Asus Zenbook UX305 13.3" Ultrabook £649.95 @ John Lewis
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Asus Zenbook UX305 13.3" Ultrabook £649.95 @ John Lewis

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Found 22nd Mar 2015
Asus Zenbook UX305 Ultrabook, Intel Core M, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 13.3", Black + 2 Year John Lewis guarantee

Decent spec/price. Matte screen

Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Ports 3x USB 3.0, 1x Micro HDMI, SD Card Reader

Graphics card Intel HD Graphics 5300

Wireless networking Wi-Fi- 802.11a/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)

Review here...

techradar.com/rev…iew

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Good spec does it come with an Ethernet port or an Ethernet adaptor?

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afroylnt

Good spec does it come with an Ethernet port or an Ethernet adaptor?


Unfortunately it comes with WIFI only, no Ethernet port/Adapter

Voted hot though i think perhaps that is too low power APU for a 13" laptop, unless you really want fanless? For short bursts of compute performance is not bad but can't be sustained for long.

Great deal.

Adrian7

Voted hot though i think perhaps that is too low power APU for a 13" … Voted hot though i think perhaps that is too low power APU for a 13" laptop, unless you really want fanless? For short bursts of compute performance is not bad but can't be sustained for long.



Agreed. Unfortunately there's no perfect ultrabook out there. Say a latest generation i3 or i5 with 256GB SSD Full HD (at least) ultrabook with HDMI and a few USB ports. They all have some sort of disability, this has Intel Core M and 128GB SSD, the Macbook Airs have a crap screen and are hard to upgrade and have a design from 2010, the new Macbook has one USB port and a potato for a camera, the Dell XPS 13 has auto brightness which apparently can't be switched off, and so on and so forth.

ChampionshipManager

Agreed. Unfortunately there's no perfect ultrabook out there. Say a … Agreed. Unfortunately there's no perfect ultrabook out there. Say a latest generation i3 or i5 with 256GB SSD Full HD (at least) ultrabook with HDMI and a few USB ports. They all have some sort of disability, this has Intel Core M and 128GB SSD, the Macbook Airs have a crap screen and are hard to upgrade and have a design from 2010, the new Macbook has one USB port and a potato for a camera, the Dell XPS 13 has auto brightness which apparently can't be switched off, and so on and so forth.



Regarding sensor on XPS 13, it is listed in Device Manager \ Sensors \ "Light Sensor" so you can disable it there (enable "Show Hidden devices"). Or you can tape over it (black tape) or if you open the bottom of laptop disconnect the cable? I just live with it?

The SSD should be M.2 and thus changeable, I've done that on both XPS 13 and Lenovo X1 - I'd think this can also be changed? I think most OEMs would charge way too much for a 512GB SED/OPAL SSD that I needed (to use BitLocker).

Yep, it is an M.2 2280 slot for SSD - should be no problem - some internal pics there:

notebookcheck.net/Asu…tml
Edited by: "Adrian7" 23rd Mar 2015

afroylnt

Good spec does it come with an Ethernet port or an Ethernet adaptor?



Gigabit Ethernet USB 3.0 adapter. You could always buy a similar one for 10-15 quid or so.

Why would they not include an Ethernet? Worrying trend.

xenept

Why would they not include an Ethernet? Worrying trend.



Apple lead, sheep follow.

enigmatik33

Apple lead, sheep follow.




It's amazing how much disposable income sheep have. You wouldn't have guessed it; must be income drawn down on their share of the farms once when they get planning permission for residential homes...

enigmatik33

Apple lead, sheep follow.



Space. Thinness.
But they should have supplied an external adapter with it.

afroylnt

It's amazing how much disposable income sheep have. You wouldn't have … It's amazing how much disposable income sheep have. You wouldn't have guessed it; must be income drawn down on their share of the farms once when they get planning permission for residential homes...



Well they save a fortune on jumpers, plus they probably get a cut of the recycling. I don't think sheep are smart enough for financial shenanigans.

