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Asus ZenBook UX331FAL 13.3" Laptop: i7-8565U, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD

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BH Photo Video has Asus UX331FAL ZenBook Laptop on sale for $799 ---> Now $749. Shipping is free. Thanks iconian

Specs:
  • 13.3" 1920x1080 WideView Display
  • 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U Quad-Core Processor
  • 8GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 256GB M.2 Solid State Drive
  • Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Windows 10 (64-Bit)
  • Inputs:
    • 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A
    • 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1
    • 1x HDMI 1.4
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I don't get it. You also said this about the Asus ZenBook Flip S 13.3" Touch Laptop (i7-8550U, 16GB DDR3) back in July:


If you had such bad luck with one Asus Zenbook, why would you have bought another Asus Zenbook? Just wondering.
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I am not really sure where this 16GB of RAM myth is coming from. People on SD have been misinformed for years about RAM. I can promise if you had two of these machines next to each other, one with 8GB RAM and the other 16GB, with the pagefile on the SSD for both, that you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Not while booting, launching apps, browsing, Youtube, etc. Add in some virtual machines, large databases, etc and yeah, you can differentiate. But with normal use, it is a complete myth that 16GB is far superior to 8. People will point to Chrome's memory use, but it simply uses what is available (rather than sitting with 95% free memory available/wasted), and it runs fine with 16, 8, or 4GB of RAM. So don't let that dissuade you.

I am partial to Zenbooks because they are very sleek and light. People who use laptops as desktops that are occasionally moved can get by with a less expensive, heavier/bulkier laptop that will be faster (better cooling, less need for low voltage hardware, etc). So those may look at the specs and think it is a ripoff. But if you are using this for work/school (ie moving it around on a daily basis), or travel, the weight/size make a big difference and this is much better.
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Not your fault. The people setting the USB names are marketers, who would rather have people confused and buying the wrong thing, than knowledgable and buying the right thing. Their latest brain fart is USB 3.2 gen 1 (which is the same as USB 3.1 gen 1 and USB 3.0 but somehow they felt it needed a new name), USB 3.2 gen 2, and USB 3.2 2x2. Which is nearly as bad as the full speed, high speed, super speed fiasco they came up with when we switched to USB 2.0 and 3.0 (I still don't know which is which).

Anyhow, USB-C is the connector type (the old types were USB-A, with USB-B being the squarish ones used on some devices like scanners). Which USB protocol runs on that connector is more or less independent of connector type. USB 3.0 (= USB 3.1 gen 1 = USB 3.2 gen 1) is capped at 5 Gbps. USB 3.1 gen 2 (which I think is the same as USB 3.2 gen 2) is capped at 10 Gbps. And USB 3.2 2x2 will let you hit 20 Gbps.

The USB-C connector spec also allows for using the port in a proprietary non-USB manner. Thunderbolt is one of those. In Thunderbolt mode, although it's using the USB-C connector, it's not USB. It combines the PCIe bus and Displayport into one connector, topping out at 40 Gbps for the current version (Thunderbolt 3), which is enough for PCIe x4 + Displaport (simultaneously). Crucially, because it's not USB, it doesn't require translating data to/from USB signals. That translation layer is why early USB 3.0 SSDs were capped at around 200 MB/s despite the USB 3.0 spec allowing up to 5 Gbps (625 MB/s).

With Thunderbolt, you're getting the raw PCIe or Displayport data so there's no latency (beyond the speed of light). This makes things like connecting displays and GPUs possible without the need for additional drivers. You plug in an external GPU via Thunderbolt, the laptop sees it as if you'd plugged the GPU into a PCIe slot.

As I said, it all sounds great in theory, and I made sure my new laptop had it. But I haven't actually had a need for it yet.
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What's the regular price on the laptop?
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My wife has this machine. It's top notch, think MacBook air with macbook pro hardware
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Does it have usb c charging? Thunderbolt3?
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Does it have usb c charging? Thunderbolt3?
No and no.
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Typically around the 890-950 range depending on the website. I've seen it consistently at $900 for the past few months
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$880-900 [urlhasbeenblocked] for the past month on Amazon.
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What's the difference between the 331 fal vs 331 UA?
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8GB DDR3 Ram, pass.
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Upgradable RAM and SSD?
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