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New Zenfone Max 2016 full review

ASUS recently launched the new Zenfone Max ZC550KL with some upgraded specifications that boosts the performance. We also reviewed the previous model and found that the 5000mAh battery was amazing but the performance was very low. In this new model ZC550KL they have especially focused on the performance. So today we will be doing the New Zenfone Max 2016 full review with all the unboxing, benchmarking and gaming tests.

Get to know about the previous Zenfone Max

Before we proceed with the review, I would like to tell you that ASUS got all creative and performed a stunt where in they sent us the devices packed in a box with 3 digit lock code. Now the daring was to keep the phone ‘on‘ when it got off from their headquarters. Check out the video below to see the box and its content.

So this time we decided to go with Youtube and tried an Unboxing Video. You can watch it and submit your feedbacks for improvements in the comments section below.

Unboxing

Getting started with the review now which will tell you if it lives up to the specification or not.

New Zenfone Max 2016 full review

The previous model of Zenfone Max was a disappointing device with a huge battery. Because the phone had some performance issues and the OS was also not optimized.

Design

There is no change in design as such the same leather finish back with more color options. The phone is available in Black, White, Orange and Blue color. You can watch the unboxing video to have a look at the design. I seriously think ASUS should make their phones Slim and change the design. The phone has a tough build and they claim that Max is the slimmest phone with this much amount of battery.  The phone weighs 202g which is not light at all and it does feel bulky with all that battery inside it. But the build quality is great like always.

Screen

New Zenfone Max 2016 full review

Front

Max has a 5.5 inch HD screen with 267ppi pixel density. It supports 10 point multi touch with good viewing angles. I was never much amazed with the display quality of ASUS but yeah they have a decent screen. The concentrated circle design below the screen does give it a premium look all together. The screen does avoid most of the fingerprint marks but you can always choose a matte finish screen guard. The touch is smooth and responsive. For the protection part it has got corning Gorilla Glass 4 that will avoid the scratches and stuff.

Performance

This is the part where it gets interesting. The new Zenfone Max ZC550KL comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor clocked at 1.5 Ghz. The phone comes with 2 ram variants the one with 2GB model that we got and the other one with 3GB RAM. We also have an upgrade in terms of internal memory as it has 32GB out of which 24GB is user available. You can always increase the memory using external SD card up to 64GB.

Coming to the graphics, the phone has Adreno 405 GPU which performs quite well and finally we can play some real games on this device. It was able to run Dead Trigger 2, Asphalt 8 at full graphics while N.O.V.A. 3 did work on this device with some frame drops and minor lags. I was quite impressed with the improved performance. You can check out our Gaming and Benchmarking review below.

Benchmarking Review

Gaming Review

Software

The phone comes with Android Marshmallow out of the box with the Zen UI theme running on top of it. Frankly speaking you will not find any changes in UI because the ASUS Zen UI theme is same as it was on lollipop which is again boring. There are some apps that comes installed with the device which you can always remove or disable. But this time the bloatware seems a bit less, instead they have a new way of marketing apps by suggesting similar apps in the app tray. The smart group option is still available and you can see the range of suggested apps when you tap into any of the folders. I did find that annoying at times.

Connectivity and Sound

The phone supports dual SIM GSM 4G LTE with mini-SIM card slot. Other connectivity options include Wifi, Bluetooth V4.0, GPS, & USB OTG. Talking about the sound quality, the audio level is medium and it is clear.

Camera

New Zenfone Max 2016 full review

Rear Camera with Dual LED Flash & Laser Auto-Focus

ASUS Zenfone Max 2016 comes with 13MP rear shooter and 5MP front shooter. It also has a Dual LED flash with Laser auto-focus. There is no upgrade in the camera quality and it is average overall. You can shoot some nice pics outdoors but while using it indoors there is some disturbance. Color reproduction is good and the macro shots with this phone are just great. The time of focusing is improved if we compare it with previous models that didn’t have laser auto-focus. The flash just works fine and is not the brightest I have seen. Zenfone Max is able of recording full HD videos. Though I felt that the whole camera preview thing lags when we move the phone fast. This happens with the front camera too which is again annoying. Below are some images taken using Zenfone Zoom.

Camera Samples:

Battery

One thing that ASUS can bet is the battery. The above stunt of keeping the phone ‘on’ and sending for review shows that they know what they are saying. If you see the graph then on 11th May the battery was at 55% and on 23rd May it was at 25%. That means a 30% drop in battery percentage after 12days. So the phone can last 38 days and even more on standby. Even with the heavy usage the phone can last for over 2-3 days depending on which type of power user are you. Now the sad part is the USB portable charger that comes with Max has a rating of 5.2V 1A which is like way down the line. So if you use this charger it will take 5+ hrs for you to fully charge the battery. If you use a charger with high current rating like 2A+ then it will take 4hrs approx. One more thing the phone doesn’t have a quick charge support so it will be of no use if you charge it with a fast charger having 18W rating. But I think that slow charging does help a device to hold the charge for a longer time. One more thing about the Zenfone Max is the reverse charging feature where in you can use Max as powerbank to charge your other devices. Now the question that arises is how can we do that? So ASUS does provide an OTG cable using which you can connect a USB cable to charge other devices.

Pricing and Availability

The older version of Zenfone Max is now priced at 8,999 INR while the newer model with 2GB RAM is available for 9,999 INR. Now here comes a confusing pricing of 3GB model that is for 12,999 INR. I mean one has to pay 3,000 INR for 1 GB of extra RAM which is totally unfair. The phone is available on Flipkart.

Verdict

So this was the new Zenfone Max 2016 full review. For somebody who wants normal performance like the usual apps & playing some mid-range games, excellent battery, good durability and average camera then this phone is definitely for you. There is no denying it that this phone has an excellent battery with decent processing power which can turn out to be one of the choices. But people expecting higher performance, fingerprint sensor or may be a smart design then I suggest you choose other phones like Redmi Note 3, Coolpad Note 3, Le1S, Moto G4 plus etc. The most confusing thing about Zenfone Max is the pricing of 3GB RAM variant, I mean who is going to pay 3K more just to extend 1 GB RAM. I would suggest ASUS should think about this thing. If you have any doubts/confusions please let me know in the comment section below I would be happy to help.

New Zenfone Max 2016 full review

Camera with Laser sensor and dual tone LED flash

Should you buy ASUS Zenfone Max?

All the features can’t help you if you don’t have enough juice to run the device. Taking this as the keypoint ASUS launched a smartphone Zenfone Max with huge battery capacity. So today we will review the smartphone and I will tell you should you buy ASUS Zenfone Max or not. The main thing to look out for is other features as the phone will have a good battery, no doubt in that.