When they shove in a core-m processor only using close to 5w its a pain they drop the battery size as if lightness is more important than saying with power.

enigmatik33

Apple lead, sheep follow.



Wait. Apple don't have ethernet ports !? Holy wow.

xenept

Wait. Apple don't have ethernet ports !? Holy wow.



Sarcasm antenna twitching lol

I'm deadly

enigmatik33

Sarcasm antenna twitching lol



I'm deadly serious! Why do they remove functionality in the name of progress? Wifi is never going to be as reliable as Ethernet as well as never competing on speed. I'm mildly angry at this.

Whatever next, soldering RAM to the board?

Original Poster

Bought a Mac Mini i5, 8GB RAM instead from John Lewis with 3 year guarantee for £569. Although not recommended for the average user, I'll be swapping the 1TB HDD for a 512GB SSD

They probably did away with ethernet because this thing is 12mm thick! As someone already said, if you really need it then a USB to Ethernet adapter is £10.

This is a beautiful machine for the price (Full HD and SSD for £650) and nothing wrong with the Core M CPU, which is on a par with a mid range i3.

I voted hot but if I were to buy one I would buy the UX303LA at simplyasus for £679

Main difference is the i7 processor and backlight on the keyboard

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xicosm

I voted hot but if I were to buy one I would buy the UX303LA at … I voted hot but if I were to buy one I would buy the UX303LA at simplyasus for £679Main difference is the i7 processor and backlight on the keyboard



Great find!

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matthahnsmail

CommentGreat find!



Although it doesn't have Gigabit Ethernet but at least a 10/100 card

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matthahnsmail

Bought a Mac Mini i5, 8GB RAM instead from John Lewis with 3 year … Bought a Mac Mini i5, 8GB RAM instead from John Lewis with 3 year guarantee for £569. Although not recommended for the average user, I'll be swapping the 1TB HDD for a 512GB SSD



Took this machine back to John Lewis lol

Think I'll save up and reconsider my options

xicosm

I voted hot but if I were to buy one I would buy the UX303LA at … I voted hot but if I were to buy one I would buy the UX303LA at simplyasus for £679Main difference is the i7 processor and backlight on the keyboard



That's a nice laptop, but the main difference is it's 20mm thick and weight 1.5kg instead of the 12mm UX305 which weighs 1.2kg. The 305 is like a macbook air form factor (ultra thin, light, fanless). The 303LA is a different type of laptop.

Core M is such a step backwards in performance.

Better off with the UX303 and i7
pcworld.co.uk/gbu…tml?gclid=Cj0KEQjw6OOoBRDP9uG4oqzUv7kBEiQA0sRYBJn7At0wiW9V4sJualIZjIZfg944N7cd_y0dLuPDpoMaAsBN8P8HAQ&srcid=198&cmpid=ppc~gg~~~Exact&mctag=gg_goog_7904&s_kwcid=AL!3391!3!56166424334!!!g!101820396254!&ef_id=VOdQFwAAADQQR-@N:20150331025455:s#cat-0

Or better still, last years UX303LN with 840m.
mobiletechreview.com/not…htm
Edited by: "Picard123" 31st Mar 2015

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mugen6

That's a nice laptop, but the main difference is it's 20mm thick and … That's a nice laptop, but the main difference is it's 20mm thick and weight 1.5kg instead of the 12mm UX305 which weighs 1.2kg. The 305 is like a macbook air form factor (ultra thin, light, fanless). The 303LA is a different type of laptop.



So 8mm and 300g makes them completely different? You'd hardly notice.

jjonas45

So 8mm and 300g makes them completely different? You'd hardly notice.



Perhaps you should email Asus and tell them they should have not bothered making such a thin laptop because "people would hardly notice".

This is actually horrifically overpriced in this country. Its big selling point is how cheap it is - but it's just not here. And it's not VAT either, Amazon FR/DE have it way cheaper - shame they obviously have non UK layouts.

I wanted one of these but ended up going a step up and grabbing a Dell XPS 13 in their recent sale.

