Pros: * Size - This thing is a hair larger than the MacBook 12.
* Power - Given the size, it's a miracle this thing doesn't have the M processors. Everything is fast.
* Speakers - Really good speakers for any laptop. Not the absolute best I've heard, but that was on a 2000 dollar laptop.
* SOLID build - Body have very little flex. It's a chunk of aluminum.
* Weight - 2lbs. For traveling, it's barely noticeable.
* Battery Life - I routinely get 10-11 hours of juice out of this thing. (See my use in the "other" section)
* Keyboard - I'm so happy to be rid of Apple's butterfly switches. I lean toward more of a touch typer, and the .8mm key travel is perfect for my style of typing.... This is really a subjective aspect, though.
* Trackpad - Glass!!! About. Darn. Time.
Cons: * Single USB-C port - I'm fine with using dongles when necessary, but Asus charges 69.99 for their dock! That's pretty ridiculous given what it is. The good thing is there are cheaper alternatives on other sites (Really Newegg???). Read the reviews of those to make sure you're getting a good quality one.
* WebCam - I don't really care about this as I disabled it entirely, but for those reading this... it's not great.
* Keyboard lettering - So the keys are silver, and the letters are just transparent parts of the keys (to allow backlighting through). Depending on the angle at which you're sitting to the keyboard, you could be perfectly fine, or you might have a hard time seeing the key letters.
* No automatic keyboard backlighting? - This relates to the prior con. At dawn/dusk/lower light scenarios, the lack of letter contrast on the keys can make it difficult to see letters. Having a light sensor to automatically kick the backlight on would negate this. Perhaps it exists, I haven't been able to find it.
Overall Review: A little background about me and my use. I'm a consultant for an enterprise/solution architecture realm. I travel about 50% of the time and work the rest from my home office. My typical application usage includes IDEs, Office, Citrix/VMs, and client specific applications. So it's not quite just Netflix and IE, but not heavy video encoding. I did make a couple of tweaks (balanced profile) to get that battery life:
* On Battery CPU Max : 75%
* Screen brightness: 50-75% usually
-This didn't appear to affect noticeable performance.
I've been a Mac user in the past, but the productivity hurdles, price/performance, compatibilities, and OS in general has driven me to wanting something else. The only thing that was keeping me in the Mac realm was the build quality. But that's now changed with the Zenbook 3. I don't have to sacrifice power for portability. I don't have deal with Apples ecosystem. And it's cheaper.
Pros: - Small
- Powerful for its size and class
Cons: - BLUE SCREEN - Believe it or not, this laptop blue screens quite often (2-3 times a week of daily 6 hrs/day of use), more than my other laptops running windows 10. Most of the time, the blue screen happens when you hear the CPU fan running for a period and laptop is more toward the warmer side.
- The finger scrolling with the touch pad does NOT work for some applications such as Chrome. I've tried updating the drivers and software to the latest and still experienced this problem.
- The fingerprint logon accuracy is very poor. Most of the times, my fingerprint will failed the 3rd attempt and therefore always forces me to type my password instead.
- Headphone jack. I've been experiencing times when I'm watching a video, the headphone jack just stops working randomly. To fix it, I will need to temporarily re-plug my headphones into the jack. However, the problem occurs again after resuming from a paused video. Therefore, I had to re-plug my headphones every time I resume from a paused video.
- Finally, customer support was pretty bad, was telling me to do basic stuff such as reboot and factory restore. (btw they all didn't work and was a complete waste of time)
Overall Review: After using this laptop for about four months, I feel I really need to write about it since I feel there's no one complaining about it yet... Maybe I am the only one experiencing these problems since I did buy it the day it became available on Newegg.
(Still got an egg for the portability, else would've given it no eggs if possible)
Pros: - Impressive tech specs crammed into a very elegant, thin design.
- Good battery life combined with light weight and thin design make this a very elegant solution for getting things done on the run. I can run resource-intensive MATLAB scripts on this machine with no issues. I can control a mixer through MIDI software. This is a very capable machine.
- Destroys technical performance of the Macbook in the same price range.
Cons: - If you care about hooking up multiple USB devices, you will need to buy yourself a USB-C hub.
- Max resolution 1080p -- this is NOT a con if you're just going to be using the notebook display, since your eyes are diffraction limited to near 1080p for a 12.5" screen. If projecting in 4k is important for you (again, your eyes will NOT see the benefit of a 4k resolution on a small screen), then you may want to consider an option with a 4k res, as there are plenty in the 1500+ price range.
Overall Review: - I love this notebook and bring it around with me everywhere I go.
- You cannot beat the Zenbook 3 tech if you are looking for a combination of portable and powerful. Obviously you can't game on this machine, but you don't buy a portable notebook for that.