Should you buy ASUS Zenfone Max?

Should you buy ASUS Zenfone Max?

Zenfone Max connectors and external buttons

Design

The Zenfone Max has a good build quality with Faux leather finish back. It feels good even better than Zenfone Zoom back design. The phone is heavy weighs 202g mostly due to the huge battery.  ASUS was never famous for making light slim phones. On the front it has 3 touch capacitive buttons that are again not backlighted. I don’t think they are planning to do that even in the near future. This time we have the volume rockers and the power button on the right side, the micro-USB port at the bottom with the 3.5mm jack on the top. On the back there is the camera with laser autofocus sensor and dual tone LED flash. The grip of the phone is good due to the leather finish. The back cover is removable but the battery is not.

Display

The phone boasts a 5.5-inch screen which is not at all easy to handle with one hand. The debate on the screen size will go on as it all depends on the user if it suits him/her or not. For me, I am now habitual using the 5.5-inch screen and there are some pros of having a larger screen. Though the bezels can be reduced by removing the touch capacitive buttons and providing the  on-screen option only. The display is an HD display having resolution 720 x 1280 pixels with pixel density not more than 267ppi. The phone just has an average display which is not at all impressive while you look at it. I didn’t like the display quality much but it is not that bad for normal usage. Speaking about the protection which is again an important factor in any device, the phone has Gorilla Glass 4 support which will definitely try to avoid scratches.

Performance

This is where the smartphone didn’t prove to be up to the mark. The ASUS Zenfone Max comes with Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset with Quadcore processor clocked at 1.2GHz only. It has 2GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage which can be expanded using a Micro SD card. For graphics support it has Adreno 306 GPU. Enough of the numerical stats, for the real experience the phone is only good for average/normal users. High-end users must not at all go for this device. ASUS Zenfone Max will run normal apps with no issues as such, but as soon as you move on to above normal level gaming the phone starts to show issues. I was able to run Asphalt 8 but not very smoothly and high-end game like N.O.V.A. 3 failed totally. So this is a phone that can handle normal everyday task easily. I really expected a bit better from ASUS in this segment along with the powerful battery backup. I got an AnTuTu Score of 24735.

ASUS Zenfone Max AnTuTu Benchmark Score

AnTuTu Score Zenfone Max

 

For the software part, Zenfone Max comes with Android Lollipop running Zen UI on top of that. Now there are two thing that you want to know. One that the smartphone comes with many app which may prove to be useful or useless depending on the user. You can always uninstall or disable those apps but I will go ahead and call them bloatware. Second thing is the OS consumes way more battery than other apps and even Screen. They really need to work on this segment. You can go ahead and disable all apps from auto start manager to extend the battery life if you are using a Zenfone.

Camera

ASUS Zenfone Zoom has a 13MP rear shooter along with 5MP camera in the front. At the back it also has laser auto focus and dual tone LED flash support. The camera performs good in adequate light conditions, but some disturbance(grainy texture) can be seen while shooting indoors. I guess this is the case with most of the Zenfone series smartphones. So always try to have good light before you go to shoot pictures with this smartphone. You can always use the low light mode but that will decrease the pixel density. Zenfone Max is able to record full HD videos at 30fps. You can experiment with different camera modes provided by ASUS according to the surrounding you are shooting in. No phone camera can beat the beautification feature of ASUS, right girls?

Sound & Connectivity

Zenfone max internal slots

The sound from this device has average volume level not the best for music lovers. The speaker grill is at the back placed at the bottom. The phone has a dual sim support with 4G/3G/2G on first SIM & 3G/2G on the second. Other than that the phone supports Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS & USB OTG. You can connect your pendrives/USBdrives to the phone and share the data between the two.

Battery

reverse charging Zenfone Max

Reverse Charging – Using Zenfone Max to charge other phones

Here comes the main feature of this phone i.e. the battery backup. ASUS Zenfone Max has a 5000mAh huge battery pack. This will help you last for 2 days easily even more if you are a normal user. Power users can use the phone with extensive gaming and movies for one day. Moreover one of the very special feature of the phone is Reverse charging. What it means is that, you can use this as a power bank and charge your other devices too. For that you can use USB OTG cable that comes with the smartphone. I must agree that surviving 2 days without charging does bring back the golden old days. It feels good to use the screen on more than 50% brightness and still don’t have to care for low battery. I really hope that if all the phones had such good battery backup. The charger provided with this phone is not a fast charger. The charging time is approx 4 hrs for full charge.

Pricing & Availability

The phone is available for Rs. 9,999 on Flipkart and Amazon. It is available in two colors Osmium black(Leather like finish) & Pure white(Eggshell Finish). You get a charger, USB cable, USB OTG cable, warranty and stuff along with this phone. You also get 5GB ASUS cloud storage and 100GB Google Drive storage for 2 years.

Vedict

Coming to the final question should you buy ASUS Zenfone Max? It is quite simple now, the users who give more weightage to a good battery than performance must definitely go for this phone. Means the users who use normal messaging, calls, few other apps. Now for the power users and gamers I won’t recommend this device at all because, you will have all the juice in the world but the high end games won’t work. Lastly for the users who give preference to camera, I would suggest Max has a decent camera considering the price range, or you can go for other options like Mi4i. For power users I will recommend Coolpad Note 3, Le1s or other good smartphones in this price range. Again, Max lacks a fingerprint sensor too so choose wisely according to your needs.

Gallery

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Pros and Cons of ASUS Zenfone Zoom

ASUS recently announced the Zenfone Zoom in India which is termed as the World’s thinnest 3X optical zoom smartphone. ASUS has also tried to make it look like a DSLR by giving it a leather back, dedicated camera and zoom buttons. They also claim that it is a DSLR that fits in your pocket. Luckily I got hands on the phone and used it for two weeks. So here are the Pros and Cons of ASUS Zenfone Zoom according to me.

PROS AND CONS OF ASUS ZENFONE ZOOM

Pros and Cons of ASUS Zenfone ZOOM

Design – 7/10

When you first take the phone in your hands, you will definitely feel that the phone is bulky as it weighs 185 g. The dimensions of the phone are 158.9 x 78.84 x 11.95 mm. On the back, it is coated with leather(rexine finish) which actually does not feel that much impressive as expected. But the metal rim at the corner and around the lens does give the phone a premium look. The whole leather back is actually removable so that you can insert your SIM card and Memory card. The phone has thick bezels, external 3 capacitive buttons along with concentric circle design below it.  On the right there is the power button with volume rockers which can also be used to Zoom-in and Zoom-out while using the camera. This time, we also have dedicated camera capture button with recording button beside it. You also get a leather strap to roll around your hand making it look like a proper camera. The lens doesn’t pop out of the phone as it does in a normal digital camera but it surely has a 3X optical zoom. On the top we have a 3.5 mm audio jack and a secondary noise cancellation microphone. On the bottom there is the micro USB charging/syncing port with primary microphone. Speaker grills are at the back with ASUS and Intel inside logo engraved on the leather case. There is this thick line which bulges out at the back made specially to balance the phone when we keep it down. It also has stitches around it which gives it a clean look. The phone has a good grip in your hands with external support provided by the strap. Overall the phone has great build quality but the leather back failed to impress much.

