The late 2017 ASUS Zenbook UX430UA is running Intels 8th Gen processors. It also comes fully loaded with 16 GB of RAM and an SSD. The best part is the price. It under cuts the competition by $200-$300 USD. Does the ASUS Zenbook UX430 have the best value on the market? Watch to find out!
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Hi Brad, no just basic spreadsheets, no background tasks. Only running Word or excel, wifi on, in same room as router, and light web browser use. seems to last on about 6 hours, not a full day of work. the 9 hours of video is on loop, no wifi. any idea if it's the battery or something else? thanks Brad
I got this computer for a really good price on boxing day. So far I absolutely love it. As a student, it completely suits my needs. I was worried about the fan noise complaint that often shows up in reviews, and its true, the fan does come on for seemingly no good reason once in a while, but it's not nearly as loud as I thought it would be. Also, I think the new 8th gen processor eats up some of the battery because mine doesn't seem to last as long as those reviewers'. Still, it lasts long enough for me. I'm really happy with my purchase.
mwell, this is a somewhat disappointing review... ultrabookreview dot com said the display is about 330 nits so it's definitely bright but here, it got 290 so I don't trust either sources now. The keyboard was praised on the other review but here not so much. The performance was lauded on both reviews and I guess it proves how good the 8th gen chips are.
I just hope it doesn't suffer from the friggin coil whine because I had a UX530 a few months ago and that thing buzzed and whined like a bunch of drunken crickets.
I bough the ideapad 720s 15.6'' version. It's amazing! No coil whine, bigger screen, better keyboard, an HQ processor (i7 7700HQ), upgradable RAM (2400Mhz), and PCIe NVMe SSD, thunderbolt 3 will full 4 lanes support... There is no competition really. The lenovo is better in almost every way!
Robin running a cpu stress test results in the coil whine. Running an SSD benchmark results in ... Well, some coil whine but not as bad. I can conclude that the wine is related to the cpu and the voltage regulators+inductors. At this point I'm just going to return it since it's not really worth it for me. Asus' quality has taken a hit
I bought the ux430un a few weeks ago. Excellent machine for students in highschool and uni. Doesn't break the bank and offers good performance and build for the price. I do agree with Mathew on the battery life, as using asus's included battery manager to extend the physical life of the battery will allow the battery to charge up to 80%. At 80% I can average around 8-10 hours of use. However with a full 100% it should be close to 10-11 hrs. Usage does vary per user but in my case besides the usually word docs and PowerPoints and pdfs, I program on eclipse and Android studio as well as pycharm, I use Sony Vegas 15 for video editing(editing and gaming will reduce battery life to 2-4 hrs), I've tried light gaming which works fine and the speakers, as Mathew mentioned, are a bit tinny but sound crisp and rich . In my experience the display has been good, gets bright enough in classrooms and in sunny environements (brightness preferences may vary per user) and the port selection is very good for the price. Although, I do wish Asus included a dongle as they do with their upper lever models.
I also have to mention that the fan is usually on for the most part. Now, this can get annoying if youre someone that pays attention to that but to me they're very quite so you'd really have to get close to hear them. The upside to this is that the computer stays nice and cool!
Here's the specs to my machine:
-8th gen Core i5-8250u
-512 GB SSD(sata not nvme)
-nvdia mx150 w/ 2gb VRAM
-FullHD non touch matte display (~300 nits)
-50 When battery (8-11 hrs depending on usage)
If you have any questions, feel free to ask :)
The coil whine is more noticeable while plugged in because windows disables some battery saving optimizations which increase the processor frequency and therefore the power consumption. The coil whine is caused by inductors (coils) that manage the power and stuff for the chip. The noise is made because the fine copper wires present in the inductors vibrate and you get that high pitched, annoying whine. Those vibrations will cause fatigue in the metals (copper wire) and it could break in time (could be in 4 years or 4 days...). Asus is using shitty components and it's inexcusable to pay quite a hefty price for something that's basically built with shitty components. I had a Lenovo Yoga 720 with much beefier processor, SSD, RAM etc and it had zero coil whine which means that it's possible to have a laptop that has no whine. I've also exchanged a few Yoga 720 units due to really bad screens but none had coil whine issues. If it weren't for the nasty screen (dim and uneven backlight) and underwhelming build quality, I would have kept it!
Just my two cents: I own the UX430UQ with the 940MX - heats up if you play light games to don't play too long, and also it may just be my model but the trackpad sucks. Im using an external mouse at home but on the go it spazzes out at random. Otherwise great laptop!
WiLDFiRe GTR ultrabooks are not aimed at people who want to game or edit video, they are designed for people who want to work on the go with good battery life and light construction. There are other types of laptops with dedicated gpus for different purposes so to call this a scam is incorrect
You're paying $1000 ,that's a lot of money for just browsing the web. This kind of deny led us have either, some ugly bumpy gaming laptops, or thin notebooks that can't do more than simple tasks. The mx150 is sweet spot between both. Some notebooks do have it