Asus ZenPad Tablet Review: What’s so special?
The Asus ZenPad tablet is one of the best tablets available at any price. It is made with premium materials such as aluminum and glass, which are both light but strong enough to provide good protection from drops. Its screen is bright and clear, and it provides great viewing angles thanks to its wide 178 degree viewing angle. The device weighs just 1 pound (0.45 kg), making it easy to carry around.
It is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, along with 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage space. It supports microSD card expansion up to 128GB, which allows users to expand their storage capacity further using external storage devices or via USB flash drives. The device features 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, and a front facing camera.
The ASUS ZenPad tablet comes in two different models – the regular model with 8 GB of memory and 256 GB of storage space priced at $299 while the high-end model with 16 GB of memory and 512 GB of storage space costs $399. Both versions feature a 10.1 inch full high definition display with a 1920 by 1200 pixel resolution. It also comes with a micro-USB port for charging and data connections, as well as a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.
ASUS has designed the ZenPad tablet to be tough and durable, with the aluminum back panel protecting it from drops of up to 3 feet (0.9 meters) and the Gorilla Glass protecting the screen from scratches and other external damage. The tablet is also very powerful – it comes with the latest quad-core Z3735F processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, which is more than enough to handle most everyday computing tasks.
But the one thing that really sets the ZenPad apart from other tablets on the market is its price. The base model costs $200 less than its closest competitor, and the high-end model costs $400 less than the closest competitor. That is a price difference of $600, or almost 50% – which is massive considering most tablets have price tags that are already in excess of $500.
A tablet with that kind of price difference should obviously come with some sacrifices, right?
Well apparently ASUS disagrees because the ZenPad offers virtually no sacrifices at all. It still offers the same full high definition screen as its competitors, it still features a powerful quad-core processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, and it still offers up to 128 GB of storage space. It even comes with a micro-USB port for charging and data connections, as well as a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.
There really is nothing not to like about this tablet – it’s clearly the best value-for-money product on the market today. The only possible weak points would be the lack of expandable memory and the low battery capacity of just 6,600 mAh.
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