Asus ZenBook UX305 Ultrabooks, Intel Core M, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD - £499.95 @ John Lewis
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Asus ZenBook UX305 Ultrabooks, Intel Core M, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD - £499.95 @ John Lewis

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Found 6th Nov 2015
John Lewis slashed the price from 649 to 499.95 today

Asus ZenBook UX305 Ultrabooks, Intel Core M, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD
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''2 years John Lewis Warranty''

£499 in PC world or currys but everyone knows the Customer care difference and extra 1 year warranty is worth with extra 95 pence

Very good price for this Laptop at John Lewis

Not to say but £100 extra trade in discount will make it £399.95
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I nearly bought one of these instead of my Macbook pro as it seems a good couple of hundred quid cheaper than comparative ultrabooks from Dell/Lenovo/HP...the Core M CPU put me off though. At this price its a great buy though.
Heated
This has been plagued with wifi problems (I almost bought one but got a Surface 3 instead after reading comment after comment after comment by end users who were having problems), which are down to the INTEL drivers for the wifi card but are being treated as a hardware issue by ASUS, eg they're replacing the machines which doesn't solve the software issue.
you are kidding right, this chip isn't even as good as a 2nd gen i5 (2410M) to be precise, and we are up to gen 6/7 already
Stealth_Fox

This has been plagued with wifi problems (I almost bought one but got a … This has been plagued with wifi problems (I almost bought one but got a Surface 3 instead after reading comment after comment after comment by end users who were having problems), which are down to the INTEL drivers for the wifi card but are being treated as a hardware issue by ASUS, eg they're replacing the machines which doesn't solve the software issue.



I've not had a single wifi issue with mine. Display drivers are a bit wonky though (as per reviews) with the occasional crash. Takes about 5s to restart the driver though so it's not catastrophically bad.
Bought it yesterday with the PC world price match. Lovely little computer and really nippy for how I tend to use computers. Obviously not the highest spec but would people buy a mini computer like this to play new release cutting edge games and edit 3d video?
Very tempted by this, does it have a backlit keyboard?
redted

you are kidding right, this chip isn't even as good as a 2nd gen i5 … you are kidding right, this chip isn't even as good as a 2nd gen i5 (2410M) to be precise, and we are up to gen 6/7 already


Because you could totally put an i5/i7 in that chassis
redted

you are kidding right, this chip isn't even as good as a 2nd gen i5 … you are kidding right, this chip isn't even as good as a 2nd gen i5 (2410M) to be precise, and we are up to gen 6/7 already



Incorrect information. There's no 7th gen chips, most laptops are still on i5 5th gen, and since they're U series they perform no better than i5-2410M in many instances. Compare an i5-5200U (5th) gen to an i5-2410M (2nd gen) for example.
annuneha

£499 in PC world or currys but everyone knows the Customer care … £499 in PC world or currys but everyone knows the Customer care difference and extra 1 year warranty is worth with extra 95 pence



That's a great reason to waste my time going all the way over to the 1 branch of John Lewis in the County that's much further away and harder to park at than the several PC Worlds closer to me. If you need a 2 year warranty for a laptop you shouldn't be allowed near a computer without adult supervision.
J400uk

Very tempted by this, does it have a backlit keyboard?


Yep
Elevation

That's a great reason to waste my time going all the way over to the 1 … That's a great reason to waste my time going all the way over to the 1 branch of John Lewis in the County that's much further away and harder to park at than the several PC Worlds closer to me. If you need a 2 year warranty for a laptop you shouldn't be allowed near a computer without adult supervision.


No one's forcing you to go, 2 year warranties are very useful.
TidyWorks

Because you could totally put an i5/i7 in that chassis





A. The CPU isn't soldered to the motherboard. The CPU in this laptop uses socket BGA1234. (The RAM is soldered to the mainboard in this unit)
B. The BIOS supports other CPUs
C. The laptop allows higher thermal properties of upgraded CPUs
D: You really know what you're doing when upgrading a CPU
E. You really wouldn't buy this laptop to upgrade the CPU if it was possible.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 6th Nov 2015
You can order online at John Lewis and have it delivered locally to a Waitrose.

If anyone has O2 Priority Currys have a £20 off voucher!
Elevation

That's a great reason to waste my time going all the way over to the 1 … That's a great reason to waste my time going all the way over to the 1 branch of John Lewis in the County that's much further away and harder to park at than the several PC Worlds closer to me. If you need a 2 year warranty for a laptop you shouldn't be allowed near a computer without adult supervision.



This might be the most stupid comment I've ever read on this website. Congrats!


J400uk

Very tempted by this, does it have a backlit keyboard?



