ASUS UX305FA-ASM1 Zenbook Ultra-Slim Laptop

March 31st, 2015

We’re not great fans of ultra-slim laptops at Our Picks, believing that a compromise has to be made somewhere when designing an ultra-slim, but the ASUS Zenbook has caught our eye recently and is receiving glowing reviews. So not being a team to fly in the face of public opinion we decided to check out this cool looking offering from ASUS.

ASUS Zenbook UX305FA-ASM1 Ultra-Slim specifications

* Screen size 13.3 inches, 1920 x 1080 res
* Latest Intel Core M-5Y10 (turbo up to 2GHz) dual-core processor
* 8 GB of DDR3 memory
* 256 GB SSD drive
* 802.11 a/g/n wireless connectivity
* 3 x 3.0 USB ports
* Windows 8.1 OS
* 2.6 pounds
* 18.5 x 3.6 x 11.7 inches
* Integrated Intel HD Graphics 5300 card
* Built-in HD webcam 720p resolution
* 2 -in-1 card reader ( SD/ SDHC)
* Bluetooth 4.0

The display boasts an anti-glare matte, with 170 degree viewing angle and the unit comes with a fan-less design for quiet and energy efficient operation. A 10 hour battery life is estimated and there is a micro HDMI output.

You may have noticed that the UX305FA-ASM1 Zenbook also comes with a 256 GB SSD. Whilst this may seem a little on the low side for capacity, with more and more cloud-based operation these days, who knows may be smaller (and faster) hard-drives are the way to go, especially in the laptop market.

Anyway, let’s hear what others have to say about the ASUS UX305FA-ASM1 Zenbook

ASUS Zenbook UX305FA-ASM1 laptop reviews

Hot Hardware – 4 out of 5 stars
Trusted Reviews – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Amazon – 4.5 out of 5

Well, judging by the reviews, the ASUS UX305FA-ASM1 Zenbook is ultra popular as well as ultra slim. Some of the negatives talked about lack of processor power and performance, along with a possible dodgy trackpad. But your money is buying you a light-weight, quiet, energy efficient laptop not a grunt-monster with all the bells and whistles. The up sides mentioned include the weight, battery life, great display and design.

Just for once, we are convinced by an ‘ultra-thin’ laptop, yeah you are not getting a super-fast machine, but you are getting a very capable ‘on the go’ laptop with the ASUS UX305FA-ASM1 Zenbook. It gets a big thumbs up from the Our Picks team.

Here’s a quick promotional video from NewEgg and ASUS

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