Ever since the dawn of the Pixel C and the iPad Pro, convertible tablets are now considered to be all the rage, and perhaps the same can be said about the Asus ZenPad 10. And while it does offer a lot of promise, Asus’ entry to the hybrid device market has a relatively reasonable price tag, which is a plus when you consider some of its higher-end rivals like Apple’s iPad Pro. Furthermore, there is already a keyboard dock included in the standard package, which is also another plus when comparing it to Apple’s contender. In summary, this is a solid choice, if you can deal with the bloatware.
The Asus ZenPad 10 Just Slightly Falls Short of Greatness
In terms of design, the Asus ZenPad 10 won’t be winning any awards. For the tablet section, it is purely made out of plastic and it feels noticeably less top-end as compared to similar devices. It has a gray keyboard dock that has a similar traditional feel as compared to the tablet portion. Its plastic material does feel a bit brittle. Both the tablet and the keyboard portion does offer some flex when moderate pressure is applied. Therefore, whenever you’re trying to dock the slate to the dock, make sure you do it carefully as apply too much pressure and you might end up breaking the unit.
For its keyboard keys, it has reasonable travel, and the keys do feel solid as compared to other tablet keyboard docks that are within a similar price class. While still on the dock, it does feel weighty enough to ensure that the tablet portion won’t topple the connected pieces over, which is the case for the Pixel C. Users will also be happy to know that they can work with the ZenPad 10 resting comfortably on their laps.
As for its 10.1-inch display, it is pretty good even for viewing movies. The screen offers a 1,280 x 800 resolution, which is nothing to write home about. Upon closer inspection, you can even the individual pixels. While a bit low on the pixel resolution, color balance and vibrance are top notch, especially when you consider its price.
The Asus ZenPad 10 is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom x3-C3200 CPU, which does a pretty decent performance in powering up the device. It is mated with 2GB of RAM and comes with the Android Lollipop operating system with the ZenUI installed right off the bat. Speaking of the ZenUI, Asus is not afraid to show you a lot of their homebrew apps because there are a lot of it here. Overall, the device promotes potential, but the bloatware ultimately weighs it down.
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