Dell Venue 8 7000 Review

Dell Venue 8 7000 is an Android tablet that came back to hurt us positively to 2015, both for technical characteristics MWC, either for a truly high quality construction. This is a “new” product for the European market, but already spotted in September last year on the occasion of the IDF 2014.

Dell Venue 8 7000 Review
Dell Venue 8 7000 Review

The first things that affect positively the touch ‘n feel lighter, made entirely of metallic materials and good ergonomics. The tablet is particularly comfortable to handle, despite being equipped with a display from 8.4 “, thanks to the good work done by Dell to contain the size of the frames. Inside of the shell is the Atom Processor Z3580 (Merrifield) its not very recent, but equally capable of moving to better software platform. Convincing the display not only for high resolution, but also because of a good color calibration and de deep blacks.

Dell Venue 8 7000 has two more ACEs to play to complete the hardware equipment: on the one hand the double rear camera Real Sense which allows shots with 3D effect-camera that adds up to two more traditional forms, one front and one rear-and on the other the digitizer Synaptic, controllable by the Active Stylus (who also used it with earlier Dell models will continue to do so).

Product so excellently crafted, with a hardware rich, but that, unfortunately, will not arrive in our country, in accordance with confermatoci from Dell at the Mobile World Congress. The distribution is planned, in fact, for the UK market and for Germany. Interested users can then start to consider purchasing through parallel distribution channels. It is also conceivable that Dell chose to expand in the coming months the marketing with an updated dl hardware point of view, maybe even with the new X 5, X 3, X 7 SoC Intel Aton presented at MWC.

The technical characteristics of the tablets that include:
  • Z3580 2.3 GHz quad-core Atom CPU
  • Imagination Technologies PowerVR GPU G6430
  • 8.4 display 2560 x 1200 pixel resolution OLED
  • Dual camera rear RealSense (allows you to create 3D effect on photos)
  • Thickness of 6.4 mm

HTC One M9 Review

A unique metallic body, stands out for its exquisite finishes two-tone with ergonomically beveled edges that conform to your hand without effort. The HTC One M9 combines the best of the previous models in an iconic design. With internal components stacked to keep a compact size, the dazzling design of HTC One M9 integrates a 5 ” screen that fits in your hand with ease. The camera of Sapphire Crystal lens provides long-lasting protection anti scratches for a long life. Currently available in three sharp colors, all with a shiny appearance in two shades: Gold on gold, gold on silver and gray on gray.

HTC One M9
HTC One M9 Review

The HTC One M9 offers more customizable options than ever. My HTC themes integrated application can change the design of your phone using your favorite photo or even an image that you download. Control everything: from the shape and the size of your icons, tone call and even the wallpaper on your phone. A widget on the home screen automatically detects your location and offers applications based on a combination of your location and your use preferences. The HTC One M9 includes a version of enhanced BlinkFeed, offering recommendations and links based on your location. You will receive suggestions to eat in your area, wherever you are.

20 MP main camera and front camera UltraPixel provides an experience of image like never before. Eye Experience technology allows you to create screenshots divided, making self-portrait by voice, apply makeup live and much more. In addition, you can combine your photos and videos with friends to form images from various points of view with the Zoe application. The HTC One M9 has a front-facing camera integrated with UltraPixel technology to capture more light and make portraits incredibly detailed, both day and night. Its wide-angle lens is designed to capture a field of view greater so that you can include to all your friends in each photo.

The HTC One M9 has very intuitive Gallery One function that brings your photos and videos with a simple organization and search controls. You can search images stored locally, as well as photos and videos on social networks and the cloud. Keep everything within reach with a couple of clicks thanks to the Gallery One of the HTC One M9.

In partnership with Dolby, HTC One M9 recreates the 5.1 surround sound effect to offer real sound and enjoy cinema experience. HTC BoomSound with Dolby Audio provides a sound optimized, even from sources like YouTube multi-channel online. HTC BoomSound Connect allows you to stream any music or video from HTC One M9 to stereo-compatible devices, only to slide three fingers for the main screen. Even you can transmit different music to several speakers at the same time, for use as a portable remote control only. The HTC One M9 offers a 24-bit support, so you can enjoy your music with better quality than on a CD.

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Review

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is stylish and also very lightweight (only 1.19 Kg), and, among the belt that allows the joint to 360 degrees and the outer structure where the keyboard, you really feel like you use a premium product.