Edited by: "targetbsp" 2nd Apr 2015

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xenept

I'm deadlyI'm deadly serious! Why do they remove functionality in the … I'm deadlyI'm deadly serious! Why do they remove functionality in the name of progress? Wifi is never going to be as reliable as Ethernet as well as never competing on speed. I'm mildly angry at this. Whatever next, soldering RAM to the board?


Personally I havnt used an Ethernet port for about five years. If you really need one then maybe an Ultrabook isn't for you. In the same way that someone who buys a Volvo probably needs lots of boot space and someone who buys a sports car probably doesn't...

My UX32A is i7 in this form factor,256Gb SSD, 24Gb cache SSD, 10Gb Ram & 6hrs battery, love it.

The perfect match for ethernet is the Asus WL-330NUL which handily also works as a router for hotels with ethernet sockets .

amazon.co.uk/WL-…6MO

Also has Mac drivers for wireless so if you hackintosh it you don't need to swap the internal card (& lose WiDi in W8)

targetbsp

This is actually horrifically overpriced in this country. Its big … This is actually horrifically overpriced in this country. Its big selling point is how cheap it is - but it's just not here. And it's not VAT either, Amazon FR/DE have it way cheaper - shame they obviously have non UK layouts.I wanted one of these but ended up going a step up and grabbing a Dell XPS 13 in their recent sale.



Isn't it obvious? The Euro is very weak right now so of course everything from France and Germany will be cheaper.

Picard123

Core M is such a step backwards in performance.Better off with the UX303 … Core M is such a step backwards in performance.Better off with the UX303 and i7http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/asus-zenbook-ux303-13-3-laptop-brown-10101098-pdt.html?gclid=Cj0KEQjw6OOoBRDP9uG4oqzUv7kBEiQA0sRYBJn7At0wiW9V4sJualIZjIZfg944N7cd_y0dLuPDpoMaAsBN8P8HAQ&srcid=198&cmpid=ppc~gg~~~Exact&mctag=gg_goog_7904&s_kwcid=AL!3391!3!56166424334!!!g!101820396254!&ef_id=VOdQFwAAADQQR-@N:20150331025455:s#cat-0Or better still, last years UX303LN with 840m.http://www.mobiletechreview.com/notebooks/Asus-Zenbook-UX303.htm



dude U series i7 has no significant difference from core M CPUs apart from power consumption. For everyday user battery life and portability ( and look + cost ) is more important then the cpu speed. They just won't notice the difference whatsoever. Fast SSD and plenty of memory is more important then cpu clock speed.
+1: happy to see for most ultrabooks no ethernet card available, if you need one - buy one ! ( docking station )
it's just disgusting to see laptops with all the wires hanging out from it, and easier to replace the network card. Most places also have wifi

efem

dude U series i7 has no significant difference from core M CPUs apart … dude U series i7 has no significant difference from core M CPUs apart from power consumption. For everyday user battery life and portability ( and look + cost ) is more important then the cpu speed. They just won't notice the difference whatsoever. Fast SSD and plenty of memory is more important then cpu clock speed.+1: happy to see for most ultrabooks no ethernet card available, if you need one - buy one ! ( docking station )it's just disgusting to see laptops with all the wires hanging out from it, and easier to replace the network card. Most places also have wifi



Core M is really just an ULV limited (power-down) to 4.5W or thereabouts - so it has nowhere the headroom as a 15W ULV. That's why the base frequency is pretty much the lowest 800MHz speed that Broadwell can go down to - and relies on opportunistic Turbo for any decent speed - but only "short term" and then quickly go down to base speed - completely power limited.

It's a great APU and sure better than Atom quad-core but really not in the same league as an 15W APU.

I'm usually quite up with the latest in computer technology however I have no idea what these new "Core M" processors are all about? Are they up in i5/i7 stratosphere or are they wallowing in the mire that is Celeron? Sorry but too tired tonight to seek wisdom in the fountain of knowledge they call "Google"!

hardstylemw

I'm usually quite up with the latest in computer technology however I … I'm usually quite up with the latest in computer technology however I have no idea what these new "Core M" processors are all about? Are they up in i5/i7 stratosphere or are they wallowing in the mire that is Celeron? Sorry but too tired tonight to seek wisdom in the fountain of knowledge they call "Google"!



