ASUS Zenbook UX305LA 13.3-Inch Laptop (Intel Core i5, 8GB, 256 GB SSD, Titanium Gold) with Windows 10

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  • 13.3-Inch Full-HD IPS Anti-Glare Matte Display with an Ultra-wide 170° Viewing Angle.
  • Powerful 5th-generation Intel Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz (Turbo up to 2.7GHz) Broadwell.
  • 8 GB RAM/ 256 GB Solid State Drive; 10-Hours Battery Life. 1.2 MP High Definition Webcam.
  • Designed to be ultra-slim with an all-aluminum body. The unit weighs only 2.86 lbs, is less than .6-inch thin.

ASUS Zen book UX305LA-AB51 13.3″ IPS FHD (19201080) Laptop (Titanium Gold) Intel i5-5200U 2.2 GHz, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 256 Solid State Storage, , 802.11AC(WiDi), Bluetooth 4.0, 1x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, 1x Headphone-out & Audio-in Combo Jack; 1x micro HDMI, SDXC card reader, Windows 10 (64 bit)

ASUS Zenbook UX305LA 13.3-Inch Laptop (Intel Core i5, 8GB, 256 GB SSD, Titanium Gold) with Windows 10

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  1. Xabier Granja says:
    35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fast, light, powerful and good looking., November 4, 2015
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    Xabier Granja (Chicago, IL) –

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    This is a fantastic laptop. I’ve been using a MacBook Air for a while and when it fell to the ground and the screen was shattered, I felt paying $450 for a new screen was a ripoff. After lots of researching, I settled for this UX305, buying the 8GB RAM, Core i5 and 256GB SSD version. My comparison will be directly to my experience with the MacBook Air.

    1) Performance: if you buy the Core i5 version (cost me $750 from Amazon, just $50 more than the anemic Core M version) you get a 5200U processor, which is very similar to what you get on a 2015 MacBook Air. This is the Broadwell architecture from 2015, which in itself is little more than a 14nm reduction of the 2014 Haswell architecture, which was 20nm. When the fabrication process of the CPU is reduced (20 to 14 nanometers), you automatically get power benefits, giving you the option of achieving better battery life with the same performance as last year, or more performance at the same battery life as the previous year. Over the past few weeks that I’ve owned the UX305, I regularly have Word, Excel, Acrobat Pro and Edge/Chrome open with ~10 tabs active. This doesn’t fully load the 8GB RAM and the performance remains fluid. I even tried playing 4K videos on YouTube and they played flawlessly, no stutter. So, performance, for office work – and light gaming, think Trine 2 on high settings and 720p resolution – is flawless.

    2) Weight: the MacBook Air is 2.97 pounds, whereas the UX305 is 2.6 pounds. If you find the Air portable, the UX305 is even more so. I didn’t think I’d notice those .3 pounds, but it actually makes a big, big difference. I “forget” my UX305 is in my work bag, whereas I was very conscious that the Air was in it.

    3) Design: pretty much a MacBook Air ripoff. The frame of the laptop is actually a bit thinner and narrower than the Air, so you get a similar experience on an overall smaller (by a hair) machine. The aluminum build feels great and is sturdy – no flex that I notice, but I’m not bending it on purpose as those tests make no sense.

    The keyboard doesn’t feel as excellent in quality as the Air, but then again, the UX305 is literally half the price of the equivalent Air. Still, I’m typing on it right now, and it’s been perfectly fine for the past few weeks. There is enough key travel to be comfortable and keys are well spaced. The only drawback is the lack of keyboard backlight, but if you don’t type in dark places, this is a non-issue. (I’ve heard people complain about the power button position on top of the backspace key: guess what, it’s literally the same as the Air, yet nobody ever complained about that in the Apple machine. That’s bias for you. It was never a problem for Apple, yet somehow it “is a problem” in the Asus for some reviewers. News flash: it wasn’t a problem in the Air, and it’s not a problem in the Asus. It’s literally the same.)

    The screen is insane. A 13.3″ 1080p IPS matte panel – compare that to the Air’s pathetic 900p TFT display. The matte panel is welcome as I have yet to see a single reflection on the screen: it is pristinely clear. Windows 10 defaults to a 150% scaling which I think makes everything look like fisher price toys. I toned it back down to %125 and things look perfect, super sharp too. Color calibration is a bit cool – makes the screen seem a bit brighter – and after calibrating with my Spyder5Express – which I wholeheartedly recommend – it looks even better. A bit dimmer than factory default, for sure, but still bright enough for using outside under sunlight.

