If it’s quality and performance you want, look for a ZenBook. Those laptops are a bit expensive bunch but in exchange offer a lot for power users and other demanding people. The one we’re examining today, ASUS ZenBook UX305CA-DHM4T, features a Skylake-based Intel processor, 8GB RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive. Nice things indeed, but are there any bad things about this or not…?
ASUS ZenBook UX305CA-DHM4T isn’t big, its screen is just 13.3 inches but nonetheless the resolution is 3200×10800 (Quad HD). That’s excellent for professionals working with graphics. The panel type is IPS and the screen has a glossy finish. Also touch is supported.
Related to the previous, the laptop weighs next to nothing. At 2.6 pounds and 0.5″ thickness you can call it a real ultrabook; nobody should be worried about finding room for it in a backpack, bag or the like.
The design is fanless, so in addition to being lightweight this laptop is also practically silent.
Many components under the hood are excellent. The 256GB M.2 solid-state drive ensures smooth operations and boot-up times of seconds. It doesn’t give a huge storage space, although many people have solved this problem by putting their big files on cloud web services. You’ll also find 8GB memory here which should be sufficient for most, however I think the RAM can’t be upgraded.
The processor in ASUS ZenBook UX305CA-DHM4T is Intel Core m3-6Y30, a System on a Chip model with a low 0.9GHz clock speed and 2.2GHz turbo. The core amount is two. It’s said to be similar to 5th generation Core i3s which is not excellent; for this price I could’ve expected a beefier processor.
The connectivity seems to be alright, you’ll find three USB 3.0 ports for peripherals and micro-HDMI for plugging in a HD television. Keep in mind there’s no DVD burner included (just SD card slot), but many people can download all they need from Internet anyway. Networking connections include 802.11ac Wireless + Bluetooth 4.0 adapter, RJ-45 port is not there by default but with USB adapter that can be fixed.
There’s a 3-cell 44Wh battery included, considering the lightweight components you’ll receive over 7 hours of web browsing use with it. But the bad thing is, it’s a non-removable one so you can’t just snap it out. If you wanted to remove the battery you’d need to tear the laptop apart.
The only bad thing with ASUS ZenBook UX305CA-DHM4T would be the gaming performance. It has an integrated graphics engine called Intel HD 515 which should be around 15% faster than the older Intel HD 5500, according to G3D Mark. In real life, GTA 5 played on low settings and 720p resolution should give you around 25 frames per second. It’s playable but far from great. Another example, Battlefield 4 will give 30+ FPS on similar settings.
The keyboard is not backlit here.
It’s mostly good things I can find in ASUS ZenBook UX305CA-DHM4T. Its damn lightweight, in addition there’s no noise and the battery will last more than 7 hours under lightweight use. Memory and storage solution are stellar, processor is OK however not a beast. Gaming is limited but when have you seen an ultrabook geared towards players? If you want a neat-looking, slim and pretty fast notebook, this ASUS should be all you need.