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Review An Ultrabook needs to deliver on three things: The UX isn't perfect, but it's the best Ultrabook value yet. Finished in dark obsidian stone, the UX continues the ZenBook tradition by featuring a gorgeous aluminum body and a delicately thin waistline. The lid is decorated with a subtle laser-cut circle pattern that radiates outward from the center and draws your eye to the silver Asus logo in ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ICE Sound middle. Inside, the aluminum deck is complemented by a black Chiclet-style keyboard and spacious one-piece touchpad.

With its fanless design, the bottom of the UX is completely smooth and unbroken, except for the stereo speaker grilles on either side and four rubber feet. The keys have a standard actuation weight of 60 grams, and I wasn't bothered by the slightly shallower-than-normal key travel ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ICE Sound 1.


For your mousing needs, the UX features a well-sized 4. Gestures such as two-finger scrolling and pinch-to-zoom were smooth and responsive, and the UX was never confused between left and right clicks.

Display With its matte screen, the UX bucks the glossy trend of most modern laptops. This results in colors that look slightly less saturated when compared to the competition, but in return, you get a bright display with almost degree viewing angles and better outdoor visibility.

If you spend more of your time looking at spreadsheets and Word documents than pictures or movies, the UX's matte screen ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ICE Sound not only more practical, but looks better, too. On the other hand, I never had to confront my own face staring back at me every time the screen faded to black. Laptop Interactive Buying Guide Using our light meter, we found that the UX produced nits, which is a measurement of brightness.


That's ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ICE Sound below the matte-screened version of the XPS 13, but 25 percent brighter than the EliteBook Folio and 13 percent brighter than the ultraportable average of In terms of color reproduction, the UX's display covered That's slightly more than the matte XPS 13 The one ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ICE Sound where the UX performed poorly was color accuracy. The panel registered a Delta-E rating of That's worse than the XPS 13's mediocre rating of Unfortunately, the audio didn't quite live up to the quality I've come to expect from the Danish sound experts. When I listened to Childish Gambino's "Sober" the synthy highs were tinny and overpowered the delicate vocals, while the bass warbled and cracked as the speakers struggled to recreate the lows.

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But after I tried each preset, the audio ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ICE Sound didn't improve much from my initial testing. The UX also comes with Smart Audio software, which includes a customizable channel equalizer and options for microphone and recording adjustments. In terms of volume, the UX's underpowered speakers managed to produce just 79 decibels of sound, which is significantly less than the XPS 13 94 dBthe EliteBook Folio 85 dB and the category average of 86 dB. Heat Despite its half-inch-thick fanless design, the UX never crossed our degree-Fahrenheit comfort threshold.

On the Laptop Mag Heat Test 15 minutes of streaming HD video from Huluthe bottom of the laptop was the hottest spot, measuring 93 degrees. The touchpad and the space between the G and H keys were cooler, at 78 and 83 degrees, respectively. Ports and Webcam For such a small machine, UX has a healthy number of ports.

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It features three USB 3. The p webcam takes videos at 30 frames per second, but the overall quality was just mediocre, because the camera struggles with white balance.

A picture taken at the Laptop Mag office lacked ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ICE Sound lot of detail in my hair, but the bigger problem was the overly yellow tint that evoked photos from cowboy saloons in the s as opposed to a picture taken in a well-lit office in But after smoothly streaming a p movie with several spreadsheets and 10 Chrome tabs open in the background, the UX showed it's more than capable of handling a typical workload without any problems. Best ASUS Laptops The Core-M processor has the added benefit of allowing Asus to create a completely fanless system, so even under load, my movie wasn't interrupted by the sound of whirring blades trying to cool the system -- an annoyance I often encounter when using other Ultrabooks.

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