ASUS ZenPad Z500M 9.7" Tablet - 32 GB £259.99 @ PC World
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ASUS ZenPad Z500M 9.7" Tablet - 32 GB £259.99 @ PC World

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Found 7th Jan
save £50.00 was £299.99

lowest i have ever seen it

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

Processor- MTK 8176 Turbo CA72 2.1 GHz & CA53 1.7 Hz - Hexa-core

Memory (RAM) 4 GB

Storage 32 GB

microSD card reader (up to 128 GB)

Resolution 2048 x 1536

two colours available Dark Grey and Silver



Does not come with pen/stylus

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Saw this this morning too. It is a great deal. 4gb of ram on an Android tablet is hard to come by... Talk less at this price point.

looks good, but mtk probably means near zero chance of updates any mediatek based stuff I've had has been very good but has had no real updates. heat added as is top spec for money!

Recently bought one at £299 and it's a cracking tablet. I highly recommend it. Great price as its a brand new model.

I've been watching this on currys website, and it seems an awesome tablet, it's a great deal, i just wish i could warrant buying another tablet

genuinely what makes it so great. ..over ghe Tab 2016 for instance at £160 ?? thanks ia

genuinely what makes it do great? over and above a Tab A 2016 for instance at £160 ?? TIA

Been thinking of upgrading my Nexus 7, this is a nice tablet, quite a bit cheaper than the Pixel C too

IWANTBLUE

genuinely what makes it do great? over and above a Tab A 2016 for … genuinely what makes it do great? over and above a Tab A 2016 for instance at £160 ?? TIA




I'm no expert but have been looking for a replacement to my 2012 Nexus 7 I'm still undecided over a 7/8" and a 10" so am dragging my feet. In the reviews I've read this is a higher performer than the Samsung Tab S2 so I would imagine the CPU and Graphics to be way above that of the Tab A series. Aside from that this has a metal body, twice the memory (both RAM and ROM) not familiar with the Tab A spec but it also has GPS and a finger print reader and also is stylus compatible all of which are feature the cheaper tablets are usually missing.

Looks good. Can you get a wee bluetooth keyboard with a stand thingy that this would work with?

IWANTBLUE

genuinely what makes it do great? over and above a Tab A 2016 for … genuinely what makes it do great? over and above a Tab A 2016 for instance at £160 ?? TIA



​Everything. Just look on the net and you'll see... Processor is significantly more powerful, it's got 2-3x the ram, double the storage... The screen is 2k vs whatever is on the tab e.... Bottom line, they're not even close. The direct comparison is the Galaxy Tab S2. Try see if you can find that for £260 anywhere.

rehydrated

Looks good. Can you get a wee bluetooth keyboard with a stand thingy that … Looks good. Can you get a wee bluetooth keyboard with a stand thingy that this would work with?



​I have a folding BT keyboard cist about 20 quid from Amazon. Connect to when you snap it open and with a case with folding stand it works a treat.

I bought one and can thoroughly recommend it. The screen is superb. To use the iPad pro as a yard stick, the screen on the Asus ZenPad 3s 10 is just as good to look at. Absolutely pin sharp.

I bought this tablet to play films/TV primarily, not as a gaming device so I can't comment on the graphics capabilities for 3D gaming.

Feels very light for larger tablet even though they've used premium materials. It feels comfortable to hold.

There are a lot of preloaded apps on this device but no noticeable lag from what I'm using it for.

Battery life could have been better when in use although standby time seems to be really good.

The Z Stylus isn't bad either. It doesn't have the pressure levels of the premium brands and when used quickly, what happens on screen lags behind the pen tip by about 1cm. More than adequate for the amateur user though.

My only gripes are; (1) that tablets in general (including this one) are going down the 4:3 aspect ratio which is better for viewing websites, so they say, but unfortunately not for viewing movies. (2) I don't know if anyone else is finding this, but genuine Asus accessories seem to hard to find.

This tablet has a kids mode which I was looking for, but wasn't aware it had. This activates a safe password protected area where you can designate only the apps you're happy for them to use. I haven't tried to use in-app purchasing from this zone to see if that's completely locked off.

tnm1975

looks good, but mtk probably means near zero chance of updates any … looks good, but mtk probably means near zero chance of updates any mediatek based stuff I've had has been very good but has had no real updates. heat added as is top spec for money!



Why would it having MediaTek inside have any bearing on whether or not the device gets updates? Were the devices with MediaTek you cite produced by Asus? If not, why is you experience with them relevant to an Asus device?

MediaTekInside

Why would it having MediaTek inside have any bearing on whether or not … Why would it having MediaTek inside have any bearing on whether or not the device gets updates? Were the devices with MediaTek you cite produced by Asus? If not, why is you experience with them relevant to an Asus device?



​the soc is made by mediatek, who are very well known for being reluctant to release the source codes required for android updates. it is the chipset used that limits updates not necessarily the brand. I would be much more optimistic for updates if it was a Snapdragon. Mind you, Asus aren't exactly fantastic at it either, generally one update if you are lucky.

Hmmm just about to bite the bullet and get a Galaxy tab S2 8" from John Lewis for £299,now I'm wondering if this is better? Obviously there's a difference in screen size, but that aside which is better?!?

tnm1975

​the soc is made by mediatek, who are very well known for being reluctant … ​the soc is made by mediatek, who are very well known for being reluctant to release the source codes required for android updates. it is the chipset used that limits updates not necessarily the brand. I would be much more optimistic for updates if it was a Snapdragon. Mind you, Asus aren't exactly fantastic at it either, generally one update if you are lucky.