Display – 8/10

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ASUS Zenfone Zoom has a full HD (1920×1080) 5.5 inch IPS display with 403 ppi pixel density. It is protected by the latest Gorilla Glass 4 which prevents the phone from getting scratches. It’s been two weeks and despite of rough usage I don’t have a single scratch on the screen. I don’t think you will need to apply any additional screen guard protection. The anti-fingerprint coating on the screen does its job well so you don’t end up with too many fingerprints. The bezels around the display are thick with three touch capacitive buttons below the screen. Again they don’t have a backlight support, which is not needed for the power users though it would have given the phone an impressive look. The viewing angles are great on this phone, while it also performs good in broad sunlight too. The touch on the phone is highly responsive and works very smoothly. The only con that I noticed is the thick bezel around the screen, apart from that the display is really good but still can’t win over AMOLED Screen. The gaming and movie watching experience is great on this device with 5.5 inch full HD screen.

Performance

Coming to the core part of any phone i.e. the performance, ASUS Zenfone Zoom has an Intel atom Z3590 64 bit Quad core processor clocked at 2.5Ghz. With 4GB of RAM and 64/128GB of ROM, the phone runs very smoothly with no lag experienced at any point of usage. For gaming it has a Power VR G6430 GPU which works great and support high-end gaming easily. As far as the performance is considered the phone shows no lag even while playing high-end games like N.O.V.A. 3, Brothers in arms 3, Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 8(High performance). It also has a massive 128 GB of internal storage(112GB User available) which will suffice all your needs of memory usage. On top of that we can also extend the storage by adding a Micro SD card up to 64GB which I think is totally unnecessary.

Software

ASUS Zenfone Zoom comes with Android 5.0 (Lollipop) out of the box running ASUS ZenUI on top of it. Now the thing about the ZenUI which bugs me the most is that, it consumes more battery than the screen even when I am running no app in the background which is way too weird. The ZenUI needs some serious fixes as the Android OS eats up all the battery. The phone comes with many pre-installed apps out of which most of them can be uninstalled or disabled(Good news). Unlike other phones, you don’t have to crave for free space and uninstall apps. In the settings, we can set touch/motion gestures to quickly launch apps and perform certain tasks(E.g. Draw C when screen is off to launch camera).  The most beneficial feature of getting a ZenUI is the ASUS Auto-Start Manager that comes with it. Now this app can actually stop other apps like Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram from using data in the background by eventually stopping them. So they only fetch new updates and notification once we launch them. This also saves a lot of battery by keeping the background processes to minimum i.e. low C.P.U. usage. Now the one thing that you need to do after buying Zenfone Zoom is update the firmware to the latest, as the company has fixed some major bugs in the latest FOTA update. Initially the camera app used to stop suddenly, but now everything is working just great. I really hope that they fix the battery draining issue due to the OS consumption in the next update.

While running the AnTuTu benchmark at normal mode we got a score of 55669 and with the performance mode on it went up to 64284. Other benchmark scores are given in the above screenshots.

Camera

Moving ahead with the most crucial feature of the ASUS Zenfone Zoom i.e. the camera. It has a 13MP(f/2.7 aperture) rear shooter featuring 10 element Hoya Lens which enhances the camera performance. Along with that, the phone has dual color real tone LED flash with laser auto-focus which just takes 0.03 seconds to do the magic. And the most discussed feature of the camera i.e. the Zoom, as the phone supports 3X optical Zoom and 12X Digital Zoom. Along with that the 4 stop OIS(Optical Image Stabilization) helps in taking steadier shots.The front camera can click 5MP photos with 88 degrees of wide angle support(f/2.0 aperture). It can also take selfi panorama shots and low light pictures. Now you can take Macro shots at 5cm distance from the object which comes out to be awesome with ASUS Zenfone Zoom. I really like the different modes in the ASUS Camera app which includes Manual, HDR, beautification, Low Light, Depth of Field, Panorama, Selfie, GIF Animation, Time Rewind, Smart Remove, PanoSphere, Slow Motion, Time Lapse etc. The Slow Motion recording with ASUS Zenfone Zoom didn’t came out to be smooth and had few frame drops. The images taken with 3X Zoom were just great, and low light performance is good too except there is some noise introduced in the picture. The OIS works at its best and it successfully avoided most of the shaky images. The laser autofocus is very quick and overall camera performance is just great. You can change the exposure time in the manual mode and shoot light graffiti or stars in the dark sky. There are different kinds of settings and modes that you can play with to capture some exceptionally beautiful pictures. I would say you cannot directly compare the Zenfone Zoom with a professional DSLR, but normal point and shoot cameras can be replaced by this phone. Also the time is not far when DSLR will have a tough competition with Camera focused smartphones. By paying some extra bucks can get you a TriPod and ZenFlash along with ASUS Zenfone Zoom, that will make it more like a professional camera.

Below are some sample images that I took using the Zenfone Zoom.

Connectivity and Sound

The Zenfone Zoom supports single SIM 4G LTE which is like the major drawback of this smartphone. Making a Single SIM smartphone that too in this range will surely bring down sales in the Indian market as we normally tend to use Dual SIM. Other connectivity options like Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, USB OTG support are present and works great on this device.

Unlike other smartphones, ASUS Zenfone Zoom has loud and clear sound output from its speaker. This enhanced the gaming experience even more. You also get earphones with this device which works fairly good and have high treble.

Battery

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The battery of ASUS Zenfone Zoom is 3000mAh non-removable, which lasted for 5-6 hours with heavy usage, and more than half a day with normal usage. When you first get the phone, all the apps in the auto-start manager have permission to run at startup which will drain your battery quickly. So here is a tip, just deny the permission to auto-start for all apps i.e. downloaded and pre-loaded. This will enhance your battery life. There is a power saver option in settings where you can choose between different modes like performance, normal, power saving, and super saving. You can also schedule to switch between modes according to the current time. Now the most awesome thing about buying ASUS Zenfone Zoom is that you get an 18W fast charger which will charge your battery within no time. I also experienced that when you charge your phone with a fast charger, the battery drains quickly. So you can use normal 10W charger for a sustaining battery life. I still think that the battery backup on this device is average and you need to carry a portable charger with you.

