Want a nicer (and cheaper) MacBook?
Apple’s new MacBook is definitely a gadget that’s worth drooling over, but not everyone has enough scratch for the mind-numbing $1299 (Php 58200) sticker price for one. Thankfully there is an alternative for people who want something a little cheaper and just as functional: ASUS’ Zenbook UX305. The UX305 is as functional and as light as the new MacBook, and surprise surprise: it has more ports available to users than the single USB C connector on Apple’s offering. It also sports an all metal body, which is surprising since this particular notebook is just a tad over a kilo in weight.
Internally it’s powered by the same Core M processor as the MacBook, and comes in two flavors: – an Intel Core M-5Y10 1.1gHz processor with 4GB DDR3L RAM and 128GB SATA3 M.2 SSD, and slightly more powerful version that has an Intel Core M-5Y71 1.2gHz processor, 8GB DDR3L RAM and 256GB SATA3 M.2 SSD. Aside from the 3 USB 3.0 ports, the UX305 also has a micro HDMI port as well as a SD/SDXC card reader. Probably the only drawback to the notebook is that it’s only full HD and not QHD but most people don’t mind the lower resolution if it means getting a lower price and a slightly bigger display (13.3-inches over 12-inches in the MacBook).
Speaking of price, you can expect to pay Php 34,995 for the 4GB RAM, 128GB storage version of the UX305. The higher 8GB, 256GB storage version commands a slightly higher price of Php 46,995.