Ultrabook war is bringing joy to tech fans. HP Folio 13 vs Apple MacBook Air 13-inch vs Asus ZenBook UX31 is expanding the market war
The Ultrabook battle is turning hot with many high-end products. Much recently, we received HP Folio 13 as the latest member to the Ultrabook market. Competition between the products from various technology makers is going intense. Here we compare HP Folio 13 with two key Ultrabook notebooks, Apple MacBook Air 13-inch and Asus ZenBook UX31. MacBook Air 13-inch has been there for a while; meanwhile, ZenBook UX31 is also new to the growing Ultrabook market. Anyway, let us see whatever things make these three Ultrabooks noteworthy in stores in the below comparison. Every major aspects and features of the notebook are analyzed in this article.
All three Ultrabooks are slim and lightweight. Indeed, you can carry the devices with less effort. The ZenBook UX31 Ultrabook from Asus has less weight with 1.3kg over its Apple and HP rivals. The device comes with the dimensions of 32.5 x 22.3 x 0.3 -1.7 cm. MacBook Air, which weighs at 1.35 kg, rocks the dimensions of 32.5 x 22.7 x 0.3 â€“ 1.7 cm. Meanwhile, the new HP Ultrabook features the dimensions of 12.54 x 8.67 x 0.7 inches and weight of 1.50 kg.
The Asus, HP and Apple Ultrabooks sport 13.3-inch display screens with diverse resolutions and brightness. HP Folio 13 rocks a 13.3-inch diagonal LED-backlit HD2 BrightView display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch diagonal high-resolution LED-backlit glossy display with a native resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio. The Asus Ultrabook highlights a 13.3-inch HD+ LED Backlight display with 1600 x 900 pixel resolution at 16:10 aspect ratio.
Of course, all three Ultrabooks are up with the 2nd generation Intel Core i (Sandy Bridge) processors. When the Folio 13 mounts a Core i5 Mobile Processor, MacBook Air and ZenBook UX31 come with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processor options. You can buy MacBook Air in two options like 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache and 1.8GHz dual core Intel Core i7 with 4MB shared L3 cache.
Both ZenBook UX31 and HP Folio 13 run Windows 7 Home Premium. Meanwhile, MacBook Air 13-inch plays on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, the latest version to the desktop OS from Apple.
Connectivity and ports
The Ultrabooks feature all essential ports and connectivity options required for a notebook. The Folio 13 is up with Intel Centrino Wireless N 1030 Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 Combo Adapter, one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0 and one HDMI port. MacBook Air 13-inch, in the meantime, features two USB 2.0 ports, one Thunderbolt port, SD card slot, Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0. The ZenBook UX31 has integrated 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, built-in Bluetooth 4.0, one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, micro HDMI and Mini VGA ports.
The HP Ultrabook does well against both its Asus and Apple competitors in battery life. Sporting a 6-cell (59WHr) Li-Ion battery, the Folio 13 offers more than six hours battery life. MacBook Air with a 50-watt-hour battery and ZenBook UX31 with a 50WHr Polymer battery run only around five hours on single recharge.
In pricing, HP and Asus simply outdo Apple. The Folio 13 and ZenBook UX31 come for a price between $900 and $1000. On the other hand, Apple sells its MacBook Air 13-inch for a price below $1200.
Many analysts have given score for HP Folio 13 over ZenBook UX31 and MacBook Air 13-inch. The most recent Ultrabook is featured for long battery life, incredible performance and affordable price. Though a bit weightier than ZenBook UX31, the Folio 13 has some perfection as an Ultrabook notebook. Apple MacBook Air 13-inch has been there for a while. The company launched it as just an upgrade to its famous MacBook Air series.
However, thanks to its lightweight body, thinness and high performance, MacBook Air is an Ultrabook. But, the Apple notebook comes for a higher price than its Windows competitors. Indeed, it may raise peopleâ€™s interest towards Windows-based Ultrabooks, which recently hit stores in large numbers from a variety of computers makers like Asus, HP and many others.