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ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED review

We test & review the ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED tablet / convertible laptop device

The ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is yet another pioneering device from the most innovative laptop manufacturer out there, who have spoiled us this year with new iterations of various interesting designs like the ASUS ROG Flow X16, ASUS ROG Flow Z13, and the ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition.

The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is the largest foldable OLED display device currently available, and the Taiwanese company has had to overcome various technical challenges in order to make it a reality. It can switch between a 17.3-inch, 4:3 2560 x 1920 tablet and a 12.5-inch, 3:2 1920 x 1280 laptop with detachable keyboard, as well as various other partially folded configurations depending on your needs.

The uniqueness of this tablet/laptop on the market does mean however that it fetches a very high price. The question is, is it worth the money? Let’s find out.

ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED

CPU

Intel Core i7-1250U

Graphics

Intel Iris Xe (iGPU)

RAM

16GB LPDDR5

Storage

1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0

Screen Size

17.3″ / 12.5”

Max Refresh Rate

60Hz

Specifications & upgradability

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Tech Specs

CPU

Intel Core i7-1250U

Graphics

Intel Iris Xe (iGPU)

RAM

16GB LPDDR5

Storage

1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0

Screen Size

17.3″ / 12.5”

Max Refresh Rate

60Hz

Resolution

4:3 2560 x 1920 / 3:2 1920 x 1280

Panel Type

OLED

Touchscreen?

Yes

Webcam

5MP & HD InfraRed

Weight

3.31lb / 1.50kg

Ports

2x Thunderbolt 4 (65W power delivery), 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack

Pros

unique foldable design

OLED display with unbeatable contrast & blackpoint

good peak brightness

good sRGB & DCI-P3 color accuracy & gamut

good panel uniformity

great battery life

great build quality

nice aesthetic

Useful software features & efficiencies

Cons

screen too soft for most styluses

underpowered i7-1250U CPU and Iris Xe iGPU

extremely expensive considering the core components

not enough ports

detached keyboard lacks angled stand

central fold visible unless viewed straight on

The 16GB LPDDR5 RAM that comes with every device is soldered on, which unfortunately means upgrading the memory is not possible. The standard 1TB M.2 SSD can however be upgraded down the line, should you wish, potentially up to something as high as 8TB from what we gather. The device comes with a WiFi 6E card.

The highest CPU option available is the Intel Core i7-1250U, a 12th gen U-Series processor designed specifically for convertible thin-and-light laptops and tablets. Given it’s limited to only 2 Performance cores and 8 efficiency cores, don’t expect much in the way of processing power compared to powerful devices like the Flow X16, Flow Z13, and Zenbook 14X OLED, which come with ‘full-size’ laptop CPUs. It would have been nice to see at least a more performance-focused P-series ultralight 12th gen CPU (which come with more cores and higher power allocation than the U-series), and this loadout is somewhat disappointing. Unsurprisingly for a tablet, there is no dedicated graphics card, and the GPU is an integrated Intel Iris Xe model.

Software features & OS

The ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED uses Windows 11 and you can utilize all of the gestures common to other Windows 11 touchscreen devices.

Design aesthetics

The ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is a smart-looking device. When folded up, the exterior of the tablet is half covered by a faux leather wrap-around with a dark greyish blue color, which serves to protect the hinge mechanism and contains the kickstand. This binding makes the device resemble a nice office binder/notebook, as does the faux leather protective travel case it comes with (with magnetized flap). 

The uncovered section of the top/front of the folded tablet has a pleasing reflective surface, with a dark metallic tint, and a strange optical illusion effect that makes it look slightly concave from certain angles. The Starfleet-esque ASUS triangle logo is also present on this section, and the whole thing looks very tasteful and certainly office suitable. The metallic surface does attract a lot of smudges though, as is typical for this sort of material in other devices.

When you open up the Zenbook 17 Fold, the interior bezel of the device has an unusual soft matte rubberized feel, almost feeling like suede fabric. It’s a fairly mid-sized bezel, but compared to the size of the display it looks fairly unobtrusive.

The wrist rest area of the keyboard around the trackpad is made of the same faux leather as the binding of the tablet, with the plastic keys and trackpad being of a slightly darker shade.

There is no RGB on the tablet, and besides the display itself, the only light source comes from the small power/charging lights of the tablet and detachable keyboard.

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Size, build quality & ergonomics

The dimensions of the ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED are as follows:

Looking at the weight now:

tablet: 1.60kg / 3.53lb , tablet & keyboard: 2.00kg / 4.4lb

The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED isn’t exactly light compared to devices like the Surface Pro or iPad, but we wouldn’t call it heavy either, and it’s pretty impressive how portable it is and how nicely it all fits together (keyboard included) – easily transportable in a small bag.

When the kickstand is fully opened up the tablet leans back at about a 40 degree angle. The stand can be brought closer to the laptop, making the screen stand more upright (i.e. closer to a vertical position), though depending on the angle you have it at it’s not always stable if you happen to knock the device.

Overall the build quality is superb, like virtually all ASUS devices. The obvious vulnerable area (the bend in the middle of the screen) still manages to feel relatively sturdy, and ASUS claims it’s good for about 30,000 folds, which it equates to probably five years use if you’re opening and closing it about fifteen times per day. Of course, this is difficult to tell in a review copy, and we’ll have to wait and see how buyers report back on durability over the coming years.

The one downside in build quality terms is the softness of the screen itself. As we will discuss later, the material ASUS have had to use for the foldable OLED panel they’ve used is too soft to be used with most styluses, which implies it will be very easy to scratch and damage. This is a machine that will require handling with care, particularly given its very high asking price.

Keyboard & trackpad

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The Asus Fold bluetooth Keyboard is specifically designed for ASUS Zenbook Fold devices, and has the magnetic clip-on feature already discussed above.

The function keys along the top of the keyboard include a button to enable/disable the touchpad, to project the screen to another device (with PC screen only, Duplicate, Extend, or Second Screen only options), a Bluetooth settings shortcut, two shortcut buttons you can bind to different Bluetooth devices, a Snipping Tool shortcut, and a MyASUS shortcut.

The Bluetooth shortcuts are particularly useful, as you can pair the keyboard with something like your smart TV say, and easily switch between using it for your Zenbook 17 FOLD and your television with the touch of a button, then back again.

The keyboard is nice to use when magnetically attached to the device, feels good to type on, but is definitely lacking some sort of retractable stand/feet to angle it upwards when disconnected, as typing fully flat feels a bit uncomfortable after a while.

Alternatively, you can also use the on-screen keyboard with Windows 11, if you prefer touchpad functionality.

Can you use a stylus on the ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED?

The official line from ASUS is that the foldable OLED display they’ve used is too soft to be used in conjunction with a stylus, which is a big disappointment in our eyes as this significantly reduces the potential functionality of this device for graphic artists and the like.

You could possibly get away with using a softer, capacitative stylus, however ASUS specifically requested we did not test it with one, so we cannot know for sure whether this is the case.

Hopefully, as ASUS (or a competitor) develop this technology further, we’ll see foldable OLED devices down the line where stylus use is feasible.

Webcam & microphone

The Zenbook 17 Fold OLED has a 5MP camera of about the same quality as a Microsoft Surface Pro X (though worse than that of an iPad Pro). It’s capable of up to 1080p 16:9 30FPS video recording, or 4.9MP 4:3 2560 x 1920 / 3.7MP 16:9 2560 x 1440 photographs.

For some reason in our test the 16:9 video was stuck in portrait when the device was in laptop mode, only switching to landscape when it was turned on its side. We hope this will be resolved in a future software update, as the portrait view whilst in laptop mode doesn’t make the most sense. The change in orientation to the 17.3” 4:3 screen does also seem to reduce the effectiveness of the microphone pickup somewhat, so it’s clearly positioned to be best used in laptop mode.

Both the webcam and microphone were of a good quality when we tested them. There was an audible hiss/hum picked up on the standard microphone mode, but when we enabled Single presenter conference call mode under the AI noise-canceling settings within MyASUS, this was completely removed.

In addition to the main 5MP camera there is also the HD Infrared camera and color sensor, which allow for Windows Hello security features, as well as the AdaptiveLock features already discussed above (under Software). The color sensor also allows for automatic color temperature changes on the display, depending on the ambient light of your surroundings.

Ports & sockets

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Ports and sockets are limited to a 3.5mm audio combo jack and two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports (both with up to 65W charging support and display output). One of the USB-C ports lies on the bottom right side of the display when it’s in laptop mode, the second is on the top left of the top bezel. 

