Apple MacBook Air 13 inch notebook vs ASUS UX21 laptop

On the left Asus UX 21 and on the right MacBook Air 13 inches Notebook

Upcoming notebook Asus UX21 Laptop

ASUS has showcased their new ultra slim and ultra portable laptop in the Computex 2011, and it is called as ASUS UX21 laptop. The UX21 will be packed with many innovative features for providing you the best experience.

Apple MacBook Air 13 Inches notebook

Apple MacBook Air 13 inches notebook is already a successful device in terms of brighter display, ultra thin design, good battery life, and so on. As a result, I feel that Apple MacBook Air could be a perfect device to compare with the upcoming ASUS UX21 laptop.

In this article, you can read the differences between the 13 inch MacBook Air notebook and the Asus UX21 laptop, and also you can identify, which is the best device.

Size & Weight:

When you see the thickness of both these notebooks, you can find that they are of same size measuring 3 mm – 17 mm thick. But if you notice the weight of these two laptops, the UX21 ends up with the lower weight than the MacBook Air 13 inch notebook. The UX21 weighs about 1.10 kg (2.20 pounds) whereas the 13 inches MacBook Air holds 1.32 kg (2.90 pounds).


If you want a big screen with high display resolution, then you can pick up the 13 – inches Air. The reason is that the Air will bring you 13.3 inches LED backlit display (1440 x 900 display resolutions), while the upcoming UX21 will come with 11.6 inches Widescreen display (1366 x 768 screen resolutions).

Intel Core Processor:

If you are an ASUS lover, then this could be the good news for you. ASUS will pack its UX21 laptop with the new second generation Intel Core i5 (i5 – 2557M) 1.70 GHz processor (supports up to Intel Core i7 Processor), but the Air 13 inch is only powered by the Intel Core 2 Duo, 1.88 GHz processor (maximum 2.13 GHz turbo frequency). The processor that is boasted in the UX21 device is energy efficient, and so you will certainly get an increased battery life.

Graphics card:

ASUS has got the integrated high definition graphics card along with the new upcoming Intel Core i5 processor. This graphics card can run on 350 MHz (maximum up to 1.20 GHz). The Air (13 inches) is running on the Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics card (256 MB DDR3 SDRAM).

Memory storage capacity:

Both these ultra thin devices are coming with completely different type of storage devices. First, the UX21 will bring you two types of SSD memory storage selections (64 GB or else 128 GB). With the help of SATA III SSD Technology, the UX21 can come to your desktop working page from sleep mode within two seconds. Next, the Air 13 inch will boast two flash storage options like 128 GB or 256 GB. An added advantage to the MacBook Air users is that it will also provide you a SD memory card slot.


The new UX21 will bring you the easy and fast transferring of files with its USB 3.0 port. This port is not present in the MacBook Air 13 inches. Both these device, will have two USB 2.0 ports, inbuilt speakers, and a headphone connector. The Air will bring you a mini Display port which is absent in the UX21 laptop. Instead of that port, the UX21 will carry a mini HDMI port.

Touch pad and Keyboard:

In the MacBook Air 13 inch device, you will get a full sized keyboard along with a multi touch track pad, whereas you can enjoy typing in UX21 with its new metal designed chic-let keyboard and a glass touch pad.


ASUS UX21 laptop is expected to hit the markets from September, 2011 for an anticipated price of below $1000.00 USD. When compared with UX21, the Apple MacBook Air 13 inches notebook will cost higher. The Air 13 inches notebook comes with two different models: 128 GB – $1,299.00 & 256 GB – $1,599.00.

Overall comparing both these laptops, I feel that the two devices are equally good in performing you the great computing experience. But, when it comes to pricing the ASUS UX21 laptop will sound better than the Apple MacBook Air 13 – inch notebook.


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