It doesn't nope
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This is a joke
Korben_Dallas

This might be the most stupid comment I've ever read on this website. … This might be the most stupid comment I've ever read on this website. Congrats!



And my small brain couldn't possibly cope with your explaining why it wouldn't be stupid going much further, and more expensive, to John Lewis when you can get it 95p cheaper in a closer shop.
Elevation

If you need a 2 year warranty for a laptop you shouldn't be allowed near … If you need a 2 year warranty for a laptop you shouldn't be allowed near a computer without adult supervision.


It's hard to tell sometimes if people are being serious or just using forums as a testing ground for working on material for absurdist comedy characters.
The warranty only covers hardware faults which are not user created Mr comedy character. Do you have a new tour planned? Maybe you could play in every branch of John Lewis!
redted

you are kidding right, this chip isn't even as good as a 2nd gen i5 … you are kidding right, this chip isn't even as good as a 2nd gen i5 (2410M) to be precise, and we are up to gen 6/7 already


Define good?
This CPU can be used in very low profile fanless designs that also offer great power efficiency.
From that perspective this is currently the best CPU range available; Core M.
fishmaster

A. The CPU isn't soldered to the motherboard. The CPU in this laptop uses … A. The CPU isn't soldered to the motherboard. The CPU in this laptop uses socket BGA1234. (The RAM is soldered to the mainboard in this unit)B. The BIOS supports other CPUsC. The laptop allows higher thermal properties of upgraded CPUsD: You really know what you're doing when upgrading a CPUE. You really wouldn't buy this laptop to upgrade the CPU if it was possible.


He was being ironic I suggest. Core M is a different packaging from the Core i chips - Anandtech Link.
Agharta

It's hard to tell sometimes if people are being serious or just using … It's hard to tell sometimes if people are being serious or just using forums as a testing ground for working on material for absurdist comedy characters.The warranty only covers hardware faults which are not user created Mr comedy character. Do you have a new tour planned? Maybe you could play in every branch of John Lewis!



Aren't all comedy characters supposed to be "absurd"? That's kind of the whole point of comedy.
Was tempted by this deal, but the speakers are at the bottom of the unit! youtube.com/wat…XBo
Agharta

He was being ironic I suggest. Core M is a different packaging from the … He was being ironic I suggest. Core M is a different packaging from the Core i chips - Anandtech Link.



Yup I know hence I posted the socket it uses
Elevation

That's a great reason to waste my time going all the way over to the 1 … That's a great reason to waste my time going all the way over to the 1 branch of John Lewis in the County that's much further away and harder to park at than the several PC Worlds closer to me. If you need a 2 year warranty for a laptop you shouldn't be allowed near a computer without adult supervision.



Ah I see you a newbie when it comes to computers. Amazing that you have not never needed to buy one.... maybe come back after owning a couple and post your experiences - we would all like to hear...

Death, taxes and hardware failure in PCs/laptops/tablets - all are guaranteed to happen in your lifetime.
I was looking atthe screen in pc world....
Note the screen on this is 'matte' not the usual these days 'gloss' i believe
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One of the reviews mentions this;

"This is just a fabulous little laptop. Really light, good battery life, although not really checked it thoroughly yet as I have only had it a few days, well made. Touch pad works really well. So far I am really pleased. But just noticed that the JL warranty is now 3 years, was only 2 when I bought last weekend."


So it looks like you may well get a 3 year warranty instead of 2.
This is quite a good deal @ £399, IMO.

I looked at this laptop a couple of months ago - and would have bought it were it not for a brilliant deal I got on a yoga 3 pro (£470 - very similar but has a better (touch)screen, larger SSD & classier hinge although it does have a slightly worse battery life).

Anyway, the Core M processors are basically fine for 95% of non-gaming stuff people use their laptops for.

They go up to a decent speed for a few seconds when needed, then drop back down again for when the computer is idle.

The problem was that they launched these laptops a year ago or so, at a high price and everyone expected them to whizz through the benchmark tests - and they just weren't very impressive on those benchmarks.

But they're fine for HD video, they boot up very very quickly, they're light as anything and incredibly classy. Battery life is great & they're silent, or near enough.

If that's what you want, go for it.

The only thing is it's quite likely (IMO) you'll be able to pick up one of these 1st generation ultrabooks (Yoga 3 pro/UX305/Spectre x360 etc) for a very good price on black Friday.

I'd probably rather have a touchscreen 256gb spectre x360 or yoga 3 pro for <£500 than this, but horses for courses etc etc!




