Asus ZenBook UX310UA review: the excellent middle range ultraportable laptop

With small deficiencies, it is the best middle cost portable laptop we have reviewed so far in 2016. The laptop is visually pleasing, has great performance and lasts for a long period of time. Here’s our review.

REVIEW

The Asus ZenBook UX310UA is a hybrid of a practical day-to-day laptop and a pricey Ultrabook. It gives you the expensive visual and feeling of a portable and classy gadget with a reasonable cost.

CONNECTIVITY

In comparison to previous ZenBooks, this particular model has a USB-C 3.1 port. USB-C is the brand-new kind of USB, using a shifting plug instead of a kind that must be inserted in the right direction.

It is also a USB 3.1 port, which means it is capable of taking on the rapid segments that we’ll start to see often in the coming 2 years.

There are many old ideals packed in too. The Asus ZenBook UX310UA owns a full-size HDMI, an SD card slot and three ordinary USBs. One insignificant flaw of this piece of equipment is that it has one single full-size USBs is a 3.0 port.

ZenBook UX310UA connectors

SCREEN

The Asus ZenBook UX310UA display is one major focal point. For a £700 portable computer, its intensiveness and colour saturation are amazing.

It envelops 94.1 per cent of the sRGB colour standard. Colours look profound and deep without appearing overdone.

Pay nearer to £1000 and you will discover a portable computer that is able to envelop all 100 per cent of sRGB, but the Asus ZenBook UX310UA is roughly as remarkable nevertheless. The laptop has a “Retina” kind of screen, meaning you will not be able to identify any pixilation when you exploit the machine at normal distances. It is highly impressive for a portable computer that is sold for fewer than £700. A matte finish and fantastic display brightness of 377cd/m means it will be good for use outside on a brilliant sunny day. Asus ZenBook UX310UA is indeed practical.

ZenBook UX310UA screen

KEYBOARD AND TRACKPAD

Regardless, it’s an exceptional benchmark to hit at that kind of cost, and Asus has evidently targeted to set a brand-new standard with the keyboard. The Asus ZenBook UX310UA’s keys have a ‘scissor’ mechanism developed to decrease the wobbliness. The keyboard is very stable with somewhat deeper action than most in this kind of field. It’s a great keyboard, even though the visible keyboard flexing, which appears when typing strongly. The trackpad is one of the more recognisable features. It’s broad, covered with glass, and has buttons integrated into the pad with a rough 50-50 split of the bottom part.

ZenBook UX310UA keyboard

PERFORMANCE

The UX310UA we are reviewing, possesses an Intel Core i5-6200U CPU, 8GB of DDR4 2133MHz RAM, a 128GB SSD and a 500GB hard drive. The hard drive deserves all your attention, because most laptops of this size are only capable of containing one 2.5-inch drive.

The Asus ZenBook UX310UA is not well built for any kind of gaming that requires great deal of action. It actually has a somewhat worse performance than what we have seen in some other laptops, which share resemblance with Asus ZenBook UX310UA.

BATTERY LIFE

The biggest amiable surprise of the Asus ZenBook UX310UA is that even though it uses a Core i5 instead of a Core M, the battery life is still greatly stable. This laptop is an amazing all-rounder for people searching for a laptop able to be used for a range of different purposes.

OUR VERDICT

The Asus ZenBook UX310UA is a brilliant all-rounder. It has a smart design with a fantastic spectrum of features and intelligent construction that combines more high quality technology than its rivals. This machine is the nearest to an ideal middle price portable computer we have reviewed so far.

2 Comments
  1. Reply Angel 19.12.2016 at 15:16

    Hmmm… everything seems to be fine about this thing but what about its battery life? I got it that it`s “greatly stable” but how long will it last? For example, for me it`s important to know how many hours the computer can work without re-charging…
    I`ve never had any of the Asus devices yet but a friend of mine is quite pleased with her notebook so i guess i might go for it as well… This model looks very nice, it`s compact and beautiful enough. I would say that i like what i see. I think it would be perfect for my everyday needs… More likely i will give this laptop a chance if i make sure its battery is as good as you describe it here 😉

  2. Reply Hanna 23.12.2016 at 11:56

    This laptop ASUS ZENBOOK UX310UA is definitely worth a look! The average cost for this functionality – it’s a real surprise! Visually, the notebook is very pleasant, stylish, looks more expensive than its value. I am glad the presence of both the updated port USB-C, and standard USB ports. The display Retina have a beautiful picture with a deep colors. It’s a pity that the Zenbook UX310UA not very suitable for games, because I like them. But it isn’t a critical disadvantage for me. I was bribed by the stability of the battery and its long life! Thank you for your interesting review, and now I want to buy this device even more!

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