Asus ZenPad 10 hands-on


Asus is simply one of those companies we can always count on to have a diversified portfolio of devices, they just seem to crave delivering a multitude of products under one segment. Over on the tablet side, we managed to get a quick look at its full-sized Android offering in the Asus ZenPad 10 during CES 2016. The price is to die for, honestly, just because it’s rocking a price point under the $200 threshold, which is pretty affordable considering it’s a full-sized offering.

Design


The ZenPad 10 utilizes Asus’ new design language, something we’ve seen already employed by the ZenPad S 8.0. For its super low cost, we do appreciate that there’s a smidgen of sophistication brought on by the fabric-esque material adorning the back of the tablet. It’s not grandiose at all with its design, which we don’t mind at all, just because it feels pretty lightweight and easy to handle in the hands. Come on, when you’re limited to a certain cost level, you know that the design is going to be impacted in some way. Lucky for this, though, that’s not totally the case.

Display


Sporting a 10.1-inch LED Backlit WXGA (1280 x 800) IPS Display, it’s a resolution that’s expected for something in its caliber. It’s a little bit better than 720p resolution, so we’re not complaining given that it’s sufficient – despite its less-than-appealing pixel density count on paper. Other aspects of the panel seem okay too, but it clearly doesn’t have the same level of vibrancy that makes our eyes drool feasting on other displays with better resolutions.

Interface


The beauty about Asus’ Android devices is that they seem to have a unified experience, powered by none other than its own ZenUI. Clearly, it serves its purpose in being a gratifying experience rich in its personalization and list of features, but it’s a matter of personal taste that’ll dictate its attractiveness to the consumer. Power users might be able to get away using it, but don’t expect the same true multi-tasking qualities found in other custom skins like Sammy’s TouchWiz.

Processor and Memory


This one is powered by Intel’s 64-bit based quad-core Atom x3-C3200 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It’s hardly the kind of hardware that would make us weak in our knees or quiver in fear, but it seems to handle the basic tasks without any sort of hitch. Of course, spending only a brief time with it can’t dictate its overall performance, so with that, we’re not holding our breath about its performance with graphics processing, which tends to overwhelm most things.

To tell you the truth, the 16GB of internal storage is a welcome surprise given its low cost, but regardless of that, it can be supplemented thanks to its microSD card slot.

Camera


Okay, you know something isn’t meant for being a priority thing for snapping photos when it’s armed with a 2-megapixel rear/0.3-megapixel front camera combination. The Asus ZenPad 10 simply has them for the convenience of shooting something when nothing else better is around, or within reach. We’re not having high expectations out of this combination, we just can’t.

Expectations


One of the redeeming qualities about the Asus ZenPad 10 is the fact that it sports a price point of $169.00 online through Asus’ web site. That’s pretty cheap and affordable on any budget, so if you’re faced with a stiff budget, then this should be in the running. Interestingly, there’s also an optional Audio Dock that’s compatible with the tablet – bringing along one immersive audio experience in the process. It’s a nice option to complement the tablet, transforming it to a productive machine thanks to the convenience of the keyboard. With its price of $60, which brings the final cost to $230 for both the tablet and keyboard, it’s not too shabby in comparison to the $500 cost attached to most premium tablets.



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11 Comments

1. Tizo101

Posts: 595; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

This is what i would buy if i was looking for a tab ryt now... Can it play videos? Yes, can i read on that? Yes and can i type on it? Yes. That is exactly what most of us need nothing less nothing more.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

can it play various android games? yes.. thats what win10 tablet cant :-/ but dual-boot and bigger internal memory will be better

2. Tizo101

Posts: 595; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

This is what i would buy if i was looking for a tab ryt now... Can it play videos? Yes, can i read on that? Yes and can i type on it? Yes. That is exactly what most of us need nothing less nothing more.

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

A lot of wasted space on that keyboard, could've added a touchpad like the Trasformers of yore. That being said, still beats needing a kickstand or folio cover to prop up (lookin' squarely at you, Microsoft, Apple, and Samsung.)

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"still beats needing a kickstand to prop up" Except the keyboard will always be in your way when you just want to consume content, and you get nowhere near as many angles as offered by a kickstand...worst of all, you gotta buy a separate device to get it standing. I wouldn't call that "beating" the kickstand.

10. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'll take a keyboard with a hinge that allows for "tent mode" over a kickstand any day of the week. Doesn't get in my way any more than a kickstand does. As far as buying a separate device to get it to stand, I'll absolutely invest money in something if it adds value to the experience. If MS really wants the Surface Pro to replace my laptop they'll need to release a keyboard cover with a hinge. Otherwise I'd just a soon spend more on the Surface Book.

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Right, tent mode, that works fine for an immersive hands-free experience too...I still prefer the kickstand, especially as it offers this ergonomic draw pad mode, which also doubles as a great viewing angle when standing and looking down at the device: http://cdn.pcworld.idg.com.au/dimg/700x700/dimg/SurfacePro3-14.jpg Regardless good thing we have options.

4. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

start making premium ROG series smartphones. for premium price and keep the zenfone series going Asus u gotta grow baby

5. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Unless it's going for 100$, this is a total fail. Chinese tablets with Skylake Atom Z8300 are popping out at 150$ with FullHD screens. Put an extra 100$ and you can buy them with Atom Z8700 and 4GB ram. Put another 100$ and you can get an i5 Core M 5Y10.

6. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

can you please paste a link of these chinese tablets?... which are 250$ and z8700 with 4gb ram?

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

look up for techlast x98 pro, it have x5-z8500, 4GB RAM, 2k screen, for $240 but the cheapest x7-Z8700 I can find is techlast x16 power for $350.. :-/

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