When Asus first revealed its ultra-slim Core M notebook, the ZenBook UX305, it promised a 13.3" display with a 3200x1800 resolution. IPS goodness would be delivered at 276 PPI, a much higher pixel density than even the latest Retina-equipped MacBooks, and we swooned accordingly.
Trouble is, the only configuration that's been available stateside has been an entry-level unit with a 1080p screen. But that changes today with the introduction of a limited-edition variant decked out with the fancier display and other upgrades.
Asus is only bringing 200 of the ZenBook UX305 Crystal White Limited Edition into the U.S. The system is available exclusively from the company's online store for $999, which is $300 more than the base model—and a lot less than the cheapest MacBook.
In addition to the upgraded display, the Crystal White model sports a top-of-the-line Core M-5Y71 processor with much higher base and Turbo clocks than the M-5Y10 chip in its predecessor. The capacity of the internal SSD has been doubled to 512GB, as well, and the exterior has been covered in a matte white skin.
Otherwise, the UX305 is unchanged. You still get 8GB of RAM, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, multiple USB ports, Micro HDMI output, and a full-sized card reader. Everything fits into a half-inch-thick chassis that weighs only 2.6 lbs. All things considered, that's a pretty nice spec for just under a grand.
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