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5 Best Laptops for Students in 2015

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Asus Zenbook UX305

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Asus Zenbook UX305

Originally reviewed by 06 March 2015

Best Under £700

Key features:
  • 13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS screen
  • 11-hour battery life
  • Generous selection of ports
In terms of value for money, the Asus Zenbook UX305 is one of the best laptops we’ve reviewed. For £650, the level of quality of the build, display and battery life are unparalleled – this would be a super ultrabook for any student, except for keen gamers.
 
Clad in matte-effect metal (apart from the shiny lid), the Zenbook is a slick-looking beauty that’s just 12.3mm thick at its thickest point and 1.2kg. It’s ultra-portable, yet still packs a generous selection of connections, including three USB 3.0 ports and a full-size SD card reader.
 
The 13.3-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 IPS display is sharp, bright and offers great viewing angles, meaning you’ll be able to hold mini movie screenings without a problem. The matte, anti-reflective finish ensures it remains clear outdoors too. The speakers, which are tuned by Bang and Olufsen, are clear but not the loudest.
 
The only drawback comes with the low-power Intel Core M-5Y10c processor, which isn’t conducive to speedy performance. It can just about run basic-looking 3D games, but is more suited to word processing, web browsing and watching video. The good thing about this is that the battery can go for well over 10 hours between charges.
 
Price: £650

Our Score

9/10
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