ASUS has already released some models with the new Kaby Lake processors, like the ZenBook 3 – the direct competitor of Apple’s 12-inch MacBook. However, if you are looking for something more affordable and bigger, the newly updated ZenBooks and VivoBook’s are here for you.
The five notebooks to receive the Kaby Lake treatment are the ZenBook UX330 and UX310 ultrabooks, the VivoBook X556 and X456. The former (X556) is in our lab for testing but with the older Skylake Core i5-6200U on board so it will be interesting to see if the Kaby Lake generation really delivers better overall battery optimization. It’s believed to be a big jump from the previous generation due to the implemented hardware acceleration features regarding multimedia content and decoding 4K movies.
And the last one to receive the new processors is the K401, which is the only one to use the higher-end Core i7-7500U chip while the other four choices will stick with the Core i5-7200U CPU. You can read more about it in detail in our recently released article explaining the main differences between the older Core i5-6200 and i5-5200U processors. You can see the specs of all five laptops, along with their pricing, in the table below.
|ZenBook UX330||ZenBook UX310||VivoBook X556||VivoBook X456||K401|
|Display||13.3-inch; 1920 x 1080||13.3-inch; 1920 x 1080||15.6-inch; 1366 x 768||14-inch; 1366 x 768||14-inch; 1920 x 1080|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-7200U (2.5 – 3.1 GHz, 3MB cache)||Intel Core i5-7200U (2.5 – 3.1 GHz, 3MB cache)||Intel Core i5-7200U (2.5 – 3.1 GHz, 3MB cache)||Intel Core i5-7200U (2.5 – 3.1 GHz, 3MB cache)||Intel Core i7-7500U (2.7 – 3.5 GHz, 4MB cache)|
|RAM||8GB LPDDR3||8GB LPDDR4||8GB DDR4||8GB DDR4||8GB DDR4|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 620||NVIDIA GeForce GT 940MX||NVIDIA GeForce GT 940MX||NVIDIA GeForce GT 940MX||NVIDIA GeForce GT 940MX|
|Storage||512GB M.2 SSD||1TB HDD||1TB HDD||1TB HDD||1TB HDD + 24GB SSD|
|Price||$1 598||$1 498||$899||$899||$1 298|