Apple’s MacBook Pro range has been a staple choice for many professionals as it manages to offer a mixture of performance and portability which give it an edge over other devices. However, Asus seeks to challenge the status quo, and the ZenBook Pro Duo is a worthy challenger. Below you can find a side-by-side comparison between the two devices.
The MacBook Pro 2019 sports a 15.4-inch Retina panel with a 2,880 x 1,800 resolution and a maximum brightness of 500 nits. Apple’s Retina panels are deemed to be some of the best in the industry, but the ZenBook Pro Duo features a 15.6-inch OLED Ultra HD panel capable of delivering a crystal-clear 4K resolution, a trait which can be quite handy for those who work with 4K content. OLED technology is also superior when it comes to brightness.
The Touch Bar present on the MacBook Pro 2019 offers intuitive access to select features. Inspired by the potential, Asus decided to up the ante and squeezed a 14-inch 4K touchscreen panel which works quite well as a secondary display. With the help of Screenpad Plus extra apps can be opened on the second screen, and the transition between apps is quite seamless.
Specs and performance
A beefy i7 9TH generation processor coupled with a Radeon Pro 55X, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD make the MacBook Pro 2919 a speedy machine. There is also the option to pay extra for an improved CPU and more storage space. A maxed-up configuration which included an 8th Gen i9 chip, 32GB of RAM, 4TB of SSD storage and an AMD Pro Vega 20 GPU will cost $5,149.
The ZenBook comes in two configurations. Users can opt for an Intel I7-9750H and an Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU. Prospective customers can choose between 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of RAM and up to 1TB SSD. The maxed-up version swaps the chip for an i9-9980HK and the highest amount of RAM and storage space for $3,299.
The ZenBook Pro Duo offers excellent performance at an affordable price and is the winner. The GPU may not be as strong as the one present on the MacBook Pro, but most users won’t feel a noticeable difference.