Early deal of the week: Asus' ZenBook UX305 for $599

— 4:05 PM on May 6, 2015

We usually do deals posts on Friday, but this is too good to pass up. The Microsoft Store has a sweet discount on Asus' ZenBook UX305. Less than half an inch thick, this ultra-slim notebook packs a Core M-5Y10 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a 13.3" IPS display with a 1080p resolution. It's a Signature Edition, too, so there's no unecessary software bloat. The asking price usually starts $699, but promo code PCGRAD15 brings the total down to only $599 with free shipping.

For those keeping score, that's less than half the price of the new MacBook—with three times the number of USB ports. Just sayin'.

To get the deal, use the "PC only" option, which ditches the default listing's one-year trial for Office 365. The PC + Office combo is still eligible for the $100 discount if you want to shell out an extra $80 for Office. Thanks to Slickdeals for the tip.

Note from Scott: This is the laptop I bought for myself not long ago. It's a steal at $699—all-metal construction, fanless, gorgeous display, good keyboard and touchpad, thin, light, good battery life. 

Also, did I mention, perhaps the world's thinnest laptop?

Yeah, it's nice. Worth considering if you're in the market. Hard to believe they've discounted it further.

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