The ASUS Zenbook 3 has a lot going for it, not least its incredible good looks and portable nature. But, like all PCs it's only as good as what you can do with it, and in this case you're going to need some new accessories for sure. The solitary USB-C port is all you have to connect things to, but that doesn't mean its the end of the world.
So grab some of these and your Zenbook 3 experience will be top drawer!
Sandisk Ultra Dual Drive USB-C flash drive
Sandisk is one of the leading brands in storage solutions and wasted no time in getting behind the new USB-C standard.
There are options that are just USB-C, but this Dual Drive option gets our nod because of its regular USB-A connector on the opposite end. In a world where there will be a transition period, why not make sure you're covered in both directions?
The Dual Drive is available in sizes from 16GB up to 128GB.
Aukey USB-C to USB-A adapter
One of the best accessories you can get is one to make your current USB accessories work with the Zenbook 3. Enter this tiny adapter from Aukey that will allow you to do just that. You get a dock in the box, but it's well worth having a few of these around.
There's nothing fancy here, it's simply a little adapter with a USB-C male connector on one end, and a USB-A connector on the other. So you can experience 'regular' USB 3.0 on the Zenbook 3.
And you even get two for about $10, which is a steal.
Plugable USB-C 3.1 docking station
If you're on the go, ASUS includes a small dock in the box with the Zenbook 3 that allows you to connect to a PC monitor, but at home, something like this station from Plugable will really help you get the most from your laptop.
It sends a single USB-C connection to the Zenbook 3 with power pass-through for charging and provides you with four regular USB ports, Ethernet, HDMI, another USB-C port and a line in and out for microphones and headphones.
With this one box, you can turn your sleek Zenbook 3 into a desktop PC experience.
Anker Powerline+ USB-C to USB-C cable
If you're using a smartphone that also uses the USB-C connector for its charging port, then snag one of these cables to connect it up to your Zenbook 3.
It means no using a adapter of any kind if you want to either top up your phone's battery or do some data transfer. This Powerline+ from Anker is a great option with a tough, durable construction and braided design that shouldn't tangle.
Microsoft Arc Touch mouse
The Zenbook 3 has a precision trackpad, which is terrific, but sometimes you just want to use a mouse. Bluetooth is best in this case and a great companion is Microsoft's Arc Touch mouse.
It hooks up over Bluetooth 4.0 and its unusual design is because it flattens out completely, making it perfect to pop in a bag with your laptop. It's also very comfortable to use and offers a whopping 6-months of battery life.
Anker Premium USB-C hub
If you need a little more connectivity on the road than you get with the in-box adapter, and you don't need HDMI output, then one of these hubs is a great buy.
It expands your USB-A connectivity to a pair of USB 3.0 ports as well as throwing in gigabit ethernet and USB-C power pass through to charge the laptop as you work. It doesn't do as much as the Plugable desktop station, but it's an awful lot more portable.
Kitchsmart USB light wand
The Zenbook 3 doesn't have a backlit keyboard so if you're a night owl, a USB light such as this wand from Kitchsmart is a good investment to illuminate things just enough so you can see what you're doing.
You'll have to plug this into an adapter first, but its dimmable design means you don't also have to be blinded when the sun goes down. A cheap, well-executed solution!
Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones
These noise-cancelling headphones are backed by the Bose name — you know you're getting a durable product with industry-leading sound quality. The speakers on the Zenbook 3 are pretty good, but you can't always use them!
Choose between wired or wireless connection depending on your preference. Connecting wirelessly is easy thanks to Bluetooth, and you can even use voice commands to set things up. One battery charge will keep you listening for up to 20 wireless hours or 40 wired hours.
The headphones sit over your ear but remain comfortable for long periods of time thanks to the ample padding and lightweight construction.
Waterfield Field Muzetto laptop bag
There are cheaper laptop bags, but the Field Muzetto will last longer than all of them. It's super stylish and made of leather with enough pockets to transport your Zenbook 3 and other essential parts of your everyday carry.
Those pockets are lined with a soft, no-scratch finish, there's a dedicated zipped laptop compartment and it's available in three different sizes. When you're buying a laptop as stylish as the Zenbook 3, it deserves to be carried around in a high-quality bag.
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