Asus ZenBook UX303LN-R4215H
Average of 2 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Asus ZenBook UX303LN-R4215H
Source: Good Gear Guide
This is a fine Ultrabook overall, and that’s mostly to do with its solid build quality, comfortable keyboard, rich screen, and good all-round performance. It has three USB 3.0 ports and a full-sized HDMI port, which are nice touches, and you even get mini DisplayPort and a full-sized SD card reader (though SD cards won’t sit all the way inside the slot).
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/11/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Mobile Tech Review
Asus continues to impress us with their extremely attractive, well put together and continually evolving Ultrabooks. The Zenbook UX303 is certainly their best effort yet, with a chic metal casing, very good backlit keyboard, pleasing IPS full HD display and upgradable components. The UX303LN is an engineering feat: it fits midrange integrated graphics into a slim and light chassis, with a big enough fan to keep throttling under control.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/04/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Store BU→EN
Positive: Respectable battery life; powerful hardware; slim and light but stable; plenty of interface options; attractive price. Negative: Poor cooling system.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/03/2014
Source: PC Store BU→EN
Positive: Respectable battery life; powerful hardware; slim and light but firm and stable chassis; plenty of interface options; attractive price; Negative: Hot under load.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/03/2014
The Asus ZenBook UX303LN-R4215H is the latest of the ultrabook subtype which only comes with the most vital parts of a laptop in a case as slim as possible. It has a beautiful color called "Smoky Brown" by Asus. The entire external body is made completely out of aluminium, which means the ultrabook will maintain its toughness while being as light as possible.
The Asus Zenbook also comes with a 13.3 inch IPS touchscreen, with a rather high resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels. While it looks great especially on Windows 8, fonts or buttons will appear noticeably smaller in several third party programs with the unconventionally high resolution.
It is not surprising that the Asus Zenbook's hardware packs a punch. With a i7 processor, 12 GB RAM and one of the latest Nvidia 840M graphics card, it is hardly believable that such a slim and light laptop comes with hardware close to a gaming laptop's. Regardless whether playing games or rendering multimedia content, the Zenbook UX303LN takes on all challenges. If the current specifications proves insufficient, it is easy to upgrade the laptop as well.
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.
NVIDIA GeForce 840M:
Mid-range graphics card from the GeForce 800M series based on the Maxwell architecture.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
4210U: Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 2.7 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4400 and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.» 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).
80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.