When comparing Surface Pro 3 vs Asus Zenbook UX501JW, the Slant community recommends Asus Zenbook UX501JW for most people. In the question“What is the best laptop for programming?” Asus Zenbook UX501JW is ranked 3rd while Surface Pro 3 is ranked 14th.
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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 Pen input
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 and better hinges that allow the device to be propped up more easily.
Pro Works as a tablet or a laptop
A true convergence device. This is the most powerful tablet on the market that is also a really great ultrabook competitor. Being that it can be used as either makes it extremely convenient to those that want power on the go.
Pro Lightweight yet powerful
As powerful as an ultrabook with an included i5 or i7 but less size and weight due to it being a tablet.
Pro Balanced screen colors
The screen colors have no trouble standing out while also being balanced, the viewing angles are good as well.
Pro Great perfomance
Pro Good backlit keyboard with a keypad
UX501 is one of the rare laptop keyboards with a keypad. The keypad is slightly squished, but usable without any hiccups. The chiclet keys are backlit and comfortable to use.
Pro Great 4K touch display
The UX501 has a 15.6" UHD touch display with vibrant colors and wide viewing angles.
Pro Good design
The laptop has a silver aluminum finish with chamfered edges so they don't scratch the skin. The inside is plastic.
Due to laptop's metal casing the laptop is rigid.
Pro Reasonable battery life
UX501 battery lasts 5 to 6 hours.
Con Loud fans and overheating issues
The Surface Pro 3 has heat issues as well as loud fan noise. Obviously one is the cause of the other. Truthfully to have such a thin device with an i5 or i7 it is only a matter of time before there are heat issues.
Con Can be difficult to use
Unless you have a flat surface available to deploy the kickstand, it's not very laptop-like.
Con Keyboard feels flimsy and does not even come with the device
To use the Surface Pro as a laptop like device the keyboard will need to be purchased as it does not come with the tablet itself. On top of this the keyboard does feel a bit flimsy when compared to what is on offer for ultrabooks.
Con Videos are letterboxed
With the 3:2 apsect ration movies and tv shows will be letterboxed in some way.
Con Heavy for a tablet
The Surface Pro 3 is pretty heavy for a tablet though it is to be expected when the internals are full fledged laptop internals. The weight of the glass on a 12 inch screen is also significant.
Con Questionable keyboard and touchpad layout
Con Only 8GB RAM
8GB RAM is way too little these days.