Many may regard Asus as a ‘second tier’ laptop brand but what many do not know is that this Taiwanese has been quietly and steadily making big headways in the laptop market. Whether it is by reputation or sale figures, Asus today become one of the leading laptop brands in the world. Laptopmag.com have ranked Asus to be the 5th best laptop brand in the world this year, ahead of brands such as Dell, Acer, Gateway and Samsung. Asus is also the 5th best-selling personal computer brand in the world and the 3rd best selling tablet brand. Here is a list of some of the best Asus laptops at the time of writing.
Best Overall Asus Laptop: Asus Zenbook
The Asus Zenbook is one of the brands most famous laptop series. These super-slim ultrabooks are not only good to look at, but are also very powerful. The Asus Zenbook UX301LA 13.3-inch ultrabook for instance comes with a 2.8Ghz Intel Core i7-4558U Haswell processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and two 128GB solid state hard drives (total of 256GB for storage). The 13.3-inch touchscreen is a 1080p IPS display with a whopping 2560 x 1440 resolution. In terms of design, instead of using the usual metallic finish found on many ultrabooks, this model makes use of a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 finish, which is extremely tough and durable. It is the first ultrabook in the market that makes use of this design. This Zenbook model is of course is extremely sleek, measuring just 12.80 x 8.60 x 0.60 in dimensions and weighing just 2.6 pounds. Like all premium, high-end products, this laptop does come with a premium price tag. The Asus Zenbook UX301LA is currently priced at around $1,900 each. It is a little expensive, but is totally worth it for those who have the extra cash to spare.
Best Desktop Replacement Laptop: Asus Vivobook
If you are planning to get a laptop to replace your desktop model, a laptop from the Asus Vivobook series would make a good choice. This series does not come with an optical drive (most new generation laptops do not come with one), but other than that, the experience of using a full sized Vivobook is very comfortable and akin to that of a desktop PC. This mid-range laptop series comes with a set of decent specs and a relatively modest price tag. The Asus Vivobook V500CA 15.6-inch laptop for instance comes with a 1.8Ghz Intel Core i5 3337U processor, 6GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500GB hard drive. The device is just 0.8 inches thick and weighs 4.6 pounds. The 15.6-inch touchscreen is a 720p display and some of its other notable features include its very stylish brushed metal finish and its chiclet style keyboard. At the time of writing the Asus Vivobook V500CA is priced just under $600, which is an excellent price for a laptop in this class.
Best Asus Mini Laptop: Asus Transformer Book
The Asus Transformer Book is basically a Windows 8 tablet with detachable keyboard or a Windows 8 laptop with a detachable screen, depending on how you look at it. This laptop series is designed for users who are looking for a mini laptop-tablet to perform simple, daily computing tasks. For the sake of illustration, the 10.1-inch Asus Transformer Book T100TA comes with a quad-core Intel Atom Baytrail-T Z3740 processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 64GB solid-state hard drive. The battery of this mini laptop is rated to last up to 11 hours on a single charge. Due to is practicality and affordability; the Asus Transformer Book series is currently one of Asus’s most popular laptop. The T100TA for instance, is priced at just around $400 each.
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