The Asus Zenbook 3 is as close to a Macbook lookalike as we have seen, and we do not even mean that in a disparaging manner. From its glossy aerospace grade aluminum alloy chassis to its high end specifications, the Asus Zenbook 3 already appears set to one up the Macbook right from the beginning. For one, it might be equipped with up to an Intel Core i7-7500u, whereas you are stuck with a 4.5-watt Core M processor on the Macbook. Despite being the fifth Zenbook from the company, it feels like a brand-new beginning to the series. Functionality was zippy in day to day use, and we didn’t run into any noticeable stutters or slow downs. In PCMark 8, the Zenbook 3 outstripped the Macbook by a whopping 68 percent. The 12.5-inch display on the Asus laptop has a small 1920 x 1080 resolution, and while that is not the most pixel-dense display approximately, it’s still plenty sharp.
The thinner bezels are likewise a welcome departure from the thicker ones on previous versions. Reflection from overhead lighting might be an issue due to the glossy display, but the 300-nit panel ought to be bright enough to mitigate that. The screen itself also is not touch sensitive, maybe because empowering that would need additional hardware and add to the depth of the laptop. This really is only one of the thinnest and lightest notebooks around, measuring merely 11.9mm thick and weighing a meager 910g. Naturally, the svelte build does come with particular trade offs. Like the MacBook, the Asus Zenbook 3 has merely one USB Type-C interface for charging and all your connectivity needs (it also has a 3.5mm jack). The most glaring limitation is the fact that you will not be able to charge
and connect the laptop to an external drive, which might be an issue for power users. There’s also no support for Thunderbolt 3, but, the USB 3.1 standard still empowers maximum transfer rates of up to 5Gbps and screen output signal. Having said that, Asus is undoubtedly conscious of these limits, and also the laptop comes bundled with an Asus Mini Dock, which offers you an additional USB 3.1 Type-C interface, one USB 3.0 Type a interface, and a full sized HDMI connector. Naturally, the computer keyboard is not the best. It provides merely 0.8mm of key travel, and the typing experience is just what you’d expect from a laptop this narrow. However, it’s by no means terrible, plus it’s just one of those things which you’ll learn to live with. Overall, the Asus Zenbook 3 is a strong and glossy looking laptop for individuals who prize portability above all else.
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