Best Laptops Under 20000 Rupees In 2019

Best Laptops Under 20000

Choosing a good laptop under 20000 rupees is super hard. It’s better to say that none of the laptops that come in that price range are good. But, when your budget can’t go higher, you have to go for the best option available. So, to save you some time & hassle, we have chosen the best laptops under 20000 rupees that are available right now in 2019.

Lenovo Ideapad 330 330-15IGM

The Lenovo Ideapad 330 is the best option we have on the list. It is powered by a Intel Pentium N5000 quadcore CPU (4MB Cache),  4GB DDR4 RAM, 500 GB HDD, a 15.6-inch 1366×768 Display, Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi & Windows 10 Home. This is the only laptop that has 4MB CPU cache & DDR4 RAM at this price point. The Ideapad 330 is selling for 19999 which is a great price for what it is offering.

Buy Lenovo Ideapad 330 330-15IGM

Acer Aspire 3 A315-32

If you don’t like the 330 for some reason, you may like the Acer Aspire 3 A315-32. It is also powered by a quadcore Pentium CPU but the variant is N3710 (2MB Cache) in this case. There is also 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500 GB HDD, a 15.6-inch 1366×768 Display, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 & Windows 10 Home. At the time of writing this article, the Acer Aspire 3 A315-32 is selling for 17,999 so, it’s slightly cheaper as well.

Buy the Acer Aspire 3 A315-32

ASUS Vivobook Max X541NA

The ASUS Vivobook Max X541NA is powered by a 7th Gen Intel Pentium N4200 quadcore CPU (2MB Cache),  4GB DDR3 RAM, 500 GB HDD, a 15.6-inch 1366×768 Display, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi & Windows 10 Home. At the time of writing this article, the X541 is selling for 19999.

Buy ASUS Vivobook Max X541NA

So, we hope you found a perfect match for yourself in our best laptops under 20000 rupees recommendation list. If you have any more questions, please drop them in the comments section below.

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Apple May Refresh The iMacs – Spotted On Geekbench Running 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8700 And i7-8700K !

iMac-27-5K Apple may Refresh the IMacs
iMac-27-5K Apple may Refresh the IMacs

Apple may actually bring updated iMacs running Intel’s 8th Gen Coffeelake Processors alongside the iMac Pro in December or in early 2018. We just caught several iMacs running on the 8th Gen i7-8700 & i7-8700K Processors on Geekbench. This suggests that Apple May Refresh The iMacs. The scores are as expected to crash the board on both Single & Multi-threaded side. These seem to be the 27 inch 5K models so, Apple is probably bringing the 2018 Models of the 27 inch iMac. Have a look at the scores from both the 8700 & 8700K models…

 

iMac Running Coffeelake i7-8700
iMac-27-8700-1 Geekbench Apple may Refresh the iMacs
iMac-27-8700-1 Geekbench Apple may Refresh the iMacs

 

iMac Running Coffeelake i7-8700K
iMac-27-8700-1 Geekbench Apple may Refresh the iMacs 2
iMac-27-8700-1 Geekbench Apple may Refresh the iMacs 2

Currently the 7th Gen 4-core i7-7700K ships with the i7 models of the 27 inch 5K iMac so, the new 6-core i7-8700K will definitely bring huge improvements over the last gen iMacs. And I know the 18-core iMac Pro is also coming out next month. But, not everyone can afford that & maybe many people cannot even utilize that super-multicore power. So, the 6-core iMac Pro will be a great option for those people.

The pricing may or may not bump up but, with the base components, the 5K 27 inch iMac with the i7-7700K & AMD RX580 Graphics starts at 2499 for 8GB RAM & if you bump that up to 16 Gigs, it’ll cost you 2699. So, even more, the price increase isn’t really an ideal thing to do. It’s better if Apple at least sticks the old prices.

 

Source: Geekbench ( 8700 | 8700K )

ASUS Vivobook S510 Review – (Vivobook S15)

ASUS Vivobook S510 Introduction

The ASUS Vivobook S510UN is one of the Powerful mid-ranger Laptops by ASUS in a comparatively thin & light form factor that is geared towards Productivity but it can also do some lightweight gaming. It comes with the new Quadcore 8th Gen Intel Kaby Lake-R CPUs & Nvidia’s new MX150 GPU. We spent some time with the S510 & we think we have done enough testing to give our full review of the device. Many of you guys were interested in the device so, this is our ASUS Vivobook S510 Review aka ASUS Vivobook S15 Review.

Amazon India (i5 Model | i7 Model)

Flipkart (i5 Model | i7 Model)

 

ASUS Vivobook S15 Specifications

 

Dimensions: 361.4 x 243.5 x 17.9 mm (WxDxH)

Display: 15.6 inch, 60Hz, 1920 x 1080 IPS LCD Display

Processor: Intel’s 14nm Kaby Lake-R Core i7-8550U (15W TDP, Boost upto 4.0 GHz, 8MB L3 Cache)

RAM: 16GB 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory

GPU: NVIDIA MX 150 (384 CUDA Cores)

VRAM: 2GB GDDR5

Storage: 128GB SATA3 SSD (Toshiba THNSNK128GVN8) + 1TB  5400 RPM HDD (2.5 inch Seagate ST100LM035)

Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac , 2×2

Bluetooth: Bluetooth v4.1

Ports: 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x Type-C USB3.1 Gen1, 1x 3.5mm Audio combo Jack, 1x HDMI

Audio: Dual Down Facing Stereo Speakers

Webcam: 480P VGA Webcam

Battery: 42Whrs, 3 Cells

Weight: 1.7 Kilograms

 

Design & Build Quality

The Vivobook S15 has quite an elegant design. It’s not as good as a Zenbook UX430 but, it still kinda has some attractive looks to it. Right now it’s available in Gold color only but, it looks good. The Bezels are kinda minimal & ASUS calls it their Nano-edge Display. That also adds a better look for when the device is in use.

