We have seen many ultrabooks built to rival the MacBook, but not many, or probably none, has offered enough to beat the popular Apple laptop as the new ASUS Zenbook 3. The new ASUS ultraportable is not only more affordable, but also slimmer and speedier. It boasts a sturdy design, a robust Intel processor, an innovative cooling system and Harman Kardon speakers.
The ASUS Zenbook 3 parades a stunning and robust design that will make you feel very bold to carry it wherever you want to go. The body is fashioned using aviation-grade aluminium alloy, which its Taiwanese maker says is 50% more robust than the alloy used in most other laptops.
At only 11.9 millimetres in thickness, the ASUS Zenbook 3 is super-thin and is slimmer than the MacBook. It still outdoes the Apple ultrabook marginally at a weight around 910 grams.
Display and Keyboard
You will find a 12.5-inch diagonal display with Full HD (1,080p) resolution on the Zenbook 3. This looks to deliver amazing viewing, although some would have expected a higher resolution even when such might not make much difference.
This screen, which has a 72% NTSC colour gamut, is protected edge-to-edge by sturdy Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
Another area where the ASUS Zenbook 3 has one over the MacBook is the keyboard. It offers better key travel and a typing experience comparable to some desktop keyboards. There is a glass-covered touchpad with Smart Gesture, handwriting and palm-rejection tech support.
Performance and Other Features
Under the hood, the ASUS Zenbook 3 is equipped to deliver the best of performance with an Intel Core i series processor (up to Core i7). The robust CPU is backed by abundant RAM of up to 16GB capacity.
Zippy PCIe SSD with up to 1TB storage capacity further ensures that unrivalled performance can be expected. A cooling system helps to keep heat under control as you enjoy heavy-duty performance. The ultrabook runs on Windows 10 operating system which offers Windows Hello support.
The battery in the ASUS Zenbook 3 is expected to last up to nine hours on a charge and can be boosted back to 60% capacity in less than 50 minutes, thanks to a fast-charge technology. The laptop features a fingerprint scanner and a USB Type-C port. You get four Harman Kardon speakers for immersive sound.
Pricing and Availability
Asus ZenBook 3 is not yet available in Nigeria. When available, you can buy it at leading online stores in the country. Asus ZenBook 3 Price in Nigeria is expected to range from N300,000 to N450,000 depending on your location in Nigeria.
ASUS ZenBook 3 Specs
Here are a few specs of the ASUS Zenbook 3:
- OS: Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro
- Processor: 6th Generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 Processor
- GPU: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 520
- Memory: up to 16 GB RAM (LPDDR3 2133MHz SDRAM)
- Colours: Rose Gold, Royal Blue, or Quartz Gray
- Dimension: 296 x 191.2 x 11.9 mm
- Weight: 910 g
Display & Keyboard
- Display: 12.5-inch LED backlit Display (1920 x 1080 pixels), Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- Keyboard: backlight Keyboard
- Pointing Device: Touchpad
- Built-in Storage: 512GB SDD
- Optical Storage: No
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
Ports & Connectivity
- Webcam: Yes, VGA Webcam
- USB: Yes, 1 port (USB 3.1, USB TYPE C port)
- HDMI: –
- DisplayPort: No
- VGA: No
- Ethernet (RJ-45): No
- SD Slot: Yes, 1 slot
- Mic/Headphone: Yes
- WLAN: Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiDi
- Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.1
- Mobile Broadband: –
- Fingerprint Reader
- ASUS SonicMaster Premium Technology
- Support Windows 10 Cortana
- Battery: 40 Wh Li-Po Battery
- Use Time: up to 9 hours