This is more than you get with an iPad or iPad Pro, though these are considerably cheaper devices. Considering the price point of the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED we would have liked to have seen a USB-A 3.2 port (as can be found on the ASUS ROG Flow Z13) and possibly even a mini-SD card reader, which can be found on 14-inch laptop devices like the ASUS Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition. You do at least get a USB-A to USB-C adapter (female to male) is included to help you use any USB-A peripherals you might have.

Audio

ASUS is one of the better Windows laptop manufacturers when it comes to audio quality, and the speakers of the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED are at least as good as those of a Microsoft Surface Pro. There are speaker grills located on the top edge, left edge, and front edge facing the user when the Zenbook 17 Fold is placed into laptop mode. The restrictions of the tablet chassis do mean they don’t match up to other (more laptop-like) ASUS offerings like the ROG Flow X16 though: there’s even less bass replication, the sound is a bit more muffled, and audio quality suffers more at high volumes. Still, the max volume is pretty high for a tablet.

The speakers of the ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED are not quite as good as those of an iPad Pro 2023 say, which is unsurprising given Apple’s dominance when it comes to the audio quality of their portable devices.

Battery life

We conducted our usual battery test on the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED in both Tablet mode (fully unfolded) and in Laptop mode with the detachable keyboard attached to the device. 

Within MyASUS we set the fan speed profile to Whisper mode, with AI Noise-Canceling and Tru2Life video sharpening both turned off. Target Mode (which dims the brightness of any window on your screen that isn’t currently active, saving power and improving the longevity of your display) is a setting that can definitely improve your battery life in real-world use, however given our test is performed with only single active windows open anyway, we disabled it. 

Similarly, we disabled all of the AdaptiveLock settings during the Laptop mode test (the only time they can be activated), so as to make the test fair, although Walk-Away Lock and certainly Look-Away Screen Dimming would be sure to improve battery duration in general use.

We switched all background applications off, where possible played two hours of fullscreen YouTube, and then spent the rest web browsing and typing on GoogleDocs. The brightness was set to 63%, throughout which is the equivalent on this device of 120 cd/m² – the recommended brightness for indoor, daytime use (more on this later). 

Tablet mode (17.3″) – c.8.5 hours

Laptop mode (12.5”) – c.9.5 hours

Considering this is an OLED display, the battery results are reasonably impressive, particularly for the fully unfurled 17.3” tablet mode. It’s not completely surprising, given the relatively underpowered CPU, however they’re still quite respectable.

That being said, we did not use any touch screen functionality in our battery test. Using the touchscreen keyboard in Windows 11 for instance would almost certainly sap the battery life of the tablet faster.

Although we didn’t properly test its battery duration, as mentioned the trackpad of the detachable keyboard did seem to perform less responsively as time went on until it was recharged.

Screen

The OLED screen of the ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold is quite glossy and reflective, though the high brightness (more on this later) does help to combat this.

When in laptop mode, the display looks like that of any other OLED 12.5” laptop, but when unfolded to its full-size, there is a fairly noticeable band down the centera long the fold line. If you’re looking at this dead on it’s not very noticeable, though from any other slight angle it becomes fairly apparent, which may put some people off who want to use the device in office/screen-sharing settings. You do get used to it however, and the contents of the screen are still legible.

This is not a gaming device, so the 60Hz maximum refresh rate of the display is pretty standard. The display has the typical very high response time of OLED displays (around 0.2ms), however given the 60Hz cap there’s not a massive amount of utility in this.

We conducted all of the following color, contrast, and brightness tests with the screen unfolded to its full size, propped up using the kickstand. We tested the device on three of the different color gamut presets available within MyASUS (sRGB, DCI-P3, and Display P3, which apparently combines the first two for a still wider gamut), which is a relatively unique feature, and one that color professionals will no doubt find useful.

ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED sRGB color gamut results

ASUS claims that the display covers over 100% of the sRGB spectrum, and 100% DCI-P3. We tested these claims for all three color gamut presets, and got the following results. As you can see, the sRGB gamut almost hits near enough hits 100% for each, scoring 98.8%, 99.7%, and 99.7% respectively. The DCI-P3 results fell a bit short, scoring a maximum of 97.2% under the DCI-P3 and Display P3 presets, however for most users this would be close enough to work in this spectrum.

ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED DCI-P3 color gamut results

ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED Display P3 color gamut results

ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED color accuracy before calibration

sRGB profile results: 6768K (White point), 0/m² (Black point), infinity:1 (Contrast ratio), 1.78 (average deltaE*00), 2.35 (gamma).

DCI-P3 profile results: 6716K (White point), 0/m² (Black point), infinity:1 (Contrast ratio), 1.76 (average deltaE*00), 2.76 (gamma).

Display P3 profile results: 6805K (White point), 0/m² (Black point), infinity:1 (Contrast ratio), 2.49 (average deltaE*00), 2.35 (gamma).

As is expected from an OLED display, the Black point and Contrast ratio were perfect on each of the three different presets. White point and gamma were less than ideal, but not bad, and the all-important average deltaE values for each were very impressive. We’d definitely recommend using the sRGB profile if you’re doing color-accurate work in this space, the DCI-P3 profile for color-accurate work in that gamut, and perhaps consider the Display P3 setting for watching films and the like.

ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED color accuracy post-calibration

Although it’s often unnecessary, we like to see what a quick calibration can squeeze out of a display. In each case calibration only worsened the color accuracy results, and often the white point also. Black point and contrast remained the same, though there was an improvement in the gamma each time towards the 2.2 ideal. Overall there’s no reason to further calibrate the display, unless you have a really specific need to improve the gamma.

sRGB profile, post further calibration: 6350K (White point), 0/m² (Black point), infinity:1 (Contrast ratio), 3.04 (average deltaE*00), 2.15 (gamma).

DCI-P3 profile, post further calibration: 6723K (White point), 0/m² (Black point), infinity:1 (Contrast ratio), 2.19 (average deltaE*00), 2.19 (gamma).

Display P3 profile, post further calibration: 6763K (White point), 0/m² (Black point), infinity:1 (Contrast ratio), 3.15 (average deltaE*00), 2.16 (gamma).

ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED panel uniformity

We do a panel uniformity test on all laptops we review after their calibration, which tests for both luminance and color accuracy. We start on the centremost point as a reference and then test all the other sections of the screen (25 in total) to see how they compare.

Generally, any average color variation under 1.00 is good and shows up as green in the image above, though the average consumer won’t be able to tell much difference below 3.00. Visual editors who work with color however may have a keener eye.

The results we got on the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED were very good. Most variation was below 1.00 average delta (in green), with only the two segments in the top right showing a maximum variance of 2.19 and 2.68 (in yellow). This means that the untrained eye likely will notice no variation at all on the screen, with color-trained professionals being able to detect slight discrepancies in the top right. Still, this particular result is good enough for the vast majority of creatives to work with unless they’re operating at the very high end of professional standards.

ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED brightness

When using the laptop indoors during the daytime we’d recommend matching the brightness to 120 cd/m² which equates to a brightness setting of 63% under the brightness controls for this laptop.

Final Word

The ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is a unique and impressive device, but its enormous price tag (just under $4,000 on launch in the US, and £3,300 in the UK) combined with the lack of stylus support will mean it won’t be of interest to the majority of users. It does have good color replication in sRGB and DCI-P3 ranges, as well as color accuracy and panel uniformity good enough for professionals to work with, which may entice some, but the relatively weak processor means you won’t be able to do much in the way of demanding render workflows or the like. Still, if you’ve got deep pockets the novelty of this device may just swing it for you, and we’re excited to see where ASUS takes the technology next.

ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold OLED

CPU

Intel Core i7-1250U

Graphics

Intel Iris Xe (iGPU)

RAM

16GB LPDDR5

Storage

1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0

Screen Size

17.3″ / 12.5”

Max Refresh Rate

60Hz

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Asus Zenpad C 7.0 Review

Our Verdict

The Asus ZenPad C 7.0 is a fine tool for carrying in your bag wherever you go and using to check emails and social media and browse the web. Beyond that its functionality is limited, but what more can you expect from an £80 Android tablet?

At £79.99 the Asus ZenPad C 7.0 is one of the cheapest named-brand tablets you can buy. £20 cheaper than the Hudl 2, the ZenPad matches the Amazon Fire HD 6‘s price, but with a larger screen and full Google Play support. Does that make it a good buy? We find out in our Asus ZenPad C 7.0 review. Also see: Best budget tablets 2024.

The Asus ZenPad C 7.0 has several highlights. It has an attractive, highly portable design, available in black, white, red or ‘Aurora Metallic’, with a stylish chrome-effect trim and grippy textured rear. At this price the ZenPad has a generous amount of storage, which can be expanded via the microSD slot hidden behind a flap on the tablet’s back. And the Asus has a 7in IPS display that, despite its sub-HD resolution and limited brightness, packs in several technologies that help to improve the experience. Also see: Best new tablets coming in 2024.