ASUS Vivobook S510 S15
ASUS Vivobook S510 Review

So, let’s dig a little deep now. The Vivobook S15 comes in a Plastic construction with Aluminium on the top. The Build Quality is solid with very minimal flex in the Keyboard area & on the Top. The Keyboard is one of those Chiclet-style ones with decent keystrokes & decent key travel. However, if you’re used to that extra number pad on the right in older ASUS laptops, it is not present in this device. The Trackpad uses a Glass Surface & there is also a Fingerprint Scanner that makes it possible to log in with Windows Hello biometrically.

ASUS Vivobook S510 Review
ASUS Vivobook S510 Review

The Hinge is also very well tuned & but, it isn’t one hand openable if that matters to you. There is some flex to the Screen but, considering the price, this is not unexpected. Overall, I’d say it’s a great build quality for the money. This is a mid-level device so, I wasn’t expecting a good build at all so, good job ASUS.

ASUS Vivobook S510-Review
ASUS Vivobook S510-Review

There is also a decent selection of ports to work with. On the left, we have Two USB Type-A Ports & a full-size SD Card slot. These USB Ports are basically USB 2.0 ports. The Indicator LEDs are also located on the left.

 

On the right, we have one USB 3.0 port, one HDMI port, one USB 3.1 Type C Port & the 3.5mm Headphone Jack. The USB C port is not Thunderbolt 3. The Charging port is also located on the right but, there is no Ethernet Port if you’re looking for that.

 

There are two speakers located at the Bottom-front of the device & there are around 10 screws to get inside the device. If you want, you can upgrade the RAM, HDD & the SSD.

ASUS Vivobook S510 Review – The Display

The Vivobook S15 is rocking a  15.6 inch 1080P IPS panel with a Refresh Rate of 60 Hz. The Display has that warmer color tome again that ASUS has been shipping with most of their newer laptops. It’s one of those 45% NTSC IPS panels so, in terms of color accuracy, it’s not a great Display for Content Creation but, it’s made for Productivity & Lightweight Gaming and for those purposes, it’s actually a nice Display.

ASUS Vivobook S510 Display
ASUS Vivobook S510 Display

If I have to complain about something, it would be the Brightness. ASUS didn’t mention any Nits rating on their website but, I feel the Brightness is probably around 250 nits, give or take a little bit. So, for me, it’s a little less especially if I’m using the laptop outside in Daytime. But, ASUS has included an Anti-glare Matt Finish on the Display so, reflections are not a huge issue unlike some Ultrabooks out there. The Slim Bezels & 80% Screen-to-body Ratio does make the device look good so, that’s another good side of the Display.

I also found the Display to be quite nice for media consumption. That warmer color tone might not be the most color accurate thing, but Photos & Videos sometimes actually look better with that tone & maybe that’s why ASUS is shipping their laptops with it. On a laptop build on these purposes, it actually does a nice job. But, it’s not the most desired thing for High-end Professional laptops like the Zenbook Pro UX550 that is also made by ASUS. But, for the Vivobook S15, I have no complaints on that.

 

ASUS Vivobook S510 Review – The Performance

The Vivobook S15 is rocking the latest 8th Gen Intel Core CPUs inside. Our review unit is rocking an i7-8550U but, it is also available with the i5-8250U as a cheaper option. These new 8th Gen Kaby Lake-R U-series CPUs have been bumped up to 4 Cores compared to the older 7th Gen U-series CPUs that used to have only 2 cores. Oh & all cores are Hyper-Threaded if you’re curious.

The Base Clock is set to 1.8 GHz but, when needed the CPU can use 4GHz on the Boost Clock to pull the load off. The L3 Cache has also been increased to 8 Gigabytes. Now, I know many of you guys want to see, how well the 8th Gen i7-8550U did when compared to its predecessors in Benchmarks. So, I’m leaving a Geekbench comparison chart below for reference.

ASUS Vivobook S510 Review - Cores
ASUS Vivobook S510 Cores

Coming to Real-life Performance, I had no issues with day to day usage for productivity. The system felt snappy & responsive. If you want to Edit Videos though, I have edited both 1080P & 4K footages on this device. You can do it but, it is a 15W CPU so, while in rending, a Laptop with a 45W CPU will finish rendering the Video much faster compared to these 15W CPUs. If you’re working with 60 FPS or higher Frame Rate footages, this time difference will become more noticeable because in general, a 1080P 60 FPS video takes more time to render compared to a 4K 30 FPS video of the same length.

The Performance – Video Editing

I have compared the render times of the Vivobook S15 with the 15W i7-8550U with my ROG G501VW with the 45W i7-6700HQ and as expected, these were the results.

ASUS Vivobook S510 Review Video Editing
ASUS Vivobook S510 Review Video Editing

There is also a dedicated GPU which is the MX 150 from NVIDIA. Now, the previous gen MX 130 was one of the super low-performance GPUs that NVIDIA was currently making but, things have changed a lot for the MX150. It has around 384 CUDA cores which alongside the other specifications, are very similar to the GT 1030. So, the MX 150 is kinda like the unofficial GT 1030 for Laptops.

The Performance is better than I expected. The MX 150 is around 30-35% Faster than the GTX 940MX & it is even around 5-7% faster than the GTX 950M. Though it’s not as good as a 960M, if you want you can do some light-weight gaming on it while maintaining respectable frame rates.

ASUS Vivobook S510 Review Performance
ASUS Vivobook S510 Review Performance

So, overall it’s good for lightweight gaming. But, the 15W CPU thing is still true here. So, if you really want bang on Gaming in your Laptop, go for a 45W CPU & maybe something like a 1050Ti at least. But, if you want to do some regular Gaming on the Vivobook S15, you can.

Lastly, let’s talk about the Battery life. ASUS claims around 8 Hours of Battery Life. That may be true in some particular use case scenarios but, in my case, I was getting around 6 hours with regular kind of stuff like Web Browsing, Taking Notes, Watching Videos etc. If you’re doing something like Video Editing or Gaming, the Battery life will be shorter. However, this laptop comes with Fast Charging & it can juice up to 60% in around 49 minutes.

