ASUS has now launched the latest addition to its ZenBook family of ultra-thin laptops with 14” displays. The company is ready to launch a slightly larger model that’s more likely to target the new MacBook Pro. The ZenBook 3 Deluxe Ux490UA features a 12.5-inch display with a single USB-C port. Asus is using thin bezels on the display to squeeze this screen inside a smaller form factor, but the extra overall size means there are also three USB-C ports. Two of those include Thunderbolt 3 support, and Asus is pairing them with Intel’s latest Core i7 Kaby Lake processors, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB SSD storage with an advanced audio sub-system, an updated keyboard and a fingerprint reader in a 12.9 mm-thick design that weighs around 1.1 kg.
Asus Zenbook 3 Features
The chassis of ZenBook 3 Deluxe is the size of many 13-inch laptops yet it features an extra large 14-inch display. ZenBook 3 Deluxe is constructed from premium, aerospace-grade aluminum alloy. This grade of alloy is 50% stronger than standard alloy, allowing the ZenBook 3 Deluxe to have an amazingly thin 12.9mm profile and weigh only 1.1kg. Its 14-inch display is covered with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5. At a mere 0.55mm thick, this super-tough material is stronger and more scratch-resistant than the previous generation. Ratting (4.5/5)
Asus ZenBook is among the most popular families of ultra-thin laptops on the market today that competes against the likes of Apple’s MacBook, Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 as well as the HP Spectre. The PCs come with fully-fledged Intel Core processors along with a choice of high-capacity SSDs as well as a rather decent spec list in general. As it appears, ASUS decided to improve ZenBook’s design further by adding a larger 14” display, a high-capacity 46 Wh battery, an advanced audio sub-system co-designed with Harman Kardon, a trusted platform module as well as two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a USB 3.1 Type-C port.
The Deluxe version of the ZenBook 3 laptop weds business features with multimedia capabilities, style and expandability options: a rather rare combination. There will be two models once the laptop hits the market: One with an Intel Core i5-7200U processor and one with an Intel Core i7-7500U chip. Both machines will feature Windows 10 Pro visually powered by Intel’s integrated HD Graphics 620 component. Ratting (4.0/5)
A laptop as beautiful and powerful as Zenbook 3 duluxe deserver nothing less than all day battery life. To achieve the remarkable up to 10 hour battery life of the Zenbook 3 Deluxe, we designed a special high capacity 46Wh lithium polymer battery, shaped to fit precisely into an incredibly thin profile. We also added fast charge technology that allows charges of to 60% capacity in just 46 minutes. Ratting (3.5/5)
The best ultraportable laptop deserves an exceptional keyboard. With ZenBook 3 Deluxe, the keyboard was engineered into the design from the start. Its full-size backlit keyboard has impressive 1.2mm key travel, making typing more comfortable and more accurate. ZenBook 3 Deluxe also includes a precision touchpad that’s cleverly engineered for maximum comfort and accuracy, with a glass covering for smooth control, and incorporating palm-rejection technology, multi-touch gestures and handwriting support. Ratting (3.5/5)
The Asus Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX490UA Laptop is for those who are looking for a laptop for professional needs. Light and slim outfit with powerful configuration make it a good choice for users who do want to compromise with their time and want to go with their machine everywhere. Gaming might be a concern for the game lovers but the company has not compromise with the features which are required for the business needs. Ratting (4.5/5)
The ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA Laptop is powered by an Intel core i7 processor belongs to the 7th generation and clocks at 2.7GHz. The processor is paired to a massive 16GB RAM to deliver a seamless performance in heavy multitasking situations. The laptop has a storage capacity of 1TB SSD, which helps the user to store all data easily and deliver fast computing from storage point of view. The laptop comes embedded with HD web camera on the top of the display for video calling and recording.
