ASUS Zenbook UX303 (College Review)


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The ASUS Zenbook UX303 is one of the most popular laptops among college students who chose not to purchase MacBooks like everyone else. Why? Well, the ZenBook is affordable, powerful, and sleek. Is it the right laptop for you as a college student? Find out below with our college-exclusive ASUS Zenbook review.


  • Quad HD, IPS Touchscreen Display
  • 0.7-inch thinness
  • Super Sleek Design
  • 2-second Instant On functionality

General Specs*

  • Screen Size: 13.3″
  • Screen Resolution: 3200×1800
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4510U 2 GHz
  • Memory: 12GB
  • Hard Drive: 256GB SSD
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/c
  • Average Battery Life: 7-8 Hours
  • Weight: 3.2 lbs

Specs Review: For the price ($1100-$1200), this ASUS Zenbook UX303 is an absolute beast. It also comes in cheaper versions but these are the most popular specs. The screen size is perfect for a college student, not too big and not too small either. The resolution is larger than most laptops, which will create a vivid display. Customers, however, have reported an annoying yellow screen issue. The processor will keep this laptop snappy and quick for years to come, and the RAM won’t slow you down either. 12GB of RAM is above industry-standard, and surpasses most laptops in the same price level. The SSD is quite small, but if you utilize the cloud properly at college, this shouldn’t pose as an issue. The GPU is ready to handle some high quality games, maybe not Ultra quality, but not Low either; so gaming on this laptop is 100% possible. The wireless adapter is up-to-date, and the laptop won’t die on you quickly at all. 7-8 hours of battery will get you through your whole school day with minimal charging needed. Finally, the ASUS Zenbook UX303 is light!

Customer Review Summary (from online reviews):

  • “Everything works and feels nice, except… Here are my cons: – the yellow color issue – It doesn’t look good.”
  • “I can happily say it was worth the wait.”
  • “Blazing fast, boots up in under 10 seconds.”

Conclusion for College Students: The ASUS Zenbook UX303 could honestly be considered the Macbook Air killer. While it is quite expensive for the popular models, the ZenBook has the specs to back up the price unlike the MacBook Air. You’ll be able to take this to class easily, as the laptop is very light. It’ll last you a while, but beware, many reviews say the battery life is over-exaggerated a bit. Besides that, the laptop is an absolute beast compared to the Macbook Air. The Zenbook costs less, has a killer processor, killer GPU (for a college laptop), and plenty of RAM. This is currently one of the best laptops for college students with flexible budgets.

If you want to compare this to a similar laptop, check out the Macbook Air.



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