• Display: 10.1-inch Led IPS Panel
  • Processor: Intel Atom Z3560 1.8GHz Quad-Core 64-bit
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, WLAN802.11 b/g/n
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Storage: 8/16/32/64GB expandable with microSD
  • Operating System: Android 5.0
  • Camera: 5MP(rear), 2MP(front)
  • Dimensions: 251.6 x 172 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 510g
  • Pros:
  • Speaker
  • Performance
  • Cons:
  • Weight
  • Memory
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark Icestorm Unlimited: 6,656 points
  • PC Mark Work: 5,059 points
  • Antutu: 35,101 points

A Pad For The Family

A family that shares is a family that cares. Technology can be used for more than just entertainment or productivity, as it can also bring family members closer to each other in ways that you would never expect.

The ZenPad 10 features a large 10.1-inch LED IPS Panel that displays vivid colours and due to the IPS panel allows for wide-viewing angles which are perfect for sharing photos and videos with many people. Powered by an Intel Atom Z3560 1.8GHz quad-core 64-bit processor and 2GB of RAM, the device promises a smooth experience when it comes to navigation, photo viewing, web surfing and even some gaming.

The available storage on the ZenPad varies depending on which you choose to buy, ranging from 8GB-64GB, but the unit which we received had 32GB and is expandable through its microSD slot. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and features Bluetooth 4.0 and WLAN802.11 b/g/n/ and also a dual-speaker design on the front for a better audio experience.

Basic tasks such as web-surfing, viewing photos and watching videos are smooth with no noticeable lag in any cases, but when bogged down by too many applications the 2GB of memory becomes a bit of a bottleneck. There isn’t much to complain about when it came to navigating menus and applications other than the memory bottleneck, it works smoothly and seamlessly.

The audio from the ZenPad is loud, what it lacks in clarity it makes it up in volume. That’s not to say it’s all gibberish coming out. More complex music can cause the speaker to sound less clear but genres like R&B or Pop sound great on the speakers and with great volume. The volume in turn made watching movies and videos much more enjoyable because you can always hear the dialogue going on without using a pair of headphones which is always a huge plus.

Design wise the ZenPad looks excellent, the smooth curved edges and the killer patterned back with a faux-leather feel is to die for. Although, the weight did bother us a little, especially if you’re planning to carry it with a notebook or even with its additional accessories. It’s not too heavy but it might be cumbersome to hold in your hands for long stretches of time.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The ZenPad looks great and works great, something a family should get to share their moments or just to spend that extra quality time with their kids.

(previously published in issue December 2015)

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