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  • 5 March 2015 16:13

ASUS Announces ZenBook UX305

Sydney, Australia (5th March, 2015) — ASUS announced the elegant and powerful ZenBook UX305 at an event in Sydney yesterday. At just 12.3mm thin the ZenBook is the world’s slimmest 13.3-inch QHD+ ultraportable laptop. UX305 weighs just 1.2kg and features a crisp and vibrant in-plane switching (IPS) anti-glare display with a stunningly-detailed 3200 x 1800 resolution. Powered by the all-new Intel® Core™ M processor for seamless multitasking and featuring an ultra-fast solid-state disk (up to 256GB), UX305 is the ultimate ultraportable laptop for discerning users. The battery life of up to 10 hours1 gives users true all-day freedom.

It has a sleek new wedge-shaped design, crafted from solid aluminium and enhanced with diamond-cut highlights. It is available in a stunning ‘Obsidian Stone’ coloured finish.

UX305 received a 2014 Good Design Award from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) and is included in the Good Design Best 100 list, a selection of products receiving special recognition from the jury of industry experts for their exceptional and forward-looking designs.

It also received a prestigious 2015 iF Design Award, an award recognised worldwide as a seal of quality for products that excel in specific criteria including design quality, degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics and more. An independent jury of 50 experts from all over the world assesses products and selects winners. Super-slim elegance with cool new colours ZenBook UX305 has a subtle and refined new shape that incorporates the DNA of the classic ZenBook. It features an elegantly-tapered wedge design with smooth, comfortable edges and diamond-cut edges that subtly emphasise the sleekness of the 12.3mm-thin chassis.

The full-size ergonomic keyboard has an improved layout for comfortable and accurate typing in any lighting conditions and the large responsive touchpad supports Smart Gestures for intuitive control of Windows 8.1.

Continuing the long-established ZenBook tradition of combining performance with luxury, this gorgeous ultraportable device — which weighs only 1.2kg — is available in a sophisticated new Obsidian Stone colour with ZenBook’s signature spun-metal finish and Zen-inspired concentric circle pattern. Powerful productivity with all-day battery life and full connectivity ZenBook UX305 is powered by the all-new Intel Core M processor, a remarkably power-efficient processor that effortlessly delivers smooth performance for any task. Combined with up to 8GB of RAM and an ultra-fast up to 256GB SSD, UX305 delivers impressive all-round performance. The blindingly-fast SATA 6Gbit/s SSD — which is up to six times faster than a traditional hard disk drive — helps make light work of file-intensive office productivity tasks. Applications load in an instant and boot time is reduced significantly.

The advanced ASUS thermal management design removes the need for cooling fans, so UX305 is fast yet completely silent and remains cool at all times. ASUS IceCool technology ensures the palm-rest area remains below body temperature at all times for maximum user comfort.

The use of a lithium-polymer battery and power-efficient components means the UX305 provides all-day computing with a battery life of up to 10 hours1, perfect for busy, on-the-go professionals.

Even with its slim design, UX305 offers users full connectivity, with a total of three SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, offering data transfers that are up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. One of the USB ports supports ASUS Charger+ technology for rapid recharging of mobile devices. A USB-to-Ethernet adapter is bundled with UX305, along with a mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter for connecting to an external monitor. Stunningly-detailed QHD+ display A stunning ultraportable needs a display that’s out of the ordinary, so ZenBook UX305 is fitted with an ultra-sharp 13.3-inch in-plane switching (IPS) multi-touch display with an up to QHD+ resolution of 3200 by 1800 pixels and wide viewing angles. This display has five times the resolution of a standard HD display and features an amazing pixel density of 275ppi for crisp, vivid and lifelike images and video. With 300cd/m2 brightness, a contrast ratio of 770:1 and an ergonomic anti-glare coating, blacks are deep, whites are stunningly pure, and the wide gamut (72 per cent NTSC) ensures accurate colours. Incredible Touch, Incredible Sound Touch is at the very heart of ZenBook UX305. With its ultra-sensitive touchscreen, precise multi-touch touchpad with Smart Gesture support, and a superbly-engineered backlit full-size ergonomic keyboard, every part of UX305 is designed for the ultimate touch experience in Windows 8.1.

Incredible sound has always been a feature of the ZenBook family, and UX305 is no exception. ASUS SonicMaster audio, incorporating ICEpower®, Bang & Olufsen technology produces sound like you’ve never heard from a laptop, with deep rich bass and crystal-clear vocals. The easy-to-use AudioWizard software has five presets optimised for different sound sources, so users can always enjoy the ultimate listening experience. AVAILABILITY & PRICING ASUS ZenBook UX305 will be available as both a consumer and commercial product.

The ZenBook UX305 consumer model (FHD/4GB/256 SSD) has a RRP of $1,399, and is available from National Retailers and Authorised Resellers.

An exclusive pre-order will be available from the ASUS E-Shop from the 4th March 2015.

Commercial configurations are available from RRP$1,299 through authorised ASUS distributors - Synnex, Dicker Data and Ingram Micro. Please contact your ASUS representative for more information.

PRESS CONTACTS Sally Vernon ASUS PR Manager +61 2 9815 6622 Rosie Taylor Spectrum Communications +61 2 9469 5700


About ASUS ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2013 was approximately US$14 billion.

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