ASUS Zenbook 3 overview
The 14″ Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX490UA Notebook from Asus is a premium-looking system that’s built around performance, portability, and aesthetics. Specs-wise, it’s equipped with a 1.8 GHz Intel Core i7-8550U Quad-Core quad-core processor, 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM, integrated Intel UHD graphics, and a 512GB NVMe PCIe solid-state drive. Its 14″ 1920 x 1080 Full HD display is crammed into a 13″ body, which is built out of aerospace-grade aluminum alloy, making it both lightweight and durable. Furthermore, the display has ultra-thin bezels and is built with Gorilla Glass 5 for additional durability.
To keep up with you day-to-day, the ZenBook 3 Deluxe has a battery that can last up to 9 hours on a single charge. Paired with fast-charging technology, which can recharge up to 60% in just 49 minutes, you’ll be set day-in and day-out. Connect to the Internet via 802.11ac Wi-Fi and pair compatible wireless peripherals with Bluetooth 4.1 technology. Other integrated features include a USB Type-C port, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a webcam with speakers, microphones, and a 3.5 mm mic and headphone combo jack. The operating system installed is Windows 10 Pro .
The ZenBook 3 Deluxe has a 14″ display fitted in a 13″ frame, meaning it’s compact and has ultra-narrow bezels. It not only looks good, but also endures everyday use thanks to its aerospace-grade aluminum alloy unibody design and Gorilla Glass 5 display.
Thunderbolt 3 is a hardware interface that utilizes the reversible USB Type-C connector. Doubling the speed of its predecessor, Thunderbolt 3 features a maximum throughput of 40 Gb/s when used with compatible devices. The connector also transmits data via USB 3.1 at up to 10 Gb/s, and dual-bandwidth DisplayPort 1.2 allows you to connect up to two 4K displays simultaneously. Additionally, you can daisy chain up to six devices from a single Thunderbolt 3 port.
To keep the system cool under load, Asus has developed a unique cooling system measuring 0.3 mm thick with a liquid-crystal-polymer fan impeller, copper-alloy heat pipes, and hidden vents so you can use it for extended periods.
Nowadays, we all need a system that can keep up with our busy lives. Therefore, the ZenBook 3 Deluxe is built with a 46 Wh li-polymer battery that can last up to 9 hours of use. It even has fast-charge technology that can recharge up to 60% in just 49 minutes.
Keyboard & Touchpad
Engineered to be comfortable, accurate, and convenient, the keyboard on the ZenBook 3 Deluxe features a 1.2mm travel distance, gold backlighting, and a glass covered touchpad with palm-rejection technology, multi-touch gestures, and handwriting support.
Equipped with a fingerprint reader and a webcam, the ZenBook 3 Deluxe is secure yet simple to use thanks to Windows Hello. Now when you forget your password, use your finger or smile at the camera.
The ZenBook 3 Deluxe features quad-speakers and technology developed with Harman Kardon to deliver cinema-quality surround-sound audio. It even has a four-channel smart amplifier for louder audio with less distortion.
After its hiatus in Windows 8, the Start Menu has returned. Utilizing a combination of the traditional menu system and Windows 8’s Live Tiles, the improved Start Menu gives you more information at a glance, showing notification information alongside your applications and other pinned items.
Microsoft’s digital personal assistant, Cortana, can answer your questions with information gleaned from both your device and the Internet at large. You can type or even talk with her, if your system has a microphone. Using her Notebook, Cortana keeps track of your needs and wants, and she learns over time to improve her information-gathering skills.
After nearly 20 years, Microsoft has finally replaced its Internet Explorer web browser. With Microsoft Edge, users can write directly on web pages and share notes with friends and colleagues. It also improves the online reading experience by adding a distraction-free mode and read-it-later functionality. Edge also has built-in Cortana integration; you can have her help you find a restaurant, make a reservation, and pull up directions without leaving your browser.
For Windows 10, Microsoft has unified the Windows Store. Now, apps for PCs, tablets, and phones will all be accessible from one place. And with support for Universal Apps, one version of an app can work across all your compatible devices automatically.
Windows 10 was designed for a variety of screen sizes and input styles, and with its Continuum feature, it automatically adapts to fit your needs. A Windows 10 tablet on its own requires a touch-centric approach, but attaching a mouse and keyboard will shift everything to a more traditional interface. You can even attach an external monitor to your Windows 10 phone for a near-desktop experience. But it’s not just the operating system; Windows Universal Apps take advantage of Continuum as well.
Xbox on Windows 10
Gaming is a big focus of Windows 10. Xbox integration allows for PC players to match up against Xbox One players on supported games, and if you have an Xbox One, you can even stream compatible titles to your PC. Native support for recording with the new Game DVR feature makes it easy to capture and share your gameplay. The new DirectX12 takes better advantage of multi-core processors, giving games a performance boost, even on older hardware. Windows 10 also features native support for virtual reality headsets, such as the Oculus Rift.