ASUS Zenbook UX305 Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS Xenbook UX305 Review

Introduction

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of laptops is greatly exaggerated. When tablets first appeared they seemed to be everything a laptop wasn't. Mainly light and user friendly. However, the demand for ever greater performance and a wider array of applications has meant, quixotically, that people carry a tablet about because it's lighter, but also carry a keyboard add-on for productivity. It doesn't make any sense to us. Why compromise?

In an attempt to claw back the difference between laptops and tablets, the shrink war is on and ASUS are very much leading the charge with their Zenbook UX305. To say that this is both small and light is very much understating things. At less than 15mm high and a mere 1.3KG in weight it unquestionably ticks the portable box, but in keeping with ASUS' desire for performance it's also got a hefty dose of hardware backed up by a truly gorgeous screen.

Technical Specifications

There are a few variants of the Zenbook available. In keeping with a cost effective alternative to the horrendously expensive high-end tablets around, we've got the UX305 here with the Core i3 processor, 128GB SSD and 4GB of DDR3.

Rather than run a whole array of benchmarks, we feel this is very much the kind of product that you're either in the market for, or you aren't, and the absolute string to its bow is the battery life, which we'll come to in the conclusion. Sure it's not only about battery life, otherwise we'd all still have Nokia 3310s as our daily phone, but there is much to recommend the UX305, so without further ado let's take a look at it in the flesh.

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22-12-2015, 05:21:06

barnsley
Wow, that is the first Zenbook I'd actually spend my own money on (if they've improved build quality this time). The pricing is spot on and really shows that Windows laptops have really come on in leaps and bounds recently.
A year ago I'd have said that no one could do an ultralight laptop that would best the low end MBA in terms of cost/weight but this really smashes it out the park. While the CPU is slightly slower than the i5 they use in the low end MBA it still is a much better buy in pretty much every aspect. GG Asus.Quote

22-12-2015, 05:25:36

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
Wow, that is the first Zenbook I'd actually spend my own money on (if they've improved build quality this time). The pricing is spot on and really shows that Windows laptops have really come on in leaps and bounds recently.
A year ago I'd have said that no one could do an ultralight laptop that would best the low end MBA in terms of cost/weight but this really smashes it out the park. While the CPU is slightly slower than the i5 they use in the low end MBA it still is a much better buy in pretty much every aspect. GG Asus.
For normal day to day use the i3 is more than capable. Unless you are transcoding videos or doing some hardcore photoshop youll never notice. The battery life, aesthetics, build quality and price are really what this is all about.Quote

22-12-2015, 05:32:31

barnsley
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
For normal day to day use the i3 is more than capable. Unless you are transcoding videos or doing some hardcore photoshop youll never notice. The battery life, aesthetics, build quality and price are really what this is all about.
The price is fantastic. Almost insane if its as well built as I think it is. The battery is also awesome. The rest is pretty much stock ultrabook.Quote

22-12-2015, 06:11:08

Kushiro
Didn't even know notebooks were reviewed Quote

22-12-2015, 16:45:26

dwatterworth
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
For normal day to day use the i3 is more than capable. Unless you are transcoding videos or doing some hardcore photoshop youll never notice. The battery life, aesthetics, build quality and price are really what this is all about.
Knowing you were a big fan of the Dell XPS 13, how does the UX305 compare?Quote
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