ZenBook 3 Review: Asus made a faster MacBook that runs Windows

By Scorpus ยท 22 replies
Nov 21, 2016
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  1. Laptop manufacturers are still striving for the thinnest and lightest products they can develop. Apple has been the leader in this market for some time, producing high quality designs like the MacBook, but over the past year we’ve seen PC manufacturers join the party in a significant way. Just a few months ago I was reviewing the attractive HP Spectre, which was surprisingly decent for a laptop so thin.

    Over the past few weeks I’ve been testing Asus’ competitor in this space, the ZenBook 3. 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-inch display, an edge-to-edge keyboard, and a single USB-C port for charging and all connectivity.

    Where the ZenBook pulls away from the MacBook is on the inside. While the current MacBook packs an Intel ‘Skylake’ Core M processor, the ZenBook uses a current-generation, full-powered ‘Kaby Lake’ Core i5/i7 CPU. The performance difference between Core M and Core i7 is significant, and allows the ZenBook to deal with more tasks simultaneously.

    Read the complete review.

  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,996   +1,317

    The unofficial official laptop of notre dame student and alumni everywhere
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    I read "Macbook" so many times I forgot it was a Zenbook review.
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  4. winjay

    winjay TS Rookie Posts: 20

    Battery life gonna suck. Do some proper battery test.
  5. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +318

    No matter how thin it gets...

    No matter how long the battery lasts...

    Whether it has 16GB of RAM or 128GB of RAM...

    It can't run OSX and it will never be a "mac".

    And that's the reason iOS and OS:X stand alone.

    I personally prefer Windows to OS:X, but I'd never choose Android over iOS.

    People who spend over $1000 to buy an ultralight laptop are most likely going to Apple. Their computer's build quality is higher - even if other companies produce a lighter or thinner product.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2016
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  6. OcelotRex

    OcelotRex TS Maniac Posts: 465   +240

    This is not an article about mobile OS's but we're all clear on how biased you are.

    I think that you are confused as most thin-and-light ultraportables are purchased at the enterprise level and those tend to be from vendors who offer enterprise support like HP.
  7. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Maniac Posts: 193   +170

    This should say i5 :). (Ed. note: fixed, thanks!)

    This piece of hardware appeals to me. I've been waiting a long time for PC manufacturers to compete with Apple's build quality. That being said, I'm not your typical end-user and I don't know how much demand there is for something like this. The price is right, though.
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  8. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 570   +372

    A macbook wannabee! Too bad no matter what they do they can't catch up with the macbook quality and customer support. Resale value for zenbook is below average. At that price and intended use as a portable machine, the macbook is way way ahead.
  9. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +318

    I believe that ultimately no one can compete with Apple because of the operating system.
  10. petert

    petert TS Addict Posts: 217   +63

    'cause crapple is the bomb in generating sales ... everyone wants to be in the show ... sorry ASSus it has been tried before and failed. Why not try next time to come with a product with useful feats ... you know, a potential customer would actually be interested in. If I want to buy macbooks, I will go to apple, not asus.
  11. RusselZiskey

    RusselZiskey TS Rookie

    Why, are they dumb?
  12. RusselZiskey

    RusselZiskey TS Rookie

    "a single USB-C port for charging and all connectivity."

    *****IC. Why even bother reviewing such an offensively stupid product then?

    If that weren't bad enough, there's the shitty glossy screen. Look at that sheen in those pictures, totally washing out whatever it is you're trying to see on the screen. Are those the "deeper blacks" and "richer colors" some salesman promised you with glossy? HA HA.
  13. Bruce Fraser

    Bruce Fraser TS Rookie

    Another clickbait article with misleading title:
    "Asus Made a Faster MacBook" -- in plain English, that means that Asus manufactured a MacBook. Given that Apple devoutly denies anyone else from creating devices using its OS, this title was an eyeball catcher.
  14. theruck

    theruck TS Booster Posts: 124   +35

    Bruce, I stated the same as you but my comments were deleted so will be yours
  15. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 1,562   +711

    For those even slightly familiar with the tech world, I think it would be patently obvious that this was in no way intended to "trick" readers into thinking that Asus had actually made a MacBook, complete with MacOS...

    Anyone with even a glimmer of intellect should have realized that it meant that Asus had made a PC laptop VERY SIMILAR to the MacBook and designed to compete with the MacBook...

    Of course, after typing this, I see your problem....
  16. OcelotRex

    OcelotRex TS Maniac Posts: 465   +240

    I think it's also a tacit admission that it's more likely than not that people with MacBooks are running Windows not OSX. That's why the Asus can compete with the MacBook; Windows is more important than the hardware.
  17. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 1,562   +711

    Well, it's still a pretty small number.... but I suppose that could also be true...

  18. OcelotRex

    OcelotRex TS Maniac Posts: 465   +240

    I am not sure of the exact numbers but Apple gave the "official" reason to switch to Intel processors being the superior performance and roadmap for Intel over PowerPC.

    Going through the process to officially support Windows though shows that it's a driving force for consumers to purchase their laptops. I'd think it with the way Apple handles customer's wishes (telling them they're "holding it wrong" or that USB Type-A is now a "legacy port") it's bigger than they're willing to admit.
  19. Bruce Fraser

    Bruce Fraser TS Rookie

    Or it could be that I value truth and clarity in reporting. This isn't a Facebook post, where you can't trust anything people write. This is supposed to be a reputable tech news site.
  20. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 1,562   +711

    And there is nothing about this article that you can't "trust"... Just because you misunderstood the title doesn't mean that the information contained inside was incorrect!

    Only the absolute fools actually thought that Asus actually made a MacBook!! Obviously, the title meant it made something very similar - not the author's fault you didn't understand something so obvious!
  21. Bruce Fraser

    Bruce Fraser TS Rookie

    I didn't misunderstand the title at all. It's perfectly clear what it's about: to draw people in to read the article. Websites like this live and die on pages being looked at.
  22. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 1,562   +711

    Yes.... But it draws people in thinking that Asus has built something COMPARABLE to a MacBook.... Only a m0ron would think Asus is actually making MacBooks....
  23. Bruce Fraser

    Bruce Fraser TS Rookie

    I think we've both made our points, and we will agree to disagree.
    It's unfortunate that you are incapable of presenting a reasonable case without resorting to personal insults. That's a typical sign of a weak argument.
    I will not respond to any more or your patronizing and arrogant comments. If putting down other people is how you get your jollies, I feel sorry for you. Good-bye.

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