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ASUS Zenbook UX305FA-ASM1 13.3-Inch Ultra-Slim Aluminum Laptop 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD by Review Summary ,  Sep 24, 2015

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ASUS Zenbook UX305FA-ASM1 13.3-Inch Ultra-Slim Aluminum Laptop, 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD
Report Date: 01/04/2016
Based on 672 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 9.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Responsive5.0   above average
Ubuntu5.0   above average
Price4.8   above average
Portable4.7   average
USB4.7   above average
Weight4.7   average
Light4.6   average
School4.6   average
Speed4.6   above average
Student4.6   average
Battery4.4   average
Size4.4   average
Performance4.2   average
Screen3.9   average
Intel3.8   above average
Keyboard3.8   average
Monitor3.8   average
Program3.7   average
Setting3.7   average
Display3.3   below average
Windows3.3   average
Adapter3.1   above average
Sound3.1   mediocre
Volume3.1   below average
Amazon3.0   below average
Wireless3.0   below average
Connection2.9   below average
Application2.7   below average
Loud2.7   mediocre
Microsoft2.7   below average
Touchpad2.7   below average
Wi-Fi2.5   below average
Speaker2.4   mediocre
Button2.3   average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Adapter

Adapter:
"micro-HDMI cables are not easy to find and hooking up to literally any kind of display will require some kind of goofy adapter that you almost certainly not be able to find at walmart should you forget to bring it on a business trip."
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"In the end it is either the Windows 10 drivers associated with this device or a faulty internal Web Adapter."
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"One complaint I have is that the AC adapter for it is so short!"
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"These wireless adapters have been known to cause problems."
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"Wifi adapter was dead on arrival."
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"The ac adapter is nice and small, although I *wish* the outlet prongs folded and the wire didn't protrude perpendicular to the small 'brick.'"
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"The USB ethernet adapter is included, and it is a Gig adapter, so it has plenty of speed and works well (mostly) with Linux."
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"Overall, I am very happy with it, and the only standout issue is with the wifi adapter."
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"The included USB to gigabit ethernet adapter is a nice thought but really unnecessary for most as the integrated wifi is plenty quick."
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"It is nice that ASUS includes this adapter."
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Amazon

Amazon:
"On the other side I am very disappointed with Amazon deal and service as it turned out to be full of empty promises."
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"Computer itself is fine, however Amazon's description is wrong."
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"I usually don't do reviews, but this product + Amazon support has put through a lot of frustration that I decided to write an HONEST review about this product."
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"At least a thank you to Amazon for no hassle free return."
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"Also, I don't recommend buying laptops refurbished unless you have some experience installing drivers and diagnosing weird problems (Amazon has to wipe reinstall Windows, and while it won't come with typical laptop bloatware, it loses some functionality out of the box that you can fix, of course)."
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"Also the mouse is acting a bit weird in Windows 8, so I am using Amazon's wireless mouse for accuracy pointing."
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"Amazon, I'm a loyal customer who appreciates your top-notch customer service."
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"No problems so far and amazon was amazing about the returns."
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"I did purchase a used Dell xps 13 through Amazon warehouse, at a greater cost, but really love it."
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"Called Amazon on the phone and they were great and I am returning it for a refund."
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"It feels like an Apple MacBook Air - high grade aluminum, solid construction, the screen open and closes smoothly but it feels very solid throughout the process of raising and lowering the screenThe item was packed in the ASUS box (which was well protected) and then it was packed in yet another, slightly larger box (of which was also well protected), and that box was then packed into a larger Amazon box (which was padded fairly well)."
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Application

Application:
"Having spent WAY too much time on the application, I was denied because I believe I sent in the WRONG UPC sticker from the multiple ones applied to the box."
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"It comes with Windows 10, but many outside applications do not seem to be compatible yet."
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"I think I un-installed four things, and on a new computer, I'd say I normally install 10-15 junk applications as I set up."
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"The display was absolutely stunning though a few applications like Eclipse IDE weren't able to handle such high resolutions and rendered very tiny icons."
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"It happens when I switch between applications (i. e. Spotify to Browser).The mousepad problem can be fixed with a $20 workhorse wireless mouse I have from LG."
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"I had the same issue of the screen brightness Fn5 and Fn6 keys not working, but installing xbacklight fixed that (thanks for the hint, Adam).I did install linux kernel 3.18.13, because I was sometimes having a problem with applications like Google Chrome blacking out after suspend restore."
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"Streams HD perfectly, and handles all my applications fine."
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"The thing is a featherweight while providing a screen that's easy to work on with business applications."
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"It's fast, makes multitasking easy, and quickly runs various applications without any delay whatsoever."
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"This happens to all text on the screen (e. g. text boxes in applications as well as terminal windows)."
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"Best deal on a laptop for everyday web applications."
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Battery

Battery:
"Problem with the battery interface with the charging cord."
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"I like the size, weight, long lasting battery, but not easiest computer to figure things out on, even after some regular use and upgrading to Windows 10.."
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"I Should start by saying that I had a HP laptop that was heavy and had the worst battery life."
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"Also, the battery life isn't as good as I expected."
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"Battery life is ok to be perfectly honest, but I havent had any problems with it."
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"When i unplug the machine and work off of battery power, the machine slows to a crawl."
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"Lightweight, excellent battery life."
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"Overall, it's a sleek, light, and portable device with great battery life and sufficiently powerful performance for everyday tasks."
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"But with outstanding battery and more than enough power as a backup computer, I have to say its pretty excellent."
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"It's ultra portable, quiet, great battery and works."
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"The battery is super long lasting which is great (I'm a college student and I love never having to bring my charger to campus with me), it's super light, and it's worked great for me so far!"
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Button

