MacBook Air vs ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T / Apple Blows Aways Windows Touch-Screen Machine with Longer Battery and Affordable Pricing

James LoveSep 03, 2013 03:33 PM EDT

MacBook Air vs ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T / Apple Blows Aways Windows Touch-Screen Machine with Longer Battery and Affordable Pricing

Though many of you probably haven't heard of the computer company Asus, but it turns out their Asus VivoBook X202E-DH31T could be giving the Apple MacBook Air a run for its money. For even less money!

Let's break down the specs and features of both devices. We'll focus on the 11.6-inch versions of each.

When it comes to power and performance, the MacBook Air soars with the Intel Core i5 processor compared to the Asus' Intel Core i3 i3-3217U. Though the processor is a older model, studies show the Asus VivoBook X202E-DH31T is clocked at 1.8GHz compared to the 1.3GHz speed of the MacBook Air.

However, the Asus VivoBook X202E-DH31T packs quite a punch with 500GB Hard Disk storage compared to the 128GB SSD on the MacBook Air.

The Asus does all this for almost half the price of the MacBook Air. Retail price for the Asus VivoBook runs at $599 compared to the Mac Air at $999.

Where the MacBook Air gets its namesake is the portability. Weighing in at 2.38 pounds, the Air is lighter and thinner than the Asus, which is perfect for on the go web browsing.

Both computers come with 4GB of DDR3 RAM, but the MacBook Air has a customizable 8GB RAM option.

Here are a couple online reviews for both.

LAPTOP Magazine gives the Asus VivoBook X202E-DH31T a 2.5 stars out of 5 calling the device "pretty cheap for a touch-screen Windows 8 machine, but this ultraportable lacks staying power."

CNET rated the MacBook Air 4 out of 5 stars calling the device "a conservative route in 2013, emphasizing longer battery life and more affordable pricing over any big design changes. The battery boost alone might be worth it."

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