ASUS ZenBook S UX393 – Top 5 Pros and Cons
The land of super premium notebooks really hasn’t moved that much. While the rest of the pack keeps improving, bringing more expensive technologies to less expensive devices, premium notebooks get the yearly hardware upgrades, while keeping their luxurious designs intact.
Buying a super expensive premium device doesn’t make a lot of sense, especially since there are often notebooks that often deliver a similar level of power while sacrificing little. The market for these laptops is super specific and that is why the prices are staying as high as they are. The ZenBook S UX393 is one such machine with Tiger Lake U-series CPUs and integrated graphics.
Today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the ASUS ZenBook S UX393.
3 reasons to BUY the ASUS ZenBook S UX393
1. Design and build quality
With aluminum used for the entire notebook, we get a durable chassis that is on the low side when it comes to dimensions. Weighing only 1.35 kg, and having a profile of just 15.7 mm, you’re bringing a lot of style and a decent amount of performance. The lid and base have chamfered edges and a copper finish, which compliments the black panels well. The lid also acts as a lever, which lifts the rear end of the base.
When ASUS was working on the I/O, they went with quality over quantity, as the laptop offers a single Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port, a MicroSD card reader, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
3. Battery life
With power-efficient CPUs and a 67Wh battery pack, the device lasts for 12 hours and 2 minutes of Web browsing, or 8 hours and 45 minutes of video playback. Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.
1 reason NOT to buy the ASUS ZenBook S UX393
As with most other ZenBooks, we see no upgradeability when it comes to the RAM. Storage-wise, there is a single M.2 PCIe x4 slot for SSD expansion in the future.
Here is our detailed teardown video, which shows how to access the single SSD slot.
The Core i7-1165G7 does offer good performance, but AMD still has it beat with its U-series chips, with 3D Rendering scores going heavily in favor of the Ryzen chips.
Results are from the Cinebench 20 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)
One area where Intel is better, is with its integrated graphics, especially in productivity, since the Iris Xe Graphics G7 is one of the best performing iGPUs that you can find on the market.