- Excellent keyboard and trackpad
- Core m offers reasonable office performance
- Great specs for the price
- Beautifully made
- Phenomenal battery life
- Keys aren't backlit
- No USB-C port for charging or external display
- Trackpad isn't the best
ASUS has put its thinnest laptop with the ASUS ZenBook UX305 so far in the market. It’s over a weight of 1.2 kilograms and a thickness of 1.23 centimeters. That’s not even the best because the UX305 has no fan. ASUS usually brings beautiful ultrabooks under the ZenBook brand, and with the ZenBook UX305, it also succeeded. The construction quality of the fully aluminum housing in color called ASUS Obsidian Stone is excellent. ASUS, like the previous ZenBooks, has a circular pattern on the screen cover.
ASUS ZenBook UX305 Specifications
|Processor||Intel Core M-5Y10 0.8 GHz|
|Graphics adapter||Intel HD Graphics 5300, Core: 800 MHz|
|Display||13.3 inch 16:9, 3200×1800 pixel|
|Mainboard||Intel Broadwell-Y PCH-LP (Premium)|
|Total storage||128GB SSD|
|Operating system||Windows 8.1|
|Audio||Realtek HD Audio (3.5mm headset port)|
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In particular, the full HD version of the ASUS Zenbook UX305 offers an ultrabook design for a remarkably sharp price. Moreover, the laptop does not seem to deliver too much regarding performance and building quality. The laptop has an aluminum housing that is only 12 millimeters thick.
The details are also beautifully finished, with a circular pattern in the metal on the back of the laptop. The whole weighs only 1200 grams and is therefore light and compact enough to use on the road as well. Asus chooses to keep the Zenbook UX305 a pure laptop without any frills. The screen cannot be folded or disconnected to form a tablet. That’s an excellent choice because hybrid laptops are often awkward tablets that look nice on paper but are not practical.
In addition to its low thickness, the UX305 might be a major asset: it does not contain an active fan and is therefore quiet. This is possible thanks to Intel Core M processor, a chip that has been used in convertibles so far and consumes only 4.5 watts. ASUS uses entry-level Core M-5Y10 which has a clock speed of 800 MHz with a maximum turbo speed of 2 GHz.
The Asus laptop runs on an Intel Core M processor, a new type that is more economical than the previous generation, which had the Core i3, i5 and i7 names. 4GB of work memory supports the processor. This provides battery life benefits. The high-resolution version keeps our battery test, simulating web browsing, text processing and video simulation, almost 6 hours full. That’s a lot more than many competitors.
The performance of the Core M processor is reasonable, but not spectacular. In practice, the device is usually raped in use, supported by the SSD. This ensures that the laptop is started in about 10 seconds and that launches apps quickly. However, with heavy tasks and browsing to more massive websites, there is a delay, and the ASUS Zenbook UX305 is certainly not a game machine. Perhaps this can be optimized with updated drivers. The 256GB SSD is made by SanDisk. According to ASUS, you can work for about eight hours on the tested version, but six to seven hours is more realistic. I suspect you can work longer with a full HD display.
Keyboard & Mouse
The laptop trackpad and keyboard are excellent. The keyboard gets the space well and good to type with. The keys offer a lot of resistance, which hardly prevents you from accidentally pressing a key. Because you have to type quite hard, the keyboard also makes relatively much noise.
However, these are minor issues that also depend on the user’s style. The trackpad is quite large and therefore works very well. When you click on the bottom of the mouse buttons, the trackpad makes a little bit of cheap sound, but there’s nothing to complain about using it.
Because the ASUS Zenbook UX305 has no ambition to work as a tablet, the laptop also does not need a touchscreen. Asus, therefore, chooses for a mat screen in 1920 resolutions at 1080 pixels or 3200 by 1800 pixels. The higher resolution screen has a maximum brightness of 367 cd / m2, making it very clear for a laptop. Colors are displayed accurately, and due to the absence of a glass layer, you are less likely to reflect. The main drawback is that the contrast is low. The fact that the display does not reach deep black values is the only downside in this area.
The full HD model is as bright as the higher resolution version, and the contrast is even a lot better. However, the color display is a lot less accurate. However, the full HD resolution is still 13.3 inches wide, and the screen is not bad. The image is sharp, and the color display, brightness, and viewing angle are excellent. It’s nice that the display mat is finished. I also saw the cheaper version with a full HD screen and that screen looked great too. By the way, Windows 8.1 is still not ready for the high resolution. Some components of Windows such as Device Manager still look blurred.
The main thing about a notebook is that you can work well with the keyboard being one of the most important points. The keyboard is good and is fully integrated into the aluminum top. But the keyboard has no key lighting. Certainly, on the more expensive version, I expected that. The touchpad is nice and works well overall. It’s not yet the level of MacBooks’ unrivaled touchpads yet, but it’s great to work with it. The light weight makes it easy to use the UX305 on foot or the sofa. However, the bottom is usually a little hot on the right.
ASUS ZenBook UX305 is a very powerful notebook at many points. The notebook is thin and light. Also, there is no active cooling which makes him quiet again. The latter comes from the energy-efficient Core M processor. Certainly no speedometer, but it works well for everyday work. ASUS also impresses with the great 13.3inch screen that has a good viewing angle, brightness and color display in addition to the high resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels. And the price is a bit competitive.