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This Asus beats the MacBook Air for only $700

Grab a full-featured ZenBook for $200 off its normal price.

Asus VivoBook UX305UA Credit: Asus

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We love the MacBook Air, but it's getting really long in the tooth. Even though it has a 2015-era Intel processor at its heart, it's a design that hasn't changed since late 2010. What's even worse, is that the screen in the MacBook Air is also stuck, hardly changed for six long years. Competitors like Dell, Microsoft, and Samsung have thankfully picked up the slack, offering up laptops that are big improvements on the elderly MacBook Air, built with this year's technology for very good prices.

This Asus ZenBook UX305UA is an ultrabook that gives you the slim, sleek profile of an Air, with 2016's best Intel chips, and a screen that's a significant improvement over what Apple gives you. For only $700 on Amazon right now, Asus gives you the performance and specs that we expect from a $1,300 version of the Air. This slim ultrabook also features a full-HD (1920 x 1080) IPS screen, compared to the dowdy old 1440 x 900 TN screen in the Mac.

The current $200 discount is the best we've ever seen on this version of the Asus ZenBook UX305. Prior, less powerful versions of the same model have gone for as little as $600, but for our money, we prefer this one.