Asus Zenbook UX303UA Laptop, Intel Core i7, 12GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 13.3" @ Currys - £799
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Asus Zenbook UX303UA Laptop, Intel Core i7, 12GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 13.3" @ Currys - £799

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Found 10th Jan 2016
Very well reviewed ultra book

eg 5* when reviewed here in December at price of 970:

expertreviews.co.uk/lap…0/1

the cheapest I have seen this new model elsewhere is 899

Windows 10 (pre-installed)
Intel® Core™ i7-6500U Processor
Memory: 12 GB
Storage: 256 GB SSD
Up to 7 hours battery life
Bang & Olufsen ICEpower
1920 x 1080 IPS matt display
Weight 1.45 kg
- rodman

Edit -
other reviews of this model

amazon.co.uk/ASU…MBS

school-is-no-fun.appspot.com/www…53/

topnewreview.com/asu…ew/
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I'd rather get a MacBook than an imitation of one.
very good spec for the price.
Really good laptop , waiting for the price to go down on the zenbook pro ux501
Looks nice in the pic but the gold is more grey on Asus laptops I have one that was meant to be gold and looks nothing like it does in the pick
Kabinksi

very good spec for the price.



what! 800 quid for something with a tn screen, you have got to be joking!
mrrog

what! 800 quid for something with a tn screen, you have got to be joking!


Weight 1.45 kg and 1920 x 1080
Find me cheaper?
qwerta369

I'd rather get a MacBook than an imitation of one.



Yeah but a Macbook at this spec would cost £5000 ;-)

Actually typing from my Asus Zenbook that I have had for 3 years and has been great - would like an upgrade but cant justify that...and also recently bought a Macbook pro - both fantastic devices
mrrog

what! 800 quid for something with a tn screen, you have got to be joking!



​pretty sure it's IPS ?
qwerta369

I'd rather get a MacBook than an imitation of one.



I'd rather have windows natively
I have the UX305 and it's a great bit of kit, i love it. Half the price of a mac book air and reviews exist with it being rated higher than a mac book air..... if you want windows buy this and if you want Apples OS buy the Mac.
pippolives

​pretty sure it's IPS ?



may be, but if its doesn't say it is, then it probably isn't
Good spec but hope it's not the same dull washed out screen as the UX305..as that really has a horrible screen
In all honesty If I was spending this kind of money on an Ultrabook I'd rather drop the spec a little and buy either a Delll XPS13 for Windows or a Macbook Pro Retina 13. Both better machine s than this even if it means lower spec.
Edited by: "Uridium" 10th Jan 2016
rodman

Weight 1.45 kg and 1920 x 1080Find me cheaper?



can't speak for the weight, which seems a bizarre metric on which to judge the worth of a laptop, but each to his own, but there are plenty of IPS FHD (and better) laptops out there for less than 800 quid, so many you'll have little difficulty finding yourself
The original UX303LA was ahead of its time and comfortably rivalled the Apple offerings when it appeared.
This UA model has double the RAM, a far quicker i7, the latest Intel 520 graphics chip and (see 'Expert Reviews') a greatly improved screen, , plus twice the SSD capacity of the LA.
All for a price that Apple eaters would love to pay. What's not to like?
The Asus website states 'IPS-like' screen, so it may be a very advanced TN, but the performance, viewability and test results are pretty close to an IPS screen, so Asus are not lying.
As soon as I start with my new company, this is the business laptop I'm jumping at - of course, I may be trying a few games in my own time . . . .
Just hoping Currys keep the price at this level.
Uridium

Good spec but hope it's not the same dull washed out screen as the … Good spec but hope it's not the same dull washed out screen as the UX305..as that really has a horrible screenIn all honesty If I was spending this kind of money on an Ultrabook I'd rather drop the spec a little and buy either a Delll XPS13 for Windows or a Macbook Pro Retina 13. Both better machine s than this even if it means lower spec.



Picked one up today, typing on it now. Screen is great, not sure why you think it is not IPS?

http://www.ebuyer.com/721903-asus-zenbook-ux303ua-laptop-ux303ua-r4028t
https://www.asus.com/uk/Notebooks/ASUS-ZENBOOK-UX303UA/

Have been looking for a well reviewed laptop with good build quality, keyboard/trackpad, nice display and quick (processor, RAM and SSD - I don't need a quad-core processor or discrete graphics as won't be gaming) and this seems to fit the bill nicely. XPS and Macbooks are great choices also, but more expensive for this kind of spec.
With a relatively low-res screen, why is the battery 'only' 7 hours? It doesn't even have a dedicated graphics card. Other skylake laptops are a few hours more with 4K Touch screens
qwerta369

I'd rather get a MacBook than an imitation of one.


