The Asus ZenPad 3S 8: The One that Got Away

We’ve been discussing about tablets that are child-safe and child-friendly; however, not all smartphone and tablet makers fine tune their gadgets for kids. The rationale behind this is actually very simple – they don’t sell that well. Action figures and dolls make more money than tablets on a dollar-to-dollar basis; therefore the cost to manufacture tablets is higher than the potential profit that the company will make. At the end of the day we all know how it works and we understand why, but if it doesn’t hurt to learn how to doodle around and tweak those infernal devices (especially for parents who grew up not knowing these things), then why not try it? It is, after all, for your child’s benefit but also, gaining knowledge on things is a benefit to you too!

Call it a win-win situation.

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So Why the ZenPad 3S 8?
The Asus ZenPad 3S 8 does not necessarily have a cutting-edge advantage over other tablets as its specs are pretty standard; however, it’s size is just right for small kids to handle. Since it’s between a 7 and a 10-inch tablet (7.9 inches exact size) it’s perfect your child’s reach and their tiny fingers will easily adapt in holding it, so they can take it anywhere with them. Also you can just as easily setup the Parental Controls in the settings page in order to protect your child from going to inappropriate websites. Its specs and features are on the mid-tier range for tablets, in fact, if I should say so bluntly, it is a high-end gadget! This means that your kids can do a lot of things with it. As you may know they mostly prefer playing video games and watching movies or tv shows – the ZenPad was designed to do more than that. So it will definitely run smoothly no matter what kind of kiddie apps they’ll launch.

What’s Under the Hood?
From a distance the ZenPad 3S looks elegant and classy, but at closer inspection it revealed itself to be a monster! This beauty is certainly a beast. It features the most hardcore of specs with the 4×1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & 2×1.8 GHz Cortex-A72 hexacore (6 individual cores package) that will speed-blitz any operation done on the gadget. Then the graphics card is the Adreno 510 that supports OpenGL ES 3.1 + AE, OpenCL 2.0 and DirectX 12 plus it also has the Universal Bandwidth Compression (UBWC) to save memory bandwidth. So if these 2 will work hand-in-hand (which they always do) with the 4 or 32GB RAM, then that means that the ZenPad 3S 8 will actually overperform from your initial expectations. Regular desktop PCs do not even have that kind of computing power, let alone compressing it on a 8.09 x 5.37 x 0.30-inch device!

Whatever comes out of its 7.9-inch 1536 x 2048 resolution screen is the result of the combined power of what I’ve just mentioned above. But I doubt that you will consider that deeply as you’re probably only interested in whether or not the ZenPad is good for you child. Well, my honest answer is – it’s great for your child!

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What’s the Verdict?
All-in-all the Asus ZenPad 3S 8 is more than just good for your child to use as a tool for learning as well as have fun playing games and watching movies. With you by their side helping them get educated in the best way possible and protecting them from inappropriate or otherwise harmful content, they’ll be good kids and will accomplish great things in life. The Asus ZenPad 3S 8 price range is between $260 – $800 depending on the internal space size you want and it also has a microSD expandable slot that can handle 256GB more of space. With all things considered, the Asus ZenPad 3S 8 is the best mid-tier tablet that you can let your kids use for learning and fun.

 

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