ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA-XS74-BL, this is a high-end ultrabook for the people who are looking for both prestige and performance. Coming with high specifications and amazing features, this is an excellently crafted laptop with a beautiful, compact and light body. Truly, this ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe looks like a premium model and has the performance of a desktop.
ASUS UX490UA-XS74 comes and powered with 7th-Generation Kaby Lake Intel Core i7-7500U Processor. This is a dual-core processor with a cache size of 4MB and a base frequency of 2.7 GHz that can be boosted up to 3.5 GHz under turbo mode. This processor will meet your computing needs, such as moderate multitasking and other daily tasks or heavier usage such as photo & video editing, running virtual machines or even programming.
This ASUS ZenBook 3 also comes with a system memory of 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3. It is soldered onboard so there no chance to be upgraded. And actually, it doesn’t need to upgrade because the amount of the memory is certainly enough for the needs of most common users. This amount prove sufficient for handling any professional photography art works, running moderate video editing software, processing large data sets and whatever tasks you may throw on it.
As for the storage space, a 512GB PCIE M.2 Solid State Drive completes this ultrabook. This is a high speed SSD storage unit which is faster, more energy efficient and reliable than a mechanical HDD. If you probably think that the amount is not enough for keeping your file, then you may invest on an external HDD with large capacity. A tip: If you invest on the external HHD, use it to keep all your data file and media collection, while the SSD is for hosting the operating system and other important software. So, you will experience the system runs faster since the SSD is faster than HDD.
To avoid the laptop from getting overheat, ZenBook 3 Deluxe utilizes liquid-crystal-polymer fan impeller with a 0.3mm thick only and a copper-alloy heat pipe with a copper-alloy heat pipe with wall thickness of 0.1 mm. This cooling system will gently expel the warm air from the inside through hidden vents in the hinge.
ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA-XS74-BL is said as 13-inch laptop with a 14-inch screen. That’s true; there is a screen with diagonal of 14 inches which is fitted into a 13 inches wide panel. So, the screen takes almost the whole upper part of this ultrabook and only surrounded with thin bezel, makes it seems cool.
The 14-inch screen is a FHD LED-backlit IPS display. This 1920×1080 resolution display has 60Hz refresh rate, 100% sRGB color gamut and 1000:1 contrast ratio. The screen uses Corning Gorilla Glass for protection and has a 178˚ wide-viewing angle, thanks to the IPS tech.
As the graphics card, this ZenBook 3 ultrabook comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 620. This graphics card is almost as good as an entry-level dedicated graphics card. It will work well for editing photos and videos, streaming video content, holding videoconferences and else which related to display.
Since there is no much space for the connections, ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA-XS74-BL chooses the interface options carefully. The choose ones are :
• 2 x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C
• 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 USB-C
• 1 x Microphone-in/Headphone-out jack
There is lacks of USB-A ports and HDMI ports. To solve the problems, ASUS includes Thunderbolt 3 to USB-A dongle and Thunderbolt 3 to HDMI dongle in the package. However, in my opinion, the use of the dongles reduces the feel of its slim body. And for an unknown reason, there’s no built-in card reader comes with this ultrabook.
While for wireless connectivity, this ultrabook also equipped by:
• 802.11ac Wi-Fi; IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible
• Bluetooth 4.1
As an utrabook, ZenBook 3 Deluxe should be light and slim. This ultrabook has a weight of 2.4 pounds with a dimension of 13 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches. Surely, this is light and slim, isn’t it? It is portable as well stylish to take with everywhere.
The battery is 46Wh 4-cell lithium-polymer battery pack. A full charge battery can last up to 9 hours until it needs to be recharge again, as the manufacturer’s claim. However, usually two hours can be reduced from the manufacturer’s claim, so it would mean about 6-7 hours for surfing the webs and watching videos.
That’s not bad. But if I can get longer battery life, surely it will be better, although it needs a few grams of extra weight.
Finally, ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA-XS74-BL is a high-end ultrabook. This ultrabook comes with a style and features a great performance.
With its light and slim body, this laptop is a traveler’s dream device. However, since its price is about $1,700 (at the time of review), I feel so worry to bring it with me during my holidays. Rather, this notebook is much more suited for traveling professionals and businessmen.
Summary of ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA-XS74-BL
ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA-XS74-BL
|Processor||Intel Core i7-7500U/Dual-Core/2.7GHz/4MB|
|RAM||16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM onboard|
|Storage||512GB PCIE M.2 Solid State Drive|
|Graphics Processor||Intel HD Graphics 620|
|Display||14"FHD LED-backlit IPS 1920x1080 display with 100% sRGB color gamut and 1000:1 contrast ratio and covered by Corning Gorilla|
|Interfaces||•2 x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C
•1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 USB-C
•1 x Microphone-in/Headphone-out jack
|Communications||•802.11ac Wi-Fi; IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible
|Battery Life||up to 6-7 hours|
|Dimension||13 x 8.4 x 0.5 inch|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Pros||ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA-XS74-BL is a high-end ultrabook with a great performance. It is light and slim, suited for traveler|