Zenbook 3 is a top tier 12.5 inch ultra book from Asus. It is the thinnest and lightest Intel Core i-powered laptop available today. Inspite of being a ultra portable laptop it packs some impressive spec sheet. Here is our review on Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA based on pros and cons.
Asus Zenbook 3 weighs only about 910 grams and is only 11.9 thick at its thickest side. The aerospace-grade aluminum alloy in its construction makes it sturdy and keeps the weight light. The minimalistic Asus branding on top with concentric circles around it and golden colored lining in the side edges gives a premium look and feel to this ultrabook. Though it is thin and lightweight, there was very little flex felt in hood or keyboard dock. Zenbook 3 is available in 3 colours namely Rose Gold, Royal Blue and Quarts Gray. Our test unit had royal blue colour.
Zenbook UX390UAK sports 12.5 inch IPS display screen with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. The screen has Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The viewing angles, brightness, colour accuracy were decent. As it has Glossy screen, outdoor visibility is not great. Lack of touch screen and comparatively lower brightness level is demerits of this display screen.
There is a 6 row keyboard with metallic keys. Keys have travel of around 0.8mm. It takes bit of time to get used to it. Typing experience is quite good on this ultrabook. Asus Zenbook 3 comes with trackpad which has layer of glass on top. There is a fingerprint scanner for Windows Hello Login.
Our review unit of Asus Zenbook 3 is powered by Intel Core i7 7500U with 16GB of RAM. Performance of the ultrabook was good even with tasks such as Video editing, photoshop etc. While intensive applications are running, the ultrabook tends to heat up a bit. Also system fan continuously runs most of the time which produces little bit of noise.
Asus Zenbook 3 Review-Pros and Cons
Asus Zenbook 3 Pros- 5 Reasons to buy
- Stylish and compact design and build.
- Excellent performance.
- Good display panel.
- Good battery life.
- Excellent trackpad.
Asus Zenbook 3 Cons- Reasons not to buy
- Limited ports.
- Does not have touch screen variant.
- System fan noise.