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Compact Powerhouse, Doubles as Tablet-Great Value!Posted
This brand-new Asus Q406DA is a superb combination of technology and functionality which will outperform almost all existing laptops thanks to its incorporation of a new AMD Ryzen 5 processor and Radeon Vega 8 graphic processing units in an elegant, compact form which can double as a tablet. Visually, the Asus Q406DA is a stunning design with a beautiful silver grey body highlighted by polished chrome hinges and logo. The keyboard has white backlighting and silver type faces. The 14 inch screen seems larger because it is jet black when off and incorporates a frameless NanoEdge. When you open the notepad, the screen uses a 360 degree ErgoLift hinge to raise the keyboard to a comfortable typing angle. Overall, the impression is very sophisticated and high tech. This design would be just as much at home in a corporate boardroom as in a college dorm. Consider this fine combination of features: . Asus ZenBook Model QA406DA . AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU 4 core/8 thread, 15w max power load . Processor runs at speeds from 2.1 to 3.7 GHz . 64 bit Windows 10 Home operating system . AMD Radeon Vega 8 GPU uses shared system memory . 8 GB DDR4 high efficiency RAM primary memory . 256 GB SanDisk SSD fast hard drive . 14" IPS LED-backlit touch-screen display with 1920 x 1080 (full HD) resolution @ 60Hz . Tablet mode with auto-rotation of screen orientation . Windows ink workspace . Harman/Kardon full-range stereo speakers and audio processing . HD Webcam with dual microphones . 3D IR Camera for facial and gesture recognition . Bluetooth connectivity . MicroSD card reader . HDMI 2.0 video output . 1 USB 3.1 Type C (up to 5 GBps) . 2 USB 2.0 ports . Wireless LAN 802.11AC (Intel 9560 NIC) . Headphone out/Microphone in 3.5 mm port . Ultra-quiet cooling fan . 3 cell 42 Watt-Hour Lithium Ion battery . Very slim and compact: 12.7" wide x 8.5" deep x 0.7" thick . Weight: 3.5 pounds So how does this laptop perform? Superbly. It is almost as fast as dedicated gaming laptops but has the portability and features which will make it the go-to choice for business travelers. It is beautifully engineered. For example, when you open it, the screen hinge rotates and lifts the keyboard slightly, providing a nice angle for typing and increasing the airflow to the underside for cooling. The solid-state hard drive and low power needs of the CPU and GPU make fan noise almost non-existent. This is a very quiet device! It seemed very fast when I was using it, so I ran two well-regarded benchmark programs (Novabench and PC Mark 10) on it and three of my other computers to determine their relative performance. These tests measure both the CPU (general processing) and the GPU (graphics processing) so they give a good overall result on the speed of a computer. The first was a base model desktop with an AMD A6 (A6-7310) CPU (comparable in speed to an Intel i3 CPU), no separate GPU and 8 GB RAM. The next was a nicely-equipped all-in-one computer with a 6th generation Intel i5 (6400T), Intel 530 GPU and 12 GB RAM. The third was a new gaming laptop with an 8th generation Intel i5 (8300H), Nvidia 1050Ti GPU and 8 GB RAM. Finally, I ran the same tests on the Asus Q406DA. All computers were well-maintained, running identical versions of Windows 10 with no other programs active. Here are the results (higher is faster): Novabench Results: Desktop A6: 636 (Base case) All-in-One i5: 858 (35% faster than base) Gaming laptop: 2028 (219% faster than base) Asus Q406DA: 1425 (125% faster than base) PC Mark 10 Results: Desktop A6: 1451 All-in-One i5: 2300 (59% faster than base) Gaming laptop: 4603 (217% faster than base) Asus Q406DA: 3698 (155% faster than base) In you go to the websites run by these two benchmarking services you will see that the results achieved by the new Asus Q406DA are faster than almost all 7th and prior generation Intel computers, including the i7 devices. It is nearly as fast as a dedicated gaming laptop! How was this achieved? Primarily because this new Asus ZenBook incorporates the just-released very fast AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, fast DDR4 RAM and the excellent AMD Radeon Vega 8 GPU. OK, that's a lot of numbers and technical jargon but the bottom line is that you will find this ZenBook capable of out-performing anything you currently own (unless you have a really geeked-out special system) and very smooth in running any games or software you may ever buy. Put this elegant notebook to work on most business software and it will never even break a sweat. Use it for photo or video editing and it will calmly do whatever you want, no drama. And you need not hesitate to fire up a graphics-intensive game because it has the power to handle even that core easily. The Harman/Kardon sound system on this notebook is surprisingly good. I listened to some of my favorite albums from Spotify and the speakers were much better than typical for laptops. They are mounted at the bottom, have decent volume and good stereo separation - certainly good enough for watching Netflix or YouTube videos. A major plus for this ZenBook is the outstanding battery life. I always test laptops by streaming Netflix series on battery power with a bright screen and high speaker volume. The combination of modem usage, video rendering, screen lighting and speaker volume usually drains most laptop batteries in less than two hours. But this Asus Q406DA lasted almost six hours before exhausting the charge! That is long enough for three full movies and certainly would suffice a traveler for all but the longest international flights. You can thank the ultra-efficient and power-miser AMD CPU and GPU for that amazing performance. Another advantage for travelers is the compact size (less than 13" wide and 0.7" thick) and very light weight - about 3.5 pounds. The power cube is tiny (about 2" x 2" x 1") so it won't take up any precious space or weight in your briefcase/backpack. The notebook is nicely balanced with a great lighted keyboard and big touchpad, so those who like to literally use their laptop on their lap will be pleased. And since you can turn this ZenBook into a tablet by rotating the touchscreen all the way around, it is ideal for reading online magazines and newspapers. In the tablet mode the Windows Ink Workspace feature really shines. I can see the tablet feature being a big part of the daily use of this ZenBook. What are the weak points of this ZenBook? Really, I had to dig deep to find any complaints. I thought that the keyboard could use more contrast. In marginal light it is very hard to distinguish the type on the keys. Asus could have done a better job on the owner's manual. It is generic to all of their notebooks, rather than specific to this model. It would have been nice to have a form-fitting cloth carrying case included (as many other notebook brands provide. @@@@@@@ But these are really just minor quibbles. When you consider all of its power and functionality you will agree that the price is a bargain. I can enthusiastically recommend the new Asus Q406DA for both serious stay-at-home power users and for those who need a perfect travel companion.
