Ultrabook ASUS Zenbook UX305F – even thinner, even easier / Laptops and PCs

Ultrabooks ASUS Zenbook always had an elegant slim body, but the thirteen-inch model ASUS Zenbook UX305F in this indicator is knocked out to the obvious leaders. The thickness of the case of this laptop is almost a millimeter less than the new MacBook Air. And this despite the fact that the latter refers to the 12-inch models, while the hero of our review boasts a diagonal of the display of thirteen inches. But the mass is almost three hundred grams more, but everything is clear – you can not fool physics. However, the extra weight favored the characteristics of the ultrabook, and along with the diagonal of the display, enlarged to 13.3 inches, the device also received a sufficiently large battery.

# Package Contents

The novelty comes in a small box of very dense cardboard, decorated in dark tones with a predominance of black. Inside the box in soft foam inserts, the laptop and accessories are carefully packed:

  • power adapter with a non-removable power cable;
  • the case-folder;
  • napkin for wiping the screen;
  • short adapter USB↔RJ-45;
  • a brief guide to getting started.

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<p> The presence of a cover, moreover, made of a durable synthetic material, which reliably protects the contents from scratches and chips, can be immediately recorded in the list of advantages. But the power adapter for one of the thinnest ultrabooks in the world could be smaller. It should also be noted that the USB-VGA adapter in the box with the ASUS Zenbook UX305F, available in other ASUS Zenbook models, is not found, as there is no separate case for accessories. </p>
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# Specifications

Approximate price *, rubles Approximate price *, rubles

ASUS Zenbook UX305F
The processor Intel Core M-5Y71 1.2 GHz
The graphic controller Intel HD Graphics 5300 (GT2)
The display There is no translation available. IPS, 13.3 inches, FHD (1920 × 1080)
Operating memory 4 GB (4 × 8 GB), LPDDR3-1600 (800 MHz)
The data storage system 1 × SSD M.2, 256 GB,

Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF, SATA 6 Gbps
Optical drive Here you can confirm the accuracy of the information specified in the description. Out of stock
The connector of flash cards SD / SDHC / SDXC
Interfaces 3 × USB 3.0

1 × RJ-45 (via USB adapter)

1 × Micro-HDMI

1 × jack 3.5 mm (audio output / audio input)
Wi-Fi services 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.0
The network adapter Here you can confirm the accuracy of the information specified in the description. 10/100/1000 Mbps (via USB adapter)
The sound of the Conexant CX20751 / 2 High Definition Audio
Additionally Web camera (720p CMOS)
The food The battery is non-removable lithium-polymer,

45 W · h (3830 mAh, 11.4 V)

External power adapter,

45 W (2.37 A, 19 V)
The size, mm The size, 324 × 226 × 12.3
Weight, kg 1,2 (with battery)
Operating system software Windows 8.1
The official manufacturer's warranty 36 months 64,599

* The average price of the "Yandex.Market" at the time of writing.

Model ASUS Zenbook UX305F is available in several versions, differing in the processor, the size of the solid-state drive and the display. The latter may have a resolution of either QHD + (3200 × 1080) or FHD (1920 × 1080) as in our case.

Information about the processor and chipset

At the heart of the new ultrabook is the Intel Broadwell-Y platform with a dual-core Intel Core M-5Y71 processor running at a base clock speed of 1.2 GHz and increasing in Turbo Boost mode to 2.9 GHz. The processor is produced using 14-nanometer technology and differs by an extremely low heat-carrier TDP of 4.5 W. Thanks to this, the entire SoC Broadwell-Y series is designed primarily for tablets. Well, their use in ultrabukah allows you to significantly reduce the thickness of the body by saving on the dimensions of the cooling system, which we can observe in the case of the ASUS Zenbook UX305F. It should be noted that this ultrabook is also produced with a less efficient Intel Core M-5Y10 processor running at a base clock frequency of 0.8 GHz, which can be increased to 2.0 GHz in Turbo Boost mode.



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Memory Information

Broadwell-Y processors have a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. In our ultrabook, four Low-Power DDR3-1600 chips Samsung K4E8E304EE-EGCE chips with a capacity of 1 GB each are soldered directly to the motherboard.



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<p> As an graphics adapter in the ASUS Zenbook UX305F is an integrated solution of Intel HD Graphics 5300 (GT2), operating at a clock speed of up to 900 MHz (the base value is 100 MHz). The adapter works with OpenCL 2.0 and DirectX 11.2 technologies. Separately it is worth noting the possibility of hardware decoding of H.265 and simultaneous operation with three displays. The maximum resolution in this case can reach 3840 × 2160 pixels. In the tested Ultrabook there is only one video output Micro-HDMI. </p>
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Information on the disk subsystem

According to the official specification, the disk subsystem ASUS Zenbook UX305F can be represented by SSD modules with a capacity of 128, 256 or 512 GB. In our instance, the module M600 MTFDDAV256MBF was produced by the company Micron Technology with a capacity of 256 GB of M.2 form factor with a SATA 6 Gbit / s interface. It boasts a declared reading speed of 560 MB / s and a recording of 510 MB / s. By default, the disk space of the ASUS Zenbook UX305F is represented by two sections in an approximate ratio of 43 and 57% of the total disk space.

Intel Wireless Module Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265

The laptop is equipped with a reader for flash memory cards format SD (XC / HC). The audio system is represented by the not too common Conexant CX20751 / 2 module, which works with HD Audio. To connect the headphone and microphone to the laptop, a 3.5 mm jack is used. There is no optical S / P-DIF output. Well, to output sound on the notebook itself, there are simple stereo speakers. A wired gigabit network from the ASUS Zenbook UX305F can only be organized with the USB adapter included in the package. Ultrabook itself is equipped with a dual-band module Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 M.2 form factor, which includes Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 controllers.

A rechargeable lithium polymer battery is built into the case. Its passport capacity is 45 Wh / h (3830 mAh, 11.4 V). The actual capacity at full charge was 43.9 Wh / h. To charge the battery, as well as to operate the laptop from the network, a power adapter with an output power of 45 W (2,37 A, 19 V) is used.

# Design and ergonomics

The appearance of the ASUS Zenbook UX305F remained traditional, the same as with most models in the line of ultrabooks ASUS Zenbook. The thin metal case of our sample is made in the dark gray color of Obsidian Stone with a light purple tint. Also on sale this ultrabook can be found in the light coloring Ceramic Alloy. As with other ASUS Zenbook ultrabooks, the cover of the novelty contains hardly visible to the touch the concentric circles around the central company logo. There are no other decor elements for the ASUS Zenbook UX305F.

The highlight of the case is its thickness, which does not exceed 12.3 mm. It weighs a bit – 1.2 kg – and all this together turns the UX305F into one of the most easily transported ultrabooks. The thickness of the case for ASUS Zenbook UX305F turned out to be 0.8 mm less than the maximum value of this parameter for the new MacBook Air.


As with other ultrabooks, the ASUS Zenbook UX305F does not have access hubs for access to internal components. In order to get to them, you have to remove the bottom panel of the case by unscrewing all the screws on the bottom panel, including the two screws that are hidden under a pair of legs glued next to the hinge cover of the Ultrabook.

There is no free space inside the case of the ASUS Zenbook UX305F at all. Each element of its filling is strictly adjusted to the next. Well, the main area is, of course, a rechargeable battery, which can be replaced by almost anyone.

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