Trackpad & keyboard
When it comes to laptops, I believe the trackpad and keyboard are very important. What’s the use if it’s mandatory to bring a keyboard and mouse together when the laptop already has a trackpad and mouse, right?
The trackpad that the ZenBook 3 Deluxe is actually very smooth and usable to the point where I don’t really have much to complain about. It uses Windows drivers and integrates itself right into the OS itself – including that fingerprint scanner that’s at the top right side of the trackpad.
Windows Hello works fine, obviously. Fingerprint scanners on laptops are only going to get more ubiquitous, so be prepared for the future that is finger scanning.
Do you still need a mouse when you’re out and about with the ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe? In my opinion, yes – yes you do. The trackpad though is okay to be used, but nothing beats having a dedicated mouse – especially since the ZenBook 3 Deluxe isn’t a touchscreen laptop.
And by the way – make sure you get a Bluetooth mouse like the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S rather than a USB mouse, because you don’t want to carry around a dongle just to connect a USB-based wireless mouse, do you?
Here’s the thing about the ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe’s keyboard. In my opinion, it’s terrible. Let me explain one by one – and no, it’s not just because of the horrible golden legends.
The main reason why the keyboard absolutely sucks is the actuation force. Each and every key on the ZenBook 3 Deluxe requires quite a high amount of force to actuate – but once actuated, the entire key just collapses and bottoms out right away.
It just doesn’t feel relaxing or fun to type. I got tired of this keyboard pretty much halfway through this review and returned to my MacBook Air’s keyboard.
With such horrible actuation force, what’s up with the new power button placement on ASUS laptops? Same goes to the VivoBook S15, actually.