Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus UX305FA-FB012H
Source: Expert Reviews
The premium-feeling yet affordably-priced Zenbook UX305 is a great success in my book. While it doesn't tick every box, and you can't expect it given the price with the imperfect screen and couple of rough edges. However, if you're looking for a nippy little laptop for under £550, it’s a fantastic choice. Just a fraction of the price than the 2015 MacBook Air, the UX305 has considerably more RAM and a thinner design, and it also has a higher resolution screen too. All being said, it also comes with Windows 10, which might be enough to put off a few fans of Apple's snappy operating system. When you bring it down in terms of sheer value-for-money, the Zenbook UX305 is still a superb choice. If you feel like that Asus Zenbook UX305 isn't quite for you and want to look at your other options, take a quick look at our Best Laptop 2016 guide to see if you can find a better fit for your needs and price range.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/11/2016
Rating: Total score: 100%
Source: Chip.de DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/05/2015
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 100% performance: 72% features: 57% display: 100% ergonomy: 91%
Model: Thin yet durable, the Asus UX305FA-FB012H is a stylish laptop with impressive hardware. The durable chassis is made entirely from high-grade aluminium allowing for the ultra-thin profile of just 12.3 mm thickness. Edges are rounded, while the lid features the classic concentric circle pattern famously used on most Asus laptops. There are two colors to choose from; ceramic alloy and obsidian stone. The Asus UX305FA-FB012H is fitted with hardware focusing on efficiency and battery life. On-board are an Intel Core M-5Y10 processor clocked at 2.0 GHz, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, an Intel HD Graphics GPU and an internal storage of 256 GB using SSD technology.
Display on the Asus K550JX-XO032H is a high-quality anti-reflective 13.3 inch qHD panel with superb colors and contrast. Audio quality is also decent with the stereo speakers and audio by ICEpower. The 1.20 kg device also comes with an HD webcam, 3 USB 3.0 ports, a micro HDMI out, Bluetooth and a card reader. With Windows 8.1 as operating system, the Asus K550JX-XO032H is perfect portable work companion. Its 3-cell battery is rated at 45 Wh.
With the recent announced UX21 and UX31 Ultrabooks, provided by the Taiwanese manufacturer Asus and marketed under the self-created term Zenbook, the already existing UX series moves back to the foreground. In 2009 Asus showed the slim notebook UX50V with energy efficient hardware and a 15-inch display. Today, three years after the first device of this series Asus presents two devices in the Ultrabook-class with 11.6 - and 13.3-inch display. The category Ultrabook itself was launched by Intel to the fire up the market of the top dog Apple with its MacBook Air 11 and MacBook Air 13.
Significant milestones for this project are a sleek design, fast and energy-saving hardware as well as a decent battery lifetime. Asus uses a alloy-chassis, a solid state drive and a lithium-polymer battery, which is integrated. In the first reviews for the two new devices the available ports, the bright screen and the minimalistic background noises in idle-usage models are highlighted. Disadvantages are the reflective surface of the display and the missing option to expand the integrated hardware.
Asus offers the Zenbook UX21 (11.6 inches) and the UX31 with the larger 13.3-inch screen from 999 € (MSRP) upwards. In regard to other devices you’ll see that Asus only sell premium devices at the moment. Acer offers the Aspire S3 Ultrabook already from 799 € (MSRP) upwards. But in comparison the devices from Asus get a better result in the most reviews out there.Intel HD Graphics 5300: Integrated graphics card (GT2) in Core M processors from the Broadwell Y-series (4.5 W TDP). Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
5Y10c: Broadwell-based ULV dual-core processor for tablets and 2-in-1 notebooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 5300 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Asus: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated, a Taiwanese multinational company, produces motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, PDAs, computer monitors, notebook computers, servers, networking products, mobile phones, computer cases, computer components, and computer cooling systems. The company's 2007 revenues reached US$6.9 billion. ASUS also produces components for other manufacturers. The Eee PC initiated the netbook boom in 2008.
In the notebook sector, Asus had a global market share of about 11% from 2014-2016, making it the fourth largest laptop manufacturer. In the smartphone sector, Asus is not among the Top 5 and has only a small market share (as of 2016).
89%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.