Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Mar 2012 22:17 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems For years and years now (since the first G4 iBooks), whenever someone asked me for advice about what laptop to buy, my standard answer was simple: get an Apple laptop. Doesn't matter which one. Apple was so far ahead of the competition it just wasn't funny anymore. This past weekend, though, marked the end of an era for me: for the first time, I advised someone to get an Asus ZenBook instead.
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The real difference
by earksiinni on Wed 28th Mar 2012 00:47 UTC
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ASUS hasn't come out with a sub-13" model yet. For some of us, smaller is bigger.

MBA's 11" base model is $999. On the other hand, if 13" is really what you want, I'm finding 13" Zenbooks for $1050 w/ a slightly faster i5 processor (1.7 GHz vs. 1.6 GHz) and 2x SSD (128 GB vs. 64 GB).

At these prices and given the purpose of these laptops, is anyone actually quibbling over .1 GHz or SSD capacity, though? I think most people would be like Thom, buying one because they just like it more over the other.

Me? Golly, well that's another matter. I've been rockin' my Toshiba Satellite PRO CDT420 for the past 15 years. Why bother with brushed aluminum when you can have dual Cardbus slots? Pure carnal lust.

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