Asus tried putting a 14-inch display in a 13-inch laptop chassis, and the result of its successful experiment is the ZenBook 3 Deluxe, a $1,700 ultraportable that is now on sale.
Fitting a 14-inch screen into a chassis that small might not have been feasible just a few years ago, and it means that the ZenBook 3 Deluxe has a remarkably thin bezel—0.3 inches—that's all the rage among sleek laptops these days, although perhaps not quite as thin as the one on the Dell XPS 13.
To ensure the display's integrity, Asus encased it in a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5, a shatter-resistant material that's typically used on smartphones and tablets. It's a Full HD display, too, with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 pixels, but it's not a touch panel.
Despite its contorting act, Asus still must respect the laws of physics, so the ZenBook 3 Deluxe is a tad heavier (2.42 pounds) than the 12.5-inch ZenBook 3 (2 pounds). Both notebooks offer similar processor and memory choices, with identical Intel Core i7 or Core i5 processor options. The ZenBook 3 Deluxe is available in 16GB or 8GB memory configurations, while the ZenBook only comes with 16GB.
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The ZenBook 3 has several more storage options than the ZenBook, though, with a choice of 512GB or 1TB PCIe SSDs, or a 256GB SATA SSD. (The PCIe interface is faster than the older SATA one, resulting in increased throughput.) The ZenBook 3, meanwhile, comes with either a PCIe or SATA 512GB SSD; there are no size options.
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