ASUS ZENBOOK UX305 review - the winner takes all!

ASUS ZENBOOK UX305 review – the winner takes all!

ASUS ZENBOOK UX305 review - the winner takes all!

Premium line ZENBOOK from ASUS – is a separate microcosm of the universe laptops. It is difficult to confuse with any other, so bright and incomparable obtained representatives of this segment. In previous reports, we have had the good fortune to meet with some of the models in this series, which once again confirmed the high level and the title of the best.

This time we talk about the 13.6-inch Ultrabook ASUS ZENBOOK UX305, which was presented at the IFA in Berlin in 2014. The main feature of the laptop is in its weight and thickness: 1.2 mm and 12 kg, respectively, which makes the device extremely thin and lightweight. Another huge plus – filling a new generation of Broadwell. More – more.


Say that ASUS ZENBOOK UX305 looks great – do not say anything. Let’s start with the fact that the laptop is completely made of anodized aluminum. This means that the metal surface is coated, electrolytically obtained. Such a coating, incidentally, protects the material from oxidation and also against mechanical damage. On the surface of the cover, you can see the traditional concentric pattern, which looks, frankly, very impressive. As always located in the middle of a proprietary label «ASUS».

ASUS ZENBOOK UX305 review - the winner takes all!

Within a generally see a matte texture. The idea to do a little rough surface seems very successful because his hands so much more comfortable, and a soiled now you can forget. The display is surrounded by a broad measure of the frame, it is placed over the eye of a webcam with a light sensor, and the lower edge of the frame – another logo ASUS. Full-sized keyboard seems very comfortable, the same impression large touchpad.

As for colors, it just provides two options: black (Obsidian Stone) and white (Ceramic Alloy). They both look great and are appropriate for any interior, emphasizing the good taste of its owner.

As you may have guessed, the build quality is impeccable: find fault with absolutely no to anything. Every detail is in its place, nor take away or add. Of course, no squeaks, no subsidence or backlash – a concept line involves exemplary in all, and the case was no exception.

ASUS ZENBOOK UX305 review - the winner takes all!

Interestingly, the ultrabook ZENBOOK UX305 is one of the few who has won several awards in such a short existence. So, in 2014 he was awarded the Good Design Award from the Institute for the promotion and development of industrial design in Japan; Also last year, he entered the hundred best design projects, and in 2015 the unit deservedly received the award If Design Award, which honors only innovative and functional design.

With regard to the size and weight of a laptop, the manufacturer pays particular attention to the extent to which they are fewer competitive models. Thus, the size of the gadget are 324h226h12 mm and its weight is less than 1.2 kg. Thus, we are dealing with an incredibly compact device that easily fits in any bag.

Display, sound, and webcam

Screen entire line ZENBOOK always been its high performance. At this time, the engineers also did not disappoint and equipped laptop magnificent display! Its 13.3-inch diagonal is, at the same resolution – QHD + (3200h1800 pixels). Matrix IPS wide viewing angles pleases – from any angle the picture is juicy, without loss of quality. Note also the high density of pixels per inch, namely, 275 ppi, and excellent brightness, which assures a manufacturer may achieve 300 filaments. Contrast – 770: 1, which is also very bad.

Thanks to anti-reflective coating with ASUS ZENBOOK UX305 appropriate work indoors and outdoors, even in direct sunlight, nothing will prevent the user to enjoy the lush and vibrant picture. In line with the latest fashion trends, of course, if I may say so, the developers of ASUS laptop equipped with a touchscreen: All commands are executed promptly, without delay, that is good news.

ASUS ZENBOOK UX305 review - the winner takes all!

On both sides of the body are the dynamics that are hidden under the grille. The manufacturer promises that the ASUS Sonic Master technology makes sound impressive. In fact, we get quite a mediocre sound even at maximum volume and wheezing. However, an additional headset as headphones can significantly improve the situation.

Built-in HD-camera makes using the laptop more comfortable because it gives the user the joy of fellowship. Its functionality is enough for you to chat in the online mode on Skype but no more.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Ergonomic Keyboard ASUS ZENBOOK UX305 creates insanely good impression. As is customary in modern notebooks, it island style. The keys have a convenient printable form – a square. Marking is made in white. Podladonnaya surface has a rough surface so that in the course of work hands do not slip and non-marking.

