Best Affordable UltrabookKey features:
- 13.3-inch 1080p IPS LCD screen
- 11-hour battery life
- Generous selection of ports
One of the most exciting laptops we’ve tested, the Asus Zenbook UX305
is an almost perfect ultra-portable that won’t break the bank. It’s clad in great-looking matte-effect metal, and is a super-slim 12.3mm at its thickest point. Despite its slight frame, Asus hasn’t scrimped on connections, packing three USB 3.0 ports, a full-size SD card reader and a microHDMI slot into the Zenbook.
The 13.3-inch, 1080p display isn’t quite a match for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s 2,560 x 1,440 panel, but it’s still sharp and offers good viewing angles. It’s backed up by a decent pair of speakers that aren’t the loudest we’ve come across.
Intel’s Core M-5Y10c processor keeps things ticking over, but it doesn’t deliver the slickest performance. It’s good enough for general office tasks, web browsing and watching movies, but gamers would be better off looking for something more powerful. Stamina, however, is exceptional – the Zenbook can keep running for around 11 hours between charges. Price:
£650 / $815