WE WERE BIG FANS of Asus’ answer to the MacBook Pro, the Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW, and the firm is now gunning after Apple’s smaller 12in MacBook with the ZenBook 3.
The ZenBook 3 was unveiled during this year’s Computex, and Asus claimed that the device is thinner than Apple’s 12in MacBook and more powerful with its choice of Intel Core i5 or Core i7 innards.
We’ve pitted the Asus ZenBook 3 against the MacBook Pro on paper to see which one really comes out on top.
Asus ZenBook 3: 1x USB Type-C, 1x Combo audio jack, 802.11 ac WiFi (WiDi support), Bluetooth 4.1
Apple MacBook: 1x USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
The Asus ZenBook 3 looks premium through and through. The firm said it’s constructed from a new “aerospace-grade aluminium alloy,” which explains the weight loss and polished finish. It will be available in Quartz Grey, Rose Gold and Royal Blue, and it really shines with the added gold highlights.
You only need to glance at the dimensions to know you’re dealing with an ultraportable. The 296×191.2×11.9mm ZenBook 3 is effortlessly thin and in danger of floating away at 910g. By comparison, Asus’ last ultrabook, the ZenBook UX305, already had feather-like proportions at just 12.9mm thick and 1.2kg.
In fact, Asus has trumped Apple in the ultra-thin stakes. There’s nothing hefty about the MacBook, but when put up against the ZenBook 3 the Mac’s 281x197x13.1mm dwarfs the new kid. Asus has also managed to shave an extra 11g off the MacBook’s 921g, making it pretty much the lightest ultrabook out there.
New to Apple’s 2016 MacBook range was the Rose Gold colour option. You can, of course, still get it in Silver, Space Grey and Gold.
The thin profiles mean that both devices scrimp on extras like microSD slots and additional USB ports. Various Multiport adaptors (sold separately) on the MacBook can add VGA and HDMI output, while Asus has made a Universal Dock that houses all the missing connectors (LAN, 3-in-1 card reader etc).
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