ASUS ZenBook 3 vs. Apple MacBook - spec shootout


Are you on the fence about picking up a new ASUS ZenBook 3 (UX390)? Let’s take a look at the comparable Apple MacBook (2016) to see how they measure up against one another.

Apple MacBook (2016)

ASUS ZenBook 3

Screen size 12 inches 12.5 inches
Screen resolution 2304 x 1440 1920 x 1080
Bezel Size 12.6 mm x 9.4 mm x 20.1 mm
(78% screen-to-body ratio)
11.5 mm x 7.6 mm x 16 mm
(82% screen-to-body ratio)
icon_processor Processor Intel® Core™ m3, m5, m7 Intel® Core™ i5 or i7
RAM 8 GB, 1866 MHz 16 GB, 2133 MHz
Storage 256 GB, 512 GB Flash 512 GB, 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x 4
Camera 480p 720p
icon_screensize Dimensions 13.1 mm x 280.5 mm x 196.5 mm 11.9 mm x 296 mm x 191.2 mm
Weight 920 g 910 g
Battery 41.4 Wh, up to 10 hours 40 Wh, up to 9 hours
Inputs USB-C 3.1 USB-C 3.1, fingerprint
icon_wifi Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1
Color Rose Gold, Space Grey, Gold, Silver Rose Gold, Royal Blue, Quartz Gray
Price $1,549 (m3)
$1,899 (m5)
$2,079 (m7)
$999 (256 GB)
$1,499 (512 GB)
$1,999 (1 TB)

Right off the bat, the ZenBook 3 has an advantage in processing power. The processors are properly desktop-class and can handle demanding applications without a hiccup. Not only is there more RAM in the ZenBook 3, it’s faster RAM too.

It’s a big deal that the ZenBook 3 is fully 10% lighter and thinner than the MacBook. For anyone regularly on the move, these aspects make or break a PC. Just because it’s slim doesn’t mean it’s flimsy, though. The sturdy aluminum unibody construction ensures the ZenBook 3 can handle day-to-day rigors.

This incredible ultra-slim notebook is much more than just a list of specifications, though. Visit the official ASUS ZenBook 3 product page to learn more about everything it has to offer.

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