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro review

The dimensions are contained, but still the screen does not occupy the entire surface, leaving about 1 cm frame the sides: the difference is felt, especially in tablet mode. Apple, with Continuity, wanted to offer a continuous user experience across multiple devices, Lenovo instead with Yoga 3 Pro convertible wanted to offer well 4 all different from each other, on the same device.

At first it may be inconvenient to change orientation given the screen size (13 inches longer frame). However, after a while the mode change is quick and easy, and you realize that switch modes with a keyboard without making much faster some operations that are performed with greater ease with the touchscreen.

For example, you can use desktop mode to search for a video on YouTube with the physical keyboard and then, after finding the video, go to tablet mode or stand to make the most of the display in very high resolution. Or, you can write a document with the physical keyboard and then switch to tablet mode to review it by emphasizing the parties to review. In short, the possible applications are many, and it shows.

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is powered by a 1.3 GHz Intel Core dual core, M-5Y70 to 4 threads. The first-level cache is 128 KB: 32KBx2 and 32KBx2, the second-level cache is 256KBx2, while the third tier is 4 MB. Are also installed 8 GB of RAM and a graphics card integrated Intel HD 5300, who runs smoothly the impressive resolution of the display, while the storage is a 256 GB SSD.

Crown all a camera that takes photos and video turns up to 720 p and behaving fairly even in low-light conditions, illuminating the subject and keeping in the dark on the second floor.

The screen is composed of a panel QHD + with resolution 3200 × 1800 with refresh rate to 60 Hz, a true wonder. Not everywhere, though. This resolution, in fact, is not handled well at all by many software like iTunes, Evernote and GeekBench, or increase the space by placing items – you see, so tiny compared to desktop icons – or shells each item and, in General, all the layout and make it fit to the size of the display. A vision that could also annoy eyes after an extended period of time.

Yoga 3 Pro is provided completely on the connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac dual band and Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless connections and 2 USB 3.0 ports, SD slot and headphone jack for connections with wire.

the power cable should be USB to proprietary formats: theoretically could be attached to any transformer or even to another PC for charging, but this system recognizes only the original transformer Lenovo.

The operating system preinstalled on Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is Windows 64 bit, 8.1 to run smoothly and without jamming. The optimization of Lenovo in this sense is one of the best on Windows. However, moving from tablet to notebook mode, the system does not recognize the primary input, then the Exchange always cursor disappears and it becomes very difficult to navigate through the screens. The situation, curious, occurs mostly with Google Chrome, which evidently is not well optimized.

Keyboards – the physical and one onscreen – are not very intuitive: the function keys (F1, F2, etc.) are present – on your physical keyboard – as a second function compared with the number keys, and can be accessed by holding down the Fn key on the bottom right, as also the keyboard shortcuts – volume up and down, up and down and keyboard backlight brightness. In why should not access these functions using the keyboard is due to the fact that in Windows 8.1 is very simple to access them with a single swipe to the Center from the right side of the screen.

Lenovo preinstalled apps finally improve a whole range of specific parameters and enable the quick functions: Lenovo Lenovo Lenovo Support, Hightail for Setting (to share files between users), Lenovo Motion Control (for controlling functions with air gesture by exploiting the camera – but it doesn’t seem to work fine), Lenovo SHAREit, Lenovo VeriFace Pro, Lenovo’s Reach. Of these, some are perhaps of questionable usefulness, but overall help to improve the user experience.

My tests with Geekbench on Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, is a score of 2541 in single-core and multi-core, 4803 in a result in line with the latest Ultrabooks and even some-more of the new MacBook, for example.

The fluidity in the whole system Note: the computer turns in about 8 seconds and favourable environmental conditions – i.e. outside temperature less than 30 degrees to the upper part of the base warms up only slightly, reducing to a sporadic episode starting the fan.

On the other hand the fan should not be present in Yoga 3 Pro, having a CPU Core M that doesn’t require it, but Lenovo increased power dissipation to allow increasing the CPU clock rate itself, hence the need for increased cooling. When the PC is put under stress and it becomes impossible to keep the device on your lap or in your hand due to the very high temperature generated, clearly feels a rustling sound coming from the top right corner.

The tests on the SSD turned out average: with CristalDiskMark you are reached 546.3 MB/s write and 264.0 Mb/s read. In practice this means that a file size of 2 GB is transferred to a USB 2.0 in about 3 minutes.

