Taiwanese computing giant ASUS has just launched its latest laptop in the Indian market. The brand has released the ASUS ZenBook UX305 Ultrabook, which it originally unveiled at last year’s IFA trade fair. It happens to be the world’s slimmest and lightest laptop with a 13.3-inch QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800 pixel) display. The ultrabook weighs merely 1.2kg and comes with an impressively slim 12.3mm waistline.
Even while offering a sleek design, the ASUS ZenBook UX305 doesn’t compromises in the specifications section. The notebook utilizes the latest gen Intel Core-M series processor and offers a solid battery life. If it has caught your attention already, let’s break it down its specs below.
Features of the budget, Windows-based Apple MacBook Air
Apart from a slim waistline and lightweight construction, the ZenBook UX305 has an eye-catching design. The notebook comes with a sleek new wedge-shaped body, which as per the company has been crafted from aluminium, and is further highlighted by diamond-cut edges. For the design, you have two choices – Obsidian Stone and Ceramic Alloy colours.
The ASUS ZenBook UX305 flaunts a 13.3-inch QHD+ IPS anti-glare display, which as per the brand offers five times the resolution of a standard laptop display. The screen has an anti-glare coating to render media with more depth, and offers 178-degree viewing angles. It also has smart light sensors, which detects the sun to adjust brightness accordingly.
The ZenBook UX305 Ultrabook is powered by an Intel Core M-5Y10 processor that offers a clock speed of 2.0GHz. The CPU is further supported by up to 8GB of RAM. The device comes with 512GB of SSD (solid state drive) storage, which is six times faster than regular hard disk drives. Overall, on the paper the ZenBook UX305 offers solid performance.
The ZenBook comes with Wi-Fi with latest standard ac and Bluetooth connectivity. Other connectivity options include three USB 3.0 ports, a micro-HDMI port, and a mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter, which allows you to connect an external monitor to the ultrabook.
The ASUS ZenBook UX305 is fuelled by a 6-cell battery, which as per the company with the intelligent power management system delivers up to 10 hours of standard usage and up to eight hours of video playback. One of the USB 3.0 ports of the notebook supports ASUS Charger+ technology for fast recharging of connected mobile devices.
OS and other features
Windows 8.1 64-bit is in charge of handling user operations on the ZenBook UX305. The notebook’s touchpad supports Smart Gestures for intuitive experience of Windows 8.1. It comes pre-loaded with a trial version of Microsoft Office 2013 for productivity. The ultrabook has a backlit keyboard, which according to the company has an improved layout for accurate typing in any lighting conditions. For immersive media experience, the UX305 is loaded with MaxxAudio-powered speakers.
The ASUS ZenBook UX305 is certainly among the slimmest Windows-powered ultrabooks available in the market. The notebook offers a solid construction with aluminium and diamond-wedged edges, fanless Intel Core-M series processor, and good battery life. It is a decent alternative to the Apple MacBook Air.
The Asus ZenBook UX305 price is pegged at Rs 49,999 in India, and is available online exclusively on Flipkart and across all ASUS stores as well.