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ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe review: Almost a perfect Windows Ultrabook

By Kenny Yeo - 6 Aug 2017
Launch SRP: S$2698

Performance Benchmarking

Performance Benchmarking

To evaluate the performance of the ZenBook 3 Deluxe, we will be comparing its performance against the ZenBook 3 and other comparable Ultrabooks like the Dell XPS 13 and HP Spectre. Bear in mind, however, that apart from the ZenBook 3, the rest of the Ultrabooks tested were powered by last year's Skylake processors, but they are still reasonable for referencing.

ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe Compared
  ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA ASUS ZenBook 3 UX390UA Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Early 2015) HP Spectre (2016) Dell XPS 13 (2016) Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Core i5-6300U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)
  ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA ASUS ZenBook 3 UX390UA Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (Early 2015) HP Spectre (2016) Dell XPS 13 (2016) Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Core i5-6300U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)
Launch SRP
  • From S$2698
  • From S$2598
  • From S$1618
  • From S$2599
  • From S$2299
  • From S$1999
Processor and Chipset
  • Intel Core i7-7500U processor (2.7GHz, 4MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-7500U (2.7GHz, 4MB L3 cache)
  • Intel Core i5-5250U (1.6GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
  • Intel Core i7-6500U (2.5GHz, 4MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-6500U (2.5GHz, 4MB L3 cache)
  • Intel Core i5-6300U (2.4GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
Operating System
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Windows 10 Pro
System Memory
  • 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz RAM
  • 16GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
  • 4GB 1600MHz LPDDR3
  • 8GB LPDDR3-1866MHz
  • 8GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
  • 8GB LPDDR3 RAM
Video & Display
  • 14-inch LED-backlit
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
  • Gorilla Glass 5 cover
  • 12.5-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS panel
  • Intel HD Graphics 620
  • 13.3-inch (1440 x 900 pixels)
  • Intel HD Graphics 6000
  • Intel HD Graphics 520
  • 13.3-inch 3,200 x 1,800-pixel IPS touchscreen panel
  • Intel HD Graphics 520
  • 12.3-inch PixelSense display
  • 2736 x 1824 pixels resolution
Storage
  • 512GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
  • 512GB PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD
  • 256GB PCIe SSD
  • 512GB PCIe SSD with NVMe support
  • 256GB SSD
  • 256GB SSD
  • MicroSD expansion (Up to 64GB)
Optical Drive
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • None
Connectivity
  • 802.11ac/b/g/n/a (up to 867Mbps)
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Wireless 802.11ac/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 802.11ac/b/g/n (2x2)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 802.11ac/b/g/n/a (2x2)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Intel Wireless Display
  • Wireless 802.11ac/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
Audio
  • Quad-speaker ASUS SonicMaster Premium stereo audio system
  • ASUS SonicMaster audio system
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • Bang & Olufsen speakers
  • Stereo speakers professionally tuned with Waves MaxxAudio®
  • Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio-enhanced sound
I/O Ports
  • 2 x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
  • 1 x headphones jack
  • 1x USB 3.1 Type-C
  • 1x 3.5mm audio jack
  • 2 x USB 3.0 port
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 2.0 port
  • 1 x SDXC card slot
  • 1 x audio jack
  • 1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen. 1, 5Gbps)
  • 2 x USB Type C (USB 3.1 Gen. 2, 10Gbps, Thunderbolt 3)
  • 2x USB 3.0
  • 1x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 port
  • 3-in-1 card reader
  • 1x audio combo jack
  • 1 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x MicroSD
  • 1 x Mini-DisplayPort
  • 1 x Headphones jack
Battery Type
  • 46Wh lithium-ion battery
  • 40Wh
  • 54wH lithium-ion battery
  • 45Whr
  • 56Wh
  • Integrated 39wH
Dimensions
  • 329 x 210 x 12.9mm
  • 296 x 191.2 x 11.9 mm
  • 325 x 227 x 3 ~ 17mm
  • 325 x 229 x 10.4mm
  • 304 x 200 x 15mm
  • 292 x 201 x 8.45mm
Weight
  • 1.1kg
  • 910g
  • 1.35kg
  • 1.11kg
  • 1.29kg
  • 786g
Miscellaneous
  • None
  • Includes pen input

