Review ASUS ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL)

Review ASUS ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL)

Mobile solutions, ASUS did not appear too often in our laboratory. However, we try not to miss interesting new Taiwanese brand.

The range of gadgets under the name of Zen has been around for generations. However, until recently it was represented by smartphones with different parameters. All devices in this family were positioned as a balanced solution to the very modest price tags and good characteristics.

The first generation of smart phones in line with this statement, well presented recently called ASUS Zenfone 2 low is difficult. This time the focus will be continuing the traditions of the series – the tablet ASUS ZenPad 8.0, positioned as a multimedia device of the premium class.

Judging by the specs, the hero of the review is not classified as flagship solutions. So it is, ASUS ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL) is a balanced budget structure with its chips. On the other hand, these days one gigabyte of memory is not enough. The rest of the device is quite successful.

Packaging and accessories ASUS ZenPad 8.0

The tablet comes in a small box out of cardboard. The quality of the material, you can find fault with – Cardboard still thin. However, it performs its function well, and nothing more is required.

Structurally before us box with lid, inseparable from the basic box. That is, the package does not understand, and disclosed. The main color of the entire pack white.

Review ASUS ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL)

The front side shows a close-up of the unit itself, but also provides a full model name. At the end you can find a logo of the manufacturer, model name and details of the color of a particular instance.

The back side is occupied by service information, listing of supported languages ​​and a small image of the gadget in different colors.

The first thing that appears before us after the opening of the cover – plate itself. It is packaged in clear plastic wrap and fixed in place plastic form.

Beneath it lies supplied from the AC adapter and USB cable. Each piece is in its niche.

The package includes:

  • Power adapter;
  • Cable USB-microUSB;
  • Documentation.

Packaging equipment production standard for ASUS. The quality of the packaging claims do not arise, although cardboard might be a bit thicker. Established accessories are made with high quality and do not cause any complaints.

Now let’s look closer to the unit itself.

Review ASUS ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL)

Appearance and design of ASUS ZenPad 8.0

The plate is made in the traditional candybar with a touchscreen. As befits a low-cost device, the entire body is made of plastic, the quality is not satisfactory. Plastic felt nice and thanks textured did not collect fingerprints.

At first glance, the device seems much more expensive than it actually is. This is because of quality housing, coupled with a neat appearance.

The entire front side of the protective glass is closed. Thanks oleophobic coating (do not forget, we have a budget model) finger glides across the screen, and fingerprints are removed without any problems. By rubbing on the flat surface of the glass protection is provided by a small rim around the perimeter of the device.

Frames on the sides of the display are quite narrow for such a diagonal – the tablet can be easily held in one hand without fear of slipping.

Above the screen is located under the wide mesh speaker. Apparently, it is only around the device. Either the speaker is working during a conversation at a minimum volume, or close is provided and conversational.

Anyway, no more slots for sound output on the body is not. A little to the left of the window was located under the proximity sensors and lighting, as well as the front camera lens.

Below the display you can find a chrome logo of the manufacturer.

Review ASUS ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL)

The back side is completely plastic. The basic area covers removable colored cover with a fine texture and the manufacturer’s logo in the middle. It can be of three different colors: white, black (the housing itself also be black) and silver (as in our case).

This color is marked on the package as a gray or silver, and catalogs producer called Aurora Metallic. But in fact it covers differences in color, which did not manage to come up with a specific name. There are shades of pink, beige and silver color that attracts attention and many will taste.

The cover is fixed in place tightly enough, even though a small gap still remains. But to the creak of the body is not inclined.

Note that the cover does not cover the back side completely, leaving about a centimeter of white plastic on the bottom edge.Here, the name of the line barely noticeable «ASUS ZenPad».

In the upper right corner of the main camera lens is located. In the best tradition of budget tablets he was deprived of LED flash, flashlight.

Under the cover are the SIM-card and memory card. And pad unknown destination, apparently, it is designed for special cases with external speakers.

The top end is equipped with a microUSB port and AUX. Bottom found only one microphone.

The left side is completely empty, and on the right there are three mechanical buttons – on / lock and “rocker” volume.

The tablet can be purchased brand case. It covers the entire body system and is equipped with a front curtain of rubberized material with magnets to activate the device for opening and lock on closing.

Cover tightly fixed on the gadget claims to the quality of its execution does not arise.

In general, the hero of the review was pretty body. He collected qualitative and oleophobic coating are the envy of many a model with a higher price tag. Carp can only to a gap between the lid and the body, though no scratches were noticed. However, they may appear after a while.

Display test ASUS ZenPad 8.0

Traditionally, the majority of tablets are used IPS panels. Diagonal – 8.0 inches, resolution – 1280 x 800 pixels. As a result, the density of pixels is only 189 ppi, and grain image will be visible. Although excessive discomfort it does not deliver, and do not forget about the price of the machine.

As mentioned in the previous section, oleophobic coating is present, and very high-quality and pleasant.

Review ASUS ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL)

Multi supports up to ten simultaneous touches.

