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ASUS Zenbook 3 UX390UA Series

alaTest has collected and analyzed 130 reviews of ASUS Zenbook 3 UX390UA Series. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Views about the size and screen are overall positive. The design and performance also get good views. The reliability and energy efficiency get mixed reviews. The durability and usability get critical reviews.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the ASUS Zenbook 3 UX390UA Series is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Alaina Yee (pcworld.in)

Asus ZenBook 3 review: This MacBook clone is powerful but too faithful to the original

 

If you like to travel light, compromise is a way of life. We've seen a bounty of ultraportable laptops this year, and everyone of them has had to give at least a little on weight, price, hardware, or build quality.

2016-10

Expert review by: Bikram Singh Negi (techmagnifier.com)

Asus ZenBook 3 Review- Strongest Competitor for the MacBook

 

ZenBook 3 is a premium notebook from Asus that packs the latest set of features underneath a beautifully crafted body, and competes against Apple MacBook.

• Sleek and lightweight design ; • Bold and vibrant display ; • Lightning fast ; • Long lasting battery life ; • Novel cooling engine ; • Loud and premium audio output

• Keyboard isn’t very user friendly ; • Build quality is suspect ; • Lacks enough connection ports

Asus ZenBook 3 is one of the strongest competitors to the Apple MacBook. While on one hand MacBook offers you a better built quality offering a less powerful CPU setup, the ZenBook 3 is packed with a more powerful CPU underneath a delightfully...

2017-05

Expert review by: Swapnil Mathur (indianexpress.com)

Asus Zenbook 3 UX390 Review: Sleek and powerful, but the price tag is high

 

Asus Zenbook 3 has several good things going for it. The minute it comes out of the box, it feels very premium with its full metal build.

In comparison to the Macbook, the Asus Zenbook 3 UX390 manages to pack a marginally bigger screen, a newer and more powerful processor along with double the RAM all in a sleek, elegant body that is thinner and lighter than the offering. There’s no...

2016-11

Expert review by: Jason Cipriani (techradar.com)

Asus ZenBook 3 review

 

Svelte, portable, powerful

Crystal clear display ; Lightweight and very portable ; Reliable fingerprint sensor

Weird fingerprint sensor placement ; A single USB-C port

The Zenbook 3 looks the part of a slick and powerful ultra-portable laptop, only with a mushy keyboard and odd fingerprint sensor placement.

2017-09

Expert review by: Andrew Williams (pocket-lint.com)

Asus ZenBook 3 review: A super-thin MacBook killer?

 

Where Apple goes, others follow. The Asus ZenBook 3 is this effect in action, taking the much-loved ZenBook design, removing most of the ports and squashing down the keyboard. The Asus ZenBook 3 is one of the slimmest, lightest, most...

Great screen, really lightweight, good-looking design

Poor trackpad, just shy of all-day battery life, expensive

The Asus ZenBook 3 is one of the slimmest, lightest, most like-a-MacBook-but-not-a-MacBook Windows laptops you'll find.

2017-03

Expert review by: Sebastian Jentsch (notebookcheck.net)

Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA-GS041T Notebook Review

 

Clear direction. Everything comes at a price. If you want super thin, you will have to waive ports – but not performance! After the throttling issues of the HP Spectre 13, the world's thinnest notebook, Asus can pull it off: Performance like a big...

very light and thin, compact dimensions, one-day runtime, sturdy but not completely torsion-resistant, performance without throttling, firm key stroke, ClickPad enables fast workflow, clear microphone recordings, reliable login via fingerprint,...

not many ports, unusable webcam, shallow key travel, limited feedback, weak ClickPad feedback, speakers without bass

The ZenBook 3 UX390UA-GS041T can easily secure a spot among the top subnotebooks – but at the lower end of the ranking. Apple's MacBook 12 (Early 2016), Dell's XPS 13 9360 QHD+ i7, and HP's EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA manage better overall ratings, but...

