ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 {The Best Tablet Yet from the Leader of Affordable Tablets}

ASUS ZenPad S 8.0

We received the ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Z580C at no cost to facilitate a review.

As a kid, watching Star Trek always fueled my geeky imagination more than any other show, movie, or book. The technology always blew my mind. The majority of the technology is pure fantasy and will remain so either for quite some time or indefinitely. But a lot of things out of that futuristic fictional universe have come into fruition in one way or another. Video chat, touch screens devices, and worldwide instant communication are just a few of the “predictions” that ultimately came true. Or, perhaps, the fictional technology inspired our generation to make it real.

Touch screen devices and video chat were the things that stuck with me the most for some reason. At the time, I couldn’t fathom actually having a video chat with someone in real time on a touch screen or voice operated device. The touch screen glass really seemed almost impossible to my child mind. “How could something like that possibly work”, I thought to myself. Oddly, with the technology of today, the touch screen has become the most arbitrary thing! The things that amaze and wonder us as children somehow loses their magic once we become used to it or we realize it is prohibitively expensive.

As we all know well, technology isn’t cheap especially if you are intent on keeping up with the latest tech. Cutting edge is always expensive. Well, until now. ASUS has consistently been a brand that represents great technology at an affordable price. They’ve continued on with this tradition with the ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Z580C.

The first thing that caught my eye about the ZenPad S 8.0 is the sleek and thin casing. It is shockingly thin and light. The back is largely a textured black metallic that changes to a soft faux leather rubber along the edges that, in combination with the thin case, make the tablet comfortable to hold. With the rubber grip, the tablet can be held with a single hand at the bottom or with two hands while the tablet is in the landscape position. The ZenPad’s quality feels very solid especially considering the overall lightweight build. It measures in at 8 x 5.3 x 0.27 inches, a bit wider than the standard ZenPad 8 but also a little thinner.

ASUS ZenPad S 8.0

The ZenPad S 8.0 is loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop. I am a big fan of Android and I’ve really been enjoying this version. All ASUS tablets come loaded with their own useful “ZenUI” apps to make your everyday life easier. For example, “ZenMotion” allows you to create custom screen gestures that automatically open a predesignated app.

The 2K screen (1536 x 2048) is bright, colorful, and clear. The screen makes an awesome combo in conjunction with the exceptional DTS HD Premium Sound front-facing speakers with Sonic Master technology . This tablet is great for movie junkies like myself. The glass covering the 8″ screen is covered with an anti-fingerprint coating and is fully laminated. This is always welcome on my device screens because certain little ones can’t seem to keep their mitts off of it! The software includes an auto-dimming feature if the tablet starts to get too warm during a bout of vigorous gaming or other process-heavy apps. As soon as the device cools back down, the screen brightness returns to its prior setting.

ASUS ZenPad S 8.0

The engine of the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580C is a 64 bit Intel® Atom™ Z3530 Quad-Core cpu in combo with 2GB of memory. I’ve run it through various trials and tests, none of which slowed the tablet down much. Storage clocks in a 32GB for my model but a 16GB model is also available. ASUS includes 5GB of their lifetime Webstorage space and Google offers 100GB of free Google Drive space for 2 years. The ZenPad S 8.0 interface comes with 1 Micro USB, 1 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in), and 1 Micro SD Card Reader compatible with cards up to 128GB (SDXC). The “selfie” camera is 2 MP while the front camera is 5 MP.

ASUS ZenPad S 8.0

Battery life is advertised at 8 hours, although with the paces I put it through I averaged closer to 5 or 6 hours. I am perfectly happy with that kind of battery life. My phone gets nowhere near that longevity. I think this is par for the course with modern tablets and smart phones.

As always, ASUS has created another fantastic tablet at an affordable price. The difference with the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580C is that ASUS has outdone itself with the build quality, the screen, and the speakers. It is a beautiful device; a peace of artistic exhibition along with good power, decent battery life, and a gorgeous screen. The ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 is a great choice for your tablet and one that will serve you well for years.

The ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Z580C is currently available at for just $199.99 which is, in my opinion, a phenomenal value!


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Hi, I'm Thrifty Nifty Daddy! I am a father, a family-man and a lover of all things mechanical and digital but also the old-fashioned and simple. In short, I love my family, my friends and anything with gears.

