Asus ZenBook 15 (UX533F) Review

Asus ZenBook 15 (UX533F) Full Review

Asus unveiled a new lineup of laptops in the IFA at the end of 2018, showing three new models in the premium Zenbook series. While the Zenbook range has always focused on sleek designs and powerful hardware, this new generation of laptops has been able to fully take Asus's aspirations to a different level. 

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Asus ZenBook 15 (UX533F) Full Review

The gorgeous performance with strong military-grade metal bodies, impressive small profiles, powerful 8th Intel Intel processors, and very narrow bezels are among these new zenbook-making symptoms.

  • It features an 8th Gen Intel processor paired with 16GB of RAM
  • Overall performance and battery life are very good

The newly updated ZenBook 13, ZenBook 14 and the ZenBook 15 models have us amazed at this event with our elegant design, very portable form factors and powerful hardware in hand. 

Today for review, we have the Asus ZenBook 15 UX533F, the largest and most powerful of all three. It goes against the respected opponents like Dell XPS15, Apple MacBook Pro, HP Specter x360 and Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 to name a few.

Lots of things about the new Asus ZenBook 15 UX533F, from its sophisticated design to powerful hardware. But is the price of the promotion of new Asus, and more importantly is that the premium value? Let's engross in the review and find out.

Asus ZenBook 15 UX533F Design

Design of Asus ZenBook 15 UX533F can be described in the best and modern form. The new Asus offer has inherited the zenbook DNA of its predecessors with sharp edges and a signed brush finish with concentric circles, but at the same time, it also introduces some aesthetics with its distinct identity.

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Asus ZenBook 15 (UX533F) Full Review

For example, the surface finish on the lid is quite smooth with less brightness than before. The whole body has a matte finish, which gives it a clear appearance. Asus Icon Silver and Royal Blue are offering ZenBook 15 UX533F, and we think the latter option is more premium.

The ASUS ZenBook logo has been moved from the keyboard to the main body just below the screen, which helps in creating a minimalist look. 

But the ZenBook 15 UX533F is not just about a classy presence; It claims to be a MIL-STD 810G-certified body, which means that it should be able to work in harsh weather conditions. It also hopes that this premium laptop will be strong.

Thankfully, Asus has not gone to sleep here, a design choice that failed to impress us with ZenBook UX580GE and ZenBook 3 UX390UA. Asus is not clearly done completely with attractive elements, though. 

On top of the keyboard, there is a rose gold bar, and a similar shed is used on the keyboard keeper. Contrary to the Royal Blue Body, some people may find it very attractive. However, stickers tend to spoil the look to some extent.

Now the first thing that will affect users on display on the device - display The ZenBook 15 UX533F has a 15.6-inch display, which has very thin bezels all around - 'Nano-Edge' in Asus's words. The side borders are just 3mm thin, while the top and bottom measure 6.4 mm and 4.5 mm, respectively. 

From this, Asus cram has helped in the size of a 14-inch traditional laptop in the 15-inch panel, and the effect is amazing. The good thing is that the webcam is still located above the display, unlike its weird placement in the lower part, as we have seen with some other laptops such as Dell's popular XPS series.

The hinge provides the correct amount of resistance and all the way bends back to 141 degrees, which means that the user can adjust the display angle according to their choice. Also, by pushing the lid backward, the lower half of this laptop also increases by up to 3 degrees.

An ergonomic adjustment that definitely helps when typing. Asus also claims that raising the base of this laptop from the flat surface helps improve the audio quality of the speaker as well as cooling.

Talking about the keyboard, there is a dedicated number pad, which is always good to be in someone's disposal, though it means that there is no need for LED-enlightened number pads built in the trackpad of the small ZenBook 13 and ZenBook 14 models. Launched with ZenBook 15 UX533F.

The keys offer 1.4 mm of travel and there is a good amount of space among them, which gives a comfortable typing experience. While typing the direction keys and placement of a small dimension, some problems can occur, and therefore + (plus), - (minus).  

