Apple has already defined the concept of ultraportables. Recent launches included thinner and lighter products by Apple and other PC makers didn’t miss it. To make its place in the ultraportable market, Asus launched ZenBook 3 to take on the likes of MacBook and Dell XPS 13. ASUS ZenBook 3 is top of the line machine, which is been loaded with high-performance specifications.
Although, Asus seems to be new in ultrabook segment, still the company has packed enough punch in ZenBook 3. The pricing of ZenBook 3 is very aggressively set as compared to its competitors.
The high-end performance combined with impeccable sensors
Asus ZenBook 3 is wrapped in a perfectly crafted aluminum alloy case which looks quite stunning for an ultrabook. It seems that the company has left no stone unturned while designing this machine. The crystal clear display of ZenBook 3 is quite amazing, even though it’s a 1080p screen. Being a user, I don’t have any complaints about its display.
If I talk about the performance, I must say, ZenBook 3 is brilliant at multitasking. Asus has loaded Intel’s 7th generation Kaby Lake i7 processor in its product. I didn’t see any lag while shuffling through various tabs.
The right side of the laptop is occupied by the single USB-C port, which is used for charging and connecting external accessories. And on the other side, 3.5 mm audio jack is fixed for catering headphones and other audio devices.
Four Harmon Kardon speakers are another major highlight of this device. Two of the speakers are placed just above the keyboard and bottom of the housing contains the rest two. Being an ultrabook, don’t expect out of the box sound from the device. The speakers are fair enough to entertain the user.
To my surprise, the reliability of the sensors was out of the question and performed rather explicitly. Zenbook 3 houses a fingerprint scanner in its frame. The speed at which fingerprint sensor recognized my impression was quite impressive. Throughout the testing, I was able to authenticate my fingerprint in the first go. However, on few occasions, the screen displayed too many fingerprint login attempts, which according to my understanding is a minor glitch that sometimes can happen due to sweating.
Though Asus could have placed fingerprint sensor at some better place. The placement of fingerprint sensor on ZenBook 3 makes the top-right portion of the trackpad entirely depraved.
A decent battery performance is one thing that is associated with a laptop of this size. As per company’s statement and the figures are given on Asus website, ZenBook 3 is supposed to long for almost 9 hrs. But, the statement seemed too boasted about this machine. In no case, I was able to extend battery outreach to 9 hours.
Even after disabling almost all the features and setting the ZenBook 3 brightness to half, I was able to squeeze out only 70 percent of battery life, compared to what the company claimed, and this flaw surely puts it into the grey area.
The basic model of ZenBook 3 starts at $1,599, which is less than Apple’s MacBook. The model which is shipped to Australia is similar except the memory part, which is 8GB, as compared to 16GB of US model. In Australia, it is priced at AU$1,995.
Asus has done a pretty good job of delivering a good-to-carry product from its shelf. Faster hardware combined with gripping design makes it stand out among other machines. But, company’s inexperience in fabricating high-end laptops is clearly visible. I felt cramped while using keyboard and trackpad simultaneously. Build quality and battery performance is something which I felt are below par and Asus needs to address this issue to make its product sustain the cut-throat competition.
Try not to compare it with MacBook, as it may lead to a bit disappointment. Overall, the ZenBook 3 is reasonably a wholesome option to be considered.
Where to buy: MSRP $799.00
Jack of all trades. Covering the journalism field, Vikram writes at MobileAppDaily and keeps surfing the trends to understand tech and inventions better. Don’t forget his driving skills, he is a professional car rallyist. Life has just got better. Breathe it!!
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