Design & Ports
Let’s first talk about the design, As the ZenBook 3 Deluxe is indeed an ultrabook, the laptop is only about 12.9mm thin. It only weighs at 1,217 grams in total.
I have to say, the entire aesthetic design of the ZenBook 3 Deluxe is beautifully sleek. The one I have here is the dark blue colored one, with golden accents all over. From the outside – yes, it looks absolutely gorgeous. The entire ZenBook 3 Deluxe screams luxury.
The golden accents are classy, as it’s shiny and reflective yet subtle and only applied on the ASUS logo and around the screen’s edges.
Opening the screen’s lid require only one finger – and the laptop will almost remain at its position while the hinge is opened with one finger alone. Once opened, however, its internal beauty can be quite polarizing.
That NanoEdge display gave ASUS an advantage as they’ve stuffed in a 14-inch screen to a laptop that’s meant for 13-inch displays.
However, take a look at the keyboard. Instead of having transparent legends for the white backlight to shine through, ASUS opted for golden legends too. Which – in my opinion – makes things look rather… messy, as there is a clash of color. Personally speaking, I’d like it to be with transparent or white legends for the white backlight to shine through.
We’ll talk more about the keyboard in the later section.
The ports that the ZenBook 3 Deluxe has is… something that many people won’t like. You’ll be living the dongle life if you decide to get the ZenBook 3 Deluxe, because this ultrabook only has USB-C. Three of them, actually. And a single 3.5mm combo audio jack.
Sure, all of these are high-speed ports and with the two on the right side being active ports. I just find it very unnecessarily thin as it affects the workflow of many people. It’s the time where I start questioning – what’s the point of being just a few more millimeters thin but throws away inconvenience? USB-C isn’t ready to be the replacement of USB-A just yet.
Also, the ports that it has are confusing as heck. The single USB-C port at the left side and one more USB-C port on the right side are actually Thunderbolt 3/USB-C 10Gbps ports, whereas the other USB-C port at the right side is a USB 3.0 5Gbps port.
Keep in mind – those two dongles are definitely going to be with you throughout your journey.
Physically, there is a label on which port does what function – the little lightning bolt symbol. However, only the two USB-C ports on the right side have the symbol – which doesn’t match the illustration on ASUS’s website.