ASUS Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX490UA Review 2017 (Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD)

ASUS UX490UA-XS74-BL 14-Inch ZenBook 3 Deluxe Notebook Core i7

ASUS UX490UA-XS74-BL

The ASUS Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX490UA is an ultra-slim 13-inch laptop with 14-inch display – it features a thin 12.9mm profile, weighs 2.4lbs and is constructed from premium, aerospace grade aluminum. The Deluxe ZenBook 3 is designed with thick and tough Corning 0.55mm thick Gorilla Glass 5 cover glass to provide a damage-resistant screen.

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4.2

This is one of the most premium laptops on the market and it is even more professional than the MacBook Pro.

This laptop’s design is simple yet fantastic! – The perfect curves of the all aluminum chassis were carved from metal – after carving, the curves went through a comprehensive process to create a lustrous and iconic metal finish – the result? This laptop is an unrivaled combination of power and beauty.

A laptop as strong as this deserves a strong battery capacity. To achieve a strong battery capacity, this laptop was designed with a special high-capacity 46Wh lithium-polymer battery which assures users of complete 9-hour battery life –The laptop also comes with the fast-charge technology that allows the charge of 60% capacity in just 49 minutes.

Build with quality components, this laptop delivers unprecedented performance – These quality components include; 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of ultra fast memory, up to 512GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD and the latest Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB Type-C.

The USB Type-C incorporates the latest Thunderbolt 3 technology for versatile and ultra-fast connections and this Thunderbolt 3 technology supports data transfers at 40Gbps; therefore, making it faster than USB 3.0 featured in other laptops.

The ASUS Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX490UA features the latest Bluetooth 4.1 and the dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi which is faster than the previous generation 802.11n.

This ultra portable laptop also features a comfortable and exceptional backlit keyboard – it includes a precision touchpad designed for maximum comfort and accuracy. In fact, the touchpad was designed with a “glass covering” to provide smooth control while incorporating the new palm-rejection technology, the multitouch gestures, and handwriting support.

ASUS Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX490UA

With this laptop, there is no need to type in your password every time you log in. You can easily “wake up” your ZenBook with a single touch! – Because of the new Windows Hello Technology and the fingerprint sensor built into the touchpad, the ZenBook is very easy to operate and more secure.

For your legacy accessories, this notebook comes with USB 3.0 cable and HDMI adapters in the box.

Pros & Cons of UX490UA-XS74-BL

PROS:

  • Features a Thinner bezel and a larger display: At 13” x 8.4” x 0.5”, it is definitely thinner than most laptops. Despite its relative thinness, the display on this laptop is incredible and very attractive.
  • Performance: With the 2.7 GHz Intel Corte i7-7500U CPU and 16GB of RAM, this laptop can multi task effectively with no lags.
  • Beautiful design: From the deck and touchpad which are coated in blue to the keyboard coated in the same blue, this laptop is beautiful.
  • Vivid display: It features the 1080p display which is very bright, sharp, and vivid. The colors are accurate and you’ll enjoy watching movies on this laptop.
  • Fast Charging Capability: You get 9 hours of battery life but the best part is you can even charge your laptop to 60% in just 49 minutes.
  • Comfortable Keyboard, Touchpad: You can now type more accurately with the unique keys that have 1.3 mm of vertical travel. The touchpad is very accurate.
  • Features a Fingerprint reader: The fingerprint reader is placed on the top right-hand corner of the touchpad and it works just fine.
  • Lightweight and portable: It weighs barely 3lbs and can fit into most backpacks.

CONS:

  • Average Battery Life: This laptop features only 9 hours of battery life and this is slightly shorter than average. Most laptops like the ThinkPad X1 feature 12 hours of battery life!
  • Poor Webcam: Most users complained about this. The laptop features a 480p webcam – which is very poor. ASUS could’ve included a 720p but unfortunately, they didn’t.

VERDICT:

The ASUS Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX490UA looks unique – it is incredibly slim and this is a premium laptop you will be proud to carry.

The Gorilla Glass Ultra-slim is impressive but the biggest disadvantage of the device is its poor battery life – for a device of $1,600, we expected a better battery.

But if you are looking for a durable and versatile laptop, the ZenBook 3 is your best bet.

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