Apple’s MacBook is a decent notebook, but it has problems, particularly in performance. Its Core M processor just isn’t as quick as some users desire.Enter Asus, and the Zenbook 3, which asks a simple question. Why compromise? Core M is efficient, but is it really necessary to create a super-slim, portable system? Asus doesn’t think so. And hopes its latest notebook — which can be purchased with up to a Core i7 dual-core — will be the proof.A form of flatteryThe new Zenbook 3 looks very similar to Apple’s MacBook at first glance. And second. And third. The shared use of all metal-design with a broad, single display hinge and speakers above the keyboard makes the resemblance uncanny.Yet there are major differences. The Zenbook 3 has a smaller touchpad, and matches the color of the keys to the body, decisions that create some distance between the Apple and the Asus. More importantly, the Zenbook 3 boasts the shiniest version of the brand’s … [Read more...] about Hands on: Asus Zenbook 3
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Asus seems to be gearing up to launch a refreshed version of its ZenBook UX305 super-slim laptop that was launched last year. The new model, dubbed as the ZenBook UX306UA, will throw in a few new features like an illuminated chiclet keyboard and a USB Type-C port. The upcoming refresh will also measure 12.75 x 8.90 x 0.55 inches, making it just as thin and light as the older model.The upcoming UX306UA will feature either an Intel Core i7-6500U or an Intel Core i5-6200U processor. The laptop will also support up to 16GB of DDR3L SDRAM clocked at 1,866MHz, and between 256GB and 512GB of storage on an SATA 3 SSD. The visuals will be handled by integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 hardware built into the CPU.Staying on the visual front, the UX306UA will have a 13.3-inch, LED-backlit IPS screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Customers will be able to choose from a model with a 3,200 x 1,800 resolution and a model with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. The screen will be protected by an anti-glare coating … [Read more...] about Asus has quietly put up a ZenBook UX306UA notebook listing on its website
It’s not hard to see why the Asus UX305 is one of our favorite laptops. From the most basic configuration to the highest-end special edition, the 13-inch laptop represents the epitome of value. We like the system so much, our computing editor Matt Smith took it to CES as his main system. If there’s one thing it lacks, it’s performance — but no longer, as Asus has added a new model that upgrades from the Core M to a full-fledged Core i5, without losing the value that made the system what it is today.The Core i5 configuration, which popped up on Amazon without much fanfare, packs in a Core i5-6200U. It’s a dual-core chip with a 2.3GHz base clock, 2.8 GHz Turbo Boost, plus Hyper-Threading for boosted core efficiency. It’s the same chip found in the Core i5 Dell XPS 13, which poses a serious problem for Dell, our current favorite laptop.Aside from the processor, the new model is similar to the original. It has a 13.3-inch, 1080p IPS … [Read more...] about Asus solves our only complaint about the Zenbook UX305 with new processor options
It’s hard to go wrong with the 13.3-inch Asus Zenbook UX305UA. It’s built from the same cloth as its thinner cousin — the excellent Zenbook UX305CA — but packs more horsepower thanks to its Core i5 Skylake processor. In fact, just a few months ago we deemed this laptop the best ultrabook value on the market. Currently at $750, it’s the best price you’ll find for this laptop by $140.Design-wise, the UX305UA’s matte silver metal exterior is elegant without being gaudy. It weighs in at a somewhat plump 3.2 pounds, which is about a half-pound heavier than its rival the Dell XPS 13, but the extra weight gives the system a nice, sturdy feel without any flex.The UX305UA features a spacious, full-size keyboard accompanied by an equally generous touchpad that trumps some of the best Windows touchpads we’ve seen, including the smaller touchpad found on the XPS 13. In our tests, we noticed no trouble or delays when using the touchpad with Windows … [Read more...] about You can save $140 on this awesome Asus Zenbook
Two years ago, Intel introduced the Core M brand. The company hoped the new name would provide a rallying banner for its less powerful Core hardware, yet also mark a difference between Core chips built for the budget market and those built for extremely slim systems. The crossroads between low-voltage and low-cost has always caused confusion. All of Intel’s budget processors draw little power, but not all miserly chips are built for budget systems.I don’t see Intel making its lineup more confusing. I see Intel correcting a screw-up.Core M had problems from the start. Despite Intel’s best efforts, people caught on to the performance gap between Core M and Core. Core M became synonymous with slow, even if that characterization was a bit extreme. That would’ve been okay if it inspired the dramatic 2-in-1 designs Intel intended — but few came, and when they did, they were often underwhelming.The result? An unloved line of processors.Now, Intel has … [Read more...] about Was Intel’s decision to (almost) kill Core M deceptive, or was it inevitable?
Ultrabooks occupy that sweet spot between heavier, more awkward laptops and flimsier, less powerful tablets. Judging from the latest and greatest entries in the market, they aren’t going anywhere, either. These ultrabooks are more powerful, capacious, and feature-rich than ever before – take a look at the best, and you’ll see what we mean.The BestDell XPS 13 (2016) ($809+)You may have seen the XPS 13 pop up on some of our other lists, too – this is simply one of the best ultrabooks that has been brought to market. It comes equipped with a 13-inch screen using Dell’s slim InfinityEdge border, plus an optional 3,200 x 1,800 touchscreen. Bonuses to the 2016 version include an even brighter screen, a more robust battery, and a new USB-C port with Thunderbolt 3 to keep up on all the latest laptop demands.On the inside, you have options up to a 6th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of SSD storage. You can also choose to improve … [Read more...] about Want a thin but fast PC? Check out the 5 best ultrabooks