And pay extra money for the same under-clocked specs with an apple logo, poorer cooling and an idiot-proof OS? Thanks for directing the apple fanboys away from this good piece of tech.
cabbagekitten

With a relatively low-res screen, why is the battery 'only' 7 hours? It … With a relatively low-res screen, why is the battery 'only' 7 hours? It doesn't even have a dedicated graphics card. Other skylake laptops are a few hours more with 4K Touch screens



From the expert reviews link someone posted earlier, it seems to last longer than 7 hours "In the video playback battery test, the Asus UX303UA lasted an excellent 9 hours and 50 minutes. You’re going to be able to get a whole day’s use without needing to find a mains outlet."
This or the Ux305 is it worth the extra 300
pretty much sold out now except for the horrible brown colour
I'm pretty sure this is an ips screen. the macbook air is a tn panel, although it's a decent one that's still really bad for the price, but I'm sure that doesn't shock anyone.
Thank you! Been on the look out for decent laptop for ages. My last one didn't like being dropped.
richchampness1

Looks nice in the pic but the gold is more grey on Asus laptops I have … Looks nice in the pic but the gold is more grey on Asus laptops I have one that was meant to be gold and looks nothing like it does in the pick



​sure you didn't buy the bronze one
mrrog

can't speak for the weight, which seems a bizarre metric on which to … can't speak for the weight, which seems a bizarre metric on which to judge the worth of a laptop, but each to his own, but there are plenty of IPS FHD (and better) laptops out there for less than 800 quid, so many you'll have little difficulty finding yourself



how on earth is weight a bizarre metric to measure an ultrabook on? It's one of the most important specs given what these laptops are supposed to achieve.
Or the QHD HP ENVY 13-d053sa 13.3" (same processor and SSD size though only 8GB) same price at Currys.
qwerta369

I'd rather get a MacBook than an imitation of one.



The Asus will be better build quality, plus it will not look like it came from Toys R Us.
Here... pcspecialist.co.uk/not…II/ ...for £140 less you can have:

Windows 10 (include DVD & Licence)
Intel Core i7-6500U Processor
Memory: 8 GB Kingston 1600MHz
Storage: Samsung EVO 250 GB SSD
1920 x 1080 IPS Screen
HP Envy 13 is a competitor. 13.3" 1080p IPS matte, i5-6200u (10~% slower than 6500), 8gb, 256gb SSD, 1.29kg, 7-8~ hours battery, price floats around 600-700 depending on the deal.
nice-new

Here... https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/lafiteII/ ...for £140 … Here... https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/lafiteII/ ...for £140 less you can have:Windows 10 (include DVD & Licence) Intel Core i7-6500U Processor Memory: 8 GB Kingston 1600MHz Storage: Samsung EVO 250 GB SSD 1920 x 1080 IPS Screen


Interesting website - have you got one of these "Lafité II" laptops? Any good? I've never ever heard of or come across them before.
Not bad but I couldn't work on such a small screen
Is this good for using Photoshop programs on?
The Zenbooks all come with IPS screens; just check out the manufacturer's website. You can also see a load of reviews of the different variations of the Zenbooks on Notebookcheck.net to see which version is right for you. I've been looking at them for the past few weeks and can't decide on a UX303/UX305 or a UX501.

Also, for those comparing this laptop to higher spec'd laptops, the Zenbook is an Ultrabook and as an Ultrabook is meant to be slim, light and ultra-low power, it's not meant to be comparable to standard laptops.
Out of stock
rodman

Weight 1.45 kg and 1920 x 1080Find me cheaper?



lol

webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:PkubE4GtJfQJ:www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/hewlett-packard-a1-refurbished-hp-envy-13-d061sa-intel-core-i5-6200u-2.3ghz-a1-p3y07ea/version.asp+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

i paid £335 delivered in the end , 4k screen X)
dybydx

Interesting website - have you got one of these "Lafité II" laptops? Any … Interesting website - have you got one of these "Lafité II" laptops? Any good? I've never ever heard of or come across them before.



I don't have a Lafité laptop because I have no need of an Ultrabook. But I bought my pc from them (PCSpecialist).
londonguy

lol … lol http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:PkubE4GtJfQJ:www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/hewlett-packard-a1-refurbished-hp-envy-13-d061sa-intel-core-i5-6200u-2.3ghz-a1-p3y07ea/version.asp+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uki paid £335 delivered in the end , 4k screen X)



Good price, even at £417. Not 4k though, QuadHD is 1440p whereas 4K is 2160p.
dybydx

Interesting website - have you got one of these "Lafité II" laptops? Any … Interesting website - have you got one of these "Lafité II" laptops? Any good? I've never ever heard of or come across them before.



My friend got himself a Lafitte II, I installed Windows for him and helped him pick the specs, he is loving it and it cost around 400£ with an i3, a really nice 1080 IPS screen and a PCIE 2GB/s m.2 ssd (256GB), without windows, as well as couple of other nice bits and pieces.

All in all it is the fastest machine I have ever used (if ever so briefly) because of that ssd and a crazy value for about 400£. I would definitely recommend them.
Nexusfifth

My friend got himself a Lafitte II, I installed Windows for him and … My friend got himself a Lafitte II, I installed Windows for him and helped him pick the specs, he is loving it and it cost around 400£ with an i3, a really nice 1080 IPS screen and a PCIE 2GB/s m.2 ssd (256GB), without windows, as well as couple of other nice bits and pieces. All in all it is the fastest machine I have ever used (if ever so briefly) because of that ssd and a crazy value for about 400£. I would definitely recommend them.




If buying it without OS you can save £79 - hook it with a Hackintosh you now own an Apple machine
NitrousUK

HP Envy 13 is a competitor. 13.3" 1080p IPS matte, i5-6200u (10~% slower … HP Envy 13 is a competitor. 13.3" 1080p IPS matte, i5-6200u (10~% slower than 6500), 8gb, 256gb SSD, 1.29kg, 7-8~ hours battery, price floats around 600-700 depending on the deal.


Indeed envy 13 is the direct competitor to this model and should be considered.

I tried them both and preferred Asus design and keyboard but that could be just personal preference
The only thing I'd say - terrible keyboards on the zenbook line.
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