And the second "Enter" key on the number pad may be the odd location. Overall, however, typing on the keyboard of ZenBook 15 UX533F was comfortable and easy, where only the right amount of resistance is needed to register the input.

Asus has introduced a cool feature with the ZenBook 15 UX533F - on most laptops, users have to press Fn key together with one of the function keys to activate the shortcut, but at ZenBook 15 UX533F, you have the most First you can tap the Fn key and then press any other key between F1 and F12.

The trackpad is quite wide and its tracking is also good. Thanks to the support of Windows Precision Drivers, multi-finger gestures work fine.

A significant reduction, which could be a major red flag for potential buyers, is that the keyboard deck and palm rest area flex easily on the application of small amounts of pressure. 

Flex is particularly noticeable in the center of the keyboard, which is not good for premium laptops. At least the body does not creak. For the lid, it bends slightly, especially when applied to the pressure center.

On the other hand, along with the lid, are quite solid. But despite the slight flakes displayed by the lid, the display does not warp and there is no distortion in the color of on-screen material. 

We have mentioned that the ZenBook 15 UX 533F can be carried in a bag with some books, without worrying too much about the load, there is probably a loss to the laptop. However, to avoid any scratches on the metal body, it would be better to keep the laptop covered in the sleeve.

There is no fingerprint sensor for authentication, but onboard facial recognition works for Windows Hello sign-in system duties. The 3D IR sensor recognizes the face in a well-lit condition, but it takes a little more time compared to the fingerprint sensor. Apart from this, in the dim or dark room, the IR sensor is not very reliable.

The overall profile of the ZenBook 15 UX533F is small enough for a laptop that packs a display of 15.6 inches and makes it easier to handle it with the same weight distribution. Asus claims that ZenBook 15 UX533F is the smallest 15-inch laptop from there. 

It measures the scales on only 1.67 kg and measures 35.4cm x 22cm x 1.79cm. In comparison, the new Dell XPS15, which also has an impressively thin bezel, is still bigger and bigger than Asus Zenbook 15 UX 533F. There is a breeze to take Aus's new offer all around and will not look too heavy in a backpack.

To make a smooth ultra-book, Asus has thanked that the ports and connectivity have not been sacrificed. The ZenBook 15 UX533F is equipped with a USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port, two USB 3.1 Type-A port, an HDMI port, an SD card slot, and a 3.5mm jack.

Wireless connectivity is controlled by Bluetooth 5 and Gigabit-class dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac. Asus says that its proprietary Wi-Fi Master technology provides approximate download speeds of 1.7Gbps. Asus has done an admirable job to equip this device with so many ports, especially at such times when PC-Makers are porting on high-end machines like Mac-Mac.

For all, Asus has built a beautiful laptop that is elegant and impressive portable. Whether it was not for flex in its keyboard deck and lid, the ZenBook 15 UX533F could have been ranked in the best ultrabook made there. Asus ZenBook 15 ships a protective sleeve with UX533F, which appears to be made of high-quality material and has a minimal design.

Asus ZenBook 15 UX533F specification and Software

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Asus ZenBook 15 (UX533F) Full Review
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533F is available in a single configuration at the time of launch in India. It is operated by the 8th Gen Quad-Core Intel Core i7-8565U processor (based on whiskey lake architecture) with a turbo frequency up to 1.8 GHz base speed and 4.6 GHz. It has been connected with 16GB LPDDR4 RAM (2400 MHz) and 1TB PCIe SSD, which claims that it is the fastest in its class.

In the graphics department, you get the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 GPU using the Max-Q design optimization of Nvidia, which has 2 GB GDRR5 VRAM. ZenBook 15 is equipped with 73Wh 4-cell lithium-polymer batteries and vessels with UX533F 90W power adapter. All this hardware comes at a steep price of Rs. 1,39,990

A quick look at the official website of Asus shows that the company offers low-end variants in some markets with 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U processor, 8GB LPDDR4 RAM, and 256/512 GB PCIe SSD. The company has not confirmed whether these options will be offered in India in the future.

