Designed to beat the MacBook and competitors like the HP Spectre at their superslim game, the Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA tips the scales at just 2 pounds but offers heavyweight performance, thanks to an optional 7th-Generation Core i7 CPU and a blazing-fast PCIe SSD. Starting at $1,099 ($1,599 as tested), the 12.5-inch laptop also provides an extremely vibrant screen, rich audio and, on the top config, a uniquely beautiful royal-blue chassis. However, if you want the sleekness and speed of the ZenBook 3, you’ll also have to accept mediocre battery life and a lone USB Type-C port for both power and data.
In its royal blue color, the ZenBook 3 UX390UA is the most attractive laptop I’ve seen all year. The lid has the same subtle, concentric-circle pattern as other Asus laptops, but adds in an attractive gold-colored ring around the diamond-cut edge. In a market in which so many premium laptops are a boring shade of silver or gold, Asus deserves credit for offering a gorgeous blue that’s not just on the lid but that also covers the entire body, including the deck.
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