Laptops 2012 Comparison: ASUS Zenbook Prime vs Apple MacBook Pro


This laptop has been making the rounds on social networks. “ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A-DB51 13.3-Inch Ultrabook”.

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“ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A DB51 laptop” amazon

This laptop costs USD$1k. It's got 4GB memory, 128GB solid-state storage, 5 hour battery life. 13.3 inch screen (1920×1080). 1.3 kg.

The screen pixel dimension is the same as Blu-ray, actually more pixels than normal desktop displays. 〔➤ Screen Size Comparison: DVD, iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Blu-ray〕 However, it's less than Apple's “retina display”. Retina Display got 2880×1800 in 15.4 inch screen (220 pixels per inch.) 〔➤ iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Xoom: Pixel Dimension, Resolution, Density〕 〔“Apple MacBook Pro MC975LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop with Retina Display” amazon

Humm… show me the keyboard.

ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A DB51 laptop
“ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A-DB51 13.3-Inch Ultrabook” amazon

Not bad. It's got the right menu key, right-on for emacs's M-x or vi's 【Esc】 〔➤ Xah Emacs Tutorial〕 〔➤ Emergency vi (vim tutorial)

But too big and expensive. Too big for on the go, and not as powerful for home PC.

Though, the price/performance ratio beats Apple's by far, as usual. For the same weight, compare to Apple's MacBook Air. amazon For the same screen size, compare Apple's MacBook Pro. amazon In both cases, the Asus Zembook Prime wins. 〔➤ Why I'm Switching from Mac/Unix To PC/Windows

For you coders out there, get this, slap on linux, and you are good. Oh, there's just one more thing! When you whip out your laptop in a coffee shop, the word “elite” won't suddenly appear on your forehead. That's what Apple's for, like BMW, Mercedes, Gucci, Fendi, Prada, BCBG, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana!

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