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[Microsoft Store] Asus ZenBook S Ultra Slim UX393JA 13.9" 3.3k/1TB SSD/16GB DDR4/1.17kg/i7 1065G7 1.3GHz $1400 after $900 off

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[Microsoft Store] Asus ZenBook S Ultra Slim UX393JA 13.9" 3.3k/1TB SSD/16GB DDR4/1.17kg/i7 1065G7 1.3GHz $1400 after $900 off

Well after someone who's not too bright spilt pop all over my 5 yo laptop a few months ago, figured it was time to pull the trigger on a new one. After the requisite few weeks of research, finally found a highish end laptop at a price I liked. Since I (at leased used to...) travel a ton, light and small was a must. It only came out last Sept, but seems to have in short order been slightly upgraded with an 11th gen intel chip (vs 10th), and thunderbolt 4 ports (vs thunderbolt 3), and the newer model is the UX393EA. Anyways, the MSRP for both seemed to be $2299.99, and found many retailers selling for that, but naturally the slightly older, and slightly worse specs on this one meant that it wouldn't move nearly as fast at the same price, so apparently Microsoft decided to heavily slash the price from $2300 to $1400. Keep in mind that's the only store I was able to find that did so, with just about every other retailer and even eBay selling it in the $2000+ range. Next best retail deal I could find was Costco selling for $1650 US, which is still over $2k Canadian. It's still 1500 pounds ($2650 CAD) in the UK Asus store. One note is that it has a 3:2 aspect ratio, which might take some getting used to, but reviewers don't seem to mind. One point of contention however, which I can deal with at this price, is that it says it has an audio jack, but it does not. It includes a thunderbolt to 3.5mm adapter.

Tech specs
Screen size 13.9” 3.3k HD touchscreen with ultra-slim 4-side NanoEdge bezels (3300 x 2200)
Processor 10th generation Intel Core i7-1065G7 Processor 1.3 GHz (up to 3.9 GHz)
Memory 16GB LPDDR4X RAM
Hard drive size 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Operating system Windows 10 Pro
PC type Laptop
Optical drive None
Media drive MicroSD card reader
Audio Harman Kardon
Video Intel Iris Plus graphics
Ports • 2 Thunderbolt-3
• 1 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A
• 1 HDMI
• 1 headphone/microphone combo jack
Battery 67 WHr Lithium-ion*
Camera 720p HD webcam
Wireless Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Bluetooth Yes
Dimensions 12.04 x 0.59 x 8.81 in (305.81 x 14.98 x 223.77 mm)
Weight 2.6 lbs (1.17 kg)
Colour Jade Black
Other • Model number: UX393JA-XB77T
• Backlit keyboard
• USB-C to audio jack adapter
• Cortana voice recognition
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Upvote because its very well built in terms of quality but...

