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ASUS' ZenBook 3 vs. the updated MacBook: Which packs more punch?

Engadget Engadget 4/06/2016 Kris Naudus
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The 12-inch MacBook is attractive and compact, but not without compromises. When the original came out last spring, our reviewer Dana Wollman took issue with its lackluster performance and lack of ports outside of a USB-C connection. Still, the MacBook was good enough to warrant a refresh in 2016 that delivered more battery life and improved performance. Now, ASUS is getting in on the minimalist act with its new ZenBook 3. At a glance, the new MacBook and ZenBook 3 seem quite similar indeed, with small, lightweight designs and, well, not many ports. While we'll certainly put the Zenbook 3 through its paces in a full review, a quick peek at the specs reveals two machines similar in profile, but with the potential for very different performance.

ASUS ZenBook 3Apple MacBook (2016)
Price$999 / $1,499 / $1,999$1,299 / $1,599
Dimensions296 x 191.2 x 11.9mm (11.65 x 7.53 x 0.47 inches)280 x 196.5 x 13.1mm (11.04 x 7.74 x 0.52 inches)
Weight910g (2 pounds)920g (2.03 pounds)
OSWindows 10OS X El Capitan
Display12.5-inch LED-backlit LCD12-inch LED-backlit LCD with IPS
Resolution1,920 x 1,0802,304 x 1,440
ProcessorIntel Core i5 6200U or Core i7 6500UIntel Core m3 (1.1GHz) or Core m5 (1.2GHz)
Memory16GB / 64GB8GB
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 520Intel HD Graphics 512
Storage256GB / 512GB / 1TB SSD256GB / 512GB SSD
WiFi802.11ac with WIDI802.11ac
Battery40 WHr41.4 WHr

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