I would recommend this to a friend
Small factor powerful device for every day usePosted
>>> Introduction I wanted to try something smaller than the regular 15.6" size laptops we own, as well as to put my hands on non-Intel based processor laptops. After some careful consideration, I picked this Asus 14" that runs on AMD (well I already had in mind I needed to try an AMD based system). I was not completely sold on it, but based on the specs and form factor, I decided to give it a try. First/early impressions are deceiving. After a couple of hours of use I was not really impressed (or perhaps I was just focused on the negatives). Ok, I've to be sincere, I was having buyer's remorse, the machine looked very small, the default windows mode was too big, the horizontal to vertical ratio seemed excessive, it looked bulky for its size, tablet mode didn't feel right, among other minor issues. But after days of use, I am very pleased with this Asus laptop. From an initial overall rating of 3.5/5.0 floating on my head, I think this one deserves a rating in the 4.5-5.0 range. In comparison, we have Surface Book and a Dell at home, with this being the third laptop. I was primarily using the Dell, but took this as my next device, and I can say that although it feels a little small, after a while, it is very enjoyable to use. You may say that I am just adjusting myself to it after using it for a while, but no, I still use my work provided Surface Book daily, and I can attest that this device has been as enjoyable as the Surface Book, perhaps a little more, since I can do more personal stuff on this device than on the work laptop. The two most important factors for me are Screen (resolution and quality image quality) and Performance (CPU speed and the like). I've to say that I am content with the decision to go for this little beast. Picture quality is great, and I can perform multiple tasks, for example listening/viewing to YouTube videos while working on a Word document. I've yet to install Adobe Illustrator and Visual Studio for video and software development, but so far, this has proven to do its job fine and swift. After some initial second thoughts, I am very happy with this device. I might even buy AMD stocks now that their laptops seem to perform at par (or better? @@@@@@@ than the Intel based ones. This taught me to try things for a little longer, not for the purpose of getting used to them, but to have a better and more solid experience and provide a more informed feedback. >> Overall Pros: takes little real estate, great picture quality, easy multitasking, very responsive. >> Overall Cons: built-in speakers faulty location, recommended resolution/scaling too big, too bulky for its size. >>> Built quality Overall, it feels a little bulky for what is to be an ultra-portable, but it is mentioned to be a military grade quality laptop, so I am giving it the credit for potentially being very solid. I won't drop it on the floor or anything like that, I am just saying that for the extra bulkiness, a higher level of toughness it is worth at the end. From all the bulkiness, the part that adds to it the most is the connection between the screen and keyboard portions, yes, it feels solid, but it is something noticeable after a few hours use. As I mentioned, for an extra level of durability, that should be just fine. >>> Screen We have at home one Surface Book at 3000x2000 resolution and a Dell 4k at 3840 ? 2160 resolution, the former 14" and the latter 15.6" screen diagonal size with the latter used mostly by me. So, I'd figure that an Asus at 1920x1080 and 14" inches (with no edges) would be a fine addition. Provided the right Windows 10 settings are in place (resolution and scaling), and as can be seen in the attached picture, the quality of the image of this Asus can compete with the other two ones. I am now appreciative of the smaller real estate that this device takes, compared to the others, while still delivering an outstanding image quality. This device has a 1920x1080 recommended resolution (max resolution). In Windows 10, the recommended scaling is at 150% which results in the screen to show less content than desired (words, pictures look too big). At that setting, in landscape (non-tablet) mode, web pages for major news, technology and other sites, render fine leaving a vertical space on the sides so that you can scroll with your right or left thumbs on the touch screen. On the other hand, at this setting, portrait mode (tablet mode) looks very awkward, with too much vertical content as opposed to horizontal. So, I am not sure 150% should be really "the" recommended scaling for this device. Now, I changed the recommended scaling from 150% to 125%, and at that resolution, although more content is visible from websites, most of them leave a lot of white space on the sides. Tablet mode shows more content horizontally than the recommended setting, so content doesn't look awkward anymore in that mode, leaving a better impression on my side. Well, with not too big thumbs and digits, I can still manage to hit in the right places at this scaling. I'd figure people with bigger hands/finders would still feel more comfortable with the 150% scaling. >>> Performance I am impressed with how fast this computer is perceived. I was able to multitask easily with no visible performance degradation as far as I could tell. One comparison test I did was to use Outlook on my Surface Book and this Asus laptop to sync my Microsoft email account (Hotmail) in Outlook: the Asus took around 15 mins to sync one year of data, about 1GB, and my Surface Book took basically about the same time. With the Surface Book being an i7 Intel core, I was more than happy with this and other comparison tests I made. Note that video editing and software development are yet to be tested/compared. >>> Setup This machine comes with a Windows 10 Home Version. Initial configuration was a breeze, and for the first time, and given that this one would be solely my laptop, I decided to use my Microsoft account to configure the system. I'd usually just setup my personal computers with a local account, but I decided to go for Windows Hello (PIN based authentication) and all the automatic settings from my Hotmail (a.k.a. Microsoft) account. Still with privacy in mind, I didn't choose Cortana to snoop and to get in my way (besides I am too old school to get someone to tell what to do) and I also decide not to sync to OneDrive automatically. As usual, a little too much bloatware than desired, I wish only the basic stuff to be preloaded. Well, after a couple of weeks usage you'll figure which applications need silencing anyways. >>> Peripherals I've had a few issues in the past on different machines not connecting to Bluetooth speakers timely or recognizing them timely, that seemed to have stemmed from OS issues rather than a hardware problem. I am glad that so far all the Bluetooth devices I've thrown at this, were able to connect. Wireless connectivity at different location, work/home/public, has been going fine with no issues. >>> Storage and Memory Definitely, modern laptops should all be running on SSD drives, not on the 5400rpm ancient ones. I've seen laptops running on 5400rpm disk drives, and I am sure the main contributing factor to the sluggishness presented by those computers was the disk drive. This one is a breeze. Even though it has 8GB and one might be tempted to think that it is not enough and might hurt the performance, it turns out that the 4GB of paging seems enough. >>> Sound Who