New ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe Features Larger 14-Inch Display & 3 USB-C Ports

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If you’re looking for a something as sleek in design as the MacBook, but are a stickler for a Windows operating system, then one of the best contenders in the market has been the ASUS ZenBook 3 – and it has just got even better. The newly-announced ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe has the same sleek design as its forerunner, but now features a larger 14-inch display and three USB-C ports.

First announced at Computex 2016, the original ZenBook 3 was by no means a bad machine, but it still faced the same limitations that most MacBook owners know all too well with just a single USB-C port. That’s changed now with the new ZenBook 3 Deluxe, where two of the USB-C ports also support Thunderbolt 3. Of course, you’ll still need a dongle to interface with a USB Type-A device, but at least you can charge the notebook and plug in an external drive at the same time.

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ASUS has equipped the ZenBook 3 Deluxe with top-notch hardware as well, to the tune of a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor and up to 16GB of RAM. The base model comes with a Core i5 processor. See the detailed specifications below:

 - 14-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel matte display
 - Intel Core i5-7200U (2.5GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
 - 8GB DDR3 2,133MHz RAM
 - 512GB SATA SSD

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The larger 14-inch display still has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, but the impressive part is that ASUS has squeezed that display into the body of a 13-inch laptop, courtesy of very thin bezels. These extra features mean that the ZenBook 3 Deluxe is slightly thicker and heavier than the original, but it is a small price to pay for the added functionality. The increase in thickness and weight are slight – the ZenBook 3 weighs 910g and is 11.9mm thick, while the Deluxe tips the scales at 1.1kg and is 12.9mm thick.

Finally, the backlit keyboard has also been tweaked slightly for a better experience. According to ASUS, there is now 1.2mm of key travel, compared to 0.8mm on the ZenBook 3. Shallow key travel distance was a weakness on the ZenBook 3 (as it is on many notebooks of this size), so this change should improve the user experience.

The ASUS ZenBook 3 Deluxe base model is available starting at S$2,198, while the model with the Intel Core i7-7500U (2.7GHz, 4MB L3 cache) and 16GB of RAM costs S$2,698.

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Story originally appeared on HardwareZone.

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