Lion of the Blogosphere

Asus Zenbook, first impression

Link to Zenbook at and it’s STILL on sale!

Ran the Octane 2.0 benchmark using Google Chrome, it scored 35,856. Wow! The crappy Dell at work only scores half that, even though it has a Core i7 in it and this Asus “only” has a Core i5. My desktop computer scores only 21K. This little tiny notebook computer is a screamer. The 6-year-old MacBook Air scored 17,921, not bad considering its age. It still beat the crappy Dell at work.

Moore’s law has definitely ended. Computers have only doubled in power in 6 years, they have not doubled every 18 months like they used to. (If Moore’s law were still in effect, this computer would be eight times faster than the older computer instead of only twice as fast.)

The Asus Zenbook looks very much like a clone of the MacBook Air. Chinese people, even Chinese people in the free democratic country of Taiwan (where Asus is based), could never invent a MacBook design themselves, but once Apple led the way, the Chinese demonstrate that they can make the same for cheaper. Almost half the price. (Although the “Retina” screen on the lastest MacBook is probably better than the Asus screen, but the Asus screen is still pretty nice, it looks nice to me, and reviews say it has the full sRGB color gamut and very high color accuracy for a notebook computer.)

So far, don’t see anything to complain about. Except for an annoying Windows update that’s taking forever to download, but that’s not Asus’ fault.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 29, 2018 at 10:52 PM

Posted in Technology

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  1. Moore’s law is only dying right about now. Transistor density increase is just now over. What happened almost ten years ago was that how to write fast software fundamentally changed and almost nobody bothered to learn. You had to learn simd, data oriented programming, and threading. Practically nobody bothered and generally speaking software is worse than it was a decade ago.


    November 29, 2018 at 11:18 PM

  2. Not bad. I scored 54k on an 1-year old overclocked 8700k Hackintosh.

    Going with Hackintosh is great, and I can upgrade my computer at will, plus it was way cheaper than the Apple equivalent.


    November 30, 2018 at 12:10 AM

  3. My Surface Pro scored 29636 on the Octane 2.0 test. Does it test for anything besides speed?
    I’m wondering because since I installed Band-in-a-Box on it (a huge program) it is not running as well. Sometimes I get a blue screen of death after it has been on for several hours. Fortunately this hasn’t happened while I have been using the Surface Pro to teach with. The Surface Pro comes with a pen…I do math on the computer and project the screen while I am teaching.

    It was the top of the line Surface Pro when I got it about 8 months ago. But it doesn’t belong to me. I will have to turn it in if I retire at the end of the summer, as I might do. So I’m on the lookout for a laptop that can handle Band-in-Box.


    November 30, 2018 at 1:30 AM

    • I never heard of Band-in-a-Box.

      But yes, there’s certainly a lot about Windows 10 that sucks.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 30, 2018 at 7:29 AM

      • Do you have to keep paying for Windows 10 now? Like an annual fee? What about Word and office? I’d like a new laptop, but don’t want to keep paying for products I’m using more and more rarely.

        November 30, 2018 at 10:16 AM

  4. detailed review: (w/ i7 cpu)

    not bad at all;
    and looking at that useless and overpriced landfill that apple is nowadays flogging to it’s acolytes, probably a very smart buy.


    November 30, 2018 at 4:09 AM

    • The version I have only has an i5 chip, only 8GB of memory, and it doesn’t have the discrete NVidia graphics chip, but otherwise I think it’s the same computer.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 30, 2018 at 7:30 AM

  5. Are you sure you are making an apples-to-apples comparison? I mean, are the two computers comparable in terms of price, features, etc.?


    November 30, 2018 at 5:18 AM

    • You man an Apple to PC comparison, not an Apple to Apple comparison!

      Yes, the newest MacBook Air is pretty equivalent to the Zenbook UX331. To get a more powerful Mac, you need to buy a MacBook Pro.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 30, 2018 at 7:32 AM

  6. Of course, Moore’s Law would have to end eventually. Processing power couldn’t continue doubling to infinity. But I don’t think Moore’s Law ended because processor companies could no longer do it. It ended because consumers didn’t need it. I’m typing this on a computer more than 10 years old. And there’s nothing I need that it can’t handle.


    November 30, 2018 at 6:44 AM

  7. With regard to a previous post I can’t decide who looks more foolish —you or Dershowitz— for saying Mueller “created” a crime for Cohen to commit when it did NOT involve statements told to Mueller’s team at all. Cohen lied to Congress during his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, they knew it, and referred him to Meuller for potential prosecution, for which he subsequently pleaded guilty. He wasn’t set up for some “perjury trap,” and you know it but have become such a Trump acolyte at this point that you’re making Dershowitz-level crap excuses for him. No wonder you don’t practice law.


    November 30, 2018 at 8:48 AM

    • Dershowitz means that Cohen would not have been talking to Congress at all had it not been for the Mueller investigation in the first place.

      As far as my legal advice, I would have advised everyone NOT to talk under oath and take the Fifth whenever possible.

      I previously wrote:

      There’s never any good in talking to the FBI when they are out to find some sort of wrongdoing. Look at all of the Trump people who have been charged with lying to the FBI. The best way to never be charged with lying to the FBI is to never say anything to them in the first place.

      Substitute FBI for Congress, cops, whatever.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 30, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    • Why was Mueller involved at all then? Why couldn’t he be referred to Justice through normal channels?

      November 30, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    • I followed everything but the logic behind your final sentence.


      November 30, 2018 at 12:05 PM

  8. Instead of more computing power nowdays it is getting same computing power with less energy (=more battery time).


    November 30, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    • Yes, the latest Intel mobile Core i5 chip used in the Asus has been optimized to use less power. The new MacBook Air uses the same chip.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 30, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    • Unfortunately, as power consumption optimization proceeds, laptops become somewhat slower vs. what they used to be on identical tasks.

      My 2¢

      November 30, 2018 at 4:13 PM

  9. O/t – speaking of “reading fiction is prole”, because it’s cornball:

    “Summertime in Bleak Harbor means tourists, overpriced restaurants, and the Dragonfly Festival. One day before the much-awaited and equally chaotic celebration, Danny Peters, the youngest member of the family that founded the town five generations ago, disappears”

    This story seems like a horror version of Dark Harbor in Maine, written by a Midwestern prole who’s never visited the place and introduces prole elements into the story like kidnapping that is reminiscent of proles who live in pseudo-upscale neighborhoods and act accordingly to their nature.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    November 30, 2018 at 11:20 AM

    • People should write what they know. That’s why Edith Wharton wrote about rich people and not proles.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 30, 2018 at 11:27 AM

  10. Not sure that benchmark is useful or anything to brag about. I just ran it on my iPhone X and got a score of 33383, which pretty close to your laptop. So the iPhone is amazingly fast, your laptop is actually slow, or the benchmark is not particularly useful. Not sure which is which.

    Maybe Geekbench is a better test?


    November 30, 2018 at 2:41 PM

  11. My home Dell has a score of 8505! I knew it was horrible, but not that horrible.


    November 30, 2018 at 7:19 PM

    • My favorite comment while using my laptop in a hipster coffee shop from a cute college girl, why is the Apple on your computer upside down? Well that would be because it’s a 1999 g3 Pismo and almost 20 years old.


      November 30, 2018 at 10:44 PM

      • That is funny. If my Dell had an insignia, it would be a rotten apple. Rotten to the core.


        December 1, 2018 at 8:36 AM

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