The new Dell XPS 13 launch has increased competition among ultra-portable notebooks. Among its rivals, the ZenBook 14, from Asus, pointed out by the manufacturer as the most compact 14-inch model in the world, is worth highlighting. On one hand, Dell presents a modern design and 4K screen option with 16:10 format, while the rival option bets on the versatility of the second screen that replaces the traditional touchpad. Check out the following for more details on the datasheet of the two notebooks with tenth generation Intel chips and find out which is best for you. This is a verugh high end laptop. If are first time buyer, you should check out list of laptops under 30000.
The two notebooks have a modern design and an ultra slim and compact profile. The XPS 13 draws attention by the screen that occupies 90% of the available area and the minimal edges that are equal on all four sides of the display. The design yields a 16:10 screen that should prove more suitable for productivity. In the finish, it mixes metal with carbon fiber.
Composed of metal, the ZenBook 14 from Asus also displays a screen with minimal edges that, unlike XPS, has a 16:9 aspect, more traditional. The Taiwanese manufacturer’s computer stands out by offering a second touchpad screen, promising expanded functionality on the secondary display. Weighing 1.26 kilograms, the ZenBook 14 is characterized by Asus as the world’s most compact 14″ notebook. The XPS 13 rivals in size and will weigh 1.2 kilos in your backpack.
For connectivity, the Asus laptop ends up offering a greater variety of ports. In Zenbook 14 there is a USB-C port, two USB ports, HDMI input, microSD card reader and headphone output. In the XPS 13, the consumer finds two Thunderbolt compatible USB-C ports (which are also used to charge the laptop), headphone output and microSD reader. Both also offer Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth.
In terms of display, the ZenBook 14 has a unique configuration, providing Full HD in 14 inches with IPS LED technology. There are models of Asus laptop with touch screen display, and others without this capacity.
There’s more variety in XPS 13. The Dell notebook can be found with Full HD+ (1920 x 1200 pixels) or UHD+ (3840 x 2400 pixels) display. These differences that make the XPS 13 displays higher than standard Full HD and 4K explain the use of a 16:10 aspect ratio display, which is responsible for the display that takes up all available area. In XPS 13 there is also an option for the touchscreen, available in 4K versions. For those who prefer a notebook without a touch screen, there is the Full HD model.
In terms of processing, XPS 13 takes advantage by applying more powerful tenth generation processor. The Dell computer can be found in versions with the Core i5 1035G1 or Core i7 1065G7, while ZenBook offers the Core i5 1020U or Core i7 10510U models. Although the performance differences are small between these processors, they exist and indicate XPS 13 as the most powerful between the two, by a small margin.
The big advantage of the Dell notebook is the graphics processing on the Core i7 processor model, which comes equipped with Intel’s Iris Plus Graphics GPU. The graphics card has performance equivalent to Nvidia and enables XPS with i7 for more graphics-intensive uses than the Asus model, which is confined to Intel UHD Graphics.
In RAM, XPS 13 once again stands out for adding 8 or 16 GB of DDR4-type RAM to the 8 GB of DDR3 used by Asus. As far as storage is concerned, both computers are equipped with NVMe type SSDs, the fastest standard today. On Asus, the consumer finds drives with 256 or 512 GB, while Dell offers the XPS 13 with 512 GB or 1 TB of data capacity.
Asus promises that ZenBook 14 has the power to last “a full day’s use” out of socket in an estimated 13.5 hours. In XPS 13, the promises are even more ambitious: Dell talks about 19 hours of use with the battery.
In the extras, Dell offers some features that may be relevant, depending on your usage profile. One of these is Mobile Connect, which integrates your smartphone with your computer and allows you to continue on the PC tasks started on the cell phone, or vice versa.
On the Asus side, the promise is Harman Kardon quality sound, promising a smart amplifier for louder, distortion-free sound. A differential between the two is the offer of biometrics in XPS 13, either through digital reader or facial recognition.
The profile of ultra-thin and portable notebooks is quite varied and there are plenty of options in the market. For those who need only portability, Asus has the Vivobook line with notebooks of more varied configuration and also super lightweight.
Another alternative is the LG Gram, the laptop has a 14-inch screen, advanced specifications and weighs close to 1 kg. Apple’s MacBook Air also comes as an option, if the budget is not a restriction.
In addition, Dell sells the Inspiron 7000 with 13-inch screen. Compact and lightweight, the notebook doesn’t have the same bold design as the XPS 13.
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