Asus ZenBook 3 is an ultra-thin design laptop with good performance. However, to get a slim body design, the company had to cut some of the laptop’s features. With the ZenBook 3, the machine only has a mid-range battery life, and is not equipped with many ports. In return, the machine possesses an eye-catching design, brilliant screen, is a good laptop choice for those who need a reliable work laptop.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-7500U|
|GPU||Intel HD 620|
|Resolution||1,920 x 1,080|
|Size||11.65 x 7.52 x 0.46 inches|
With a body thickness of 0.46 inches, ZenBook 3 is an incredibly lightweight laptop. The machine has an appearance similar to the MacBook line, with an all-metal chassis and only one USB Type-C port on the right side of the body. This connector is used to charge the battery and connect to peripheral devices. Meanwhile, the left side of the body is equipped with a headphone jack, providing a good audio experience for users.
Located in the right corner of the touchpad is fingerprint security, allowing users to log into the system through Windows Hello. This fingerprint security placement is a bit inconvenient, breaking the seamlessness of the touchpad’s smooth flat surface.
Despite being a laptop with a delicate design, Asus ZenBook 3 is only equipped with a single USB Type-C port, making users always have to carry around a few entangled conversion cables.
The device is equipped with a 12.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, bringing impressive image quality to users thanks to impressive colors and brilliant brightness.
The Asus laptop’s screen has a measured color coverage of 123% of the sRGB range, outperforming the 102% average of the same segment. This result also beats the machine’s competitors, the MacBook Air and Dell XPS 13, with screen color coverage results of 111 and 115%, respectively.
The laptop’s screen brightness is equally impressive, with the result measured in our test of 310 nits, once again beating the premium laptop category average (305 nit). The machine has a brighter screen brightness when compared to the MacBook Air, with a measured screen brightness of 295 nits. Dell XPS 13 is the laptop with the most brilliant screen brightness in this article, measuring 340 nits.
Not only possessing a similar appearance to a MacBook, Asus also seems to learn from Apple in making keyboards. The keyboard of the ZenBook 3 has a not-so-deep travel, making the typing experience not very good.
The buttons of the machine do not have a responsive response, as well as no uniform pressure. In other words, the machine’s buttons have a thin feedback force that takes a while for users to get used to.
|3DMark||Sky Diver: 3,689 points
Fire Strike: 875 points
Time Spy: 364 points
|Cinebench CPU||225 points|
|PCMark 8 (Home Test)||2,859 points|
|PCMark 8 Battery Life||3 hours 11 minutes|
The Asus ZenBook 3’s Intel Kaby Lake chip delivers impressive performance, scoring well in our tests. The machine is capable of multitasking well, can switch from one application to another without any lag. During this test, the cooling fan of the machine operated at a fairly quiet sound level, not distracting the user during work.
The device is equipped with a 4-speaker sound system Harmon Kardon, with 2 speakers placed above the body and 2 speakers placed below the chassis. Although the volume is a bit low, the speaker system of the device possesses a sufficient sound quality, providing a relatively comprehensive listening and movie listening experience.
Through our tests, the ZenBook 3 has a similar performance score to the Dell XPS 13. It also beats the Dell laptop in some tests. Specifically, the ZenBook 3 achieved good single- and multi-core performance results when scored with Geekbench, while the Dell laptop had not very good single-core performance scores.
As an office laptop, Asus ZenBook 3 is not equipped with a discrete graphics card. Instead, the machine uses an instant GPU chip Intel HD 620 to handle daily tasks. Although it doesn’t have enough graphics performance to play well with today’s new AAA games, it still allows users to do basic graphics processing tasks like image editing and video streaming.
Testing the laptop’s actual graphics processing capabilities with the game Dirt 3 (High configuration, 1080p resolution), the Asus laptop achieved a mid-range frame rate of 48 fps, lower than the 61st category average. fps of laptops in the same segment. The machine’s competitors also have similar test results as the ZenBook 3, namely the MacBook Air (45 fps) and the Dell XPS 13 (51 fps).
One of the often-folding limitations of an ultra-thin laptop is battery life. Asus claims that ZenBook 3 has enough battery life to let users work comfortably for 9 hours without needing to charge the device mid-way.
However, our battery life test produced a completely different result. In our test, the laptop lasted 6 hours 30 minutes After surfing the web continuously using wifi, with the screen brightness set to 150 nit, 2 hours 30 minutes lower than the battery life promised by the company.
And yet, when testing the battery life of the device with PCMark (a test that simulates the actual state of daily use), the laptop powered off after 3 hours and 12 minutes, much lower than the segment average. .
Heat dissipation ability
Asus ZenBook 3 has an impressive heat dissipation capacity, allowing users to work efficiently for a long time without worrying about thermal overload. The ventilation fan system of the machine operates quite quietly, helping users not to be distracted during work.
We tested the laptop’s heat dissipation by letting it run an HD video for 15 minutes. The temperature at the touchpad position is now 29 degrees Celsius. The center of the keyboard and the chassis have a slightly higher temperature, measured at 31 and 34 degrees Celsius, respectively. The overall temperature of the laptop is in The ideal operating temperature threshold is 35 degrees Celsius.
Using the Windows Hello app to sign in is not only very secure, but also convenient. With the ZenBook 3, you can log into the system with a biometric code instead of using a traditional password, specifically with the fingerprint security built into the body.
Although placed in an inconvenient location, the laptop’s fingerprint security is highly accurate and very reliable.
At the time of writing, ZenBook 3 is sold at a price of about 30 million VND with maximum configuration. The machine is released with the default configuration level including Intel Core i7-7500U chip, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD drive, 12.5 inch screen size, 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution.
Sold at a price point between a MacBook and an XPS 13, the Asus ZenBook 3 is a quality laptop option for those who want an Ultrabook that’s efficient and reliable.
Asus ZenBook 3 is equipped with a screen with brilliant brightness, vivid colors, providing a good visual experience for users. The machine also possesses a compact design, highly portable, very suitable for those who often have to carry a laptop.
However, when you buy a laptop, you will have to learn to live with short battery life and a not-so-high-quality keyboard. However, if you need a laptop with an ultra-thin and sleek design, ZenBook 3 certainly won’t let you down.
Asus ZenBook 3 is a speedy office laptop. The device has an ultra-thin design, beautiful screen, useful fingerprint security.
- Sharp screen
- Compact design, high portability
- Reliable fingerprint security
- Fingerprint security location is a bit inconvenient
- There is only 1 USB Type-C port
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