For many users, the Asus will prove a capable tool for simple tasks such as browsing the web and checking emails and social media. So, it almost seems unreasonable for us to point out the faults in a working tablet at this price. After all, you would hardly expect the world from such a cheap device.

But it is a cheap device, and that becomes apparent when you look at what else you could get for your money. With full Google Play support and a larger screen you could argue that it’s a better buy than the slightly faster Amazon Fire HD 6, but compared to the Hudl 2 it’s a poor rival in almost every respect, save for its portability and, arguably, design. Tesco’s tablet costs an extra £20 on the shelf, but customers with Clubcard points to spend can pick up a Hudl 2 for just £50, and you really won’t find a better deal than that.

The Intel Atom processor and 1GB of RAM inside this Asus are not a pair built for speed, and navigating menus, swiping between home screens and launching apps is far from a quick affair. A single round of Temple Run 2 was all it took for the tablet to be getting on for uncomfortably warm, and a 9fps score in GFXBench T-Rex suggests the ZenPad isn’t designed for playing games. The Asus isn’t painfully slow, but its lack of pace is noticeable. 

Few people will use a tablet as their weapon of choice for photography, which helps us to forgive the 2Mp camera at the Asus’ rear, but video chat is a popular use for tablets, and the 0.3Mp webcam leaves much to be desired even with its Beautification settings engaged. See all tablet reviews.

Connectivity-wise, you’ll find only the basics, with no cellular option, NFC, nor the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi. That hardly comes as a shock. Neither, unfortunately, does the huge amount of bloat that is preinstalled on this cheap tablet.

As well as Asus’ own Zen UI that overlays Android 5.0 Lollipop, you’ll find Google’s usual suite of apps, Asus’ own apps for listening to music, getting online, managing email and more, plus more than 20 apps ranging from Zinio and TripAdvisor to Omlet Chat. Many of these can merely be disabled rather than uninstalled, which means of the device’s 16GB of storage you’ll see just under 9GB.

All our misgivings aside, if you can’t stretch to a Hudl 2 or simply prefer the Asus’ more portable design for accessing emails and browsing the web on the go, the ZenPad will serve you better than many of the no-name, no-frills rival tablets you’ll find on eBay or Amazon. Let’s take a closer look.

Asus ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170C) review: Price and UK availability

The Asus ZenPad C 7.0 is available now and costs £79.99 from Currys.

Asus ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170C) review: Design & build

The ZenPad C 7.0 is, although plastic, actually pretty good-looking for such a cheap tablet. The glass runs almost edge to edge with a silver chrome-effect trim, creating a stylish look. This trim is slightly raised from the screen which, paired with the slightly larger rear, makes it easier to grip your fingers around than would an entirely rounded edge. Also see: Best tablets 2024.

Just 108mm wide and 265g, this tablet is comfortable to hold in a single hand in portrait mode. It does also work in landscape mode, although in this orientation you’ll find the device’s speaker and webcam fall under your left palm.

This easy-to-handle feeling extends to the Asus’ back, where you find a raised textured panel with another metallic Asus logo, and a slightly thinner smooth edge on one side. On the opposite edge is a cheap-feeling plastic flap that conceals a microSD slot, and the device’s 2Mp primary camera.

There are no hardware buttons on the front of the device, with just the speaker and webcam in the top bezel, and Asus logo below. Android back-, home- and recent software buttons sit above this bezel, while you’ll find a volume rocker and power switch on the right edge, headphone jack at the top and Micro-USB charging port at the bottom.

Turn on the Asus’ screen and it begins to lose its charm somewhat. Even at maximum brightness the screen looks dull, and despite what you may have read in Asus’ marketing materials it is a standard-definition screen – with a sub-HD resolution of 1024×600 pixels the Asus ZenPad has a low 170ppi pixel density. This is an IPS panel, though, which means colours are generally realistic and viewing angles are strong. And at 7in on the diagonal it offers a useful compromise between portability and usability.

Asus has built in several screen technologies, including Tru2Life and TruVivid, which together form Asus VisualMaster. This aims to combine hardware and software to deliver a better and more realistic visual experience. We say aims – this isn’t a terrible screen, but we were certainly expecting something better based on Asus’ marketing of it. Even using Asus Splendid to adjust the display to our taste we struggled to improve it much. Also see: Best Android tablets 2024.

Asus ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170C) review: Hardware & performance

As we mentioned in our introduction, the Asus ZenPad is a fine tool for day-to-day web browsing and checking email and social media, but its quad-core Intel Atom chip, 1GB of RAM and Mali-450 MP4 graphics are not high-performance components. We found considerable lag when navigating menus and launching apps – particularly the camera – and when playing games the ZenPad became rather warm fairly quickly. And compared to most smartphones, this tablet is slow – see what’s the fastest smartphone 2024?

We ran our usual benchmarks on the ZenPad and, unsurprisingly, didn’t see great results. In Geekbench 3.0’s processing speed test we recorded 401 points single-core, and 1064 multi-core. By comparison the Hudl 2 managed 2165 points multi-core.

The Hudl 2 also outran the ZenPad in the GFXBench T-Rex graphics test, in which it recorded 17fps against the Asus’ 9fps; and in SunSpider, where its web score of 768ms was considerably better than the sluggish 2102ms of the ZenPad (lower is better in this test).

In AnTuTu we recorded 23480 points from the ZenPad.

With reasonably low-spec hardware and a low-resolution screen, there’s little here to drain the battery. The Asus is fitted with a 3450mAh cell, which should be good for eight- to nine hours use, obviously depending on what you do with it. There are Ultra-saving, optimised and customised power-saving modes, plus an app manager that lets you control which third-party apps launch at startup, but the ZenPad doesn’t feature wirelss- or quick charging, and comes with just a 7W charger in the box.

Alongside the aforementioned 16GB of built-in storage and microSD support you get 5GB lifetime cloud storage via Asus WebStorage. Also see: Tablet Advisor.

Asus ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170C) review: Connectivity

In terms of connectivity you get exactly as you’d expect from a cheap tablet: the basics. So, you do get GPS, GLONASS and A-GPS, alongside 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 (neither of which are the latest standards). You don’t get NFC, an IR blaster or cellular connectivity.

Asus ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170C) review: Cameras

Tablets aren’t the most practical devices for taking photos, but they are a useful tool for video chat through Skype and the like. The camera software itself is okay, but it’s the hardware that lets it down.

The 0.3Mp webcam on this device is about as low in quality as they come, although Asus has made an attempt to improve things with several Beautification controls. During composition you can adjust things such as skin softening, apply blush, thin your cheeks and widen your eyes, and after you’ve shot a selfie you get access to further editing controls.

In our tests the only edits that had an obvious effect were the eye widening and cheek thinning, which just made us look as though we were calling from outer space. And, to be fair, when the picture is this fuzzy and the camera is struggling to deal with the lighting, you really don’t need to worry too much about hiding spots and smoothing wrinkles.

Turning our attention to the rear camera, there is really nothing to get excited about. It’s another low-quality snapper, here 2Mp, and although there are several impressive-sounding modes including HDR, Beautfication, Selfie, GIF Animation, Panorama, Smart Remove, All Smiles and more, the photos themselves are dull, fuzzy and lacking detail. (See below for our shots with and without HDR.)

Video recording is also possible from the Asus ZenPad at 1280×720 HD or 640×480. Also see: Best kids’ tablets 2024.

Asus ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170C) review: Software

Software is one thing the Asus ZenPad doesn’t lack, but that’s not necessarily a good thing, given that the huge number of preinstalled apps on this tablet leave you with just 9GB of the original 16GB storage free. A couple of these apps can be uninstalled, but most can merely be hidden from view if they get on your nerves clogging up the app tray.

Some of these apps may be useful, of course. Kids Mode creates a safe haven in which your children can play; Auto-start Manager stops the great many apps on the tablet all starting at once and then running in the background when you turn on the tablet, which Asus says will help to improve battery life; while Audio Wizard lets you set presets for movies, music, games and vocals. We’re not convinced that we need so many note-taking apps – there’s SuperNote for drawing quick notes, Quick Memo for typing quick notes, plus Do It Later for remembering those quick notes later – and with Asus’ own and Google’s suite of apps installed you’ll find two apps for most tasks.

The ZenPad runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, but with Asus’ Zen user interface over the top. This is most obvious in the layout of the Settings menu and in the drop-down editable quick settings menu. It’s not at all offensive once you get used to it.

