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5 Alternatives to the New MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

Apple, a few days ago announced new laptops based on Apple’s proprietary 5-nanometer single-chip M1 system. She presented models of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro costing from $1299-$1899. Since no laptop on the market can boast such a single-chip system, there are no full-fledged analogues of the new products from the Cupertino manufacturer. But in this article, we will look at several 13-inch solutions in the same price segment.

ASUS ZenBook S

So, for $1299, you can buy ASUS ZenBook S with a 13.3-inch Full HD matrix. The laptop is equipped with a 4-core Intel Core i7-8565U processor with a frequency of 1.8-4.6 GHz, 8 GB of RAM expandable up to 16 GB, and a 512 GB SSD drive.

The model runs on the operating system Windows 10. You can use a fingerprint scanner to unlock. The webcam resolution is 0.3 megapixels. Also noteworthy is the backlit keyboard, three USB-C connectors, a headphone jack, and a battery life of up to 19 hours.

ASUS ZenBook 13

The second option is ASUS ZenBook 13. It costs $50 more than the previous model, but at the same time, it can boast of discrete graphics GeForce MX250 from NVIDIA with 2 GB of video memory. The laptop’s heart is a 4-core Intel Core i7-10410U platform with a frequency of 1.8-4.9 GHz.

The laptop carries 16 GB of LPDDR3-2133 RAM. The solid-state drive capacity is 512 GB. The body is made of metal, and the device works without recharging for 13 hours. The model is equipped with a 13.3 ”IPS matrix with Full HD resolution, 1-megapixel camera and one HDMI port, USB-A (2.0), USB-A (3.2), USB-C (3.2), Mini-Jack.

ASUS ZenBook 13 (another one)

Go ahead, and next in line, we have another ASUS ZenBook 13. It has everything the same as the previous model – Intel Core i7-10510U, 16 GB of RAM, 13.3 ”IPS Full HD panel, etc. But this device costs $1499.

This model features an increased volume of solid-state drive SSD. If the version for $1499 is equipped with a 512 GB SSD, then, in this case, the capacity is doubled – up to 1 TB.

HP Specter X360

Now let’s move on to two more expensive solutions. Both cost $1799. The first model is the HP Specter X360. This is a convertible Windows 10 Home laptop with a 360-degree lid. The display is built on OLED, has a resolution of 4K ULTRA HD, a diagonal of 13.3 inches, and supports touch input.

The laptop is powered by an Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor with a frequency of 1.3 GHz to 3.9 GHz and integrated Iris Plus graphics. The volume of LPDDR4-3200 RAM is 16 GB. The SSD has a storage capacity of 512 GB. The model received a 1-megapixel camera, enclosed in a plastic and metal case, and the battery life reaches 19 hours. We also note Mini-Jack, DisplayPort, and three USB-C, two of which have Thunderbolt 3 support.

Huawei MateBook X Pro

Finally, the latest model is called the Huawei MateBook X Pro. It is equipped with a 4-core Intel Core i7-10510U platform and has a discrete NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics card with 2 GB VRAM. The amount of RAM is 16 GB. RAM type – LPDDR3; frequency – 2133 MHz.

A 1 TB SSD represents the storage subsystem. The laptop is equipped with a 13.9-inch display with a resolution of 2000 x 3000 pixels and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. It is based on the LTPS matrix. The model received four speakers, a fingerprint scanner, two USB-C, Mini-jack. 1-megapixel camera and 7565 mAh battery, which provides autonomy for up to 12 hours.

As you can see, in addition to the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with a budget of $1299-$1899, you can buy several attractive laptops. Still, none of them can boast of the main feature of Apple solutions – the 5-nanometer M1 single-chip system, which in the Geekbench 5 benchmark shows results at the level of the 16-core 32-thread AMD Ryzen 9 5950X desktop processor worth $ 800 excluding taxes.

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