The $999 MacBook Air Alternative

  • Published on Nov 15, 2018
  • Dave2D review of the new Asus Zenbook 14 - one of the best competitors to the MacBook Air and it costs MUCH less.
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    The new Zenbooks have a light up number pad and are rocking the new 8th gen whisky lake CPU the i7-8565U and a MX150. These laptops are thin and light while having good CPU and GPU performance.
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  • Dave Lee
    Dave Lee  Year ago +1174

    I'm surprised they're able to sell this device for $999. An MX150 in a premium built thin/light ultrabook for that money is ripe. Thanks for watching!

    • Upload Instant
      Upload Instant 26 days ago

      Hi Dave, can you please take a look at Asuspro P5440 specs? It seems pretty interesting, worth buying to me.

    • Sarah Sophia
      Sarah Sophia 2 months ago

      Is it possible to start talking about ease of repair in your videos . Sometimes things go wrong and I don’t want a laptop that is impossible to repair !

    • DarkSoaR
      DarkSoaR 3 months ago


    • Mohamed Berghli
      Mohamed Berghli 4 months ago

      Is it good for programming and engineering in general?

    • Han Sheng Wong
      Han Sheng Wong 4 months ago

      hi i just bought this laptop but im having a lot of throttling issues. used programs to maxed out cpu and the mx150 but still having massive fluctuation on the frames rate. how are you able to maintain it?

  • felix luxshithan
    felix luxshithan 15 hours ago

    That touch screen pad ruined the whole laptop 😑

  • rdana12
    rdana12 Day ago

    Does the lack of frame affect to the daily usage?

  • enterprise1612
    enterprise1612 Day ago

    Should I buy the Ux533 over this ?
    Really thank you guys for helping me

  • William
    William 7 days ago

    Suck trackpad btw

  • Andrew Stewart
    Andrew Stewart 10 days ago

    fps on league of legends high settings?

  • Matias Suzart
    Matias Suzart 13 days ago

    MacBook Pro 2019 x asus zenbook 14?

  • vinu varsidh
    vinu varsidh 21 day ago

    "it looks cool , but it is not that cool" - dave Lee 2019

  • Biology Science Dipen
    Biology Science Dipen 27 days ago +1

    Hate that hing. Bull shit

  • Bukan Vanessa Angel
    Bukan Vanessa Angel 29 days ago

    1:19 wtf... the fn shortcuts arent even the same with what asus have shown here --

  • epicthehamster
    epicthehamster Month ago +1

    you have to do a review on the HP Envy 13 2019 it is lit!

  • Yoko Syahputra
    Yoko Syahputra Month ago

    Have anybody played pes 2019/2020 well in this laptop? Please help me 😭

  • Alex Tiong
    Alex Tiong Month ago

    This is good, I just bought it.. It took me a while to get the blue color... People mostly prefer the blue one...

    LEGIT NATION Month ago +2

    u talk too much and show less of the laptop omg

  • K A Tharun Kumar
    K A Tharun Kumar 2 months ago

    Is Window's i7 8th Gen faster than MacBook Air's i5?
    Bruh!! Reply me as soon as possible coz if Windows is faster I'll buy the Zenbook 13 or I'll buy MacBook Air 2019.

  • Daniel Dougan
    Daniel Dougan 2 months ago

    I find the lack of Thunderbolt 3 disturbing. That would have made this thing just about perfect.

  • Mikayel Միքայել
    Mikayel Միքայել 2 months ago +1

    I don't care what reviewers say MacBooks still looks better

  • Jilliane Rae
    Jilliane Rae 2 months ago

    ADD MORE ADSSS, we wanna support u!

  • Karol-Julien WILD
    Karol-Julien WILD 2 months ago

    Could you share your opinion about Lenovo Thinkpad t490 fhd i5 whisky Lake laptop? Thank you!

  • Karol-Julien WILD
    Karol-Julien WILD 2 months ago

    Hi, great work!!!

  • yayax's dian
    yayax's dian 3 months ago +2

    If you want comparation.. Try look for MSI PS42.. It also has 16mm thin(alumunium) and several dedicated graphic cards for alternative(mx150-gtx1050). And has double cooling fan for similar price. I think MSI PS42 is more compatible for gaming

  • Maalolan
    Maalolan 3 months ago +3

    *IMPORTANT* : if you wanna game ... Even if are an enthusiast ... I'mma recommend this laptop.. buy a laptop cooling pad and you are all set ... There is no thermal issues , no framedrops... I was worried at the beginning, but now I'm happy ... This is true message
    Some fps :
    Fortnite - pro settings - 120+fps
    Apex - low to medium - nearly 100 fps - stable 60 +
    WWE 2k19 and Fifa 19 : high settings - 60 fps
    Csgo and rainbow six - high settings - 100+ fps
    Overwatch - high - 100 fps
    Rocket league - 1080p - ultra - 90fps

