Asus Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX490UA
Average of 11 scores (from 23 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX490UA
Coming in at RM8,299, it also costs a lot of money. However, you are getting some of the best hardware in the market right now. While I personally think that the ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe is a stellar performer, and one that hits most of the right notes for an ultra-portable laptop, the reality is that this kind of performance and experience comes with a price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/06/2017
The ASUS Zenbook 3 Deluxe doesn’t fall far from the tree. It sports the same sleek and premium built of its predecessor, the Zenbook 3. However, their difference lies in certain aspects — this one got a larger display, larger SSD capacity, and bigger battery. Nevertheless, it’s a worthy a successor and if you are willing to spend Php104,995 on a laptop that is compact, premium, and powerful, then this one will surely satisfy you.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/24/2017
Source: Trusted Reviews
Starting at £1200 and rising to beyond £1700, the ZenBook 3 Deluxe needed to be next-to-flawless to justify its price. However, a shortfall in battery life, an overly active fan and a slightly dodgy touchpad mean it doesn’t quite pass all the tests necessary of a premium laptop.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/13/2017
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 80%
Asus has packed a 14-inch screen into a compact, solidly built yet lightweight chassis, although the screen's moderate resolution and lack of touch support will be an issue for some. The claims made for the quad speaker setup seem overblown, though, and Asus should reconsider the positioning of the power button and absence of an SD card reader. Some buyers (and their IT managers) might also hanker for Windows 10 Pro rather than Home.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/06/2017
Rating: Total score: 82%
Source: PC Mag
The Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe is the thinnest 14-inch ultraportable laptop we've seen yet, but whiny fan noise and short battery life spoil the deal.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/31/2017
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Hardware Zone
In summary, the ZenBook 3 Deluxe is a good effort from ASUS that comes oh so close to perfection. It is well designed, thin, and very light, but what prevented us from giving it a higher score is its short battery life, audible fan noise and performance throttling issues. If these aspects things don’t bother you because you typically have light productivity needs, then the ZenBook 3 Deluxe is a supremely attractive and portable notebook with a larger than usual display (14 inches) for its form factor. These are the most salient highlights of this notebook.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/06/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 75% performance: 70% mobility: 85% workmanship: 95%
Source: Hot Hardware
In the end, the ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA offers the kind of excellent performance we expect from Kaby Lake-based Core i7 ultrabooks, and respectable battery life. It’s a solid productivity machine that looks great. However, it definitely occupies a premium price segment, which might make it harder to overlook its 1080p display and arguably less than solid feel.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/03/2017
Source: Ultrabook Review
The Zenbook UX490 is an excellently crafted laptop with a beautiful, compact and light body, but also a very good keyboard, top-tier hardware specs and decent connectivity. However, in my opinion Asus somewhat sacrificed practicality for the sake of aesthetics on this computer, as the rather dim and glossy screen, the 46Wh battery and the potential throttling on higher loads (details in the article) are just not delivering the flawless experience I would expect from a premium computer that costs $1699 and up.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/24/2017
Rating: Total score: 75%
Asus slips a big screen into the thin body of the ZenBook 3 Deluxe, but the battery isn’t as upscale as the design.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/21/2017
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90%
Aside from the minor niggles, we really can’t find a fault with the ZenBook 3 Deluxe. It’s incredibly beautiful, well built, has pretty capable hardware plus the legs to go the distance on a single charge. But as always, there’s a catch – and that’s the price. The ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490 starts at Php 81,995 for the 256GB model, and goes up to Php 104995 for the 1TB model that was in the notebook that we reviewed. That pricing makes it a pretty expensive notebook.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/18/2017
The ZenBook 3 Deluxe is a premium machine, but you're paying a lot for the unique aethestic and top-tier innards. It's great you can get a travel-friendly ultraportable with phenomenal speakers and a head-turning design, but you're going to have to pay for it.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/07/2017
Source: Laptop Mag
The Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA is an incredibly slim laptop with breathtaking looks, a vivid display and a comfortable keyboard. On the surface, it's easy to fall in love with this comely clamshell. The biggest ding to the device is its poor battery life, coming in under 7 hours in our tests. At least you can use an external webcam to replace the poor, low-res one that comes built in, but you shouldn't have to do that on a $1,700 machine. If you can handle a thicker laptop, consider the Dell XPS 13, which is still our favorite notebook. It lasts longer on a charge, and offers strong performance and a wide variety of ports. Although you can get it starting at $800, I'd recommend starting at the $1,000 or $1,350 configurations for better specs. If you were looking at dropping $1,700 on the ZenBook 3, that's a deal. But if you're going for style points, the ZenBook 3 Deluxe earns top marks. Whether you're at work, the office or home, someone's going to notice your laptop.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Computer Shopper