Asus also includes some motion- and touch gestures. You can shake the tablet twice to take a screenshot or, when you’re in Do It Later, create a new task. There’s double-tap to wake the screen, and you can draw letters on the screen (when switched off) to launch an app of your choice.

Specs Asus ZenPad C 7.0: Specs

Android 5.0 Lollipop

7in (1024×600, 170ppi) IPS LED display

Intel Atom x3-C3200 processor

1GB RAM

16GB storage plus microSD support

Mali-450 MP4 graphics

802.11b/g/n

Bluetooth 4.0

GPS, GLONASS, A-GPS

Micro-USB charging port

3.5mm headphone jack

2Mp rear-, 0.3Mp front cameras

3450mAh battery (8-9 hours battery life)

108x189x9.1mm

265g

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El Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate es demasiado caro, pero si quieres el móvil gaming con mejor relación entre rendimiento y precio, no busques más.

Los teléfonos gaming no son nuevos en el mercado. De hecho, hay más que nunca, con Asus ROG, Redmagic y Black Shark como marcas dedicadas a dispositivos centrados en los juegos.

Puede que Asus ROG esté sintiendo la presión de los mejores teléfonos gaming, pero sigue siendo el líder del mercado y no ha ralentizado su ciclo de lanzamientos bianuales para sus teléfonos ROG.

He estado probando el ROG Phone 7 Ultimate de gama alta y estoy muy impresionado. Es un teléfono monstruoso con tecnología de pantalla de vanguardia, funciones de refrigeración y complementos de software para satisfacer a los jugadores más exigentes.

Si quieres un teléfono que atraiga todas las miradas por su aspecto y su potencia, además de ejecutar a la perfección todos tus juegos Android favoritos, lo único que necesitas son 1.429 €.

El elevado precio de este teléfono puede ser su perdición.

Diseño y fabricación

Voluminoso y pesado

Bonito diseño blanco mate

Solapa AeroActive para el refrigerador

El aspecto del ROG Phone 7 Ultimate te encantará o lo odiarás. Yo pensaba que lo odiaría, tanto que creía que no me gustaba la estética gamer moderna. Para mi gran sorpresa, después de unas semanas con el teléfono en mi bolsillo, me gusta.

Aunque el ROG Phone 7 estándar (que no he probado) está disponible en blanco o negro, la edición Ultimate que he analizado solo está disponible en blanco mate. El tacto es estupendo, no deja huellas dactilares y es mucho mejor que el acabado brillante de muchos otros smartphones.

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Lejos de ser lisa, la parte trasera se ve interrumpida por un diseño simétrico salpicado de una cámara triple, así como por dos incorporaciones extrañas: una pequeña tira LED de pantalla y una solapa negra. Se trata del AeroActive Portal, un orificio de refrigeración que se abre automáticamente cuando el ventilador AeroActive Cooler 7 incluido se acopla al teléfono.

Sobre el papel, parece un exceso de ingeniería, ¡y lo es! Pero me encantó ver cómo funcionaba. Es chillón, pero está bien pensado y parece completo.

La calidad de construcción es excelente, con dos tonos de blanco en la parte trasera con la marca ROG y algunos detalles azules en el botón de encendido, la lente de la cámara y la bandeja SIM.

Los laterales son redondeados y hay dos puertos USB-C, uno a la izquierda en la parte inferior para que no estorbe al jugar en horizontal y otro en el borde izquierdo para conectar y alimentar el ventilador AeroActive.

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Con todos estos puertos y agujeros, el teléfono solo ofrece una resistencia al agua y al polvo IP54, por lo que no sobrevivirá si lo sumerges en líquido. Además, se hundirá rápidamente debido a sus 239 g de peso.

Pantalla y altavoces

AMOLED de 6,78″ a 165 Hz

Mini pantalla trasera extra

Altavoces excelentes

La pantalla es plana, como cabe esperar de un teléfono gaming. Tiene un bisel grueso en la parte superior e inferior, lo que significa que no hay muesca ni recorte en la pantalla, además de que permite agarrarte bien mientras juegas en horizontal.

La pantalla de 6,78″ es una AMOLED de excelente nitidez con una tasa de refresco variable de 165 Hz. Tiene certificación HDR10+, hasta 1.000 nits de brillo y una alta frecuencia de muestreo táctil de 720 Hz.

No es la pantalla más brillante que hay, lo que noté al usarla como teléfono, pero al jugar con la mayoría de las luces no tuve ninguna queja. Tiene un buen tamaño y el teléfono ofrece una buena experiencia de inmersión para jugar durante largos periodos.

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También me he fijado en el recubrimiento que Asus ha puesto en la superficie de la pantalla “para reducir la fricción cuando suda la mano”. Qué asco. Funciona, sin embargo. Mis pulgares se deslizan por la pantalla Gorilla Glass Victus a pesar de la humedad de una sesión de media hora de Call of Duty.

La banda de color PMOLED en la parte trasera del teléfono está ahí por estética y se puede desactivar, aunque muestra las notificaciones en color si dejas el teléfono boca abajo. Se puede desactivar para ahorrar energía.

Los dos altavoces frontales son, sin duda, los mejores que he usado en un teléfono. Tienen un sonido pleno y potente que te ayuda a sumergirte aún más en el juego. La primera vez que los usé, me quedé realmente sorprendido de lo buenos que eran.

Especificaciones y rendimiento

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

16 GB de RAM y 512 GB de almacenamiento

Accesorio refrigerador incluido

El ROG Phone 7 Ultimate cuenta con el chipset Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, el más potente del arsenal de Qualcomm en el momento de anunciar el teléfono, en abril de 2023.

Teléfonos como el Galaxy S23 Ultra y el OnePlus 11 también utilizan este chipset, pero la combinación de especificaciones adicionales del ROG Phone lo ponen por delante de esos móviles en cuanto al rendimiento y la capacidad de juego en bruto.

A pesar de la actualización del chip, las especificaciones son increíblemente similares a las del ROG Phone 6 Pro y ROG Phone 6D Ultimate, por lo que el salto generacional es mínimo.

El teléfono cuenta con 16 GB de RAM LPDDR5X y 512 GB de almacenamiento rápido UFS 4.0, ambos de gama alta. Con la GPU Qualcomm Adreno 740, todo vuela.

He jugado a varios títulos exigentes en el ROG Phone 7 Ultimate y he experimentado un rendimiento impecable. Call of Duty Mobile, Asphalt 9, Genshin Impact y FIFA Mobile, gráficamente intensos, a veces pueden paralizar el hardware de teléfonos potentes, pero no es el caso de este teléfono.

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Esto significa que también es muy fácil echar unas partidas de Mario Run o Might Doom en el autobús. Asus también incluye su abrumador pero excelente software Game Genie, que te permite desactivar las notificaciones mientras juegas, ajustar la tasa de refresco de la pantalla y muchas personalizaciones más para hacer tuya la experiencia de juego.

En la caja, se incluye una carcasa con clip y el AeroActive Cooler 7, un accesorio ventilador alimentado por el puerto USB-C lateral del teléfono. Es demasiado, pero me encantó usarlo. El diseño es inteligente, ya que añade cuatro botones físicos que puedes programar para movimientos específicos en los juegos, junto con los botones de disparo sensibles al tacto en el borde derecho del dispositivo.

Necesité un tiempo para aprender a ajustar la forma de sujetar ese voluminoso accesorio, pero luego mejoró mi precisión de disparo en Call of Duty. Eso sí, para juegos más sencillos es innecesario tener más botones, aunque puede que quieras usarlo para enfriar el teléfono, ya que se calienta en largas sesiones de juego.

Asus dice que ha mejorado la superficie de la cámara de vapor dentro del teléfono, y me pareció que el software es lo suficientemente inteligente como para elegir uno de los cuatro niveles para ajustar el ventilador. Tienes que tener el cargador incluido conectado al Cooler para llegar al nivel superior llamado ‘Frosted’, ya que necesita más potencia de la que puede suministrar el teléfono.

Echa un vistazo al rendimiento del teléfono en comparación con la última generación de ROG Phone, además de algunos smartphones populares recientes:

Software y actualizaciones

Software específico para juegos y rendimiento

Android 13

Solo dos actualizaciones de Android garantizadas

Además de Game Genie, la aplicación Armory Crate de Asus es una forma excelente de acceder a los juegos y controlar el rendimiento del sistema. Puedes obtener una lectura de las temperaturas de la CPU y la GPU, ver el uso del almacenamiento y la memoria, cambiar los modos de rendimiento, los modos AeroActive Cooler y los ajustes de los botones.

El nivel de control es asombroso, ya que te permite seleccionar en qué modo de rendimiento quieres que se inicien determinados juegos para asegurarte de que se ejecutan bien.

