Asus is trying to combine beautiful design and strong features in its laptop ZenBook Pro UX501, rivaling Apple’s Macbook with its metallic design. But it goes beyond competition on design. With its powerful specifications of 15.6-inch 4K resolution touchscreen, Asus laptop offers distinctive viewing experience of natural colors and wide angles. When you compare Asus device with Apple MacBook Air, the latter also features a nice metal design with a 13.3-inch 1440×900 Pixel normal display which is not the Retina found in new versions of Macbook Pro. So it won’t be suitable for those looking for the same viewing experience and there is a great difference between it and the 4K resolution found in the Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 Laptop.
On the other hand, Apple Macbook Air is considered a laptop in the full sense of the word, where it weighs 1.35 Kg in its 13.3” version where the Asus ZenBook is almost 2.26 Kg.
ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501
Asus Zenbook pro UX501 focuses on delivering powerful performance, it’s made primarily for users who need a powerful computing tasks like editing photos and videos. It comes with Intel 4th generation Core i7-4720HQ Quad-Core 2.6Ghz Processor, 16GB of DDR3 of RAM and 512 GB of SSD storage offering large speeds in dealing with various tasks.
Apple’s Macbook Air laptop comes with 5th generation Core I7 dual-core 2.2Ghz Processor, 8 GB of LP DDR3 RAM and 512 GB of SSD Storage. The device is also capable of accomplishing various tasks effectively but its performance will not be comparable to Asus laptop in dealing with heavy applications like video editing, especially with such modest display.
Battery life of Asus ZenBook extends to 6 hours of use while it reaches 12 hours in Apple Macbook Air, which makes the latter a better choice for those who travel a lot and who consider a laptop as a primary device to use outside. Also its lightness makes it better when moving and traveling a lot.
Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 comes with Windows 8.1 upgradable to Windows 10 for free, while Macbook Air comes with OS X as an operating system. Choosing an operating system always depends on users’ needs. Gamers would most probably go for Windows 10 as it supports many known games, where Mac OS would be more suitable choice for owners of other Apple products like iPhone & iPad.
A new Zenbook Pro UX501 will cost 1450 USD, with more expensive version available according to specifications. Whereas the Macbook Air with highest specifications comes at a price of 1750 USD with cheaper prices for less-equipped models. The difference between both models is around 300 USD.
|Macbook Air||Asus ZenBook Pro UX501|
|Processor||Intel Dual Core i7, 2.2Ghz||Intel Quad-Core i7 4720HQ|
|RAM||8GB LPDDR3||16 DDR3|
|Storage||512 GB SSD||512 GB SSD|
|Display||LCD 13.3” 1440 x 900P||15.6” Touch Screen 4K Resolution|
|Battery||12 Hours of Use||6 Hours of Use|
|Operating System||OSX 10.10||Windows 8.1, Upgradeable to Windows 10|
|Weight||1.35 Kg||2.26 Kg|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 6000||Intel HD Graphics 4600 & Nvidia Geforce GTX 960M|
|Price||1749 $||1450 $|
With a 300 USD difference, Zenbook Pro UX501 looks better even if it is more expensive than the Macbook Air, it would be justified by the better 4K resolution display than the Macbook Air which doesn’t compare to the quality of Apple’s devices. But it seems a clear step from Apple to encourage users to buy the more expensive Macbook Pro version albeit been disrespectful to users for providing such kind of display.
There is a great superiority for Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 when it comes to performance, with the superiority of Apple Macbook Air when it comes to mobility and battery life.
All in all, Macbook Air would be better for those who don’t need to perform demanding tasks and spend most of their time outside whereas. While Asus is a better device in general.
Compare prices of Apple’s Macbook Air from here, and also Asus Zenbook UX501 here.