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ASUS gives us a blast from the past with a modern day EeeBook

Apple has been dragging its feet in providing any meaningful hardware updates to its MacBook Air family of laptops, but that isn’t stopping the competition from upping the ante year after year. ASUS is the latest company to up the stakes in the ultrabook category with the new Zenbook UX305.
Whereas the previous UX301 featured a 13.3” 2550x1440 display, the UX305 goes into hyperdrive with an ultra-sharp 13.3” 3200x1800 display. The UX301 will pack in Intel Core M processors, a 128GB or 256GB SSD, HDMI-out, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, three USB ports, and an SD slot.

ZenBook UX305

ASUS managed to cram all of this functionality into a device that is less than a half-inch thick and weighs 2.65 pounds. For comparison, a 13.3” MacBook Air is 0.68” thick and weighs 2.96 pounds.
Unfortunately, ASUS hasn’t announced pricing or availability for the Zenbook UX305, but we’ll provide you with the details as soon as we’re privy to the information.
The Zenbook UX305 isn’t the only new notebook that was announced today by ASUS. The company also revealed the new EeeBook X205, which is the spiritual successor to the original EeePC that was first announced seven years ago and kicked off the netbook craze.

EeeBook X205
The $199 EeeBook X205 comes with a quad-core Intel Atom processor with 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage, and 500GB of ASUS WebStorage (free for two years). When it comes to connectivity, the EeeBook X205 comes equipped with 802.11n Wi-Fi, microSD slot, micro-HDMI, and two USB 2.0 ports.
As its pricing suggest, the EeeBook X205 will run Windows 8.1 with Bing.

Source: ASUS

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By atechfan on 9/3/2014 9:17:06 AM , Rating: 2
My only concern would be how well a Core M could drive that resolution.

RE: Nice
By nafhan on 9/3/2014 1:49:37 PM , Rating: 2
The Core M will do fine, even great, even for light to moderate gaming.

Seriously, we've got last year's bulk semiconductor cell phone SoC's driving resolutions almost this high without issue (See: iPad Air), and you're wondering if next year's laptop chips running on a next generation processor fab tech can do it!

RE: Nice
By atechfan on 9/3/2014 2:18:30 PM , Rating: 2
I tend to push a PC much harder than a phone.

RE: Nice
By nafhan on 9/3/2014 6:16:15 PM , Rating: 2
The point with bringing up cell phones is that screen resolution shouldn't be an issue unless you are trying to run modern games at native res (or something similarly GPU dependent).

RE: Nice
By quiksilvr on 9/3/2014 3:38:38 PM , Rating: 2
I actually would have preferred they keep the resolution down to 1920x1080. It's a 13" screen running Windows 8.1. I don't think there is going to be that much of a visual difference plus the DPI issues are going to be of much help.

If they can get decent battery life at that crazy resolution (at least 8 hours) then I would be very interested in this.

RE: Nice
By atechfan on 9/3/2014 4:30:14 PM , Rating: 2
They are going higher than 1080p on phone screens one quarter the size. It is h hardly "crazy" at 13 inches.

RE: Nice
By Samus on 9/3/2014 5:59:20 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with the OP. There is so much saturation among display resolutions across devices in technology. Most 13" class laptops sold still have 1366x768 screens, yet some have 1440P displays. Neither is appropriate. 1920x1200/1920x1080 is ideal for 13", with 1680x1050/1680x960 being acceptable (but very rare)

Phone resolutions are a different breed. You hold it 12" from your face. Laptops are generally 24+" from your face so PPI should be far less aggressive.

I still wish I could buy a decent ultraportable 11.6" with a 1080P screen, without resorting to getting something like a Surface 2.

RE: Nice
By atechfan on 9/3/2014 8:16:50 PM , Rating: 2
How is 1440p inappropriate? As long as the GPU can push the pixels, the more the better.2180p would be even better as it could seamlessly scale to 1080p when running demanding games or such.

By ShieTar on 9/3/2014 8:59:21 AM , Rating: 5
You should not put 3200x1800 and 199$ in the same title line, you can give quick-reading people an over-excitement Heart-Attack that way ;-)

RE: Yay?
By Integral9 on 9/4/2014 9:16:55 AM , Rating: 2
my intern just passed out when I showed this to him...

By dsraa on 9/3/2014 9:49:41 AM , Rating: 2
When???? When will these come out??? I want both of them!!!!

RE: When?
By superflex on 9/3/2014 2:17:50 PM , Rating: 2
My office bought three of the second gen zen books in 2012.
All three are dead (hard drive and motherboard failures)and have been replaced with 12" Latitudes.
Save your money.

RE: When?
By Bill S. on 9/4/2014 8:03:24 AM , Rating: 2
Extended warranty, FTW. Even if they cost $1000 to $1500, a Square Trade warranty will cost you $350, or $230 with a $75 deductible. Less with the regular percent-off coupons Square Trade e-mails out, on a regular basis (usually 30%, sometimes 40%).

Good hardware for hackintosh
By tdtran1025 on 9/5/2014 2:29:34 AM , Rating: 3
I will buy one and load it with both Linux and OS X. Sorry MS! Linux stays on SD card, OS X on internal storage.

Let's call this what is it
By Shadowself on 9/3/2014 10:03:02 AM , Rating: 2
This is a "paper" launch.

The Broadwell M chips are not expected to be available in full production quantities for another month or two. (They are supposedly shipping in very limited quantities to select vendors right now.) So full availability of the ZenBook could easily not be until October or November.

Hopefully ASUS won't pull the stupid stunt that Apple pulled a couple years back with the iMacs... announce, then delay availability, then have extremely limited availability, then go into full production a couple months later, then catch up with demand as much as five months after announcing. By then, I'd expect only those that felt they had to have a Mac were still waiting.

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