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Asus Zenbook UX530UX: this is how I use it at school

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Some time ago the appeared Review of my Zenbook UX530UX from Asus, which I got mainly for school reasons. In this post I want to explain how I use it exactly for this area of ​​my life.

Specs of my model

My model is the one with the Intel Core i7 7500U. The hard drive is a 256GB SSD, the DDR4 RAM is 8GB. The GTX950 from nVidia was chosen for the graphics card. The OS is Windows 10 April 2018 Update. I'm very satisfied with the performance of my device, I've had very few crashes in the almost five months of use Program or something like that.

Manage my files

I have all my data for the school saved in one central folder. In this I have created a further subfolder for each subject. All files that I save in these directories are synchronized directly with Google Drive thanks to Google's Backup and Sync Tool. So I can work on things from my smartphone or send files to my classmates with little effort. As a plan for the storage space on Google, I currently still use the free 15GB with the option to save photos on Google Photos without consumption. I am not currently thinking of expanding this plan.

Google Drive combined with Backup and Sync brings some benefits. The first would be that I can use the usual Office 365 on my computer without having to laboriously move files around, and then I have the customized G Suite apps from Google itself on my smartphone. In addition, the storage plans offer more than, for example, OneDrive and are still cheaper. The last advantage would be that I mean Proproject files for the Programming lessons via normal Windows Explorer, although they are backed up with Backup and Sync. Here, too, I am spared the hassle of moving data around.

I use this office suite

I mentioned it just before. I use Office 365 for documents, spreadsheets and presentations. I get the suite for free because my school sends a mailprogram Office 365 uses. But why don't I also use the G Suite apps on my computer? That's mainly because I've been working with Office for a long time and building the Proam used to grams. In addition, my teachers also use it in my classes, which is why I prefer to use Word, Excel or PowerPoint there than Google's services.

I use Office 365 for all my documents (screenshot: TechnikNews, 2018)

QT Creator for Programmar

I'm currently going to an HTL in the IT department, which is why Programming is quite often on my schedule. For these lessons I use the QT Creator because it was developed by the school for the Programming in C was recommended and the teachers work with it in the classroom. There are no other things justifying my use of this software here.

Evernote for all transcripts

I also use my Zenbook very often to take notes in class. The Windows 10 app from Evernote is used here as software. In terms of design, this is no longer the newest, but it still does what it is supposed to do. For me, there are three main reasons I prefer Evernote over OneNote. The first is the document scanner for the mobile app. I use this when the teacher draws something on the blackboard in order to complete my notes after the lesson. The second is that everything is a little more structured than it is in OneNote. The third reason is the many different formatting options. The feature of converting a text into a code block has often come in handy for me.

I can scan drawings with Evernote's document scanner (screenshot: TechnikNews, 2018)

Todoist to handle my tasks

As a student and class representative you have a lot of tasks to do. I use Todoist to keep track of them. I have my own for school Project created, which my individual subjects as Unterproprojects included. In addition, I then created labels especially for the school, which show me, for example, if a certain task is a homework assignment.

I use Todoist to keep track of my tasks (screenshot: TechnikNews, 2018)

I use Todoist on my smartphone and on my laptop via the Windows 10 app and the Chrome browser. I actually only use the app for Windows to check off tasks, as it has quite a few bugs.

Spotify and Netflix as a way to pass the time

Of course, I also need something to pass the break or a free period. Spotify and Netflix are used for this. I am a premium customer of Spotify because I would like to enjoy my music on the go without restrictions. With Netflix, I have a subscription for € 10,99 a month, with which you can stream in Full HD on up to two devices at the same time.

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David Haydl

David lives in Graz and has been there for around half a decade TechnikNews, also editor-in-chief for some time. He regularly provides the site with news, test reports and the like TechnikNews Weekly, which was his idea to launch. He likes to spend his free time outdoors, listening to a lot of music (and clearly too loud) and some podcasts on all kinds of topics, and also likes to go running. He enjoys the time that remains with his charming girlfriend or in front of the TV.

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