ASUS' ZenBook three vs. the up to date MacBook: Which packs extra punch?

The 12-inch MacBook is engaging and compact, however not with out compromises. When the unique got here out final spring, our reviewer Dana Wollman took concern with its lackluster efficiency and lack of ports outdoors of a USB-C connection. Nonetheless, the MacBook was ok to warrant a refresh in 2016 that delivered extra battery life and improved efficiency. Now, ASUS is getting in on the minimalist act with its new ZenBook three. At a look, the brand new MacBook and ZenBook three appear fairly comparable certainly, with small, light-weight designs and, nicely, not many ports. Whereas we’ll definitely put the Zenbook three via its paces in a full assessment, a fast peek on the specs reveals two machines comparable in profile, however with the potential for very totally different efficiency.

ASUS ZenBook threeApple MacBook (2016) Worth $999 / $1,499 / $1,999 $1,299 / $1,599 Dimensions 296 x 191.2 x eleven.9mm (eleven.sixty five x 7.fifty three x zero.forty seven inches) 280 x 196.5 x thirteen.1mm (eleven.04 x 7.seventy four x zero.fifty two inches) Weight 910g (2 kilos) 920g (2.03 kilos) OS Home windows 10 OS X El Capitan Show 12.5-inch LED-backlit LCD 12-inch LED-backlit LCD with IPS Decision 1,920 x 1,080 2,304 x 1,440 Processor Intel Core i5 6200U or Core i7 6500U Intel Core m3 (1.1GHz) or Core m5 (1.2GHz) Reminiscence 16GB / 64GB 8GB Graphics Intel HD Graphics 520 Intel HD Graphics 512 Storage 256GB / 512GB / 1TB SSD 256GB / 512GB SSD Ports USB-C USB-C WiFi 802.11ac with WIDI 802.11ac Battery forty WHr forty one.four WHr

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