The object is beautiful, fine and has a very satisfactory autonomy. The MacBook Air is successful but for many reasons you do not want to go to Apple or use the integrated Mac OS system. What are the solutions available to you? We must look at the convertibles and Ultrabook side.
We tried to select for you some machines equipped with Windows, PCs that could satisfy you. Our selection contains computers that initially have an interesting range and a screen size between 11 and 14 inches for easy mobility. On the other hand, they must be light and have received good overall marks in the tests. Alternatives to the MacBook Air in sum.
Asus Zenbook 3
The screen of the Asus is only 12.5 inches and peaks at 1.920×1.080 pixels but its advantages are to be found in the finesse of its chassis and its excellent touchpad. It ships an Intel Core i7 processor and Asus provides a small expansion box that adds HDMI output, a USB-A port and a second USB-C.
For those who dream of the portability and ease of use of the Apple 12-inch MacBook, but Windows version and with more power to do anything other than word processing, the ZenBook 3 is the best option. The integration of a Core i7 processor in such a thin chassis is performance and deserves to reflect Apple in the segmentation it imposes on its machines. Processor faster, but significantly less autonomy than Apple who keeps the advantage on this point. The ZenBook 3 also shares the flaws of the MacBook, a keyboard with very low profile keys and poor connectivity that comes down to a single USB-C port and a headphone jack. Compromises to accept for a machine 910 g and 12 mm thick and that does not overlook performance.
Lenovo Yoga 720
The Lenovo Yoga 720 is a 2 in 1 end, lightweight that offers a high-end finish and comfort at a reasonable price.
Looking at the Lenovo Yoga 720, we wonder why we would choose a MacBook Air. Both models weigh the same weight (1.3 kg) and have a similar ultra-thin look. But when we open the Yoga 720, we discover a 13.3-inch full HD IPS touch screen with an edge-to-edge screen and a very thin frame. In addition, this screen pivots to become a tablet and you can use a stylus to draw or write. Under the hood, the configuration is better than that of the MacBook Air while it is cheaper: less than 900 dollars against 1.099 $ .Finalement, the Yoga 720 offers a finish and comfort of high-end use without knocking with his price. An excellent machine for students.
Microsoft Surface Laptop
Microsoft has announced a new Surface computer, rather than a hybrid tablet, it is a classic notebook with high-end positioning and running Windows 10 S. Available in several colors with an Alcantara coating, it has arguments to seduce.
In the Surface range of Microsoft there is also a traditional computer. Different from Surface Pro and Surface Book, its screen is attached to the keyboard, it is nonetheless an interesting choice for those who do not wish to switch on hybrid computers. It is original because it comes with Windows 10 S, a voluntarily restrained version of Windows 10, but with the possibility to switch at any time on a classic version (free until March 31, 2018). The basic version offers a reasonably accessible price and more expensive versions are available.
HP EliteBook x360
Last year, the EliteBook Folio G1 notebook was one of our favorite models for its versatility and slim, lightweight design. The EliteBook x360 released this year uses the ingredients of the Folio G1 to make it a hybrid pc with a 360 ° hinge. On the aesthetic side, it keeps the silver finish without frills of the previous models.
Connectivity is rich, with standard size USB ports, an NFC chip, a memory card reader, compatibility with the Intel vPro platform and even a remote management application that can lock the device from a phone .
In the US, the prices of configurations start at 1,596 dollars (Core i5-7200U, 8 GB of SDRAM memory, 256 GB of SSD storage). But despite all its strengths, this EliteBook x360 did not appeal to us as much as the Folio G1, mainly because it is a little larger and heavy and also less original. But it is powerful, with Core i5 and i7 chips instead of Core M.
It faces tough competition from HP’s own bosom with the Specter and Spectrum X360 models as well as the Dell XPS 13 and XPS 2 in 1. However, the EliteBook x360 retains the advantage because it is more versatile as a machine oriented for professional use where rivals tend to sacrifice the useful race to millimeter thick.
Dell Latitude 5285
The Dell Latitude 5285 is a competing hybrid tablet from Microsoft Surface Pro. If his security options designed for business use will not interest individuals, his clever integrated foot will appeal to them.
Since its release, Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 did not really compete in the hybrid tablet segment. But things have changed recently with the arrival of the Dell Latitude 5285 which is positioned as a rival quite credible.
Thought for business use, this 2-in-1 tablet is loaded with security tools dear to the IT departments of companies. But its aesthetic is close to that of the Surface Pro 4 including a built-in stand. And like the Microsoft tablet, it can be used with a removable keyboard or stylus that are sold as an option while the Surface is provided with its stylus. Although it is primarily aimed at the pros, the Latitude 5285 does not lack appeal for individuals seeking a robust 2 in 1.
To put it simply, this Dell Hybrid Tablet is like a Surface Pro 4 with more security features that drive up the price. Count 1.307 dollars for the basic version which, as we found in the US on the Dell site, is provided with the keyboard and the stylus. The price of the Surface Pro 4 starts at 899 dollars (stylus included).
Asus Zenbook 3 Deluxe
The big brother of the Zenbook 3 is stamped “Deluxe” and keeps an equally flawless design with a 14-inch screen more suitable for certain types of tasks. Always so thin it also offers a fingerprint reader and excellent performance. It will interest those for whom autonomy is not the first priority.
With its ZenBook 3 Deluxe, Asus offers a particularly elegant machine with an ultra compact design that still hosts a slab of 14 inches. A remarkable compact like its little brother the ZenBook 3 in 12.5 inches that does not ignore the performance, so from our point of view ZenBook 3 is positioned as a high-end alternative to the 12-inch MacBook, the Deluxe ‘more like a MacBook Pro competitor. Moreover, as the Pro, we will find a frugal connection with 3 USB-C, Asus however was kind enough to include some adapters (HDMI and USB-A). A statutory machine that holds the comparison with Apple, except for autonomy, less than 7:30 far from a catch. The compromise to accept for a powerful machine, but also very fine (12.9 mm) and light (1.1 kg).
To conclude, if Apple is doing wonders in autonomy and lightness by mastering both hardware and software, it does not have the exclusivity of good products in this range. The PCs are doing well and offer interesting alternatives with successful designs and the advantage of offering computers with touch screen that will even turn into a tablet.