Humans are creatures of habit, which is why if you are a life long loyal Apple product customer, it is perfectly understandable that you struggle to part ways with your impulses. Apple products have a sleek and sexy aesthetic to them, their software is magnificent, they practically do not get viruses, and they’re very simple and easy to use. These are all qualities that any rational buyer would want in a product. But, despite all of these strengths, we’re here to tell you that if you are in the market for a new computer, you may want to consider making a change. While the Macbook Air is a stellar piece of equipment, it is not the greatest thing since slice bread. There is an imposter, and at the very least, it most certainly gives Apple a run for its money, and at best, it just might be a better fit for your needs. Here is your step by step comparison of the Apple Macbook Air and the ASUS Zenbook UX31. And by the end, if you have any doubts whatsoever, you can ask any additional questions to E-Valve Technologies’ IT support NYC department.
Design: Both of these computers have incredibly elegant appearances and their differences in design are miniscule. They’re both marvelously thin while still remaining impressively durable. The Mac is only ever so slightly thinner but hardly to the extent that it would be noticeable to the average user. The ASUS is lighter, which for some could be enough of a deciding factor, as this makes it more portable and less burdensome. Both are made from robust aluminum chassis.
Keyboard and Touchpad: In the interest of being fair and honest, the Air has the ASUS beat in this category. The Macbook Air’s touch pad is more responsive and more accurate, which are the two most vital aspects. Also, the Air’s keyboard is backlit, which makes it easy to work in the dark. That’s not to say, however, that the ASUS is particularly problematic. In fact, it’s actually quite good. The buttons are well spaced and the accuracy and responsiveness of the touchpad is far above average.
Hardware: The Air has a beautiful 13.3 inch LED widescreen that displays up to 1,400 x 900 pixel resolution. But it doesn’t compare to the 1,600 x 900 high resolution of the UX31. Aside from the screen, much of the hardware between the two products is practically identical. Both have about 4 gigabytes of RAM and an integrated Intel HD graphics card, effectively leaving their performance as a tie between the two.
Software and Features: Webcam goes to Mac. Speakers go to ASUS. So depending on your priorities, that could be the final deciding factor. The biggest, and ultimately most important difference is the operating system. The Air uses Mac OS, which is easier to use and typically a bit more reliable and secure, while the ASUS uses Windows, which is compatible with a wider variety of apps and is generally the better choice for the more tech savvy.
Pricing: And finally, we come to the distinguishing factor that puts all ASUS products way ahead of their more well known competitor. The starting price of the ASUS is a full two hundred dollars cheaper than the Mac. But if that’s not enough to convince you, just consider all of the additional stuff that Mac will find ways to charge your for. The cost of chargers, repairs, etc. are always overpriced and customers always end up spending more than they should in the long run. So let that sink in before you rule out the ASUS.
In closing, not to speak contrarily to the above information, but yes, the Macbook Air is a magnificent device. That said, Apple can be a bit sneaky and this can really rub people the wrong way sometimes. So if you’re on a budget or just do not like being taken advantage of, the alternative ASUS Zenbook UX31 will serve you well. For more tips, tricks, and information regarding computer repair or IT help, speak to our IT support NYC team of computer geeks who will be delighted to help. You can contact us by calling 646-564-3636.
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