The Audio Output

There are two down-firing Speakers on the bottom-front of the device. They get reasonably loud but, not like super loud or something. The clarity is ok, it sounds good. The Bass is however kinda minimal on these two. Now, as it’s a Bottom firing speaker system, if you’re using the Laptop on a Table, that will give you a better sound experience compared to using it on your Lap.

ASUS Vivobook S510 Review Audio
ASUS Vivobook S510 Review Audio

Now, if you want to Play Games on it, I won’t suggest using the speakers for that. It’ll be better if you use headphones for gaming. However, when you’re on Headphones, ASUS does have an IcePower tuned custom Audio Wizard for different scenarios.

 

So, the Speakers are not as good as like something on the ROG GL553 but, they are better than many of the Ultrabook & 2-in-1 Laptop speakers that, I’ve heard recently. The Audio Output via. Headphones are quite good.

The Verdict

ASUS Vivobook S510 Review Verdict
ASUS Vivobook S510 Review Verdict

The model we were testing was the version with top features with the i7-8550U, MX 150 GPU with 2GB VRAM, 16GB DD4 RAM, 128GB SATA 3 SSD & 1TB of HDD storage. However the base variant costs around 59990 INR with the i5-8250U, MX 150 GPU with 2GB VRAM, 8GB DDR4 RAM & 1TB of HDD storage. Fully featured variant costs around 79990 INR.

So at that price point, is this thing worth the money? Let’s have a look at the Pros & Cons of the device real quick.

ASUS Vivobook S510 Review – Pros

  • The new 8th Gen Quadcore U-series CPU gives a nice performance bump over the last gen 7th Gen Dual Core CPUs in Multicore stuff.
  • The MX 150 GPU is much better compared to the 940MX which many of the competitors are offering at similar prices.
  • The Fingerprint Scanner is a nice edition in terms of security.
  • The Build Quality is really nice for the Price.
  • The Battery Life is also very good in this Laptop.

ASUS Vivobook S510 Review – Cons

  • The Brightness of the Display is lower than preferred.
  • Content Creation can be done but, it’s not the ideal machine for that purpose.
  • The 480P Webcam is unusable for Video Calls most of the time.
  • The USB Type-C Port does not have support for Thunderbolt 3.

So, if you want a Laptop mainly for Regular Productivity Stuff & Lightweight Gaming, This is a really nice option. There are other laptops available that have very similar specifications but, come at a higher price point. I think ASUS has priced these devices really well especially the base i5-8250U variant. So, if you feel that, the Vivobook S15 is completing your checklist, you can definitely consider this one.

One thing to keep in mind is that, don’t buy this Laptop to play AAA titles at 1080P Max Graphics settings. For that, look for those gaming laptops that come with 45W CPUs & better GPUs. The Vivobook S15 can handle games like that but, you need to drop your graphics settings a bit to get better Frame Rates.

 

Ok, so that wraps up our review for the ASUS Vivobook S15 (S510) with the new Intel 8th Gen Kaby Lake-R CPUs. If you have any questions, you can ask them in the comments section below. If you want to pick  Vivobook S15 up I’m leaving the links below.

Amazon India (i5 Model | i7 Model)

Flipkart (i5 Model | i7 Model)

The Dell XPS 15 for 2018 has been unveiled & it’s not quite what we were expecting. We are familiar with Dell’s line up of 2-in-1 Laptops but, the only laptop in the XPS line up that had a 2-in-1 configuration was the XPS 13 until now. In this CES, Dell has unveiled a refreshed 2-in-1 variant of the XPS 15 called the XPS 15 9575.

The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Brings Intel's 8th Gen G-series Processors With AMD Vega M Graphics To Life

XPS 15 2-in-1 (XPS 15 9575) SPECIFICATIONS

  • Display: 15.6 inch IPS 1080P with 100% sRGB or 4K (3200×1800) with 100% Adobe RGB Display wrapped in Corning Gorilla Glass 4 with 400 nits of Brightness (Touch Enabled: 10 Fingers, 89 Degrees, Pen Support)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8305G or Intel Core i7-8705G
  • RAM: Upto 16 GB 2400 MHz DDR4 (Expandable upto 32 GB)
  • GPU: AMD Radeon Vega M GL Graphics with 4GB HBM2 VRAM
  • Storage: Upto 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD (128GB SATA 3, 256GB PCIe, 512GB PCIe & 1TB PCIe SSD Options)
  • Ports: 2x Thunderbolt™ 3 (with PowerShare, DC-In & DisplayPort) , 2x USB-C 3.1 (with PowerShare, DC-In & DisplayPort) , MicroSD Card Reader, 3.5mm Audio Jack, Noble Lock Slot
  • Wi-Fi: Integrated 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2×2) (Killer 1435 or Intel 8265)
  • Bluetooth: Version 4.1
  • Battery: 75 WHrs, 4 Cells
  • Webcam: 720P HD Webcam
  • Audio: Dual 1W Speakers tuned with Waves MaxxAudio Pro
  • Thickness: 16mm
  • Weight: Starting from 4.3 lbs (1.97 kg) 
  • OS: Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro

So, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 has a lot going on for Creative Professionals and honestly, that’s the type of consumers this device is made for. People in Professions like Photo & Video Editing & even things like Drawing can be done with the required Color Accuracy on this device. Specially as the 4K Panel covers around 100% of Adobe RGB, it should be the best laptop screen for Content Creation right now. However, though Dell claims the Panel to be 4K, the Resolution is actually 3200×1800 which is close to 3K instead. The Touchscreen now supports Dell Premium Active Pen that has 4096 Pressure Sensitivity and 89° Tilt Functionality support.

The Intel Core i5-8305G & i7-8705G shall bring some significant improvements in performance while the Radeon Vega GL GPU shall push some of that graphical horsepower that shall be somewhere between the GTX 1050 & 1050Ti from NVIDIA.