The viewing angles are maximum, claims to contrast or color is not even under critical angles.

White color looks natural, significant deviations are observed.

Black really get close to black. Although slight variations in the direction of blue is still present.

The manufacturer says that in this display are applied various technologies, significantly improving image quality. We draw attention to a few.

Technology ASUS Tru2Life automatically changes the contrast and sharpness of the image, thereby increasing the number of displayable colors.

ASUS TruVivid – an exclusive method of manufacturing the display. Here, the number of materials used halved, providing an improvement in the brightness of the display and the responsiveness of the sensor.

Winter is coming, and soon many users will appreciate the benefits of technology ASUS GloveTouch. With this chip tablet can be used even with gloves.

Using a colorimeter, we conducted measurements of the brightness of the display, as well as testing the factory settings of the matrix.

The maximum brightness is not a record, in bright sunlight are possible problems with the readability of the screen. But the level of the minimum brightness is very low and provides a comfortable use even in complete darkness.

Contrast is also on a good level, claims the user should not be.

Color line been laid just above the reference value, albeit with minimal deviation. Stated inconvenience this error does not deliver.

All three colors almost fell on the “reference”. Perhaps this is the best result in this chart for the time of testing, at least, from my personal experience.

Color temperature, contrary to general trends, a little less than the ideal value, ie the shades are slightly warmer than they should be. Although a deviation of about 100K unlikely someone will be able to see.

But with the color range is not so good: the uncertainty regarding the sRGB significant across the board. Shades can be displayed true enough. Although subjective claims this is not.

All points of the gray wedge, except one, are located in the heart of the delta – the result can be expected to complete absence of spurious colors as such.

In the display settings, you can find the setup menu of different modes, including manual mode. Especially demanding users can customize it to fit your needs. But subjectively virtually preset modes do not change anything.

In general, the display can be described as very good, especially for low-cost device. Available qualitative oleophobic coating and protective glass, the matrix itself is set quite accurately.

The only drawback could be called low resolution, but here it is worth remembering priced gadget. Moreover, even such permission would be enough for everyday tasks.

Hardware platform and performance ASUS ZenPad 8.0

The tablet is based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 410 – SoC quad-core 1.2 GHz. For video processing meets the Adreno 306. RAM of 1 GB – a little.

To tell anything about the platform does not make sense – it is not new and has long studied the length and breadth.

Much more interesting, what kind of results the performance shows a specific device. It can be seen from the results of various performance tests.

Well, all the tests have given average. Our hero can not be called the champion, but to provide the necessary performance for everyday tasks, he is quite capable.

Modern games like Real Racing 3 are working quite successfully. But particularly demanding toys, of course, will slow down – the platform is not the flagship.

Very pleased with the results of stability and heating devices. Even after prolonged stress testing mode, the temperature does not exceed 40 degrees.

In terms of performance we face the classic tablet that can provide acceptable performance for everyday use, but do not even try to surprise someone.

The main issue is the minimum amount of RAM, still 1 GB in modern life is too little. It is necessary to closely monitor the number of applications running in the background.

Software and firmware ASUS ZenPad 8.0

The tablet is running Android 5.0 Lollipop. Standard interface redesigned proprietary shell ASUS calls ZenUI.

If you have had to use a line of ASUS products Zen, the interface will be completely familiar and understandable. While new users will not be difficult to get used to, because it is intuitive and logical.

There are wireless update. By the way, the test apparatus was updated.

Review ASUS ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL)

It is worth noting built-in keyboard. Perhaps it just takes getting used to, but I’m all for testing, get comfortable with it and failed.

Typos, extra corrections, omissions of letters haunted all the time. As a result, the integrated keyboard was considered unsuccessful, although it is rather subjective opinion, and someone will have it exactly to your liking.

One of the interesting features can distinguish the presence of child mode.

It will turn your tablet into a gaming console for your child, choosing a list of available applications, and protecting the rest of the files from being accessed.

Appendix MyASUS allow, if necessary contact technical support or move quickly in retail stores.

In one of the paragraphs of the settings you can select the format of screenshots. The practical benefit of this configuration is sufficient controversial, however, the manufacturer has provided it.

Swipe on the desktop opens a bottom-up settings menu interface. You can change almost all the way down to the fonts.

In general, the interface looks nice and logical, no glitches or slowdown for the time of testing was observed. Most likely, the majority of users ZenUI will love and a desire to establish a third-party “launcher” is displayed.

Multimedia ASUS ZenPad 8.0

The manufacturer is positioning ASUS ZenPad 8.0 as a device with good multimedia capabilities. Despite this, the built-in video player simple and intuitive, no interesting settings are not – it’s just an application for viewing videos.

Testing your tablet to “omnivorous” concerning the video was done using applications AnTuTu Video Tester.

Obviously, even if there is no hardware support for any format you can always leave a situation, set side video player. However, it is worth remembering a low resolution display – video playback standard 1080p or 2K meaningless.

Question music producer has paid much more attention. But here, the standard music player is simple and intuitive to use. It provides only basic functionality, and if necessary, can easily be replaced by an analogue of the application store.