Button:
"I've done a lot of research before pushing the button on this ZenBook and I couldn't be more pleased with my decision."
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"It is incredibly annoying and I really don't like it.3) Power button is located near button 'del' and 'backspace'."
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"Some reviewers complain about the power button's location but it's been a non-issue for me."
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"The keyboard and display are OK, the delete key by the off button is a mistake, and the clicky touchpad is very annoying."
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"Dislikes: hinge, power button location, have had some issues with Firefox freezing and closing that may be due to the new M series processor."
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"I dislike the fact that the power button is where I'd expect to hit the delete key (which is small and placed right next to the power button)."
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"Keyboard is very comfortable except the power button is at where I often hit delete button."
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"There is less travel but the keys are spaced excellently and there is a lot of feedback, also I am confident the letters will shows up when the button is pressed not something I can say of the last three machines I have used."
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"The trackpad is also very loud and clicky, but usually I just press on the trackpad rather than click the button and that works well enough."
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"Because of the small footprint there is no separate numeric pad nor easy Home End buttons."
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"You can easily update what the power button does in Window's power settings."
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Cable

Cable:
"micro-HDMI cables are not easy to find and hooking up to literally any kind of display will require some kind of goofy adapter that you almost certainly not be able to find at walmart should you forget to bring it on a business trip."
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"Problem with the battery interface with the charging cord."
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"I read some other negative reviews of this before purchasing to see if there were any glaring issues and figured I'd address problems from other reviews here:-I picked up a mini-HDMI to HDMI cable along with my purchase and have no issue."
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"Probably my biggest complaint has to do with the power cord."
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"Ideally in the next revision of the laptop the cord will have a longer length with the power brick in the middle of the cord (like a MacBook Air)The other minor complaint is the packaged in bloatware."
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"The charging cable is a wall wart, a huge negative."
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"It presents a very professional look and having hooked up to external monitors I've found it very easy to do with a $7 micro-HDMI cable I purchased with the unit."
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"If I could get an extra ASUS-original power cord, this would be a great laptop."
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"I read some other negative reviews of this before purchasing to see if there were any glaring issues and figured I'd address problems from other reviews here:-I picked up a mini-HDMI to HDMI cable along with my purchase and have no issue."
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"The power adapter is nice though, small with a long cord, that is easy to tuck into your laptop bag."
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Display

Display:
"I read some reviews for the UX305FA showing the same problem and offering a solution, which is to calibrate the display color manually in the system settings."
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"micro-HDMI cables are not easy to find and hooking up to literally any kind of display will require some kind of goofy adapter that you almost certainly not be able to find at walmart should you forget to bring it on a business trip."
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"I also have had the display driver fail and restart a few times (screen will go black for 1-2 seconds, come back with a message saying the display driver failed and recovered)."
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"Display is mediocre."
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"Pros:-Battery life-Size and weight (no one wants to carry around a 15.6in laptop every day)-Display resolution and matte - I hate those glossy displays-SSD instead of HDD: of course it boots blazing fast-Lack of touchscreen 2-in-1."
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"The display is good with the matte finish, no reflections, and it can be viewed outside."
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"I love the mini HD port for a 2nd display, great for desk use."
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"Screen colors are excellent considering the size...sure, my $2K desktop LED displays are better, but, they are HUGE... to pack this much light in such a tiny display is again, impressive."
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"The screen is beautiful -- a matte display that I can view at any angle without washout."
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"The display is sharp and easy to read, but seems to go a bit greenish during video playback."
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Headphone

Headphone:
"My only negatives are that the speakers are not great (headphones work great though) and I wish it had a lit keyboard."
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"while watching 1080p YouTube videos (RiFF RAFF - DOLCE & GABBANA...don't judge me, and yes, this person actually exists) but was equally disturbed by the horrible sound coming out of my headphones."
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"Sound Quality: I don't have much to say here because I usually listen to laptop videos through headphones, but the outside speakers aren't the best, Asus had to cut corners somewhere and I am so glad it is with the speakers, They are on the bottom of the laptop though I am not sure why, and the sound quality is a little tinny, but the headphone sound is superb, so keep that in mind."
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"The headphone experience is very good with a few exceptions, and those exceptions come in the form of the genuinely shocking software pre-installed for audio control."
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"Only minor negative would be the weak built in speaker output volume, works great with headphones though."
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"I generally use headphones anyway but it would be nice if they were on top and louder so I could play videos for people."
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"honestly Idk if its my headphones or the computer... but they don't get along great for some reason and it makes me mad sometimes."
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"I always use headphones so this doesn't affect me much, but anyone without headphones will be frustrated."
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Intel

Intel:
"I upgraded to Windows 10 straight away which has caused a slight problem with the Intel graphics driver which means it keeps crashing but I plan to change the driver which Im hoping will solve the problem."
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"I put in service tickets with both Asus and Intel on the nic problem."
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"But Intel doesn't seem to care (they've had complaints about this problem in the past and they've done nothing about it to this day), forum solutions don't work, turning off Bluetooth only works for some people, and reinstalling drivers did nothing."
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"An error message pops up referring to the Intel graphics failure."
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"Did some research about the Wifi Card (Intel AC 7265) and found out it isn't too fantastic, but someone suggested some tweaks to the advanced driver settings."
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"I'm upping my rating from 3 to 4 stars now.= = = = = = Update July 4, 2015 = = = = = = = = = = = =1) Clarification: the Wifi problem discussed above relates only to the newest Intel Dual Band AC 7265 adapter, not the N adapter that is in some units."
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"I purchased an ASUS laptop back in 2009 mainly because it was one of the first laptops to offer a discrete graphics card, this was well before intel graphics were decent."
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"multi-finger gestures).Battery life is pretty good, given the high efficiency Intel Core-M (15W) CPU, and the SSD."
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"The latest intel processor on board, very energy efficient."
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"You can download the Intel Update Utility to easily update the wireless and Bluetooth adaptor (which has problems and is really slow as stock)."
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"- i5 Intel Processor - It would be nice if it were the i6 or i7 but this is not the latest model made by ASUS.- 802.11ac - extremely fast WIFI capabilities."
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Keyboard

