Windows laptops are certainly getting more beautiful with every passing year. Elegance used to largely be an Apple-only affair, but that has been changing. Quite frankly, there are countless such notebooks on the market, making choosing one a bit difficult — a good problem for consumers.
Today, ASUS unveils one of the most beautiful such Windows laptops. Called “ZenBook 3 Deluxe,” it is insanely thin at a mere 12.9mm. It is quite light too, at only 2.42 pounds. Despite its svelte body, it is packed with plenty of excellent specs, such as a Kaby Lake Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB PCIe SSD. It has three USB-C ports, one of which is USB 3.0 speed, while the others are 3.1 Gen 2/ Thunderbolt 3. It even leverages biometrics for logging in, with a Windows Hello compatible fingerprint reader on the trackpad.
“The ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe is equipped with an extra-large 14-inch, Full HD (1920×1080) display covered edge-to-edge with latest Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Fitting a 14-inch Full HD display into a 13-inch frame wasn’t easy. One of the keys to achieving this for ZenBook 3 Deluxe is its ultra-narrow display bezel, which is just 7.46mm wide. This allows the biggest possible screen area, giving ZenBook 3 Deluxe a class-leading 77 percent screen-to-body ratio. Wide-viewing-angle technology ensures undistorted color and great contrast at viewing angles up to 178° for easy collaboration and screen sharing,” says ASUS.
The company also says, “The ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe is made of an all-aluminum chassis carved from a single block of aerospace grade-alloy that then goes through a 40-step process to create the iconic ultra-fine spun-metal finish with its lustrous, silky sheen. A complex two-phase anodizing process is then used to create the elegant golden diamond-cut edges and unique golden ASUS lid logo. The result is a breathtakingly exquisite design that offers the perfect combination of beauty, mobility, performance, and productivity.”
ASUS shares the ZenBook 3 Deluxe specifications below.
CPU Intel 7th-generation Core i7-7500U
Display 14in (16:9) LED backlit Full HD (1920×1080) anti-glare with 72% NTSC gamut ultra-thin 7.46mm bezel 77% screen-to-body ratio
Operating system Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 620
Storage 512GB PCIe SSD
Main memory 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz
Connectivity 802.11ac Wi-Fi, BT4.1 support
Camera VGA Webcam
I/O ports 2x Type C USB 3.1 gen 2 with thunderbolt 3 support
1x Type C USB 3.1 gen 1
1x combo audio jack
Audio Quad-speaker array, high quality stereo speakers with Harman Kardon tuning ASUS SonicMaster Premium technology
Security Fingerprint login sensor with Windows Hello
Battery 46W lithium-polymer
AC adapter Output: 20V DC, 3.25A, 65W
Input: 100 -240V AC, 50/60Hz universal
Dimensions 12.97 x 8.43 x 0.5 in
Weight 2.42 lbs with battery
While the super-thin computer is high-end in many regards, the display resolution is a bit disappointing. While 1080p should be fine on a 14-inch screen, understandably, some people will want better than that — especially given the $1699 price tag. What is cool, however, is that ASUS is including two dongles in the box — Type-C to Type-A and Type-C to HDMI.
Ready to buy it? You can get it today from retailers such as Newegg, B&H, and Amazon.