ASUS 10 ZenPad (Z300M), Analysis: 6.0 Android as The Best Argument for a Basic and Functional Tablet

by | April 6, 2017

Asus She took this summer to renew its mid-range of 10.1 inch tablet ZenPad 10 with the launch of the new model Z300M, that replaces the Z300C of last year adding very few news.

The new one ASUS 10 ZenPad (Z300M) is nothing more than the Z300C that the Taiwanese manufacturer has put a more powerful processor, higher resolution cameras and 6.0 Android Marshmallow factory. The rest is still equal, same design and other specifications change, but will look at in more detail in our background of the new ASUS 10 ZenPad (Z300M) analysis.

ASUS ZenPad 10 (Z300M), technical specifications

We began our analysis reviewing their main technical specifications so that at a glance we know before that type of device are.

ASUS ZenPad 10 (Z300M), specifications

Physical dimensions 251.6 x 172 x 7.9 mm
490 grams
Screen IPS screen 10.1 “LED backlit
Anti-fingerprint coating
Fully laminated
ASUS technology Tru2Life
Resolution WXGA 1280x800p (149 ppp)
Processor MTK MT8163 Quad-Core, 64-bit
Graphics processor Mali-450 MP4
RAM 2 GB
Memory 16/32 GB (expandable with microSD up to 64 GB cards)
Operating system 6.0 Android Marshmallow ZenUI
Connectivity WLAN802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth V4.0
GPS
Compatible with Miracast
Cameras Rear: 5 MP, autofocus
Front: 2 MP
Battery 11 hours of autonomy; battery not removable from 18 Wh
Sensors Gyroscope, compass, light Hall
Sound 2 x front speakers with DTS HD Premium Sound
Sonic Master technology
DTS headphone:x
compatible with aptX
Colors Dark grey, Pearl White and pink gold
Reference price From 199 EUR

Design: we find us with this elegant design that mimics the leather

The design the new ASUS 10 ZenPad is exactly identical to last year’s model, Here ASUS not wanted to risk and repeated with that so chic design you were right last year.

Therefore, in the new ASUS 10 ZenPad We again have a tablet with a design that stands out in his back cover of plastic with a finish that simulates leather and its metal cladding of the rounded edges. It gives a touch of elegance to the tablet. This skin finish gives very good grip.

The ASUS 10 ZenPad It has a relationship between screen and surface of 72%, which is well within the average of 10.1 inch tablets. Their requests are very correct, 251,6 millimeters wide x 172 mm high and a 7.9 mm thick, and also very acceptable weighing 490 grams (10 grams less than the previous model). To be a tablet 10.1 inch is very manageable, although then we will support it in our body because after a while if that you notice those 490 grams, but it can happen in this kind of devices.

Reviewing your design we see that at the top of the screen has with a stereo speaker and a focused front camera. In the bottom frame are right in the Middle the Connector for optional keyboard and most left their microSD card reader. In the left frame are at the bottom the microUSB port and 3.5 mm earphone connector and at the top the volume buttons. In the top frame and the left side we find the power button. In the back of the tablet we find only its rear camera, despite the redundancy.

See complete gallery» ASUS 10 ZenPad (12 photos)

Screen: HD resolution is too small

Here are one of their main problems, and that happens to the majority of tablets 10.1 inch midrange, and is your resolution. At this screen size, we find a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels (HD) when the ideal is that at this point out of 1920 x 1200 pixels. This gives us a very poor, 149 dpi screen density, which are not going to find anything of sharpness or definition in texts, videos, pictures or games.Let’s see the pixels on the screen.

The resolution of the display of the ASUS 10 ZenPad drag your technology Tru2Life offering very colorful and very good contrast, but the lack of definition is all ahead. That Yes, Asus enables us to play to calibrate the screen to set the temperature, hue and saturation that you want.

In terms of brightness, perhaps the automatic mode is short, I personally miss more brightness, but this is solved by putting glitter in manual. Outdoor vision is good.

Performance: range processor media coming out of step

In terms of power, we see that the new ASUS 10 ZenPad leaves behind the Intel Atom x 3-C3200 of the previous model to trust now full power to MediaTek with the processor’s MT8163 Quad-Core 64-bit, again accompanied by the Mali GPU-450 MP4 y 2 GB RAM.

