Introducing The ASUS ZenBook 3
The ASUS ZenBook 3 also happens to be one of the thinnest and lightest Ultrabooks to hit the market, but despite its diminutive form factor, it is packing some sought after amenities like a NVMe PCIe SSD, 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi, a backlit keyboard, and Windows Hello-compatible fingerprint reader -- at least on the Core i7-based model. We’ve got the rest of the ZenBook 3’s main features and specifications listed below if you’d like to inspect more of the particulars. On the pages ahead we’ll dig in a little deeper to see just how well this bleeding edge Ultrabook behaves with some benchmarks and battery life tests, and we'll explore the user experience as well.
|CPU||Intel 7th-generation Core i7-7500U, Intel 7th-generation Core i5-7200U|
|Display||12.5in (16:9) LED backlit Full HD (1920x1080) anti-glare, with 72% NTSC gamut ultra-thin 7.6mm bezel / 82% screen-to-body ratio|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro / Windows 10 Home|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 620|
|Main memory||16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz or 8GB LPDDR3 1866MHz|
|Storage||512GB PCIe x4 Gen 3 SSD or 256GB SATA SSD|
|I/O ports||1 x combo audio jack, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C (Supports display output and power delivery)|
|Audio||4 x high-quality speakers (2 x full-range, 2 x 5-magnet bass drivers) with ASUS SonicMaster Premium technology and Harman Kardon tuning|
|Security||Touchpad-mounted fingerprint scanner (UX390UA-XH74-BL)|
|Battery||40W lithium-polymer, 6-cell battery|
|AC adapter||Output: 20V DC, 2.25A, 45W, Input: 100 -240V AC, 50/60Hz universal|
|Dimensions||296 x 191.2 x 11.9mm / 11.65 x 7.53 x 0.47 inches|
|Weight||910g/ 2lbs with battery|
|Models and Pricing||ZenBook 3 UX390UA-XH74-BL - $1599, UX390UA-DH51-GR - $1099|
The only “gotchas” with the ZenBook 3 – at least for some of you – will be ASUS’ choice of IO and the lack of wired network connector. ASUS almost went “full-Apple” on us and equipped the ZenBook 3 with only a single USB-Type C connector, though there’s a headphone / microphone jack on-board too. Although some of you probably won’t mind, having to use a dongle to plug in a device with a full sized USB connector, use the HDMI output, or charge the ZenBook, while also having a USB device attached, this single connector will be a hindrance for some.
On the plus side, ASUS includes the aforementioned dongle with the ZenBook 3, along with a warranty card, a basic user’s manual, and an attractive folio carrying case, with magnetic latch. A lightweight, relatively small wall-wart type charging adapter is included as well, of course.