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Incluso sabe ejecutar juegos AAA en “modo X” para aumentar el rendimiento, mientras que los juegos arcade más sencillos se preconfiguran con ajustes más equilibrados. La atención al detalle es asombrosa, y puedes llegar a perderte entre tantas opciones.

El teléfono viene con Android 13 instalado y Asus promete dos actualizaciones del sistema operativo (Android 14 y 15), pero cuatro años de actualizaciones de seguridad, lo que significa que estará actualizado hasta 2027.

Puedes utilizar el teléfono con ROG UI o Zen UI: el primero es un tema estético indudablemente gamer con destellos de tipo RGB, colores fark e iconos estilizados; el segundo es el software habitual de Asus para smartphones que encontrarás, por ejemplo, en el Zenfone 9. Puedes mezclar y combinar ciertos estilos de ambos, fiel a los ideales de personalización del teléfono.

Cámara y vídeo

Cámara trasera principal de 50 MP

Ultra gran angular y macro básicos

Este es un teléfono gaming, así que las cámaras no son su fuerte. El sensor principal de 50 MP es el Sony IMX766, el mismo del Oppo Find X3 Pro de 2023. No es para nada un mal sensor, pero el hecho de que lleve dos años en el mercado demuestra que Asus escatimó un poco en este aspecto.

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Conseguí hacer fotos muy claras, con buenos detalles a la luz del día, y tiene un modo nocturno aceptable que ayuda a mantener las fotos enfocadas y mejor iluminadas en entornos con poca luz. Obtenerás imágenes sin pérdida con el zoom en x2, pero recuerda que no hay zoom óptico.

Menos impresionante es el ultra gran angular de 13 MP, que puede captar buenos detalles en el centro del encuadre pero que estira la imagen en los bordes. La cámara macro de 8 MP me ayudó a descubrir lo sucio que estaba el teclado de mi MacBook, pero distorsiona la imagen si acercas el móvil a menos de 4 cm.

En la parte frontal, hay una cámara selfie de 32 MP bastante capaz que es, ante todo, para juegos y streaming de vídeo, pero que reduce las fotos a 8 MP para obtener unas selfies o fotos de grupo no demasiado buenas.

Batería y carga

Batería de 6.000 mAh

Carga por cable de 65 W

Sin carga inalámbrica

Asus incorpora una batería de 6.000 mAh en el ROG Phone 7 Ultimate mediante dos celdas separadas de 3.000 mAh que se cargan a 65 W con el cargador incluido (no hay carga inalámbrica).

Este total es 1.000 mAh más de lo que encontramos en el Galaxy S23 Ultra, pero es necesario dado Asus espera que las personas que lo compran lo usen para jugar a juegos de alto consumo de energía la mayor parte del tiempo.

Si no juegas a nada, obtendrás dos días de autonomía con una sola carga. Con sesiones de gaming y usando el accesorio del ventilador, la batería se agotará rápidamente y necesitarás recargarlo a mitad del día o, indudablemente, a tiempo para el día siguiente.

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Precio y disponibilidad

En España, el Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate cuesta 1.429 € y puedes comprarlo directamente en la tienda de Asus. Por ahora, desconocemos el precio y la disponibilidad en América Latina y Estados Unidos.

Esto lo convierte en el teléfono para juegos más caro que se puede comprar a la par con el ROG Phone 6D Ultimate del año pasado. Asus también ha lanzado un ROG Phone 7 estándar por un precio de 1.029€, pero aún no lo he probado.

El iPhone 14 Pro Max cuesta prácticamente lo mismo, pero a ese precio solo obtienes 128 GB de almacenamiento, mientras que con el Galaxy S23 Ultra tienes 256 GB.

Si quieres un rendimiento similar, puedes optar por el ROG Phone 6, ya en oferta, o echar un vistazo a nuestra lista de los mejores teléfonos gaming para ver opciones de distintos precios.

Veredicto

El Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate es precisamente eso: el teléfono gaming definitivo.

Tiene especificaciones de gama alta, una pantalla soberbia, una batería lo suficientemente potente como para aguantar los juegos que le eches y la configuración de software más personalizable que he visto nunca en un teléfono.

También es cierto que hay que pagar mucho por todas estas características, con un precio similar al de los smartphones más caros de Apple y Samsung. Pero este teléfono viene con 512 GB de almacenamiento y un cargador y un ventilador de refrigeración en la caja, así que si eres un jugador empedernido, al menos Asus no escatimará en extras.

Sin embargo, es un teléfono grande y pesado, con un diseño chillón, y hay que preguntarse si realmente se necesita toda su potencia. Los cuatro años de actualizaciones de seguridad de Asus me bastan para recomendar este teléfono, pero hay opciones más baratas si no necesitas algo tan exagerado.

Lista de especificaciones

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

Android 13 (ROG UI y Zen UI)

Pantalla AMOLED de 6,78″ y 165 Hz

Qualcomm Adreno 740

16 GB de RAM LPDDR5X

512 GB de almacenamiento UFS 4.0

Cámaras:

Sensor principal de 50 MP

Ultra gran angular de 13 MP

Macro de 8 MP

Cámara frontal de 32 MP

Wi-Fi 6E (preparado para Wi-Fi 7)

Dual SIM (dual standby)

Bluetooth 5.3

Batería de 6.000 mAh

Carga por cable de 65 W

173 x 77 x 10,3 mm

239 g

Philips Oled+936 Review: Lg Picture, B&W Sound

The OLED+936 builds on Philips much-lauded OLED935 model, with a next-gen panel from LG Display, updated 5th-gen P5 image engine and an improved Bowers & Wilkins soundbar, complete with iconic Tweeter on Top. The set also boasts HDMI inputs with High Frame Rate support for the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, plus innovative tools to combat image retention.

Whether you’re into high performance home cinema or next-gen gaming, it looks like this new Philips 4K flagship has your back.

Design & Build

Steel frame

Four HDMI ports

Integrated soundbar

The OLED+936 is a beautifully built OLED. A premium steel frame holds the wafer thin panel in place, and there’s barely any depth penalty for the inclusion of four-sided Ambilight.

Our review sample is the 65in model, a hefty giant that tips the scales at 21kg but it’s worth noting that the TV is also available from 48in which is unusual for an OLED TV.

The soundbar system is an integral part of the pedestal stand. It’s tethered by a captive audio cable that’s kept from view via some deft cable management. 

Two of the four HDMI’s are full bandwidth 48Gbps, able to accept HFR (High Frame Rate) 4K at 120Hz from a PS5, Xbox Series X or suitably equipped PC. All four HDMI inputs are ARC compatible, with HDMI 2 eARC enabled. 

VRR support covers NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync; there’s also ALLM Game mode.  

The set comes with a choice of Freeview Play and satellite tuners.  There’s also a subwoofer pre-out, optical digital audio output and a CI card slot.  

The remote control is fittingly fancy, and feels substantial in the hand. Dedicated buttons offer easy access to Netflix, Prime Video and Rakuten TV. 

Specs & Features

Android TV

Anti-screen burn

Four-sided Ambilight

The OLED+936 runs Android 10. While this doesn’t feel particularly different from previous Android TV generations, it runs smooth and fast, no doubt helped by 3GB of DRAM and 16GB of flash memory.  

There’s a healthy selection of streaming apps on board, including Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+, while catch-up TV is covered by Freeview Play (including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4, My5, UKTV Play). 

More unusually, the set is DTS Play-Fi compatible, meaning it’ll work with existing Play-Fi audio products on a network. 

Arguably Philips biggest feature draw remains Ambilight, the long-standing room lighting system. Presented here in a four-sided guise, this halo of light can be synced with a Hue smart lighting system, run sympathetic colours to match on-screen content, or provide vibrant lounge lighting (white, red, blue) to enhance the mood for movies and games. 

I measured input lag at 21.6ms in Game mode (1080/60). Given the provision of a high-spec HDMI board I might have hoped for better, but apparently, its latency performance is affected by the set’s P5 Dual engine configuration.

Picture & Sound Quality

LG Display Next-Gen panel

P5 processor

Wide HDR support

The OLED+936 walks a fine line between wow and woe, pushing the envelope when it comes to image processing and motion interpolation, but rarely overstepping the mark.  

Philips is unabashed when it comes to colour, texture and detail processing – and I love it. Its latest P5 processor, here running that aforementioned AI Intelligent Dual Picture Engine, manages to squeeze subjective detail out of images that rivals fail to find.  

In this latest processor iteration, AI sharpness is improved by Deep Learning, while HD content gets a lift with Ultra Resolution upscaling and stronger Detail enhancement. The screen makes regular HD look naturalistically crisp.  