    • Yoko Syahputra
      Yoko Syahputra Month ago

      @Maalolan the last question brother. Have you played pes 2019/2020 in this laptop? Actually i'm really want to buy this laptop but i'm not hardcore gamer, i just want to play pes 2019/2020 in this laptop. But i'm afraid if this laptop can't play pes 2019 well. That's why i asked you have you played pes 2019/2020 in this laptop. 😂
      Please answer bro, i'm waiting

    • Maalolan
      Maalolan Month ago

      @Yoko Syahputra no bro, it's perfectly fine
      The hinge is lil weak so it falls to the fullest when using in lap
      And thermals which is to be expected in a thin and light machine

    • Yoko Syahputra
      Yoko Syahputra Month ago

      do you got some problems like coil whine n touchpad issues in this laptop? thx

    • Nihal Nambiar
      Nihal Nambiar 3 months ago

      Maalo which cooler master would u recommend

    • Maalolan
      Maalolan 3 months ago

      @Nihal Nambiar targus chill mat..
      Also recommend you to be in a AC room for the above performance with no stutters....
      If you buy a powerful one like cooler master ,then pad is enough
      But if you buy a normal cool pad like mine, you gonna wanna play it in a AC room , coz I tried without it it lags a little bit , but not as it was without any cool pad .. for the best performance be in a AC room and place it in a chill pad and play..

  • SimonBD
    SimonBD 3 months ago +88

    Turn on Ads, honestly we won't care because your content is supreme. Plus you will make a little more money

    • Nemesis
      Nemesis 2 months ago +11

      I think he addressed this in one of his qa's. He has a day job and basically does this youtube thing as a hobby so he doesn't mind.

  • Hamza Ghallab
    Hamza Ghallab 3 months ago

    I'm going to buy one next week for 837 dollars, is it still worth it? please an answer. Thank you sir

  • Tilen Vodenik
    Tilen Vodenik 3 months ago

    Huawei matebook x pro vs this Asus zenbook ??

  • VFX A-310
    VFX A-310 3 months ago +7

    How well this laptop is going to perform in 2020? And how about the video editing performance

    • Steve
      Steve 3 days ago

      with intel i series processor be assured that this series can ran perfectly fine for long term use 6 years plus. mine was the perfect example of it despite it was from 2013 it ran 15 chrome tab and 1080p 60 without lag too (and did i forgot to mention i also have 4 gigs of ram)

  • Aayush Sankhyan
    Aayush Sankhyan 3 months ago +1

    Hey I just bought the zenbook 13 ux333
    It's amazing

    • enchance
      enchance 7 days ago

      How's the noise it makes when it's on?

  • Maalolan
    Maalolan 3 months ago +1

    Hey Dave , im very happy with the purchase. i had no idea about this device, bought it only because of your review...really nice man !
    but you forgot to state something, it also suffers the same thermal issue while playing any game, like even rocket league. just like the zenbook S13 you've mentioned it that vid. if you can help on how it can be solved !! it will be really greateful

    anyone with solutions , please comment it guys!!

    • Apple Tree
      Apple Tree 3 months ago

      Google laptop cooling mats

  • Manoj Tyson.
    Manoj Tyson. 3 months ago

    How much memory was available in 512gb SSD?

  • Jessica Elizabeth
    Jessica Elizabeth 4 months ago

    i need a laptop that can run photoshop very smoothly with pretty accurate colors. i also want to do a bit of 2D animation and use after effects pretty often. and i also plan to start practicing using zbrush somewhere along the way, and play games like sims for entertainment. what laptop should i get? will this be enough? thank you!

    • Jessica Elizabeth
      Jessica Elizabeth 4 months ago

      @km riyas hey, i decided to get the dell xps 13 9370, the i7 version. i dont have it in my hands yet though, i'm gonna go get it this weekend. i'll let you know if it's perfect for the job! (hopefully it is) 😄

    • km riyas
      km riyas 4 months ago

      I also need a laptop for same use.
      Anyone please suggest...☺️

  • Mib mub7
    Mib mub7 4 months ago

    The Huawei Matebook D is 600 dollars and I think it's also a very good Ultrabook! It's cheap but still feels premium.

  • Skanda Bharadwaj
    Skanda Bharadwaj 4 months ago

    Hey Lee i got the same laptop without graphic card can i upgrade it with a graphic card?

  • Jude Gonsalves
    Jude Gonsalves 4 months ago

    Will player unknown work with this graphic card?

    • Havif
      Havif 4 months ago

      With lowest setting it will get you around 30 fps

  • Aasiya Khan
    Aasiya Khan 4 months ago

    No need for an alternative now.
    MacBook Air for students comes in 999. With free beats headphone. *HAPPY*

  • Skylark Phoenix
    Skylark Phoenix 4 months ago

    Silver gives me life!