The stunning ASUS Sonic Master Premium quad-speaker surround-sound audio system adds immersive entertainment capabilities to the ZenBook 3 Deluxe. Unsurpassed audio capabilities were attained by the ASUS Golden Ear team in cooperation with audio specialists Harman Kardon. The result was the next generation of ASUS Sonic Master Premium audio technology. The ZenBook 3 Deluxe is equipped with an array of four separate high quality speakers designed to deliver true surround-sound that envelops the user with cinema-quality audio. A special four-channel smart amplifier ensures maximum volume with zero distortion, for powerful and clear sound. Ratting (4.5/5)
Under the ultra portable 13-inch laptop chassis, the ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe is equipped with an extra-large 14-inch, Full HD (1920 by 1080) display covered edge-to-edge with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 5. In order to fit a 14-inch Full HD display into a 13-inch frame the ZenBook 3 Deluxe has an ultra-narrow display bezel; just 7.46mm wide. This allows the biggest possible screen area, giving ZenBook 3 Deluxe a class leading 77% screen to body ratio. Wide-viewing-angle technology ensures undistorted color and great contrast at viewing angles up to 178°, for easy collaboration and screen sharing.
To deliver the ultimate visual experiences, ZenBook 3 Deluxe harnesses the power of exclusive ASUS display technologies, with optimized hardware and software components combined to deliver the best possible imagery. The wide 100% sRGB color gamut and TV grade 1000:1 contrast ratio ensure more vivid, more lifelike colors, and ASUS Splendid technology fine tunes display parameters to ensure superb color accuracy while also providing automatic optimization for any kind of image. ASUS Tru2life Video is a remarkable real-time video enhancement technology that optimizes the appearance of every pixel in every video frame, delivering a 200% contrast improvement and pin-point sharpness. This superb display delivers unparalleled realistic color reproduction and crisp details.
Our test unit had some bugs in the software, and even after updating all software and drivers, they didn’t seem to go away. For instance, the audio driver kept intermittently crashing and we got a BSOD error every time we ran the memory bandwidth test in SiSoft SANDRA. This could be an isolated issue with our test unit but it’s still something that shouldn’t happen.
Apart from this, we managed to get all our everyday work done, which usually involves some light photo editing, working on documents and lots of open Chrome tabs. The Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA got through all of this without ever feeling like it needed more power. The new Kaby Lake CPU in the ZenBook 3 offers a minor speed bump over its predecessor, which shows in the benchmarks. In Cinebench R15, we got a CPU score of 312 points and OpenGL score of 38fps, while in PCMark, we got scores of 3316, 4111, and 3198 in the Home, Creative, and Work test suites respectively. All numbers point to a healthy improvement in performance over the previous generation.
10. Operating system
The ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA is provided a windows 10 operating system. Some devices for academic use automatically update to Windows 10 Pro Education with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Features vary; for more information, see Windows 10 Pro Education features. In accordance with Microsoft support policy, this product does not support Windows 8 or Windows 7. Asus does not support the Windows 8 or Windows 7 operating system on products configured with Intel and AMD 7th generation or later processors or provide any Windows 8 or Windows 7 drivers.
Asus Zenbook 3 Review
The Zenbook 3 is rather unique among ultraportable, as a sleek and ultra-compact laptop with Core U hardware, fast storage, lots of RAM and plenty of other solid traits. As expected, all these don’t come cheap and a few compromises were made in order to create such a sleek and powerful computer. If you’re fine with the few corners that were cut off, the Zenbook 3 could be an excellent pick for you, just make sure to read the article below to understand exactly where this machine shines and where it trails behind.
The Asus Zenbook 3 Deluxe specification
|MODEL||Asus Zenbook 3 deluxe UX490UA|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home (64 bit)|
|Display Type||IPS full HD|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz|
|Size (in inches)||14 inches|
|Viewing angles||178 degrees|
|Internal||1 TB SSD|
|RAM||8 GB or 16 GB LPDDR3|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics|
|Chipset Brand||2 GB|
|Color||Navy Blue or Silver|
|Keyboard||Illuminated chick let style|