Availability and Pricing

The device is available exclusively on the ecommerce website Flipkart in two color variants White and Black for Rs. 37,999, You also get the Zenear earphones, Leather Strap. Boost master adapter along with the device.

Verdict

The build quality, camera, performance, storage and fast charging will be termed as Pros while weight, Single SIM, battery performance will go under the Cons. If you are looking for a phone with good performance, big storage, great camera and you know the terms like exposure, aperture, ISO etc then this phone is definitely for you. But if you want a sleek phone with Dual Sim support and great battery life then this is not worth the buy. So this was my review of the smartphone wherein I listed all the pros and cons of ASUS Zenfone Zoom. If you have any doubts or feedbacks, please post them in the comment section below.

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL rear camera

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser review (ZE550KL)

ASUS has introduced some new phones in the Zenfone series viz. Deluxe, Selfie, Max and the Laser. This time we are doing ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser review after the Deluxe model. The first impression of the phone is that it looks tough, a bit heavy, has a big screen, and the back  cover feels metallic though its plastic. You can guess that the main feature is the Laser which will help the camera to focus on any particular area.  I have written this review after using the phone for a week.

Check Out : Should you buy ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser review (ZE550KL)

 

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser Review (ZE550KL)

Design

The first looks itself tells you that the Zenfone 2 Laser is made for rough and tough use. The build is pretty strong and the phone is a bit heavy too(170g). The design is quite similar to the ASUS Zenfone 2. You have a curved back with tapering edges. On the top there is the power button, headphone jack and secondary microphone. The micro USB charging port is at the bottom while the volume rockers are at the back along with speaker grill. There is no port or connection on either of the sides. Again the disappointing thing is the three navigation buttons on the front don’t have backlight support. The power/unlock button is on the top which is a pain so I would recommend that you choose the option double tap to wake. The phone has a removable back panel. Overall I love the design, it gives the phone a premium metallic look and is very clean.

Screen

Front

Front

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser has a 5.5 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (HD). The viewing angles on this device are great and the screen is protected by corning gorilla glass 4 which is the latest right now. You don’t need to worry about the screen damages and small fine scratches. Being a 5.5-inch device it lacks a full HD display which can be considered one of the drawbacks. The screen to body ratio is 72%.

Performance

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 Ghz. There is 2GB of RAM in this model(ZE550KL) with 16GB of ROM which can be expanded up to 128GB by using external micro SD card. For handling the graphics we have Adreno 306 GPU. With all this cleared out, I can say that the phone is not the best when it comes to performance. You can’t expect to run high graphics games in this phone. We played some games like Subway Surfer 2, Dead Trigger 2 and Asphalt 8 with no lag. But as soon as I tried to run N.O.V.A. 3 the phone started to show some serious lag and I wasn’t able to play the game smoothly. So you can’t expect high performance from this device.

On the software side, the device comes with Android Lollipop 5.0 out of the box along with the ZenUI theme. I like the ZenUI and if that is not the case with you then you can always go for other 3rd party launchers. The app drawer automatically sorts the apps in folder which is something nice and the whole thing looks properly categorized. The device comes loaded with some bloatware apps which you can uninstall or disable if you don’t use them much frequently. There is an app called Laser Rule which makes use of the laser in the device to measure the distance.

Camera

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL rear camera

The device has a 13MP(4096 x 3072 pixels) rear camera and a 5MP(2560 x 1920 pixels) front camera along with Dual-tone LED flash. As discussed earlier we have laser guidance to quickly focus on objects or particular area. Truthfully speaking the Laser is not of much use but the camera quality of this device is best if you consider the sub 10k price range. The best part is the camera app which has so many different modes like the Low light mode, Super HDR, beautification, depth of field etc which can be used to take pictures according to the scenario. Now the volume rocker at the back comes in handy while taking pictures or selfies using the Volume down button.

Snapshots: (Compressed images)

Sound and connectivity

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL speaker grill

Having a clear and LOUD sound in the latest devices is a rare feature nowadays. But the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser can play music at sufficiently high level with its soundMaster technology.You also have ASUS AudioWIzard for choosing the type of music mode in different scenarios like gaming and watching movies. Coming to the connectivity part, the phone supports Dual SIM with 4G LTE enabled on both the SIMS. Apart from that we have Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS at our disposal. Now the good news is there is USB OTG support so you can plug in the pen drive too.

Battery

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL charger rating

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser charger current rating

It all comes down to the battery life and here we have a 3000mAh removable battery. For me on a normal usage the battery lasted for almost 8-9 hrs. You can surely extend the battery life by using power saving modes. It all depends on how you use the device throughout the day. But the drawback is the charger that comes with the device is only rated 5.2V 1A which is very less if we want to charge 3000mAh battery. May be this is the case with my review unit, so you better confirm your charger rating.

Pricing and Availability

The device is available on Flipkart and other e-commerce websites for Rs. 9999. It comes in different color variants like Black, Red, and Ceramic White.

Verdict

i wouldn’t recommend this phone for power users who want high performance and high-end gaming. But for those who want a sub 10k device with good camera, decent battery backup, astonishing design and a durable device, ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser must be your choice.  Some tough competition to this smartphone are Yu Yureka Plus , Meizu M2 Note and Coolpad Note 3. So this was the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser review, let me know if you have any questions through the comment section below.

 

ASUS UX305FA

ASUS UX305FA full review

ASUS has launched some great notebooks and tablets in the past and this time, it came up with something much slimer. Well, it gives a head on competition to the MacBook Air. The device we are talking about is the new ASUS UX305FA Zenbook which is one of the thinest ultrabook I have ever reviewed. Let’s do ASUS UX305FA full review and find out if it’s worth buying. Also, this review will test the device for all the features it promises to deliver.

ASUS UX305FA full review

ASUS UX305FA

Design and Display – 9/10

The most astonishing feature of the UX305FA is the design with a premium metal look. Let’s start by talking about its thickness i.e. just 1.23 cm and the weight is about 1.2Kg. Well, you can surely imagine how light and slim this ultrabook will feel in your hands. The top of the lid has the concentric circles with an ASUS logo in the center. The looks are not shiny but have a matte finish with not so rounded edges. The body picks up fingerprint quite easily so you may need to clean it to maintain the looks. The layout of the keyboard is very comfortable for typing and the touchpad works just fine. Only the one drawback is keyboard has no backlights, so the newbies might have some issue working late night. The speakers are located at the bottom.  On the right, there is the charging port, 1 USB 3.0 port, mini-HDMI port, 3.5mm Audio jack, and some led notification lights for battery. While there are 2 USB 3.0 ports with SDXC card reader slot on the left. Overall the design of the Zenbook looks premium in every aspect.