in their right mind places the speakers at the bottom on the sides of the laptop? Did they do it so that you can "feel" the music when the device is placed on your lap? As opposed to "hear" the music? Or some new-enhanced experience? Regardless, I think this was a bad idea, even when placed on a flat surface, the sound that comes out is not clear because there is some rebound from the underlying surface, you'll need to hold the machine on your hands or tilt it to get what otherwise looks like a very good sounding speakers. I wonder if the decision was to force people to use headphones or place the laptop on a pedestal to get a clear sound that you could enjoy. Who did this to this beauty? Not a deal breaker to me, but when I want to annoy my family with my music, I want it to do it crisp and clear. In addition, there is also some uncomfortable vibration when the laptop is placed on your lap while playing music on the speakers. >>> Battery This is other aspect of the game, and the Asus Q406D has a decent battery life. in full YouTube/music/video mode at work, just to test the battery, it easily lasted for about 6 hours, so the specs are right in the estimated time. As stated earlier I've yet to try some heavy image/video editing software as well as software development. >>> Laptop vs Tablet mode Ideally if it was detachable would be very handy to use it as a tablet. It feels a little bulky when in tablet mode. Given its size it is not an issue. The nice thing is that I can watch videos on a semi-tablet mode (the device folded half-way). Very convenient. I'd think this to be a perfect laptop for a college student. Buy the pen, and an Office365 subscription (or get it through college) and you won't need notebooks nor recorders to take notes and record lectures. >>> Keyboard Initially, I was not sure about the keyboard being risen in the back, as opposed to flat from the other ones I've, but it turns out, it feels comfortable when I am typing on this device when it is resting on a flat surface. >>> Touch screen I'ven't bought the Asus recommend stylus, but I've tried writing with my Surface Book Pen and it feels ok. I am sure if I get my hands on the recommended Pen I'd give a more positive feedback.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great Performing LaptopPosted
Overall Build: This laptop has an overall premium feel. It is built from what feels like anodized aluminum. The body had nice rubber feet that keep it from moving when sitting on a desktop. It is very thin but has surprising weight to it for being relatively small. Display: When the display is open, the back part of the display extends to lift the laptop up to a more ergonomic position. The back has rubber to ensure the laptop does not slip when typing. There is a glossy finish on the screen that while looks nice, picks up a considerable amount of glare. I would have preferred a matte screen instead.The bezels are extremely thin, you get mostly display area on this thins which is very welcomed. There is an "ASUS" logo printed at the bottom, I find this annoying and would rather have a plain black bezel, but after a while you learn to ignore it. The resolution of 1920x1080 is surprising low for a laptop in 2019, however, text and imagery look very sharp and the size is readable. Overall color accuracy is about average, images looks more on the muted side than pop. Black levels are terrible however. There is a significant amount of clouding on the bottom left and right side of the screen. This is not noticeable when full illuminated, but darker images, movies, etc.. . you can really notice this. There is a webcam positioned at the top which offers Windows Hello ability. This is a fantastic feature and allows you to log into Windows 10 using just your face. It is a little on the slow side compared to other devices I've used, but only takes about 2 or 3 seconds to recognize. Keyboard: The keyboard is relativity nice to type on. The key spacing is a little close together and my fingers felt a little cramped on longer typing sessions. Key pressed felt good and were very responsive. There is a back-light which is fantastic, though in a dim lit room where the back-light is triggered, yet the silver color of the laptop is also visible, the white back-light tends to drown out the numbers on the keys making them hard to read at times. Overall this is a decent keyboard and typing experience. Touch pad: The touch pad is adequate. It has good tracking ability. The left and right click has very noticeable a "dive board effect". Luckily it also has the "tap" ability so that pressing wasn't always necessary. When possible, I preferred an external mouse to this touch pad. Ports: There are plenty of different ports available. on the left: charger port, HDMI, USB 3.0, USB C on the right: SD card, USB 2.0, headphone jack, and power button Battery life: Battery life is fantastic. on a single charge I got about 8+ hours of use. This was from installing apps to general usability to even about 35 minutes of light gaming Performance: 8GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD performed as expected. This is about the minimum configuration you should expect and accept in 2019. 8GB of RAM was plenty to maintain a bunch of apps being open at the same time and I did not notice any slow down for my general usage of Office apps and web browsing. It is plenty to stream a movie and play many games. The 256 GB HDD will be plenty for most people, with cloud storage on the rise, this is even less of a requirement moving forward. This laptop REALLY SHINES with the inclusion of the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor. This is a quad-core (4) processor with hyperthreadding capability which means windows can divide taks and process up between 8 cores! Geekbench gave this CPU a score of 33362 which lands it about on par with the 8th generation Intel i5 processor. Since this is a new chipset to most people, this is an important comparison to make. Where the AMD CPU differs, is the built in Graphics Processing Unit (GPU. This thing is equipped with a Vega Mobile Gfx. This is a big deal. This onboard GPU allows for the ability to play many modern games with ease. I had no issues running Counter-Strike GO, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, and simiar at medium to high setting and was able to maintain at least 40fps if not higher. The fact the monitor only goes to 1920x1080 is also a benefit here. It keeps that meachine from having to push unecessary pixels to maintain good visual performance. This laptop can play content the onboard Intel HD GPUs built into the i5 chips simply cannot even come close to doing. When playing games or watching video content, this laptop does get hot! The cooling vents are located on the bottom the machine, so if sitting on your lap, this can get really hot. This thing is best used on a desk where it can properly vent. Sound: ASUS has included a harman/kardon audio package with this laptop. The sound quality is average and gets plenty loud clear enough to be useful. It is nothing to get excited about. External speakers or headphones will offer much better audio fidelity. More or less they get the job done. Overall this is a very solid laptop for the price point. The inclusion of the AMD RYZEN is really the star of the show here. It offers great performance, impressive gaming capability from an otherwise non-gaming laptop, and this would be a great performing machine for just about any audience (assuming you are ok using Windows).
