Asus Zenbook UX305FA-USM1 13-Inch Laptop, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 8.1

July 27, 2015 - Comment

Bloatware can slow down your computer and junk up your Start screen or desktop. When you buy a Signature Edition PC like this UX305FA-USM1, there’s no third-party junkware or trialware installed so your computer can run to its full potential. A sampling of new PCs with Signature showed an average battery life 28 minutes longer

Bloatware can slow down your computer and junk up your Start screen or desktop. When you buy a Signature Edition PC like this UX305FA-USM1, there’s no third-party junkware or trialware installed so your computer can run to its full potential. A sampling of new PCs with Signature showed an average battery life 28 minutes longer than the same PCs without Signature, an average start-up improvement of 104%, and they shut down 35% faster. PCs with Signature come pre-loaded with Windows Defender, an antivirus program that never expires and includes updates without ever asking for your credit card. • // • Solid build quality: The Zenbook’s all-aluminum body makes it durable and tough, while its sturdy metal hinge keeps the display steady at every angle. It’s pretty luxurious, too, built from a single block of aluminum that’s finished with ASUS’ signature spun-metal finish on the lid. • Powerful Intel Core M-5Y10 processor: Built for razor-thin, ultra-mobile devices, the Intel Core M combines blazing-fast speed, exceptional energy efficiency, and an ultra-quiet fanless design. • Brilliant Full HD display: Everything looks sharp and crisp in Full HD. And with a matte finish, the Zenbook’s screen eliminates glare and reflections, even in bright outdoors light. • // • Color: Obsidian Stone • Optical drive: None • Media drive: 2-in-1 (SD/SDHC) • Audio: ICEpower with Bang and Olufsen Technology • Video: Intel HD Graphics 5300 with shared graphics memory • Battery: 3-cell 45WHr polymer • Camera: 720p webcam • Wireless: 802.11a/g/n (Miracast enabled) • Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.0 • Dimensions: 12.75 x 8.89 x 0.48 in (324 x 226 x 12.3 mm) • Weight: 2.65 lbs (1.20 kg) • Keyboard travel: 0.94 mm • Touchpad dimensions: 105 x 73 mm • TPM 2.0 • Ports: 3 USB 3.0 (1 charge) • Micro HDMI • Headphone output/Microphone input combo • LAN (10/100/1000 via included USB to Ethernet adapter)

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Skipjacks says:

My search for a new computer ended with the Zenbook ░░░░░UM, WOW!!!░░░░░͡° ͜ʖ ͡°I bought the non-signature edition which is the same computer as the signature edition without the additional bloatware (pre-loaded ‘free sample’ software). The hardware is the same so I wanted to share my hardware review here.Let me just say that I have researched just about every device sold in the United States that has a 13 inch screen in my quest to replace my dying laptop. It’s been a thoroughly exhaustive search. But the search is now over! I’ve tested every device from Chromebooks to Mac Books to giving up and just reading a book. The Zenbook is where my quest ends!I just got my Zenbook tonight and it has been a great experience right from the unboxing. I’ll start with the packaging because it deserves mentioning. The Amazon box was huge, the size of a VCR from 1981. Inside that was a plain box for the Zenbook about the…

Cameron Billings says:

Overall Review- Using the machine from a web development point of view Just received this laptop yesterday (the signature USM1 edition) and it’s been fantastic so far. I unfortunately didn’t keep track of how long the battery lasted me but it lasted for a significant amount of time. This package came with a screen cloth, a USB to gigabit ethernet adapter, the charger (of course), and an extra wire velcro tie.I didn’t experience any noticeable slowdowns during the entirety of my usage. I’m a web developer so the first thing I did was setup one of my development environments. I’m currently running WAMP/mysql and a node.js server with ATOM text editor. Along with those two local servers running I was running Chrome (with varying # of tabs from 7-15) and MySQL Workbench. Everything seemed to be lightning fast with everything opened and moving. The laptop to my surprise also stayed very cool. It warmed slightly in the center towards the bottom of the screen but everywhere my hands were felt cool to the touch. I’ll eventually install Visual Studio…

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