expired Asus ZenBook 14 - Full HD / Intel Core i5-8265U / 256GB SSD / 8GB RAM - $1276 @ Futu Online eBay

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Original PORTAL20 20% off Storewide at Futu Online on eBay Deal Post

Great deal on what's being marketed as the most compact 14" laptop in the world. I'm personally holding out for the higher spec'd 13" model to hit Australia, although I'm unsure if it ever will.

Only real gripe is that the USB C port can't be used for charging - still makes a great everyday productivity laptop, especially for a university student.

Specs:

  • 14" Full HD Screen
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Intel Core i5 8th Gen - 1.60 GHz Up to 3.9Ghz (8265U)
  • 256GB SSD (Upgradeable)
  • 8GB LPDDR3 Ram (fixed)
  • HDMI, USB 3.1 A, USB 3.1 C Gen 2 (non-thunderbolt), USB 2.0, Micro SD card reader
  • 8-10 hour battery life (Claimed 14)
  • Windows hello web-cam
  • 1.09 Kg

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Comments

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    To buy or not to buy, that is the question…

    Would this be alright for (the latest) gaming too?

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      You are better off with this for gaming

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      if you just want integrated graphics for battery & thin/light,
      i'd wait a month or 2 for ice lake - intel mobile's 9th gen 10nm cpu lineup with 900 series Gen11 Iris iGPU touted as double performance of current gen iris

      or amd mobile apu 2800H with vega11 , but that won't be on thin n' light

      this 14nm++ whiskey lake still rocking the same old iris 620 , won't do much on gaming

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      Absolutely terrible for gaming. Very thin (weak cooling) and no dedicated GPU = low FPS

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      Would this be alright for (the latest) gaming too?

      No. Not a chance in hell. It's running Intel HD graphics.

      The best 13/14" ultrabook for gaming will still only have an MX or AMD card.

      If you want decent gaming, you have to go for a 15" gaming laptop.

      To do gaming on something this tiny would be a dream. It's years away at best. And that assumes games don't get harder to run.

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      Maybe if to stick an external gpu into it.

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    https://www.dell.com/en-au/outlet/ProductDescription?cfID=01...

    I will just leave this here.

    at this price you're getting into Dell XPS refurbished territory, which is better in almost every aspect.

    bit if weight is crucial for you, Asus is the choice, though I don't know much about its reliability.

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      XPS 13 9360 uses sub par screen panel as according to Notebookcheck unless it has changed in newer build.

      I was tossing up between this Asus and XPS from the last 20% off sales because I value quality of screen more than any other spec's for an ultrabook. In the end I settled with an Asus but different model to OP's :p

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        hmm? I didn't think they slammed it in their review, and I have worked with 9360, and found the screen to be a joy to use, bright, vivid and clear? What was the panel in ASUS you went with? Me, I was never a big fan of those Sharp panels because they look too sleek and polished, almost unnaturally so, and images and movies look unnaturally vivid on them. Asus was always a "skip" for me due to build quality. And anyway, I would always get a business grade laptop because of a single reason: different paradigm. Consumer grade tech is built to please but leave you wanting, and break straight out of warranty, so you are back for more. Business grade tech is build to deliver and do the work for you, so that large business comes back to manufacturer because they need an upgrade or more units, not because the old ones are broken and dead. But then again, resellability of business grade tech is low, so you are buying something that should be depreciated. If you want to stay bleeding edge and buy a laptop every year, consumer grade is the source of excitement and variety :D at the cost of reliability and quality most of the time. decisions decisions.

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          consumer grade is the source of excitement and variety :D at the cost of reliability and quality most of the time

          Can't agree more :)

          What was the panel in ASUS you went with?

          I got i7 version of UX461 which has N140HCE-EN1 surprisingly. Even though this panel isn't in the same league to those used in X1 Carbon and MacBook Pro but spec wise it is still better than 9360 and UX433 as mentioned here.

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            @monkp: I haven't heard of that panel, but I will keep it in mind if I come across a cheap Latitude with a crappy HD panel :) that would be a fun upgrade. it looks like a nice device, but keyboard, man. but that's me, I am done, I am spoiled for good :D good keyboards, zero-flicker panels, accurate colours yada yada there's no end.

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    I'm holding out for the flip s. Static I've says it's $1699 for the cheapest but I'm still holding out. It's this or the diamond notebook since the keyboard is what in after. Does anyone else know if there's another laptop that I should be looking at?

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    I got a better spec'd refurb'd one for under $1100 battery life is awesome.

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Asus-Zenbook-Flip-UX461UA-E1077T...