The Asus Zenbook UX305 is a small, light, and low-power laptop with an affordable price tag. Earlier this year Asus launched a model with a Core M Broadwell processor, and I was pretty impressed with the $699 compact, fanless laptop.
These days you can pick one up for around $100 off the list price… but there are also other options if you’d prefer a more powerful model. You can get a version with a Core i5 Broadwell processor (and an active cooling system) for $750. Or now you can get an even newer model with a Core M3 Skylake processor.
Like the original Zenbook UX305, this new model has a 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of solid state storage. It has a fanless design, 802.11ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
This model has an Intel Core M3-6Y30 dual-core processor, a matte IPS display with wide viewing angles, and Windows 10 64-bit software. The laptop has stereo speakers, a micro HDMI port, three USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, and a headset jack.
There’s a 1.2MP camera and the system has a 45 Wh battery that Asus says should provide up to 10 hours of battery life.
The notebook measures 12.8″ x 8.9″ x 0.5″ and weighs about 2.6 pounds.
Overall, the new Zenbook UX305CA seems to be a pretty remarkable value, at least on paper. Just keep in mind that the Core M3 chip is a low-power processor that won’t be as fast as a Core i3 or more powerful chip, and this system lacks a few premium features that you’d find on more expensive Zenbook models such as a backlit keyboard or touchscreen display.