With CineBench score is very poor result, finally just 18.39 fps in Full HD rendering, but there is an explanation: it seems that, as already explained, some software may not support the high resolution screen and also manage items by driver Intel is not optimal. This means that the layout of the interface of a software to apply the upscaling, greatly reducing the performance.

With regard to system optimization, the Adaptive brightness is not instantaneous and it shows clearly that the system applies a scale to gradually change the luminance level of the display. It’s not a subtle step, which could annoy.

The audio will also be JBL, then stood for quality, but the choice of Lenovo is not clear: the sound comes from all over the base, is not well equalized and quite low in all four possible positions.

Also in Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is a software for the management of audio streams, MAXXAudio, but 90% of the time the croaking sound which is activated. The problem arises because MAXXAudio would seem to be on by default, at least in test units, and this might suggest that the sound card is damaged. It probably works better with high-quality audio sources, but in everyday use it’s not often you play audio in stereo.

Test drive, finally, have problems with the configuration of wireless headphones, particularly with Wireless PowerBeats2: the sound was played despite the headphones were recognized by the operating system. This situation repeated itself often and only after few restarts the problem solved itself.
Autonomy

In different contexts, i.e. PDF display, audio/video playback, web browsing, autonomy has never lasted more than 5 hours. From extensive testing on the battery, stressing the CPU with particular processes, it is always reached the threshold of 4 hours.

Specifically, a typical example of heavy use this Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro is: four consecutive hours contained in video streaming to 480, about three and a half hours when it comes to 720 p resolution; with normal use, or simple word processing, web browsing with Chrome and PDF display, you are not able to go beyond the 5 hours. For a notebook that eventuality becomes tablet isn’t a good autonomy.

In Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro the potential is there. A convertible notebook like this is definitely the perfect choice for those looking for a laptop to be more efficient at work and a tablet for watching movies or Tv series or playing with a large screen.

However, the price range in which it is situated makes it very accessible to a large segment of users, especially considering the low quality of speaker (at least on test units).

Apple Mac mini Review

Apple has updated the Mac mini with the latest technologies and a new lower output price, so the most affordable Apple Mac offers a quality / price ratio even better. Mac mini now includes Intel Core processors fourth generation integrated graphics up to 90% faster, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 2 and computer remains the world’s most efficient desktop. All new Macs come with OS X Yosemite, the latest and powerful version of OS X redesigned to detail with a renewed and modern look. This operating system releases very useful apps and Continuity incredible performance, allowing switch between Mac and iOS devices with a fluidity never before seen.

The new Mac mini delivers new levels of graphics performance, expansion and connectivity. The new HD Graphics 5000 and Intel Iris Graphics are graphics performance up to 90% faster than the previous generation. Mac mini now includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports, each with up to 20 Gb / s bandwidth and next-generation 802.11ac connection, which is up to three times faster when connected to an 802.11ac base station. The Mac mini computer remains the world’s most efficient desktop: sevenfold improvement Energy Star 6.1 requirements and consumes only 6 watts of idle power.

iMovie, GarageBand and package iWork apps are free with every new Mac. iMovie allows users to edit incredible movies, and GarageBand can compose music or learn to play the piano or guitar. The iWork productivity apps -pages, Numbers and Keynote- to create, edit and easily share documents, spreadsheets and impressive presentations. Redesigned iWork includes new look, compatibility with iCloud Drive and many innovative features such as the new view of comments Pages. The iWork for iCloud beta allows users to create a document on iPad, edit on the Mac and collaborate with peers while using a PC.

Apple Mac mini Price & Availability
The Mac mini will begin to be available from today. There are three standard models:
• Processor Intel Core i5 dual-core 1.4GHz, Turbo Boost up to 2.7 GHz, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 5000 and 500 GB hard drive at a recommended retail price from 499 euros with VAT included.
• Processor Intel Core i5 dual-core 2.6GHz, Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, Intel Iris Graphics and 1TB hard drive at a recommended retail price from 699 euros including VAT .
• Processor Intel Core i5 dual-core 2.8GHz, Turbo Boost up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory, Intel Iris Graphics and 1TB Fusion Drive a recommended price from 999 euros including VAT .

