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Reviewed on 2016-04-01
Note: This article was first published on 17th March 2016.Now that Intel's sixth-generation Skylake processors are out, manufacturers have begun to roll out the latest convertibles and ultrabooks packed with the latest hardware in full force. Thanks to Sk...
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Reviewed on 2016-01-20
Great specs for the price, Core m offers reasonable office performanceNo USBC port for charging or external display, Keys aren't backlit
Last year we declared the Asus ZenBook UX305 the best budget ultrabook of 2015, for delivering performance and quality that belied its price. It's no surprise Asus has barely altered the blueprint for the 2016 model.The most notable difference is the CPU...
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Reviewed on 2015-12-31
Asus launched its ultraportable Asus ZenBook UX305 laptop in the Indian market back in May 2015 for Rs. 49,999. Touted as world's slimmest 13.3-inch laptop, it has mere 12.3mm thickness. It is an amalgamation of great aesthetics and configuration. If you...
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Reviewed on 2015-12-22
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...
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Reviewed on 2015-12-17
The Asus ZenBook UX501 has been out for a few months now, offering Window's users a powerhouse of a laptop with the modern styling and an ultrathin design that helps it stand out in a crowd. As one of the best Windows alternatives to a MacBook Air it's po...
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Reviewed on 2015-12-09
Small, extremely handy, Aesthetic all metal build, Designed like big UltrabooksNo touch Screen, keyboard backlight, Average battery backup
With the Advent of Core M enabled chipsets, many companies have tried their hands on creating handy laptops, one that people can carry with them to presentations, for working while they travel or to simply cut down the bulk 14-inch laptops pose. Everythin...
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Reviewed on 2015-10-30
Fantastic design and solid aluminium build material, Fairly lightweight and easy to carry around, Priced reasonably lower than the competing Ultrabooks, Impressive 8GB RAM for smooth and optimized performance, The fan-less design makes the Ultrabook s...Absence of the keyboard backlight deters from typing in low light conditions, The fan-less design makes the laptop heat up when used for a longer period, The processor is mediocre and may slow down during heavy operation
It is rare to see a Taiwanese computer and electronics company such as Asus accomplish so much within a few years. From powering motherboards to creating premium grade laptops, Asus has been at the forefront of the technological market for quite some time...
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Reviewed on 2015-09-16
But now the decidedly less schizophrenic Windows 10 has arrived, this semi-premium Ultrabook suddenly makes so much more sense. Let's get one thing out of the way. The ZenBook UX305 is a machine you buy as much for style and portability as outright perfo...
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Reviewed on 2015-09-04
Thin design, Full HD Screen, Full complement of portsStiff buttons on touchpad, Core M is enough just for productivity
A mobile office is something that is needed by many in the fast paced world we live in. Of course the days of lugging around heavy notebooks is a thing of the past, in the day of tablets and lightweight machines. But then what if you really want the form...
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Reviewed on 2015-08-27
Incredibly thin and light, Core M and an SSD work well together, Silent operation, Impressive battery lifeLafité is available for £150 less, No Ethernet port, Only 80GB SSD storage after Windows is installed
Specifications:The standout features of the UX305 have to be its weight and thickness. Both are simply incredible, as the Ultrabook weighs just 1.2kg, and measures 12mm thick (or thin). I was amazed when I picked up the UX305 for the first time – obviousl...
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Reviewed on 2015-08-27
Ever since Apple released its MacBook Air laptop, PC vendors have been trying to play catch-up by making their own sleek ultra-portables. This explains why the Asus ZenBook UX305 bears more than a passing resemblance to the MacBook Air. But while Apple...
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Reviewed on 2015-08-21
More and more manufacturers are jumping at the chance to integrate the Intel Core M processor in their laptops. Lenovo has the sexy and slim Yoga 3 Pro , while Asus has the Transformer Book T300 Chi and this, the ZenBook UX305. Boasting a thickness of onl...
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Reviewed on 2015-08-13
The ASUS ZenBook is a piece of super-thin ultrabook that is set directly to the portable-yet-decent-performance market, particularly the MacBook Air's segment in the market, though on Windows. In short though, I have to say that ASUS did a very good job.T...
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Reviewed on 2015-08-12
Thin and lightweight, great keyboard, lots of ports, cheap for an ultrabookUninspiring performance, small SSD
THE ZENBOOK UX305 starts at £649 and is one of the more affordable models in Asus' ZenBook series that has made the Taiwanese firm a four-year veteran of producing slim but strong ultrabooks...
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Reviewed on 2015-08-12
Listen really closely, and you can hear the cries of Windows laptop users.Windows 10 is truly great, but it doesn't put an end to the affliction caused by inferior screens, carpal-tunnel-inducing trackpads, Tupperware-like plastic, short-lived batteries...
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Reviewed on 2015-08-05
What's still clear is just how portable this ZenBook is, with its 12.3mm girth and a 1.2kg total weight, the UX305 looks and feels like an impressively-built Windows counterpart to the MacBook Air. But peer a little harder and that initial impression does...
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Reviewed on 2015-07-31
Bright, contrastrich IPS screen, Stable, highend case, Very good input devices, Silent operation, Gets hardly warmer, Fast SSD, Maintainable, USBtoEthernet adapterNo keyboard light
Silent. With the Zenbook UX305FA, Asus offers a slim, light, silent 13.3-inch subnotebook with very good battery life. A price of just under 800 Euros (~$875) also makes it affordable...
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Reviewed on 2015-07-29
The mid-range notebook PC is usually more about compromise and price than spec or quality. Engineering a notebook to a specific price point isn't an easy task and some concessions to spec and build are inevitable.I was, however, pleasantly surprised by As...
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Reviewed on 2015-07-15
It might be hard to believe, but Apple released the first iteration of its MacBook Air seven-and-a-half years ago. At the time, it didn't take long to realize its impact. I'd wager that it single-handedly spawned the craze of making notebooks crazy thin...
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Reviewed on 2015-07-10
Thin and lightweight, great keyboard, lots of ports, cheap for an ultrabookUninspiring performance, small SSD, ugly antiglare coating
The ZenBook UX305 starts at £649 and is one of the more affordable models in Asus' ZenBook series that has made the Taiwanese firm a four-year veteran of producing slim but strong ultrabooks. Competing devices commonly nudge the £1,000 mark, including th...
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Processor frequency