HDR support is refreshingly wide. Both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ dynamic metadata standards are supported, plus HLG, HDR10 and game-specific HGiG HDR.  

A new feature on this set is the ability to measure and react to ambient room light, using Ambient Intelligence. As a consequence, there’s no Dolby Vision IQ support. Philips says it doesn’t need DV IQ because it does the same job better. It’s certainly comparable, maintaining detail in near black even when room lighting is borderline bright. 

The set also supports HDR10+ Adaptive, which combines dynamic metadata adjustment with the same ambient light measurement. The format is a bit more limited when it comes to real-world applications, but at least it’s available. 

Before you ask, yes, the OLED936 does use the latest LG Display panel technology, promoted as Evo by LG in its own G1 OLED (2024) model, which gives a significant image lift. If you might fancy Mini-LED technology then read our Samsung QN95A review.

I measured peak HDR brightness at just under 950 nits, using a 10 per cent measurement window. This is comparable to the performance of the new Panasonic JZ2000, and even though it uses the same panel technology, is rather higher than the LG G1.   

However, note that the 48in model does not use the same panel (LG Display does not manufacture one in this size) so you won’t be getting quite the same experience. 

Philips has also upgraded image interpolation on this set, which is good news when it comes to sports coverage (I’m looking at you F1). Fast Motion Clarity helps retain detail, courtesy of 120Hz Black Frame insertion, but I suggest you keep it on its lowest setting, where the original peak light output of the OLED panel is undimmed. Opt for more stringent processing and you’ll see an incremental loss of brightness.   

Sonically, this set is one of the best you can buy on the market. That improved Bowers and Wilkins audio system is a knockout. A 3.1.2 configuration, it’s genuinely muscular, making short work of blockbuster movies.  

In addition to improvements made to the crossover components, voice coils, and driver cones, there’s been an upgrade to the Dolby Multi-stream decoder used. All of which seems to pay dividends. 

The speaker array projects wide and high, and is able to engulf you with clear sound steerage in the virtual plane. Power output is rated at a punchy 70W.  

Price

The range-topping OLED+936 is available in 48-, 55- and 65in screen sizes (aka 48OLED+936, 55OLED+936 and 65OLED+936). priced at £1,499 and £1,799 respectively.

Retailers don’t have the 65in model yet but you can buy the 936 in 48in and 55in from Currys.

There are no equivalent models for the US market, as brand owner TP Vision doesn’t have the rights to that particular marketplace.

Prices are fairly premium but cheaper than the LG G1 and you’re getting the latest OLED tech here. Plus you needn’t factor in buying a separate soundbar so value for money is stronger than many flagship TVs.

Still not sure? Check our chart of the best TVs.

Verdict

The Philips 65-inch OLED+936 sets a high benchmark for premium displays.

Picture quality is outstanding, thanks to the most ambitious P5 image processing engine yet, and that new high brightness LG next-gen panel (although not on the 48in model), while its HDR performance is top-notch, with enviable HDR format support. If only its rivals were as accommodating. 

Build and design are first-rate, and the Bowers & Wilkins sound system is tremendously impressive. If you’re looking for an all-in-one that gets everything just about right in a stylish package, then this Philips demands your attention.

It’s a strong contender for TV of the year. 

Specs Philips OLED+936: Specs

Display technology: OLED

Screen sizes: 48, 55, 65in

Resolution: 3840 x 2160 4K

HDMI: x4

HDR support: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+ Adaptive, HLG

OS: Android 10

Tuners: Terrestrial and satellite

Dimensions:1227.8(w) x 705.6(h) x 49.3(d)mm (65in)

Weight: 21kg (65in)

Asus Rog Ryujin Ii 360 Cpu Cooler Review

Asus has dominated the PC component space with their brand “Republic of Gamers” or “ROG”. If you don’t know ROG then you probably know “Strix” – actually my personal favorite brand of PC components.

Asus ROG RYUJIN II 360 CPU Cooler

CPU Block Dimensions

78.15 x 87.5 x 81 mm

Socket Support

Intel: LGA 1150, 1151, 1152, 1155, 1156, 1200, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066 AMD: AM4, TR4*

Fans

3x Noctua NF-F12 InductrialPPC 2000 PWM Fans

Features

3.5″ Full Color LCD Screen

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Tech Specs

CPU Block Dimensions

78.15 x 87.5 x 81 mm

Socket Support

Intel: LGA 1150, 1151, 1152, 1155, 1156, 1200, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066 AMD: AM4, TR4*

Fans

3x Noctua NF-F12 InductrialPPC 2000 PWM Fans

Features

3.5″ Full Color LCD Screen

Model

ROG RYUJIN II 360

CPU Block Dimensions

78.15 x 87.5 x 81 mm

Socket Support

Intel: LGA 1150, 1151, 1152, 1155, 1156, 1200, 1366, 2011, 2011-3, 2066 AMD: AM4, TR4*

Radiator

Radiator Dimension: 121 x 394 x 27mm Radiator Material: Aluminum

Fans

3x Noctua NF-F12 InductrialPPC 2000 PWM Fans

Features

3.5″ Full Color LCD Screen

PROS

LCD Screen

High Performance

Aesthetically, one of the best looking AIOs on the market

CONS

Expensive

More affordable options that perform similarly

What’s In The Box?

The box comes in a black and grey textured line pattern with a red secondary accent on the top and base of the box. There’s iridescent ROG branding on the front and side displaying the name and the one-line product description “liquid CPU cooler”. But what do you get inside the box?

The contents of the box are as follows:

1x RYUJIN II AIO Cooler

1x AIO Fan Controller

3x 120mm (12cm) NOCTUA ipcc Fans

1x Intel Mounting Bracket

1x Intel Backplate

1x AMD Mounting Bracket

1x ARGB to MB Cable

1x 3-way Fan Cable (splitter)

1x ROG Fan Controller VHB Tape

12x 32x30mm Fan Screws

24x 32x8mm Radiator Screws

4x LGA 115X/1200/1366 Standoff Screws

4x LGA 2011/2011-3/2066 Standoff Screws

4x AMD Standoff Screws

4x Thumb Screws

24x Washers

Design

Let’s start with the radiator, and as they go this rad is pretty rad. The aluminum monster is coated in matte black paint with a beautifully even finish with the italic letters ROG stamped on each side in Asus’ usual font. There are also four strutting support rivets spaced evenly on each side of the radiator adding to the overall industrial look this whole AIO seems to be going for… and I love it.

The RYUGIN II’s 380mm long tubes are comprised of thick rubber and are sleeved to give them a very appealing look and feel. The heavy-duty rubber really bestows confidence in their durability.

There’s more than enough to talk about here. The CPU block is where the RYUJIN II really flexes its well-designed muscles. The main feature is the 3.5″ full-color LCD screen situated front and center that has a multitude of different uses, even sporting support for Aida64’s sensor panel feature straight out of the box.

The rectangular look of the CPU block along with its vent-like texture on each side supports the industrial look I mentioned earlier, and the 7th gen Asetek pump gives this beast of an AIO some serious pumping power. Painted again in matte black with ROG branding on each side, “republic of gamers” printed in text diagonally on the top and bottom of the block, and, of course, the ROG logo on the left and right side.

A very interesting point to note about this block and pump is that the screen is magnetically attached to the pump housing and is completely removable to help ease the installation process, as the blocky shroud obstructs the thumb screws needed to install the block to the CPU. The screen itself has two wires attached to it, one USB to connect to the motherboard and one micro USB to connect to the fan controller. Under the LCD screen and pump housing sits a small internal fan, presumably to keep the 2800rpm pump nice and cool, but how does the pump get power? There’s no hardwire solution for the pump that I can see?

That’s the question I asked myself when I first unboxed the RYUJIN II but the brains over at Asus have engineered a genius way for the pump to receive power. Situated just under the screen inside the pump housing is a male copper contact point that corresponds to a female contact point on the CPU block itself – this is how power is transferred between the two components.

This is genius, but, being a benchmarker I do have to swap CPUs quite often and after a good 30-40 times of taking the screen off and putting it back on, I am starting to notice some wear on the female contact points. Could this be a potential point of failure in the future? Maybe, but under normal circumstances, I’d put good money on the RYUJIN II’s longevity.

Not only does the RYUJIN II look the part, but It’s also pretty cool, literally! And it’s all thanks to the three Noctua NF 2000rpm fans, again following the matte black aesthetic. It’s great to see some Noctua fans in something other than brown. These Noctua fans can push 121.8m3h of air and have a static pressure of 3.94mmH2O! FANtastic.

Not only are the Noctua fans top quality, but the fan power cables are also sleeved in a shrink rubber and woven rubber-like material combo. This makes them look incredibly clean, fit the aesthetic of the build, and feel super-premium! They’re also incredibly easy to cable manage.

