Introducing The ASUS ZenBook 3
The ASUS ZenBook 3 is finally available in stores in South Africa. Here are the specs, design features and more!
Published: Wednesday, October 19th 2016
ASUS has announced the ZenBook 3. Orginally unveiled at IFA 2016 in Berlin, it is now available in South Africa.
The ZenBook 3 is one of the slimmest laptops on the market. Coming in at a ridiculous 11.9mm thin and weighing only 910g.
Featuring the latest 7th-generation Intel® Core™ i7-7500U and i5-7200U processors, the ultra-thin and ultra-light ZenBook 3 is a masterpiece of design and craftsmanship that weighs just 910g.
Totally redesigned to accommodate its powerful hardware, ASUS ZenBook 3 has a unibody design crafted entirely from aerospace-grade 6013 aluminium alloy. This aluminium alloy is 50 percent stronger than the standard alloy used in laptops. This allows the ZenBook 3 to be thinner and lighter than ever before with no reduction in rigidity.
The ZenBook 3 features the same design DNA as previous ZenBooks. This includes the signature tapered edges and spun-metal finish on the lid. It is, however, also enhanced by new elements. These include the golden ASUS lid badge and edge highlights, created with complex diamond-cutting and two-phase anodising techniques.
ZenBook 3 is available in three colours: Rose Gold, Quartz Grey and Royal Blue.
ASUS ZenBook 3 is designed to deliver unprecedented performance, and is one of the thinnest and lightest laptops to use the latest 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor. The powerful specification also includes 16GB of high-speed 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM, and a 1TB PCIe 3.0 x4 solid-state disk (SSD) — one of the largest capacity SSDs available. It is three times (3X) faster than SATA-based SSDs. There is also a reversible USB Type-C (USB-C) port for any-way-up connections. This includes support for display output and power delivery as well as high-speed data transfers.
The 3mm thin cooling system incorporates a fan with liquid-crystal-polymer blades that are only 0.3mm thick and heat pipes with walls a mere 0.1mm thick. Warm air is expelled through discreet hidden vents in the hinge for efficient, quiet cooling even under full load.
ASUS ZenBook 3 has a crisp and detailed 12.5-inch Full HD (1920 by 1080) display, with an edge-to-edge covering of tough Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It's framed by an ultra-slim bezel that's just 7.6mm wide. This gives the ZenBook 3 a class-leading 82 percent screen-to-body ratio for a distraction-free viewing experience. The display features wide 178° viewing angles, 1000:1 contrast ratio for deep blacks, and superb colour reproduction with a wide 72 percent NTSC colour gamut. Video is also greatly enhanced by ASUS Tru2Life Video technology. Sharpness and contrast is optimised for every pixel in every video frame to produce smooth, natural-looking videos.
Adding immersive entertainment capabilities to ZenBook 3 is the stunning ASUS SonicMaster Premium quad-speaker surround-sound audio system. This was designed in cooperation with the renowned audiophile specialists Harman Kardon. The four powerful speakers are driven by a four-channel smart amplifier that intelligently maximises volume levels without the risk of distortion or voice-coil damage. The bass drivers use a special five-magnet design for low-distortion bass response.
On-the-go productivity demands the very best ergonomic design. ASUS ZenBook 3 has a full-width keyboard with just a 2.1mm bezel at each side, and the full-size keys have a pitch of 19.8mm, the same as most desktop keyboards. The impressive 0.8mm key travel is twice as much as rival devices, making typing much more comfortable.
The oversized touchpad has Windows Precision Touchpad support and is cleverly engineered for maximum comfort and accuracy, with a glass covering for smooth control. It also incorporates palm-rejection technology, handwriting input and support for four-point multi-touch Windows 10 gestures. The touchpad also features an optional fingerprint scanner located conveniently at the top right corner. This allows users to securely and rapidly unlock ZenBook 3 with a single touch using Windows Hello. It also supports secure authentication in compatible apps and programs.
For enhanced on-the-go connectivity, two optional matching USB-C accessories are available for ASUS ZenBook 3.
ASUS Mini Dock is a tiny, lightweight and handy expansion dock with USB-C, USB Type-A and HDMI ports.
The stylish ASUS Universal Dock can connect to a wired network and multiple displays, and also provides HDMI, three extra USB ports — including one USB-C port — a combo audio jack and an SD Card reader. It also provides a USB power pass-through that can simultaneously power and charge an external device.
| ASUS Mini Dock
||ASUS Universal Dock
| 1x USB 3.1 Type-C port
||2x USB 3.0 Type-A port
| 1x USB 3.0 Type-A port
||1x full-size HDMI port
| 1x full-size HDMI port
||1x VGA port
||1x RJ45 LAN port
||3.5mm audio jack
||3.5mm microphone jack
||1 x SD Card reader
Availability and Pricing
ASUS ZenBook 3 UX390UA is now available in South Africa. Pricing ranges from R24 999 to R34 999 (depending on the Rand Dollar exchange rate). The ZenBook 3 can be purchased from Incredible Connection, DionWired and Online Clients.