Consumers are always looking out for the best notebook computers in the market. With all the different variations, manufacturers find it hard to differentiate their products to make them stand out. However, rather than focusing on making their product different, ASUS has went back to the basics and created a notebook computer that users really want. The ASUS ZenBook 3 was thus created.
Announced at COMPUTEX 2016 last year, the ZenBook 3 was probably the thinnest and lightest 13 inch notebook computer of its time. It has got all the high end specifications of a standard productivity computer that you could ask for, and was so well designed aesthetically that it is hard not to take a second look at it. We managed to get our hands on the top of the line ZenBook 3 which features a Core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 512GB NVMe based SSD to find out how well this unassuming notebook computer performs.
Design and Aesthetics
The ZenBook 3 really stands out on its design. Taking the signature brushed aluminum design from its predecessors. The designers managed to add an extra touch, refreshing the overall look and feel of the device. The first noticeable change is the addition of a golden touch to the sides of the notebook’s lids. Moreover, by reducing the width of the display bezels and allowing the display protective glass to cover the whole display front, the ZenBook 3 looks like a single integrated machine, rather than just a computer that is made up of different parts. This new all-metal unibody enclosure is simply stunning.
With the focus of their efforts on the design, the ZenBook 3 is made to shine. The highly customized design differentiates the product from competition. The ZenBook 3 is one of the thinnest notebook computers in the market, with a height of only 11.9mm.
It takes a lot of engineering might to fit so much technology into such a compact A4 profile. ASUS has mentioned that to achieve this, they had to create the world’s most compact laptop hinge, which is only 3mm in height. Despite the space limitations, they still managed to include a full-sized illuminated keyboard.
The ASUS ZenBook 3 is available in Royal Blue, Rose Gold and Quartz Grey colours.
What we did not like
|USB Type C Port|
|USB Type C Expansion Dongle|
Sadly, the thin profile of the ZenBook 3 does come at the expense of expandability. The ZenBook 3 only features a single USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm audio jack. In order to connect the notebook to external peripherals such as the mouse, external drives etc, you will need the external expansion ports that is included. With this expansion dongle, you can then connect to your other devices via HDMI or USB. Luckily, this expansion dongle does support simultaneous charging as well, so you won’t get into a situation where you have to compromise charging and expansion.