Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 review of a powerful laptop in a compact body

Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 review of a powerful laptop in a compact body

Asus recently unveiled the all-new ZenBook 15. The Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 features a 15-inch display with minimal bezels, which makes the laptop unusually compact. At the same time, the characteristics turned out to be very interesting.

Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 Review

I reviewed the ZenBook 15 UX533 with an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q graphics, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB WD PCIe SSD. All this costs just over 90,000 rubles, which is a very attractive price for a premium laptop. For the money, it’s really hard to find a decent ultrabook with similar features and a stylish design.

And now I have a question. Is this enough to make the new ZenBook 15 the best of the best?

Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 reviews

Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 Design

In terms of design, the ZenBook 15 UX533 is almost identical to the ZenBook 14. The difference in display diagonal and the additional 15-inch version received a Royal Blue body color with a textured gold bar above the keyboard and an updated logo on the lid.

The build quality of the Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 is the same as that of the younger models – it meets the military standard for durability MIL-STD-810G. Reliably strong here and the lid, and the lower part of the case. However, I found that one unpleasant detail of the previous ZenBook series remains – the keyboard begins to sag under pressure. In principle, models of this class should not have anything like this, the closest competitor Dell XPS 15 does not have this.

Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 design

Like the XPS 15, the ZenBook 15 also features a display with minimal bezels – just 3mm on the sides and 4.5mm on top. At the same time, the camera remained in the same place – above the display, for Dell this is clearly a lesson. By the way, other compact laptops with 15-inch screens do not have such thin bezels, I mean the Apple MacBook Pro 15 and HP Specter x360 15. Kudos to Asus!

Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 rear

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Asus ZenBook 15 UX533 side

However, this laptop is not as thin as I would like. Its thickness is 1.78 cm. For comparison, the thickness of the XPS 15 is 1.67 cm, the MacBook Pro 15 is 1.55 cm. But, the ZenBook 15 UX533 weighs only 1.69 kg, while the XPS 15 is a little more than 2 kg, and the MacBook Pro 15 – 1.82 kg.

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