avatarby Edgar CervantesAugust 31, 20163 comments

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ASUS has announced a plethora of new products at IFA 2016, among them are a few computers that really caught our eyes. These are the ZenBook 3, Transformer 3 Pro and ROG G701VI, a trio of powerful computers worth taking a look at. Shall we get started?

ASUS ZenBook 3

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The Taiwanese manufacturer’s ZenBook line has been long known for its portable designs, great build quality and powerful specs. These laptops really stood out from the crowd, especially when the first one hit the market. Metal laptops were rare then, unless you went with Apple.

The third-generation features a similar design, and also comes with strong aerospace-grade aluminum alloy, which is said to be stronger than what the competition offers. The laptop does keep that now-iconic spun-metal finish. It is thinner at only 11.9mm and weighs in at 910 grams.

But don’t be fooled by the super slim construction. This thing is powerful.

ASUS ZenBook 3 specs:

  • 12.5-inch display with 72% NTSC color gamut, covered with Gorilla Glass 4
  • 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • 16 GB of RAM
  • Up to 1 TB SSD
  • Quad-speaker audio system by Harman Kardon.
  • Full-size backlit keyboard
  • USB Type C port
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 9 hours of battery life
  • Available in Royal Blue, Rose Gold and Quartz Grey

ASUS Transformer 3 Pro


Need something more portable but don’t want to sacrifice power? The ASUS Transformer 3 Pro may be the machine you are looking for. This 2-in-1 tablet is pretty much a laptop replacement. It is also made of aluminum and measures only 8.35mm in thickness. And ASUS really managed to pack some powerful specs in it!

ASUS Transformer 3 Pro specs:

  • 12.6-inch display with a 3K (2880 x 1920) resolution and 121% sRGB color gamut
  • Intel Core i7 processor
  • 16 GB of RAM
  • Up to 1 TB SSD
  • 13 MP rear camera
  • USB Type C port
  • HDMI and Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Available in Icicle Gold and Glacier Gray

Being a Transformer device, this tablet does come with a great level of flexibility. You can use a Cover Keyboard to type more comfortably, and the metal kickstand will asure you get the right angle to get your work done. There’s also a few additional accessories you can purchase, such as the ASUS Pen, Universal Dock, Audio Pod and even the ROG XG Station 2, which would grant your tablet power to run a desktop-level GPU.

This one is really something else!

ASUS Transformer 3

The Transformer 3 Pro doesn’t come alone. The standard Transformer 3 is for those who don’t need as much power. It packs the same screen, a slightly thinner 6.9mm body and overall design. The difference is inside. This tablet features 7th generation Intel Core processors (not only i7), up to 8 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB SSDs. Regardless, it can still take advantage of all the accessories.


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Now, this one is for the true gamers out there. A GPU dock is great, but it’s not the best solution for those who need to play on-the-go. The ASUS ROG G701VI is a beast, featuring an overclockable Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. It is said to be VR gaming-ready. “It is also the world’s first laptop with a super-fast 120Hz panel that supports NVIDIA G-SYNC technology for fast-paced games, and an anti-ghosting keyboard with 30-key rollover technology.”

Pricing and launch details are scarce at the moment, but you can bet these won’t be cheap machines. Be sure we will be telling you anything else that may come up! But tell us – are you looking to buy one of these? I am dying to get my hands on the Transformer 3 Pro!

  • Desmond Sim

    Asus please start selling the Transformer 3 Pro already! It’s been MONTHS!!

  • Carl Nelson

    I just want a zenbook pro with pascal.why are you doing this to me. The current version is now on an old cpu and gpu generation

    • JackSpyder

      Im on the verge of buying a zenbook pro or dell XPS 15. Hard choices.

      The zenbook pro is on the i7 6700 though which is current gen really. the kaby lake isnt a real improvement over skylake.

      16GB DDR4, 4k screen, PCI-E SSD, Thunderbolt3 and a skylake i7 is what I want in a nice slim professional package with more than 3 hours battery life. There are not many options available. Basically zenbook pro, Dell XPS 15 or the macbook pro :/

      The MSI and gigabyte offerings are very glaring gamer items. grrr