The RYUJIN II’s PWM/DC fan controller has a lovely machined metal outer shell in the consistent matte black finish corresponding to the rest of the AIO with glossy black accented corners that house both the ROG logo and branding. The connection points are located on the left, right, and bottom of the controller. You can attach four fans to this controller with its four fan power connectors and four ARGB connectors for any Aura-Sync compatible RGB fans on the left and right. The controller power, motherboard ARGB In-connector, and the micro USB connector for the LCD screen are all situated on the bottom of the controller.

Installation

Installation of the RYUJIN II follows most well-known AIOs with the first step being installing whatever mounting solution you need for your motherboard.

I’m using an AMD board so this includes removing the Intel mounting hardware and twisting on the AMD mounting bracket, very reminiscent of the way fractal design chooses to mount their bracket onto CPU blocks.

The next step includes prepping the motherboard by removing AMD’s standard clip-based mounting system and replacing it with the RYUJIN II’s included standoff pillars – all easily done.

I decided to mount my radiator into the front of my Corsair 5000X mainly because of aesthetics and I wanted to test the temperature differences in the case with a front-mounted intake cooling solution in this configuration.

Installation is pretty standard to most AIO’s – screwing the radiator and fans into the front of the case using the included long fan screws, remembering to first feed the fan’s wires through to the back of the case to save a headache later.

The CPU block then sits on top of the standoff pillars I mentioned earlier and screw in with the included thumbscrew (remember to tighten in an X pattern).

You’ll find it much easier to remove the screen when tightening the thumbscrews. It’s not impossible to mount with the screen attached but it removes for a reason so why make the job harder for yourself?

Cable management is very easy with the RYUJIN II’s fan controller and with the fans being matte black and none-RGB there are three fewer cables already. Now it’s just a matter of plugging everything into the correct header on the motherboard and fan controller respectively and you’re good to go.

Performance

All of the cooler testings took place in an as controlled environment as we could achieve, with an ambient room temperature of 20.5°C. The ambient temperature of the PC case was recorded at 23.3°C. For testing, we used a powerful system equipped with a Ryzen 9 5900X and an MSI Gaming X Trio RTX 3080, running a 20-minute synthetic (CPU Only) test and a real-world gaming benchmark with a 20-minute Battlefield 5 gaming session.

Synthetics

As you can see we got good thermal performance across the board, with the exception of the stock cooler really, with the RYUJIN II coming in at 72.3°C after a 20-minute Synthetic load, second only to the Lian Li Galahad. But the Galahad does win by a very large margin. It also seems based on the data that there is a trend based on cooling performance having a direct correlation with increasing internal case temperatures. In this configuration, the more efficient your cooling on a front-mounted intake cooling solution like this one, the toastier it will be for other components. Interesting to note when thinking of radiator mounting.

Real world

Before performing the real-world tests, I allowed the CPU and the case to return to within control temperature. You can see the RYUJIN II coming in second place again to the Galahad by just over eight degrees. However, both tests indicated that the performance of the RYUJIN II is similar to that of the H150i. After a very intense 20 minute stint of Battlefield 5 gameplay, the final temperature for the RYUJIN II comes in at 68.2°C, only a 29.9°C increase. This is surprising considering the heat convection coefficient states essentially that the hotter the temperature around something is, the harder it is to cool it when speaking in terms of liquid.

Summary

Cooling performance is a team effort and not essentially all down to one component. It’s all well and good having a great AIO but you also need a good set of fans and a case with good airflow to cool effectively. Check here to see our review of the Corsair 5000X I used to test the RYUJIN II.

The configuration also matters. If you have an AIO in the Intake configuration, it’s going to heat up your case and have a detrimental effect on the temperature of other components in your case, especially the passively cooled components. On the other hand, if you have the AIO set up in an exhaust configuration then you might be damaging your cooling efficiency by sucking already hot air from inside your case through the radiator.

Final Word

When it comes down to CPU cooling, AIOs are reserved for the higher-end, higher-budget PCs. You wouldn’t slap an AIO in a $200 budget PC, but with that being said for bigger budget builds you’ll probably want to consider one to help improve overall performance. The confirmed MSRP by Asus of the RYUJIN II comes in at £279.99 ($386.99) for the 360mm AIO and £239.99 ($331.70) for the 240 version. The USD prices are at the currency’s conversion rates and are not the confirmed MSRP for the RYUJIN II in USD, (we don’t have that yet) but the GBP price is the confirmed MSRP from ASUS. So it doesn’t exactly break the bank either.

Saying that I also absolutely fell in love with the look and feel of this AIO and if I didn’t already have a custom loop on my personal PC I definitely would have considered this. But, with that being said, despite its all-singing, all-dancing LCD screen, it is only the second-best contender on our roster today. The Galahad not only beats the RYUJIN II in thermal performance but also just beats it in Bang for Buck, coming in at around the $200 mark. This is a significant deciding factor for choosing an AIO – better cooling performance for $80 or so fewer dollars than the RYUJIN II’s MSRP. If you have your heart set on this AIO there are people shipping from mainland China at the $525 mark. We won’t be seeing the RYUJIN II hit the market over here just yet as there are delays due to manufacturing issues with the LGA 1200 mounting hardware. With that being said we can’t wait for this cooler to hit the market. It truly is one of the best-looking cooling solutions I’ve seen in my 10+ years of being a PC enthusiast.  Well done Asus.

Corsair Xeneon 27Qhd240 Review: 27 Inch Oled Gaming Just Got Better

Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240 review: 27 inch OLED gaming just got better

Corsair deliver yet another stunning OLED gaming monitor to the ever expanding marketplace – this time equipped with a blistering 240Hz refresh.

Our resident gaming monitor specialist finally got his hands on Corsair’s latest Xeneon 27QHD240 OLED. This is a stunning 27″ 240Hz OLED gaming monitor that is set to go toe to toe with the LG 27GR95QE and ASUS ROG Swift PG27AQDM. It’s the most recent arrival in the brand’s Xeneon line up, looking to offer a more conventional design when compared to the hugely popular – yet fairly expensive – Corsair Xeneon Flex. In this review we will take you through all aspects of the monitor from build quality, screen and gaming performance to ensure that you have all the information to make an informed decision.

Before we get into the detailed hands on review below is a summary of the Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240 review.

Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240 monitor

Refresh rate

240Hz

Response time

0.03ms G2G

Screen size

27″

Resolution

2560 x 1440p

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Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240 review specifications

Like always, we’ll be testing the Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240 in a variety of areas to see how it stacks up against some of the market’s leading alternatives. We’ll conclude the guide with our thoughts on value, performance, user experience, and aesthetic appeal.

Tech Specs

Refresh rate

240Hz

Response time

0.03ms G2G

Screen size

27″

Resolution

2560 x 1440p

Aspect Ratio

16:9

Panel Type

OLED

Brightness

1000 nits (Peak)

Contrast ratio

Infinte

Viewing angles

178/178

Color gamut

100% sRGB, 99% DCI-P3

Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240 OLED review: hands on photos

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What’s in the box

As you’d expect, the Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240 comes in a fairly robust box that features some of the monitor’s core specifciations on the exterior. Inside, the monitor sits within two thick layers of polystyrene with thin layers of foam acting as a last scratch-resistant barrier.

Unboxing the monitor was relatively straightforward with little problems in the physical construction. The V-shaped base screws into the neck of the stand via a single thumbscrew. The neck of the stand is then clipped into the back of the monitor with a simple plug-n-play toolless design.

Inside the box, users will find two power cords, a HDMI cable, DisplayPort cable, USB Type-C cable, and a user manual.

Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240: design and features

Corsair have knocked it out the park when it comes to aesthetic design once again. The 27QHD240 looks absolutely flawless from every angle – boasting a true bezel-less design that really does add to the immersive qualities this monitor provides.

The monitor features a wide V-shaped stand, relatively thick neck, and a fairly basic all-black color scheme. The rear of the monitor offers little in the ways of aesthetic features, however, it does come with the brand’s trademark geometric pattern on the rear.

Unlike the Corsair Xeneon Flex, there are no inputs on the front of the stand – neither are there any on the rear. Instead, the 27QHD240 features its inputs at the back of the monitor, facing outwards. While it’s not quite as clean as the Flex, it’s certainly a step up from the more generic underside placements.

While the monitor does feel incredibly well made, it does utilize a fair bit of plastic. That said, we noticed very little flex or wobble during testing. All stand functionality and ergonomics felt purposeful and tactile, resulting in a premium feel that is always welcomed. It has as you would expect tilt and swivel options so you can optimise your viewing experience. There is plenty of connectivity with four USB-A ports and one USB-C port.