ASUS UX305FA has a 13.3 inch full HD(1920×1080 pixels) LED display. There is an anti-glare coating on the screen for easy viewing in broad daylight usage. Also, the viewing angles on the ultrabook are great. At first, I thought that it might be a touch display but unfortunately, it wasn’t.

Performance – 6/10

ASUS UX305FA full review

Air Vents

ASUS UX305FA comes with an Intel Core M-5Y10c processor clocked at 998Mhz with a turbo boost up to 2.0 GHz (4M cache). Well here is the part where the ultrabook tends to compromise. The RAM on the device is 4GB with 256GB onboard storage. The performance with these specifications is just average. Though in normal usage the laptop showed no sign of slowing down or lag, but while trying to do some heavy things like gaming or video editing it didn’t last well. So if you have normal usage apart from gaming and video editing then you are definitely good to go. The boot time of this notebook with Windows 8.1 was incredible and it almost took 5-6 seconds to start. With all this said, I would rate the performance as moderate. Now coming to the part of heat generation, all thanks to the M-5y10c processor the ultrabook has passive cooling & doesn’t need a fan to cool itself. The Zenbook comes with Windows 8.1 pre-installed.

Sound and connectivity – 8/10

The speakers come with ASUS Sonicmaster technology, which makes the sound clear and moderately loud. You can put on the headsets if you want a better experience of music and movies. In terms of connectivity, ASUS UX305FA comes with 3 USB 3.0 ports which will surely give you high-speed date transfer. You get a USB to Ethernet port adapter to access the Internet via LAN. Don’t worry there are Wifi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 at your disposal. Lastly, there is a SDXC card reader slot to read write the memory cards from different devices. The camera is a 720p webcam for all your video calling needs.

Battery – 9.5/10

Well the ASUS UX305FA has 3 cell Li-Po battery pack which tends to last 10 hours with Wifi as promised and gives an amazing battery backup. With this ultrabook in your hands, you don’t need to worry about battery issues. The power consumption is much less as compared to the other devices.

Pricing and Availability

The price of ASUS UX305FA is around INR 49,999 approximately and is available on Amazon and Flipkart. The ASUS UX305FA comes in 3 colors viz. silky-smooth Ceramic White, tactile Aurora Metallic, or classic Obsidian Stone.

Verdict

Apart from the performance, ASUS UX305FA aced in all the other features. It is thin, lightweight, comes with a metallic look, full HD display and an amazing battery backup. Comparing it with other ultrabooks in this price segment, the ASUS UX305FA is a very good choice. If you want good performance then I suggest either buy an expensive ultrabook or but a laptop instead. So this was our ASUS UX305FA full review & if you have any doubts please post them in the comment section below.

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Should you buy ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe?

ASUS recently launched the new Zenfone 2 series which comprised of Deluxe, Laser, GO and the Selfie variants of the smartphone. This article is all about ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe. This variant was made by keeping design factor in the mind as we have a new style of back cover hence the name Deluxe. Though there are no significant upgrades in other features if we compare it to ASUS Zenfone 2. Let’s take it for an in-depth review and find out if you should buy ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe.

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Should you buy ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe: Full Review

I have rated the phone as per the different features of the smartphone. Have a look at each feature in detail and choose if the phone satisfies your requirements, after all it’s your choice.

Box Content

  • ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe
  • Travel Adapter (18W)
  • USB cable
  • User guide
  • Warranty card

Design – (9/10)

Smartphones manufactured by ASUS always have a very good build quality. They may be a little bit heavy in weight, but they are quite sturdy. ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe also has a flat screen with a curvy back. It has a back cover with 3D shiny polygons all over it, giving it a crystal diamond look which looks amazing. This is the only major difference if we compare it with the original Zenfone 2. The dimensions of the phone are 77.2 x 152.5 x 10.9 cm (WxDxH) and weighs 170g. There are no buttons or slots on the sides. On the back, it has dual color LED flash, 13 MP camera, volume rockers, ASUS logo, & speaker grill all arranged vertically in the center. On the top, there is the power button, headphone jack, and the secondary noise-cancelling microphone. The worst thing about Zenfone 2 series is that the power button is on the top. It is very hard to access and being a phablet makes it more difficult. I would recommend you to use the double tap to wake feature, and will also give a feedback to ASUS about it. They are just focusing on making the phone look symmetrical. The micro USB slot is at the bottom with the primary microphone. In the front, the three navigation buttons are placed separately from the display and they don’t have backlight which is again major drawback in ASUS smartphones. The back cover is removable and you can see the 2 SIM slots along with the micro SD card slot. The primary SIM slot supports 4G/3G/2G while the second SIM slot only supports 2G. You can expand the memory upto 128 GB using the micro SD card. The battery is non-removable. One more interesting thing about the back cover is, it doesn’t attract any fingerprints marks or smudges. It is very difficult to use the phone with only one hand, being a phablet you must use two hands. The summary would be, ASUS has done a great job in terms of design, the new 3D crystallized back cover, metallic rim finish to buttons & camera which gives a premium look to the Zenfone 2 Deluxe.

Display – (8/10)

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The ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe comes with a 5.5 inch full HD IPS display having resolution 1920×1080 pixels. The viewing angles on the phone are good and the touch is very responsive. You need to increase the brightness as the screen is very reflective and you will see your reflection if the brightness is too low or if you go outdoors. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which will protect the phone from getting scratches and other damages. There are different modes to adjust the color saturation as per the task you are performing.

Performance – (9/10)

First let’s talk about hardware specifications of the Zenfone 2 Deluxe. It has an Intel Atom Quad Core Z3580 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz with 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM. For graphics, there is PowerVR G6430 GPU which can run almost every game you throw at it. You have a big advantage in multitasking if you have 4GB RAM on your phone. There is no lag as such in the daily usage. You have 64GB of internal storage on this phone(128 GB variant available too) which is more than enough and mostly you will not need to expand the storage. If need arises then you can expand the storage upto 128Gb using an external SD card.

The phone does get heated up from back and on the display if you play high-end games for too long, but that is bearable. I tried Asphalt 8, Dead trigger 2, Brothers in arms 3, N.O.V.A. 3, and Implosion: Never lose hope. All the games ran perfectly on the phone with just a very few frame drops. It is a good phone for gamers who can get the same performance as the high-end phones.

