lock as well as Intel-Anti Theft technology and Lo-Jack capabilities.There is a one-year warranty that ASUS offers for accidents such as a drop or spill.

Audio

The speaker system (Bang and Olufson) has been given mixed opinions due to some buzzing at high volumes since they are installed on the bottom side. The machine itself is completely silent and does not have a fan system. ASUS AudioWizard has some great features that allow for a wonderful musical experience.

Keyboard

It is a comfortable keyboard as you type away on the smaller keys and the touch pad measures 4.1 inches X 2.9 inches. The drawback is the lack of a back light if you need to work in a darker environment.

Video capabilities

The ability to video chat is exceptional and has a 1.2 megapixel HD camera. There is a low light sensitivity aspect that allows for a great viewing experience. Most standard cameras are 15 fps (frames per second) but the Zenbook has double that capability at 30 fps.
So there you have it. It is a great deal and a smart choice for $699 and measures up easily against similar as well as more expensive models. There are many more pros than cons depending on your taste and needs as it is a powerful machine, with great storage and speed capabilities. The security perks and battery life are a couple of the aspects that stand out. ASUS is a leading technology company and has some great offerings with regards to netbooks, notebooks, motherboards and laptops. They have a great customer support service center which is available 24/7 for questions and concerns.

Asus ROG G751JY-DH71 Review

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The graphics performance needs of a laptop gamer far exceed those of the casual laptop user, and the rig they choose to game with needs to reflect this criteria. Gaming laptops are centered around massive amounts of memory and video card performance, heavy cooling needs, multiple large-storage capacity, professional processors and sleek design. The average buyer needs to be careful to know when it’s reasonable to cut costs and where it’s worth it to shell out the extra cash for the performance they need to have fun playing remotely. Asus’s new 17.3 ROG G751JY-DH71 uses Nvidia’s Maxwell 900 series GPU to help boost its performance in the right direction without sacrificing display or design quality. Tech Radar states “Although it’s a big, expensive laptop, and not even the top performer in this category, it is still a great machine to use….if you intend on spending hours gaming, the G751 as a replacement for a desktop is best appreciated with it’s low fan noise and comfortable keyboard.” [http://www.techradar.com/us/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/asus-rog-g751jy-1289736/review/3]

Portability and Performance

Weighing less than 10 pounds , the G751JY isn’t small, but it’s not as big as Alienware’s comparable laptops. With a matte finish, the G751JY’s 17.3-inch 1080p display has exceptional brightness. The factory audio does sounded hollow compared to desktop speakers, which is the norm for laptops. This is unquestionably a laptop for gaming and not just checking your social media with. With the Asus and ROG (Republic Of Gamers) logos in clear view and a large frame, this unit boast a bolder and yet more utilitarian design. It’s five times as large as a MacBook, with a thickness of 0.8-inches near the front edge, and up to two inches at the back where the battery swells. This extra battery and processing weight does however translate to processing and performance power.
It is more gamer-friendly than most laptops, with a keyboard that rivals even dedicated mechanical ones. The key and number pads provide springy, firm response and the red backlighting makes it look more elegant and futuristic. It also comes with a large 4.7 x 2.5-inch touchpad with ASUS’ Smart Gesture touchpad technology. This enables multi-touch gestures such as pinch-zoom, two-finger rotate and three-finger flick. It also stayed cool during this review, even during gameplay-only reaching just 75 degrees with the aid of whisper quiet fans.
The G751 also comes with 4 USB 3.0 ports, a Blu-ray writer, a 3-in-1 card reader, secure lock slots, HDMI connectivity, a Thunderbolt port , Ethernet, and VGA as well as input ports for Audio-on, headphones, a mic and A/C. It has a 2.5-GHz Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor with 24GB of RAM which means it has all the workload power of a medium-priced desktop PC. It’s basically a beast in terms of the portable market. This unfortunately accounts for weak battery life. Asus’s latest only lasted 3 hours and 36 minutes with continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi (at 100 nits of brightness), which is well below the average of 4 to 4 1/2 hours in most laptops

Graphics and Games Performance

This review model did, however, come with the latest graphics card from Nvidia and the G751J ships with Nvidia’s new 900 series Maxwell GPU. Outfitted with the company’s GeForce GTX 980M GPU with 4GB of RAM, this laptop performed at 60 fps on Ultra settings steadily with little lag or interruptions. At maximum settings, the G751JY’s frame rate drop to 37 fps, beating the 22 fps average and higher than most models at 34 to 28 fps. It also makes it easier to stream online and onto to mobile devices with ShadowPlay (that lets you record and instantly broadcast game video footage to Twitch.Tv) and Shield Mobile and Shield Tablet for streaming games via a mobile device. Coming with easy-to-use broadcast buttons, remote streaming has been simplified for laptop gamers with how easy apps like ShadowPlay make this functionality possible.
The reality is that for those who want to play games remotely will have to spend additional finances to maintain top-level performance. At $1500 to start, this may be too high a price for some gamers to spend. The price only increases with better graphics cards, more memory, customized case designs and more processors. But for those who want to spend the money on a mid-range to premium grade of gaming laptops or plan on requiring such a machine for competitive or professional gaming, the dependability Asus’s G752Jy provides should make it a go-to machine for those exploring gaming laptops.