The $999 MacBook Air Alternative

  • čas přidán 15. 11. 2018
  • Dave2D review of the new Asus Zenbook 14 - one of the best competitors to the MacBook Air and it costs MUCH less.
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    The new Zenbooks have a light up number pad and are rocking the new 8th gen whisky lake CPU the i7-8565U and a MX150. These laptops are thin and light while having good CPU and GPU performance.

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  • Dave Lee
    Dave Lee  Před 10 měsíci +1136

    I'm surprised they're able to sell this device for $999. An MX150 in a premium built thin/light ultrabook for that money is ripe. Thanks for watching!

    • Sarah Sophia
      Sarah Sophia Před 25 dny

      Is it possible to start talking about ease of repair in your videos . Sometimes things go wrong and I don’t want a laptop that is impossible to repair !

    • DarkSoaR
      DarkSoaR Před měsícem


    • Mohamed Berghli
      Mohamed Berghli Před měsícem

      Is it good for programming and engineering in general?

    • Han Sheng Wong
      Han Sheng Wong Před 2 měsíci

      hi i just bought this laptop but im having a lot of throttling issues. used programs to maxed out cpu and the mx150 but still having massive fluctuation on the frames rate. how are you able to maintain it?

    • Parth Tyagi
      Parth Tyagi Před 3 měsíci

      I just got this laptop today and the trackpad is unresponsive at the edges. I don't know if thats a problem or if the trackpad is just made that way. At the edges it become completely. unresponsive.

  • K A Tharun Kumar
    K A Tharun Kumar Před 4 dny

    Is Window's i7 8th Gen faster than MacBook Air's i5?
    Bruh!! Reply me as soon as possible coz if Windows is faster I'll buy the Zenbook 13 or I'll buy MacBook Air 2019.

  • Daniel Dougan
    Daniel Dougan Před 10 dny

    I find the lack of Thunderbolt 3 disturbing. That would have made this thing just about perfect.

  • Mikayel Միքայել
    Mikayel Միքայել Před 11 dny +1

    I don't care what reviewers say MacBooks still looks better

  • Jilliane Rae
    Jilliane Rae Před 15 dny

    ADD MORE ADSSS, we wanna support u!

  • Karol-Julien WILD
    Karol-Julien WILD Před 23 dny

    Could you share your opinion about Lenovo Thinkpad t490 fhd i5 whisky Lake laptop? Thank you!

  • Karol-Julien WILD
    Karol-Julien WILD Před 23 dny

    Hi, great work!!!

  • yayax's dian
    yayax's dian Před 26 dny +2

    If you want comparation.. Try look for MSI PS42.. It also has 16mm thin(alumunium) and several dedicated graphic cards for alternative(mx150-gtx1050). And has double cooling fan for similar price. I think MSI PS42 is more compatible for gaming

  • Maalo
    Maalo Před měsícem +3

    *IMPORTANT* : if you wanna game ... Even if are an enthusiast ... I'mma recommend this laptop.. buy a laptop cooling pad and you are all set ... There is no thermal issues , no framedrops... I was worried at the beginning, but now I'm happy ... This is true message
    Some fps :
    Fortnite - pro settings - 120+fps
    Apex - low to medium - nearly 100 fps - stable 60 +
    WWE 2k19 and Fifa 19 : high settings - 60 fps
    Csgo and rainbow six - high settings - 100+ fps
    Overwatch - high - 100 fps
    Rocket league - 1080p - ultra - 90fps

    • Nihal Nambiar
      Nihal Nambiar Před 25 dny

      Maalo which cooler master would u recommend

    • Maalo
      Maalo Před 26 dny

      @Nihal Nambiar targus chill mat..
      Also recommend you to be in a AC room for the above performance with no stutters....
      If you buy a powerful one like cooler master ,then pad is enough
      But if you buy a normal cool pad like mine, you gonna wanna play it in a AC room , coz I tried without it it lags a little bit , but not as it was without any cool pad .. for the best performance be in a AC room and place it in a chill pad and play..

