With its sharp and colorful 13-inch display, speedy performance and svelte aluminum design, we're surprised the Asus ZenBook UX330UA doesn't cost at least $200 more. Not only is it one of the lightest and thinnest 13-inch notebooks on the market, this ultrabook packs a ton of battery life, lasting more than 10 hours on a charge.
|Best Asus Laptops 2017|
|Asus Zenbook UX330UA||Best Overall||4 out of 5|
|Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA||Best Chromebook||4 out of 5|
|Asus VivoBook E403SA||Best Budget Notebook||4.5 out of 5|
|Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi (Full-HD 2015)||Best 2-in-1||3.5 out of 5|
|Asus ROG G752VS OC Edition||Best for Gaming||4 out of 5|
|Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe||New and Notable||N/A|
Chromebooks get mocked for being cheap, but the Flip C302CA turns that conventional wisdom on its head. This 2-in-1 has the speed for multitasking, an elegant aluminum design that turns heads, a bright 1080p display and solid battery life. Add that all up, and Asus has built the best Chromebook on the market today.
Asus' VivoBook E403SA packs a 1080p display, 4GB of RAM, a USB Type-C port and over 9 hours of battery life into a lightweight, $399 package. Add in solid Pentium-class performance, a stylish brushed-aluminum-finish lid and a solid keyboard, and this laptop's a steal.
The Transformer Book T300 Chi is a solid 2-in-1 for the price. This $699 convertible seduces with its dark-blue aluminum body, and opens to reveal a bright 12.5-inch touch screen and a detachable Bluetooth keyboard. The two halves are connected by magnets with a stronger grip than other hybrids, and its Core M-powered processor performs well. Just make sure you opt for the full HD screen instead of the quad HD model. It's not only cheaper but lasts longer on a charge.
The ROG G752VS OC Edition is a serious powerhouse. Its vivid 17.3-inch, 1080p display, overclocked CPU and powerful, VR-ready Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU make it more than worth the splurge. Toss in a sleek, futuristic case with solid build quality, support for the latest USB Type-C standard and VR gaming, and you've got a machine ready to play any game at buttery-smooth framerates.
The ZenBook 3 Deluxe will take the design of its predecessor and supercharge it for professionals when it releaes in May for $1,699. The new laptop steps up to a 14-inch, 1080p display, has three USB Type-C ports (two of which support Thunderbolt 3), and runs on an Intel Core i7-7500U CPU with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB PCIe SSD. It's not much thiocker than the original ZenBook 3, but we're hoping the extra space mean sroom for a larger battery.
Hands-on with Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe