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Asus Zenbook 3 UX390UA

How does it feel out of the box?

At a first look, you will definitely resemble Asus Zenbook 3 as 12-inch MacBook clone and that’s not really a bad thing, because a 12-inch MacBook is pretty cool and Windows people shouldn’t be left out. So as the most high-end Zenbook, this Zenbook 3 has a swirled aluminum lid on the top which looks gorgeous and feels like a high-end machine. Speaking about ports, there is only one USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm Headphone jack and nothing else. Yes, to connect cables like HDMI, VGA, RJ45 LAN, Memory card reader, etc; you need to purchase Asus Universal Dock separately. It also has a small little cut out at the bottom like MacBook and other laptops to make it easier to open. For sounds, it has two speakers at the back and two above the keyboard with Harman/Kardon audio technology to provide loud and incredible sound. Keyboard are fully backlit and looks quite compact as it squeezes to fit inside a 12.5-inch Zenbook 3. The trackpad below the keyboard is really nice and it’s very responsive to track finger gestures, they also added a fingerprint scanner right on the trackpad to quickly login to your Windows Operating system. The ZenBook 3 is a smidge slimmer than the MacBook at 11.9mm deep, and at 910g it’s just over 1% lighter, too.

How does it perform?

ZenBook 3 looks exactly like a carbon copy of the MacBook from a physical aspects, but the inner specs are noticeably different. While the MacBook is packed with the ultra low-power Core M processor, the ZenBook 3 model squeezes in a 7th-generation Kaby Lake dual-core i7-7500U processor clocked at 2.5GHz and backs it up with 8GB of RAM. Despite the size of this ultrabook, the i7-7500U is a full-fat, dual-core chip, which consume max 15 watts. It’s the same as you’d find in much thicker laptops. The new Intel Core i7-7500U is very fast and perform every task with ease, even multi-tasking are handled smoothly by Zenbook 3 which was quite surprising considering the size of the laptop. Read and Write speed is also better because it packed with faster SSD’s, that means opening large files are faster on Zenbook 3 ultrabook. Though intel did upgrade the processor to 7th-generation, the company did not revise the Intel HD Graphics chip found on-board of the processor. The Intel HD Graphics 620 on Zenbook 3 perform similarly to the last gen Intel HD 520, which is not impressive. So, better stay away from Gaming on Zenbook 3.

Rating: 90/100
PRICE: ₹ 1,23,990/-

 

Ultra-thin form factor with unprecedented performance

 

SPECS

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7500U clocked at 2.7GHz
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3
  • Storage: 512GB M.2 SSD
  • Display: 12.5” Full-HD (1920×1080 pixels)
  • Camera: VGA web camera
  • Weight: 910gms
  • Dimension: 29.6(W) x 19.1(D) x 1.19(H) cm

Verdict

We can say Asus really did a good job with a 910 gram Asus Zenbook 3. Packing with a beautifully designed aluminum case, powerful intel core i7 7th generation processor for performance, it ticks all the right boxes. But there are few con’s including lack of traditional connectivity and premium price.

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