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ASUS Zenbook 3 UX390UA Series

alaTest has collected and analyzed 127 reviews of ASUS Zenbook 3 UX390UA Series. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the size and screen. The design and performance also get good reviews, whereas there are some critical comments about the durability and usability. Reviews about the reliability and energy efficiency are mixed.

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battery, price, keyboard, usability, durability

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: 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...

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

The bottom line: Our quick verdict on the ASUS ZenBook 3

 

The ZenBook 3 does a decent job of mimicking the MacBook's design while also cramming in faster hardware. But the combination of a hard-to-use keyboard and trackpad, along with build quality concerns, make it difficult to recommend.

Thin and light design comparable to the MacBook ; As fast as other high-end ultraportables ; Vibrant screen ; Comes with a mini-dock for extra ports

Keyboard and trackpad are difficult to use ; Fingerprint sensor placement makes no sense ; Build quality is suspect

Oct, 2016

DT Recommended Product

Expert review by: Matt Smith (digitaltrends.com)

Asus Zenbook 3 UX390UA review

 

Fast, slim, and handsome, Asus' Zenbook 3 is the super-slim laptop to beat.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Asus ZenBook 3 review

 

When is a MacBook not a MacBook? There's a long history of PC makers selling computers that have a striking resemblance to one of Apple's laptops. Sometimes this is in the form of a subtle homage, other times, it's a literal attack of the clones. We'd...

Powerful Core i7 processor in a slim, portable package with an excellent touchpad. A helpful USB-C mini-dock is included.

The 12.5-inch display is locked at 1,920x1,080 resolution, and it isn't a touchscreen. Lots of extra bloatware. Battery life isn't as good as the MacBook. Other similarly configured systems cost less.

The Asus ZenBook 3 mimics many of the best features of Apple's 12-inch MacBook, but in a Windows version with a more powerful processor.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Alaina Yee (pcworld.com)

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

 

You get great performance in this compact ultrabook, thanks to a 15-watt Kaby Lake processor and other high-end parts, but its single port for data and charging limits its general appeal.

Fast, smooth performance ; Very compact and portable ; Excellent battery life

Just one port for both data transfer and charging ; Unpleasant keyboard

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA

 

Designed to beat the MacBook and competitors like the HP Spectre at their superslim game, the Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA tips the scales at just 2 pounds but offers heavyweight performance, thanks to an optional 7th-Generation Core i7 CPU and a...

Oct, 2016

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: (pcmag.com)

Asus ZenBook 3 (UX390UA)

 

Although it's one of the thinnest and lightest laptops we've seen, the slick Asus ZenBook 3 still manages to deliver outstanding battery life and performance with its Intel "Kaby Lake" Core i7 processor.

One of the thinnest laptops on the market. Excellent performance and battery life. Strong speakers. Fingerprint reader. Windows 10 Pro.

Single integrated USB-C port. Internal fans run often. Display is limited to full HD panel. No Thunderbolt 3 support. Slippery touchpad.

With the ZenBook 3, Asus has shrunk the Core i7 laptop to amazingly slender proportions—only the HP Spectre 13 is thinner. Though the ZenBook 3 costs a few hundred dollars more than the Spectre, it bests it on every spec and performance measure, except...

Expert review by: Koh Wanzi (hardwarezone.com)

ASUS ZenBook 3 review: When Windows 10 meets the MacBook

 

The ASUS ZenBook 3 is the company's take on a MacBook challenger. At just 11.9mm thick and weighing 910g, this is one of the most portable laptops on the market right now. It also comes equipped with Intel's latest Kaby Lake processors, which offer...

Extremely sleek and attractive design ; Features more powerful U-series processors despite slim build ; Very light and portable ; Good battery life

Only one USB Type-C port ; Shallow key travel distance ; No high resolution display option

That being said, this is the

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Tim Schiesser (techspot)

Asus ZenBook 3 Review Tim Schiesser

 

Of all the ultrathin laptops I've reviewed, the ZenBook is most like Apple's MacBook from a design perspective. It packs a 12.5" display, an edge-to-edge keyboard, and a single USB-C port for charging and all connectivity. Where the ZenBook pulls away...

Excellent thin and light metal build. Packs all the performance of a full-power 'Kaby Lake' processor. More affordable than the MacBook for better hardware.

Only one USB-C port is bad. Average battery life and keyboard.

Nov, 2016

Product Specifications

Audio

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

Battery

Battery Capacity:40
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

Color of product:Black, Blue / Blue / Blue, Gold / Blue, Grey / Gold, Grey / Gold, Grey, Silver / Grey / Pink gold / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Intel segment tagging:Enterprise
Product type:Notebook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:300
Display Diagonal:12.5
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

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

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:32
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: 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
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 620
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY
Keyboard type:AZERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: 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: No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type: No

Packaging Data

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

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: 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 / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:i5-7200U / i7-7500U
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.5 / 3.50
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Kaby Lake
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core i5-7xxx / Intel Core i7-7xxx
Processor frequency:2.5 / 2.7 / 2.70
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:i5-7200U / i7-7500U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor socket:BGA1356
Processor threads:4
Stepping:H0
System bus data transfer rate:4
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI:N / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:95443 / 95451
Processor code:SR2ZU / SR2ZV
Processor package size:42 x 24
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Fingerprint reader: Yes
Password protection:BIOS, User / Y
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
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 / Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces: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:7.52 / 7.53
Height:0.469 / 0.472
Weight:32.1 / 33.5
Width:11.7