Asus is trying to undermine the options of our laptop editors. The ZenBook 13 at $849.99 is a powerful $360 less than a Dell XPS 13 fitted with an identical Intel Core i5-8265U processor, 8 GB of memory, 256 GB of solid-state drive, and 1080p non-touch display. The gap is even greater at $550 between the Asus and the Razer Blade Stealth, although the Razer has a faster Core i7-8565U CPU. You won’t find frills like a Thunderbolt 3 port or a 4 K touch-display option, but you will consider the ZenBook 13 a tempting entry-level choice between ultraportable small, lightweight, skinny-screen-bezel. We strongly recommend this laptop for activities such as presentations, word processing, and online meetings. With its unique design, decent specifications, and good battery life, it’s one of the best laptops under $1000.