Dell claims around 15 hours of Battery life but, we’ll have to see how much close the 75 Whrs Battery can keep upto with Regular usage. Coming to Thermals, Dell uses the GORE Thermal Insulation solutions for better heat management. All of this has been crafted in a 16 inch Form Factor that is really impressive.

The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 will be available starting from $1299.99 somewhere in the Spring of 2018. The Dell Active Premium Pen won’t come in the box so, in case you want that you’ll need to pay $99.99 extra for that.

ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review – Slim And Powerful !

ASUS has refreshed the Zenbook UX430 with Intel’s latest 8th Gen Core Processors & even the old NVIDIA 940MX GPU has been dumped for a new & more powerful NVIDIA MX150. So, at first glance it might seem really similar to the Vivobook S15 that we reviewed earlier cause, it absolutely is but, this device has some significant advantages over the Vivobook & hence it also comes with a higher price tag. We have spent some time with the device & this is our ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review.

Model Name
Specification
Price (INR) 
Buy Here
Asus UX430UN – GV020T (8th Gen i7-8550U/8GB/512GB/Windows 10/2GB Graphics) 94,690 Buy UX430UN i7 Model 
ASUS UX430UN – GV069T (i5-8250U/8GB/256GB/Windows 10 (64bit)/2GB Graphics) 78,990 Buy UX 430 UN i5 Model

ASUS ZENBOOK UX430 SPECIFICATIONS

ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review
ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review

Dimensions: 32.4 cm x 22.5 cm x 1.59 cm

Display: 14 inch, 60Hz, 1920 x 1080 IPS LCD Display With 100% sRGB

Processor: Intel’s 14nm Kaby Lake-R Core i7-8550U (15W TDP, Boost upto 4.0 GHz, 8MB L3 Cache)

RAM: 8GB 1866 MHz DDR3 Memory

GPU: NVIDIA MX 150 (384 CUDA Cores)

VRAM: 2GB GDDR5

Storage: 512GB SATA3 SSD (HYNIX HFS512G39TND) (Around 475GB Usable)

Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac , 2×2

Bluetooth: Bluetooth v4.1

Ports: 1 x Type-C USB 3.1 (DisplayPort Supported), 1 x Type-A USB 3.1, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x Micro HDMI, 1 x Combo 3.5mm Audio Jack, 1 x SD Card Reader

Audio: Dual 1.5W Down Facing Stereo Speakers

Webcam: 720P HD Webcam

Battery: 50Whrs, 3 Cells

Weight: 1.25 kg (2.76 pounds)

 

ASUS ZENBOOK UX430 DESIGN & BUILD QUALITY

The Zenbook UX430 has quite an eye-catching Design with a new kind of Glossy Material that ASUS calls the Nanoimprint Lithography Coating on the top. It looks like Glass but it isn’t & it’s a Transparent Glossy material instead to give an illusion of Glass. Yes, it would have been nice to see pure Glass but, it would make the top surface breakable. However, the coating can get scratches if you’re curious.

 

ASUS claims that there is a 14-inch Display sitting in a 13-inch Chassis & I can tell by looking at the actual device that, it is kinda true. It’s quite similar in size to the Zenbook UX360 that was a 13-inch device.

The hinge is well tuned & has a nice tension to it. You need to use two hands to open the laptop. So, it’s not one hand open-able. I don’t have any issues with that but, if you had this question, now you have your answer.

 

The Keyboard has a nice layout. The 1.4mm Key Travel feels Okay for an Ultrabook, better than what I expected in this kind of form factor so, it’s a nice Keyboard to type on. The keys also lit up White with three levels of Brightness to customize.

The Trackpad is pretty good. It uses Windows Precision Drivers & coupled with the Glass Surface, it has great tracking. It’s nice to see ASUS using Windows Precision Trackpads in more & more of their devices. The Button clicks are a little bit shallow and depending what kind of Trackpad Clicks are you used to, you may or may not like it.

ASUS ZENBOOK UX430 Review – Design and Build Quality continued…

Talking about the Fingerprint Scanner, it’s quite fast & snappy. I also found this one to be a little bit more accurate compared to the one on the Vivobook S15. Overall, I had a good experience while signing in using Windows Hello. It’s a good Scanner overall.

ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review - 155319 SRES
ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review – 155319 SRES

The Chassis is quite Solid with very minimal flex to it on the Keyboard area. Back is rock is solid however. If you want to dig inside, there are about Nine Screws on the back. Overall it’s a Solid Build Quality & it’s not a cheap device so, good Build Quality is what we expect.

Talking about Ports, it does come with a decent amount of Ports for an Ultrabook. So, on the left, we have a USB 3.1 Type-A Port, a Mini HDMI Port, a 3.5 mm Headphone & Microphone Combo Jack & a USB 3.1 Type-C port that also integrates the DisplayPort Support.

On the Right, we have a USB 2.0 Type-A Port & a SD Card slot & that’s literally all the ports available on board.

There is no Full Size HDMI or Full Size Ethernet Ports but, ASUS includes adapters for Mini HDMI to Full Size HDMI & USB Type-A to Ethernet in the box.

 

THE DISPLAY of ASUS ZENBOOK UX430

ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review 153634
ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review 153634

The Zenbook UX430 is rocking a 14″ IPS LCD Display & coupled with those Minimalistic Bezels it’s nice to look at. Color Accuracy is also great on this Laptop. So, the IPS Panel covers around 100% of the sRGB Color Gamut. Though, I don’t know the Adobe RGB values but, the Panel actually looks effectively better for things like Content Creation. So, if you’re into something like Photo or Video Editing, the Display on the UX430 is a far better choice compared to the Display on the Vivobook S15 that we reviewed earlier.

The Brightness is also a lot more compared to the Vivobook S15. So, again ASUS does not mention any Nits rating on their website but, according to me, it’s 300+ nits on the Zenbook UX430. This is also an Anti Glare panel so reflections should not be an issue if you want to use it outdoors.