I would recommend this to a friend
Incredible is Right!Posted
Got this just released new Asus Zenbook Q406. So what is it? Let's see, Zenbook is Asus line of ultra slim, powerful lightweight class of laptops that are equally good at Programming as well as gaming. While many of Asus Zenbook's are equipped with the Intel core processors, mine came with the newly released AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Processor. So for you computer aficionados , Ram is set at 8G DDR4 , SATA3 SSD Solid State Drive, USB 2.0, 3.1 and the new 3.1C USB-C, Next generation Wi-Fi, Wireless router connection and Bluetooth along with Micro SD card slot. HDMI out for multi screen or plugging into your HD TV. Running Windows 10 64 Bit on a 14 inch display. Power is the standard Asus wall wart transformer so its small, light weight and easy to carry.l and easy to carry. Now we compared this to my daughters MacBook 2015 Retina 13 and my 4 yr. old Dell Business laptop running Intel I5vPro with a Hybrid 500GB SSD drive. First impressions, this Zenbook with it's very slim Brushed Aluminum body is nothing less than amazing. It feels well built, sturdy, feels and looks very expensive, nice clear big HD touch screen, color is clear and nice! It's a lot thinner and so much lighter than our older laptop and newer Mac, just look at the pictures. My daughter loved it, saying controls are just like my Mac! 2 fingers required for mouse curser moving so you Mac Users will get it quick. Her only wish was if the track pad could be a bit wider as it was narrower than her Mac and her hand kept coming off because she was used to her Mac's pad. But that's just a matter of getting used to it. She does computer graphics Photo Editing for a living so her Mac is her job. She pushed the Asus Q406 by starting to open multiple windows, programs and pushing it hard. When she came back saying she was blown away by the Asus Zenbook's performance and how much quicker and responsive it was than her Mac, I knew Asus got this Zenbook right! We both loved the 360 Degree Flip back Touch Screen, it's to the edge screen design makes for a more compact laptop, Military Grade built aluminum chassis, 3D IR Face Recognition camera, HDMI output, backlit keyboard, this Zenbook is loaded but still affordable. Battery life on my i5 is still unreal at 4 ? hours, this Asus Q406 may just run all day! Asus power supply is small and light, a great idea, unlike my Dells power brick which alone probably weighs in at half the weight of this Asus laptop! Now at the heart of this Ultra light book is the newly released AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor. It's AMD's mid-range level processor and from what I've seen its a top performer. With 4 cores for its CPU running at 2.1 GHz and max boost set at 3.7 GHz, it packs a punch. On the Graphics side, its 8 core graphics processor clocked at 1200 MHz has the punch you'll need for gaming or working. Now while I'm comparing it to an I5-4310 with 4GB of ram so obviously this Asus Zenbook Q406 is running circles around it as well as the newer MacBook but in today's comparison this new AMD Ryzen5 3500U is ahead of Intel's I5 8250 and almost on par with the 8265 in single core tests but ahead in multi core hyper threading test. Now this is impressive coming from a mid-level more affordable processor! This Asus Zenbook's graphics is the Ryzen5 Radeon Vega 8 graphics. I've always preferred AMD graphics cards, GeForce my second choice and Intel was always my last, just my personal choice. The new Ryzen5 doesn't disappoint in gaming either. Our son was quick to run it thru his online gaming and graphics were running smooth without an issue. This processor has the power for gaming, the power for multitasking and coupled with stunning looks at an affordable price that just can't be beat let alone ignored. So in the end, I'm not a super techie guy but may know a bit more than the average consumer. I would have liked to have seen a larger SSD but with today's external SSD's , crazy sized Micro SD cards and given the Zenbook has a MicroSD slot, it's not a deal breaker. There is so much value and performance, the choice is a no brainer. My take on Asus new Zenbook Q406 is its one well thought out design, matched with AMD's brand new Ryzen5 3500U processor, not last years model, it's a clear winner. It's well-built and should last for many years. One beautiful machine with just stunning looks, you'll need a nice laptop case or slip cover case because you'll want to keep its stunning looks looking new. If you don't want to break the bank, there is no need to. This new lightweight ultra-book competitor delivers all across the board, period. AMD's just released Ryzen 5 3500U Processor is a winner delivering a lot of bang for the buck. No one at home will be disappointed. Now if I can only get it back from the kids!
