Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2013 7:43 AM (in response to Apple intelligence six)
11/13 inch macbook air:
better base specs
unibody aluminium case
cheaper than equivalent zenbook once zenbook is upgraded to match specs
11/13 inch zenbook:
slightly cheaper before upgrades
more config options
the 15" zenbook has nice graphics but thats more comparable to the macbook pro imo
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2013 11:54 AM (in response to Jon P D)
The computer isn't getting very good customer reviews at Amazon. Complaints about keyboard, trackpad, display, Assus customer support, build quality, and SSD speeds. It would be easy to observe that people with complaints would be more likely to write reviews but when you go check out customer reviews of the MacBook Air the story there is quite different.
So far the two things that have amazed me is how bad PC trackpad and keyboards are. By now you'd think they could put together something that approaches Apple's quality.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2013 12:05 PM (in response to Apple intelligence six)
To combine and support some of the thoughts given, plus add a few ...
The aluminum body is strong and takes minor bumps better than even my work-provided laptop (you can hear the echos on certain body panels).
I refused to use the trackpad on my work-provided laptop because it just did not work. I started using my MBP with an external mouse, but abandoned that mouse within 30 minutes. Apple trackpads are so good I very much dislike using aven an Apple external trackpad (very responsive, but reaching over to use it is cumbersome).
OSX is more stable than Windows, although I have reports from a friend who thinks Windows 8 is a remarkably better OS than any previous ones (though fronted by an interface even Walt Disney would laugh off).
Still ... MBA is more expensive than Asus models.
On the balance ... MBA if you want "it just works". Windows if you do not mind some self-management.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2013 3:07 PM (in response to Apple intelligence six)
Interesting ... you're asking a bunch of Apple aficionados which is better ...
It's like going to a Toyota dealer and asking "Which is better, a Toyota, or a Hyundai"?
Anyway, the MacBook Air is better.