Expert review by: Brett Howse (anandtech.com)

The ASUS ZenBook 3 Review: A Convincing Case for Quad Core Thin & Light Laptops

 

ASUS is a company that doesn't shy away from the latest technology, and with the new ZenBook 3 UX490UA, they've updated one of their thinnest and lightest machines to include the latest Intel 8th Generation processors. It's likely no surprise to any of...

There’s a lot of good things to say about the ZenBook 3, and not a lot to complain about. It offers everything you’d expect in a modern Ultrabook, and more, and it does it all in a thin, light, and well-designed package that should please almost...

2017-11

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Expert review by: Christopher Minasians (expertreviews.co.uk)

Asus ZenBook 3 review: A proper Apple MacBook substitute

 

Looks good, feels great and works wonders - Asus' ZenBook 3 is a Windows 10-powered ultraportable marvel

Superbly thin ; Lavish build quality ; Excellent Kaby Lake performance

Disappointing battery life ; Only one USB Type-C port

For just £955, you get a Windows 10 ultraportable that’s just as svelte as its Apple rival with a significant performance advantage. If you’re unsure of switching to macOS or you’re thinking of making the move to Windows for the first time, this...

2017-08

Expert review by: Andrew Williams (techadvisor.co.uk)

Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA review

 

Undercutting Apple is one thing, but compromising on keyboard, trackpad and screen is quite another. Asus has designed a beautiful laptop, but it's not without its flaws. Here's our Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA review

The Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA is an extremely light laptop and one that doesn’t compromise performance or kill battery life as a result. It’s also more affordable than some of the alternatives, particularly in its entry-level spec. However, we’re not...

2017-01

Expert review by: Michael Passingham (trustedreviews.com)

Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA

 

The ZenBook 3 has redefined the Ultrabook, with the lightest and thinnest Intel Core i-powered laptop on the planet. However, as you might expect, the compromises that are made when you shrink a laptop down are notable, but certainly not deal-breakers.

2016-12

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:SonicMaster Premium
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:4
Speakers manufacturer:Harman Kardon

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):40
Battery life (max):9
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Polymer
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black, Blue / Blue / Blue, Gold / Blue, Grey / Gold, Grey / Gold, Grey, Silver / Gold, Pink / Grey / Pink gold / Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Intel segment tagging:Enterprise
Product Type:Notebook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:300
Display diagonal:31.8
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:Full HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Touchscreen:N / No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model:N / No / Not available
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 32
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x5916 / 1916
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 620 / Intel® HD Graphics 520
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard layout:AZERTY
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16 / 8
Memory clock speed:1866 / 2133
Memory form factor:On-board

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:N / No / Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N / No

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Power cord included:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:2.25
AC adapter output voltage:20
AC adapter power:45

Processor

Bus type:OPI
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1 / 1x4,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.10 / 3.5 / 3.50
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Kaby Lake / Skylake
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-7xxx / Intel Core i7-7xxx
Processor frequency:2.5 / 2.50 / 2.7 / 2.70
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:i5-7200U / I7-6500U / i7-7500U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-6500 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA 1356 / BGA1356 / LGA 1356 (Socket B2)
Processor threads:4
Stepping:D1 / H0
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Processor ARK ID:88194 / 95443 / 95451
Processor code:SR2EZ / SR2ZU / SR2ZV
Processor package size:42 / 42 x 24
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y

Security

Fingerprint Reader:Y / Yes
Password protection: Yes
Password protection type:BIOS, User

Software

Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 / WINDOWS 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 PRO

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MMC, SD
Flash memory:256
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:1000 / 1024 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / M.2, PCI Express 3.0 / PCI Express 3.0 / SATA / Serial ATA III
SSD form factor:M.2
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:19.1 / 191 / 191.2
Height :1.19 / 11.9 / 12
Weight:910 / 950
Width:29.6 / 296