Acer Spin 1 Review

Acer today presented the latest version of its well-known Spin 1 convertible team. The new model features a lightweight, fully metallic chassis and offers maximum mobility at a competitive price. Its 11.6 inch touchscreen makes it an all-terrain SUV. An ideal team for students or professionals who require great portability. The Acer Spin 1 will be available in Spain in July with a price from 400 euros. Let’s go over their features.

If anything wanted to highlight Acer’s Spin 1 is its lightweight and portable design. We’re facing a device with a metal chassis. It measures 14 millimeters thick and has a weight of 1.25 kg. Being convertible, it has hinges that allow to rotate the screen 360 degrees and use the equipment as a tablet.

And speaking of the screen, we have a 11.6 inch IPS touch panel. The screen resolution is Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) and has a viewing angle of 178 degrees. In addition, this device also features Acer BluelightShield, a system that can help reduce eye fatigue caused by prolonged contact with the screen.

Inside the Acer Spin 1 we find a modest technical team, but enough for office tasks. We have Intel Pentium or Intel Celeron processors, depending on the model. Completing these processors we have 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a EMMC internal storage capacity of 32, 64 or 128 GB. In terms of autonomy, the manufacturer assures that the battery lasts up to eight hours.

Accessories and Connectivity

The Acer Spin 1 comes equipped with a keyboard that integrates a touchpad that supports Windows 10 commands. However, this equipment is also ready to work with the Acer Active Stylus. With this stylus we can write on the screen as if we were on paper. A system compatible with Windows Ink, with which you will be able to take notes quickly on the screen.

Despite not being too powerful a team, Acer has not forgotten the multimedia section. The Acer Spin 1 features Acer TrueHarmony technology on your speakers, located on both sides of the computer. This technology allows audio channels to be inverted automatically to ensure optimal sound quality in any mode.

Finally, in terms of connectivity, the Acer Spin 1 is well-served. We have WiFi 802.11 ac 2 × 2 connection, Bluetooth 4.0, a 3.1 USB port, a 2.0 USB port, an HDMI port and a MicroSD card slot (SDXC).

The hit on the table is considerably less intense with the Acer Spin 1. Compacting almost 12 inches is not an easy task and there is a good job in this direction, although perhaps there is a little more effort in that front with prominent frames, and it might have compensated for more powerful hardware watching what the competition is doing. Depending on which audience you are facing and what price you have left you may have to stay on a Celeron/Pentium has been a matter of savings.

ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro

ASUS has renewed the family of smartphones Zenfone 4 bringing on the Italian market also two products designed for selfie. This Zenfone 4 selfie is cheaper than the two but still has some interesting cards to play with regard to the photographic sector.

Zenfone 4 selfie Pro is made of metal and is a fairly “common” design. The back is made up of a metal part interrupted only by two plastic lines for the antennae. Detail of making the edge between the rear shell and the side sharper than usual. It is a particular solution, although this does not help to make it more manageable and indeed could make it even a little more slippery. The physical keys of ignition and volume are positioned on the right side and are pressed well. In front of the design is quite anonymous and aligns with other products of the company and not only.

The hardware of this smartphone is that of a medium range. We have a Snapdragon processor 625 octa Core 2.0 GHz, a GPU reno 506 and 4GB RAM. The internal memory is 64 GB and you can expand it using a microSD, which will prevent you to use it with two Sims as the slot is shared. Connectivity is sufficient: LTE up to 300 Mbps, Wi-Fi b/g/n Monoband and Bluetooth 4.2. The NFC is missing. Overall maybe we would have expected something more from this compartment. The notification LED, the FM radio and the precise and quick front fingerprint reader are still present.

The main camera of this smartphone is a 16 megapixel with LED flash that in the practical act was not exciting although still more than enough. But do not expect results enjoyable with little light where the photos are in the worst case completely dark and in the best with a lot of digital noise. But this is because the camera that we really should consider as main in this Zenfone 4 selfie Pro is the front one. It is a 12 megapixel ƒ/1.8 with Flash led capable of shooting with a good amount of detail is more than enough even with less light. It can also take 24 megapixels using Dual Pixel technology. The real problem seems to be a non-effective application of HDR in Auto mode. In fact often the outdoor photos appear in pictures with the sky burnt. You can then choose to use the 8 megapixel secondary camera with a 120 ° range. Optimal if you have to make a selfie to a large group of people.

