An Ultrabook For Gaming! FINALLY!!!

An Ultrabook For Gaming! FINALLY!!!


Hey, how’s it going? Dave2D here I think for a lot of people, this will be the laptop that they want. So a lot of people are looking for that laptop that’s thin and light, that doesn’t cost too much, and, can play some games! This is that one. So if this is what you’re looking for, stick around. This is the new laptop from Asus, it’s called the UX331. It’s their ZenBook and what makes this thing special, what makes this video what it is, is the fact that this thing is running a MX150 in a very light and portable package. Now it’s not the thinnest laptop out there, obviously there are thinner ultrabooks than this. But this thing is relatively thin, but they’ve given it enough room to allow for a proper thermal solution because there is a decent GPU inside this thing. Okay, I’m just gonna go through some things that I do like about this laptop and then maybe touch on some points that I don’t like about it. In no particular order, the build quality in this thing is quite good. It is a $1000 device So you’d expect devices at this price to have good build quality and it does deliver. The screen has a little more flex to it I feel than the older UX330, but aside from that, great build quality. Other things I like, the trackpad. This is one of the better trackpads I’ve seen from Asus. It’s glass, great texture, super smooth, with Windows Precision drivers. You can’t get much better than this on a Windows laptop. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the side if you’re into using Windows Hello to login. And the screen is also surprisingly good. It’s really bright, it’s pretty color accurate, and the viewing angles are good. I do wish the hinge was a little bit stiffer, it’s just got a little more play than I would like but, good screen otherwise. It’s a little bit of work to get inside, you do have to remove the bottom feet, and remove some screws. But inside you can replace the SSD. The one that they include is a little slow, it’s a SATA drive. So, if you want to, you can switch this thing to an NVMe drive. But there’s not much else that you can replace in here. The battery down here is only 50 watt hours, it’s not particularly big. It’s kind of weird because, you look at a device like this with a 50 watt hour battery and then devices with 60 watt hour batteries with similar screen sizes and this is actually getting slightly better battery life, which is… right? It doesn’t really… how are they doing this? I think it’s through software optimization, I’m not sure exactly what they’re doing, but, I’m getting a 9 and a half hour battery with the screen at 250 nits. The speakers also sound quite good. It’s got the Harmon-Kardon branding, and the thing is we’ve seen a lot of bad speakers hiding behind this branding before Not to diss the brand or anything, but Harmon-Kardon at this point means nothing to me on laptops. But this time round, the sound’s really good. It’s a clean sound, with a good range and good volume. I do wish the speakers were located at the top instead of the bottom but, It’s a good sounding speaker. – The webcam’s pretty much garbage. It reminds of the one on the 12 inch MacBook If you use your webcam frequently, then you have to get an external Because, the thing is just terrible. Alright, the feature that makes this laptop the most special is the GPU. It’s running an Nvidia MX150, and if you’ve seen my previous reviews, I’ve actually even done a dedicated video on the MX150 It is a very impressive card. It is not like the most powerful GPU, that’s not what it is, but it doesn’t require crazy heatsinks or fans. It still pushes out decent frame rates in games. You can comfortably play basically
any popular title right now As long as you lower the graphics quality of it. So if you are a casual gamer- you know what? Let’s not even use that term Even for enthusiasts, you’re gonna be fine on an MX150, as long as you don’t need really high quality graphics. Now, if you’re someone who wants to play GTA 5 with like, 20 mods running, then no, this is not the system for you. But for most people, you’re going to be happy with this. The CPU they’re running is Intel’s 8th gen Kaby Lake-R And for right application, like if you’re running stuff that can take advantage of extra cores, performance is great. The fans on this thing are kind of a mix. On idle, it’s completely quiet; it’s literally silent, they don’t even come on. But when you’re doing some intensive stuff, they kick in,
and they don’t get too loud or anything But when you’re playing games, they get quite loud. And it’s actually one of the louder ultrabooks that I’ve seen in 2018 Now, that’s honestly a good thing because remember, we’re dealing with a device that puts out a decent amount of heat If you’re not pushing out quickly, you’re gonna have problems. Now, I did not notice any thermal throttling on this laptop when I was playing games, which is, you know? It’s promising, it’s good But when I ran some stress tests, I did notice throttling And it’s not something that I think will appear for most people’s usage scenarios, I think it does seem confined to stress tests, but it is there And depending on what you do, and how demanding your tasks are, It may or may not be an issue, but if you really need some really intensive CPU or GPU stuff, then this is probably not the best laptop for you. For most people, there’s no throttling issues I can see. Now, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. There are couple of things that I don’t like. First, is the ports selection. So, it’s got an okay port selection It has a USB-C port, but it uses a regular barrel port for charging And I just feel like they missed the opportunity because… Universal charging on the device like this would be awesome Uhh, it also does not support Thunderbolt 3
on that USB-C port, so… I don’t know Again, a missed opportunity. I’m sure it keeps the cost down But… it would have been nice. Another thing I don’t like is the top surface. So… this has this kind of glass-looking material I’m not sure if it’s actually glass But, it just looks tacky and it makes the whole thing look cheaper And, it attracts fingerprints like crazy So you’re gonna get smudges and stuff on the top The older one, the UX330 just have like a plain, stainless steel finish and, I like that, but… You know what? This looks like a Chromebook to be honest Like one of those cheaper Chromebooks Come on Asus! You could’ve done better on this one! Kay, another thing I don’t like. This is a big one, The keyboard. This is a keyboard that has a great layout But it’s just not as comfortable to use as I would expect. The keystrokes are a little soft, I feel like the magnets on for the switch isn’t the best But, I think most people can get used to this keyboard given enough time. Okay, overall, I like this laptop a lot. I think it’s a great fit for a lot of people. If you’re looking for something that is thin and light, that does not cost too much money, and can play some games on this device, with decent battery life when you’re not playing games… This could be the one! Okay, hope you guys enjoyed this video! Thumbs if you liked it, subs if you loved it! See you guys next time!