Keyboard:
"This was a prevailing problem for last year's Dell XPS 13 when the keyboard backlight was turned on as demonstrated here: https: www."
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"The stickers are downright ugly and taking them off is painful and leaves a goo-ee-y substance on the keyboard.6."
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"I know that many people are upset about this laptop not having a backlit keyboard."
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"Yeah, User Error, no doubt, but still...we're using this on our laps, and that unstable, squishy surface doesn't lend itself to the utility of this keyboard.~Similarly, the touchpad is kind of a pain to use: I hate it for scrolling, as it takes huge effort to do (why can't they function like a mouse, allowing you to grab the scrollbar with a click release and swipe down, rather than having to keep the touchpad held down?"
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"You have the tech specs above, and plenty of folks have commented on the functionality (components hardware & OS) of this laptop, so I'll spare you this, but wanted to add my $.02:~The complaints about the keyboard are legit: it really does suck."
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"Major drawback is a lack of keyboard backlighting."
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"I've always preferred laptop keyboards to 'regular' deep keyboards, and this keyboard i spacious and comfortable."
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"The keyboard has great tactile feedback if you're picky like me and care about such things."
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"I didn't much care for the feel of the keyboard; the keys didn't have as much depth as I would have liked."
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"Would have been nice if it came with a backlit keyboard."
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Light

Light:
"A few complaints:-the laptop is not grey, it is a greyish purple color-when flipped open the bottom of the top screen rests on the table, not the studs designed for it to rest on- you need to be used to a matte screen, its nice once you get used to it but makes the screen seem a little weird at firstPros:-very light, amazingly slim and feels sturdy for its size-it has a feature that allows it to start up in about 5 seconds(also if you buy it on Microsoft you get the windows 10 already installed on it for you)really great buy for the price, I couldn't find anything else with these specs at this price, now we'll just have to wait and see how it holds up on the long term!"
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"This will be especially helpful in the office where lights are hard to avoid."
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"No back light keyboard, that's the only thing I dislike."
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"It is dead silent and light."
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"Battery life is not as good as the Chromebook... even with very light usage, the battery seemed only 2 3 the life of my Chromebook... maybe 7 hours of decent usage."
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"Excellent purchase very fast light and easy to useI've seen some reviews complaining about keyboard the delete key I wrong place this is nonsenseAwesome product for the price"
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"I liked how thin and light it was, but it would not keep the wifi settings."
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"I love the weight...so light!"
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"The computer is nice and light."
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"Overall, it's a sleek, light, and portable device with great battery life and sufficiently powerful performance for everyday tasks."
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"If your only going to use this laptop *strictly* for school or work, then it's a good laptop, light, fast and seemingly well put together."
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Loud

Loud:
"Its unfortunately loud and its really almost unacceptably so, but given the excellent nature of the rest of it I would let it go."
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"The one complaint I have is how loud the click is, its honestly startling."
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"It would make a weird and loud clicking noise shortly after being turned on."
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"Coming from a series of inexpensive and underpowered computers I was not going to be misled by reviewers suggesting sluggishness for everyday use when its still about twice as powerful as my Dell I3147, but what I was somewhat concerned with the complaints of a loud and below average trackpad and heat issues."
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"People complain it is loud to press since the left right click is loud but you can always use the 1 finger 2 finger taps for the same purpose which are silent."
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"also the trackpad clicker is both hard to press and extreemely loud, not a pleasant experience at all."
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"The speakers are not loud; the sound can be easily drowned when you use this laptop outside."
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"Its unfortunately loud and its really almost unacceptably so, but given the excellent nature of the rest of it I would let it go."
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"Middle-of-the-Road:-Sound is good, pretty loud and clear for a laptop but nothing special-Some bloatware but not nearly as bad as I've seen, and nothing too ad-y-Keyboard is nice but the delete key is near the power key so I disabled the power keyOverall, if you're looking for a powerful, very portable, attractive laptop under $800, choose this."
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"Pros: fast, lightweight, quiet, nice solid feel, loud speakersDrawbacks: no backlit keyboard"
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"What makes this laptop so great is that offers the best attributes that you want in a laptop without many sacrifices: 1) it is very fast with its i5 processor and 8G of ram, 2) it is very lightweight and portable, 3) it is well-built and does not feel cheap at all, 4) the speakers are great and loud, 5) it has very long battery life of near 10 hours, 6) the price is very reasonable with similar products costing $300 to $500 more (ie."
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Memory

Memory:
"The one time it kind of glitched out was when I was running MATLAB (a program for engineering classes) and was trying to run a really long script, and the computer eventually either quit out of the program or gave an error about not having enough memory."
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"It's downsides are that it has little memory, the hdmi port is smaller than usual and that it doesn't have CD drive."
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"Internet speed is also surprisingly good, and the fast disk and memory make downloads and streaming much like a nice desktop."
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"I'm happy in general just wish it had more memory"
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"The battery life is good and I love the instant gratification from solid state memory."
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"Pros:Lots of storage and memory (at price range).It is very fast though and great for what I need it."
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"Starts up quickly, processor speed and memory is good enough for my needs."
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Microsoft

