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Asus celebrates 30th anniversary with an 18-carat plated limited edition ZenBook 13 laptop

Asus celebrates 30th anniversary with a limited edition white ZenBook 13 (Source: Asus)
Asus celebrates 30th anniversary with a limited edition white ZenBook 13 (Source: Asus)
The white ZenBook 13 will sport a special Star Trek-like rose gold logo on its outer lid for a price of $1399 USD to be the most luxurious ZenBook model Asus has ever released.

After giving away thousands of dollars in prizes, Asus still isn't done with its 30th anniversary. The Taiwanese OEM has unveiled an "exclusive limited-edition ZenBook Edition 30" that's essentially a Pearl White version of the usual blue ZenBook 13. The anniversary edition will come with a hand-crafted genuine white leather carrying case and an 18-carat rose-gold logo on its lid as shown by the product shots below.

Other than the superficial changes, the ZenBook Edition 30 will be identical to the existing ZenBook 13 UX334. This includes the Whiskey lake-U Core i7-8565U CPU, GeForce MX250 GPU, ScreenPad 2.0 clickpad, MIL-STD 810G chassis, and 1080p display. The model will also be identical to the ZenBook 13 UX333 albeit without the ScreenPad on the latter. Thus, nearly all of our comments from our existing review on the standard ZenBook 13 UX333 apply here on the limited edition model.

The ZenBook Edition 30 is now available for pre-order with an expected ship date of September 13. The system will launch in the midst of several Comet lake-U and Ice Lake-U laptops from Dell, Lenovo, MSI, and others.

ASUS ZenBook Edition 30 (UX334FL)

Processor Intel® Core™ i7-8565U processor
Display 13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) NanoEdge display
178° wide-view technology
72% NTSC
Four-sided frameless design, 95% S/B ratio
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Graphics NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250, 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics 620
Memory 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard
Storage 1TB PCIe® 3.0 x4 SSD
Connectivity Wi-Fi 5 (dual-band gigabit-class 802.11ac)
Bluetooth® 5.0
Cameras 3D IR HD camera
Interfaces USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™ 
USB Gen 2 Type-A (up to 10Gbps)
USB 2.0 
HDMI
Micro SD reader
Audio combo jack
Touchpad ScreenPad
5.65” FHD+ (2160 x 1080) Super IPS display
178˚ wide-view technology
Glass-covered for fingerprint and smudge resistance
Precision touchpad (PTP) technology supports up to four-finger smart gestures
Audio ASUS SonicMaster stereo audio system, certified by Harman Kardon
Array microphone with Cortana and Alexa5 voice-recognition support
Battery 50Wh 3-cell lithium-polymer battery
Up to 13.2 hours battery life3
AC Adapter 65W power adapter, plug type: ø4 (mm)
(Output: 19V DC, 65W)
(Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz universal)
Dimensions 11.89 x 7.44 x 0.73 in
30.2 x 18.9 x 1.85cm
Weight 2.84 lb
1.29kg

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Fremont, California (August 21, 2019) — ASUS today announced the exclusive limited-edition ZenBook Edition 30 (UX334FL), a luxurious Pearl White model that has been specially designed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of ASUS, and which features a hand-crafted genuine Italian leather lid cover.

ZenBook Edition 30 

The limited-edition ASUS ZenBook Edition 30 is a unique celebration of 30 years of ASUS innovation. It draws on the ASUS heritage but is designed with an eye on the future, and features the finest leather craftsmanship as a mark of our confidence. It's an amazing laptop that is another milestone in our search for incredible.

Back in 2006, ASUS created the S6F Leather Collection, the world’s first laptop to incorporate genuine-leather panels. ZenBook Edition 30 brings a futuristic twist to that classic look, with a lid encased in luxurious Pearl White genuine Italian leather — handcrafted and hand-stitched for perfect fit and appearance — for a pure, bold style statement. The Rose Gold anodized diamond-cut edges and trim bar, accompanied by the exclusive 18-karat rose-gold-plated 30th anniversary logo on the lid, are eye-catching additions that give ZenBook Edition 30 a look of pure luxury.

ZenBook Edition 30 is exclusively equipped with a complete set of premium accessories, including a Pearl White mouse, a leather-look box and mouse pad, and a genuine-leather sleeve. It's a very special collection for a very special laptop.

New ScreenPad 2.0, ultra-compact build, and maximum performance 

The ZenBook 13 Edition 30 comes with the new ScreenPad 2.0. It upgrades the traditional laptop experience, adding an interactive secondary screen that enhances productivity. The new and intuitive smartphone-like interface enables easy task management and allows the creation of seamless multitasking workflows. Third party developers can also use the ASUS API to optimize their software and user experiences for ScreenPad. The hardware is now also more energy efficient than its predecessor, allowing for 2.5X longer2 battery life when ScreenPad is in use.

The ZenBook 13 Edition 30 features a four-sided frameless NanoEdge display, with a 95% screen-to-body ratio that gives it the world's most compact footprint in its respective class2. The result is simply breathtaking: the near-borderless visuals deliver a more immersive viewing experience with less visual distraction, making the ZenBook series the perfect choice for on-the-go creativity or entertainment.

The combination of performance and mobility is a defining feature of the ZenBook 13 Edition 30, and the new model features a full complement of high-performance components including an 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 quad-core CPU, NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 graphics, 16GB RAM, an ultrafast 1TB PCIe® SSD and gigabit-class Wi-Fi 5. Designed for non-stop, on-the-go lifestyles, the new ZenBook series gives users the freedom to work all day on a single battery charge — up to an impressive 13.2 hours for ZenBook 133.

1As of May 8, 2019 based on internal ASUS market analysis comparing ZenBook 13/14/15 laptop size to competing products in their class (laptops with a screen measuring 13.3 inches, 14 inches and 15.6 inches) from vendors including Acer, Apple, HP, Huawei, Lenovo, Microsoft and Samsung.
2Based on comparisons made when watching videos on ScreenPad 2.0 UX562FDX (7.8 hours) and ScreenPad UX580GE (3.03 hours).
3Battery life test configuration: Intel® Core™ i5-8265U, 8GB RAM, FHD display, 256GB PCIe® SSD. Battery tests conducted by ASUSin June 2019 using the MobileMark® 2014 Office Productivity scenario. Test settings: Wi-Fi enabled, display brightness set to 150nits, ScreenPad turned off. Actual battery life may vary depending on product configuration, usage, operational conditions and power management settings. Battery life will decrease over the lifetime of the battery. With ScreenPad turned on, the battery life was 9.4 hours for ZenBook 13
4Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at www.asus.com

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Allen Ngo, 2019-08-25 (Update: 2019-08-25)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.