Asus’s Zenbook 3 is dubbed the Mac-Killer. Without a doubt, the Zenbook 3 is an aesthetic masterpiece. The ultra-thin and ultra-light Zenbook 3 outperforms its Macbook equivalent in every single way imaginable and undercuts it in terms of price. It’s beautiful and powerful, however, it’s not without its flaws.
In terms of design, it’s hard to beat the Zenbook 3. It’s glossy metallic surface and screen screams class and elegance. At the same time, the metallic matte build of the keyboard helps keep it from becoming a fingerprint magnet.
Being a razor-thin 11.9mm, the Zenbook 3 is one of the thinnest laptops in the market and at 0.91kg, lifting it off with 2 fingers is just effortless.
The sapphire version of the Zenbook has a very luxurious feel, which is accentuated by its golden font and reflective rims around the laptop.
The 12.5mm screen is also well-lit and crystal clear. It’s full-HD display is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to make it an armoured up and scratch-proof one. Contrast and colours came off good, with a somewhat pop feel towards to display. However, I preferred the UX305’s matte screen since the glossy screen is somewhat reflective and annoying to me.
The keyboard is also back-lit for use in the dark or dim areas, which was practical and aesthetic. The keys feel a bit thin and don’t have much of an impact when you hit them down, which some may dislike, but you have to understand that’s something you are going to have to live with if you want such a thin ultrabook.
You also get a smooth trackpad that’s nice to use, fairly sensitive and accurate, as well as a fingerprint reader integrated into it. I loved this nifty addition to the Zenbook 3 to be honest.
A huge beef I have with the Zenbook 3 however, is its lack of ports. It is devoid of all ports except 1 USB Type C port and 1 3.5mm headphone jack. You can’t even insert a USB 2.0 or 3.0 thumb drive into your computer without the attachment that comes with the Zenbook 3. Even the attachment only gives you 1x USB Type A, 1x HDMI, 1x USB Type C port, which is just sorely lacking and inconvenient.
In terms of performance and hardware, this is one hell of an ultrabook. It can hold up to an i7 processor that’s the best in the market at the moment, and 1TB worth of storage on an SSD. That is a ginormous amount of storage that is impossible to find elsewhere on any ultrabook right now. With 16GB worth of RAM, the Zenbook 3 should make any intensive programme and multitasking nothing but a breeze. I think the Zenbook is capable of gaming, a little, so some basic LoL or DotA 2 should be manageable, but I wouldn’t recommend it for sure. The Zenbook 3 was built as a productivity machine to be used on the go, so use it as such.
The Zenbook 3’s battery life is good at 9 hours, but not spectacular. The Asus UX305 does a far better job in terms of battery life and so does the MacBook Air, but I suppose that’s what you get for a thin laptop with a monstrous processor and insane speed.
I love the Zenbook 3. I love its curves and its horsepower. This ultra-lightweight ultrabook is one of my favourite ones in the market, if not my favourite one. It’s power in terms of speed is unmatched and its 1TB storage is just mindblowing. If only it had USB Type-A ports and a longer battery life, I would snatch it up immediately.
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