ASUS have finally launched the ZenBook 3, and I’ve been anticipating this one for so long that unboxing it was as exciting as opening a Louis Vuitton gift box from my wife. Er… wait, I mean for my wife. *cough*
Weighing in at a mere 1,050 grams and measuring only 16mm thin, this lightweight 13.3-inch notebook packs a punch. If your coffee dispenser can produce your favourite cuppa in under 14.9 seconds, then you’ll be happy to know that this notebook will be up and running by the time you take your first sip.
Even though I’ve done scores of notebook reviews over the years, I should confess that for the most part, I’d not buy the vast majority of them. Not because they aren’t good or even great, but simply because I’ve no interest in many of the traditional form factors. This is simply because I find them too cumbersome. I imagine that for most people it’s not an issue, but I suspect those of you who’ve had to lug around heavy notebooks at airports and on rapid transit systems know exactly what I’m talking about. [If at this point, you’re thinking to yourself, “Well Neo, perhaps you should spend less time in airports and more time working on your notebook-carrying muscles,” I feel I should point out that Neo has many scary muscles, many of which I’ve never even heard of. Dude spends more time at the gym than I do sleeping. So if he’s got an issue with heavy notebooks, I’m fairly certain you will too. – Ed.]
Somehow, the entire reason for the existence of notebooks and portables seems to have been lost, especially considering that many Steam Machines (however misguided that standard is, or rather, was) are considerably lighter than the average gaming notebook. There’s no reason for this other than that the vast majority of notebook vendors (save for Apple, who perhaps caters to a different demographic/user) have essentially zero creativity, and build notebooks based on parts available and not on what any one demographic needs or wants.
Here it is: our first experience with a GeForce 1000 series-powered notebook. This one comes from GIGABYTE in the form of the P57X v6. Naturally, this is an updated version of the previous P57 (hence the v6). The new GPU isn’t the only reason to be excited, because it has some other changes that make it worth your consideration.
Amongst the many gaming notebooks in MSI’s line up, it’s easy to forget that the company does have other product lines not concerned with gaming, and are instead meant for office work and more specifically photo/video production. For the most part, these notebooks are based on similar designs and of course similar platforms.
The differences lie in how it’s all presented to the end user. In the case of the PX60-2QD, the display is the focal point. That alone should suggest to you that this is a notebook made not for gaming, but for designers, video editing and various other media related tasks that are primarily visual.
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