that cpu... quite disappointing its not a ryzen.
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Thats an awesome looking PC.
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Thank you
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Upvote , laptop build is good as well the specs are good too , 16GB Ram as well as 1 TB SSD (NVMe M.2). Process is old but stil for normal day to day processing its good.
Although Im waiting for UX482 .
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How "old" is that processor? I know it's a last-gen Intel.
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chemicalxv wrote: How "old" is that processor? I know it's a last-gen Intel.
Almost 1.5 years at this point. You ain't getting this clearance price if its 11th gen counterpart isn't 20-25% faster and Ryzen 5000 laptops are getting all the spotlights.
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chemicalxv wrote: How "old" is that processor? I know it's a last-gen Intel.
I just checked, said it was released Aug 2019. So roughly 18 months. Performance isn't exactly what I wanted, but again for the price I'm willing to make minor compromises, and it's hardly ancient given that my previous Zenbook had an M 5Y10 released in Sept 2014, and still did everything I needed it to do. I can't see myself doing anything tremendously taxing on it like 3D rendering CAD programs, and have a desktop that I generally use for that stuff.
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3.3k res Face With Tears Of Joy , i rmember few years ago they had a zenbook for like 600 bucks at 4k res? there was a massive hot deals thread on it! why is the HD webcam only 720p smh!
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Zomg! This is 30 days outdated! Don’t buy this, buy one twice the price instead!
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mikka2017 wrote: 3.3k res Face With Tears Of Joy , i rmember few years ago they had a zenbook for like 600 bucks at 4k res? there was a massive hot deals thread on it! why is the HD webcam only 720p smh!
That Zenbook (UX305CA) was QHD+. It's still the laptop I use to this day!
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Oh this has a 3:2 screen resolution, interesting.
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mikka2017 wrote: 3.3k res Face With Tears Of Joy , i rmember few years ago they had a zenbook for like 600 bucks at 4k res? there was a massive hot deals thread on it! why is the HD webcam only 720p smh!
The other thing to consider, kind of like the silly mega pixel wars that enveloped digital cameras or DPIs for printers, is that there is indeed a limit to what your eyes can actually discern. Some rough calcs determined that this display is roughly 300 pixels per inch - or roughly double what your eyes can actually differentiate (depending on visual acuity and distance from monitor and a couple other factors). Naturally if you broadcast to a TV or a bigger monitor it changes things.

https://www.techspot.com/article/1113-4 ... ifference/
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mikka2017 wrote: why is the HD webcam only 720p smh!
Pet peeve of mine. If I can find a 8MP 1080p selfie camera on a $300 Poco phone, how is it so tough to fit that into a $1000+ laptop? This goes double for more expensive Apple laptops as well.
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rugerty100 wrote: That Zenbook (UX305CA) was QHD+. It's still the laptop I use to this day!
Weird, I actually had a slightly older version of that one (UX305FA) purchased in spring of 2015. Had to replace the battery a year ago, but otherwise very solid machine. Only complaint was it's motherboard's level of resistance to being doused in coke.
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Xtrema wrote: Pet peeve of mine. If I can find a 8MP 1080p selfie camera on a $300 Poco phone, how is it so tough to fit that into a $1000+ laptop? This goes double for more expensive Apple laptops as well.
I looked into that as well. Apparently the trend is to minimize the wasted bezel space around the screen, to both minimize laptop size, and maximize display area. Accordingly, you have much less real estate to work with, so the bigger better cameras are sacrificed.
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chemicalxv wrote: Oh this has a 3:2 screen resolution, interesting.
Most productivity laptops are going with 3:2 instead of 16:9.
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Too bad 11th gen much better than 10th gen.
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seadog83 wrote: Weird, I actually had a slightly older version of that one (UX305FA) purchased in spring of 2015. Had to replace the battery a year ago, but otherwise very solid machine. Only complaint was it's motherboard's level of resistance to being doused in coke.
Hey - where did you buy the battery? I have the same laptop and my battery just died.
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vivibaby wrote: Too bad 11th gen much better than 10th gen.
Well an XPS 13 with the same spec but 11th gen, 1080p screen, 512GB storage and Windows Home is only $300 more if you need the horse power.
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Saniokca wrote: Hey - where did you buy the battery? I have the same laptop and my battery just died.
Honestly I forget exactly where, but I just searched "Asus UX305FA replacement battery" or something like that, lots of hits came up. I looked around and just went with one with a decent price who shipped from Canada. One word of caution though, I bought a 3rd party knock off brand, both for that computer, and another old HP from 2011 which became my "good enough to cope with until I get something new" laptop, and that battery died after a mere 15 months, despite light use. I'm not sure if my Asus would have suffered the same fate, as I fried it after about a year, but the price difference between an OEM battery and a knock off was fairly significant, like $50 vs $150. Like they say though, you get what you pay for.

If you're comfortable around computers, it's definitely possible to do yourself, and there are even a few Youtube videos of people doing it. Just work on a cookie sheet or something, keep track of the numerous tiny tiny screws and where they go, and locktight them after as I found a couple would work their way loose. You don't really need all of them right? Surely some are redundant...

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