Asus’ new notebook is thin, light and striking to behold. The ZenBook UX305 is about the size of a MacBook Air, but lighter. The notebook also sports a sharp 13.3-inch HD display, and its Core M processor provides good performance without a loud, spinning fan. Plus, the laptop costs $300 less than the MacBook Air.
While you wait for our full review of the Asus ZenBook UX305, read on for three features that might make it good for work.
The ZenBook UX305 won’t weigh you down on your daily commute. Measuring 12.8 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches, the Asus notebook is about the same size as Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air (12.8 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches). And weighing just 2.64 lbs. (42.24 ounces), it’s about a third of a pound lighter than the Air.
Powered by Intel’s new Core M processor, the ZenBook UX305 offers a good balance between fast performance and long battery life. Core M is more efficient — but less powerful — than Intel’s Core i-series processor, allowing for notebooks that can provide mainstream performance without a bulky internal cooling fan. It’s not meant for processor-intensive tasks like photo editing, but a Core M laptop like the ZenBook UX305 can easily handle everyday productivity tasks like editing spreadsheets and managing your email inbox. Plus, Core M’s efficiency allows for longer battery life; Asus rates the ZenBook UX305 for an impressive 10 hours of use, though we haven’t yet had a chance to test that claim.
The ZenBook UX305 is also one of the more affordable ultraportable notebooks, making it a good pick for business users on a budget. The notebook starts at $699 — that’s $300 less than the MacBook Air, and roughly half the price of Lenovo’s 2-in-1 Yoga 3 Pro hybrid laptop.