Benchmark scores for ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe

On the software side it comes with Android 5.0 – lollipop out of the box and runs on ZEN UI its own customized UI. You can customize the looks and features of the phone as per your choice. There is a wide variety of themes available for you to choose from. The Zenfone 2 Deluxe has a lot of bloatware preinstalled though you can uninstall a few apps and disable the others. All the apps are arranged in proper category folders which makes it look clean. You can try various preinstalled apps like MiniMovie, PhotoCollage, Party Link, Share Link, PC link etc. instead of downloading their alternatives.

Camera – (7/10)

ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe comes with a 13MP shooter with a dual-tone LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera. It can take pictures having resolution 4128 x 3096 pixels and record 1080p videos at 30fps.

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The quality of the image is good in daylight and below average in low light. The camera adds up a lot of noise in the low light scenario. Though you can try the low light mode which improves the image quality a bit, but it can only take 3MP shots. One big bug that I noticed was when you try to take a picture in a completely dark environment using the LED flash, the camera is not able to focus and you get a completely de-focused image. Maybe it’s due to the sync issues between the LED flash and the lens focus timing, but it needs to be fixed.

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The shutter speed is increased as compared to Zenfone 2 which was very slow. The most used feature in Zenfones is the beautification which works excellent by bringing uniformity of color on the face and removing all acne and other marks. One of the good things about ASUS smartphones is the camera UI, as it has various different modes out of which most of them works great.

This time I tried recording a slow motion video, but it did not came out to be as expected. The video was very laggy and the slow motion still needs some work. The other features are selfie panorama, night, HDR, Low light, GIF animation, time-lapse, super resolution, depth of field, time rewind, miniature etc. It’s just fun playing with these features and taking snaps according to your background. You can also take a 360-degree picture by using the mode panosphere, but it also lags as you take your last shots to complete the sphere. I guess they need to provide a software update to fix these bugs. Front facing camera can again take some amazing selfies considering that you don’t have a low light situation.

Connectivity – (9/10)

ASUS Zenfone comes with Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, dual SIM (micro sim, 4G + 2G), and NFC support. NFC is an important feature though most of the users don’t make good use of it. In the future it will become a necessity while making payments through the smartphone. The phone has USB OTG support, so you can connect your pen drives and other USB devices if compatible.

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Speaker grills

The speakers are at the back and has an average sound output level. It surely does work great if you are in the same room and you can enjoy stuff like watching movies, playing songs and games. Don’t get confused with the dotted grill type design in the front, the actual speaker grill is at the back.

Battery – (6.5/10)

The phone has a 3000mAh battery which is just not enough if you are a power user. The phone will last for around 12 hours for a normal usage and around 5hrs on heavy gaming. I would recommend you to use the various power saving modes that can at least make the phone last for a day. Or you can carry the charger with you and use the ASUS BoostMaster technology to quickly charge your phone.

ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe Travel adapter (18W)

It takes around 40 mins to charge the phone to 60%. Remember to use the same charger that came with Zenfone 2 Deluxe as it supports quick charge and is of 18W. If you want to make calls and your phone is dead then charge it for 10 mins and get 4hrs of 2G talk time and 2.7hrs of 3G talk time as promised by ASUS. This can be a real life saver in case of emergency.

Pricing and availability – (8/10)

The Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML is available for Rs.22,999 for the 64GB variant and 29,999 for the 128GB version on Flipkart. There are two color options that you can choose from illusion white and illusion blue(purple). I would recommend you to go for purple as the 3D crystal polygons looks great on it. There are various other accessories for Zenfone 2 available like ZenFlash, Lolliflash, ZenPower.

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Checkout: ZenFlash full Review

Also see: ASUS ZenPower 10050mAh in-depth review

Verdict

Well it comes down to whether you should buy ASUS Zenfone 2 Deluxe or not. The design and performance are great, the camera is excellent in daylight but average in low light, and the battery backup is just decent. The phone looks premium but lacks USB-C and fingerprint sensor which are available in OnePlus 2. You can choose between the two.

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ASUS ZenFlash full review

Nowadays almost all the smartphones come equipped with an LED Flash. But still the small flash of the phone falls short in fulfilling the adequate light requirement in a photo. For this ASUS has introduced an accessory called ZenFlash(Xenon Flash dongle) that can be used to output powerful flashlight to brighten up the images. As of now it only works with the ASUS Zenfone 2 variants. So let’s do the ASUS ZenFlash full review and find out what this accessory is capable of doing.

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ASUS ZenFlash Full Review:

Box Content:

  • ZenFlash
  • Silicon Case
  • 2 velcro strips (1 attached and the other 1 spare)
  • User Guide and Warranty card

Design

Front look ZenFlash (With ambient sensor)

Front look ZenFlash (With ambient sensor)

The size of the ZenFlash is almost the same as the size of a normal matchbox. The dimensions are 48 x 30 x 15.7 mm and is very light weight. It has one ambient light sensor in the front and the other flash sensor at the top to detect when the default camera flash turns on. There is a micro USB pin with the cable wrapped around the ZenFlash. The body of the ZenFlash is made of plastic with a rubberized grip at the sides. On the back, it has a velcro attachment with adhesive tape to stick it to Zenfone.

Performance

The Xenon Flash or the ZenFlash is said to be 100 times brighter than a normal LED flash on a smartphone which proves to be true. It drives power from the micro USB port of the Zenfone. The current input of ZenFlash is 5V 300mA and the recharge time is 5-6 seconds. The performance is very similar to a DSLR or professional camera’s Flash.

How ZenFlash Works?

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A Xenon Flash normally has Xenon gas filled inside it which emits very bright light when high voltage electricity is passed through it. So this ZenFlash works in sync with the existing LED flash of the Zenfone 2 series smartphone. It detects the LED flash using the built-in sensor and fires at the same time to give much brighter and detailed pictures. It drives all the power from the smartphone itself and takes some time to recharge for the next shot.

How to use ZenFlash?

On my own it took me a while to understand how the ZenFlash works. So it is better to go through the given user guide before starting to use ZenFlash. Follow the below steps and refer the images given below each step.

Step 1: Remove the ZenFlash from the silicon case.

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Step 2: Remove the micro USB pin and the unwrap the wire from around the ZenFlash.

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Step 3: Separate the adhesive velcro tape from the ZenFlash. Next remove the plastic to uncover the adhesive side and stick it to the ZenFlash in the vertical direction.

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Step 4: Now attach the ZenFlash to the smartphone using the velcro such that the top sensor of ZenFlash and the LED flash are on the same side.

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Step 5: Time to connect the micro USB pin of ZenFlash to the micro USB port of the smartphone.