ASUS ZENBOOK UX305 review - the winner takes all!

Numpad missing, lights, unfortunately, too. With regard to the most commonly used keys, then they have no complaints. A switch unit is compact, but not enough to seem uncomfortable, glad that it is separated from the main island of the block of free space. The key travel is short, with a good return. The power button gadget is immediately on the keyboard – in the upper right corner.

Located under the keyboard slightly shifted to the right side of the touchpad. Manipulator has large dimensions, slightly rough surface, and clear boundaries. The response has a good, all works quickly and accurately. Physical keys are not present, there is a tiny vertical bar, which visually separates the right mouse button on the left. Of course, there is support for multi-touch gestures, such as dragging, cotton, slip, scrolling, zooming, etc.


The operating system used in the ultrabook 64-bit Windows 8.1. ASUS ZENBOOK UX305 also received a processor Intel Core M-5Y10 generation Broadwell. He is a dual-core, made on 14 nm process technology. The minimum operating frequency is 800 MHz while the Turbo Boost technology is able to increase this figure to 2 GHz. This chip is characterized by a lower TDP (only 4.5 W), as well as the presence of three-dimensional FinFET transistors with high energy efficiency. There is support for DirectX 11.2, OpenCL 1.2 / 2.0 and OpenGL 4.3. By the way, in addition to the above processor, you can buy a laptop with a chip Intel Core M 5Y71.

We now turn to the graphic component filling, which, in this case, is represented by integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 5300. Depending on the complexity of the task, its frequency can range from 800 MHz to 900 MHz. Graphics processor supports DirectX 11.2, OpenCL 2.0. In general, it is easy to cope with the problem, which is calculated every ultrabook: work online, simple program, playback of audio, video, etc.

Number of RAM is 8 GB standard LPDDR3-1600 MHz. To store the information used by the SSD 256 GB, you can also choose a complete set with a 128 GB or 512 GB SSD.

Ports and Communications

Having all the necessary ports and connectors – an important quality of any laptop. Even despite the fact that ZENBOOK UX305 is very thin, in this respect, it is almost all right. Starboard received standard 3.0 USB port (with Charger + function for fast charging of mobile devices), video output Micro-HDMI, combo audio jack, socket for recharging. Also, there are two indicators: the status of the battery (two-tone) and the operation indicator.

On the left side are two more USB 3.0 ports and a card reader 2-in-1 (SD / SDXC).

Neither the front nor the back nothing.

In general, everything is pretty good, but the lack of an RJ-45 still slightly spoils the overall picture. Wireless communications ultrabook presented Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0.


In the gadget installed lithium-polymer battery with 45 Wh. The manufacturer says that for 10 hours the user will not need to be recharged laptop. Fortunately, this is the case, he did not lie, because ultrabook really shows good performance survivability. For instance, while reading a laptop will last for about 13 hours in the Web-surfing – a little less than 7 hours, and under load – about 3 hours. Well, the results are very good and complain about the battery just do not have!

Conclusion – ASUS ZENBOOK UX305

To sum up, summarize. Start of 2015 marked the release of a new instance of an elite line ZENBOOK – ASUS ZENBOOK UX305. No fundamentally new technologies in its production were not involved, however, the laptop can be considered a worthy competitor to many of today’s Ultrabooks similar directions.

The first thing that catches the eye – a stylish and colorful design. He looks in status, in addition, the notebook has a compact size and light weight, which allows you to wear the device with you all day. Display – another important advantage ZENBOOK UX305. On the user’s selection is available Full HD resolution and QHD +, a bonus is the matrix of IPS and touchscreen. Filling and battery are also noteworthy. The first is represented by the processor and graphics 5th generation who was found a lot of advantages, such as low power consumption and high efficiency. As to the battery, it demonstrates the proper effect: at a moderate load the laptop is able to last without charging a working day.

Thus, if you design has the same meaning as the filling; If you want to see on his laptop clear picture and not be afraid that the most inopportune moment you fail the battery, we unanimously recommend looking at the ASUS ZENBOOK UX305. Perhaps this is exactly what you’ve been looking for!

Source: ASUS

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