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Tablets

ASUS ZenPad 3 8.0

B−

ASUS tablet ZenPad 3 8.0 is equipped with Qualcomm MSM8956 processor and has a 2 GB RAM for weighs 0.32 kg.

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CSR maturity

D+
Asustek was late in publishing its 2010 CSR report, in spite of the fact that this involves one of the rare "A"s verified by the GRI. This report is all the more valuable as the company is rather discrete in terms of the information it makes available about its products.

Whatever area of sustainable development we wanted to have information about, we were unable to get any. Even on request, no information was provided for us, particularly about the products.
Greenpeace does not mention Asustek in its eco-responsible information technology ranking… However, in its CSR report, Asustek for instance claims to have eliminated halogenated products little by little from its components, and to have done so since 2008. Several examples go to support the fact that Asustek is indeed committed, but hardly gives any information: the company shows the carbon footprint of some products, particularly the bamboo U53Jc notebook, but does not make any mention of this anywhere else. In the same way as the UL30A was ranked first by Greenpeace in its Electronics Survey 2010 annual challenge, where manufacturers voluntarily submit their best products for the NGO to give its expert opinion. It is a shame that these advantages are not highlighted on the products themselves.
If we look for information on governance, relations with stakeholders and commitments to NGOs, Asustek publishes a dedicated site which is to say the least terse.

So, torn between the good will shown by Asustek's CSR report and the reality in terms of the assessment of their products, it is difficult for us to give a clear-cut opinion, other than to say that the best is doubtless still to come as far as Asustek is concerned!

Life cycle

C+
1 year
Warranty 
0 year
Availability of parts

Pros

  • Software can be updated
  • Storage capacity can be increased or replaced

Cons

  • Battery cannot be extended or replaced
  • Does not send any information with regard to REACH
  • Warranty for only 1 year
  • No replacement parts provided

Energy consumption

B+
2.8 W
On-mode power consumption (W)
0.3 W
Stand-by consumption (W)

Technical specifications

Integrated graphics card
Not communicated
Battery life (h)
11
Type of battery
Lithium polymer
Type of hard disk
No
Hard disk size
No
Type of RAM
LPDDR3
Type of processor
Qualcomm MSM8956
Processor speed (GHz)
1,8
Name of the graphics card
Qualcomm Adreno 510
Weight (kg)
0.32
Screen size (inches)
8
Touch screen
Yes

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Use

Use an application manager for memory and battery optimisation

Use

Use a universal charger

Delete

Regularly delete the applications you do not use