ASUS Zenbook UX303LA-DS51T

The Zenbook UX303LA-DS51T is a thin, lightweight and powerful ultrabook from ASUS. This is a premium laptop that’s built on the premise of functionality and portability, weighing just 3.2 pounds, a solid choice for any traveling businessman or anyone who wants to take a laptop in a shoulder bag and not feel weighed down by it.

October 2019 Update:
This laptop has been discontinued.
There’s a newer model available, the ASUS Zenbook 13 UX331FA.
Read full review here, or see it at Amazon.

The ASUS features a powerful computing unit, the all new Intel Core i5-5200U, with 14 nanometer lithography, good memory specs (8 GB of DDR3L RAM with the possibility to upgrade it up to 16 GB), lightning fast Solid State Drive and an IPS screen with Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. These specs alone are enough to guarantee a superior user experience, but add in the backlit keyboard, a stylish finish and Bang & Olufsen audio technology and you’ve got a great laptop that you can use anywhere, anytime.

However, it’s good to mention this laptop also has some drawbacks, like the smallish storage capacity: you can manage 128GB of storage space just fine if you don’t have tons of photos or don’t like to store all your music there. The storage space limitations will force you to use cloud-based solutions such as Dropbox or Google Drive, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing itself if you use it for work-related tasks. Also, the air vents are positioned above the F keys, which may irk you a bit if you’re already in a humid, hot environment to begin with, otherwise this shouldn’t be an issue.

Technical Specifications

CPUIntel Core i5-5200U
2 cores, 2.2 GHz, 3MB cache
RAM8GB DDR3L-1600 SDRAM, max 12GB
Storage128GB SSD
Display13.3″ FHD IPS touchscreen
GPUIntel HD Graphics 5500
AudioASUS Sonic Master, 2 built-in speakers
Connectivity802.11 ac WLAN
Bluetooth 4.0
Interface3x USB 3.0
mini Displayport
micro HDMI
SDXC slot
Headphone – Microphone combo
Built-in Devices720p Webcam
OSWindows 8.1
Battery3-cell Li-Ion Polymer, 50 Whr
Up to 7 hours
Weight3.2 lbs.

Conclusion

The main pros of this laptop are:

  • Thin, light and portable
  • Good specs all around
  • Backlit Keyboard

The main drawbacks are, as follows:

  • Average battery life for this type of laptop
  • Small storage capacity
  • Not so ergonomic in certain aspects

All in all, a very good choice for improved mobility and stylish functionality at a fair price.