Edited by: "pjh4" 6th Nov 2015
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pjh4

This is quite a good deal, IMO.I looked at this laptop a couple of months … This is quite a good deal, IMO.I looked at this laptop a couple of months ago - and would have bought it were it not for a brilliant deal I got on a yoga 3 pro (£470 - very similar but has a better (touch)screen, classier hinge although a slightly worse battery life).Anyway, the Core M processors are basically fine for 95% of non-gaming stuff people use their laptops for. They go up to a decent speed for a few seconds when needed, then drop back down again for when the computer is idle.The problem was that they launched these laptops a year ago or so, at a high price and everyone expected them to whizz through the benchmark tests - and they just weren't very impressive on those benchmarks.But they're fine for HD video, they boot up very very quickly, they're light as anything and incredibly classy. Battery life is great & they're silent, or near enough.If that's what you want, go for it.I'm very happy with my yoga.



Sounds very smiliar to the latest X7 range of Intel Atoms...
Are the Core M's significantly more powerful than say the Intel Atoms in the Surface 3 tablet?
Edited by: "deleted494932" 6th Nov 2015
Great lightweight laptop even at the higher price that I paid for it some months ago. hothothot
Uridium

I nearly bought one of these instead of my Macbook pro as it seems a good … I nearly bought one of these instead of my Macbook pro as it seems a good couple of hundred quid cheaper than comparative ultrabooks from Dell/Lenovo/HP...the Core M CPU put me off though. At this price its a great buy though.Heated



Well the new Macbook seems to get along fine with a Core M. You're comparing apples to oranges as the Mac Pro range is aimed at an entirely different target market.
Edited by: "hcc27" 6th Nov 2015
wenttoabetterplace

One of the reviews mentions this;"This is just a fabulous little laptop. … One of the reviews mentions this;"This is just a fabulous little laptop. Really light, good battery life, although not really checked it thoroughly yet as I have only had it a few days, well made. Touch pad works really well. So far I am really pleased. But just noticed that the JL warranty is now 3 years, was only 2 when I bought last weekend."So it looks like you may well get a 3 year warranty instead of 2.



​Where does it state 3 year warranty?.. they do that on the macbooks but website currently says 2 years if ou want 3 years it is £99 extra...
It is 2 years warranty, 1 year extra over manufacturer's warranty. £99 extra if you want to take accidental warranty
wenttoabetterplace

Sounds very smiliar to the latest X7 range of Intel Atoms...Are the Core … Sounds very smiliar to the latest X7 range of Intel Atoms...Are the Core M's significantly more powerful than say the Intel Atoms in the Surface 3 tablet?



Not sure about being significantly more powerful - but definitely snappier. Part of it is the Core M's can use much faster SSD's for storage. Atom's can only use e-mmc - so reading/writing to disk will take >4x as long. You notice it when booting, opening programs / files etc.

http://techtablets.com/microsoft-surface-3/review/

The surface 3 is a really nice little device that will do a lot, but it's definitely a step down from a core M ultrabook.
Edited by: "pjh4" 6th Nov 2015
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SilenceOfTheBirds

Yep



I don't think it does.

http://www.ultrabookreview.com/5123-asus-zenbook-ux305/
Keyboard Type Chiclet
Backlit No
These threads are so funny.

This is a great laptop by the way (runs linux nicely as well) it is completely stateless machine with over twice the raw processing power as an atom X7. It makes me laugh people are slating the cpu, the core-m is quite a feat of technology.
Some comments removed - Please remember the CoC and keep the thread on topic - thanks
hcc27

Well the new Macbook seems to get along fine with a Core M. You're … Well the new Macbook seems to get along fine with a Core M. You're comparing apples to oranges as the Mac Pro range is aimed at an entirely different target market.



I'd totally disagree Ultrabooks are the exact windows competition to a Macbook pro....look at the Dell XPS13, HP Spectre X360, HP Surfacebook...and this Asus...they may has well have an Apple logo on them for how close the styling, spec and build are.

The machines I list above are on most shortlists as an MBPr alternative

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Face-Off-Dell-XPS-13-vs-Apple-MacBook-Pro-13-vs-Asus-ZenBook-UX305.144230.0.html

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/04/asus-zenbook-ux305-its-no-macbook-but-its-a-good-midrange-laptop/

http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/zenbook-ux305-v-surface-pro-v-macbook-pro-v-dell-xps-13.772863/


Just three examples from the first page of google search results....

I'm not knocking the ASUS though...it;s a fine laptop especially at this price.
Edited by: "Uridium" 6th Nov 2015
The only thing holding me from pulling the trigger on this for my other half is the lack of backlit keyboard. Shame!
pjh4

I'd probably rather have a touchscreen 256gb spectre x360 or yoga 3 pro … I'd probably rather have a touchscreen 256gb spectre x360 or yoga 3 pro for <£500 than this, but horses for courses etc etc!



Where are you finding Spectre x360's for under £500...they are nearly £1k with a 256gb ssd???



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