At this price, the GPU may seem to be less powerful for laptops, but it is much better than that integrated Intel GPU which you get with this thin and light laptop. For that price point, you can get a decent gaming laptop with a beefier processor and better graphics, but this will mean that the ZenBook 15 UX533F's portability sacrifice.

Windows 10 Pro handles things on the software side. Asus ships this premium laptop with some of its apps such as Asus Battery Health Charging for Power Management and Asus Splendid for the better audio-visual experience. Asus Quite Fan App allows you to increase fan speed manually to promote performance during intensive tasks at the expense of fan noise. Hosts from other apps are also bundled, but most do not seem particularly useful.

Asus ZenBook 15 UX533F Performance and Battery Life

Before we start discussing the processing and graphics grunt of ZenBook 15 UX 533F, let's put some light on its audio and display quality. The laptop has a full-HD resolution and 178-degree viewing angle in the 15.6-inch display. It is capable of reproducing 72 percent of colors in the NTSC gamma.

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Asus ZenBook 15 (UX533F) Full Review
The display presents good colors and provides good sharpness and contrast with enough brightness under indoor lighting. Watching 4K videos and playing games at full-HD resolution were delightful on the device, but there is also some downside.

The display of ZenBook 15 UX533F is quite reflexive and outdoor visibility is not very good. Using a laptop from the outside in the sunlight was not very pleasant, even with the brightness cranked up to the maximum. The screen looked dull and a dull under direct sunlight, but again, there are not many laptops whose performance will be much better under the circumstances.

For audio demonstration, the ZenBook 15 UX533F shone in some ways and others got stumbled. The twins in the device are Herman Cardon-certified speakers, supported by the Dual-Channel Smart Amplifier with the Asus-proprietary SonicMaster technology.

Speakers of ZenBook 15 UX533F provide a balanced audio profile with a clear tone, but only when the volume remains below 50-60 percent. Cranking the volume beyond that level creates very noticeable distortion. 

In addition, while most songs and videos look good, bass-heavy tracks and heavy action scenes in video or games have diminished from our expectations and heard in sound.

In terms of processing performance, the ZenBook 15 UX533F completely cures our experience. Intel Core i7-8565U is a very capable processor and we handle most of the tasks without any hassles. 

Using the device in our time, we did not come to any intervals or stunts in everyday use. Whether it is viewing 4K video or working with multiple background apps and one-tonne chrome tab is open, ZenBook 15 UX533F proved to be sluggish.

Our Synthetic Benchmark scores tell the same story of zippy performance, but graphics-intensive testing, especially the game, has left much to be desired. The ZenBook 15 UX533F scored 3,955 in the standard PCMark 10 benchmark and added 3,917 on the scoreboard with PCMark 10 Extended Testing. 

For Geekbench, the multi-core and single-core scores were 17,594 and 5,243, respectively. The single-core Cinebrench R15 score was at 190, while the multi-core telly was at 822.

VRay CPU and GPU tests end in 3 minutes, 59 seconds and 5 minutes, 58 seconds, respectively. The POVRay (v.3.7) test ended in only 1 minute and 38 seconds. Examinations from SiSoft Sandra on four parameters are listed below:

• CPU Arithmetic: 83.88GOPS

• CPU Multimedia: 223.21MPix / s

• Memory bandwidth: 25 GB / s

• Cryptographic Bandwidth: 6.4GB / s

When it comes to browser-based benchmarks, ZenBook 15 UX533F scored 249 in WebXPRT 3, and 656.1 in Bismark Web v3.0. In addition, the device went on an average of approximately 10 minutes and 25 seconds through the rendering test of BMW 27 of Blender. We were able to compress the 1.3GB file in 59 seconds using 7zip only.