The Display again ships with that warmer color tone that we’re seeing in all the new ASUS laptops. But, in this case, as the Color Accuracy is quite good, it’s not a huge deal. If you want though, there is an included software called ASUS Splendid where you can adjust the display to a cooler color tone. In my case, I dragged the settings to the coolest color tone available.

 

ASUS ZENBOOK UX430 PERFORMANCE

The Zenbook UX430UN has been refreshed with the latest 8th-gen Intel Core U-Series CPUs. These CPUs come with 4 Physical Cores & 8 Threads. Our review unit is running an i7-8550U with 8 Gigabytes of DDR4 RAM.

If you’re curious about Benchmarks, here is Geekbench Comparison with the GL553VE that was running the i7-7700HQ.

Coming to the real-life performance, the system feels Quick & Snappy. The i7-8550U is slightly faster in Single-core performance. However, compared to the old 7th Gen CPUs that only have Two cores, the new 8th Gen CPUs ship with Four cores instead. So, where the 8550U strikes are Multi-core Performance. That segment has seen a huge performance increase compared to the last gen 7500U.

So, people who want to do better Multi-core stuff like Photo or Video Editing in a form factor like this, the 8550U delivers a significantly better performance over its predecessor. If you’re curious about Video Editing speeds, then here is a chart to give you a rough idea about 4K 30FPS Video Editing.

 

However, this system is more suited for 1080P Edits compared to 4K being a 15W CPU. So, if you want to do 4K Edits, I’ll recommend at least a 45W Quad-core CPU.

Here another differentiator was the SSD speed. The UX430 comes with a 512 Gig M.2 SATA3 SSD. The Read Speeds are damn close to the Vivobook S15’s 128 Gig SSD but, the Write Speeds are a lot faster on this drive by about 300 MBPS so, Video Editing has slightly faster render times on this UX430. However, if you want to do Video Editing, I’ll recommend getting the 16GB RAM version instead.

ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review - 16GB RAM
ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review – 16GB RAM

The Fan Noise comes up pretty often while performing even moderately demanding tasks & while editing Videos or playing Games, it’s a bit loud. Not terrible & many people don’t care about stuff like that but, for some people it’s can be a bit annoying. So, that’s another thing you need to keep in mind.

There is a NVIDIA MX150 GPU for delivering the Graphical Horsepower & it has 2 Gigabytes of GDDR5 VRAM alongside. The performance of the MX150 is somewhere between the GTX 950M & GTX 960M.

Here is a 3DMark Comparison between the UX430UN & the ROG G501VW that are running the MX150 & GTX 960M respectively.

ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review – Performance Section –  Continued

If you want to game on it, you can play most of the popular games at 1080P 60 frames per second if you are playing on medium settings. At High settings, the average frame rate can fall down somewhere at 30 to 45 frames per second depending on the game.

More demanding games will run with comparatively less frame rates. So, the UX430 is designed for professionals but, it can handle lightweight gaming. But, don’t pick this laptop if your main intention is to play games on it.

Finally, it all comes down to Battery Life & this is a big reason why many people buy Laptops with U-series CPUs inside. So, ASUS claims around 9 hours of Battery Life out from that 50 Whrs Cell & by performing regular stuff like Web Browsing, Taking Notes, Watching some Youtube Videos etc. & I was getting around 7.5-8 hours of Battery Life out of it. So, it goes pretty close to the claims & the Battery life depends on what you’re doing on the device.

ASUS ZENBOOK UX430 AUDIO

ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review - Audio
ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review – Audio

There are two 1.5W Bottom Firing Speakers located on the Sides of the Laptop. Quality is better than I expected. Normally most of the Windows Ultrabook speakers are not so good but, these ones are pretty good. The clarity is nice, the Distortion is very minimal at higher volumes.

There is a little Bass in the speakers that I was not expecting. The Mids & Lows are nice & the Highs are kinda Okay. The loudness could have been higher but, that’s the nature of Thin & Light Ultrabooks. I kinda liked the speakers overall but, I would have appreciated a little bit more loudness while preserving the good quality.

The Audio Output via. Earphones are Good as expected & you can switch the audio in the ASUS AudioWizerd for various scenarios like Music, Movies etc.

The Verdict of ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review

ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review - Final Verdict
ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review – Final Verdict

The Zenbook UX430UN starts around ₹95990 in India (for the i7-8550U Model with 8GB RAM) & ₹81990 (for the i5-8250U Model with 8GB RAM & Integrated Graphics) and around $1099 in the US (for the i7-8550U Model with 16GB RAM).

So, this not a super cheap device to get & at this price point is the UX430UN a worthy purchase? Let’s have a look at the Pros & Cons.

ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review – Pros

  • Good Build Quality for the price
  • Slim & Light form factor
  • The Quadcore i7-8550U gives a nice performance increase compared to the 7500U Dual Core CPU in Multi-core tasks
  • The new MX150 GPU is a nice improvement over the last gen GTX 940MX & it’s actually better than the 950M as well
  • The Fingerprint Sensor is fast & accurate
  • Good Battery life
  • Good Audio Output

ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review – Cons

  • The 15W U-series CPUs do struggle while stressing the CPU for an extended period of time & it drops to its base clock speeds later on
  • Fan Noise is loud at a well audible level while doing tasks like Video Editing & Gaming
  • The 720 Webcam could have been improved
  • There is no Thunderbolt 3 support which many users prefer in Ultrabooks

So according to me, if you’re looking for a Professional Grade laptop that is not super expensive, comes with capable & balanced hardware, has good battery life & also comes in a thin & light form factor while not compromising in build quality, the Zenbook UX430 is a good option.

If you want to bang on games on it, look for something that is more suited for gaming. Yes, those laptops won’t be as thin, light & professional looking as the UX430 but, those will have powerful 45W CPUs & better GPUs that comes handy in terms of gaming. I won’t pick this laptop if my main intention is to play games.

