If you’re after a compact and stylish laptop, but a MacBook Air, one of the best looking models on the market, is surpassing your budget, then you should definitely consider the ASUS Zenbook UX303UB.
With a 13.3″ display and an incredibly thin profile, it will so little space in your backpack or briefcase that you won’t even notice it. Besides this, it looks amazing, with a body made entirely out of aluminum.
The laptop is powered by a 5th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, running at 2.6 GHz, which, thanks to the Intel Turbo Boost technology, allows you to increase the clock speed to 3.0 GHz. The processor is aided by 12 GB of DDR3L RAM, so you can use even the most demanding video-rendering apps and even games.
Speaking about games, the ASUS Zenbook UX303UB can be used for enjoying some of your favorite titles, since it’s equipped with a NVIDIA GT 940M video card, with dedicated video memory.
Finally, the storage capacity counts 512 GB and it’s provided by a solid state drive, with no moving parts and faster start-up times. On the other side, if you need more space, you can opt for cloud storage or connect an external HDD, using one of the three USB 3.0 ports.
The laptop also feature a card slot, supporting SD and MMC formats, so you can quickly transfer photos. The built-in DVD/CD drive is not included.
In terms of connectivity, it comes with next-gen wireless, three times faster than Wireless-N, and a Fast Ethernet LAN port, for quickly wired Web access. The Bluetooth 4.0 interface allows you to sync the laptop with compatible devices, like tablets or smartphones,
Moving on to the display, the ASUS Zenbook UX303UB is using a 13.3″ LED-backlit touchscreen display, with a QHD+ resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels, resulting incredibly crisp and clear images. It’s also using the IPS (in-place switching) technology, offering wide viewing angles.
We can also notice a built-in webcam above the display, great for keeping in touch with your friends and family, over specific apps, like Skype or Google Hangouts.
Like mentioned above, the laptop sports a very elegant display, measuring just 0.8″ in thickness and weighing 3.2 lbs., for maximum portability. It has various metallic finishes, while the black keyboard and display bezel create a really nice contrast.
The ASUS Zenbook UX303UB is available for $1299.99, with a pre-installed copy of Windows 10, so you don’t have to spend anything else for an operating system. It’s far from being cheap, but considering the design and the processing power this laptop is stacking under the hood, we must admit that it’s an excellent pick.