    • Nihal Nambiar
      Nihal Nambiar Před 26 dny

      Maalo what’s the cooling pad u use

  • SimonBD
    SimonBD Před měsícem +28

    Turn on Ads, honestly we won't care because your content is supreme. Plus you will make a little more money

    • Nemesis
      Nemesis Před 25 dny +5

      I think he addressed this in one of his qa's. He has a day job and basically does this youtube thing as a hobby so he doesn't mind.

  • Hamza Ghallab
    Hamza Ghallab Před měsícem

    I'm going to buy one next week for 837 dollars, is it still worth it? please an answer. Thank you sir

  • Tilen Vodenik
    Tilen Vodenik Před měsícem

    Huawei matebook x pro vs this Asus zenbook ??

  • Dheo Ronaldo
    Dheo Ronaldo Před měsícem +5

    How well this laptop is going to perform in 2020? And how about the video editing performance

  • Aayush Sankhyan
    Aayush Sankhyan Před měsícem +1

    Hey I just bought the zenbook 13 ux333
    It's amazing

  • Maalo
    Maalo Před měsícem +1

    Hey Dave , im very happy with the purchase. i had no idea about this device, bought it only because of your review...really nice man !
    but you forgot to state something, it also suffers the same thermal issue while playing any game, like even rocket league. just like the zenbook S13 you've mentioned it that vid. if you can help on how it can be solved !! it will be really greateful

    anyone with solutions , please comment it guys!!

    • Apple Tree
      Apple Tree Před měsícem

      Google laptop cooling mats

  • Manoj Tyson.
    Manoj Tyson. Před měsícem

    How much memory was available in 512gb SSD?

  • Jessica Elizabeth
    Jessica Elizabeth Před 2 měsíci

    i need a laptop that can run photoshop very smoothly with pretty accurate colors. i also want to do a bit of 2D animation and use after effects pretty often. and i also plan to start practicing using zbrush somewhere along the way, and play games like sims for entertainment. what laptop should i get? will this be enough? thank you!

    • Jessica Elizabeth
      Jessica Elizabeth Před 2 měsíci

      @km riyas hey, i decided to get the dell xps 13 9370, the i7 version. i dont have it in my hands yet though, i'm gonna go get it this weekend. i'll let you know if it's perfect for the job! (hopefully it is) 😄

    • km riyas
      km riyas Před 2 měsíci

      I also need a laptop for same use.
      Anyone please suggest...☺️

  • Mib mub7
    Mib mub7 Před 2 měsíci

    The Huawei Matebook D is 600 dollars and I think it's also a very good Ultrabook! It's cheap but still feels premium.

  • Skanda Bharadwaj
    Skanda Bharadwaj Před 2 měsíci

    Hey Lee i got the same laptop without graphic card can i upgrade it with a graphic card?

  • Jude Gonsalves
    Jude Gonsalves Před 2 měsíci

    Will player unknown work with this graphic card?

    • Havif
      Havif Před měsícem

      With lowest setting it will get you around 30 fps

  • Aasiya Khan
    Aasiya Khan Před 2 měsíci

    No need for an alternative now.
    MacBook Air for students comes in 999. With free beats headphone. *HAPPY*

  • Anonymously famous
    Anonymously famous Před 2 měsíci

    Silver gives me life!

    DRAGOON GAMING Před 2 měsíci +1

    Can the i5 varient with mx150 be used for video editing? Anyone

  • Hello
    Hello Před 2 měsíci

    It looks so clean on video just like the macbook.

  • Wishnu Wijaya
    Wishnu Wijaya Před 2 měsíci

    Hey, can I upgrade the ram on this laptop?