But, for people who want to use it for Professional Office Stuff, Photo Editing, Light Video Editing, Media Consumption & stuff like that, the UX430UN is a good option.

Okay, so that concludes our ASUS Zenbook UX430UN Review with the refreshed 8th Gen Kabylake-R CPU. If you have any questions, be sure to let us know in the comments section below & we’ll catch you with another Laptop review very soon.

ASUS Zenbook Pro 15 UX580 vs. Dell XPS 15 9570

Zenbook Pro 15 vs. Dell XPS 15

 

 

Both the ASUS Zenbook Pro & the Dell XPS 15 have been updated for 2018 with 8th gen Intel Core H-series CPUs & some awesome new features. Many of the creative professionals seem to be confused to choose either one on these prosumer laptops & like always we got you covered. This is a comparison between these two devices which focuses on the major differences between the Zenbook Pro 15 UX580 & Dell XPS 15 9570 to help you determine which one is right for you. As always, we will start up with the specification sheet.

ASUS Zenbook Pro 15 UX580

Dell XPS 15 9570

Display 15.6 inch, 1080P/ 4K

(60 Hz, IPS Panel, 100% Adobe RGB)

15.6 inch, 1080P / 4K

(60 Hz, IPS Panel, 100% Adobe RGB)

Processor 8th Gen Intel i5-8300H, i7-8750H/i9-8950H 8th Gen Intel i7-8750H, i9-8950H
RAM Up to 16GB DDR4 2400 MHz Up to 32GB DDR4 2400 MHz
GPU NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5 VRAM) NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5 VRAM)
Trackpad
  • Screen Pad (5.5 inch FHD IPS),
  • Glass Surface,
  • Windows Precision Drivers
Glass Surface, Windows Precision Drivers
Storage 256GB or 512GB or 1TB SSD 256GB or 512GB or 1TB or 2TB SSD
Ports
  • 2 x USB-C Thunderbolt 3
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x 3.5 mm Headphone
  • Microphone Combo Jack
  •  1 x MicroSD card slot
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1,
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0,
  • 1 x USB-C Thunderbolt 3,
  • 1 x 3.5 mm Headphone
  • Microphone Combo Jack,
  • 1x SD Card Slot
Wi-Fi Integrated 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2×2 Integrated 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2×2
Bluetooth V5.0 V4.2
Battery 71 Whrs (8 Cells) 97 Whrs (6 Cells)
Number Of Speakers 2 2
Webcam VGA HD
Weight 1.88 Kilograms 2 Kilograms
OS Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 Pro
Price $1499.99-$1899.99-$2549.99

 

Let’s talk about the things that haven’t changed first which are mostly found in the design area. So, in both cases, the design looks kinda the same from the outside like last year. The Zenbook Pro 15 has it’s chassis made, completely out of Aluminium with that signature concentric design of ASUS while the XPS 15 9570 has Aluminium at the top & the bottom with Carbon Fiber in the keyboard area. The Display bezels are still way thinner in the XPS 15 which allows the laptop to have a smaller physical size compared to the Zenbook Pro.

CPU, RAM & Storage:

Okay, Now there are several things that have changed. First are the CPUs. Just as I mentioned in the beginning of this article, both of these laptops have been updated with 8th gen Intel Core H-series CPUs. So, the Dell XPS 15 now comes with either a Core i7-8750H or a Core i9-8950HK option & both of these CPUs have Hexacore configurations. In the other hand the Zenbook Pro 15 comes with either an i7-8750H or an i9-8950HK as well bit, it adds an additional option with a Core i5-8300H which is a Quadcore CPU. In the RAM & Storage segment, the Zenbook Pro 15 can go up to 16 GB RAM & 1TB of M.2 NVMe SSD storage while the XPS 15 can go all the way up to 32 GH RAM for the 4K, i9 model with up to 2TB of M.2 NVMe SSD Storage.

The GPUs:

Next, let’s talk about the GPU. Both the devices spot a GTX 1050 Ti with 4 Gigabytes of GDDR5 VRAM but, the XPS 15 runs a Max-Q variant of the GPU. In both cases creative professionals should not have many issues as both of these laptops shall be able to deliver very close results but, when it comes to raw graphical horsepower, the Zenbook Pro 15 will have a slight edge.

The Displays:

The Displays are also very similar with either a 15.6 inch, 60 Hz, 1080P IPS panel that covers 100% of the sRGB color space or a 4K IPS panel that covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color space in both of the devices. So, again in terms of Display quality, both the devices have almost identical displays with great accuracy. However, the 4K option is definitely more color accurate compared to the 1080P one.

The Ports:

Let’s come to the ports now. Both of these laptops spot all the major ports. However. the Zenbook Pro 15 spots two Thunderbolt 3 ports while the XPS 15 spots only one. In both cases the posts have access to all 4-lanes of PCI-e so, external GPU connections should be no problem. On the other hand, the XPS 15 spots a full-size SD card slot while the Zenbook Pro 15 spots a Micro-sd slot which may turn down many creative professionals as most of them are using full-size SD cards anyway. The USB 3.1 Type-A ports are another thing that is different. Both of the devices come with two USB 3.1 ports but, for the Zenbook Pro, these ports are Gen-2 while for the XPS these are Gen-1.

The Trackpads:

Now, let’s talk about the trackpads & this is a very important part of this comparison. So, both of the devices use Windows Precision Trackpads with Glass Surface so, the tracking should be smooth & accurate in both cases. But, the trackpad on the Zenbook Pro 15 UX580 (also on the Zenbook Pro 14) has something that the XPS 15 or any other laptop does not have s of now. I’m talking about a 5.5 inch 1920×1080 IPS Display built right into the Trackpad.

