Product Review: Meet the Sleek ASUS ZenBook UX305 UItrabook

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We would all like to own an ultrabook. They are sleek, fast, and hardy, but not cheap. For many, when they hear of a premium ultrabook, the MacBook Air comes to mind. However, there are other alternatives, for example the ASUS ZenBook UX305 is not only a stunningly beautiful ultrabook, but it rivals the MacBook Air in more ways than one. It is much thinner, comes with plenty of flash storage space, and packs an aluminium body.

Design

One of the most outstanding features of the UX305 is just how thin it goes. At only 0.5-inches thick, you have that perfect on-the-go ultrabook that can fit just about anywhere. In addition, it’s lightweight design, at only 1.17kg, makes it a lady’s favorite handbag device. The thin look also makes it one of the best laptops for busy executives constantly on the road.

The thin design however does not compromise on the build. The UX305 packs an aluminium body that is finely anodized to give your hands and fingers a nice, comfortable feel.  ASUS also took time to design the top panel with a radial pattern which quickly draws your eyes in.

The keyboard and trackpad have also been given plenty of room. The keypad is light to the touch with a frictionless surface on the trackpad. Clicks on both the keypad and trackpad are tactile and audible, giving it a better feel during use.

From the recessed keyboard, the hinge, and the bezel, the ASUS ZenBook UX305 looks and feels like a MacBook Air on steroids. It is fairly light and thin as well which makes it a much better alternative for anyone who’s looking for sturdiness with portability and size being determining factors.

Performance

The UX305 comes with the Intel Core-M3 processor, Intel HD graphics 515, 3 x 3.0 USB ports, and 8GB DDR3 RAM.  It also packs 256GB SSD storage, which is up to 6X faster than a conventional hard disk.  A combination of the Core-M processor and high-speed solid state storage means that you can enjoy using the device in silence, thanks to its fanless cooling system.

The long battery life of 10 hours makes the 305 a great ultrabook for on-the-road and field work. Running on the Windows 10, you get to put in a whole days of work out of the office or on the road while enjoying premium features of the new Windows 10 OS.

The screen resolution stands at 1920 x 1080. In addition, it comes with a matte finish which eliminates glare. This is great resolution for extra clarity, especially when watching HD movies or playing games on the device.

The ASUS ZenBook UX305 is clearly a thin, light and beautiful ultrabook. If you are looking for a portable and sleek premium device at non-premium prices, this is the device of choice.

Price and Verdict

The ZenBook retails at Ksh. 105,000. Most premium ultrabooks are anywhere but affordable, the ZenBook with its premium features, is likely one of the most affordable laptops out there. It strikes that perfect balance of luxury and premium features with affordability.

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