Asus ZenPad S 8.0: Conclusion

September 3, 2015 by Ed Hardy Reads (97,127)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 9
    • Usability
    • 9.5
    • Design
    • 10
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Features
    • 9
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 10
    • Total Score:
    • 9.21
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580CA) is a solid device with one of the best screens available on any mid-size tablet, much more built-in storage than similarly priced models have, performance that is good but not outstanding, and cameras that are better than average.

On the downside, Asus pre-installed entirely too much software on this model, and the battery life could be better.

Value

There are plenty of less expensive Android tablets on the market, but these all have compromises in order to meet their low prices points. For example, the Lenovo Tab 2 A8-50 costs less than half as much as the ZenPad S 8.0 but its display doesn’t have anywhere near the pixel density of this Asus model, the processor Lenovo had to use is much slower, and the Tab 2 A8-50 has a quarter of the storage capacity.

The ZenPad S 8.0 stands up well against more expensive models, too. For instance, the Dell Venue 8 7840 has a slightly better pixel density, and its processor performs a bit better, but the Asus device costs $100 less and has more RAM and four times as much storage capacity.

Asus ZenPad S 8.0

Asus ZenPad S 8.0

Pros:

  • Beautiful display
  • Good performance
  • 64GB of built-in storage
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Excellent cameras

Cons:

  • Too many apps pre-installed
  • Battery life could be better

Bottom Line:

The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 has an outstanding display, good performance, and much more RAM and built-in storage than one would expect for a mid-range Android tablet.



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  1. dan.p.obrien

    I have a ASUS Vivo-Tab-8 tablet with the Wacom digitizer, active stylus and now using Win-10. I like it very much however, other than disappointing battery life, it lacks an oleo-phobic coating for the glass which makes in no fun at all with a finger. Think… skip, drag, friction and LOTS of greasy marks on the screen that do NOT come off easily. Compared to the wonderfully friction free surfaces on my Nexus 7 and Note 3 this tablet is pretty much confined to stylus-only use… sadly.

    PLEASE tell us that ASUS has NOT given us another finger dragger screen on this newest model?

  2. kajjot

    I’ve been using this tablet for two weeks now. 16gb/2gb ram and it’s amazing,. Also after the latest update Asus now allows you to uninstall pretty much all bloat ware.