Just a rebrand of the Y series of old with Broadwell core power-down limited to 4.5-6.5W. They do have full set features like i5/i7 (so AES, HT, AVX2/AVX/FMA, Turbo, QuickSync, VT-d, TSX-but errata'd, etc.) unlike Celeron which has these fused off. They rely totally on Turbo for opportunistic high speed.

Adrian7

Just a rebrand of the Y series of old with Broadwell core power-down … Just a rebrand of the Y series of old with Broadwell core power-down limited to 4.5-6.5W. They do have full set features like i5/i7 (so AES, HT, AVX2/AVX/FMA, Turbo, QuickSync, VT-d, TSX-but errata'd, etc.) unlike Celeron which has these fused off. They rely totally on Turbo for opportunistic high speed.



great explanation, I would add to this due to the extreme low power consumption these CPUs can be used in ultrabooks/tablets with passive cooling, while keeping the CPU temperature on maximum 40c. I would position these based on the capabilities somewhere between i3 and i5 mobile CPUs.

can't wait to see some decent tablets around 500 gramm with optional keyboard and docking stations powered with these CPUs

mugen6

Isn't it obvious? The Euro is very weak right now so of course … Isn't it obvious? The Euro is very weak right now so of course everything from France and Germany will be cheaper.



What's America's excuse then? Their price + vat would be £550. AND they have a higher spec than the UK model.
However you cut it, the UK version fails at this models main selling point - the price.

efem

great explanation, I would add to this due to the extreme low power … great explanation, I would add to this due to the extreme low power consumption these CPUs can be used in ultrabooks/tablets with passive cooling, while keeping the CPU temperature on maximum 40c. I would position these based on the capabilities somewhere between i3 and i5 mobile CPUs.can't wait to see some decent tablets around 500 gramm with optional keyboard and docking stations powered with these CPUs



You're totally right - it is indeed "the APU" for future high-end Windows tablets as well as 10-12" fanless notebooks. Don't get me wrong - I do love the UX305 and heated - but do think using them in 13-14" ultrabooks (e.g. Yoga 3) is perhaps pushing it ...

Adrian7

You're totally right - it is indeed "the APU" for future high-end Windows … You're totally right - it is indeed "the APU" for future high-end Windows tablets as well as 10-12" fanless notebooks. Don't get me wrong - I do love the UX305 and heated - but do think using them in 13-14" ultrabooks (e.g. Yoga 3) is perhaps pushing it ...



I've been on and around way too many devices in the recent years, and had enough... core M with the wrapped functionality gives just enough for my needs on the go
motorola xoom1 : heavy, underpowered
nexus7, gen1: light but lack of sd card slot
surface rt, gen1: lack of apps, extremely restructed use
dell venue 11 pro: manufacturing issue, too heavy, and burns my hands
nexus 7, gen2: hukd deal found for £50, no brainer
dell venue 8 pro ( still have it ) : 1 port for chargin and otg ( which is underpowered, need external power source )
asus t100: issues with touch screen, screen quality isn;t enough for my needs + weights just over 1kg with keyboard

for all these devices over the years the main reason was the capability of viewing pictures ( being an passionate on photography ), and backup pictures. Since my camera kit grows, with megapixels too ( canon 6d ) the amount of data required to be backed up grows with the difficulty to open these files ( raw ). Hence decided just days ago to buy a lenovo yoga 3 11.
Decent little device, finally has everything I was after. ( only secondary device, have a beast i7 desktop with 3 screens attached for proper work ) Also typed this comment on it, to get used to the keyboard ( so far not much to complain )


PS: choose wisely, these core M devices are catching up ! ( just installing vmware workstation to see what it can do ) These are coming with real ssd and more than 2gb memory, not like the atom powered tablets/laptops.

overpriced crap from uk! this retails from USD 699. im going to malaysia for a holiday and they sell this for MYR 2399 (GBP 440).

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