    The audio quality is better than I expected. I had read plenty reviews that said the audio sucks and it’s quite tinny. Maybe that’s a problem with the Core M version, but on this i5 honestly it sounds fine. If anything, it’s not tinny at all, it has a decent “body” or “volume”, it reminds me of the Surface Pro 3, so I wouldn’t call it bad at all. Of course, don’t expect amazing bass, you have to be realistic here, but it’s perfectly fine sound quality. I would say though, the MacBook Air definitely had better sound. Not insanely better, but it felt as better quality reproduction (not sure how to explain it). Then again, remember: the UX305 costs half what the Air does.

    4) Battery – I’ve used it for 2 working days straight (not constantly on) on a battery charge. On a more regular workday, it lasts through the day, usually around 9 hours. That’s pretty much all I need. The Air gives you easily 3-4h more battery life on equivalent workloads, but the UX305 gets me through the day comfortably and that’s all I need.

    So, in conclusion, this UX305 is in essence a faster, lighter, more powerful version of the i5 MacBook Air, but it is Windows based, made by Asus and it’ll cost you half the price. If you want such a machine for office work and light gaming/browsing/video viewing, go for it. It’s excellent.

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  2. B. Van says:
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Beautiful titanium gold finish with sturdy build quality, December 16, 2015
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    B. Van (Houston, TX) –
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    This review is from: ASUS Zenbook UX305LA 13.3-Inch Laptop (Intel Core i5, 8GB, 256 GB SSD, Titanium Gold) with Windows 10 (Personal Computers)
    As I was looking into a replacement for my 4 year old Samsung laptop, I spent tremendous amount of time researching different brands. Naturally MacBook falls into my top 3 list, but after calculating cost analysis, I decided to give the ASUS Zenbook UX305LA a try. Beautiful titanium gold finish with sturdy build quality. As thin and light as MacBook Air. Full HD display, while not retina resolution to match certain MacBook Pro, offers better resolution than MacBook Air model, and watching 1080p Amazon video on it is amazing. While battery life doesn’t last as long as advertised, it last 5-6 hours on continuous moderate to heavy use at 65% LCD brightness. The only cons I could think of are lack of back-lit keyboard and loud touchpad buttons. Overall, the Zenbook UX305LA gets a 4.5 star rating from me. It was the best decision I made this year.

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  3. Doudou Zhou says:
    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Comparison between the i5 version Asus Zenbook UX305LA and Dell XPS 13, November 26, 2015
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    This review is from: ASUS Zenbook UX305LA 13.3-Inch Laptop (Intel Core i5, 8GB, 256 GB SSD, Titanium Gold) with Windows 10 (Personal Computers)
    I rarely leave reviews on Amazon but I like this laptop (i5 version Asus Zenbook UX305LA) so much that I want to share some information and how I tuned its screen. I bought this laptop for my mom because of the excellent review article on http://www.notebookcheck.net and the very decent deal on Amazon. I happen to have a Dell XPS 13-9343, which has identical CPU, RAM, and SSD but QHD+ display. So I’m making a comparison between the 2 products.

    I’ll start with the Cons:

    1. The FHD screen has both pros and cons. It’s super bright, contrast rich and has great color depth. And 1080P is more than enough for a 13 inch laptop. However, if here is only one major complain about this laptop, it would be the poor color calibration of the screen. It feels greenish even without comparing with my Dell XPS 13, which by the way is calibrated very well out of the box. Here’s how I tuned my screen: First, remove the ‘Asus splendid’ software, because it prevents any manual adjustment to the screen. Then click start button and search for ‘Calibrate display color’. Using this software, click ‘next’ all the way until you see ‘adjust color balance’. Move the green slide to -2 and click ‘next’ until finish. The screen will look much better after this adjustment.

    2. The touchpad is not as flawless as a MacBook or as excellent as my Dell XPS 13. The two finger scrolling is sometimes a little bit jumpy when I’m browsing the web. The material feels like plastic and it’s sticky if there are sweat on my fingertips. As a comparison, the matte surface on my Dell XPS’s touchpad provides a much more pleasant feeling and a more smooth scrolling experience. However, I don’t mean the Zenbook has a bad trackpad. Actually it’s quite precise and easy to use in most of the cases. I’ve experienced a much worse trackpad on my old Lenovo.

    3. The lack of backlight keyboard. I appreciate my Dell XPS’s beautiful backlight keyboard. But I’m not the kind of person who consider a backlight keyboard to be a default setting. So I’m quite OK with that.

    The Pros:

    Everything else! Please read other reviews on Amazon for details. I’ll only mention one point that is omitted by the others: this laptop has only a few bloatwares, and none of them is very annoying or taking up a lot of disk space. I really appreciate it due to the unpleasant experience of my other PC laptops before.

    Conclusion:

    In my opinion the Dell XPS 13 is the perfect PC laptop and Asus Zenbook UX305LA is very close to it. My major complains include the poor screen color calibration and the suboptimal trackpad. But for about half the price of a Dell XPS 13 or a MacBook, I think this laptop is an excellent deal.

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