ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ICE Sound Driver
Asus ZenBook UX Review Editor's Choice . Unfortunately, the audio didn't quite live up to the quality I've come to expect from the Danish. The Asus Zenbook UX ultrabook is powered by the new Intel Core Asus announced the super slim Zenbook UX during the IFA trade. The Asus ZenBook UXCA is a inch laptop with Intel HD The laptop also has speakers and the Bang & Olufsen ICEpower audio.
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ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ICE Sound Driver
Review An Ultrabook needs to deliver on three things: The UX isn't perfect, but it's the best Ultrabook value yet. Finished in dark obsidian stone, the UX continues the ZenBook tradition by featuring a gorgeous aluminum body and a delicately thin waistline. The lid is decorated with a subtle laser-cut circle pattern that radiates outward from the center and draws your eye ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ICE Sound the silver Asus logo in the middle.
Inside, the aluminum deck is complemented by a black Chiclet-style keyboard and spacious one-piece touchpad. With its fanless design, the bottom of the UX is completely smooth and unbroken, except for the stereo speaker grilles on either side and four rubber feet.
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The keys have a standard actuation weight of 60 grams, and I wasn't bothered by the slightly shallower-than-normal key travel of 1. For your mousing needs, the UX features a well-sized 4.
Gestures such as two-finger scrolling and pinch-to-zoom were smooth and responsive, and the UX was never confused between left and right clicks. Display With its matte screen, the UX bucks the glossy trend of most modern laptops.
This results in colors that look slightly less saturated when compared to the competition, but in return, you get a bright display with almost degree viewing angles and better outdoor visibility. If you spend more of your time looking at spreadsheets and Word documents than pictures or movies, the UX's matte screen is not only more practical, but looks better, too. On the other hand, I never had to confront my own face staring back at me every time the screen faded to black.
Laptop Interactive Buying Guide Using our light meter, we found that the UX produced nits, which is a measurement of brightness. That's slightly below the matte-screened version of the XPS 13, but 25 percent brighter than the EliteBook Folio and 13 percent brighter than the ultraportable average of In terms of color reproduction, the UX's display covered That's slightly more than the matte XPS 13 The ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ICE Sound area where the UX performed poorly was color accuracy.
The panel registered a Delta-E rating of That's worse than the XPS 13's mediocre rating of Unfortunately, the audio didn't quite live up to the quality I've come to expect from the Danish ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ICE Sound experts. When I listened to Childish Gambino's "Sober" the synthy highs were tinny and overpowered the delicate vocals, while the bass warbled and cracked as the speakers struggled to recreate the lows.
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But after I tried each preset, the audio quality didn't improve much from my initial testing. The UX also comes with Smart Audio software, which includes a customizable channel equalizer and options for microphone and recording adjustments. In terms of volume, the UX's underpowered speakers managed to produce just 79 decibels of sound, which is significantly ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ICE Sound than the XPS 13 94 dBthe EliteBook Folio 85 dB and the category average of 86 dB.
Heat Despite its ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ICE Sound fanless design, the UX never crossed our degree-Fahrenheit comfort threshold. On the Laptop Mag Heat Test 15 minutes of streaming HD video from Huluthe bottom of the laptop was the hottest spot, measuring 93 degrees.
The touchpad and the space between the G and H keys were cooler, at 78 and 83 degrees, respectively. Ports and Webcam For such a small machine, UX has a healthy number of ports.
It features three USB 3. The p webcam takes videos at 30 frames per second, but the overall quality was just mediocre, because the camera struggles with white balance.
A picture taken at the Laptop Mag office lacked a lot of detail in my hair, but the bigger problem was the overly yellow tint that evoked photos from cowboy saloons in the s as opposed to a picture taken in a well-lit office in But after smoothly streaming a p movie with several spreadsheets and 10 Chrome tabs open in the background, the UX showed it's more than capable of handling a ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ICE Sound workload without any problems.
Best ASUS Laptops The Core-M processor has the added benefit of allowing Asus to create a completely fanless system, so even under load, my movie wasn't interrupted by the sound of whirring blades trying to cool the system -- an annoyance I often encounter when using other Ultrabooks. On Geekbench 3, which evaluates ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ICE Sound system performance, the UX scored 4, To test transfer speeds, we used the SSD to duplicate 4.
The UX completed the test in 33 seconds, for a rate of That's almost 2 minutes longer than the XPS 13 5: Heroes of Warcraft at x and medium graphics, with stable frame rates and smooth animations.
Heart of the Swarm, the Asus struggled to stay above 30 fps at similar graphics settings. Software and Warranty Asus keeps the UX's desktop clean, and it's relatively free of bloat. As usual, there's a trial for Microsoft Office.
The most helpful piece of software is ASUS ZenBook UX305LA ICE Sound WebStorage, which offers 16GB of cloud storage for three years for free on all new UX machines. The UX comes with a standard one-year warranty and a year of Asus Accidental Damage protection, which offers one claim to fix damage from spills, power surges or drops.