Microsoft:
"Hopefully ASUS or Microsoft can provide a solution to this problem."
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"The computer itself is slow and loaded with Microsoft crap that slows the computer down considerably."
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"My complaint comes not on Microsoft's part but ASUS."
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"As of today, Intel is hoping the next driver update will solve the problems mentioned on their support forum... here's hoping.2) An additional aspect of this unit not mentioned elsewhere AFAIK is that the video output of HDMI 1.4 is at a disadvantage to the DisplayPort output offered on Microsoft's own Surface units."
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"In an attempt to force everyone into the cloud, Microsoft has eliminated Windows Easy Transfer capabilities in Windows 8.1."
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"On the downside, the touchpad could do with some serious improvement, and it comes with a rather large amount of bloatware pre-installed, which is annoying since the Microsoft store offers the same device without it, for the same price."
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"Called Asus and Microsoft support up, but neither was able to offer any good solution."
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"It runs Windows 10 flawlessly, it has a great 1080p screen, it opens all microsoft office products without hesitation, it has a long battery life, it transports easily, and most importantly- I can run 10 chrome tabs without slowing down."
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"I purchased it off of the Microsoft Store for $600 and it is turning out to be the best laptop I have purchased EVER."
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"This is a nice and functional ultraportable for web browsing, microsoft office (not included), streaming video, ..."
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"In an attempt to force everyone into the cloud, Microsoft has eliminated Windows Easy Transfer capabilities in Windows 8.1."
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Monitor

Monitor:
"The micro-HDMI connector is a little fussy when you're using an external monitor, and I wish they'd included USB-C and a microphone connector -- even a TRRS connector for phone earbuds would have been an excellent addition! "
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"Why am I not able to use the laptop monitor as HDMI out from any other device outputting HDMI ?"
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"- The monitor has something wrong with it: When I'm on a website, I can see the pages that are behind it, showing through."
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"There's also some issue with fonts being fuzzy on the second monitor, which is a known issue with Windows 10 and NOT a problem with the Zenbook."
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"Just to be clear: there is no external monitor connector except for the mini HDMI connector (you'll have to buy a cable).To get into the BIOS you have to very quickly press the F2 Airplane key immediately after powering on."
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"It presents a very professional look and having hooked up to external monitors I've found it very easy to do with a $7 micro-HDMI cable I purchased with the unit."
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"Battery life probably isnt the 10 hours as advertised since windows drivers suck and the battery monitor is screwy like all laptops but I was able to play league for a decent 2 hours and then do some light music streaming and web surfing for another 2-3 hours (you will definitely hit that 10 hour mark if you mess around with the battery performance settings).In terms of the external build, it is beautiful and sleek."
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"The Intel-M core is pretty weak in comparison to some laptops but it can easily handle everyday tasks and some minimal gaming on the side (i got like 100+fps on league of legends with everything on low settings, so fiddle around with it and you'll get the perfect mix for the 60hz IPS monitor, which is beautiful btw) but in the same sense, it can't run any complex games."
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Noise

Noise:
"I haven't seen any reviewers other than one person mentioning this problem, but the electric noise is definitely annoying."
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"It would make a weird and loud clicking noise shortly after being turned on."
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"Speakers are quiet, I wouldn't be able to hear them if there was any background noise."
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"It barely responds to your movements and makes the loudest, most irritating clicking noise you could imagine."
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"It's adequate from the speakers - but if I were in a coffee house or restaurant where there was an average level of noise, I would expect I'd be unable to hear it at all."
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"PROS: size and weight, fanless (no noise at all), great specs in average, nice looking."
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"No fan noise, beautifully silent."
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"The mousepad is a little loose feeling and noisy, but I got used to it easily."
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"There is no noise, and no performance degradation."
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"My thoughts on the Zenbook ux305:Pros: - Thin and light - Keyboard is most excellent - Screen is bright and great quality - No fan noise - I haven't noticed any surprising performance issues."
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Performance

Performance:
"Terrible performance, and runs very hot."
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"It is not a CPU powerhouse and imagine would not perform well for gaming or intensive CPU use but its not advertised to be."
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"The problem is that it sacrifices performance significantly, since the new mobile processors are in their early generations (trust me, I'm an engineer).The base processor speed of the Zenbook 305FA being sold here is .8Ghz, or 800Mhz."
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"ultralight and portable, 8-10 hours of battery life, completely silent (no fan, and no HDD) and amazing performance."
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"Incredibly lightRuns coolRuns LONG---very longSolid constructionAttractiveSSD---super fast bootsNice feeling keysNice screenLow priceCONSTouchpad is weird and easily triggered while typingSlower performance---this is not a fast computer (but perfectly adequate for business tasks)No touchscreenSpeakers are underpowered but adequateSmall hard driveCaveats: This is not a machine made for games or rendering."
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"To get this much tech, design, and performance for this price is hard to beat."
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"C'est un excellent ultrabook qui propose des performances acceptables pour la navigation sur internet et qui permet de travailler l'aise en dplacement."
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"But, if you're like me and you prefer comfort over performance, look elsewhere."
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"Overall, it's a sleek, light, and portable device with great battery life and sufficiently powerful performance for everyday tasks."
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"At this price point, it is definitely worth the great mobility it brings to the table in addition to the good build quality and overall performance."
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"Based on my month's experience I am very pleased with the mobility and the performance."
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Portable

