Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Review
Many people are ardent followers of the Asus brand and for those people, the Zenpad S8 is bound to appeal.
ASUS has once again joined hands with Intel for making something that can satiate their fans and general users. The company has positioned the ZenPad s8.0 as a fast and capable tablet. Highlights include the solid overall performance, impressive display, amazing speakers and the fact that it's lightweight.
When talking about the negative points, thermal issues and mediocre battery life are the things to consider.
How does it look?
When manufacturers are asked about the difficulty associated with the manufacturing practices, they will state that designing a tablet is more difficult than producing a smartphone. The added size means more design choices, and manufacturers have to focus and have a clear intent. In the case of the Zenpad, it seems they have chosen to focus on the classy, elegant exterior.
It measures 8 x 5.3 x 0.26 inches, and is only slightly thicker than the Samsung Galaxy S2 and thinner than its rival Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2. It weighs 10.6 ounces, which is on the low end of the spectrum.
To ensure grippy and firm contact with your palm, there is a metallic back, while along the bottom a comfortable soft rubber edge is provided. To hold the glass front in place, the edges curve up to a chrome strip. Along the edges of the tablet, there is nothing other than power and volume keys. The design is made in such a way that the user can either grip the tablet with two hands or they can hold the tab from the bottom. Overall, it feels comfortable and solid in one's hand.
Under the 2K display, there is a 64-bit Quad core Intel Atom processor with 4GB RAM. The tablet offers fantastic performance and users will find that any software they use zips along and they will get a great overall experience when playing games or watching movies. The display is sharp, but rather dim, so won't be the best option for sitting in one's garden.
Some users have reported the tablet getting a bit hot, but I didn't notice anything, and when playing graphics-intensive games the tablet automatically adjusts the brightness to keep the heat under control.
Like the hardware in the tablet, the software is also excellently designed by ASUS. The tablet comes with the Zen User Interface, which is much easier to use after deleting unnecessary applications that are used rarely in the tablet. Asus have partnered up with various third parties and shove a bunch of bloatware (i.e. unnecessary applications) onto this otherwise sleek device. You can, and should, delete them to make the tablet perform at its best.
The tablet has a 5MP front and an 8 megapixel rear camera and these are perfectly adequate video cameras, but when it comes to photos, there is not much to expect. In perfect lighting, the images will look decent - bright images, vibrant colors. Low lighting makes the camera unusable.
When it comes to battery life, the specification sheet states that the tablet can hold charge for 8 hours, but this number can be reached only when the brightness is kept at minimum.
To conclude, this can be the ideal tablet for those looking for some decent browsing and occasional gaming. The value for money ratio is more than acceptable. The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 offers similar performance to devices $100 more expensive.
|Tablet||Asus ZenPad S 8.0|
|CPU||Intel Atom Z3580 - 2.33 GHz|
|Display||IPS - 8.0 inch|
|Resolution||2048 x 1536 px - 320 ppi|
|Camera||Front 5.0 / Back 8.0 MP|
|Weight||0.30 kg / 0.65 lbs|
|Battery life||8.0 hours|
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