Both the Asus Zenbook UX301 and the Dell XPS 13 are what you would call an Ultrabook, and two of the most popular around, for that matter. This is a tough matchup as both come with a nice design and top notch specification that make it hard for competitors to keep up. That being said, let’s see exactly what’s up with the two.
The 1.38 kg weighing XPS 13 comes in a more professional looking package that manages to keep a low profile, while the Zenbook, which weighs 1.42 kg, comes in a flashy and glossy packaging that may keep your attention for longer, but it also retains all your fingerprints.
While the Zenbook is made of aluminium, the XPS 13 only features aluminum for the lid. The base of the laptop consists of carbon fiber and a palm rest made out of a magnesium alloy.
The XPS 13 comes with a rubber lining around the lid which seals things off when you close it, while the Zenbook has little bumps on the lid, and because of these bumps, the base of the device rises up a little when you tilt the screen past a certain point.
In terms of connectivity, both devices come with support for WiFi, Bluetooth, USB and featured video, although the XPS 13 lacks some of the Zenbook’s options such as SD/micro SD and micro-HDMI.
The trackpads are pretty nice, as the one on the XPS13 was made with glass, while the Zenbook one features a ceramic element.
The Zenbook comes with a display that is capable of operating at a 2560 x 1440. Such a resolution, however, can strain your eyes, so it would be advised that you tweak it in your OS’s settings so that the icons appear a bit bigger. A suggested resolution to try out is 1920 x 1080. Other than this notable aspect, the two displays pretty much speak for themselves as they both offer a vibrant color palette and Corning Gorilla Glass security.
With the Zenbook, you get a Core i7 processor clocked at 2.8 GHz, while the XPS 13 comes with a Core i7 as well, only a different model that features a clock speed of 1.8 GHz. The Zenbook bundles the processing unit with the Iris 5100 GPU, while Dell’s laptop features an Intel HD 4400.
Further specifications revolve around storage. The XPS 13 has an internal storage capacity of 256 GB. The Zenbook also offers 256 GB, but in the form of two 128 GB separate drives.
When tested under the same conditions that include disabling power management, WiFi on, max. brightness and a video loop, both devices lasted over 3 hours, so the battery quality is pretty good in both cases. However, the XPS 13 comes with a much better battery, considering the fact that it lasted for 7 hours and 15 minutes, while the Zenbook called it quits after 3 hours and 24 minutes.
On Amazon.com, the Zenbook anf XPS 13 are available for about $900 and $1300 respectively.