​Your last comment doesn't ring true. My Asus Zenpad 3s 10 has has 3 updates since early November last year. No idea why so many in a short space of time.

Might pick this up to replace my 2013 7inch Nexus.

Luckily I can still use the Lloyds Trustcard points vouchers to get 5% off every £50. Thanks OP!!

I can read the specs just fine I guess I'm asking what you're using it for that needs or significantly benefits double the cost.and for the record I was talking about the Tab A not the Tab E. I get the stylus too but I thought this model was without.my mistake.. I know the light weight of the Tab blew me away it was like a feather. ..

IWANTBLUE

I can read the specs just fine I guess I'm asking what you're using … I can read the specs just fine I guess I'm asking what you're using it for that needs or significantly benefits double the cost.and for the record I was talking about the Tab A not the Tab E. I get the stylus too but I thought this model was without.my mistake.. I know the light weight of the Tab blew me away it was like a feather. ..



The Tab A is positioned mid-range at best and this is high-end. If you apply the logic of 'what you need' then you can always talk yourself out of more expensive tablets; no one 'needs' this, or even a basic Tab E. This is just quicker, better built, higher resolution screen and has 4GB of RAM (though an unknown MTK processor) so more detail and less time waiting around.

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Just picked one of these up. The sales assistant gave us an extra £20 off if we signed up to the monthly support. This is free for the first month and we can cancel at anytime. Means the final price was £239.99!

Can anyone who has used this tablet let me know how fast and accurate the fingerprint sensor is, thanks

The fingerprint sensor has only failed me when I've accidentally pressed the home button, rather than resting my fingerprint on it. It's rapid at unlocking within a tens of milliseconds of you touching the button with a registered fingerprint.

This was £259 a couple of months ago (also Currys), I got one and it's been excellent. That deal went to a freezing -148, hard to figure this place out at times
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Edited by: "Daveaka" 8th Jan

Daveaka

This was £259 a couple of months ago (also Currys), I got one and it's … This was £259 a couple of months ago (also Currys), I got one and it's been excellent. That deal went to a freezing -148, hard to figure this place out at timesYour text here



Same with the Corsair M65 PRO gaming mouse when it was at its lowest.

I ordered one which came through last week and K:D ratio has dramatically improved in MWR, BF1 and CS:GO!!

Local stores don't seem to have this claiming it's brand new

My PCW saying this is 10.1 inch?

Any accessories for this tablet? Like the Folio case and the Pen?

I think it's known as the 3S 10 also: asus.com/uk/…0M/ so is perhaps bundled into the 10" tablet category.

I have seen this model on display at the Canary Wharf PC World which is quite a small branch. It has a stunning display which drew my attention, although at £300 was a bit more than I wanted to pay. £260 and I'm tempted....

My PCW had large labels showing as a 10.1 inch. When I queried it the staff were confused. It is though 9.7in but described a 10. Seems really nice and compares well to my Nexus 9, plus more Ram and something I would like, a micro SD card slot.

Surprisingly the charging port doesn't appear to be a standard micro USB. Is it a proprietary adapter or something shared with other devices, i.e. common?

Now realise this is a micro USB c

I'm based in Hong Kong and can tell you at the price PC World are offering its a good deal indeed - would check if it can be upgraded to Cymogen, but false to believe you can't update the OS, you can. Compared to Nexus 9 & NVIDIA Shield this is really good value and you get a full 12 month warranty - If had seen this last week would have collected for my daughter given US$ rates to the £, so definitely worth a Hot, if only for memory expansion capability, sadly missing off Nexus 9 and Pixel C.

Expensive considering it is only a mediatek hexa core, I would rather get something else with a bit more power if I was going to get a mid-high end tablet.

The resolution is higher then really needed and will have little benefit and just lower the battery life.

Just picked it up.

Initial impressions:

+Screen is nice, sharp and good colours
+Very light for it's size
+Bezels are OK
+performance of it is not bad, haven't noticed any lag

-Screen is glossy, very reflective
-Awful UI
-lots of crapware you can't uninstall like Fecebook/Messenger/Instagram


Does it have a USB C cable in the box? I read somewhere that it doesn't come with a QuickCharger?

I bought one for this price in November. It's a great tablet and is considerably cheaper than the equivalent Samsung or iPad..

One negative note; the screen is very shiny and it's not completely flat which means I had to discard the tempered glass screen protector that I originally bought for it. I replaced it with a matt screen protector from Amazon which works very well and has a finish similar to that on a Kindle...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01KLS3GL0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I also have this IVSO case...

amazon.co.uk/gp/…c=1


Edited by: "Berhwale" 10th Jan

nigelwill

Does it have a USB C cable in the box? I read somewhere that it doesn't … Does it have a USB C cable in the box? I read somewhere that it doesn't come with a QuickCharger?


Yes it comes with cable and charger but no fast charger.

thanks, just picked one up at local shop, think it was last one in stock. I'll test it with my LG G4 charger, think that's QC2

IWANTBLUE

I can read the specs just fine I guess I'm asking what you're using … I can read the specs just fine I guess I'm asking what you're using it for that needs or significantly benefits double the cost.and for the record I was talking about the Tab A not the Tab E. I get the stylus too but I thought this model was without.my mistake.. I know the light weight of the Tab blew me away it was like a feather. ..



I bought mine as an upgrade to an LG GPad 8.3. I wanted the larger and higher resolution screen because I read a lot of technical books and documents

The 9.7" 4:3 2K screen on the Asus is a massive step up from the 8.3" 16:10 Full HD screen on the GPad when reading PDFs.
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