ASUS Zenbook 3 – Unpacked

Let’s be honest with each other for a second. Most of us have thought about buying a mac at least once in our life. The only reason why I would ever buy a Mac was because of its looks and not for its operating system. They’re so aesthetically pleasing yet I probably wouldn’t be caught dead using the Mac OS. And it seems like Asus had the same idea. This is the Asus Zenbook 3, the Macbook clone that windows user want, without having to learn an entirely new OS. But can we call something a clone if it’s better than the original? Let’s find out.

 

Ah yes, our old friend the Zenbook, this time it’s the Zenbook 3. Its been over 10 months since Keys reviewed that last ZenBook. The Zenbook 3 is a 12.5 inch ultrabook. The Zenbook 3 comes in Rose gold, quartz grey and royal blue which is this one right here with the gold accents. I wasn’t joking when I said that the Zenbook 3 was a clone of the MacBook. Just look at it! In terms of actual dimensions, the ZenBook measures 296 x 191.2 x 11.9 mm and weighs in at 910 grams. So it’s a bit wider, a little shorter, slightly thinner and lighter than the Macbook.

Moving along, on the top we have the solitary Asus logo in gold on a blue spun metal cover. On the right-hand side, a single USB Type-C port for charging and other uses. On the left-hand side there’s a single headphone jack. This, again is quite similar to the MacBook, Asus just swapped the sides. And at the bottom of the zenbook you’ll find 2 of the four speakers.

Opening up the Zenbook we are greeted with a glossy finish screen. Which is a change from the previous Zenbook that we reviewed. Like i mentioned earlier, the Zenbook 3 has a 12.5 inch 1920 x 1080 resolution screen. At the top of the screen we have a VGA webcam and at the bottom of the screen we have an Asus Zenbook logo.

On the keyboard half of the notebook, at the top, we have the other 2 speakers. The keyboard is a chiclet style keyboard, which is backlit and has a .8mm travel distance. Finally underneath the keyboard is the precision trackpad with palm rejection technology and a fingerprint reader.

Our unit that we have here also comes with a compact power brick to charge the 40w battery, a sleeve for a little extra style and protection and a usb type c universal dock that has a type c pass-through for charging, HDMI out and a USB 3.0 port.

Now spec wise the Zenbook 3 is running an Intel core i7 7500U running @ 2.7ghz, 16gb of ram, Intel graphics 620,  512gb ssd and its running Windows 10.

Now that the pleasantries are out of the way, lets talk about the user experience.

First up, the 12.5-inch screen. Watching content on the zenbook 3 has been a joy. Obviously you cant expect anything else from a ultrabook with an IPS screen. The glossy finish does make content more vibrant, but obviously  in a brightly lit room, the reflections tend to be bothersome. But that just the nature of the beast. The one surprise with the screen for me, was the lack of touch. Thats right the zenbook 3 doesn’t support touch which is a bummer, you think for the price that you’re paying, it would have included a few more bells and whistles.

And of course, we can’t forget about the speakers on the Zenbook. Asus teamed up with the team over at HarmonKardon and put these surprisingly decent and loud speakers in such a compact package. The speakers on the Zenbook 3 gets an a+ from me.

Moving on to the keyboard. It’s not my favorite keyboard out there. The chiclet keys on it seems a little off for me. But the backlighting was a nice touch. I did not like the location of the power button. It’s right above the backspace key and next to the delete key. Now i didn’t hit the power button by accident when i was typing away, but I’m just super paranoid that i might… so…. That’s a thing.

The trackpad, nothing fancy here, it supports all the smart gestures and the fingerprint reader worked flawlessly.

So how does the Zenbook 3 perform? Well we ran it through cinebench and got a result of

42.33 fps in opengl and a cpu score of 334cb.  In the unigine heaven benchmark, the Zenbook 3 received a score of 276 and an average fps of 11.

Battery has been above average when compared to other ultrabooks that i’ve used in the past. A solid 7 hours doing daily things and consuming content while being mindful of brightness settings and what not. Although i will say that the Zenbook 3’s fan can be a bit loud at times when you’re typing away and it can get a bit annoying.

Speaking of annoying things, the zenbook 3 is a fingerprint magnet. The blue color of the Zenbook seems to accentuate fingerprints more than other most other ultrabooks but i guess that’s just the nature of the beast.

So that’s the Zenbook 3. A great option for someone who is looking for something that is comparable to the Macbook. In fact it has the same price of the Macbook but has a i7 cpu, double the ram and has an included usb type c dock, which of course for macbook users will be extra. If you want to learn more about the Zenbook 3, click here or down in the description. Thanks for watching, click over here for previous videos, and check us out on twitter right here. And as always, like the video if you liked it, comment down below for fans with benefits and subscribe for more videos like this from NCIX. We’ll see you later.

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