Macbook Air vs ZenBook (UX305FA-ASM1)

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When choosing a small new computer, the first choice you make is getting something like a chromebook or other low-powered small machine vs a more powerful Ultrabook.

I created this review for those who already know they want an ultrabook that can handle more intensive computing tasks such as running photoshop, basic video editing or playing a few games.

Naturally the place to start is the Macbook Air. Apple really created the Ultrabook with the Macbook Air years ago. I nice powerful machine in a small package, the tradeoff really is only in the high price. Now all the computer companies have ultrabooks to sell you and there is a lot of choice.

After narrowing down, I decided between getting the Macbook Air with 256 Gigs storage, or the ZenBook (UX305FA-ASM1) also with 256 Gigs of storage.

The similarities between these two machines are many. From the outside they are almost identical right down to keyboard layout and look and feel in every way.

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As for the hardware, the machines are pretty much a tie – they are both very well made, have a great feel and fit & finish. The great thing about the hardware being so similar, it allows you to make a choice based on the OS you prefer. If you like Windows, grab the ZenBook, if you are more of a fan of OS X, then grab the Macbook Air. Either way, they are a great machine you’ll love.

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Specs for the Asus Zenbook:

Screen Size 13.3 inches
Max Screen Resolution 1920*1080 pixels
Processor Core M-5Y10
RAM 8 GB DDR3
Hard Drive 256GB Solid State
Wireless Type 802.11 a/b/g/n
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 3
Brand Name Asus
Series Zenbook
Item model number UX305FA-ASM1
Operating System Windows 8
Item Weight 2.5 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H 12.80 x 8.90 x 0.50 inches
Color Greyish Black
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 2
Flash Memory Size 256
Hard Drive Interface Solid State
Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

 

Specs for the Macbook Air:

Screen Size 13.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1440 x 900
Max Screen Resolution 1440×900 pixels
Processor 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5
RAM 4 GB LPDDR3
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Hard Drive SSD
Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics 6000
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Brand Name Apple
Series MJVG2LL/A
Item model number MJVG2LL/A
Hardware Platform Mac
Operating System OS X Yosemite
Item Weight 3 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H 8.94 x 12.80 x 0.68 inches
Color Silver
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size 256
Optical Drive Type No
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (LiPo)

 


You can buy the ASUS Zenbook UX305FA 13.3-Inch Ultra-Slim All-Aluminum Laptop, 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM (with Free Windows 10 Upgrade) on Amazon:



Or grab the Macbook Air 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colours from Amazon:


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