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Step 6: Download and launch the ZenFlash camera app if it doesn’t start by itself when you connect the accessory. Now you are all set to start clicking pictures without worrying about light conditions. Make sure you select proper distance of the object, as the intensity of flash depends on it. If you choose a larger distance for a closer object then you will get too bright images and vice-versa. It takes some time for the ZenFlash to recharge itself before clicking the next shot.

Zenflash camera app

 

Make sure you disconnect and remove the ZenFlash after use. The adhesive tape is reusable and you can also apply normal glue if it stops working after a certain period of time.

SAMPLE IMAGE

The below image was shot in complete dark scenario in zero light condition

ZenFlash Image sample

ZenFlash Image sample

The above picture is the compressed version of the original image, to see the full HD image click here.

Pricing and availability

The ZenFlash is priced for Rs.1599 which is costly. But for all those enthusiastic photographers out there, this is a very nice accessory to use if you have a Zenfone 2 series smartphone. The quality of images for indoor parties and events will definitely improve if you use ZenFlash. As of now it is not available in the market for buying, we will let you know as soon as there is any news. Let us know what do you think of this accessory and if you would buy it, through the comment section below.

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ASUS ROG G751 Gaming Laptop review

ASUS has been launching various types of laptops in the market, and recently we got our hands on the new ASUS ROG G751 gaming laptop. We took it for a review and tested various high-end games on it. If I were to describe it in one sentence then, this is a compressed version of a Desktop gaming PC. Let’s take a closer look and find out if it’s worth buying.

ASUS ROG G751 Gaming Laptop review

Design

The ASUS ROG G751 looks like a gaming monster as its heavy(around 4 Kg) and large in size(17.3 inch screen). It is not that portable as you may imagine while buying a normal laptop. If you plan to keep it on your desk most of the time while playing, then the weight may not be an issue. Keeping in mind that it is a high-performance gaming laptop I can compromise with the portability factor. The dual air vents are on the rear which looks like the exhaust vents of a jet engine. The top of the lid has a fine matte finish which provides a good grip while holding this beast in your hand. The hinge of the laptop is 1.5 inches away from the edge. On the back of the lid, there is a red lighted ROG(Republic Of Gamers) logo which gives it a cool look. The keyboard and trackpad are also well designed with W, A, S, D keys highlighted with red color. It has a red backlight keyboard which again maintains the color theme of the laptop. There are some custom keys to toggle ShadowPlay, Steam and three programmable buttons (M1,M2,M3). The Trackpad is also large enough and responsive to easily handle the navigation and the gestures. In a nutshell, the build is strong but we cannot term it as highly portable.

Display

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ASUS ROG G751 has a 17.3-inch display, which is quite good enough for gaming experience keeping in mind that its a laptop(Though in gaming the screen size is like – the more the merrier). It has 178 deg of viewing angle as promised by ASUS, and we can assure you that the viewing angles are great. The display is an IPS FHD with a resolution of 1920×1080 covered by a anti-glare coating.

Connectivity

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ASUS ROG G751 Ports

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  • 4 USB 3.0 ports (2 on left and 2 on the right)
  • 1 VGA port
  • 1 HDMI port
  • 1 Thunderbolt port
  • 3 Audio Jacks (Headphone, microphone and podcast)
  • 1 Lan Port
  • SD/MMC reader
  • Blu-ray reader and writer
  • Bluetooth 4.0 and Wifi

Performance

ASUS ROG G751 runs an intel i7-4710HQ processor clocked at 2.5Ghz with 24GB of RAM(23.9 User available). It comes with the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphic card(2GB- NVIDIA, 2GB- Intel HD 4600) which is the soul of this beast. Because of the graphic card, we are able to output video to 4K displays and enhance the overall gaming performance. Talking about the memory we have 1 TB hard disk(HDD) out of which 256 GB SSD storage is available for the operating system. You can press the ShadowPlay button to record the gameplay which is supported by the new GeForce graphics cards. We tried various high graphics games like Shadow of Mordor, Watch Dogs, GTA V, Assassin’s creed unity, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare etc which ran very well without any lag. Performance wise the ROG G751 has no issues as such, and delivers the max performance. The dual fans with three copper pipes does a good job of cooling the laptop even when its overclocked. It comes with ASUS TurboMaster GPU overclocking which boosts the performance by 5%.

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ASUS ROG G751 SubWoofer

The speakers are placed near the hinge which face directly towards the user for enhanced sound output. The sound quality is good and the speakers are sufficiently loud. At the botton there is a low frequency subwoofer to enhance the overall gaming performance.

It comes with Windows 8 Pro preinstalled and some default software from ASUS and NVIDIA like ASUS smart gesture, gaming center, macro key, GPU tweak, web storage, GeForce Experience etc. You should definitely try these software to tweak the features of the laptop.

ASUS ROG G751 charging Adapter

ASUS ROG G751 charging Adapter

Battery and pricing

This is the point where the G751 doesn’t performs much well. You can hardly get 1 hour of battery backup while gaming and 3-4 hrs with normal usage. One more issues that I noticed was whenever the battery level goes below 50% while playing game, it will start to lag and you will have to connect it to a power source to solve the problem. May be the graphic card doesn’t get the required power to run efficiently. So you can’t expect much from the battery backup of G751 while playing games.

The laptop is available on Amazon for 2244$(including shipping), and for Indian Users its available on Ebay for Rs.206,175. There is a 1 year Internation warranty on the laptop with 1 year accidental damage cover.

ASUS ZenPower review

ASUS Zenpower 10050 full review

Low battery backup is the biggest issue in today’s smartphone. We have built Octa-core processors, but most smartphone batteries don’t even last a day with some normal usage. Companies have introduced an option to use power banks to charge your smartphone on the go. ASUS recently announced its power bank called as ZenPower having capacity of 10050 mAh. Lets do a full review and check out all the specifications in detail. At last we will also compare it with other power banks from OnePlus and Xiaomi.

Asus Zenpower 10050 full review :

Box Contents :

  • 1 x ZenPower
  • 1 x small USB cable
  • Multi-lang User guide

Design

ZenPower has a brushed metal finish texture body with aluminium alloy coating. The dimensions are 90.5 x 59 x 22 mm, which is approximately same as of a credit card in terms of length and breadth. It will be available in multi color such as black, silver, gold, blue, and hot pink. The black one has concentric circles on the power button giving it a premium Zen look. It only weighs 215 g which is lighter than other power banks from Xiaomi and OnePlus. The metal casing can withstand 60 KG of weight at max. On the top it has 1 USB port for charging your smartphone, 1 micro USB port for charging ZenPower, 1 power button with 4 led battery indicator lights. The USB can be plugged in-out 5000 times as per the tests performed.