ASUS has named this new trackpad approach as the “ScreenPad” & it can do a lot of things like, functioning as an extension or replication to your main Display or functioning as a toolbar for certain apps (the Microsoft Office Apps are already supported) & even more like acting as a Calculator, Music Player or showing up your Calender etc. The Screenpad SDK will be open to the developers so, we can expect a lot more apps being compatible with the ScreenPad in near future. So, ASUS definitely took a huge lead in this segment.

Other Differences

Other differences are minor but, some of them need to be mentioned here. The Battery is smaller in the Zenbook Pro 15 (71 Wh) compared to the XPS 15 (97 Whrs), the Webcam on the Zenbook Pro is VGA (480P) while the XPS 15 9570 spots a HD (720P) Webcam & the Bluetooth version of the Zenbook Pro 15 is newer (v5.0) compared to the XPS 15 9570 (v4.2).

The Dell XPS 15 starts at $1499 (i7, 16GB, 1080P) & go all the way up to $2549 (i9, 32GB, 4K) (there is a $999 variant available but, it comes with way lower specs so, it hasn’t been considered in this comparison). However, we don’t know the exact pricing details for the Zenbook Pro 15 UX580 as of now but, we can expect it to be quite similar (or maybe slightly cheaper) to the XPS 15 in terms of pricing.

Which One Should You Go For?

Until last year, if we had to recommend one of the predecessors of these laptops, the XPS 15 always had that slight edge in almost everything. Maybe the design was better on the Zenbook. This year the equation has completely changed & though the core internals is kinda the same, things like the ScreenPad, the full-fat GTX 1050 Ti, the Bluetooth 5.0 makes the Zenbook Pro 15 UX580 a much more desired option this year & it’s quite like ASUS did it better from everyone else this year. However, the Dell XPS 15 9570 does have a Bigger Battery, a Higher-res Webcam, a full-size SD Card slot & thinner Bezels. You can go for it if you want a better battery life or better Video Call quality or an SD card slot or all of these but, otherwise, the Zenbook Pro 15 UX580 seems to be the better option for everyone else out there.

Okay, that wraps up our comparison between the Zenbook Pro 15 UX580 & the Dell XPS 15 9570. If you have any questions then please drop them in the comment section below & we’ll definitely try to answer them.

ASUS FX503 vs. ASUS ROG GL503 Strix – Is the Cheaper FX503 Right For You?

ASUS has recently launched the successors to their 502 series gaming laptops & the new series carries the upgraded 503 signature. They have actually announced a ton of different models to choose from this year.  In the ASUS ROG GL503, we have the Strix, Hero & Scar Editions and we also have the ASUS FX503.

Asus FX503 Gaming Laptop Review
Asus Rog FX503 Gaming Laptop Review

So, last year when we did that FX553 & GL553 comparison like article, we saw that many of you were actually interested to know the differences between the two as the specification list was quite similar & the price difference between the two was a significant reason for many people to go for the cheaper FX553 instead of going for a GL553.

This year the conditions are the same again. The FX503 is significantly cheaper compared to the GL503 Strix Edition & the specifications are quite similar. So we thought, making this comparison can benefit some of you guys to take a better purchase decision in case you’re having difficulty to choose. If you’re not aware though, the FX503 will cost around 79990 INR while the GL503 Strix will cost around 92990 INR for the i7-7700HQ Base Variants. The FX503 also comes with the i5-7300HQ starting at 69990 INR.

So, let’s have a specification comparison between the GL503 Strix Edition & the FX503 so, the major differences show up.

Feature Comparision between ASUS FX503 and ASUS GL503 Strix

ASUS FX503

ASUS GL503 Strix

Display 15.6 inch, 1080P, 60Hz, TN Panel 15.6 inch, 1080P, 60Hz, IPS Panel
Processor Quadcore i7-7700HQ Quadcore i7-7700HQ
RAM 8GB  DDR4 2400 MHz (Expandable Up to 32GB) 8GB DDR4 2400 MHz (Expandable Up to 32GB)
GPU NVIDIA GTX1050 (4GB GDDR5 VRAM) NVIDIA GTX1050 (4GB GDDR5 VRAM)
Storage 1TB HDD 7200RPM 128GB M.2 SSD + 1TB HDD 7200 RPM
Ports
  • 3 x USB 3.0 port(s) Type A, 
  • 1 x HDMI, Support HDMI 2.0, 
  •  One RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, 
  • One 2-in-1 Card Reader, 
  • 1 x 3.5 mm Headphone And Microphone Combo Jack
  • 1 x Type C USB 3.0, 
  • 3 x USB 3.0 Type A, 
  • 1 x USB 2.0, 
  • One Mini Display Port, 
  • One HDMI
  • 1 x RJ-45 Jack, 
  • 1 x 2-in-1 Card Reader, 
  • One 3.5 mm Headphone And Microphone Combo Jack
Wi-Fi Integrated 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2×2 Integrated 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2×2
Bluetooth V4.1 V4.1
Battery 64 Whrs (4 Cells) 64 Whrs (4 Cells)
Number Of Speakers 2 2
Webcam HD HD
Weight 2.5 Kilograms 2.5 Kilograms
OS Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Home
Price 79990 INR 92990 INR

 

The specification comparison chart has probably cleared a lot of your doubts already. Now, let us figure out the drawbacks of the FX503 over the GL503 a bit deeper.

Display comparison between ASUS FX503 and GL503

The first major differentiator between these two models is the Display. The FX503 has a 15.6 inch 1080P TN Panel while the GL503 has an IPS Panel. So, the IPS Panel GL503 is way more color accurate & has better viewing angles compared to the TN Panel on the FX503. So, in case you want to do some Color Accurate work in your Laptop alongside playing Games on it, the GL503 is the one you should be looking at. But, in case you are not doing color accurate work, the Display of the FX503 should be enough.

Build Quality of ASUS FX503 versus GL503

Both of these Laptops have good build quality but, the GL503 is better compared to the FX503. The design Language on the GL503 has that new 2017 ROG look with that improved Metal-Plastic chassis. The FX503 is built well but, it isn’t as good as the GL503.

