That has to be one of the thinnest notebooks I’ve seen-ever!
Isn’t it just? Asus has taken great pains to reduce the size of the Zenbook 3 and it claims to be thinner, lighter and faster than the Macbook!
That is quite a bold claim. Can you back them up?
Sure we can so let’s start with the hardware. The Zenbook 3 is powered by Intel Core i7-7500U KabyLake processor paired with 16GB DDR3 RAM and Intel HD Graphics. You can choose between either 512GB SATA3 or the faster SSD 512GB PCIe SSD storage. Integrated Harmon Kardon speakers and a fingerprint sensor located at the top right of the touchpad round up the package.
That’s a whole lot of tech in such a small space.
What I want to know more about is, how can the Harmon Kardon audio be used?
Asus has joined forces with the audiophile specialists to upgrade the Asus Sonicmaster audio technology. Four separate high-quality speakers are powered by a smart four channel amplifier to deliver quality surround sound. If that isn’t enough a Bluetooth Audio Pod with full-range speakers and 360-degree surround sound can be used with the Zenbook 3.
Impressive but I’m weary about durability and heating issues.
Asus anticipated those concerns and has come up with solutions to both. The ZenBook 3 sports the world’s thinnest fan, measuring just 3mm, to dissipate heat. The brand has also applied a new aerospace-grade aluminium alloy, which is said to be 50 per cent stronger than the build material generally present in laptops. As for the 12.5-inch screen, it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which is twice as thin as the standard cover glass.
It looks quite appealing as well.
You can thank the metal unibody design for that. So that there aren’t any misconceptions about who made it, a fairly big mirror-finish ‘Asus’ logo lies smack at the center of the lid adorned by a spun metal finish.
But looks aren’t everything. Where are all my ports?
Of course some sacrifices have to be made so that such a slim design can be used. There is only one USB Type-C port on one side and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the other. But no need to fret as Asus has bundled a Universal Dock, providing you with an SD card reader, VGA, HDMI, LAN, standard USB 3.0 and USB-C port for charging.
Weight of the Zenbook 3
Provides up to nine hours of backup
Zenbook 3 is svelte
Resolution of the screen
The backlit keyboard makes it easy to type in the dark or in low-light conditions