Technical specifications

ZenPower contains 3 high-density 18650/3350 mAh lithium-ion battery cell to deliver 10050 mAh of total power. It gives output voltage of 5.1 V with 2.4 A current while consuming 5 V and 2 A as input. Your smartphone can draw maximum current out of Zen Power thus charging itself quickly. You can also charge your tablet with Zen Power as the output current is high. It can fully charge a ZenFone 2 (3000 mAh) more than 2 times, iPhone 6 (1810 mAh) for than 3 times, iPhone 6 Plus (2915 mAh) for more than 2 times and a Nexus 7 (4325 mAh) more than once. So you can get a rough estimate of the full charges for your smartphone. Lastly, it takes 6 hrs to fully charge a Zen Power with a 5 V 2 A standard charger at a temperature range of 0-40℃.

Features

Zen Power can automatically detect when you connect/disconnect your smartphone, and turn itself on/off respectively. It will also stop charging your phone, when its fully charged avoiding over charging problem. The Zen Power is capable of working in temperature range of -40℃ to 70℃, which gives you the freedom to use it in any climate. It has 11 safety features which are mentioned below.

1. Temperature Protection
2. Short circuit Protection
3. Reset Protection
4. Input over Voltage Protection
5. Output over Voltage Protection
6. Input reverse direction protection
7. Over charge/over discharge protection
8. Output Over Current Protection
9. Cell PTC (Positive temperature coefficient) Protection
10. Adapter protection
11. JEITA Protection (Adjusting charging current according to surrounding temperature to improve battery life by 1.8 times)

Apart from these safety features, Zen Power is certified with 6 international Safety Certification that includes CE, UL, CB, BSMI, EAC and TISI ensuring more safety.

ASUS ZenPower is priced at Rs.1499 for all the colors except black which is priced at Rs.1599. You can buy it from the below given links.

You can also buy silicone bumper sleeve for ZenPower to protect it from scratches, dust and external damage. It is available in 4 colors light red, yellow, aqua and black. The price for bumper sleeve is Rs. 299.

Comparison

In terms of charging current (2.4 A) ASUS ZenPower leads as compared to MI and OnePlus power bank. The OnePlus power bank has dual USB to charge two smartphones at the same time which is not present in ZenPower. The capacity of Mi Power bank is the highest among all the three with 10400mAh of total power. In terms of safety features, the ZenPower again leads by a few points. ZenPower is lightest among the three brands with 215 g of weight. But in pricing the ZenPower is higher than the other two. So overall if you can raise your budget, you can get faster charging and more safety features with Zen Power.

Let us know what all features do you expect to be in a power bank that you would love to use. Also if you have any doubts regarding ZenPower do mention them in the comment section below.

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ASUS MeMO Pad 8 ME581CL in-depth review

The new ASUS MeMO Pad 8(ME581CL) was launched in last year, which is a successor to the previous model ME180A. The new MeMO Pad 8 has some amazing upgrades as compared to its predecessor. Let’s take a in-depth review and find out if this device is worth your money.

Design

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ASUS MeMO Pad 8 has a glossy back consisting of multiple layers made up using NVCM(Non-Conductive Vacuum Metalizing) technology. The MeMO Pad weighs only 299g and is 7.5mm in thickness. You can easily use the device for hours without any troubles as it is light in weight and easy to hold. On the front it has simple look with a ASUS logo at the bottom of the screen. It comes in three colors white, pink and blue. On the right you have the volume rockers ,power button, SIM card slot and a microphone may be secondary. On the top you have the headphone jack with Micro SD card slot on the left. The micro USB port is at the bottom of the MeMO pad and speaker grill on the back. Along with it you have ASUS logo with a NFC label just below it. In all the design is decent and the device doesn’t feel cheap in your hands.

Display

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Asus MeMO Pad comes with an 8 inch IPS display having screen resolution of 1200×1920 pixels which counts upto 283ppi. This is an upgrade if we compare it to the previous model which had a resolution of 800×1280 pixels. The device has highly sensitive fluid display which makes it possible to write using any pen or pencil with a tip radius of 0.75mm or above.The screen is protected by corning gorilla glass 3 which avoids any fine scratches and screen damage. The touch is very smooth and the screen is covered with a anti-fingerprint coating that prevents fingerprint marks. The viewing angles are just great which makes it a good device to watch movie together with your friends and family. It has a 10 point multi-touch display. ASUS has done a great job in terms of screen so you can consider it a heads up in this feature.

Performance

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The ASUS MeMO Pad 8 has a 64 bit Intel Atom Z3580 quad core processor clocked at 1.83 Ghz. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 16/32 GB variants in internal storage. We faced no lag while multitasking and heavy usage due to the amazing hardware present on the device. Coming to the graphics it has PowerVR G6430 GPU which does an amazing job of running high-end games on the device. The device heats up from the back while playing high graphic games. But overall the device performs great in terms of gaming and heavy usage. The tablet has Android 4.4.2 Kitkat installed out of the box and currently there is no news of lollipop update. On the operating side, it has Zen UI installed and there are some pre-installed applications which comes along with the tablet. The Antutu Benchmark score for MeMO Pad 8 was 40837 which was above MI3 and below S5 and other high end devices.

Camera, Sound and Connectivity

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ASUS MeMO pad 8 has 5MP rear camera with a resolution of 2592×1944 pixels. The auto and touch to focus works really fast and accurate in this tablet. Front camera is of 1.2MP which is capable of clicking decent selfie. With good light conditions you can click some nice snaps. Coming to the video recording, you can record full HD video with this device. The camera App for ASUS has many features that you can use to enhance your picture quality according to the condition.

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The MeMO Pad 8 has dual stereo speakers at the back side of the tablet. The sound from these speakers is loud and clear that would make your movie watching experience even better.

Coming to connectivity, ASUS MeMO Pad 8 has 4G LTE support and it has a GSM SIM card tray at the right side. Along with that we have GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, Wifi and NFC so that you can stay connected all the time. The device supports USB OTG feature and we tried connecting a USB drive to it which worked fine.

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The device has a non-removable Li-Po battery which can last up to 9 hours according to ASUS. We tested and found that it lasted for the same with above normal usage. You also get some nice features like the dual Apps and reading mode with MeMO Pad 8. The dual Apps was a bit laggy when used with Apps that require internet connection, but its a very useful feature. You can also use Miracast to stream videos and other content directly to your TV.

Pricing and availability

It all comes down to the pricing where the tablet is a bit over priced. It would be launched for Rs.19,999 and would be exclusively through Flipkart. The device comes with 1 year manufacturer warranty. We are getting in touch with Asus to find out when the device will be available, till then stay tuned.

Do let us know if you would go for this high-end device or not through the comment section below.