78 comments on “ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 {The Best Tablet Yet from the Leader of Affordable Tablets}

  1. Hearing about the battery life is key as I would take it with me traveling (even if only to see the grandchildren!) but also the plusses that it offers is very appealing

  2. I’ve been very impressed with ASUS products and this tablet sounds amazing! My family has been in the market for another device and this tablet seems like it would fit the bill perfectly. It has just what we need and at an affordable price. Thank you for the review!

  3. I am in the market for a new tablet and will have to add this one to my list of possibilities. The two biggest things for me are battery life and speaker volume and this one seems to hit both. The auto dim feature is really cool too, i imagine itll extend the battery life and the life of the tablet in general.

  4. This tablet looks very nice and sleek. I love how affordable it is, and I am a HUGE fan of Android as well so this is a big plus for me. I was skeptical of tablets at first because of how fragile they seem, but they really make them nice and pretty sturdy. I would definitely love to get one, especially for the kids school work.

  5. ASUS is really a good brand and for such a good price. I like that I can add a Micro SD some tablets dont have this option.

  6. Great review! My husband and I are currently studying computer software and development and we are working on creating our own mobile games. I’ve heard that this tablet is great for people like us who want to test out our games and see how well they perform. My husband is also a HUGE fan of Android and that’s mostly all he prefers to use!

  7. This sounds like an awesome tablet with a lot of great features. It t has everything I need in a tablet, Great review!

  8. So awesome!! Its like they think of everything!! Love the dimming screen when it is overheating and the fingerprint resistant screen! I love the front and back view camera and that it’s an android tablet! We are so used to android here that we would pick up how to use this in a flash!! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  9. I have an old iPad that I can no longer update or download apps to. I’ve been looking for an alternative that isn’t as expensive. Thanks to this review, I think I have found my next tablet.

  10. This sounds like a great tablet. I love that it’s touch-screen too. It’d be perfect for my grandson. Wow, that’s a good price too!

  11. Super review, all my questions were answered! It would be great for my mom, cause its light and easy to hold. She is an invalid and spends most the time in bed, and no longer sit at the desk top. Looks like a great tablet for just about anyone!

  12. I am so excited about this! I just ordered an Asus desktop, and this would go perfect with it. I look forward to trying to win the tablet!

  13. This looks like a great, affordable tablet! My favorite features are the front facing speakers, the anti-fingerprint coating, and auto dimming! Thanks for your review!

  14. I would love to win this tablet, as we really need one but can’t afford it right now.
    The battery life is awesome, especially for long car rides with the kids!

  15. Looks like an awesome tablet. I love that it takes memory cards. My current tablet does not and even with only a couple apps it is out of memory 🙁

  16. I really like how thin this is. I am glad is has rubber around the outer edges so it doesn’t drop from the hand so easily. Thank you so much for sharing this

  17. Wow! This tablet is great! Especially the feature that if it gets to hot that it has an auto dimmer that cools it down. It has plenty of apps and 32GB’s! Plus under 200 dollars! Who ever wins will get a nice early Christmas present for their self!

  18. i’m an android fan too and i love it. All my smartphones that I have owned were all android. I love the fact that this tablet is thin and sleek and light. That’s always a plus b/c I can carry it with me and not complain about the weight.

  19. I am in the market for a new tablet and this review was helpful. I am impressed with the battery life and durability. Great review!

  20. We’ve been looking at tablets for our son and I’ve been looking at some for myself (so I can read my comics) and I’m happy to come across this review. Even though I’m looking for a 10″ tablet I love the 8″ size for my LO. Great review!

  21. I had a hard time with technology myself. I’m learning a little more everyday. Thank God for my kids teaching me how to use things. 🙂

  22. The battery life is an important factor for me since it would be perfect for me to take to use for my daughter when we are on flights. We fly often and this would definitely keep her attention 🙂

  23. Thanks for the review. Sure makes me want one of these! I like that it has a long battery life so I can take it travelling with me! Thank you for the opportunity to win one!

  24. Thank you so much for doing a review on this, we were looking to get on regardless for our business and you’re post helped solidify our decision.

  25. Thank you for your very thoughtful and informative review of the ASUS Zen Pad 8 ~ and I completely believe and understand every word you say because I recently bought an ASUS C300 Chromebook and I just LOVE it!

    But I still need a smaller device can carry around with me just about anywhere. And I’m quite sure I just found it!


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