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ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe review: Packs one helluva punch


Personally, when I think of desirable ultrabooks/thin, light and powerful laptops running Windows 10, I always think of devices like a spec-ed out Dell XPS 13, a ThinkPad X1 Carbon, or the high-end Lenovo Yoga convertibles.

As a low-key hipster (I’d say self-proclaimed but that’s so mainstream), I probably wouldn’t have considered the ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe. Why? I’m not too sure, but these devices never seemed particularly desirable to me.

Maybe it’s the paintjob, or the name, or the design, but something just didn’t click. And I guess it is a little unfair for me to do so because I never actually used one as a daily driver for any extended period of time. Well, all of that changed recently when I got the chance to review this new laptop from ASUS — one of the most high-end laptops I’ve ever had the chance to touch.

I say one of because it’s kinda hard to beat the one that cost more than my car.

Nevertheless, I spent quality time with the ZenBook 3 Deluxe, pushing it through the tasks my workload demands — like opening a bazillion Chrome tabs and occasionally cropping some photos in Irfanview — and have now formed an opinion about this particular device.

ASUS’ ZenBook 3 Deluxe is a powerhouse laptop that sits pretty much at the top of the company’s ultrabook range. It’s got an Intel Core i7-7500U processor, 16GB of RAM and a whopping 1TB of PCIe SSD storage goodness. It wouldn’t surprise you, then, to find out that the laptop was a stellar performer.

It boots practically instantly. The first time I fired it up, I tapped the power button and glanced away for a second to look at my phone because I thought it vibrated (because millennial), and when I shifted my gaze back, the device was ready to go. On my typical workload, I really couldn’t do much to push this laptop to its limits and it simply chewed up everything I threw at it like it was nothing.

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While I will admit my typical workload doesn’t involve too many intensive tasks (like 3D rendering, gaming, etc.), I do spend most of my work life in front of a laptop and I carry one around with me to every event/trade show I attend. That means I have a pretty solid checklist of what I need from a laptop that I believe can be applied to any mobile elite.