ASUS Ultra Slim ZenBook UX305 reviews

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ASUS Ultra Slim ZenBook UX305 reviews

ASUS Introduces UltraSlim ZenBook UX305 Notebook with Core M and 1080p IPS for $699 ASUS has announced the availability and pricing for the ZenBook UX305, and the specifications are quite exceptional for the price Not content to compete on hardware specs alone the design of the notebook is a miniscule.

ASUS Ultra Slim ZenBook UX305 reviews

48” thick, making the UX305 the world’s thinnest ultraportable notebook according to ASUS As impressive as the slim profile of the aluminum design might be, it is more impressive to look over the main specifications of the $699 UX305: Intel Core M 5Y10 processor 8GB of LPDDR3 memory 256GB SSD 133-inch 1920×1080 IPS display (matte finish) I'll let that sink in for a moment Quite an impressive list given the MSRP for these specifications is, again, only $699 At this price it's going to be very difficult to beat the UX305 considering what’s under the hood, as this configuration contains double the memory and storage space compared to many ultraportables in this price class

And 1080p IPS on top of everything is just icing on the cake Battery life should be very good considerin the processor the heart of this is Intel's newest low-power Broadwell-based Core M (the 5Y10), which features HD 5300 graphics and a TDP of just 45W Moreover, the processor is passively cooled and the notebook features a completely fanless design for silent operation Since there are no fans to expell heat ASUS has made it a point to promise that the palm rest will always stay cool thanks to their “IceCool technology” (whatever that is – but I really hope it’s an ice cube cooling system)

The UX305 is powered by a 45Wh Lithium Polymer battery that has a claimed 10-hour battery life, and the notebook features 80211ac wireless, three USB 30 ports, and includes a USB Ethernet adapter (a nice touch) ASUS is also touting a premium sound system with this notebook, employing a B&O ICEpower amplifier and enhanced with their proprietary “SonicMaster audio” Rounding out the feature list is an SD card reader and 720p webcam

The notebook weighs in at 26 Lbs, and this configuration of the UX305 is available immediately (listed on their official store) With the surprisingly low MSRP it sounds like this ZenBook will be a solid choice for anyone looking for the latest notebook tech on a budget, and depending on performance and real-world battery life it could just be that mythical MacBook Air "killer" (if you're ok with Windows 8 over OS X, of course)

ASUS Ultra Slim ZenBook UX305 reviews