Asus Zenbook 3 Review

THAT Rose Gold Ultrabook – the Asus Zenbook 3

It’s been a very long time since I reviewed a tablet on Tech Girl, mainly because I really dislike tablets and I feel that they serve absolutely no need in a modern woman’s life that a good smartphone and a stylishor decent laptop can’t fulfill. Not to mention that the sizes tablets are coming in now are basically laptops without keyboards… why?!

Asus Zenbook 3 Review

The Asus Zenbook 3 is NOT a tablet, let’s get that out the way. It’s a Ultrabook laptop that’s basically the size of all the latest and greatest tablets out there. Pretty much the exact same thickness as well. I’d take a laptop 95% of the time over any tablet given to me.

I’d take the Asus Zenbook 3 200% of the time.

Asus Zenbook 3 Review

The Asus Zenbook 3 was the inspiration for one of our Tech Girl looks this month and that was because of its gorgeous Rose Gold brushed aluminium finish. The gold trimmings were so elegant and, falling to all the stereotypes right now, I’d buy it just based on its looks.

Asus Zenbook 3 Review

However, if you have stronger will power than me, here’s what you need to know:  It’s an Ultrabook, so it’s not cheap. The Asus Zenbook 3 is clearly made to sway Apple loyalists and it makes a pretty convincing arugment. I had some time with the i7 which offers up 16GB RAM with a 1TB SSD drive and a finger print scanner. Fast, lots of a space and safe (take the people who steal laptops!).

Beauty with significant brawn

Asus Zenbook 3 Review

Additionally you’ll be getting a 12.5” FHD display and 1 USB-C port which isn’t ideal but expected on Ultrabooks such as the Asus. Finally you get surround sound. Yup, Asus partnered with Harman Kardon to pack the Zenbook 3 with 5.1 surround sound. It’s not going to replace your home TV system but it is damn impressive!

Asus Zenbook 3 Review

With ultrabooks the main concern is always the price. They aren’t cheap, and Asus has pulled out all the stops on the Zenbook 3. It’s aimed at those Apple fans so expect it to be around the Macbook price range unfortunately. Another concern will be the battery life on the Zenbook. During my review time with the notebook it did get through the day on a single charge but I never felt comfortable enough to leave the charging cable at home.

Asus Zenbook 3 Review

The Asus Zenbook 3 is a gorgeous laptop. The gold trimming just turns it into something special… Asus have left nothing out (except maybe a GTX 1070 but I’ll forgive them) and you can immediately see the passion that went into making this. If you hate iOS but use a Mac because it’s a Mac, the Zenbook 3 is your baby. A true windows version of a Macbook, plus ROSE GOLD.

Disclosure: I was sent an Asus Zenbook 3 to review. 

8 Comments

  • Reply axtremes October 17, 2016 at 10:10

    I love my Zenbook UX305UA – i7 little monster as well. Couldn’t agree with you more on rather having a powerful and small laptop than a tablet. 🙂

    • Reply Sam Wright October 17, 2016 at 13:15

      I don’t understand tablets. I’ve tried… and I just don’t!

  • Reply jordanna (@Jordannnnna) October 31, 2016 at 23:37

    love it! do you know when the rose gold version will be released?

    • Reply Sam Wright November 1, 2016 at 07:45

      I think it is now available locally – it was on display at rAge.

  • Reply Kelly January 17, 2017 at 08:07

    Does anyone know where I can find the rose gold variant. I can only find silver and navy.

    • Reply Sam Wright January 19, 2017 at 12:21

      Kelly send me a message via the contact page and I’ll try hunt one down for you!

  • Reply Katie February 19, 2017 at 20:00

    Do you have a link to buy the rose gold model? I went on Asus’ website and can’t seem to find the link for the rose gold, only the smokey brown.

    • Reply Sam Wright February 21, 2017 at 06:21

      Hi! I think the best bet would be to drop them a message on social. Alternatively email Evetech – they’re pretty good with customer suppport or finding you what you’re looking for. Sorry I couldn’t be more help.

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