ASUS UX360CA-AH51T

ASUS UX360CA-AH51T Laptop Review

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The ASUS UX360CA-AH51T is a thin, beautifully crafted ultrabook that simply gets you talking. Among its prized arsenal is a 13.3 Inch 1920 x 1080p touch sensitive display, and of course a 360 degree hinges make it usable in many different profiles. It features an impressive set of specs that puts it high up among the best in its category, wielding a Kabylake Intel Core i5-7Y54 Processor, 8GB memory and 256GB Solid State Drive. Thus multimedia consumption, word processing, light gaming and photo/video editing will be a breeze for its user.

Travel warrior, business executive, students and writers will find this as an excellent laptop that’ll meet their unique needs, and that at an impessive price. If however one needs a machine with a more powerful processor and a larger screen, then the ASUS K501UW-AB78  or the HP ENVY 15-as020nr may make better choices.

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Pros

 

  • Thin and light weight. Pleasantly portable
  • Excellent display with wide viewing angles
  • Long battery life
  • Fanless design resulting in silent operation

 


Cons

 

  • Limited ports owing its small size. Dongles may be necessary.

 


Verdict

 

  • Is a powerful mid-range ultrabook with an upper hand to most of its competition. A great choice of a machine.

 

 

ASUS UX360CA-AH51T SPECS


 

ProcessorIntel i5-7Y54 1.2 GHz Processor (Turbo to 3.2 GHz)
RAM8 GB DDR3L
Internal Storage256 GB SSD
Display13.3″ LCD |Resolution – 1920 x 1080 (HD) | Anti-glare | LED lit
Touch ScreenYes (10 point multi-touch)
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 515
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.1 | Integrated 802.11a/b/g/n/ac(2×2)
InterfaceMicrophone-in/Headphone-out jack
USB 3.0 port(s) ( x 2)
USB-C Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps)
Micro HDMI
Micro SDXC card reader
AC adapter plug
Volume up/down 
        Memory Card Reader
Yes | Supports Secure Digital (SD) Card
Keyboard backlightNo
Integrated WebcamYes
Optical driveNo
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
AudioBuilt-in Stereo 1.6 W Speakers And Digital Array Microphone
Battery3 Cells 54 Whrs Polymer Battery
Dimensions12.7 x 8.7 x 0.55 inches
Weight 2.9 lbs
Power AdapterInput – AC 100/240 V [50-60 Hz] || Output – 45 Watt, 19 V, 2.37 A
ColorMineral Grey
Warranty1-year International Warranty with ASUS 1-year Accidental Damage Protection

 

DESIGN AND FEATURES


On first look, one can’t help but notice the glitter over the smooth yet textured surface of the ASUS UX360CA-AH51T. The ASUS logo glitters at the center of the lid, with thin concentric circles rippling from that point out. Its aluminum unibody arouses that feeling of extravaganc, when you have something expensive on it and you know you look good. Nothing about the body feels cheap.

Flex is negligible on the lid and the bottom panel. Whats more impressive is its thin form and light weight, only measuring half an inch thick and weighing 2.9 lbs. Okay, if you’ve seen the Dell Xps 13-9560, then you will definitely notice the rounded corners in the Asus flip’s design. The 13 Inch Dell XPS definitely looks more muscular. Its more of a work horse than ASUS UX360CA-AH51T when it comes to raw power.

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Owing to its 360 degree hinges, one is able to make use of the ASUS UX360CA-AH51T in three modes; laptops mode, tent mode, stand mode and tablet mode. And yes, you can manage to hold it comfortably in one hand for a while on tablet mode owing to its light weight. However, the HP Spectre x 360 13t is a slightly lighter 2-in-1, weighing only 2.4 lbs.

It is obvious with such a thin form that no DVD writer is present. That’s one of the trade-offs for a thin and light build. If you’re one of those people who just can’t do without a DVD writer, then getting an external one may be a good option. And if that doesn’t work for you, then consider the 15 Inch ASUS F556UA-AB54, which of course weight slightly more.

 

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DISPLAY

As mentioned earlier, the ASUS UX360CA-AH51T brands an excellent 13.3 Inch FHD display. Unlike in most touch sensitive displays which have glossy finishes, the ASUS UX360CA-AH51T has a matte finish that keeps glare to the bare minimum. As is common with IPS panel displays, viewing angles are quite wide, exceeding 80 degrees from the center of the screen.

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Brightness levels are wide between the lowest and highest brightness levels, with the highest brightness coming up to 350cd/m2. Color saturation is equally impressive, with up to 72% NTSC color gamut.

 


INPUT DEVICES

For writers and anyone who plans two type a lot, this makes an excellent machine. Why? The keyboard and track pad are excellent. Key travel is up to 1.5mm, which is impressive for a machine with such a thin profile. The chicliet keys are well spaced and responsive, although not backlit. Not this is the dark side of it. But if you seldom work in dark environments, this might not be so much a bother to you.

 

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The touch pad measures 4.1 x 2.8 Inches, more on the big side if you ask me. It supports several gestures and is quite responsive. And the cursor doesn’t skip even when scrolling through content rich websites.

 


PERFORMANCE

Processor

The ASUS UX360CA-AH51T runs on an Intel i5-7Y54 Processor with a base clock speed of 1.2 GHz and turbo speed of 3.2 GHz. Its not the most powerful of processors, but for its category, its a definite powerhouse. The i5-7Y54 is an extremely efficient dual core processor, requiring only passive cooling. Owing to this high level of efficiency, power consumption and heat dissipation is kept at ground level resulting in the long battery life.

Most day-to-day tasks such as word processing, net browsing, video streaming and light video/photo editing run effortlessly on the ASUS UX360CA-AH51T. Light games also play comfortably thanks to the high processor clock speed and good graphics. In comparison to other processors with higher TDP (15 W), it can sure keep up for a while, although falling under on sustained loading.

 


Graphics

The Intel HD Graphics 515 that the ASUS UX360CA-AH51T runs on is an low power integrated unit found mostly in Core M series of the Skylake generation. It is well suited to handle simple games such as Counter-Strike or Dota with acceptable frame rates. If you’re more into gaming, you might find the Lenovo Legion Y520 quite interesting for your taste.

 

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Internal storage and RAM

Boot time is greatly reduced to less than 10 seconds. And we owe that to its snappy 256 GB solid state drive. As the trend is today, most modern laptops are forsaking the older hard disk drive technology for more recent SSDs. Well, that’s obviously not a surprise especially considering their power efficiency, light weight and speed. Adding 8 GB of RAM to all that results in a swift machine that seldom, if ever, slow down… perfect for getting things done on the go.

Heat and sound


The ASUS UX360CA-AH51T runs completely silent… and you might just leave it on if you’re accustomed to loud treadmill hum of your old computer. This we owe its passively cooled system and to an excellent thermodynamic design. When under heavy load such as video streaming, the bottom of the machine gets to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, which is within acceptable comfort levels.

Sound quality is impressive, with good highs and fairly deep lows. In addition to that, the ASUS Audio Wizard gives the user several pre-set sound profiles to choose from.

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The ASUS UX360CA-AH51T is a sylphlike machine that gracefully draws our appreciation in more ways than one. Its armory include an excellent touch sensitive 1080p display, 360 degree hinge, a protracted battery life, light weight aluminum body, fast Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and brisk 256 GB solid state drive. Thus the ASUS UX360CA-AH51T beats most of its competition running on Core M processors hands down on fair ground. The only rival it has to reckon with is the ASUS ZenBook UX330UA-AH54 retailing under 750 dollars. 

 

 

 

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