Asus is updating its Zenbook line of premium thin and light laptops with a new model featuring Intel’s new low-power Core M “Broadwell” processor.
The Asus Zenbook UX305 is a 13.3 inch laptop that measures less than half an inch thick and weighs just over 2.6 pounds.
The notebook has a 13.3 inch, 3200 x 1800 pixel display and supports up to 256GB of solid state storage. Asus says the notebook should get over 10 hours of battery life.
It features HDMI output, 802.11ac WiFi, 3 USB ports, a headset jack, and an SD card reader.
Mobile Geeks got a chance to check out the new Zenbook and reports it has a matte display, Bang & Olufsen speakers, and comes in black or white colors.
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I have a 14″ with a 3800×1600 display. Stuff is just too small, I end up running it in 1600×900 for anything but CAD and Sonar.
May we have a chance to see a Chromebook version of this Zenbook??? With 4 gigs of RAM and a SSD of 64 gigs, it will be a Windows laptop killer!!! Of course, if the price is really low!!!!
One question: why is it still the full SD card reader version??? HP on its new to come Chromebook 14 is releasing it with a micro-SD card reader, which faaaaaaar way better. I have a “tiny” Sandisk 128 gigs which is waiting for its “moma”!!!
Agreed, this would make a killer Chromebook.
killer Chromebook ok, but do I really want Chrome on that? I guess most people turn it into a Linuxbook anyways?
If this has the right price tag, it’s the machine we’ve all been waiting for.
Boys, I think I may be in love…
Nobody in their right mind would want a touchscreen. It makes the unit weigh a bit more and adds nothing to the usability. So, asus, thumbs up.
It adds touchscreen usability, which is something, not nothing. Also, you must be some kind of wimp if you can’t handle that extra gram that it adds to the weight.
yeah, what touchscreen adds is largely negative:
1) People will want to use their greasy fingers on your screen and smudge it up,
2) touch screens are always glossy, leading to reflections causing stress to your eyes
3) adds weight
I guess by your definition, light weight laptops, which reach their low weight by an accumulation of many very small weight savings are generally designed for wimps, so, what are you doing here anyway?
Go buy an Alienware M18, that’s a satisfying 12 pounds for you and it’ll run your AOL client really fast. 🙂
I suppose with the AOL client crack you’re trying to portray me as out of date? This doesn’t make any sense when you’re the one clinging to old ways and old technology. I suppose you still have a phone with a flip out keyboard so that you don’t get any smudges on its pristine screen. Or maybe you’re still rocking the Bell Model 500.
Please tell me how much weight is added by a touchscreen and what percentage it is of the total weight. This product weighs 2.6lbs with the touchscreen included. I would say that its weight is more than manageable for 98% of its target consumer.
The ability to use modern apps as they are designed to be used.
The ability to use touch as a user interface to control content. Panning, zooming, scrolling, game control, etc.
My guess is that you don’t like touch screens because you are stuck in the past and will only run non-touchscreen operating systems such as OSX, Linux or Windows XP/7. You can stick with your outdated operating system, nobody will care, or you can move on with the rest of the world.
P.S. Try washing your hands once in a while.
Yes, it also adds a “fucking screen full of fingerprints” capability. Disgusting.
And your phone screen? Don’t be mad at touch screens just because your umbuntu/linux shit doesn’t offer real touch interface support.
Last time I have checked, my phone didn’t have a keyboard and neither touchpad. I don’t use Ubuntu, and Linux kernel has nothing to do with it. The touch support is dependent on DE (desktop environment). The one I use is GNOME, whose touch support is actually, exceptional.
From a PC Perspective article “The ASUS ZenBook UX305 is a 13-inch clamshell notebook
with one of three displays: 1920×1200 IPS, 1920×1200 multi-touch IPS,
or 3200×1800 multi-touch IPS. That is a lot of pixels to pack into such a
small display.” – https://www.pcper.com/news/General-Tech/ASUS-ZenBook-UX305-Will-Be-Based-Core-M-Broadwell
Thanks! Wow, definitely impressed with the pixel density.
Good densel pixety!
Wonder if it plays 4k without tearing and stuttering on that Core M
Sounds really good, in the market for a new machine. But most likely out of my budget 🙁
This sounds nice. I really like that it has a matte screen.
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