hey guys, I’ve got two of Zeus’s latest ultra thin and light laptops we’ve got the new Zen book 14 and the Zen book 15 there is also a Zen book 13 to complete the trio but assistance and that one over a soos claim these are the world’s most compact laptops meaning you get the biggest screen in the smallest body possible and with a screen to body ratio of 92%, thanks to what the suits are calling their new four-sided nano edge display.
I think, they might be right. I have to say these are two of the best-looking laptops I’ve ever used I really like this royal blue color on the metallic chassis and you get this sort of rose gold color on the speaker bar at the top here speaking of, which the Harman Kardon speakers are actually surprisingly good.
the Zen books have always had a classy and elegant aesthetic to them but I think these new ones take it to the next level and that’s thanks in part to the ridiculously thin bezels around the screen a soos have been clever though I’m gonna be sneaky no I think clever I think leather because you can see the
bass lifts up a little bit so what that does is normally give you a bear typing position and also improve the air flow for cooling but it actually means we’re hiding that bottom bezel, where they can put all the electronics and all the other gobiins. they need to put in there so actually what you see is a very very small 92% screen to body ratio screen and not only that somehow.
somehow when companies like Huawei and Dell have failed to do this a soos have managed to put a webcam
in a good position in the normal position on the top of bezel. which means it’s not looking up your nose as I say like I have Dell or Huawei. they’ve also found room on the top bezel for a 3d IR camera
which means you can unlock the laptop with your face in any lighting conditions even in the dark.
something that a lot of other laptops struggle with another nifty new feature is with the Zen book for teens touch pad which looks like any other normal touch pad until you click at the top right which
brings up this futuristic looking blue virtual numpad. now, if I’m honest I don’t actually use a numpad that much but it’s a pretty cool feature and quite a smart space-saving solution try saying that when you’re drunk but it’s pretty cool and he can just turn it off and on whenever you like now of course on the Biggers in book 15 because there’s more space there’s room for a traditional physical key numpad
beside the keyboard these new Zen books also feel much more solid and durable than earlier models.
particularly the screen are compared to say the lg graham they feel a lot more substantial there’s
almost no screen wobble although they’re still a little bit of flex under the keyboard and touchpad. if you press firmly both laptops are impressively thin and light as well in fact the symbol 14 weighs just 1.2 kilograms which is about 2.6 pounds and that’s actually over a hundred grams less than
the huawei mate book X Pro.
there’s a decent range of ports on both with USB-3 3.1 type C HDMI and card readers, although only the same book 15 has a full sized SD card reader the 14 makes do with micro sd unfortunately, the USB-C port does not support Thunderbolt-3, which is a bit of a shame and it means you can’t output to multiple high resolution displays or even plug in an external graphics card it’s not the end of the
world but it would have been nice to see as for the screens obviously we have a 14 inch on the simbook 14 and a 15.6 inch on the semuc 15 both of these are full HD 1080p displays but you can get the Zenbook 15 with a 4k display. if you want 4k neither of these are touchscreen panels but I don’t think that’s really a big deal but you can see the difference between the map panel that we have on the Zenbook 15 and the glossy one we have here on the Zenbook 14.
this pros and cons format versus glossy but the good news is that you actually get the option to choose Matt vs. glossy on all the Zen books, which I really like color accuracy is pretty good as well both cover 97% of the srgb color gamut. we’ve also got some solid specs including the latest quad core i5 or i7.
whiskey late use series of processors as well as that you can spec it up to 16 gigs of ram and a one terabyte PCIe SSD the Zenbook 14 I have here uses intel’s integrated graphics but you can pay more
and get it with an nvidia geforce MX 150 whereas all models of the Zenbook 15 comes with a GTX.
1050 max Q graphics card which gives it a horse power for some light gaming fortnight on these in book 15 averaged a very playable 57 FPS with high settings at Full HD as for battery life its alive for 14 hours from the same book 14 and 16 hours from the same book.
15 which is possible maybe in lab conditions but in real life I’m looking at about 9 hours from the 14 and 10 out from the 15 which is actually still very-very good and above average for ultra bugs and they’ll both easily gave through a full day of work moving on and the backlit chiclet style keyboard and the precision touchpad are lovely to use.
the touchpad which as I say doubles as a touch sensitive numpad on the Zenbook 14 is smooth and responsive and it supports all of Windows tens gestures, the keyboard is really comfortable to
type on although the keys are slightly on the spongy aside.
so, there’s a lot to like here but no laptop is perfect and there are one or two things that I think
could be improved as much as I do like the metal body the lid especially can be a bit of a fingerprint magnet also little things like the USB port on the side is just a bit wonky and just takes away a little bit from the otherwise really premium look and its feel like same as I say the USB-C port doesn’t support Thunderbolt 3 and it would be handy, if we could also charge the laptops via a USB-C aside from those things though I really like these laptops they’re stylish portable and surprisingly powerful and let’s not forget that title of world’s most compact laptop which I don’t know some
people may not think that’s a big deal but I think it is genuinely quite useful because when I’m out about traveling I often do work on trains and planes it’s so nice to actually have a laptop that will fit on a tray table and not just Jam into the sea in front of me or dig into my stomach or something so having those tiny bezels reducing the overall footprint of the laptop is actually quite useful.
I think as for pricing the Zenbook 14 starts at 999 pounds and is available now on ecom sites like: amazon or flipkart, and there’s a book 15 will start from $13.99 and will be on sale in January so what do you think of the new Zen books the world’s most compact laptops are you tempted to buy one? just comment your opinion.