Asus Zenbook UX303UA-FN121T
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Reviews for the Asus Zenbook UX303UA-FN121T
Skylake upgrade. The Zenbook still manages decent battery runtimes even with Skylake innards. However, that involves making compromises compared with the Broadwell models. The poor screen will not win any awards.
Source: Laptop Mag
With its strong performance, premium design and good battery life for less than $900, the ZenBook UX303UA is an excellent value. We also like the comfortable keyboard and colorful display, although the sound quality could be better. If you're willing to spend a little more, you can get the slimmer and lighter nontouch Dell XPS 13 for $1,149, which has similar specs to the Asus and longer battery life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/10/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Model: The Asus Zenbook UX303UA-FN121T is a 13.3-inch subnotebook powered by Intel's Core i5-6200U (Skylake) dual-core processor, which is a mid-range model with enough computing power for most application scenarios.The CPU belongs to the frugal ULV processors with a base speed of 2.3 GHz, which can be boosted to 2.7 GHz (both cores) or 2.8 GHz (one core only) via Turbo. Storage in this model is a 2.5-inch hard drive from Hitachi with 5400 RPM and a capacity of 500 GB. The Chiclet keyboard is conventional. None of the major keys has a reduced size. The cursor keys are smaller than usual, but are isolated in a way that they are still easy to locate when required.
The touchpad is a generous size for a 13.3 inch laptop with a shiny, reflective bezel around the edge. The mouse buttons are integrated into the touchpad, but clicks are accurately detected without any issues. The touchpad coating is nice and smooth, which makes it easy for the fingers to glide across. This model comes with an Intel HD Graphics 520 GPU, which supports DirectX 12 and clocks at up to 950 MHz. The battery runtime is about 7 hours during WiFi browsing, which is a good rate. The model comes with the following standard accessories: three USB 3.0 ports, a brightness sensor, an SD card reader, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, an HD Webcam, and built-in stereo speakers.
Intel HD Graphics 520: Integrated GPU (GT2) with 24 EUs found on some Skylake CPU models (15 W ULV series).
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
6200U: Skylake-based ULV dual-core processor for thin notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 520 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).
82%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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