ASUS ZenBook UX305FA - Specs

HDD/SSD
up to 256GB SSD
M.2 Slot
1x 2280 SATA III (B key)
RAM
up to 8GB
OS
Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Battery
45Wh, Li-Po, 3-cell, 50Wh, Li-Po, 3-cell
Dimensions
324 x 226 x 12 mm (12.76" x 8.90" x 0.47")
Weight
1.20 kg (2.6 lbs)
Body material
Aluminum
Ports and connectivity
  • 3x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • HDMI 1
  • Card reader SD, SDHC
  • Ethernet LAN
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Audio jack combo audio/microphone jack
Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera 720p HD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

 

Display Profiles

Health-Guard

The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

Now the profile has a higher color temperature which makes is suitable for working through the whole day (not only at night) and simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

Pro Tip: As the Health-Guard profile simulates paper and has as accurate as possible colors, it could be a great tool for prepress designers!

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Health-Guard Profile

Design and Gaming

The second profile type is Design and Gaming – it combines our previous “Web Design” and “Gaming and Movie Nights” profiles in one, so it’s aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well (or maybe you’re a designer who likes to relax with some games or movies from time to time?).

“Design and Gaming” takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Just as our previous Gaming profile, this one also regulates the first steps out of black so you can have even faster reflexes when playing in dark virtual environments…or just see everything in the darkest scenes in movies.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Office Work

The third profile is Office Work and it should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing.

Office Work aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Office Work Profile

You’ll find more information about the profiles HERE.

 

CPU Performance comparison

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the CPUs that come in the ASUS ZenBook UX305FA series.

Results are from the Cinebench 11 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the NovaBench 3.0 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

GPU Performance comparison

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the GPUs that come in the ASUS ZenBook UX305FA series.

Results are for the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are for the 3DMark: Sky Diver (Graphics) benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are for the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (the higher the score, the better)

 

ASUS ZenBook UX305FA in-depth review

For quite some time now a lot of geeks and even consumers, are looking forward to notebooks with completely fanless design and thanks to Intel, this is now possible. Their new 14nm FinFET manufacturing process allows the vendors to fit powerful mobile processors in smaller form factors like ultrabooks, tablets, and 2-in-1 devices and at the same time without the need of a dedicated cooling system. Well, ASUS has finally done it. The new ZenBook UX305 has a completely fanless design with ridi[...]

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Pros

  • Sleek all-aluminum design
  • Great keyboard and touchpad design
  • Thin profile and lightweight chassis
  • Flawless screen
  • Fanless, quiet cooling system
  • Great price

Cons

  • Underwhelming battery life
  • Lacks keyboard backlight
  • So-so CPU performance

 

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