It has a sound system that supports DTS-HD Premium Sound to convert stereo virtual surround sound.

And it can be purchased separately even a special pouch with external speakers.

For particularly demanding users is provided AudioWizard tool to fine-tune the sound.

As you can see, the attention of the producer to the multimedia side of the gadget was not in vain: the results are very positive.And if we take into account only the tablets, such results could be called one of the best.

Wireless interfaces and communications ASUS ZenPad 8.0

In our modification of the tablet contains a collection of all the necessary interfaces. It works in LTE networks. Of course, there are all the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and navigation.

The device fully supports the work in the mode of a cellular phone. It provides the appropriate application.

It is simple, clear and easy. Although in terms of functionality calls are possible, imagine a person using a tablet similar size as a mobile phone, it is difficult. Problems with the quality of communication in Moscow and the Moscow region have been encountered.

Navigation works correctly. “Cold” start happening in about 15 seconds. The plate shows the satellites GPS, and GLONASS and Beidou.

However, when found connection is only willing to satellites GPS. While it does not cause discomfort.

Review ASUS ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL)

Claims to the quality of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth is not encountered throughout the testing. Generally, in terms of wireless interfaces, the device has not caused any complaints. It is well suited to those who wish to stay connected, or regularly use the navigator.

File System ASUS ZenPad 8.0

The hero of the review is on board 16 GB of flash memory – the usual rate for this market segment. Under the user needs is a little more than 11 GB. If necessary, the volume can be expanded using microSD cards up to the required values.

In a pinch, you can use and external media. However, cable USB-OTG will have to be purchased separately.

Preinstalled file manager concise and simple. It has minimal required functionality and fit perfectly for exploring folders.

The speed of the memory can be estimated from the results of testing in the application AndroBench.

Total review of claims to the file system does not arise. File manager is handy and does not cause the desire to search the app store any analog.

The battery life ASUS ZenPad 8.0

ASUS Tablet is equipped with a non-removable battery capacity of 15.2 Wh. In terms of the more familiar turned mAh capacity of about 2900 mAh. Compared with competing solutions are not the most impressive figure, but the filling of the hero is not too gluttonous review. Let’s see how it will show itself in terms of autonomy.

We begin, as usual, with a test of autonomy in different applications.

In this regard, the device proved to be a good side. The combination of low resolution and fairly economical platform has led to the good performance of autonomy.

In practice, these results suggest that even with the active use of the gadget throughout the day you will not have to worry about finding the charger and wall outlet. And if you think about the economy of the charge, it is possible to count on two or three days of battery life.

By the way, there is a mode of power. When activated will stop the background data transfer

There is a custom mode with a small number of units.

Complete the power adapter provides a current of 1.35 A.

Despite the fact that the device can not be called a long-liver-record holder, his margin of autonomy is quite good. He is unlikely to bring any inconvenience to the user as the search power in the middle of the day. This result was achieved excellent balance filling device, which does not differ excessive “appetite”.

Camera ASUS ZenPad 8.0

The tablet is equipped with two camera modules: a front with a resolution of 2.0 megapixels and 5.0 megapixels in the primary.It is obvious that the possibilities of photographing above your head unit does not jump, but the image quality depends not only on the “iron”.

This camera technology is applied ASUS PixelMaster, designed to improve the quality of the frames.

For this purpose a wide range of various preset shooting modes. In “Auto” mode the tablet itself will select the most suitable mode.

The interface is the standard camera application simple and absolutely foolproof. Established functional enough for everyday use.

It’s best photo quality can be estimated by examples. They are presented below.

Conclusion

ASUS ZenPad 8.0 left a positive impression. From the first touch you mark a pleasant oleophobic coating and high-quality housing. The design of new products is quite simple, but at the same time interesting and concise. It looks obviously more expensive real value.

And the first impression is further enhanced by a good display and efficiently-designed shell. One feels that the manufacturer really thought about their product. And if you look a little deeper, you can find a decent audiopreparation device that is consistent with its positioning. In addition, despite the small capacity of the battery, the hero of the review has shown himself good in terms of autonomy.

Note and corporate case, came to us for testing, along with the tablet. It qualitatively and made practical. If you plan to use ASUS ZenPad 8.0 as a mobile companion, you should seriously think about equipping its data cover.

Yet without the unpleasant things not done. Among them are not the most comfortable keyboard, to which I never managed to get used to, and quite mediocre quality cameras. This list can be switched on and the presence of only one gigabyte of RAM – after all this there is little scope for the Tablet PC.

Pros ASUS ZenPad 8.0:

  • High-quality housing;
  • Excellent oleophobic coating;
  • Good display;
  • Stable and comfortable shell ZenUI;
  • Support for LTE networks and memory cards;
  • High quality sound through the headphones.

Cons tablet:

  • Small amount of RAM;
  • Not too convenient built-in keyboard;
  • Weak camera.

 

Review ASUS ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL) updated: September 28, 2015 author: Jonathan Davis