Portable:
"While it's not perfect, I like it much more than other ultra portables with gimped RAM or tiny SSD's."
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"Overall, it's a sleek, light, and portable device with great battery life and sufficiently powerful performance for everyday tasks."
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"It's ultra portable, quiet, great battery and works."
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"This is a great choice for anyone looking for a portable laptop that can make it through your work or school day."
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"I gave it two stars because the price seemed good for a portable laptop."
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"This laptop is outstanding, here are my pros and cons:Pros:Beautiful full HD IPS screenSilent when operating (fan-less design)Extremely thin and light weight (2.3 lbs)5-6 hours of battery life under regular useAmazing price tag ($570 with rebate)Sturdy and well built chassisLarge and responsive touchpadTactile chiclet style keyboard240 SSD8 GB of RAM3 USB 3.0 portsSmall and portable AC adapterConsWindows 8.1 (easy to upgrade to Windows 10 though!"
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Price

Price:
"The screen is not as good as reviewed, but it seems solid and reliable for the price"
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"In short, getting a 1080p IPS screen at this price is impressive, but requires some compromises."
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"Excellent purchase very fast light and easy to useI've seen some reviews complaining about keyboard the delete key I wrong place this is nonsenseAwesome product for the price"
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"To get this much tech, design, and performance for this price is hard to beat."
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"For the money, this model is really hard to beat for what it offers."
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"It is hard to argue the 699 price tag with the combination of the screen, the SSD, the RAM, the Processor, and the design of this laptop."
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"com r ASUS comments 301lpy linux_on_asus_zenbook_ux305 cuwr5n7.OVERALL:If you are a light user (web, email, occasional streaming) or if you are looking for a lighter, more portable alternative to your main computer (as I was), you absolutely cannot go wrong with this Zenbook at the price point."
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"Spent a little more money for the Dell XPS 13, which is a beautiful laptop."
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"But in terms of what it could do, it was pretty much unbeatable at this price point."
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"For the price, this machine is an exceptional buy."
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"In fact when I received my Zenbook from ASUS.....it was far nicer than I expected, particularly at this price point."
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Processor

Processor:
"Only occasionally have I found that this processor is inadequate such as serious multitasking."
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"------------------------------------------------------THE CRUCIAL WARNING SIGN THAT I MISSED:ASUS seems to refuse to post their processor speeds (in hard numbers) on their listings when it comes to the Zenbook 305FA as far as I can tell."
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"One very minor complaint is that the processor does not run computationally intensive programs as smoothly as the five-year-old MacBook Air this is replacing."
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"I was really worried about ux305's ability to run the programs I needed it to given its slower processor, but in my experience the only difference I have noticed as been marginal at worst if at all."
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"The processor is certainly not the fastest, but good enough for web browsing, MS Office, Kindle, music, video, etc."
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"The Core m3 (Skylake) processor inside is good enough for browsing the Internet with 10+ tabs open, Photoshop, and Microsoft Office work."
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"I have also noticed that multitasking in Ubuntu is much more effective than in Windows on this processor."
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"The latest intel processor on board, very energy efficient."
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"This Windows 10 computer is also pretty fast with an 800 MHz - 2 GHz processor and 8GB RAM."
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"- i5 Intel Processor - It would be nice if it were the i6 or i7 but this is not the latest model made by ASUS.- 802.11ac - extremely fast WIFI capabilities."
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Program

Program:
"The one time it kind of glitched out was when I was running MATLAB (a program for engineering classes) and was trying to run a really long script, and the computer eventually either quit out of the program or gave an error about not having enough memory."
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"Update, this is not a very good ultrabook, I should be able to run at least 2 programs without waiting to switch between screens..I may as well be back in the 90's."
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"It is no longer easy or convenient to transfer files and programs between Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, the way it was between Windows XP and Windows 7, say."
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"I was really worried about ux305's ability to run the programs I needed it to given its slower processor, but in my experience the only difference I have noticed as been marginal at worst if at all."
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"Where you will really notice a problem is if you try and run programs which are very graphic intensive."
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"Insane fast start up, great power through running and starting programs, and very lightweight yet durable and solid feeling."
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"Perhaps if you walk around a lot and you need a computer that is unbelievably lightweight, and don't plan on running many programs outside of Word and maybe some music, then I would recommend this device."
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"I am a big fan of 10 and have found most programs I've been using for years work just as good and perhaps even better than they did in previous iterations."
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"I agree with many other reviewers...Sleek look, fast operating system, beautiful screen, perfect size, and responds well to multiple internet tabs programs documents being up at the same time (which was the most important to me as a full time career professional and part time student)."
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"It handles my 20+ tabs and multiple office programs very well."
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Quick

Quick:
"Overall I'm exceedingly pleased with the ASUS Zenbook and heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a quick and easy laptop solution."
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"This machine is quick, quiet, and efficient."
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"has good quality, a handsom, quick machine."
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"I use a lot of Asus products and I've found that they're either solid workhorses that go forever or they have a glaring production flaw that renders them useless pretty quick."
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"The Zenbook was very light, sleek, quick and easy to set up."
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Resolution

Resolution:
"Pros:-Battery life-Size and weight (no one wants to carry around a 15.6in laptop every day)-Display resolution and matte - I hate those glossy displays-SSD instead of HDD: of course it boots blazing fast-Lack of touchscreen 2-in-1."
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"My only complaint is that the resolution might be too high, the text is pretty small and requires just a little strain to read."
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"The display was absolutely stunning though a few applications like Eclipse IDE weren't able to handle such high resolutions and rendered very tiny icons."
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"- The screen resolution on this is amazing."
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"My only complaint is that the resolution might be too high, the text is pretty small and requires just a little strain to read."
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"Although I only have a 2nd generation i5 for comparison I can extrapolate to their number for the 1st gen i5.Sitting on a rock in Tanaan Jungle looking out over Scuttlers Coast (coordinates 44,80) on the ZenBook I get 95fps on low graphics display quality resolution, 40-60fps on fair, and 25-30 on good."
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"The resolution is a bit much for such a small screen, but adjusting the size of the fonts makes it readable without thick glasses and that resolution will be nice when watching videos and editing images."
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"I generally agree with previously reports of lightweight, advantages of the matte FHD screen (right resolution, no glare)."
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Responsive

