When comparing Asus Zenbook UX301LA vs Surface Pro 4, the Slant community recommends Surface Pro 4 for most people. In the question“What is the best laptop for programming?” Surface Pro 4 is ranked 6th while Asus Zenbook UX301LA is ranked 12th.
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Pro Fantastic performance
Unlike the majority of ultrabooks that use the Intel 4400 HD, the Zenbook can be configured with the Intel 5100 HD. It also has fantastic overall performance that edges out pretty much all of the current competition.
Pro Beautiful hardware design
With an outer glass lid the Asus Zenbook UX301LA has a very striking and original appearance.
Pro Very bright and sharp UHD display
The display on the 301 is very high resolution, has the best brightness out of all the competition and is very sharp.
Pro Great keyboard
Backlit island style keyboard with a good bit of spring.
Pro Good battery life given the specs
Although some of the other options have a longer battery life than the reported 8 hours for the 301, none of those have comparable performance.
Pro Lightweight yet powerful
Pro Works as a tablet or a laptop
Surface Pro 4 can be used both as a laptop and a tablet. Being that it can be used as either makes it extremely convenient to those that want power on the go.
Pro Comes bundled with a great stylus
N-trig pen feels like a real pen and is natural to hold. There is a top button on the pen that allows for an eraser function as well as use for a wake up function.
Pro New redesigned keyboard and touchpad attatchment
The keyboard attachment has been redesigned form earlier versions with a larger touchpad.
Pro 3:2 aspect ratio makes the device easier to hold and use
With a 3:2 aspect ratio the device is not as top heavy when holding in portrait and is easier to reach parts of the screens with the users thumbs when in landscape.
Pro Balanced screen colors
Con Some reported battery and fan issues with linux
Not being much of a surprise, Linux has battery and fan issues with this device (in reality Linux has these problem across the board in varying degrees). If the user is unwilling to compromise on battery issues and fan noise, Linux may not be the best choice for them. While not totally being Linux's fault (since all this stuff is closed source and is backwards engineered to get working in the Kernel), it is still an issue people do not want to deal with.
Con Hard to keep clean
Being that the device has a glass lid, smudges and fingerprints are going to be highly visible. The device does come with it's own micro fiber cloth but of course only the most meticulous users are going to keep this thing spotless 100% of the time.
Con Cooling system blows the hot air towards the user
The ventilation is angled, so this isn't quite as much of an issue as it is on other laptops built this way, but the bottom of the screen does get a bit warm under load.
Con Keyboard doesn't come with the device
You have to pay an extra $130 for the type cover keyboard.
Con Not a lot of ports
1 USB 3.0, microSD Card reader, Headset jack, Mini DisplayPort
Con Can be difficult to use
Unless you have a flat surface available to deploy the kickstand, it's not very laptop-like.