I would recommend this to a friend
Awesome Ultra Portable LaptopPosted
The Asus Q406DA Zenbook is an ultra portable laptop with excellent build quality. Despite being very light and thin, the aluminum frame feels very sturdy with little or no flexing. It's a very solid laptop. The Asus Zenbook Q406DA is great for surfing the internet, watching videos, editing text, software development and light gaming while affording great portability and long battery life. The super thin bezel allows you to have a larger screen on a smaller frame so it looks bigger than it really is. It takes up space like a smaller notebook but provides the productivity of a larger laptop. The display panel is excellent with wide viewing angles and bright rich colors. The built-in Radeon RX Vega 8 graphics has excellent video decoding capabilities so videos and movies look and play great. The Harman/Kardon speakers provide clean clear sound. The unit I'm reviewing contains the following: WindowsR 10 Home AMDR RyzenT 5 3500U Processor with integrated Radeon RX Vega 8 graphics 14.0" FHD Touch Panel (1920 x 1080) 8GB DDR4 System Memory (2GB are reserved for the integrated graphics) 256GB SanDisk SSD using SATA3 interface Intel Dual Band Wireless AC-8265 802.11ac (2x2) + Bluetooth 4.2 1 USB 2.0 port 1 Micro SD slot 1 HDMI port 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 port 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port 1 Headphone jack While I wished it was larger, the 256GB SSD should be adequate for most people. With 256GB, I'm able to install Visual Studio 2017 with an almost full workload (50GB) and still have about 131GB left over. Performance was very zippy based on my experience with Visual Studio. Coding, editing and building projects felt as responsive as if working from my main desktop system. If you need additional space you can install a microSDXC card into the microSD slot. Just make sure you format it as NTFS instead of exFAT or FAT to avoid any possible problems with apps not being able to update automatically. I inserted a Sandisk 128GB UHS-I V10/A1 class microSDXC card and installed Witcher 3 there and after a slightly slower startup time, I didn't notice any slowness compared to running the game from the main SSD drive. The Ryzen 5 3500U wasn't able to run Witcher 3 acceptably at 1080p so I had to lower the resolution to 1280 x 720 and image quality to low in order for it to be playable for me. At those settings, it got around 18 to 30 fps. It still looked great to me at those settings and I'm amazed at how far integrated graphics have come. Battery life seemed pretty good as I got around 5 hours while watching YouTube, installing and playing around with software such as Visual Studio 2017 and surfing the web. At the end of 5 hours, battery life was showing 22%. The new Ryzen CPUs seem very power efficient. The Intel Dual Band Wireless AC-8265 provides decent connectivity with transfer speeds of 5 to 16 MB/s to/from my NAS. The transfer speed seems to vary a lot during file transfers but never stalls. I never saw any stutter or lag when playing videos from YouTube. It was averaging 116 fps using Handbrake to encode videos with the Fast 1080p30 preset. Switching to the Super HQ 1080p30 Surround Sound preset, it was averaging around 18 fps which I think is pretty impressive for an ultra laptop. For comparison, my Intel Core i5-9600K desktop gets about 44 fps using the Super HQ preset. In terms of noise, it's a very quiet laptop. There is a fan in there which comes on when doing processor intensive activities such as encoding videos. Even when the fan is on, the noise is very minimal and the laptop never got hot. It only gets slightly warm on the left side. Upgradability seems limited. In fact, I don't see any clear paths to upgrade memory or the internal SSD. There are videos that show how to upgrade memory and the SSD for other ZenBooks by removing the bottom screws and bottom of the laptop but I don't feel comfortable with trying this and accidentally breaking something on my beautiful laptop. Utilities such a CPU-Z show that it has 8GB of dual channel DDR4 2400 memory with 18 CAS latency but the display for the SPD information and the memory slots are blank. This makes me feel like the memory might not be upgradable even if the laptop were easy to open it up. Overall, I think most people would be very happy with the Asus ZenBook Q406DA. The Ryzen 5 3500U feels very zippy for everything that I have tried and the integrated graphics is best in its class for entertainment like watching videos and light gaming. It's also very light and portable with good battery life for those who travel.
