On a long journey, even a straw weighs heavy. That’s why I always travel with as less as I can. I’m not a gadget freak, in fact, I managed my 17-month journey across South East Asia, Europe, and N. America by only carrying my basics – my smartphone, DSLR and a hard drive.
However on long journeys, I did feel the need of a machine in which I can watch movies, work on my pictures, write blog posts – basically enjoy some downtime. A laptop (however small) does not fit the bill and so I was on the lookout for a sturdy and affordable machine when I got hands on a review piece of Zenpad 7.0 (Z370CG) which allowed me to use the product for few days for free.
For last ten days, I’m using Zenpad for almost all my PC related needs. In my recent journey, it proved to be a lovely travel mate – I used it as my entertainment system, on the go library, photo bank, as a map and as a means of communicating with family back home.
What I like about Zenpad is that it has got the basics right. When you are on the road, there are some specifics that you desire in your machine and trust me, Zenpad does not disappoint.
- Zenpad 7.0 is sturdy yet not heavy. It is small, light, fits well into the hands and has an added protection of corning gorilla glass display. Additionally, the removable back has a textured leather-effect finish that gives the Zenpad a luxurious feel.
- Zenpad 7.0 has a long battery life. Along with the a battery life of 8 hours, Zenpad has an Extended Battery Life with the protective ASUS power case. When I kept brightness at a mid-level and removed all the unnecessary Apps it comes loaded with, the battery actually lasted for 1.5 days.
- Camera quality is very important for a traveler – both for taking photos as well as for making video calls. Zenpad 7.0 has an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera.There is a bit of shutter lag with the camera but the picture quality is fine. For those who love to take pictures for memories, the camera quality is good enough.
- Next comes performance which is something that the is indispensable for a generation as impatient as ours. The basic functions like streaming videos, browsing webpages, accessing emails swiping and zooming are fast enough. The video quality is crisp and clear and there were no delays on the playback. But when I was running multiple applications, I experienced a small lag but it was not significant.
- As for storage, Zenpad 7.0 boost of a generous amount (16Gb), which can be expanded via the microSD card of up to 128 GB. It also comes with 100GB of cloud storage from Google and 5GB of cloud storage via Asus.
- And last but not the least, pricing is something that makes Asus Zenpad 7.0 a clear winner. For what it (Rs. 12000), it’s a remarkable device. It has almost all the features of uber expensive notepad, looks nice and has a nice bonus – an Asus Audio cover. This cover not only acts as a stand, a protective case but also provides an amazing surround sound experience with four main speakers and a subwoofer unit. This Audio cover also has an independent battery unit which also boosts the battery of the tablet.
Conclusion: Much like myself, if you like your gadgets lean but sturdy, low-maintenance
yet high on performance, and not very expensive, then ZenPad Z370CG is a great choice. Miss Walking Shoes says go for it!