 

PCMark 8

PCMark 8 tests a system’s performance by putting it through different tasks that reflect the workloads typical of various kinds of users, for instance the casual home user or the working creative professional. Looking at the numbers here, we can see that the ZenBook 3 Deluxe scored almost identically to the ZenBook 3, which isn’t surprising at all because the two notebooks that we've on hand have identical specifications. We can also see that the two of them managed to record significant leads in a good number of workloads like Home, Creative, Work, and Adobe, which is a testament to the performance advantage offered by the new Core i7-7500U Kaby Lake processor that is powering the two of them.

 

3DMark

Intel promised modest graphics performance improvements with the integrated GPUs in its Kaby Lake processors and we certainly saw that here. The ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe easily managed the highest scores on 3DMark’s Cloud Gate scenario, recording a very decent 6532 points. On the more intensive Fire Strike scenario, the ZenBook 3 Deluxe and the ZenBook 3 were the only two notebooks to manage more than 900 points. Insofar as synthetic graphics benchmarks are concerned, the newer Intel HD Graphics 620 integrated GPU seems to have a leg up on the older Intel HD Graphics 520 integrated GPUs found on the other non Kaby Lake notebooks, but only by a small margin.

Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2 might be almost 9 years old now, but it still serves as a stern test for integrated GPUs. It was only very recently that integrated GPUs are capable of running Far Cry 2 at above 30 fps at Full-HD resolution. Here, the ZenBook 3 Deluxe managed 35.76fps on “Medium” graphics settings at Full-HD, which is a bit disappointing because we had expected it to do better based on its superior 3DMark scores. When we turned up the graphics settings to “Very High”, frame rates took a drastic dip to just 20.25fps. Overall, the ZenBook 3 Deluxe’s performance is just about the same as other Ultrabooks of its class.

 

Tomb Raider

Released in 2013, Tomb Raider continues to be a menace for integrated GPUs, especially if you decide to play at Full-HD resolution, which, let’s face, should be the bare minimum for gaming these days. In any case, the ZenBook 3 Deluxe managed just 21.8fps running at Full-HD at “Normal” graphics settings. It was the fastest here by a considerable margin, if you discount the ZenBook 3 that is also powered by the same Intel HD Graphics 620 integrated GPU.

 

Battery life & power consumption

The ZenBook 3 Deluxe’s battery lifespan wasn’t great. It lasted just under 3 hours in our battery test or 178 minutes to be exact, which is also 36 minutes less than the ZenBook 3. There's two reasons why, the first is that its battery isn’t very large to begin with. The ZenBook 3 Deluxe’s battery capacity is 46Wh, which is a little small in comparison to other notebooks like the Dell XPS 13 and Lenovo Yoga 900, whose battery capacities are 56Wh and 66Wh respectively. If it is any consolation, the ZenBook 3 Deluxe comes with a quick-charging function that enables it to attain a 60% charge from zero in just 49 minutes.

Looking at the power consumption figures, we can see why the ZenBook 3 Deluxe’s battery life was so disappointing. Its power consumption figure of 15.51W is comparable to that of the HP Spectre and was amongst the highest. In comparison, the smaller ZenBook 3 consumes just 11.2W.

 

Portability Index

Our Portability Index factors in battery life, weight and volume so you can see which notebook is the most worthwhile to carry around. Surprisingly, the ZenBook 3 Deluxe's score of 3.026 means that it is the least portable Ultrabook if you factor in battery life and overall weight and volume. But if you look at the bigger picture, its score is actually quite comparable to that of other Ultrabooks in its class. What this really means for the ZenBook 3 Deluxe is that its lightweight and compact design has been let down by its poor battery life. A shame indeed.

8.0
  • Design 9.5
  • Features 8
  • Performance 7
  • Value 7.5
  • Mobility 8.5
The Good
Attractive, slim design
Very light
14" display in a 13" chassis
Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
Responsive touchpad
Nice keyboard
The Bad
Disappointing battery life
Fans are always spinning
Heat soak can negatively impact performance
Display is only Full-HD
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