Whatever the tablet makers are trying to come up with, the Ultrabook is still the best tool in most cases for working out of the office or on the go. Here you have a large screen, a keyboard, and a full-fledged operating system - all in a compact and lightweight body.
The choice of ultrabook depends on the commitment to the operating system: OS X fans only look towards the MacBook - and they are not particularly interested in other devices. But those who are accustomed to Windows run up their eyes: there are many manufacturers, and it can be hard to choose one thing, especially based on the scanty descriptions from the websites of online stores.
Designed by Asus, the UX305 is designed to show both consumers and competitors what an exemplary Windows Ultrabook should look like. Spoiler alert: if not perfect, then close to it.
You will always carry the Ultrabook with you - this is the philosophy of this device - and you will definitely not be ashamed of the UX305. The austere design of ZenBook Asus found its own Zen: the austere aluminum case is decorated with a pattern of concentric circles that shimmer beautifully in the light. Its design, recognizable, does not smell like copying Apple.
The ZenBook weighs just 1.2 kg and is 1.23 cm thick. This is a full-fledged ultrabook in every sense, light and very thin. You don't feel its weight at all in a bag on your shoulder or in a backpack behind your back. But the ZenBook does not make the impression of a fragile device either - the body, after all, is metal. I am glad that Asus has not abandoned useful connectors for the sake of ergonomics: there is no newfangled Type-C, but ordinary USB connectors are enough to insert a flash drive and connect a mouse - it's convenient.
ZenBook runs on Core M, the well-known and popular mobile processor from Intel, and this is one of the most successful solutions for ultrabooks in principle: this relatively powerful chip (although you should not expect the performance of "desktop" Core i from it) allowed Asus engineers to install case fanless cooling system. So the laptop does not make noise - you can safely work in bed at night, even if your wife and child are sleeping next to each other - and does not get very hot: I, for example, calmly played League of Legends at high settings and did not experience any problems at all.
In addition, the Core M consumes very little power, which is great for battery life. When I left the house, I stopped putting in my briefcase on the second day, when I realized that the laptop would easily last until the evening with moderate work with text and an Internet browser. The claimed 10 hours of operation without recharging - if not an absolute truth, then close to this.
The screen is the pride and beauty of ZenBook. Gorgeous color reproduction, high resolution, rich image … Eyes do not get tired, and the image does not fade at the corners - the matrix is installed in the laptop excellent. This is one of the best screens of any notebook, although we would like a little more brightness headroom.
But the touchpad disappointed: it looks like it is covered with varnish, and your fingers do not slide on its surface at all. You quickly get used to it, but still, in general, it is not very convenient.
The keyboard is also frustrating. It is convenient to use, since the keys are large, but, firstly, it looks discreet against the background of the laptop case, and secondly, it lacks backlighting. And if the first can be forgiven - taste, then an ultrabook without backlighting in 2016 is strange.
But otherwise it's hard to scold the ZenBook: it's a great model that has everything you need to work. If you're looking for a beautiful, reliable Windows laptop with long battery life, the ZenBook UX305 won't disappoint.>