Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Review
Tablets are starting to split into multiple categories. Those like the iPad Pro, Microsoft Surface and Google Pixel C that offer a laptop-like experience and those that are, well, cheap.In many ways, the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is a throw back to older tablets. It’s a 10-inch media-centric device that’s all about giving you a big screen to watch movies and listen to music.Like most tablets, the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 looks a little like an iPad. It has those slightly chamfered edges – or diamond cut, as Asus likes to call them – and a sparse metal back. It’s thin and feels well made, with a weighty finish. It does nothing new or exciting, but it’s not ugly.The 4:3 aspect ratio is, for me, the best way a tablet can go. You might have some slightly thicker black bars when you’re watching a made for widescreen movie, but everything else suits it better. Widescreen tablets, especially those at 10-inches, feel overly stretched out and cumbersome but that’s not the case here.You’ve also got a fingerprint scanner embedded inside the home button, which is flanked by ‘Back’ and ‘Overview’ capacitive keys.
With tablets, there are usually two main use cases that their makers shoot for – productivity and entertainment. In order for a tablet to be a respectable tool for getting work done, it needs to have solid horsepower, intuitive software features, and first-party accessories that help you be as productive as possible. On the other hand, an entertainment-centric tablet needs to offer a gorgeous display, solid audio setup, and long-lasting battery life.Tablets like Apple’s iPad Pro offer the best of both worlds for both productivity and entertainment, but with a starting price of $599 for the 9.7-inch model, it’s far from affordable. Asus’s latest tablet, the ZenPad 3S 10, aims to offer a solid tablet for both productivity and entertainment, but at a fraction of the cost of the iPad.
On paper, the $300 ZenPad 3S 10 sure does have the makings of a solid 10-inch tablet. Its aluminum body, 2K display, beefy processing internals, and 5,900 mAh battery are all steps in the right direction for the makings of a tablet worth buying, but does everything come into fruition the way that Asus is hoping? Or did the company reach too high with this one?
- 10-inch, 2,048×1,536-pixel display
- Hexa-core MediaTek CPU
- 4GB RAM
- 10-hours battery life
- Quick Charge 3.0
- 7.1 Channel virtual surround sound
- Android 6.0.1
- Manufacturer: Asus
- Review Price: to be confirmed