Average of 5 scores (from 7 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus UX305FA-FB041H
The time you read this review, an aspect of it will already be out of date, because we reviewed it with Windows 8 on-board, an operating system that worked fine without touch, but which was skewed better for machines with it. Unfortunately, the UX305 doesn’t have touch, at least not the version we’ve been able to check out, and while that would be a bit of a concern for Windows 8, Windows 10 should have no problems with it whatsoever.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/28/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90%
It is only when we consider a recently reviewed competitor – PCSpecialist’s Lafité Ultrabook – that the UX305 seems less appealing. Lafité packs in more power thanks to a Broadwell-U i3, has more storage capacity, and is only just heavier at 1.4kg and only just thicker at 18mm. Perhaps most importantly, it is £150 cheaper.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/27/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Expert Reviews
The premium feeling yet reasonably-priced Zenbook UX305 is a great success. It doesn't tick every box - the screen isn't perfect and there are a couple of rough edges, but if you're looking for a nippy laptop for under £700, it’s a great choice. It's cheaper than the current MacBook Air, has more RAM and a thinner design, and it also has a higher resolution screen. With that said, it still comes with Windows 8.1, which might be enough to put a few buyers off. Still, in terms of sheer value-for-money, the Zenbook UX305 is superb. If the Asus Zenbook UX305 isn't for you, take a look at our Best Laptops 2015 guide to find a better fit for your needs.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/26/2015
Rating: Total score: 100%
Source: Computer Shopper
Intel may have switched its marketing dollars to laptop/tablet hybrids, but there's still a lot of value to be found among lightweight ultrabooks. Until now, we probably would have steered shoppers to the base (1080p non-touch) model of Dell's XPS 13, which is $799 with a Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. But for Asus to offer double the memory and storage for $100 less is remarkable.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/02/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Techzilla.it IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/23/2015
Rating: Total score: 86% price: 90% performance: 70% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 95% ergonomy: 95%
Source: Hardware.info NL→EN
Positive: Very nice finish; excellent display; attractive slim design. Negative: Mediocre battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/28/2015
Source: Geeks.hu HU→EN
Positive: Excellent design; very good display; very good keyboard. Negative: Expensive.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/30/2015
Model: The Asus UX305FA-FB041H is an elegant looking machine that feels solid in hand. Despite its relatively light weight of 1.2 kg, the Asus UX305FA-FB041H has a metal chassis with curved edges and a sturdy lid. The lid shows Asus's concentric circle texture and the Asus branding in shiny silver. There is a tile-style keyboard and a comfortable touchpad enabling responsive UI navigation. The Windows 8.1 laptop comes with an Intel Core M 5Y10 processor, up to 8 GB LPDDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM, an integrated Intel HD Graphics 5300 GPU and an internal storage of up to 512 GB in the form of an SSD.
The Asus UX305FA-FB041H's 13.3 inch IPS FHD panel does a good job and delivers vivid colors and sharp details. Other features are three USB 3.0 ports, a micro HDMI out, a SD card reader and a HD 720p CMOS webcam. Audio quality is impressive with a stereo setup powered by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower and RealTek technologies. Asus has implemented several security features such as HDD User Password Protection and Intel's Anti-theft feature. The Asus UX305FA-FB041H comes with a 45 Wh Polymer battery providing a decent amount of runtime.
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.
5Y10: 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).
85.2%: 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.