Asus Zenbook UX490UA review – a high-end 14-inch ultraportable TechCring

The ASUS Zenbook 3 Deluxe (UX490UA) is a beautiful and light device we couldn’t wait to review. The larger brother of the Zenbook 3 has some big shoes to fill, since we loved the 12.5-inch edition but wished for a larger display and more ports, both of which the 3 Deluxe sport. We’re in love with the form factor but there are a few issues that can’t be overlooked, keep reading to find out more.


  • Stunning Design
  • Great Built Quality

Attractive is the main word that rings a bell when I discussing the plan of the ASUS Zenbook 3 Deluxe. You wouldn’t think this smaller, thin and light scratch pad brandished such an extensive 14-inch show. The thin profile measures 12.9mm makes it 30% more slender than the Macbook and it’s just 1.1kg (2.4lbs) which makes this a simple gadget to bear town.

Contrasting the Zenbook 3 Deluxe with the littler Zenbook 3, it has developed from 12.5 crawls to 14 and just expanded in thickness by just 1 mm and 300 grams. In general, the measurements are 329 x 210 x 12.9 mm. The bezels are the one territory where the Zenbook is falling behind. They aren’t gigantic and have an extremely exquisite edge to edge glass arrangement (which means the glass goes ideal to the finish of the casing, and there are no plastic bezels). Notwithstanding, by correlation, the 7.46mm bezels are more slender than their other more customary scratch pad, however, when up against the Dell XPS 13 or Lenovo Yoga 910, the Zenbook is significantly more extensive.

The Royal Blue with gold trim is extremely cleaned looking and truly separates it in an ocean of silver portable workstations. Before you give ASUS an excessive number of props for taking a plan stand they likewise have a Quartz Gray form that gives you a chance to mix in with the exhausting masses.

The Zenbook totally made out of aluminum and has unibody development. Asus stresses the way that space-review aluminum is utilized, its intended to be half more grounded than a standard aluminum combination. The Zenbook feels extremely solid and exceptionally well manufactured however there is a little measure of flex in the cover and console, yet this is normal from such a thin tablet, yet the development is generally the first rate

The spun metal on the back is dazzling when it gets the light, however, it is a smidgen of a unique finger impression magnet. We likewise can’t push enough exactly how pleasant the gold accents look as an afterthought, logo, and keys.

ASUS Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX490 Hardware

  • Solid Specifications
  • 3 Ports which is good for a device this size

This well-fabricated premium notepad accompanies aggressive particulars, strong form quality and feels the light weight in your grasp.

The Zenbook has 2 x USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 2 with Thunderbolt 3 which bolsters double 4K UHD shows and 1 x USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 13 USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 port. What is incredible about this set up is you can attach two 4K screens, outside illustrations, and other Thunderbolt 3 peripherals. In case you’re hoping to have an office set up where you can without much of a stretch convey your scratch pad to a coffeehouse or out and about, the Zenbook 3 Deluxe is a decent decision. What’s likewise exceptionally pleasant about the ports is that any of them can be utilized for charging, so you don’t need to unplug a dongle in the event that you have to connect to.

Being so thin you’ll simply need to acknowledge that you’ll be carrying on with a Dongle way of life since they are truly costly we’re happy that ASUS has included 2 in the container, a USB 3.0 and HDMI. By and by, I do wish they had incorporated an SD Card per user, as somebody who shoots a lot of photographs and video, I continue searching for an opening as an afterthought. ASUS has likewise incorporated a fabulous envelope case, from past eras of notepads I’ve possessed from ASUS I can bear witness to their construction and that they’ll age nimbly. ASUS likewise gives another little pocket to keep your dongles together, we don’t know it’ll enable you to keep ownership of them, however, it is superior to having them drift around your sack

ASUS has likewise incorporated a fabulous envelope case, from past eras of notepads I’ve claimed from ASUS I can bear witness to their assembly and that they’ll age effortlessly. ASUS likewise gives another little pocket to keep your dongles together, we don’t know it’ll enable you to keep ownership of them, however, it is superior to having them skin around your sack heedlessly.

The pivots are smooth, rather little, yet very firm. They keep the screen well set up and enable it to decline to around 145 degrees. The screen is additionally not beat substantial and doesn’t tilt the tablet on its back at the greatest point

In case you’re pondering about what’s upgradable, the RAM is bound on which I generally find baffling. In any case, the SSD and the Wi-Fi chip are upgradeable, in the event that you are sharp, it’s not very hard to air out this Zenbook despite the fact that it has a unibody outline. The back is held set up by only 8 Torx T5 screws and effectively falls off once those are off the beaten path

Taking a gander at the equipment, my greatest dissension is the 46 Wh battery inside. In the battery area, you’ll see the battery life scores are disillusioning, which is reasonable considering the little size of the battery combined with a 14inch show. The little battery additionally adds to the light weight.


Asus Zenbook UX490UA Specifications

Screen14.0 inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, not touch
ProcessorIntel Kaby Lake Core i7-7500U CPU (Core i5-7200U also an option)
VideoIntel HD 620
Memoryup to 16 GB of low-power DDR3 RAM operates at 2133 MHz
Storageup to 1 TB M.2 NVMe SSD (80 mm)
ConnectivityWireless AC (dual-band Intel AC 8260), Bluetooth 4.1
Ports1x USB 3.1 gen 1, 2x Thunderbolt 3, mic/headphone
Baterry46 Wh, 65Wh USB-C power adapter
Operating systemWindows 10
Size329 mm or 12.95” (w) x 210 mm or 8.27” (d) x 12.9 mm or 0.51” (h)
Weight2.42 lbs (1.1 kg)
Extrasbacklit keyboard, HD camera, available in Royal Blue and Quartz Gray

Our review sample came with an Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7500U processor and Intel HD 620 graphics, 16 GB of RAM and an 1TB NVMe storage drive

ASUS Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX490 Display

  • Not 2 or 4K panel but a good quality 1080p display
  • Maximum brightness could be higher & minimum brightness lower
  • Good Viewing Angles
  • Not touch enabled

The Zenbook 3 Deluxe has a 14-inch show which with a thin glass edge to edge bezel that is just 7.46mm on either side. The Display just has a determination of 1920 x 1080 so it’s feeling the loss of the high 2 or 4K determination that we have on other comparably estimated

The screen is secured with defensive glass, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, with a lustrous wrap-up. In spite of the nonattendance of the air crevice, the show gathers some measure of glare and reflections, so amid the work day, you’d incidentally need to build the shine

Show brilliance goes from 15 to 276 CD/m2, despite the fact that this is very low when viewing Netflix oblivious I couldn’t get the splendor sufficiently low to be agreeable. With respect to the shine in a brilliantly lit bistro Window, I wouldn’t have disapproved having the capacity to turn it up one more level. The deliberate difference is 1 to 860. 

On the off chance that you’d jump at the chance to see some
specialized insights about the Zenbook 3 Deluxe Screen we have run Spyder 4 Elite:

Panel HardwareID: AU Optronics AUO383D (B140HAN03.8);
Coverage: 99% sRGB, 71% NTSC, 75% AdobeRGB;
Measured gamma: 2.2;
Max brightness in the middle of the screen: 293 cd/m2 on power;
Contrast at max brightness: 800:1;
White point: 7100 K;
Black on max brightness: 0.36 cd/m2;
Average DeltaE: 1.03 uncalibrated, 0.62 calibrated.

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