Pros: It's very light and small
Cons: No USB port
Pros: Small, thin and very light. It runs Fedora 25 perfectly and everything works without any additional configuration except the fingerprint reader. So if you prefer Linux over Windows and don't use or need the fingerprint reader this laptop is a solid option for you! One thing that isn't documented is the carry sleeve that comes with it which is also very nice because it keeps it protected when you are carrying it around.
Cons: Only has one USB-C port and the dock that is included with it only has one USB 3.0 port and an HDMI port. If you want more than one USB 3.0 port or want an RJ45 port for wired networking you are going to have to buy an additional $150 dock to get that. Other reviews talk about that being a benefit of this laptop that they include a basic dock but it isn't very useful and I had to buy the $150 mini dock so I could have more than one USB 3.0 port. In other words the basic dock that comes with it is better than nothing but at the same time not super useful if you need more than one USB 3.0 port or wired networking. I would have preferred they included the better dock and just charged a little more myself.
Overall Review: If you are trying to decide between the silver or blue one I own both and have left reviews of both. I do not recommend you buy the silver one unless you have perfect eyesight and are okay with having the back-light on all the time. Read my review of the silver one for more information on that.
Pros: good looking, lightweight
Cons: only the ONE USB-C port and one multi port for headphones or a mic. Had to buy separately a USB-C dock. After using the dock for a few weeks, everything seemed fine. Then I started having trouble with an HDMI and LAN connection on the dock. I found if I manipulated the dock it would start working again, so I thought it was the dock. I purchased several other docks from different manufacturers and they all have trouble working right with this computer. I am convinced the one port on the computer is the problem. Now I will have to see how the warranty process works with trying to get the computer fixed.
Overall Review: I will NEVER buy another computer with that only has such a fragile USB-C port again....so no, I would not buy this computer again.
Pros: - Lightweight and compact.
- Lightning fast boot up and shut down.
- Great battery life.
I am in love with my ZenBook 3. I have had it for 2 weeks now, and have nothing to complain about thus far. It is everything I wanted in a laptop for school. As a university student, I need something light and small to carry around campus, but still powerful and responsive. This PC fits the bill. At first I was unsure about the screen size, as my desktop has a 24 inch monitor and my previous laptop had a 15 inch screen; however, I have had no trouble adjusting. In fact, I am even using it at home for all school applications and have reserved my desktop for gaming. I have no issues with the battery life on the ZenBook 3. I generally use it on Battery Saver mode to maximize the longevity and find I am easily getting 9+ hours of use. The trackpad is ultra smooth and very sensitive. If you choose to use a mouse, as I do much of the time, you might want to disable the trackpad with mouse use.
Cons: - Must use the included dongle for USB and HDMI connectivity, or purchase a hub.
I have listed this as a con, only because I know it might be an issue for some people. I like to use a mouse with my ZenBook, but I am not at all inconvenienced by using the included dongle or the hub I purchased for additional connectivity.
Overall Review: - I highly recommend this product to those who are looking for portability without compromising performance.
- If I had it to do over, I would absolutely purchase the ZenBook 3 again.
Pros: Small, thin and light with good battery life and excellent Linux support. Runs Fedora 25 flawlessly and everything but the fingerprint reader works perfectly with no additional configuration.
Cons: Markings on the keyboard keys are almost impossible to see with the back-light off. It arrived with a dead battery which for a few minutes had me thinking I got a defective unit because it wouldn't turn on but worked fine after charging it.
Overall Review: I have two of these; one with the i7 (Blue) that I bought for myself and one with the i5 (Silver) I purchased for my 67 year old mother for her birthday. In the case of the one with the i5 and the silver color the markings on the keyboard are almost impossible to see unless you have the keyboard back-light turned on. I have perfect eyesight and I can hardly see the markings on the keyboard when the keyboard back-light is turned off so it makes me wonder how ASUS could let this slip and how none of the other review sites mention it. Because the keys are silver and the markings are a very faint white there is just no contrast between them and you have to look really close to see the markings on the keyboard. If you are trying to decide between the Silver or the Blue one my advice is to avoid the silver one unless you have operfect eyesight like me and are okay with having the keyboard back-light on all the time.
On the blue one with the i7 this issue isn't present and the markings on the keyboard are very easy to see. Because of this I do not recommend you buy the silver one especially if you have less than perfect eyesight because you will have to run the keyboard back-light all the time just to make out the keys which means shorter battery life. I have always been a huge fan of ASUS and have been very happy with all the ASUS products I have owned over the years but this one not so much. My mother is still able to use it but she has to keep the keyboard back-light on all the time and use it in a dark room so the lights from the keyboard is visible to her. Overall it is still a good laptop but if I had known the markings on the keyboard were so difficult to see I would have purchased the Blue one with the i7 for her instead.