0.8 GHz

Processor family

Intel Core M

Processor model


Processor boost frequency

2 GHz

Processor cores


Processor threads


Processor cache

4 MB


Internal memory

8 GB

Internal memory type


Memory clock speed

1600 MHz

Maximum internal memory

8 GB

Optical drive

Optical drive type


Display diagonal

33.8 cm (13.3")

Display resolution

1920 x 1080 pixels

LED backlight
HD type

Full HD

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity


DVI port
Microphone in
S/PDIF out port
Combo headphone/mic port
Docking connector
DC-in jack
ExpressCard slot
CardBus PCMCIA slot type
SmartCard slot
Micro HDMI ports quantity


Weight & dimensions


1.2 kg


32.4 cm


22.6 cm


1.23 cm


Pointing device


Numeric keypad
Windows keys


Wi-Fi standards


Ethernet LAN
Bluetooth version



Total storage capacity

256 GB

Storage media


Solid-state drive capacity

256 GB

Card reader integrated
Compatible memory cards



Operating system installed

Windows 8.1

Operating system architecture



Front camera


Battery technology


Battery capacity (Watt hours)

45 Wh


Product type


Colour of product

Black, Grey

Form factor



On-board graphics adapter
Discrete graphics adapter
On-board graphics adapter model

Intel® HD Graphics 5300

Discrete graphics adapter model
Graphics adapter Open GL support