I would recommend this to a friend
An incredibly well rounded laptopPosted
The first thing I noticed when getting this product was the packaging. You can tell tons about a product by the way it's packaged and the set up that is required. This was simplistic, sleek, and easy from in the box to my desk. The laptop, some legal documents, a charging cord, and some simple instructions and you're off to the races. Not to sound old but I have t bought a laptop in almost seven years so seeing this laptop instantly blew me away by the size and simplicity. I plugged it in and was on my way. Setup was a breeze and since this runs on Windows 10, it's the freshest software out there. Setup took probably under 30 minutes and since the computer has a front facing camera with facial recognition, I'm already operating it within seconds of opening it upon use. The computer also easily ties into my Microsoft account by using Microsoft Edge as the primary browser, making it a breeze to switch between the computer to my phone to my Xbox, to my hotmail account. It's all streamlined together. What's noticeable, and not just because I'm on a much newer system, is how fast this laptop is. That's in big thanks to the AMD Ryzen processor. Not only the noticeable speed but the 256GB storage, and touch screen makes me feel like I'm operating not only at, but above current standards for computing. I'm not going to list all of the specs on this system but it should be noted how well built this is. The touch pad, LED screen, backlit keyboard, HDMI output, large screen, thin size, webcam, and Bluetooth connectivity all are stand out features. The only thing I would have added is a DVD/CD rom drive but after giving it thought, I can't imagine needing a disc drive that badly in 2019 but time will tell. This is a very sturdy system that connects to WiFi and has a very long battery life if you're not near an electrical socket and plugged in. Overall, there's not much more to ask for in this laptop and I'm really impressed by almost everything about it. It's an easy purchase and something is definitely recommend. Pros: Runs very fast, touchscreen, thin, facial recognition software Cons: Can get warm near the battery, no CD/DVD drive Recommendation: definitely buy
I would recommend this to a friend
AMD Ryzen-3500U Powerhouse!Posted
Asus has really taken its sharp designs to the next level with this 14" Asus Zenbook Laptop! CASE The Q406D chassis is stunningly striking when you look at it. The thickness of the case is minimal and is built from military grade components. The Hinges as you open the case is nice and stiff, so it has that resistance in the hinge which make it feel really solid and sturdy. I tested the hinges to see if they would wear out over open/close events. I did this around 500 times and it still has the stiff hinge feeling. HARDWARE Upon booting up the laptop it was fast and snappy thanks to its CPU-AMD Ryzen 5-3500U. This CPU is the real star here as you can overclock this nicely from its stock 4 core/8Threads really help push this laptop to its productivity limits. It is paired with 8GB DDR4 ram and a 256 GB SSD drive. The screen is a frameless FHD 1080 touch screen that is vibrant and looks amazing for movies and anything on screen! PERFORMANCE This laptop thanks to its CPU allows for some serious multi-tasking for business or schoolwork. I had over 18 windows open with music playing and this laptop didn't miss a beat. I even hooked it up to an external monitor to increase productivity and it powered through everything I threw at it. I can't speak enough how much this CPU is a gamechanger. It handled wireless really well as I was able to connect roughly 200 ft to my wifi point. It also has Blue tooth and allowed me to connect an Xbox controller to the laptop to play an Xbox game on low settings. Battery life was mid-range as it lasted roughly 6 hrs on a full charge as I typed up papers and worked on spread sheets and played music. Conclusion: If you are looking for a long-lasting computer for work or school this computer is the top choice as it sports the brand new AMD Ryzen 5- 3500U chip that can be tweak to boosts performance more! Its light enough that it wont bog you down on travels!
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Delightful, versatile laptop and excellent valuePosted
My experience with this machine has been overwhelmingly positive, but there are some minor features that are bothersome. Pros: - Solidly constructed convertible design - Excellent keyboard - Snappy day-to-day performance with AMD Ryzen 5 3500 processor - Cool and quiet; minimal fan noise - Windows Hello with facial recognition works wonderfully Cons: - Precision touchpad has infrequent random moments of altered responsiveness - Episodic failure of stylus while inking - Display does not get very bright Full disclosure: I use a laptop continuously during my workday, and I have come to love the convertible computers, since I make use the touch screen and stylus. I prefer a 3:2 display ratio, and since I carry my laptop around with me, I look for the most compact devices possible. Unfortunately, any display under 13" is difficult for me to see well. With a 14" display at full HD resolution, the Q406 is a delight to work on. My programs look great, and the "touch targets" are large enough for me to navigate much of the time without a mouse. The thin bezels allow the computer to have a size and weight like a 13" machine. I have adjusted to the 16:9 ratio. My only nitpick with the display is that its maximum brightness is not sufficient for use in direct sunlight. However, in an office setting it looks great. Asus does not include its "Asus Pen" with this laptop, but I have been using styli made by HP and Microsoft on the Q406, and these work very well for the most part. I have noticed occasional "skipping" in the inking process while using OneNote, but this might not happen with the Asus Pen. The keyboard is a joy to use, with well-spaced tactile keys that have adequate travel. The touch pad is smooth glass and has Microsoft precision drivers, but unfortunately will occasionally exhibit moments of unresponsiveness (what I call "stuttering"). Happily, this happens very rarely, and does not impede my productivity, but this is something that shouldn't happen at all. The AMD Ryzen 5 3500 processor has benchmarks that put its performance on a par with an 8th generation i5. My previous laptop runs with a 7th generation i7, and the Q406 is just as fast and snappy. I heard the fans once while downloading 200gb of my OneDrive files and getting Windows updates. During typical usage now the Q406 remains cool and entirely silent. In summary, I really like this machine, and I can recommend it highly to anyone who is looking for a sturdy and reliable convertible laptop that comes at a competitive price.