The ZenBook 3 Deluxe makes it on our list of notebooks that look and feel at least as expensive as they are. The blue and gold design of our review unit looked classy from every angle. As a matter of fact, it could be hard to see from some angles; at 0.51 inch, this is one seriously thin 14-incher, and we weren’t able to find anything thinner. And despite its svelte chassis, the ZenBook 3 Deluxe had impeccable quality and strength.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
Asus clearly looks to boost its ZenBook line with the Deluxe to not just compete against the 12-inch MacBook, but now the new entry-level MacBook Pro. The thing is, though, that with the MacBook Pro, you’re getting a far sharper screen for 200 bucks less.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/06/2017
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Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/13/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
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Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/04/2017
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Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/20/2017
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Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/10/2017
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Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/09/2017
Rating: Total score: 89% performance: 88% display: 90% mobility: 88% workmanship: 90%
Source: Noticias 3D ES→EN
Positive: High performance; slim size; light weight; excellent design; solid workmanship; good connectivity. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/31/2017
Source: Geeknetic ES→EN
Positive: Compact size; premium design; lightweight; powerful hardware; good speakers. Negative: Many bloatwares; poor display.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/12/2017
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Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/19/2017
Rating: Total score: 75%
Source: Go4it.ro →EN
Positive: Nice design; high autonomy; long battery life; good performance. Negative: Uncomfortable keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/01/2017
Model: Asus announced an update to the ZenBook line with the ZenBook 3 Deluxe. The Asus Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX490UA is a super-thin 13-inch laptop with a 14-inch screen. The size of a laptop doesn't necessarily mean that its screen is that big. In fact, due to the extra space that a screen's bezels take up, a laptop's display is usually smaller than its advertised size. Knowing this, Asus outfitted the ZenBook 3 Deluxe with supremely thin bezels (7.46 mm wide) to give the notebook the biggest possible screen area. Some might be disappointed by the screen’s Full HD resolution, but the display does not disappoint on image quality. The display’s glossy Gorilla Glass looks great, and colors pop in the same way they did on the ZenBook 3. Asus says it’ll cover 100% of the sRGB color gamut, which will be great for photographers and people who enjoy vibrant colors. The ZenBook 3 Deluxe takes its design cues from its little brother, the original ZenBook 3. It's one of the most beautiful premium laptops on the market. The aluminum navy-blue lid uses Asus' trademark concentric circles with a golden logo. Along the edge of the lid, a user will find a gold accent. Lifting the lid reveals the 14-inch, 1080p display and more navy blue. Specifically, the keyboard is blue with gold lettering (and gold-tinted backlighting), while the deck and touchpad are coated in that same beautiful blue. It's subtle enough to be professional, but still attractive enough to turn heads.
The internal components are very similar to the ZenBook 3's. User gets a choice of Intel Core i5-7200U or i7-7500U processors, both of which are dual-core and well suited to photo editing and moderate office work. They’re paired with 16 GB of DDR4 memory running at 2,133 MHz, super-fast PCIe SSDs up to 1 TB in capacity. There’s 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 as well. The backlit keyboard has a slightly deeper 1.2mm of travel, which makes a big difference to the typing feel. The touchpad, meanwhile, feels fine and responsive and the useful fingerprint scanner on the top-right corner makes a welcome return. There are four separate speakers inside the ZenBook 3 Deluxe. Considering how impressive the audio on the original ZenBook 3 was, these are ought to be even better. At 1.22 kg (2.7 pounds) and 33.92 x 21.34 x 1.27 cm (13 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches), the ZenBook 3 Deluxe is both thinner and lighter than most of the competition, though it has a slightly larger footprint thanks to its 14-inch display. There are more ports than the ZenBook 3 as well. There is a total of three USB-C connectors, all of which can be used for charging. Two of the ports support ThunderBolt 3 for connecting high-performance displays and storage, while the third is a plain USB 3.1 connector. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack, but no SD card slot. The Zenbook 3 Deluxe is definitely a premium offering by Asus but it does come at a heavy price.
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Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
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).
75.36%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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