  • Hemansh Thakur
    Hemansh Thakur 4 months ago +1

    Can the i5 varient with mx150 be used for video editing? Anyone

  • Hello
    Hello 4 months ago

    It looks so clean on video just like the macbook.

  • Wishnu Wijaya
    Wishnu Wijaya 4 months ago

    Hey, can I upgrade the ram on this laptop?

  • Davideo Jockey
    Davideo Jockey 4 months ago

    Dude you are missing the point im a merchant i list and calculate prices 10 hours a day.. i ve been praying for the FULL KEYBOARD numbers on a small form factor

  • Desmond Du
    Desmond Du 4 months ago


  • Aurovrata Venet
    Aurovrata Venet 4 months ago

    Soldered ram...that just kills it. Buy a librem 13 instead more expensive but way longer shelf life

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    Pavithra Kumar 4 months ago

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  • Pavithra Kumar
    Pavithra Kumar 4 months ago

    Heat while programming?

  • Fu Xing
    Fu Xing 4 months ago +1

    If I have 999 dollar, why would I bother to buy an alternative one?

  • DaRTHYiGiT
    DaRTHYiGiT 4 months ago

    i guess this is i5 8gb ram version. Normally this notebook is starting 1300€. (For me i5 and 8gb ram just trash. )

  • JohnS20
    JohnS20 5 months ago

    Lenovo E495 is also nice. I bought one with Ryzen 7 3700U 16gb ram and 256gb for around 750 dollars. Yes the screen isn't that great but it is a workhorse.

  • Géza Ferenc Zsombori
    Géza Ferenc Zsombori 5 months ago

    Hi! As a non English keyboard layout user I think the numpad is very useful. Some of the numbers on the top are taken up by characters like ö, ó, ü, ű on Hungarian layouts.

  • J-Rod26
    J-Rod26 5 months ago

    Almost perfect except the lack of USB C charging. Hate having to lug the barrel charger in addition to other chargers when traveling.

  • Charles Zhu
    Charles Zhu 5 months ago

    In my place it still cost 1300 USD.

  • Elaine Villa
    Elaine Villa 5 months ago

    So glad you talked about the number pad. I would love a smaller laptop with a keypad cause I work with a ton of spreadsheets... but I cant have the slow keypad. Thanks for the honest opinion!!!

  • PCRigGamer
    PCRigGamer 5 months ago

    For just 200$ more you can get macbook air which has a Unibody construction , Way way better and best display in the laptop , way way better resale value.

  • Petri Lopia
    Petri Lopia 5 months ago +230

    Laptops now a days are really cheap! You can't get new laptop just a price of one monitor stand!

    • Archangel Tyrael
      Archangel Tyrael 2 months ago

      Don’t tell anyone, but laptop stands are actually expensive. Making the laptops look cheap. Shhhhh.

    • Michael Oliveros
      Michael Oliveros 2 months ago

      I call shade! 😂

    • Hanxi Guo
      Hanxi Guo 2 months ago +3


    • Five10
      Five10 3 months ago +5

      this comment deserves to be on top XD

    • k7
      k7 5 months ago +3


  • nowein naidoo
    nowein naidoo 5 months ago

    Is this better than the hp spectre 13 (2018) ??

  • Kart G
    Kart G 5 months ago

    How about Lenovo ideapad 730s, around the same price point, same processors, fantastic display, 2 thunderbolt 3s, super thin and light.

  • Piyush Kumar
    Piyush Kumar 5 months ago +4

    Hey Dave, How will the DDR3 Ram in Zenbook 14 affect its prospects 2-3 years into the future for productivity. Also right now 9th gen intel processors are rolling out in gaming setups but I really want an ultrabook so is there any good ultrabook with 9th gen processor out there that you'd recommend?

  • Robert Butler
    Robert Butler 5 months ago

    More Asus Eye-candy to distract from Asus horrible customer support. Buy this or any other Asus laptop, and it may be a brick in under two years. I have an Asus Zenbook Pro. After just under two years the Zenbook stopped recognizing the RAM in the SODIMM socket. I am not a hater. I liked my Zenbook. I just can't afford to buy a new one every two years. Can you? Should you?

  • Jason Tang
    Jason Tang 5 months ago +7

    This laptop is still not available. (The 14 inch model with mx150)

  • Teguh Suryadi
    Teguh Suryadi 5 months ago

    I am afraid he will be kidnapped by Apple after all his recent video XD

  • Rashed Mahmud Olive
    Rashed Mahmud Olive 5 months ago

    what about the OS 😊

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    . 5 months ago

    yeah but does it run macos