Responsive:
"Overall, this laptop has a great screen and is very responsive for office-type multitasking work."
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"This computer is absolutely perfect for anyone who needs portable, responsive, and well built laptop."
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"This laptop is outstanding, here are my pros and cons:Pros:Beautiful full HD IPS screenSilent when operating (fan-less design)Extremely thin and light weight (2.3 lbs)5-6 hours of battery life under regular useAmazing price tag ($570 with rebate)Sturdy and well built chassisLarge and responsive touchpadTactile chiclet style keyboard240 SSD8 GB of RAM3 USB 3.0 portsSmall and portable AC adapterConsWindows 8.1 (easy to upgrade to Windows 10 though!"
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"Sleek, beautiful, seemed relatively fast and responsive, but very very cheaply made."
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"The machine is sleek, light, responsive, and has awesome battery life but with no external LAN port without the WiFi what's the point."
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School

School:
"If you only use this laptop for minimal browsing, it may work for you, but I wouldn't recommend it as a laptop for school."
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"If your only going to use this laptop *strictly* for school or work, then it's a good laptop, light, fast and seemingly well put together."
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"I recommend it to any one needing to do school or business work"
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"Perfect to take it to school."
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"I use this for school normally and it does everything I want in great speed and quality."
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"But all of that aside is an excellent computer for college and school students with low budgets."
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Screen

Screen:
"Searching the internet, I found that Asus have been having touch screen problem for quite some time."
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"The solution is to disable and re-enable the touch screen in Device Manager to re-enable the touch screen after Windows wake up from Stand-By, but it gets very annoying to keep having to do this every single time the computer wakes."
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"The only real negative about the screen is a fairly significant amount of back-light bleed on dark screens."
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"The screen is not as good as reviewed, but it seems solid and reliable for the price"
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"The screen is also much harder to damage than a touch screen which would feature edge to edge glass."
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"It's nice having the same FHD res on both, even with the secondary screen being physically larger (22)."
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"My unit came with Windows 10, and I have had to tweak things a bit to get good font sizes on both screens at the same time."
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"Overall, this laptop has a great screen and is very responsive for office-type multitasking work."
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"Screen is great--I prefer matte screens for work, as this is not an entertainment device for me."
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Service

Service:
"I do not recommend this product due to the service from ASUS."
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"ASUS customer service first told me that it was a Windows problem, but that made no sense as an external keyboard worked, just the keyboard in the PC would not."
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"I put in service tickets with both Asus and Intel on the nic problem."
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"On the other side I am very disappointed with Amazon deal and service as it turned out to be full of empty promises."
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"When I tried sending a message to Asus about it their message service also failed to function, so that was uninspiring."
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"If you purchase a new unit, be prepared to end up with a lesser, refurbished one if you have problems and extremely unhelpful customer service."
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"Amazon, I'm a loyal customer who appreciates your top-notch customer service."
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"Affordable price and nice shipping service."
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"Overall I figure that, like Asus products I've had before, that hardware will be fantastic but any services offered are illusory."
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"Very good service! "
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"So the thing ships VERY well protected from drops by the delivery service."
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Setting

Setting:
"I have reset this thing about twice now (my fault as I messed around with the settings and erased things I shouldn't have) Very easy to start from scratch with Win 10.The Asus Bloatware is not that bad."
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"Problem #1Right after setting up Windows 8.1 when first turning on the laptop, I was immediately given the option to do my free Windows 10 upgrade."
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"The volume is not very loud even on the highest setting and the sound doesn't sound amazing."
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"This is not a setting issue but an internal hardware malfunction as you can see in my video."
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"Trackpad is OK, a bit larger than some others I've used and no real problems after fine-tuning the settings a bit."
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"It arrives with the screen set on a pretty dim setting."
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"Fallout New Vegas is loaded on the machine right now, and it runs really nicely with all graphics settings maxed out."
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"Calibration was a little off but after a few seconds in the settings it looks outstanding."
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"I was able to play League of Legends at the lowest settings with only minor lag, so this has same limited gaming potential."
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Size

Size:
"The I O is very good in my mind, its not the best for a laptop but given its size I think its about right."
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"A second problem is the trackpad position size."
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"As a 22-year-old, even I find the text to be frustratingly small."
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"This computer is hyper-portable but seems to me to be simply too small and weak to do anything real with it."
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"Some software's windows too large, some too small, looks very strange and uncomfortable 2.the sd card is out of the port 3.the edgeOne word, it's worth waiting, but win10 can do better in high resolution."
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"The screen is awesome (wouldn't recommend more than 1080p for such a small display) and the colors are great."
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"My unit came with Windows 10, and I have had to tweak things a bit to get good font sizes on both screens at the same time."
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"The ac adapter is nice and small, although I *wish* the outlet prongs folded and the wire didn't protrude perpendicular to the small 'brick.'"
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"13.3 is the perfect size even for my 55 year old eyes."
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"It's so small and thin, but it doesn't feel flimsy or weak at all."
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"The screen is the perfect size, and the keyboard is very nice to type with."
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Sound

