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Monday, 4 January 2016

Tech Review: ASUS ZENPAD 8.0

The ASUS ZenPad 8.0 is not only budget-friendly, but also packed a punch with powerful specs and great features.

"Bigger" is the first word that popped into my mind upon unpacking this brand-new ASUS ZenPad 8.0. It has loads of features and best of all, this impressive 8-inch tablet is reasonably priced well below RM1,000!


One word: sleek. Yes, you read that right. In fact, ASUS ZenPad 8.0 deserves a thumb up (okay, make that two) for its clean, yet elegant design aesthetic. From the outer appearance, the tablet looks reasonably slim. But upon holding the tablet, it somehow feels heavy for a tablet weighing at 350 g, regardless in one hand or both hands. Suffice to say, this is definitely not the kind of tablet I wanted to hold for a prolonged period.

The leather-like appearance at the back of the tablet certainly looks pleasing to the eyes. The back case is interchangeable, and can be removed easily with minimum fuss. The only gripe here is that the back case isn't exactly built tough upon removal.

On the right edge of the tablet, both volume bar and power buttons are well-positioned for easy adjustment even if I'm not looking at them. It's also nice to see the front speaker at the top middle of the tablet, along with the 2 MP front-facing camera strategically placed slightly on the right side of the speaker. Moving on to the top, both 3.5 mm headphone jack and the Micro USB socket are conveniently placed side by side.


The 8-inch display looks satisfying enough, while the 1200 x 800 high-resolution screen is razor sharp. With a Splendid mode, I can easily adjust my screen colour preference either in Balance, Bluelight Filter, Vivid or Customised version.


Thanks to the improved Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and a power-packed Qualcomm MSM8916 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, multitasking is definitely a breeze whenever I need to do multiple research for my writing assignment. The performance is silky smooth, even if I opened lots of tabs on the Google browser.

The battery, which runs on a 15.2Wh Li-polymer type, claims to last up to 10 hours. There is one time I used the tablet continuously for more than 6 hours long without charging, and I have to agree the battery life is indeed incredible. This is especially evident when I turn on the power saver a.k.a. Smart Saving mode.

Camera-wise, the 8 MP rear camera with auto-focus function is nothing to shout about. Still, I appreciate the fact that the auto focus is speedy enough as soon as I touches the screen. Definitely a useful feature, particularly when I needed it for quick shots of the actors on stage during the press conference.

The sound quality, in the meantime, is equally top notch. With an enhanced DTS-HD Premium Sound technology, watching a movie feels almost as cinematic as experiencing it on a big screen. It also comes with a handy ASUS' own Audio Wizard function, which gives me freedom to fiddle around the bass, treble and even the EQ (equaliser) app.


Despite some of the shortcomings, the ASUS ZenPad 8.0 remains a good buy. It's definitely one of the best Android tablets I've ever encountered in the market.

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