There is also the Blur mode that allows you to create an artificial blur to the background behind the main subject. The mode is not however accurate and also goes a little ‘ in trouble with more people, failing to properly handle the various planes staggered. The videos are only discreetly recorded with 4k resolution, from both cameras. Even here the automatic HDR (in theory also present in the videos) fails to do much against the strong light.

Zenfone 4 selfie Pro comes with a 5.5-inch Amoled display with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). The fidelity of the colors is discrete but the maximum brightness is not very high and with the automatic adjustment, even at maximum, can not be as bright as we would have liked and in some cases is a little ‘ off. Present the mode of display always on that will show time, missed calls and SMS received, but unfortunately not notifications of all other applications.

The software is obviously based on the ZenUI 4.0 that was built around Android 7.1.1 and that allows you to have the advanced features and graphics that ASUS has studied for us. This is once again an interface a bit ‘ cartoony and that can be customized with the themes, although we have not found anything particularly cared to convince us fully. However, the system is very enjoyable, quite fast in everyday use and with a number of special and interesting features, such as Mobile Management to personalize app permissions and network access or child mode, as well as Easy.

You can finally duplicate the social and messaging applications, use some features of the old ASUS browser inside Chrome thanks to Page Marker and take advantage of the Game Genie as you play to achieve better performance and not be disturbed during Your sessions.

The 3000 mAh battery guarantees a discrete autonomy, but it drops faster if we activate the functionality of always on. However it is possible to arrive at the end of the day even with an intense use that is still a good result. ASUS Zenfone 4 selfie Pro has an official price of €399, a price in line with the medium range, but a little higher than other devices similar to the same specs.

Dell XPS 13 9370 (2018) Review

Dell’s XPS 13 has remained our favorite consumer laptop for the past few years, thanks to its beautiful nearly borderless display, light weight and sleek aesthetic. Now, after multiple generations of sticking with the same chassis, Dell’s premium flagship has a new design with slimmer dimensions and a beautiful white-and-gold color scheme. In other improvements, the XPS 13 9370 ($999 to start, $1,249 / $2,499 as tested) also offers an optional 4K display, a better webcam, support for eGPUs and a cooling system that promises stronger sustained performance.

However, to make its laptop thinner, Dell switched to a smaller battery and got rid of USB Type-A ports. As a result, some users will prefer the older, XPS 13 9360, which is still for sale and is powered by the same Intel 8th Gen Core CPUs.

Design

If you put the last few generations of the XPS 13 in a lineup, you would not be able to tell them apart, unless you looked at the CPU sticker on the deck. However, the XPS 13 9370 stands out with its new, optional gold-and-white color scheme, along with a slightly slimmer and lighter profile. Dell also sells the 9370 in the XPS 13’s traditional silver-and-black aesthetic.

Though it costs a little bit more ($50 extra on the base model), you’ll definitely want to get the white color, because it’s just plain stunning. The lid and bottom are made from gold-colored aluminum, while the white sides and deck are fashioned from woven crystalline silica fiber.

The deck’s weave-like texture adds an air of sophistication and felt good against our wrists, though not quite as comfy as the soft-touch carbon-fiber deck on older XPS 13s and on the silver model.

No matter which color you choose, the XPS 13 is a little bit slimmer and lighter than its predecessor. The XPS 13 9370 weighs just 2.65 pounds and is a mere 0.46 inches thick at its thickest point (0.3 inches at its thinnest). The last generation XPS 13 9360 weighs 0.13 pounds more and is 0.14 inches thicker. HP’s Spectre 13 is even svelter, weighing 2.4 pounds and measuring 0.41 inches thick. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon tips the scales at 2.49 pounds, but is 0.6 inches.

Ports

Unfortunately, when slimming the XPS 13 down to 0.46 inches, Dell had to ditch the standard, USB Type-A ports and full-size SD card reader that appeared on all the previous generations. On the left side of the XPS 13 9370, you’ll find two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which can charge the laptop or connect to high-speed peripherals. There’s also a Noble lock slot and a battery gauge, which shows the charge level on a series of five white lights.

On the right, you’ll find a 3.5mm audio jack, a microSD card slot and a USB Type-C port, which can output DisplayPort video. Both the Dell XPS 13 9360 and ThinkPad X1 Carbon have standard USB ports in addition to the Thunderbolt 3, while the HP Spectre 13 also lacks USB Type-A connectors.