Sound:
"It seems to me that a lot of the negativity surrounding this laptop is aimed at the admittedly not great sounding 0.8Ghz dual core Core M. I admit at first I was skeptical of what this basically glorified tablet processor would be capable of."
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"Four stars because of the weak sound."
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"Sound volume is somewhat weak and was my only negative."
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"Cons: runs hot ... hot enough that I seriously considered returning the laptop since I would be using it while traveling and the heat is quite noticeable when it's actually on my LAP; even at full volume, sound is not very robust; no integrated LAN connection; windows 8.1 (need I say more?"
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"Crackly sound, bumps galore...just terrible."
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"The volume is not very loud even on the highest setting and the sound doesn't sound amazing."
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"The speakers are not loud; the sound can be easily drowned when you use this laptop outside."
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"In all honesty the sound encoder in question is actually pretty average, which shocks some people when they check out Bang and Olufsen's website."
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"It has very good keyboard, but the sound is not what I expected."
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"SOME PROS:- EXCELLENT battery life (7-8 hrs without battery saver mode)- Silent, no fan sound, doesn't heat up at all, brightness and screen good quality"
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"Middle-of-the-Road:-Sound is good, pretty loud and clear for a laptop but nothing special-Some bloatware but not nearly as bad as I've seen, and nothing too ad-y-Keyboard is nice but the delete key is near the power key so I disabled the power keyOverall, if you're looking for a powerful, very portable, attractive laptop under $800, choose this."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"Only minor negative would be the weak built in speaker output volume, works great with headphones though."
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"Speakers are quiet, I wouldn't be able to hear them if there was any background noise."
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"Only slight problem are the speakers, but other than that, gold! "
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"Speakers aren't the best"
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"Also, the speakers sounded as if they were broken."
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"Cons: terrible laptop speakers, pretty bad touch-pad with loud clicks."
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"The speakers are not loud; the sound can be easily drowned when you use this laptop outside."
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"Lets make this extremely clear right now; THIS DOES NOT HAVE BANG AND OLUFSEN SPEAKERS."
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"Only minor negative would be the weak built in speaker output volume, works great with headphones though."
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"The speakers are adequate for such a small package."
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"AffordableI don't need super-performance, a touch screen, a back-lit keyboard, great speakers, or a bunch of different ports (my big, heavy laptop has all that)."
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Speed

Speed:
"I tested out the speed on my browser and had hiccups with just 2 tabs open."
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"The computer itself is slow and loaded with Microsoft crap that slows the computer down considerably."
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"You can download the Intel Update Utility to easily update the wireless and Bluetooth adaptor (which has problems and is really slow as stock)."
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"Besides being painfully slow, the spinning wheel randomly pops up, its annoying and I am not sure what it is accomplishing."
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"SUMMARYWhile the UX305LA makes some compromises compared to more expensive ultrabooks, it is still a fast and functional laptop that will probably make you very happy."
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"I'd read some complaints about it being slow but haven't felt this myself."
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"The USB ethernet adapter is included, and it is a Gig adapter, so it has plenty of speed and works well (mostly) with Linux."
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"The 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD are great for fluid multitasking and fast read-and-write speed."
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"If your only going to use this laptop *strictly* for school or work, then it's a good laptop, light, fast and seemingly well put together."
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"The best thing about it is its speed."
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Student

Student:
"For example, when I went to scroll down the Amazon page for this laptop, it lagged while scrolling, and all I have open are 4 other tabs in FireFox...Bottom line: I would not recommend this to students or professionals."
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"In conclusion, this is a wonderful piece of laptop if you are a student or working professional who need basic, powerful performances for studies, work, and multimedia."
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"The battery is super long lasting which is great (I'm a college student and I love never having to bring my charger to campus with me), it's super light, and it's worked great for me so far!"
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"(I'm a student always on the go) The fact that my $250 smartphone is more reliable than my laptop is flat out awful."
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"(have not tested this much yet)All in all, definitely not up to par with a Macbook, but a very nice second place and excellent for Students or for something light on the go."
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"But all of that aside is an excellent computer for college and school students with low budgets."
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Support

Support:
"I usually don't do reviews, but this product + Amazon support has put through a lot of frustration that I decided to write an HONEST review about this product."
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"Despite attempts to fix the problem with the help of Asus tech support, it just wouldn't consistently connect to the internet."
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"As of today, Intel is hoping the next driver update will solve the problems mentioned on their support forum... here's hoping.2) An additional aspect of this unit not mentioned elsewhere AFAIK is that the video output of HDMI 1.4 is at a disadvantage to the DisplayPort output offered on Microsoft's own Surface units."
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"When the laptop died and I called tech support I was upset but I fully expected hear We apologize and assure you this is a rare occurrence Sir."
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"I'm very pleased to this point, but I can see where somebody who is not as tech-savy could be pretty unhappy unless they quickly enlist some online support."
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"One thing, if you are expecting a touch-screen, then you will be disappointed, but the touch-pad appears to support the latest Windows 8.x gestures just fine."
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"Called Asus and Microsoft support up, but neither was able to offer any good solution."
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"The ASUS support website is pretty worthless."
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"ASUS support seems to be pretty ineffective."
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"EDIT: This thing still will not connect to my coffee shop's wifi and all support can tell me is that they must have outdated routers."
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USB

USB:
"The typical culprits are display driver incompatibilities, though practically any added device in the USB chain can trigger the mutt violation."
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"This laptop is outstanding, here are my pros and cons:Pros:Beautiful full HD IPS screenSilent when operating (fan-less design)Extremely thin and light weight (2.3 lbs)5-6 hours of battery life under regular useAmazing price tag ($570 with rebate)Sturdy and well built chassisLarge and responsive touchpadTactile chiclet style keyboard240 SSD8 GB of RAM3 USB 3.0 portsSmall and portable AC adapterConsWindows 8.1 (easy to upgrade to Windows 10 though!"
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"AT this thin size, an internal fan is not possible...I am a but clunky with Windows 10, but that is another story ;)Two USB 3.0 ports is nice..."
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"Its very fast... and with USB 3.0 port, easy to carry a larger drives which are very compact these days."
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"It has enough USB ports and an SD card reader as well."
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"3 USB ports are nice to have."
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Ubuntu