Another area in which the high-end asset was a shine, it was super-fast storage. Asus claims that the SSD of the ZenBook 15 UX533F provides the fastest gradual reading and writing speed in its segment, and we are greatly impressed by its actual performance. Using CrystalDiskMark, we recorded sequential reading and writing speed of 3467.8Mbps and 2294.0Mbps, respectively.

Coming to the more graphics-intensive side of benchmarking, premium Asus laptops scored 1,695 in 3DMark Time Spy Test, 4,502 in Fire Strike, and 538 in Fire Strike Ultra. Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU (Max-Q) is not particularly well-suited for high-end gaming, 

so it was not surprising that using only the average frame rate of 26fps when using the ZenBook 15 UX533F High (default) graphics Can manage Preset 5 on a full-HD resolution in Far Cry 5. The preset of the graphics on the medium in the same resolution takes a little bit of output to 29fps.

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In Des X: In-built benchmark of Mankind Divide, the device used an average of 28.2fps using 1920 x 1080 using high graphics settings. ZenBox 15 UX 53333F performs better in the Metro: Last Light Redux, reached the full frame rate of 47.06fps completely. -HD graphics were cranked with very high preset with.

Needless to say, ZenBook 15 UX533 FA is not the ideal device for gaming if you want crystal clear visuals and butter smooth frame rates in AAA games, but this is not targeted to gamers. You will be able to enjoy these games in low-quality settings, and more casual titles should also be run better.

Despite packing a double-fan cooling system, the ZenBook 15 UX533F became very hot during our tests After 30-45 minutes of gaming, the bottom part of the laptop became quite hot. Apart from this, when the device is kept for a moderate intensive task, then double fans can get very loud.

Coming to battery life, the 73Whr Li-Polymer battery of the ZenBook 15 UX533F easily went through a day of basic productivity tasks, in which many articles were written, watching online information and watching some videos on YouTube. 

Through a full work week, we found an average of 8 hours, 20 minutes of battery life, with a 50-minute brightness set with regular use at the ZenBook 15 UX533F.

If you play games, or if your daily work involves works such as graphics rendering, then expect that average to be reduced significantly. ZenBook 15 UX533F lasted for 1 hour, 33 minutes in the Synthetic Battery Eater Pro-Test, which imitates stressful work. 

Asus claims that the ZenBook 15 UX 533F will run for 17 hours per hour, and while it is much higher than the average battery life we recorded, the number is still good. 


There is a lot of work going on in favor of the ZenBook 15 UX533F. A beautiful design, portability, gorgeous display, fast processor, and good battery life Premium section have all the necessary conditions for a competent laptop. 

The ZenBook 15 UX533F provides everything, and to a lesser extent, except for a sub-equal audio experience, there is not much to dislike an annoying reflective display, and flex dislike.

In fact, the ZenBook 15 UX533F is an excellent premium laptop. It is in the market for a sleek computing machine, which looks to impress any shopkeeper, and will also meet the needs of an electric user. The high asking price can stop many potential buyers.

Rupee. At 1,39,990, this high-end asset laptop goes head-to-head with some very capable devices of established brands including Apple, HP, and Dell, all of which have cultivated high brand value and targeted audiences Has gained confidence from. 

The ZenBook 15 UX533F is an alternative option to some extent, and buyers may be a difficult task to persuade Asus to spend so much. In the end, it will have to decide whether or not they want to take a leap of confidence, which is clearly an excellent machine.

Price: Rs. 1,39,990 (according to review)

The professionals

• Smooth and portable
• Beautiful screen with a thin bezel
• Good battery life
• adequate number of ports
• Casual keyboard and responsive trackpad
• Enabled hardware and good performance


• Audio quality may be better
• Heats up quickly in stress
• Keyboard Deck Flex
• Face recognition is slow / not particularly reliable
• High price

Rating (of 5)

• Design: 4.5
• Display: 4
• Performance: 4.5
• Software: 4
• Battery Life: 4
• Value for money: 4
• Overall: 4

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