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ASUS' overhauled 2018 ZenBook lineup now available starting at $850

After making their debut at IFA 2018 earlier this year, ASUS' refreshed ZenBook lineup is now available (opens in new tab). The trio of laptops – coming in at 13-inch, 14-inch, and 15-inch varieties – have seen not only a spec bum with Intel's latest 8th Gen Core CPUs, but also a revamped design that includes a nearly borderless display.

The biggest change, by far, is the new "NanoEdge" display. ASUS has slimmed down the bezels on all four sides of the screen, giving it a 95-percent screen-to-body ratio. ASUS also touts the new ZenBook line as having the world's "smallest footprint in its class."

As for raw specs, ASUS tapped Intel's 8th Gen Core CPUs with Gigabit WiFi, offering Core i5-8265U and Core i7-8565U options. Each model can also be outfitted with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. Graphics options come in at discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics on the 13-inch and 14-inch models, while the 15-inch model steps things up to an optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q.

Rounding things out is a 3D IR camera, which works with Windows Hello. On the 13-inch and 14-inch models, you'll also see an LED-illuminated numeric keypad integrated with the touchpad. The 15-inch ZenBook opts for a standard physical numeric keypad.

The 14-inch and 15-inch ZenBooks are available today starting at $1,000 and $1,400, respectively. The 13-inch model is expected to go on sale later in November starting at $850. If you'd prefer to wait, however, we'll be reviewing the 15-inch model soon, so keep an eye out for that.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

5 Comments
  • Wow, that's a lot of laptop for $1199 (14" on Amazon link)... I am curious as to other options, especially the 13"
  • It's BEAUTIFUL!!! Oooh!!
  • Had an Asus Zenbook 13" before I switched to my current Surface Pro 3... Incredibly beautiful and powerful device... Packed a 2nd gen i7, 8g Ram and 256 ssd (first ssd powered device I had) and it ran excellent 👍
  • At this price why not go for XPS 15 which is better in specs and performance, customer support warranty.. Asus was known for low prices with good quality but now its a gamble with their laptop either u get a good system or not...hope there is an i5 version with 8GB Ram 256GB SSd with GTX1050 priced reasonably like lower or equal to $800 .. there will be thermal problems also..
  • I wonder if the hinge mechanism that elevates the keyboard is worth it. The advantages it probably gives is cooling, but at the same time isn't this tilted keyboard less ergonomic than a flat keyboard and I think it is a shame this doesn't leave room over for a 16:10 or 3:2 panel (/now no visible chin bezel even if there is actually is one).