Ubuntu:
"If you just like to do a desktop install of Ubuntu from live cd dvd, you won't have this problem."
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"I have also noticed that multitasking in Ubuntu is much more effective than in Windows on this processor."
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"I am using this to run Linux, mostly Ubuntu and Linux Mint so if you came here wondering if this was a good machine for Linux then this is for you."
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"I really like this laptop, and as soon as I received it, I installed Ubuntu and it worked perfectly."
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"It is the best Ubuntu Laptop I have ever worked on and is definitely worth the price."
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Volume

Volume:
"Only minor negative would be the weak built in speaker output volume, works great with headphones though."
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"Sound volume is somewhat weak and was my only negative."
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"Cons: runs hot ... hot enough that I seriously considered returning the laptop since I would be using it while traveling and the heat is quite noticeable when it's actually on my LAP; even at full volume, sound is not very robust; no integrated LAN connection; windows 8.1 (need I say more?"
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"The quality is obviously extremely high except the sound volume is painfully low."
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"Unfortunately we weren't super impressed with the volume out of the Zenbook."
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"Only minor negative would be the weak built in speaker output volume, works great with headphones though."
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"I had to crank the volume up to 100 to get a reasonable sound."
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"The trackpad click volume is way too loud but otherwise a great machine."
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"The sound volume is perhaps a little bit low - although there is no fan, so no noise from the computer which means you can still watch movies listen to music okay but if you are expecting to be able to use a laptop speakers to listen to something, it's quite likely you don't care that much about sound volume quality anyway - just plug in headphones or decent speakers for much better quality experience on almost any laptop out there!"
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"Under heavy use (streaming video music and playing games at max volume and brightness) this went down to 5-6 hours, which is still pretty good."
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Weight

Weight:
"You won't be able to find such a nice looking, lightweight laptop with Full HD display from any other manufacturer for 650 USD."
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"I like the size, weight, long lasting battery, but not easiest computer to figure things out on, even after some regular use and upgrading to Windows 10.."
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"I bought this laptop after becoming frustrated with my old Lenovo T420's weight, boot-up, and lack of battery life."
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"PROS: size and weight, fanless (no noise at all), great specs in average, nice looking."
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"I love the weight...so light!"
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"Lightweight, excellent battery life."
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"Now the computer works great, super easy setup, really lightweight."
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"I liked the look, and light-weight, of course, the low price."
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"Insane fast start up, great power through running and starting programs, and very lightweight yet durable and solid feeling."
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Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi:
"I got this computer mid july and by September, it started giving me problems with the wifi."
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"I noticed the comments that wifi could be a problem."
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"No wifi connectivity problems."
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"You can hear 'clack' sound and feel that laptop body is not tightly tailored.6) And finally, there are frequent WiFi problems but I tend to blame Windows for this."
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"People say the WiFi on this thing isn't the best, but I've had zero problems so far."
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"Not just a bad connection or failure to connect to a WiFi network but a complete disappearance of the WiFi Adapter from the device manager."
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"I liked how thin and light it was, but it would not keep the wifi settings."
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"The WIFI is great."
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"- Screen has a slight texture to it that practically thwarts fingerprints (I've touched it a few times since my last laptop was a touch-screen).- Wifi connection has been easy and reliable."
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"There are some nice qualities about this computer, but the issues (Wi-Fi) outweigh the benefits, sad to say...Internet quits out randomly and will not reconnect - during the same time, my phone and roommate's computers do not lose internet."
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"The laptop was mostly enjoyable and had several features I liked, but since the wi-fi connectibility was virtually worthless beyond 15 or 20 feet, I returned the unit."
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Windows

Windows:
"The solution is to disable and re-enable the touch screen in Device Manager to re-enable the touch screen after Windows wake up from Stand-By, but it gets very annoying to keep having to do this every single time the computer wakes."
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"I upgraded to Windows 10 straight away which has caused a slight problem with the Intel graphics driver which means it keeps crashing but I plan to change the driver which Im hoping will solve the problem."
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"ASUS customer service first told me that it was a Windows problem, but that made no sense as an external keyboard worked, just the keyboard in the PC would not."
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"Windows 10 isn't very good for privacy though and I highly recommend reading this article and adjusting your settings: http: www."
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"You can hear 'clack' sound and feel that laptop body is not tightly tailored.6) And finally, there are frequent WiFi problems but I tend to blame Windows for this."
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"My only real complaint, which is more of a warning is that this computer comes running Windows 10, not 8.1 as it is in the description!"
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"My unit came with Windows 10, and I have had to tweak things a bit to get good font sizes on both screens at the same time."
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"There's also some issue with fonts being fuzzy on the second monitor, which is a known issue with Windows 10 and NOT a problem with the Zenbook."
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"I'm sure it would meet your needs to use Windows, but if you're looking for a great Linux box to throw in your bag for your day-to-day use, I cannot recommend this one enough."
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"Easily the best Windows machine we've ever owned."
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"This laptop is outstanding, here are my pros and cons:Pros:Beautiful full HD IPS screenSilent when operating (fan-less design)Extremely thin and light weight (2.3 lbs)5-6 hours of battery life under regular useAmazing price tag ($570 with rebate)Sturdy and well built chassisLarge and responsive touchpadTactile chiclet style keyboard240 SSD8 GB of RAM3 USB 3.0 portsSmall and portable AC adapterConsWindows 8.1 (easy to upgrade to Windows 10 though!"
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