  • Davideo Jockey
    Davideo Jockey Před 2 měsíci

    Dude you are missing the point im a merchant i list and calculate prices 10 hours a day.. i ve been praying for the FULL KEYBOARD numbers on a small form factor

  • Desmond Du
    Desmond Du Před 2 měsíci


  • Aurovrata Venet
    Aurovrata Venet Před 2 měsíci

    Soldered ram...that just kills it. Buy a librem 13 instead more expensive but way longer shelf life

  • Pavithra Kumar
    Pavithra Kumar Před 2 měsíci

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  • Pavithra Kumar
    Pavithra Kumar Před 2 měsíci

    Heat while programming?

  • Xing Fu
    Xing Fu Před 2 měsíci +1

    If I have 999 dollar, why would I bother to buy an alternative one?

  • DaRTHYiGiT
    DaRTHYiGiT Před 2 měsíci

    i guess this is i5 8gb ram version. Normally this notebook is starting 1300€. (For me i5 and 8gb ram just trash. )

  • JohnS20
    JohnS20 Před 2 měsíci

    Lenovo E495 is also nice. I bought one with Ryzen 7 3700U 16gb ram and 256gb for around 750 dollars. Yes the screen isn't that great but it is a workhorse.

  • Géza Ferenc Zsombori
    Géza Ferenc Zsombori Před 2 měsíci

    Hi! As a non English keyboard layout user I think the numpad is very useful. Some of the numbers on the top are taken up by characters like ö, ó, ü, ű on Hungarian layouts.

  • J-Rod26
    J-Rod26 Před 3 měsíci

    Almost perfect except the lack of USB C charging. Hate having to lug the barrel charger in addition to other chargers when traveling.

  • Charles Zhu
    Charles Zhu Před 3 měsíci

    In my place it still cost 1300 USD.

  • Elaine Villa
    Elaine Villa Před 3 měsíci

    So glad you talked about the number pad. I would love a smaller laptop with a keypad cause I work with a ton of spreadsheets... but I cant have the slow keypad. Thanks for the honest opinion!!!

  • PCRigGamer
    PCRigGamer Před 3 měsíci

    For just 200$ more you can get macbook air which has a Unibody construction , Way way better and best display in the laptop , way way better resale value.

  • Petri Lopia
    Petri Lopia Před 3 měsíci +153

    Laptops now a days are really cheap! You can't get new laptop just a price of one monitor stand!

    • Archangel Tyrael
      Archangel Tyrael Před 10 dny

      Don’t tell anyone, but laptop stands are actually expensive. Making the laptops look cheap. Shhhhh.

    • Michael Oliveros
      Michael Oliveros Před 12 dny

      I call shade! 😂

    • Hanxi Guo
      Hanxi Guo Před 25 dny


    • Five10
      Five10 Před měsícem +2

      this comment deserves to be on top XD

    • k7
      k7 Před 3 měsíci +2


  • nowein naidoo
    nowein naidoo Před 3 měsíci

    Is this better than the hp spectre 13 (2018) ??

  • Kart G
    Kart G Před 3 měsíci

    How about Lenovo ideapad 730s, around the same price point, same processors, fantastic display, 2 thunderbolt 3s, super thin and light.

  • Piyush Kumar
    Piyush Kumar Před 3 měsíci +4

    Hey Dave, How will the DDR3 Ram in Zenbook 14 affect its prospects 2-3 years into the future for productivity. Also right now 9th gen intel processors are rolling out in gaming setups but I really want an ultrabook so is there any good ultrabook with 9th gen processor out there that you'd recommend?

  • Robert Butler
    Robert Butler Před 3 měsíci

    More Asus Eye-candy to distract from Asus horrible customer support. Buy this or any other Asus laptop, and it may be a brick in under two years. I have an Asus Zenbook Pro. After just under two years the Zenbook stopped recognizing the RAM in the SODIMM socket. I am not a hater. I liked my Zenbook. I just can't afford to buy a new one every two years. Can you? Should you?