The MT8163 It’s a mid-range processor that not unfolds nothing wrong with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, everything goes smooth and quickly. It is fully functional. Will have no problems in running most applications and games, here the experience is correct, that Yes, many games will not be displayed with your greatest potential graphic, here the Asus tablet because it goes right. Compare with the competition, here his direct opponent would be the BQ Aquaris 10 HD, and has the same processor and GPU similar.

ASUS ZenPad 10 (Z300M), performance
AnTuTu 36.367 points
Quadrant 13.650 points
Vellamo Multicore: 1,779 points
Metal: 1.051 points
Chrome Browser: 2.973 points
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited: 6.189
Sling Shot using is 3.1: 151
Sling Shot using is 3.0: 243
PCMark 4.327 points
EPIC Citadel Ultra high quality: 42.7 fps
BenchmarkPI 213 milliseconds, since #7190
GeekBench 3 Single-Core: 660 points
Multi-Core: 1,991 points
GeekBench 4 Single-Core: 652 points
Multi-Core: 1.796 points

See complete gallery» ASUS 10 ZenPad (Z300M), benchmarks (13 photos)

Cameras: nothing good to highlight

In the section on cameras is where most disappoints ASUS 10 ZenPad Z300M, especially its front camera, is now of 2 megapixel but that seems a VGA camera for ten years, with muted colors, image blurred and grainy. With normal room lighting, this is the result:

Front camera

Its rear Chamber of 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and without flash unless it behaves decently when light conditions are very good, with very real colors and sharp images, but as soon as begins to run low the light started to have blurred photos, with the watercolor effect. The focus of the camera is fast but it takes to take photo.

With HDR

See complete gallery» ASUS 10 ZenPad (Z300M), camera (8 photos)

Your camera application is basic, it offers 16 ways that seek to improve the outcome of our decision, being very good HDR mode. As for the recording, it is capable of record Full HD videos.

ZenUI and applications of factory

This ASUS 10 ZenPad comes with 6.0 Android Marshmallow under the cloak of the House ZenUI that the manufacturer tries to differentiate itself from the competition that has changed the entire interface to add more colorful, larger icons and an intelligent application launcher that allows you to classify applications by category. In addition, it has an option from quick adjustments that promises to increase the power of the device, but the only thing that makes is free memory so that the system starts back to open processes.

ASUS 10 ZenPad already comes standard with a lot of applications like a file Explorer, an application of time, a couple of applications for taking notes, an application to the list of tasks, a video editor, a creator of photographic collages, your social application ZenCircle, Facebook and Facebook Messenger applications, various games and other utility Asus and Google applications. The games can be uninstall and uninstall some applications, the rest just disable.

See complete gallery» ASUS 10 ZenPad (Z300M), interface (14 photos)

Great autonomy

As for battery here approves with note. Its built-in battery of 18 Wh allows us to get to the 8 hours of screen with normal use, but if we use their saving modes can stretch your battery up to a couple of hours more.

Its control of energy-saving offers several ways to select or customize the saving of battery that suits our needs. We can extend battery life up to 2.5 times.

Storage

In the section on storage little to say ASUS 10 ZenPad sold with 16 GB or 32 GB storage that can be expanded with cards microSD up to 64GB (SDXC). In the case of the model of 32 GB for the user are free less 24.59 GB.

Sound quality

Finally note the sound of ASUS 10 ZenPad section. Its double front speaker offers a great quality sound thanks to technology DTS HD Premium Sound, the volume is high and without distortion. And if connect you a good set of headphones will enjoy of the DTS Headphone: X with virtual 7.1 surround sound.

The opinion of Engadget

In short, with the new ASUS 10 ZenPad we have a very watered down renovation of the model of the year, failing again where does most tablets range average, at screen resolution. If want a 10.1-inch tablet I recommend having at least a Full HD screen.

Also the poor quality of its front-facing camera, which is the camera that is more often used in tablets for video-conferencing, since don’t usually go out to take pictures with its rear camera is unforgivable.

But ultimately, the ASUS 10 ZenPad offers something similar than other tablets of middle range of 10.1 inches, where not there is much to choose from.

In favour

  • Design
  • Sound
  • Battery

Against

  • Low resolution screen
  • Photo cameras

 

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