Asus may not be considered one of the pioneers of the PC market anymore, though, it is proving to be a worthy name with the announcement of their first Intel Whiskey Lake laptops.
Design First Approach
The new ZenBooks 13, 14 and 15 are arguably its main series of machines, and now feature a fairly modern-looking design with virtually no bezels (leading to a 94% screen-to-body ratio) and a chassis which measures at most 0.7-inch.
It also features MIL-STD 810G certification, with drop resistance and working at temperatures as high as 48-degrees Celsius.
Due to some incredible engineering, the webcam still somehow sits on top of the display. Asus has used their new ErgoLift hinge, which raises the keyboard a bit for a more comfortable typing position while also pushing the bottom of the screen below the keyboard, giving the illusion of even smaller bezels.
Their overall footprint is also a lot lesser than 2017’s Zenbooks, with even Zenbook 14 (2018) being smaller than Zenbook 13 from 2017. This will give you an idea of what we mean (Zenbook 13 2018 and 14 2018 on top of Zenbook 13 2017)
The trackpad can be transformed into a numpad as well with a button at the top right corner on the trackpad. The display is 1080p by default, being available in 16:9 aspect ratio, though, the 15-inch version features optional 4K.
Under the hood, like previously mentioned, you get either a new Core i5-8256U or Core i7-8565U Whiskey Lake processor, with a power draw of only 15W. You get either 8 or 16 GB of RAM by default, with storage set at up to 1 TB of SSD.
For graphics, you get a respectable GeForce MX150 GPU on the smaller two machines, with the 15-inch laptop comes with GeForce 1050 with Max-Q design. Connectivity options include USB-C, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, microSD, HDMI and audio-jack.
Pricing starts at $899 for the laptops, which will be available starting from next month.
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