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Affordable Ultra-portable MachinePosted
This is one slick laptop that I really have enjoyed using. Design wise this is one of the lightest and thinnest laptops I've ever used. This is coming from a guy that usually carries around alienwares, so take that with a grain of salt. I am not usually one for light coloured laptops but the single grey tone color of this laptop really spoke to me and I've to say I like it. From the top view you have an array of microphones with an IR camera ( with Windows Hello support) sandwiched between them. Below that is the 14 inch touchscreen that can be flipped 360? , which is great, allowing you to use the Q406 as a tablet. On the lower half of the laptop you have have a full qwerty keyboard (decent key travel) with no number-pad and the touchpad. On the underside of the laptop you have the an air-vent that runs almost the entire width of the laptop and two speakers on either side. On the left side of the laptop you have a circular power input, HDMI, a usb 3.1 and a usb 3.1 Type-C port. While on right side you have the power button, status indicator lights, the headphone/microphone jack, a usb 2.0 port and a Micro SD card slot. This laptop is a breeze to use and having used it for a couple of days there a few things I've to point out. The screen to body ratio is impressive, its at least 90%. It has the smallest bezel I've ever used on a laptop too making the viewing experience fantastic. The color performance is pretty good and I can't complain, but unfortunately the screen doesn't get very bright, this doesn't bother me personally but most people tend to use a higher brightness level than I do. As a touch screen it works very well too, with inputs and gestures working flawlessly. I can also confirm it is Windows Ink compatible and I was able to use the Bamboo Ink stylus with no problems. Typing on the Q406 is decent, the keys don't have much travel, but there are still comfortable to type on. The keys are backlit and have three levels of brightness. I was able to type like I do on larger keyboards after a few minutes of use, so no real issues there. There was also no serious problems with the touchpad, it operated suitably. When it comes to performance, my expectations have been exceeded. The Q406 sports a AMD Ryzen 5 3500U with Radeon Vega 8 Mobile Graphics card along with 8GB of RAM (check pics to see Geekbench results). I put it through a lot of pressure, more than I normally use a laptop for, such as loading multiple youtube videos at once and opening 10+ tabs in both Chrome and then Mozilla. The videos started to lag slightly when I tried playing more than 3. Switching between tabs also became sticky when there were more than 16. When it came on to gaming I was pleasantly surprised. I was able to play both Far Cry New Dawn and Wolfenstein 2 on medium settings with little lag. Understandably both the laptop and power brick got hot while playing for a few minutes ) the Q406 doesn't really get hot otherwise) but it wasn't enough to get me concerned, also I had good ventilation which assisted with the heat. Finally, when it came on to battery life I met another surprise. I was able to use this throughout a regular day of browsing, video watching, emailing and using Word and Excel without having to reach for the charger. I was able to squeeze out on average about 8 hours of use. I've never had a laptop last so long and I am truly impressed with what Asus has done here. The Q406 is an impressive productivity machine in a nice sleek compact design. It has great performance, a fantastic battery life all while being ultra-portable. I definitely recommend this for casual media consumption and those who do a little gaming on the side.
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In Search of IncrediblePosted
In Search of incredible. That's the catch phrase od the Asus Q406 Zenbook Laptop, you won't get an argument from me. This is my first solid state laptop and this unit is feather light. The thin bezel screen is bright and the color pops. I've not used a computer of any type in over 2 years, doing my stuff on my tablet and S10, but I fell in love with the Asus Q406 Zenbook Laptop. It's a laptop and a tablet. That's not new but Asus does it very well. Im not a gamer, so I'll leave that to those more proficient in such things. I photoshop, use Office and stream movies. PIECE OF CAKE. I was able to navigate my way around easily in Photoshop and Office. The operations were smooth and seemless. Streaming movies were also smooth and flawless. The picture crystal clear and the Harmon Karden sound full and enjoyable. The Asus Q406 Zenbook Laptop came out of the box ready to rock with very little bloatware to get rid of. This is a sexy unit that will get a student through to college graduation, a photographer (ahem) happy. I watched a movie or two on a recent train trip. The battery still had juice lefy That was a pleasent surprise. A sleeper, but worth owning. You will be as pleased as I was, for sure. Cheers!!
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Excellent, mid-range convertible Travel laptopPosted
The Asus Q406 Zenbook Laptop is an excellent mid-range convertible laptop that is useful for many uses of a PC based laptop that can meet many uses that one may have including browsing, streaming, social media, office applications, conferencing and mid-range gaming. This review will be done in 3 parts - features, usage impressions, and pros/cons. Features: The features of the laptop are exactly where you expect them to be. Let's talk some tech specifications first and then dive into other features such as ports and capabilities. This system is an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U powered system with 8 GB of non-removable onboard memory. The system has a native HD resolution of 1920x1080. While the system has 8 GB of RAM only 5.95 GB is accessible - I suspect the 2.05 GB of the RAM is being used to supplement the GPU part of the CPU but have been unable to confirm this. The screen is just shy of 14" in diagonal measurement and has a frameless nano edge to maximize the screen real estate. The battery life is right around 4 - 5 hours which is good for this style of laptop. The system has dual band WIFI and Bluetooth capabilities. The system sports an array of ports - on the left side there are two USB 3 ports - one type C and one type A along with an HDMI port for video out. Unfortunately, the USB C port does not have alt-mode and won't output video. The power port for the power block is also on this side of the device. The right side has the power button, LED Indicators for on-off and battery status, a 3.5 mm Mic/speaker/headset port, a USB 2.0 port and a microSD card slot. This laptop is a convertible notebook and can support laptop, tent, stand and tablet configurations of the screen for different uses. This adds to the versatility of the device. When in Tent and tablet mode the keyboard and trackpad are disabled. The system's audio is a Harmon Kardon based system and sounds excellent. The unit weighs 3.9 pounds. Usage Impressions: This unit is easy to use, and its size makes it a nice device to carry as a travel machine with plenty of ports and capabilities. The convertible nature of this machine means that one can use it to watch movies in stand or tent mode and not have to have a secondary device to do this. When In tent mode the Harman Kardon Speakers seem to be pointed right at you and enhances the sound of the system. An interesting feature of the system is that the hinge of the screen also