At the ongoing Computex 2016 event, Asus unveiled the next generation Zenbook 3 laptop. Apple Macbook also ships with premium features and high-end specifications. In this article, we will compare the two laptops in terms of price, specs and features. Here is a detailed face-off between Asus Zenbook 3 Vs Apple MacBook 2016.

Asus ZenBook 3


Asus ZenBook 3, available in Royal Blue, Rose Gold and Quartz Grey color variants, features a 12.5-inch Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protected display, Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB 2133MHz RAM, up to 1TB SSD storage, USB Type-C port coupled with powerful quad-speaker audio by Harman Kardon.

Manufactured with a special 2-phase anodizing process, the new Asus ZenBook 3 features an ultra-sleek 11.9mm chassis with a weight of less than 910 grams. Moreover, the ZenBook 3 is crafted from the specially designed aerospace-grade aluminium alloy. According to Asus, this material is 50 percent stronger than the standard alloy used in laptops.

Equipped with an innovative cooling system, the Asus ZenBook 3 offers the world’s thinnest fan design at just 3mm. This unique cooling process enables the laptop to achieve incredible performance in an ultra-thin from factor.

The new Asus ZenBook 3 is equipped with a full-size backlit keyboard with 19.8mm key pitch, which is the same as found in normal desktop keyboards. Moreover, the trackpad is covered a unique glass, which provides smooth and precise input with support for palm-rejection technology, Smart Gestures, and handwriting support.

The recently announced ZenBook 3 also includes a fingerprint reader with Windows Hello support via Intel RealSense camera, which provides users with instant one-touch access. You will be able to sign in and unlock quickly without having to provide passwords or PIN.

Capable of delivering 9 hours of backup time, the new ZenBook 3 provides support for fast charging technology.

Apple MacBook


Apple MacBook features a 12-inch LED IPS (2304×1440; 226PPI) display, up to 1.2 Ghz dual-core Intel Core m5 processor, 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 RAM, up to 512GB SSD flash storage, Intel HD Graphics 515, USB-C port, FaceTime camera, Stereo speakers including full-size LED backlit keyboard.

Moreover, the force touch trackpad integrated with the device offers precise cursor control, pressure-sensing capabilities, accelerators, pressure-sensitive drawing, and Multi-Touch gestures. Equipped with OS X El Capitan operating system, the Apple MacBook offers a wide range of apps loaded into the system.

The Verdict

If you closely look at the specs, you can see that there is a difference of 0.5-inchs. The display of ZenBook 3 is on a higher side. Moreover, ZenBook 3 comes with Intel Core i7, which is the fatest running processor. While MacBook offers only up to 512GB of internal storage, the ZenBook 3 comes with up to 1TB of storage.

If you would like to buy a new premium laptop, you need to wait till Asus launches ZenBook 3 on the market since it has higher specifications with Windows 10. However, if your requirement is a Mac OS, then you should definitely go ahead and pick up the MacBook, but you have to be satisfied with only 512GB space.