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The ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe has a 14-inch display and more ports

By Bryan Chan & Koh Wanzi - on 6 Jan 2017, 4:02pm

The ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe has a 14-inch display and more ports

ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe

One of the more attractive MacBook alternatives on the market just got even better. The just-announce thed ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe retains the same elegant design as its predecessor, but it is now a far more functional machine with a bigger 14-inch display and three USB-C ports.

First announced at Computex 2016, the original ZenBook 3 was by no means a bad machine, but it still faced the same limitations that most MacBook owners know all too well with just a single USB-C port.

That’s changed now with the ZenBook 3 Deluxe, where two of the USB-C ports also support Thunderbolt 3. Of course, you’ll still need a dongle to interface with a USB Type-A device, but at least you can charge the notebook and plug in an external drive at the same time.

ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe ports

ASUS has equipped it with top-notch hardware as well, to the tune of a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to a 1TB SSD.

The larger 14-inch display still has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, but the impressive part is that ASUS has squeezed that display into the body of a 13-inch laptop, courtesy of the thin bezels. This is similar to what Dell did with the XPS 13, and it is really a wholly sensible choice because it does a lot for usability, portability, and aesthetics.

These extra features mean that the ZenBook 3 Deluxe is slightly thicker and heavier than the original, but it is a small price to pay for the added functionality. The increases in thickness and weight are small anyway – the ZenBook 3 weighs 910g and is 11.9mm thick, while the Deluxe tips the scales at 1.1kg and is 12.9mm thick.

Finally, the backlit keyboard has been tweaked slightly for a better experience. According to ASUS, there is now 1.2mm of key travel, compared to 0.8mm on the ZenBook 3. Shallow key travel distance was a weakness on the ZenBook 3 (as it is on many notebooks this size), so this change should improve the typing experience somewhat.

Key travel distance on the keyboard has been improved.

The ZenBook 3 Deluxe will be available only in May at US$1,699 (~RM7,602).

More on CES 2017 here.