Asus debuts new ZenBook lineup for 2019
By Chong Jinn Xiung January 14, 2019
- Three new ZenBook models said to be the most compact of this class
- Despite the slim design the ZenBook has lots of input and output options
HOW would you fancy an ultraportable laptop that has a bezel-less screen? Well, Asus is betting that lots of people will be knocking on their doors with the release their all-new lineup of ZenBook premium notebooks.
The new range comprising of three variants: the ZenBook 13 (UX333), 14 (UX433) and 15 (UX533). As you may guess, the numbers denote the size of each model’s
Designed to be thin and lightweight, the new ZenBooks feature a near bezel-less display that Asus dubs as Nano Edge, offering a border hugging 95% screen-to-body ratio. This offers users more screen real estate within a laptop that has a very small footprint.
Speaking of features, Asus’ thoughtful design process has resulted in the ErgoLift hinge that tilts the keyboard up by three degrees to make typing more comfortable while improving cooling and audio performance.
Another unique feature of the ZenBook 13 and 14 is the inclusion of Asus’ Number Pad, a numeric keypad built into the touchpad. In case you were wondering, the larger ZenBook 15 features a traditional physical numeric keypad.
All three models feature a special 3D IR camera that allows fast face login using Windows Hello.
But it is not just about looks, the new ZenBooks will be outfitted with the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processors with options to upgrade up to an i7, up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q graphics, 16GB of RAM and an ultra-fast 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD).
Asus claims that all models have endured military-grade torture tests to ensure reliability even in extreme operating environments be it temperature or humidity as well as drop, shock and vibration testing.
Users need not worry about carrying dongles as the new ZenBooks still carry a wide variety of input and output ports that include a USB Type C port as well as older USB 3.1 and another USB 2.0 port. All models also come with an HDMI port and microSD or SD card reader.
As Asus has designed the new ZenBooks for mobile workers who are always on the go, the battery life is of great importance, allowing users to last an entire workday on a single charge. The company boasts the ZenBook 13 and 14 have up to 14 and 13 hours of battery. The larger ZenBook 15 meanwhile is said to offer 17 hours of battery.
Asus said all three models will be available from Jan 10 onwards with the ZenBook 13, 14 and 15 each having a starting price of US$1,099 (RM4,499), US$1,074 (RM4,399) and US$1,490 (RM6,099) respectively.