In a major improvement over the XPS 13 9360, the 9370’s Thunderbolt 3 ports support four-lane PCI connections so you can use the laptop with an eGPU (external graphics card) that enables serious gaming. Prior models had only two lanes of PCI connected to their Thunderbolt 3 ports, so they couldn’t work properly with external graphics. We tested the XPS 13 9370 with an Aorus Gaming Box 1070, and it worked.
Display

The XPS 13 9370’s 13.3-inch, InfinityEdge display has bezels that are 23 percent thinner than the almost nonexistent borders on the XPS 7360. Because there’s virtually no frame around the top and sides of the screen, images just seem to pop more.

We tested the Dell XPS 13 9370 with both a 3840 x 2160 (4K, Ultra HD) touch screen and a 1920 x 1080 non-touch screen. Both models offered impressive brightness, color quality and sharpness, though the 4K screen was noticeably better. When I watched the 4K movie Tears of Steel, the neon pink and green lights impressed on both displays, but were richer on the Ultra HD panel. Fine details, such as the wires on a robot’s body and the wrinkles in a character’s jacket, stood out on both panels, and colors stayed true, even at 90 degrees to the left or right.

According to our light meter, the XPS 13 9370 with 1080p screen achieved an impressive mark of 372 nits, while the model with the 4K panel blew us away with 415 nits. Both numbers are significantly higher than the ultraportable laptop category average (290 nits), the X1 Carbon (275 nits) and the HP Spectre 13 (247 nits). The XPS 13 9360 with 1080p screen scored a similar 368 nits.

The 1080p screen on the XPS 13 9370 reproduced an impressive 117 percent of the sRGB color gamut, but the 4K panel was much more vibrant, hitting a full 130 percent. Both numbers compare favorably to the category average (105 percent) and the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (104 percent with 1080p screen). But the 1080p panel is only 5 to 6 percentage points ahead of the XPS 13 7360 (112 percent) and the Spectre 13 (111 percent).
Audio

The XPS 13 9370’s side-mounted speakers deliver audio that’s loud, but rough around the edges. When I played AC/DC’s “Back in Black,” the music was boisterous enough to more than fill our lab, but the guitar and drums were a little harsh and tinny. The pre-loaded Waves MaxxAudio software allows you to fine-tune the equalizer. Disabling MaxxAudio, which is on by default, made the music sound hollow and distant.

Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380KL Review

Family zenPad Asus, solutions for everyone. Asus zenPad 8.0 is proposed as the ideal companion for daily life, ready to accompany us in the vision of a series on Netflix, ready to have fun with its full ZenUI. The circle is the delicious range of accessories.

Super unboxing! In addition to the Asus zenPad 8.0 sales box (which includes only the wall charger and microUSB cable) it has been a pleasure to unpack Cover for this tablet. In the Audio and Power Case Cover box you can find the small adapter to recharge the internal battery of cover.Asus zenPad 8.0 Z380KL is a very well balanced device. Interesting solution Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad-Core, some doubt on the single GB of RAM.

Asus zenPad 8.0 has a classic design, a tablet for practical reasons can not depart from the canonical lines. Classic but never boring, Asus has clear curves, clean, elegant. The front is dominated by the massive 8-inch display, interesting faux aluminum profile that gives character.

In fact, the real Asus zenPad 8.0 character is all on the back, the back cover is made of polycarbonate (as the whole device) worked very well. Asus has decided to make a removable cover for two simple reasons. First, change your look in zenPad 8.0. Second, increase the zenPad 8.0 features.

If you are not aware of the possibility of removing the cover, this Asus zenPad 8.0 could be seen as a unibody tablet. The construction is surgical, solid, almost perfect. Use this tablet is a pleasure, every single physical button is placed where it is needed.

On the left is the small gap in order to remove the base cover. Asus has designed some covers of different color, always polycarbonate worked with a pleasant texture to the touch. Ok, aside from the good possibilities of customization, the extra gear is given by the ability to add functions to Asus zenPad 8.0.

Through the connector you can hook the Power Case, which will recharge the internal battery Asus zenPad 8.0 allowing the tablet to work for another 15 hours. Audio Cover is a pleasant surprise. It seems a simple cover to the book, actually hides a 5.1 surround system. After hearing music from this cover if they can not do without, will remain there, always snapped to Asus zenPad 8.0. The perfect solution to display a simple video from Youtube or follow your favorite series on Netflix, the sound quality is remarkable, perhaps it loses cleaning at maximum volume. It must admit that the maximum volume is almost ear-splitting.

