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MacBook Air (2020)
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ROG Flow Z13
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Advantages of the Apple MacBook Air (2020)
  • Best in class overall build quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Best in class speakers
  • Best in class keyboard
Advantages of the ASUS ROG Flow Z13
  • Very good for engineering and design
  • Good for gaming and AI
  • Very good for software development
  • Very good overall display quality
  • Excellent portability

Key differences

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Gaming and AI

6.5
MacBook Air (2020)
ROG Flow Z13
7.4
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
5.7/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
165Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
10.0/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.2/10
The ASUS ROG Flow Z13 is good for gaming and AI, while the Apple MacBook Air (2020) is only fair.

Engineering and Design

7.4
MacBook Air (2020)
ROG Flow Z13
8.2
5.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.6/10
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
5.7/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The ASUS ROG Flow Z13 is very good for engineering and design, while the Apple MacBook Air (2020) is good.

Screen Quality

7.5
MacBook Air (2020)
ROG Flow Z13
8.4
13.3in
SIZE
13.4in
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
165Hz
395.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
511.0 nits
The ASUS ROG Flow Z13 has a better screen than the Apple MacBook Air for general use, gaming and AI, engineering and design, and content creation.

Battery

15.0 Hours
MacBook Air (2020)
ROG Flow Z13
6.5 Hours
The Apple MacBook Air has 15 hours of battery life. The ASUS ROG Flow Z13 has 6.5 hours of battery life.

Build Quality

10.0
MacBook Air (2020)
ROG Flow Z13
8.5
The Apple MacBook Air (2020) has best in class build quality, while the ASUS ROG Flow Z13 has very good build quality.

Cost

$1,325
MacBook Air (2020)
ROG Flow Z13
$1,750
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$500

$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

The Apple MacBook Air (2020) has a price of $1,325 and the ASUS ROG Flow Z13 costs $1,750.
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Key similarities

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General Use

8.0
MacBook Air (2020)
ROG Flow Z13
8.0
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
395.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
511.0 nits
15.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
6.5 Hours
9.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.5/10
8.9/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
9.2/10
The ASUS ROG Flow Z13 and Apple MacBook Air (2020) are both very good for general use.

Content Creation

8.0
MacBook Air (2020)
ROG Flow Z13
8.2
5.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.6/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The ASUS ROG Flow Z13 and Apple MacBook Air (2020) are both very good for content creation.

Software Development

7.9
MacBook Air (2020)
ROG Flow Z13
8.0
5.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.6/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
9.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.5/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers ASUS ROG Flow Z13 to be very good for software development, while the Apple MacBook Air (2020) is good.

Portability

Very Good
MacBook Air (2020)
ROG Flow Z13
Excellent
13.3in
SIZE
13.4in
2.8 lbs
WEIGHT
2.6 lbs
0.6in
THICKNESS
0.5in
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers ASUS ROG Flow Z13 to have excellent portability, while the Apple MacBook Air (2020) has very good portability.
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How the Apple MacBook Air (2020) and the ASUS ROG Flow Z13 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Apple MacBook Air (2020)ASUS ROG Flow Z13
Apple MacBook Air (2020)ASUS ROG Flow Z13

GENERAL

Price
$1,325
$1,750
Release Date
November 1, 2020May 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
12'' x 8.4'' x 0.63''11.9'' x 8.1'' x 0.54''
Weight
2.8 lbs2.6 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Apple M1Intel i9-13900H
Graphics
M1 (7C) RTX 4050 (65 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoYes
RAM
16 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
45

BATTERY

Battery Life
15 Hours6.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
49.9 Wh56 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
13.3"13.4"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
2560 x 16002560 x 1600
Refresh Rate
60Hz165Hz
Display Brightness
395 nits511 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
10/108.5/10
Portability Score
9/109.3/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
10/107.3/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
9.5/107.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
9.5/107.5/10
Webcam
720p4K
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
01
USB-C ports
22
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
13
Thunderbolt Version
34

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Apple MacBook Air (2020)

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Andreas Osthoff | July 2022
"The Apple MacBook Air M2 Entry is a very good, but too expensive daily MacBook. The new MacBook Air M2 is undoubtedly once again a very good mobile companion, but we are still a little bit disappointed on a very high level, which is definitely connected with the increased price point. The new chassis is extremely slim and the front edge is no problem during typing, but the bezels are pretty wide for a modern device and in addition with the vertical space required for the notch, the new Air has larger footprint than some Windows rivals."

ASUS ROG Flow Z13

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Andreas Osthoff | March 2022
"The Asus ROG Flow Z13 is a gaming tablet with powerful Alder Lake i9 CPU. The ROG Flow Z13 impresses with its good cooling. After our review, the impression is predominantly positive. Besides a very fast Alder Lake CPU and stable gaming performance, especially the cooling system is surprisingly effective and quiet. You can use the integrated speakers without any issues while gaming. The 1200p display in the 16:10 format also impresses with good color reproduction and high brightness. Since the battery runtimes aren't particularly long as it is, we wouldn't recommend the optional 4K panel."

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About Apple

Apple, an American technology company, is one of the world’s largest company in terms of market capitalization. Their MacBook laptops feature a slim, minimalistic design, class-leading battery life, and premium display and speaker quality. In 2020 Apple switched from using Intel processors to their own silicon chips which have excellent performance and efficiency. The macOS operating system is the second most widely used OS, after Windows.

About ASUS

ASUS, a Taiwanese electronics brand, is one of the largest personal computer vendor by market share. The majority of their laptops are targeted towards personal use or gaming. Their most popular product lines include the budget-friendly VivoBook, more premium ZenBook, and their TUF and ROG gaming laptops, the latter of which has a reputation for excellent gaming performance.

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