Ports in ASUS FX503 versus GL503

Another concern is the Ports. The FX503 is missing a USB C Port, a Mini Display Port & a USB 2.0 Port compared to the GL503. Now, the USB C port on the GL503 is not Thunderbolt 3 capable so, if you want to hook an External GPU, you cannot do that in any of these laptops. So, it’s not a huge reason to buy the GL503 or dump the FX503 just because of that USB C port. However, if you want all those extra ports, the GL503 is a better option. Otherwise, you can have a look at the FX503.

Keyboard

The Keyboard is also a little bit different between the two. The GL503 can do 4-zone RGB Lighting in its keyboard while the FX503 has Red Lighting that you cannot change. So, if you want RGB Lighting in your Keyboard, the FX503 does not have that. The GL503 also have extra Volume Control keys that are not present in the FX503.

Thermals

The last thing is Thermals. The GL series, in general, have better thermal management compared to the FX series. So, we are expecting similar scenarios for the GL503 & the FX503. But, we have to test out this one when we get our hands on to make a 100% confirmation.

Should You Get The Cheaper ASUS FX503 Instead Of Getting The More Highly Priced ASUS Rog GL503?

This depends on your particular needs. If you have already read the content above carefully, you probably already know but, if you need an opinion in general, remember to figure out the purpose of why you are getting the laptop.

If you want to Play Games & also do some color accurate work like Photo or Video editing on your laptop, the GL503 is the one to go for. The higher price of the GL503 is because of the Better Build Quality & most importantly the Significantly Better Display. So, if you are someone who wants that, go for the GL503.

However, if you’re a person who just wants to pick a GTX1050 laptop for Playing Games & do just basic day-to-day stuff, the FX503 is enough for you. The gaming performance between the two is almost identical, so, if Gaming is your only big priority, save that extra money & go for the FX503 instead.

Something you need to be aware of, the GTX1050 isn’t going to give you 60 FPS+ frame rates at 1080P in AAA titles at High Graphics settings so, if you are looking for something like that. this is not the price point you should be looking at. Get something that has at least a GTX1060 inside. There is a GTX1060 Model of the GL503 Strix but, it’s significantly more expensive at 13990 INR. So, if that’s what you’re looking for & you have the budget then go for that one instead.

Ok, that’s it for this comparison. If you still have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section below. Also, let us know if you want comparisons of specific devices that may benefit you in your next purchase & we’ll try to cover that up.

Best Gaming Laptops From CES 2017

When we think gaming laptops, all that comes in our mind are some heavy bodies, monster performance & extreme heating. Well, that era is definitely not over but, this is 2017 & we have come a long way of evolution. Gaming laptops are now way more powerful & they also have much-improved heat management systems. In CES 2017, we saw some amazing gaming laptops and we try to put this list of Best Gaming Laptops From CES 2017 for you.

 

Razer’s Project Valerie – Best Gaming Laptops From CES 2017

ProjValerrie - Best Gaming Laptops From CES 2017
ProjValerrie – Best Gaming Laptops From CES 2017

This may not be the most powerful gaming laptop of CES 2017, but it surely is the most innovative concept. Thumbs up to Razer who made it possible. The Project Valerie has three 17.3 inch 4K screens equipped with the body of a Razer Blade Pro. All three displays work together as a single wide-angle monitor & that translates to a resolution of 11520 x 2160 or we can say a total resolution of 12K! It also includes support for NVIDIA’s G-sync alongside with its Surround View.

About the internals, they must be similar to the Razer Blade Pro as it’s the same body. But, in case Razer made any changes to it, we don’t really know. So, specs include an i7-6700HQ, an 8GB NVIDIA GTX 1080 & 32 Gigabytes of DDR4 RAM. You still can’t buy it anytime soon but, hope Razer can make this 12K laptop gaming common as fast as possible.

 

ASUS ROG GX800VH – Best Gaming Laptops From CES 2017

ASUS ROG GX800VH - Best Gaming Laptops From CES 2017
ASUS ROG GX800VH – Best Gaming Laptops From CES 2017

This is the most powerful Laptop from CES that we picked up for our list. It is an 18-inch gaming laptop with a 4k Display that has support for NVIDIA’s G-sync. Well, it all might look familiar to last years GX800 but, this time ASUS has updated the CPU. ASUS has updated from the Skylake 6820HK to a 7th Gen Kabylake 7820HK that can now be overclocked upto 4.3GHz. It also spots two GTX 1080‘s with SLI that is capable of providing 4K gaming at amazing frame rates. With this kind of performance, you get great heating absolutely free.

ASUS has really impressed us with their liquid cooling solution that comes in the form of an external cooling dock that is easy to connect & disconnect. The best thing about this dock is that if you don’t need it, you can simply keep it at home & carry the laptop only. Anyway, even after having this much hardware inside, the Laptop manages to maintain a body weight of less than 6KGs. We still don’t know what the prices are going to be in various regions. But this will definitely be the most expensive laptop that ASUS will make to date.

 

Lenovo Legion Y720 – Best Gaming Laptops From CES 2017

Lenovo Legion Y720 - Best Gaming Laptops From CES 2017 !
Lenovo Legion Y720 – Best Gaming Laptops From CES 2017 !

This is the top model that Lenovo has announced under their new brand Legion that is made specifically for gaming. This is a 15.6-inch laptop with 4K resolution (Optional). On the inside, it has a Kabylake i7-7700HQ equipped with GTX 1060. We are not sure about the storage options as they may vary by region. But, it’ll spot PCIe SSD along with a SATA HDD. What is impressive though, this laptop is the first one in the world to spot Dolby Atmos & it also has built-in support for Xbox One Wireless controller. Keeping in mind that this laptop has fewer specs, this is going to be way cheaper at 1399 USD & will be available from April 2017.

 

It may be noted that all the laptops we mentioned in Best Gaming Laptops From CES 2017, include all the important ports along with Thunderbolt 3 ports.