Power Case and Cover Audio, are still, cover. They are aesthetically pleasing, especially the solution to the Audio Book Cover, there is a clear reference to the Zen lines Asus.Se Audio Cover lets you hear a high-quality audio, even the display is no exception. Asus zenPad 8.0 has an 8-inch display, IPS, resolution 1280 x 800. Although on paper someone might turn up their noses, this display is absolutely nice, true, there is a pixel density high but it is not the point. The color reproduction is excellent (can calibrate in Settings), every nuance is represented faithfully. A very natural color display but still loads, a point of very clean white (perfect for web browsing and reading documents). Some shade on black reproduction, is an IPS is normal. Asus zenPad 8.0 is the perfect companion if you love watching movies on the move.

Asus zenPad 8.0 comes with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop + Asus ZenUI. The manufacturer has worked very well with its interface, it is definitely rich in features and customizations. There is a large number of preinstalled apps, there’s also the classic bloatware that you can uninstall, fortunately.

The ZenUI offers everything there is all you need on a tablet, maybe too much. Each application is in strict material design and is able to make optimal use of all the space offered by an 8-inch display. The interface is flexible, there is the possibility to set each individual parameter depending on the various needs. Excellent Asus move, proprietary applications are on PlayStore, upgrades are fast and steady.

Aside from the known possibilities of ZenUI, this small tablet suffers from Asus customization, amazingly. The producer always manages to optimize good their devices limiting ever ZenUI, in this case, the mission is not accomplished.

It should be noted, Asus zenPad 8.0 does not go bad, it manages to be fast enough for most tasks, unfortunately, multitasking (important operation for a tablet) slowdowns are showy. As usual, Asus will solve with a little updating. All in all, Asus zenPad 8.0 is a tablet that aims more to the use of content that the production of content. Operate massively in web browser, manage multiple documents or applications are actions not just in the ropes of this tablet.

There 4G connectivity and, Asus zenPad 8.0 is capable of handling the phone part. The capsule quality is Scarsini, also the main microphone is poor. It is not a real drawback, is a tablet and let it do the tablet. Good instead the intensity of the signal, this is an important factor.

Hoping someone uses the camera of a tablet only in emergency situations, this Asus zenPad 8.0 has a rear camera of 5 megapixels. The software is the classic of ZenUI, complete and functional. What is missing is the hardware. Again, it’s not a real defect, is a tablet is not meant to take great photos. In any case, in conditions of full light images are still under the sufficiency but honest, just in just slightly the light, appears an intense video noise. In general, the shots are doughy and chewy, I repeat, is not a problem. Oh, the 2-megapixel front camera has a good wide-angle selfies saved.

Music playback is entrusted to each speaker placed on the front, positioning is right, absolutely right. The quality is good, the volume is not very high but in general we are dealing with a good single speaker. Use Audio Cover is always consigliato.Asus gives zenPad 8.0 a 4000 mAh battery, perhaps due to its size, it could do more. In any case, Asus zenPad 8.0 can withstand the impact of a busy day without any problem. With the classic use from home, make more than a single day is not a dream, especially if it is equipped with a Power Case that charges the battery of the tablet (for once).

Asus churns out a balanced product, observed individually. Expand horizons and evaluate the impact of good cover, it is the key to reading this tablet. Overall Asus zenPad 8.0 is a good product to consume content, especially video thanks to Audio Cover and his 8-inch display. The ZenUI and its huge application package, also push the production of content, unfortunately zenPad 8.0 can not keep up with Asus will. After all, work in a professional manner with an Android tablet is difficult, if not impossible, for everyone. If this judgment is valid, Asus zenPad 8.0 manages to be a very good travel companion.

Ok, what touches to shell out for this machine and its accessories? It starts from the price list of a single tablet, about 199 euros, a decent price, a price that online has already dropped to around 169 Euro. Unfortunately there is no kind of bundle, promotion or other that allows to take home a few covers. The Power Case is priced at 39 euros while Audio Cover touches the threshold of 79 euros. Better to focus on a good audio quality, if you intend to spend more money in addition to the individual price of the Asus zenPad 8.0.