The OSD control panel can be found on the underbelly of the bottom bezel. Corsair have decided to utilize the joystick approach in this monitor, allowing users to easily navigate through the various menus at hand. There are two buttons to the right of the joystick which allow you to access different areas of the OSD or switch the panel off entirely.

Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240 – Color Accuracy & Picture Quality

We extensively test every monitor we review for color reproduction to see how it would perform in color-sensitive situations. Despite this monitor being tailored towards gamers, it features a wide color gamut (100% sRGB according to specs) which means both accuracy and HDR performance should be relatively decent.

Like always, we started off the color accuracy testing section of this review by loading up our colorimeter and running a test right out of the box.

Below are the results.

PresetWhite PointBlack DepthContrast RatioAverage ΔE*00GammaLuminance

IDEAL6500K0.00cd/m²Infinite0.002.2120cd/m^2

Racing Mode (out of the box)5883K0 cd/m²Infinity:15.781.71120cd/m2

sRGB mode5933K0 cd/m²Infinity:14.721.71120cd/m2

As you can see from the results above, the 27QDH240 OLED performed to an average standard right out of the box. We recorded a 5883K white point, perfect black depth, and infinite contrast ratio in the panel’s factory settings. As far as average deltaE was concerned, the Corsair Xeneon offered a 5.78 deviation across the testing spectrum (pretty poor accuracy when compared against other OLED alternatives). Gamma was recorded at 1.71 and luminance out of the box was 103 nits – less than the recommended for daily consumption over extended periods of usage.

We wasted no time and moved onto the sRGB emulation preset that was said to be calibrated to a deltaE of 2. Upon testing, that didn’t seem to be the case, with the OLED panel offering an average of 4.72 – almost double the target accuracy. It’s worth mentioning that the picture and color quality of the monitor looked absolutely fantastic – it just wasn’t perfect in terms of accuracy. As you can imagine, black depth and contrast remained the same, offering a perfect score.

PresetWhite PointBlack DepthContrast RatioAverage ΔE*00Maximum ΔE*00Gamma

IDEAL6500K0.00cd/m²Infinite0.000.002.2

Calibrated Profile6465K0 cd/m²Infinity:10.341.272.2

At this stage, we decided to throw the panel through a deep calibration to see what levels of accuracy we could produce. For best results, we left the sRGB values at 100/100/90.

Looking at the results, it’s safe to say that a calibration helped improve the overall accuracy of the monitor exponentially. We ended with an average deltaE of 0.34 (with a maximum value of 1.27) which is more than enough for even the more stringent of content editors.

Once calibrated, the Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240 OLED showcased good accuracy that would certainly be acceptable for color accurate editing.

Panel Uniformity

Panel uniformity is a test we run to check how uniform the luminance and colors are across the entirety of the screen. During this test, the center square is used as the reference space. Every other square is then tested to see how far it differentiates from the reference.

In an ideal world, we want every square to be green, meaning it hasn’t broken the differential threshold – something we can set at the start of the test.

Note: results will differ from panel to panel.

Panel uniformity for this monitor was pretty darn good – as you can see from the graph above. Every square returned a green score – meaning it passed the recommended tolerance levels set by the software. Ultimately, it offered up a very uniform visual experience that makes this panel a great option for viewing content with large blocks of solid color – such as sporting events.

Viewing Angles

Again, being an OLED panel, the viewing angles on the Xeneon 27QHD240 OLED were exceptional. We viewed the panel from extremely wide angles and didn’t really notice any color shift whatsoever. This is normally the case with OLED panels, with viewing angles being one of the pros.

Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240 monitor

Refresh rate

240Hz

Response time

0.03ms G2G

Screen size

27″

Resolution

2560 x 1440p

Color Gamut

As part of the calibration process, the DisplayCal will give an accurate measurement of the color gamut the monitor can provide. Below are the results of the color gamut test:

As you can see from the graph above, the Xeneon 27QHD240 OLED returned an impressive 99.9% sRGB gamut coverage – exactly what the marketed specifications said it should.

More impressively, however, was the wide 89.4% Adobe RGB and 95.5% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage – more than requirements needed for a true HDR experience.

Above we’ve included the physical graphs for each color space, showcasing the exact coverage we recorded in the sRGB spectrum. The colored line showcases the size of the gamut this monitor provides. It clearly exceeds the sRGB spectrum which can be seen via the dotted line.

Maximum and minimum peak brightness

We ended the color accuracy and picture quality testing by checking the maximum brightness, minimum brightness, and 120 candelas level on this panel. The results are below:

BrightnessCandelas

100 Brightness288.77cd/m2

0 Brightness65.34cd/m2

26 Brightness120 cd/m²

Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240 monitor

Refresh rate

240Hz

Response time

0.03ms G2G

Screen size

27″

Resolution

2560 x 1440p

Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240 OLED: Gaming Performance

With color accuracy and panel uniformity out of the way, it’s time to put the Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240 OLED through a number of different gaming and response time tests to see how it stacks up in gaming scenarios. Like always, we’ll be testing the monitor across a variety of games to get a greater understanding of how this monitor performs overall.

For this portion of the testing, we enabled Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and set the refresh rate to its max 240Hz.

Competitive gaming

Corsair have definitely landed on the picture quality/ responsiveness sweetspot with this panel. It performs to an incredibly high standard when playing some of the industry’s most competitive games – with CS:GO being our main port of call. We ran a number of different tests to see how the monitor would react in fast-paced settings and it excelled in all.

This should come as no surprise, however, as the LG Displays OLED panel at its core offers a 0.03ms response time – about 3 times quicker than the industry’s fastest TN alternatives. Pair that with the monitor’s impressive 240Hz refresh rate, it’s easy to see why we were so impressed by this monitor’s gaming performance.

We played CS:GO, COD, and PUBG for extended sessions and were never once met with screen tear, ghosting, or any other annoying screen artifact. The 27-inch OLED display also offered up enough real estate to encapsulate your vision in its entirety – allowing you to reach a high level of immersion when playing.

General gaming

I decided to put the competitive gaming aside for a short time while we ran the monitor through a number of more immersive based single player titles. Despite not offering a huge 42-inch display, that didn’t stop the Xeneon 27QHD240 OLED from producing a truly immersive experience. The color accuracy of this panel really offered up an excellent visual experience with not noticeable motion blur when playing a variety of different games – and that’s before enabling the panels HDR functionality. We did hit a slight roadblock when enabled said feature – resulting in a weird washed out block in the center of the screen. Fortunately, simply restarting the monitor resolved this issue quickly.

We played a number of different titles on Corsair’s latest OLED monitor and each offered equal levels of colorful and tear-free enjoyment as the last. Speaking of which, enabling the monitor’s G-Sync (unfortunately it doesn’t AMD Freesync Premium) resulted in a buttery smooth gaming experience – even when frames dropped to around 30 FPS.

Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240: our verdict

So, there you have it, our comprehensive review of the Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240 OLED – Corsair’s latest stab at the OLED gaming monitor marketplace. Overall, we were extremely happy with the gaming performance, colors, and user experience this monitor offered – despite not featuring a huge 42-inch display that we’re slowly being conditioned to want. Instead, the 27-inch OLED display offered stunning image quality and color vibrancy in both gaming and entertainment scenarios.

Gaming performance was crisp, sharp, and artifact free – exactly what you’d want for competitive and single-player gameplay. Additionally, colors felt natural and balanced – not over-saturated like some of the gaming monitor’s we’ve tested over the last 12 months. Additionally, navigating the monitor’s OSD was incredibly easy and fine-tuning the visual experience within it was very intuitive. The display’s port layout was also easily accessible and plentiful – offering up a number of different options for both gamers and editors alike.

But let’s talk about the elephant in the room – the price. This monitor hits shelves for $999/ £1049/ AU$1,749 – making it one of the market’s most expensive 27-inch monitors. Having said that, I dont feel this monitor showcases bad value for money – the features and performance clearly speak for itself. Additionally, the Xeneon 27QHD240 OLED seems to have been priced in alignment with the market’s other 27-inch 240Hz OLED panels – making its pricing understandable. Every though it commands a premium price you get the comfort that Corsair offer 3 year zero dead pixels warranty.

Overall, if you’re looking for a stunning 27-inch OLED gaming monitor, the Xeneon 27QHD240 will be hard to beat and is available now. It features all the features and specifications you could want for a truly exceptional gaming experience, alongside a tonne of additional features which make the day-to-day usage of this monitor a joy. If you can stomach the pricing, this monitor could be the perfect way to futureproof your setup.

Corsair Xeneon 27QHD240 monitor

Refresh rate

240Hz

Response time

0.03ms G2G

Screen size

27″

Resolution

2560 x 1440p

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