100 Comments on "An Ultrabook For Gaming! FINALLY!!!"


  1. DESKTOP GAMERS HATE HIM!
    See how this guy plays games on a laptop with this ONE SIMPLE TRICK!

    Thanks for watching =)

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  2. This is what i dont get, you call this a gaming laptop with a mx150, but on your video about the razer stealth wilhich has a mx150 25 and 4gb, you say its not a gaming laptop. So frustrating!

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  3. Does anybody know how this is different from the UX331FN that I see on Amazon as of late? Both have dedicated graphics card, but can't seem to figure out what has changed.

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  4. Has anyone had issues with this laptop or the model with the i7 and no nvidia gpu? i just got the one without the nvidia gpu, and it was getting blue screens on setup, and wondered if I should get a different brand laptop after I return this, or another zenbook

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  5. @Dave Lee @3:42 one of the louder ultrabooks in 2018. what is a laptop that is quieter while gaming?

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  6. I need an inexpensive laptop for Dota 2 and for some "content creating". What should I get in 2019? I don't want to overpay for an unnecessarily strong PC with a monster GPU.

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  7. can i play starcraft2 and the civilizations 6 on this laptop? this is very important question for me

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  8. Will this Zenbook be able to run the 2013 Tomb Raider okay with the MX150? Steam recently had it on sale and I got it before really checking…

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  9. Which is better? combo of i5 8th gen and mx150 OR combo of R5 2500u and gtx1050? Please somebody answer me

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  10. Should I get the Huawei Matebook X Pro, Dell XPS 15, or Asus Zenbook 15? I think they are all about 1,300 USD, but they have some spec differences. Dell has best CPU and GPU, but only 8gb of ram. Asus has the 2nd best CPU and GPU with 16gb of ram. Huawei has the worst CPU and GPU but 16gb ram, best speakers, and my favorite design.

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  11. I use to think those guy who buy an ultrabook/lighweight laptop is stupid

    you know,for that price($999+) u can get gtx 1060/1070 but then my father give me hir aspire switch alpha 5(2 in 1 laptop) for me to use for works in college.

    Its very light,portable,easy to bring anywhere.

    And gaming,i dont even bother to game on this laptop since i use it for works,light games like csgo maybe.and if want to game just use my desktop.

    This thin laptop is good just the price is a bit expensive

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  12. Warum ist der Videotitel und die Beschreibung auf Deutsch, das eigentliche Video aber auf Englisch?

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  13. Is it good for programming and all computer students stuff. Since I am going to take BSc in INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY so does this help me or do I need to look for another one

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  14. Seriously is Mx150 decent… from my perspective… I see it trash..gaming starts from GTX 1050 TI…!!!

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  15. I have the 2018 version of this laptop and I love it, but I'd really like to see a review of the 2019 version.

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  16. asus throttels their laptops HARD. My one is capped to 60 degrees so thats probably the reason for better battery

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  17. If you could do a roundup video of your favorite older ultrabooks that someone could buy used (or new if they still exist) I would be so happy. I'm probably going to go back to school in the near future and I'm thinking about picking up a highly portable spare laptop with good battery life.

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  18. With a MX150. I can finally do this in Minecraft that my laptop can’t.
    INSTALL HEAVY SHADERS AND MODS FOR MINECRAFT

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  19. PLEASE MAKE A VIDEO OF ALL THE BUDGET GAMING LAPTOPS WITH YOUR REVIEWS AND RANKINGS ON THE BASIS OF THEIR SPECS! MY COLLEGE IS ABOUT TO START AND I NEED TO GET A LAPTOP FOR CS ENGINEERING BUT I WANNA DO GAMING TOO SO I WAS WONDERING IF YOU CAN HELP ME AND PEOPLE LIKE ME! -LOVE FROM INDIA

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  20. Crappy brand like Asus or Acer would make you regret later. 2 of my laptops die are from these brands. I dont even game on them.

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  21. I know I’m late but isn’t the Asus Vivobook S510UN better than this? It has the similar specs with more to offer and for cheaper.

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  22. I've seen laptops almost as thin as this, with a 1050. A mx150 won't get you anywhere in 2019.

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  23. Is he sponsored by Asus or something? $999? There's plenty laptops out there with spec similar to this for cheaper. Easy start is a HP Envy 13, Lenovo Yoga 14 with a Ryzen 5 to name a couple

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  24. I had an ASUS Laptop like 5-10 years ago there was only one thing that I hated about it and it was that the speakers were on the bottom. I was interested in this laptop because I thought for sure they would have gotten rid of that stupid design. I see now that they haven't so this is not the laptop for me. Thank you for doing this review. It was very helpful.

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  25. I'm debating between this and the huawei matebook X, has anyone got advice?
    I'm just an average person that wants a laptop for Netflix (maybe minecraft) and Adobe illustrator. I really can't decide because I want something beefy enough for both and I'm leaning toward the Mate X, but its $500 extra…worth the money?
    (both i7 models, asus $1700Aud huawei $2250

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  26. Who would buy a $1000 gaming laptop just to play fucknite? Where's GTA 5, watch dogs 2, a hat in time, emulators? Come on man.

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  27. Too late. Xiaomi 2 years notebooks (really thin almost like this one) had mx150 for less price now. So ???

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  28. Did i missed something or why is the Video Name on the Title German but the Youtuber himself speaks english? XD

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