  • Jason Tang
    Jason Tang Před 3 měsíci +7

    This laptop is still not available. (The 14 inch model with mx150)

  • Teguh Suryadi
    Teguh Suryadi Před 3 měsíci

    I am afraid he will be kidnapped by Apple after all his recent video XD

  • Rashed Mahmud Olive
    Rashed Mahmud Olive Před 3 měsíci

    what about the OS 😊

  • .
    . Před 3 měsíci

    yeah but does it run macos

  • Vaibhav riju mishra
    Vaibhav riju mishra Před 3 měsíci

    Is installing Ubuntu on this laptop a problem?

    • Ivan Bryan
      Ivan Bryan Před 3 měsíci

      @Vaibhav riju mishra asus doesn't make drivers for Linux... So I doubt most of the components will work

    • Vaibhav riju mishra
      Vaibhav riju mishra Před 3 měsíci

      @Ivan Bryan Yah,But I really seem to like this Laptop,And I am a student so I wished to make sure that do people face problems using or installing Ubuntu on this laptop,as these problems seem prevalent in Asus ROGs.

    • Ivan Bryan
      Ivan Bryan Před 3 měsíci +1

      Get a ThinkPad if you want full compatibility with Linux or FreeBSD 😊👍

  • Pang Chin Chao , Grassjelly
    Pang Chin Chao , Grassjelly Před 3 měsíci

    Can the storage be taken out and upgraded?

  • mustafa aydın
    mustafa aydın Před 3 měsíci

    I will wait for next gen. Because:
    1- Power button must be individual one, must not be in keyboard.
    2- I must be able to charge it via USB-C
    3- ISO keyboard layout please.
    4- A little less noise and heat.

  • Paul Aldrich
    Paul Aldrich Před 4 měsíci +1

    Just bought the 14inch in royal blue. $1600 aud in most stores but I got it for $1360 aud. Honestly an amazing laptop for the price. Screen, keyboard, touch pad, and hinge are are amazing. The pcie ssd is exceptionally fast and overall it's just great

    • Playno
      Playno Před 3 měsíci

      Paul Aldrich I'm actually planning to buy the zen book 14 but I have question, does it have any thermal
      Issues under load? Does it get uncomfortably hot? I would be really glad if u could respond

  • Jose A
    Jose A Před 4 měsíci

    Without usb c charging this thing is DOA for me. Too bad because its otherwise ticks off all the boxes.

  • xpert kanishk
    xpert kanishk Před 4 měsíci

    I am getting this like rt now

  • Hong Chee
    Hong Chee Před 4 měsíci +4

    Dave .... Asus Zenbook Ux333/ ux433 and Acer Swift 5 which one is a better selection for students ?

  • TheEnderAnimations
    TheEnderAnimations Před 4 měsíci

    Is it good for animating

  • CosmicBrain21
    CosmicBrain21 Před 4 měsíci

    This laptop is terrible in pretty much every way. $999 price tag seems very cheeky, who will actually buy this?

  • Hong Chee
    Hong Chee Před 4 měsíci

    HOw does the UX433 different with the Ux 431? Why UX431 is even cheaper than this? which would be a better laptop for students?

  • Rabin Paudel
    Rabin Paudel Před 4 měsíci

    HELP !

    • solidgaunt88
      solidgaunt88 Před 2 měsíci

      Same Rabin, me too. I took it back to the retailer to switch the unit and same issue. On Rainbow Six siege and GTAV on low res low / normal settings starts heating up big time after 10 mins. I think the cooling is not engineered properly.

  • Abid uzzaman Miah
    Abid uzzaman Miah Před 4 měsíci

    As long as apple have their seperate OS and their software support.. Nothing can truly be their alternative unless they bring their own...They don't need to be high speced their hardware and software are optimized..Macs are not for gamers.. Apple really seperated themselves from all oranges..Apple is not really in the competition with others..

  • Croft
    Croft Před 4 měsíci

    I'm late to the party but that numeric touch pad is stupid. People who really enter numbers rely on touch, not vision. A proper numeric keyboard has a small bump on the 5, so people can orient their hand without even looking at the keys. Touch keys like these require you to look at what you're doing, which sucks.