A Quick Look at the Asus Zen 3


One major trend within the laptop industry is to create units which are lighter, thinner and yet are still able to pack the very necessary performance punch.  It seems as if the Asus Zen 3 has achieved all of these goals.  Although some might claim that the Zen 3 is a slight knock-off of the ever-popular MacBook, the truth of the matter is that this model brings much more to the table than appearance alone.  What are some of the most prominent features which define this laptop?

Wafer-Thin Build

The Zen 3 is currently one of the thinnest laptops on the market.  At only 11.9 millimetres thick and weighing under a kilogram, transportation and storage will never be problems.  Keep in mind that this unit is actually lighter than the MacBook.  Another benefit when compared to the MacBook is that the screen in thinner.  This largely arises from the fact that the Zen 3 offers a 16:9 screen ration.  The MacBook is equipped with a 16:10 version; thus the reason for it having the be a bit thicker.  A spun-metal finish and chamfered edges “round out” the visual appeal of the model although viewing it as a silhouette, it would be very difficult to NOT mistake it as a MacBook.  On a side note, the display screen is fitted with a top layer of Gorilla Glass.  This material is highly resistant to chips and scratches while the chances of it breaking are virtually nil.

Performance Specifications

Appearance aside, the true power of this laptop is in its robust computing capacity.  Equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor and 4 gigabytes of RAM, there should hardly ever be a problem running complex applications.  This is then backed up by 256 gigabyte of internal memory.  If you are looking for even more of a “bang”, you can always choose to upgrade to an Intel i7 processor, 16 gigabytes of RAM and no less than 1 terabyte of internal storage.  However, this will cost approximately $2,000 dollars (just under £1,400 pounds).

Battery Life

Another massive benefit associated with the ZenBook 3 is that it offers a battery life of up to nine hours. This enables it to be nearly at the top of the market.  Thanks to an innovative charging mechanism, the entire unit can be charged back up to 60 per cent power (from zero) in under 50 minutes.  This is a great addition for those who cannot afford much downtime during their average day.

The Verdict

While this unit is still somewhat new to the market, it already seems to deliver on its claims as one of the fastest, lightest and most reliable laptops for 2016.  While comparing it to a top-end MacBook may be a bit unfair, there is no reason why users searching for a streamlined product will not be satisfied when choosing the Zen 3.