Zenbook 3 Deluxe now available from ASUS
The Zenbook 3 Deluxe from ASUS is what the company would call a “Zennovation.” Marketing puns aside, the premium nature of the device is readily apparent. ASUS touts the craftsmanship of the device by keeping a similar profile to most 13-inch laptops, despite the inclusion of a bigger 14-inch panel featuring Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Additionally, the panel on the Deluxe boasts 100% sRGB coverage and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio – meaning that ASUS ensured users will be able to make the absolute most of that 14-inch real-estate.
Not to be outdone by the externals, the internals have seen an upgrade as well. Inside, consumers will find a core i7-7500U Intel Kaby Lake processor, up to a 1 TB PCIe SSD, a 46Wh lithium-polymer battery, and up to 16GB of LPDDR3 memory clocked at 2,133MHz. ASUS also included two Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB 3.1 Type-C ports this time – an improvement over the Zenbook 3's single port. ASUS managed to pack these upgraded internals into a body a mere few ounces heavier (weighing in at 2.42 pounds) with just a hair of added thickness – rounding out to 0.5-inches thick.
As outlined by the company’s own product description, the “Zenbook 3 Deluxe has a very simple design philosophy: Never compromise.” Indeed, no attention to detail was spared in the revamping of the Zenbook 3 to the Deluxe, as even the sometimes griped about keyboard was redesigned with low-travel keys, a precision touch-pad, and a Windows Hello-ready fingerprint sensor. In addition, with the device’s new color offerings coupled with the golden ASUS logo found on the lid, the Deluxe gives off an image fitting to its name. ASUS hopes that if the original Zenbook 3 was not already a compelling buy, the Deluxe will allow them to keep an edge up on its competitors, such as the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the LG Gram 14, and the Dell XPS 13.
The core i7 model of the Zenbook 3 Deluxe is now available online for $1,699 through ASUS, Amazon, and Newegg. Check here if you would like to see our review of the original Zenbook 3.