August 11, 2016
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The Asus Zenbook 3 review

We take the Asus Zenbook 3 for a spin to find out if it is indeed a better alternative to the Macbook 2015 and the Macbook Air.

Almost every online tech review outlet has raved about the Asus Zenbook 3, from its light outer design, undeniably remarkable features, and competitive price point. The market is teeming with ultrabooks, but what sets the Asus Zenbook 3 apart from the rest? We take an in-depth look at the Asus Zenbook 3’s features and give our final verdict.

DESIGN
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From the outside, the Asus Zenbook 3 is very much the same as–yes, you guessed it–the Macbook Air. The only difference is that the Asus Zenbook 3 is lighter at 2 pounds, and thinner at 11.9mm. This new offering from Asus has an all-metal build made of an alloy that’s lighter and stronger than any other ultrabook in the market today. The screen is a 12.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel full HD display covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 at 16:9 screen ratio.

The Asus Zenbook 3 is chamfered to perfection to get rid of the pointy edges and its shiny metal cover, available in Royal Blue, Rose Gold and Quartz Grey, stands out from among other laptops with dull plastic finishes. Like the Macbook 2015, it only has one USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer, located on the right side, solely adapted to USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3.

INTERNAL FEATURES
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Here’s the fun part of reviewing gadgets–delving past the surface and into the specs. After all, what’s the point of a pretty laptop if it’s as slow as molasses in January.

For the base model, the Asus Zenbook 3’s Windows 10 OS is powered by a 4GB RAM with an Intel Core i5 processor, and 256GB storage. No wonder they wanted to keep the device light! It’s to make up for its super heavy features! Its top-of-the-line version has a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor which makes for optimized processes, less memory usage and lowered power demands. The premium Asus Zenbook 3 outfitted with a whopping 1TB SSD and 16GB RAM, and topped off with a finger scanner near the touch pad.

ADDITIONAL SPECS

The Asus Zenbook 3 has a battery life of up to 9 hours for normal usage, and can be charged up to 60% in a little over 30 minutes. Surely having a USB Type-C port works wonders because it allows safe and fast charging.

PRICE

Last but definitely not the least is money talk. Asus Zenbook 3’s base model is priced at $999, around 3700 AED. This is a good choice for those who want a Windows OS alternative to the Macbook Air.

Design
4.5 out of 5
Internal Specs
5 out of 5
Battery Life
4.5 out of 5
Price
5 out of 5
Overall

Asus Zenbook 3’s amazing specs have won us over. We just love the idea that Asus has struck gold with this premium-looking, literally lightweight ultrabook that’s set to rival Cupertino’s Apple Macbook Air. While we think that Asus is not entirely innocent of being a copycat, the Asus Zenbook 3 went beyond expectations and may even be better than the original.

4.75

Excellent
4.75 out of 5