doubles as a lifting edge to aid in the ergonomic positioning of the system. From a performance standpoint, the system is plenty powerful for most day to day office style tasks. The Ryzen 5 3500U processor and the system also handled a tougher task with ease. I "stress" tested this system by rendering a High def video using Camtasia. While the CPU did max out at 100% CPU utilization twice during this test it never kicked the cooling fan to high speed and the system did not crash. During the test, the RAM usage peaked at about 64% and the GPU peaked at about 37% - all well within acceptable performance for a video render. The video was just over 3 minutes in length and the render took 6 minutes and 1 second to complete. The system has an HDMI out port the works well and allows the system to have a secondary monitor when one wants to display something on a larger screen. It should be noted however that the USB C connector does not have ALT Mode. Considering the price point for this machine, it is an understandable omission. Should Asus elect to revise this machine at some point that would be a nice addition! Check out my video review for this device at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqEMcx_9CaE Pros: Audio quality, Battery life, portability, performance, flexibility. Cons: No USB Alt Mode
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Another Nice ZenBookPosted
Asus ZenBook Laptop Q406DA Neat Features . Solid build . Extremely fast processor (Powered by an AMDR RyzenT 5 3500U processor, so it really zips along. @@@@@@@ . 8GB DDR4 System Memory . 256GB SSD . 802.11ac (2x2) + Bluetooth 4.2 . Stunning 14" FHD frameless NanoEdge touch display (1920 x 1080) with ultra-narrow bezels for a smaller chassis . Good all-day battery life . Excellent backlight keyboard (Precision-engineered dual-action mechanism tilts the keyboard for comfortable typing; tested to survive 20,000 open/close cycles. @@@@@@@ This is one of the best keyboards I've ever used on a laptop. . Infrared camera with facial recognition for instant, secure log on with Windows Hello . Responsive trackpad . Nice selection of ports . Solid hinge for converting the unit to tablet mode Cons Lack of documentation/information. This is the only negative I experienced with this unit. Neither Best Buy nor Asus.com even had this device listed by the laptop's name and part number, so updating the unit and downloading the documentation was not possible. I suspect that since this is a brand new unit, this oversight will be rectified soon, Personal preferences While it's fairly light, the unit's still a bit heavier than some other really lightweight laptops, such as the Lenovo Yoga line. However, making this unit lighter might not have been feasible without giving up some of the included bells and whistles, so the few extra ounces can probably be justified. If it was offered as an option, I would have preferred a 500GB or even a 1TB SSD. CONCLUSION After all is said and done, this ZenBook is definitely a winner! However, I subtracted one star because of the lack of available documentation and information. Had that been available, I would have given it five stars.
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Powerful, sturdy compact FlipbookPosted
If you are in the market for a small powerful convertible laptop ( with a touchscreen that flips over so you can use it as a tablet) you could do a lot worse than Acer's new Zenbook Flip Q406DA. Like most laptops of this class, the Zenbook Flip has a 14-inch full HD screen, 8 gigs of RAM, a superfast Sandisk 256 GB SSD drive, backlit keyboard, the latest dual-band AC wi-fi and bluetooth connectivity, HDMI out and a full compliment USB A and C ports. Unlike many similar models, this one comes wrapped in a sturdy stylish silver metal case... no plastic. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that this laptop is powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U chip instead of an Intel, as almost all other Acer models are. If that's a concern to you, stop worrying. In my experience with this laptop, the Ryzen 5 is every bit the equal of a Core i5 and perhaps even a bit faster in some circumstances. It's a multithreaded quad core chip, which gives it the power of 8 cores. AMD, which has lagged behind Intel on the CPU front in recent years has obviously stepped up its game with Ryzen. This chip seems very capable, running smoothly no matter what I threw at it. Even streaming Playstation Vue, which is a pretty demanding streaming service, this laptop ran smooth as butter. No hiccups. Video is powered by an integrated AMD Radeon Vega 8 chip, which is not exactly a gaming powerhouse but adequate for most normal laptop duties. And it has some extra features that improve the picture quality, including HDR support. It's turned off by default though so be sure to turn it on, especially if you use if for video streaming. Like most laptops, this one has a built-in video camera. But this one also supports face recognition for secure sign on, which works well. Very fast. No more typing PINs or passwords to unlock. Nice. Run time is advertised at around 8 hours. But that varies based on what you are doing. Charging is via a regular pin type adapter instead of USB. The battery is NOT user replaceable, the new norm on small laptops like this one. Setup is super simple. As soon as you turn it on, The Windows voice assistant Cortana talks you through the process. You can respond by voice commands if you want to save some time. You still have to type wi-fi passwords and your Windows login though. Once that's finished, and all Windows updates are done, boot time is a peppy 10 to 15 seconds, thanks to the speedy SSD. About average for this class. I ran into one speed bump during setup, with the laptop locking up during one of the update reboot sequences (the "Shutting down" never went away) . But a long press of the power button turned it off and once I turned it on again it completed all the updates with no problems. Not a big deal. The keyboard layout on small laptops can be a problem since some changes to the conventional layout must be made to fit all the keys in. But the one on this Acer is not too bad. Most commonly used functions, like volume and keyboard brightness, are arranged along the top row using the dual purpose F1-9 keys. Acer opted to have the regular laptop functions on by default but you can change that to standard Windows F1-9 functionality by default if you want from the Setup menu. Keyboard visibility is good with the backlight on but can be challenging in low light without the backlight given the dark gray on light gray color scheme. Sound quality is quite good for such a small laptop. It does not get real loud but the sound quality is full and clear. If you prefer to use the Zenbook Flip as a tablet instead of a laptop, just fold the screen all the way over. When this happens, you are prompted to enter Windows 10 tablet mode if you wish and since this laptop has a touchscreen, it's easy to make that transition. Even at 3 pounds, this a pretty heavy tablet but the folded under keyboard can act as a kickstand, with is convenient. It can also stand on its own, at the proper angle, in tent mode. Overall, this Zenbook Flip is a very powerful, versatile and sturdy laptop that should more than meet most of your needs, unless you are a power gamer. Touch typists will find the keyboard a bit cramped, which is the norm for all laptops of this size. But if you can live with that, chances are you will be happy with this Acer laptop.
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