ASUS ZenBook Duo versus Apple MacBook Air

Ciara Alarcon
Our team recently got a chance to play around with the new ASUS ZenBook Duo. Dubbed as "The Laptop of Tomorrow," the tech giant loaded the machine with superior performance and trendy features.

ASUS ZenBook Duo versus Apple MacBook Air
ASUS ZenBook Duo versus Apple MacBook Air

However, as an Apple user, is it really worth the upgrade? To know the answer, let's put it inside our own battle arena and see if it can knock out our main driver, the MacBook Air.

Let's get it on!

DeviceASUS ZenBook DuoApple MacBook Air
Display 14-inch LED-backlit FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 slim-bezel NandoEdge display;
12.6-inch touch display
13.3-inch LED-backlit (2560 x 1600) 16:0 display, True Tone technology
Dimensions1.99 x 32.3 x 22.3cm 0.41-1.56 x 30.41 x 21.24cm
OS Windows 10 HomemacOS
ProcessorIntel Core i5-10210U (1.6GHz quad-core with Turbo Boost) Intel Core i5 (1.6GHz quad-core with Turbo Boost)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce MX250 Intel UHD Graphics 617
Memory8GB of 2133MHz LPDDR38GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3
Storage 256GB PCIe x2128GB PCIe
Connectivity1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
1x Audio combo jack
1x MicroSD card reader
1x DC-in
2x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) with support for Charging; DisplayPort; Thunderbolt (up to 40Gbps); USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps)
Keyboard Full-size backlit with 1.4mm key travel 79 individual backlit keys
Audio ASUS SonicMaster, 3.5mm audio jackStereo speakers, 3.5mm audio jack
Camera IR Webcam with Window Hello support720p FaceTime HD Camera
Wireless Connectivity Intel WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth 4.2
Battery 70Wh Li-Polymer; 65W Power Adapter49.9Wh Li-Polymer, 30W USB-C Power Adapter
Price Php74,995 Php64,990

Since, we’re an Apple user, comparison appeared tricky at first – mainly because of its software, OS, and the whole Apple ecosystem itself. For instance, we had a hard time familiarizing the ZenBook Duo, most especially when it comes to our navigation. It wasn't easy to give up the convenience of our ecosystem, too.

But if you’re a Windows OS user, using it for the first time will never be an issue. In fact, the ZenBook Duo delivers enough offerings to steal the spotlight.

ASUS ZenBook Duo
ASUS ZenBook Duo

The MacBook Air offers a lighter body, but the ZenBook Duo features a larger 14-inch LED-backlit FHD screen, which has good viewing angles and brightness even when we’re using it outdoors. It's also understandable that the latter comes with a slightly heavier physique, as it is packed with a secondary screen.

Speaking of, for a professional and creative person, its 12.6-inch secondary touchscreen is 101% useful whenever editing videos, writing articles, and managing social media pages. We also have to mention that we’re multitasking most of the time, so, an additional display would be a game-changer for us.

Additionally, the ZenBook Duo boasts more connectivity features that can improve our work. It can run for almost 11 hours, as well, which is really impressive because our main driver cannot last for that long.

In terms of its performance, the ZenBook Duo and MacBook Air are both fast and smooth when we’re running heavy tasks.

The Apple MacBook Air is priced at Php64,990, while consumers can get the ZenBook Duo starting at Php74,995. The MacBook Air comes with a more affordable price tag, but the new ZenBook Duo can offer you unique features.

So, which side are you on? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

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