Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch 2018 vs Asus ZenBook Pro 15: Which Is The Better 15-Inch Laptop?

Yves Amodia
6:04 PM

Two of the most popular 15-inch laptops, the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 and the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch 2018, recently received a refresh from their respective companies. The two devices had different levels of upgrades, with the MacBook getting a conservative update and the Asus ZenBook bringing a significant design overhaul.

Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch 2018 vs Asus ZenBook Pro 15

Both devices are powerful in their own right but, of course, one is better. In this article, we will be comparing different features of the two 15-inch laptops and see which comes out as the king:


One of the reasons why MacBooks are so popular is due to the Retina displays of their laptops. This is especially true with the 2018 update, which boasts of a 15.4 inch, 2880 x 1800 px panel, according to Laptop Mag. It also has the innovative TrueTone tech, which adjusts the screen’s lighting based on the environment. While the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 is not a slouch with its 3840 x 2160 px display, Apple is just the king of screens. Which is better? MacBook.


Asus is pulling out all the stops with its latest ZenBook update in the port department. It has a diverse selection of ports, which include two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a microSD slot, a headphone/mic combo port, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports and a full HDMI.

Meanwhile, the Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch 2018 only has a headphone jack and four Thunderbolt 3 ports. Even for a MacBook, that is quite sparse. Which is better? ZenBook.

Performance and storage

MacBooks have always been known for their strong performance but the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 is not exactly a lightweight. The Zenbook update utilizes 8 GB or 16GB of RAM, 256GB to 1TB SSD storage and an 8th-gen Intel Core processing chip. This means it is one of the most powerful premium devices Asus has ever built.

It just so happens that the latest MacBook Pro update is 70 times faster than the previous generation. It may only have the 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor but it has 16GB and 32GB RAM options. The storage options also range from 256GB to 4TB. Which is better? MacBook.

Keyboard and Touch Bar/ScreenPad

Both these laptops are not exactly the best for typing. Their keyboards are too shallow for some typists. However since the keys of the MacBook are a bit stiff, the ZenBook is the clear winner.

As far as the Touch Bar/Screen Pad issue, the ZenBook also has it better. The ScreenPad, which is the LCD touchscreen, works well as a secondary display in comparison to Apple’s Touch Bar. Which is better? ZenBook.

Battery life

As stunning the ZenBook is, it has nothing on the MacBook when it comes to battery life. The Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch 2018 can last more than 10 hours while the ZenBook only clocks in at 5 hours. Which is better? MacBook.


The MacBook is $600 more expensive than the ZenBook. At $1,799, the ZenBook brings premium features at a more affordable and realistic price. Which is better? ZenBook.

Which do you think between the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 and the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch 2018 comes out on top? Which of these two 15-inch laptops will sell more? Post what you think about the devices in the comments section underneath this article.

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