Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA-GS039T
Average of 6 scores (from 17 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA-GS039T
The Asus ZenBook 3 is a first class, super light weight, super slim notebook computer with strong performance. Don’t let my remarks on the keyboard put you off – I dwelt on it principally because I was bemused as to why Asus chose non-standard key widths – because it was actually a fine keyboard in use, and one soon gets used to the size and shape.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 80% performance: 90% workmanship: 85%
Source: PC Authority
This Ultrabook might not be cheap, but it is arguably the sexiest on the market. The unbelievably low weight and ultra slick design helps it stand out from the pack, and is the best Zenbook Asus has ever made, which is saying something. Just be prepared to add the cost of a USB 3.0 Type-C into the buying equation.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/13/2017
Rating: Total score: 100%
This is a very good buy for those on the move, for those who love ( or are forced to ) work while traveling. The Asus ZenBook 3 is light weight, easy to carry and performs exceptionally well.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/17/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
That’s not to say the ZenBook 3 is a bad piece of hardware; in fact I quite like the amount of power that’s packed into this design. It’s simply not the standout laptop in the ever expanding ultrathin market.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/21/2016
Rating: Total score: 75%
Source: PC World
If you don’t give two figs about Apple and just want a compact Windows machine that’s easy to carry around, well—the ZenBook 3 is really portable. I carried it to and from work on public transit without noticing it too much in my backpack. It performs well, too. So if you can live with just one USB port, there’s a lot to like. If you can’t—well, there are plenty of excellent ultrabook competitors to choose from. You’ll just have to pick a different feature that compromises on something you don’t care about.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/06/2016
Rating: Total score: 75%
Source: Unlocked Newegg
Overall, it’s easy to be impressed with the ZenBook 3. The inclusion of a 7th generation i7 CPU in addition to the solid storage specs and attractive design make this an easy recommendation for someone who wants a high performance laptop in a tiny case. We do think ASUS will eventually combine their ZenBook Flip with the ZenBook 3 and just make a tiny 2-in-1. Regardless, ASUS clearly has a winner on their hands and, if you’re skeptical about the blue/gold, don’t be. We loathe anything that screams old money. But the ASUS team won us over. Nicely done.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/05/2016
Source: Gear Open
The Asus ZenBook 3 sounds like a winner on paper. How can you go wrong with Intel Core I-series power in a two-pound laptop? I’m chiefly wary of battery life and how much Asus really managed to squeeze into such a thin design and it’s something I look forward to finding out in my full review.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/01/2016
Source: Geeknetic ES→EN
Positive: Elegant design; good built quality. Negative: Short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/06/2016
Source: Xataka ES→EN
Positive: Nice design; ultra thin and compact size; excellent display; backlit keyboard; flexible fingerprint sensor. Negative: Few connectors; overheats while using.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/11/2016
Source: HDblog.it IT→EN
Positive: Elegant design; compact size; good ergonomy; decent hardware. Negative: Mediocre speakers; low performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/21/2017
Source: PC Lab.pl PL→EN
Positive: Slim size and lightweight; high performance; comfortable keyboard; good speakers. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/13/2017
Source: Benchmark.pl PL→EN
Positive: Metal case; slim size; excellent display; high autonomy. Negative: Mediocre speakers.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/28/2016
Source: Ru.PcMag.com RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Prohardver.hu HU→EN
Positive: Elegant design; slim size and lightweight; good touchpad.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/03/2016
Source: Notegear KO→EN
Positive: Very good workmanship; long battery life; good performance. Negative: Average cooling system.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/12/2016
Model: The Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA-GS039T is a ultra portable laptop ideal for personal or business usage on the go. It measures at 296 x 11.9 x 191.2 mm. A 11.9 mm laptop is considered really thin and it directly competes with the 12 inch Macbook. With a weight of 910 g, it is even lighter than a MacBook 2016, which weighs at 920 g. In order to keep the Zenbook lightweight, yet solid, it features an all-metal uni-body case moulded from a single sheet of aerospace grade aluminium. Asus also added a special design with 2-phase anodizing process to create golden highlights at the edge of the laptop. There are three colors of the laptop to select from, which are Rose Gold, Royal Blue, and Quartz Grey. However, the royal blue version may cost slightly more in some countries, since the color extends to the keyboard and the gold lining around it covers the keys as well. In some ways, the Zenbook looks prettier than the Macbook and Asus claims that it is also stronger than the Macbook.
For hardware specification, it is packed with an Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB DDR3 RAM, an Intel HD Graphics 620 graphic card, and a 512 GB SSD. The processor can achieve a clock speed of up to 3.5 GHz with Turbo. This hardware specification can easily perform multiple tasks at the same time without lag, which is crucial for business laptops. The inclusion of an i7 processor is also something amazing considering its thickness. The Macbook only manages to squeeze in an Intel M processor, which isn't really built for serious usage, to keep its thin profile. As for the display, it comes with a 12.5-inch Full HD LED backlit display. The screen features a wide 72% NTSC color gamut and a TV-grade 1000:1 contrast ratio for ultra-realistic visuals. The screen is protected by edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass 4, in order to withstand minor scratch and damage. It has an integrated webcam with a resolution of 0.3 MP for video telephone, which is essential for a business laptop.
The Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA-GS039T features a Li-Polymer 40 Wh 6 cell battery capable of delivering up to 9 hours of battery life. The Windows 10 Macbook competitor is equipped with two integrated Harman Kardon Stereo speakers and another two 5-magnet speakers which make it an array of four separate high-quality speakers. It runs on Asus SonicMaster Technology to deliver cinematic surround sound. This really enhances the Zenbook 3's audio capabilities making it better than the Macbook's. The keyboard of the Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA-GS039T is a full-size gold backlit chiclet keyboard with a fingerprint sensor built in the touchpad. A key travel of 0.8 mm key makes the keyboard very effortless to use and allows fast typing. A fingerprint sensor makes for fast and easy authentication without typing password or PIN. However, both the keyboard and touchpad fall behind the Macbook in terms of usability. For connectivity, the laptop features a dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth v4.1. As for input/output ports, it includes a USB 3.1 Type C (10 GB/s) with DisplayPort support, audio-out, S/PDIF, and an SD card reader. The Zenbook 3 is definitely a better choice when compared to the Macbook. It offers greater specs but its keyboard and touchpad lacks the smoothness found in the Macbook.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa RajarathnamIntel HD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2) found on some Kaby-Lake CPU models (15 W ULV series). Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
7500U: Kaby-Lake based SoC with two CPU cores clocked at 2.7 to 3.5 GHz, HyperThreading and manufactured with an improved 14nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
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Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).
83.67%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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