HP Stream 11 Laptop Review

HP Stream 11

Traditional laptops are a thing of the past already. Nowadays, people either go for expensive Ultrabooks or cheap netbooks. Google was controlling the market with their cheap and casual Chromebooks. And people loved them. Surely, Microsoft couldn’t take it anymore. And that’s why Microsoft came out with a lower cost version of Windows 8.1 that PC makers could use to build small, lightweight devices inexpensive enough to take on Chromebooks. And that’s how The HP Stream 11 was born, one of the first of these Chromebook alternatives. Basically, it is an 11.6-inch laptop with a colorful plastic shell and an Intel Celeron processor, running full Windows and priced at just $200. Read More


Razer Blade 2015 Review

razer blade 2015

Razer has always been a big name to gamers as they cater directly to the core players and is a sponsor for major gaming tournaments. They were always ahead of the others when it comes to gaming laptop, but nowadays other laptop makers are quickly catching up. And that’s why Razer was in a hurry and released the Razer Blade 2015 quite early. Yes, the Blade is back, to take the crown of the best gaming laptop.

Unlike with the 2014 Blade, Razer hasn’t changed up much other than swapping out the internals with more memory, a faster processor, and the NVIDIA’s lauded mobile graphics chip. Along with new classy exterior, the blade 2015 sports an Intel Core i7-4720HQ, 16GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GTX 970M with 3GB of VRAM for graphics, paired up with a 3,200 x 1,800 multi-touch display. Now, if you were wondering about the price, it is just $2199! Read More


ASUS ZenBook UX305

Asus ZenBook UX305

With the ZenBook series, Asus has long been a good competitor to Apple when it comes to Ultrabook. Since the release of the first model, ZenBook series totally redefined the Ultrabook with its premium metal look and feel, and our review model ASUS ZenBook UX305 is not an exception.

To be honest, The Asus UX305 is quite simply one of the most exciting Ultrabook I have seen this year. Basically, it is a 13.3 inch MacBook Air styled laptop with Windows operating system, Incredible build quality and surprisingly affordable price. If you look at the specs, except for the processor, it’s not bad either. This ZenBook sport a relatively weak Core M series processor, but where else are you going to find a super slim-elegant aluminum covered Ultrabook with 8 GB memory, 256GB of solid state storage and a 1080p IPS screen just for $699? Moreover, if you are a student, you can get a $60 student discount from the Microsoft, and get the laptop for only $639!


Incredibly thin and light

Great aluminum build

Bright matte screen

Noise free Fanless design

Long battery life

Decent performance

Decent keyboard and touchpad

Good price/performance ratio


Mediocre processor

No touchscreen

No keyboard backlit

Poor quality webcam

Mediocre speakers




Brand: Asus

Model: ZenBook UX305

Processor: 0.80 GHz Intel Core M 5Y10

Graphics: Intel HD 5300 Graphics

Memory: 8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz

SSD: 256 GB

HDD: none

Optical Drive: none

Display Type:  IPS matte screen

Screen Size: 13.3 inch

Screen Resolution:  Full HD (1920×1080)

Audio: Conexant SmartAudio HD stereo speakers

Keyboard: Chiclet style keyboard

Navigation:  4.1 x 2.9 inches touchpad

Camera: 720p webcam

Video Ports: Micro HDMI port

Audio Ports: Combo headphone jack

Total USB Ports: 3

USB 2.0 Ports: 0

USB 3.0 Ports: 3

Media Ports: SD reader

Wi-Fi: Intel Dual Band Wireless-N 7265

Bluetooth: 4.0

Ethernet: N/A

Battery: 45 Wh Battery

Battery Life: 11 hours

Width: 12.75 inches / 32.4 cm

Depth: 8.89 inches / 22.6 cm

Height: 0.48 inches / 1.2 cm

Weight: 2.6 pounds /  1.2 kg

Operating System: 64 bit Windows 8.1

Warranty: 12 months Limited

Base Price: $699 ($639 with student discount)


Build and Design

Basically, the ZenBook UX305 is a thinner MacBook Air with a much better screen and aluminum body. The aluminum chassis feels solid and durable. The lid is decorated with a subtle laser-cut circle pattern that radiates outward from the center with the silver Asus logo in the middle. Now, if you open the lid, there is an aluminum deck complemented by a black Chiclet style keyboard and spacious touchpad.

Asus ZenBook UX305 design

Asus has paid a lot of attention to detail on some aspects of the UX305. The hinge can be an example of that, which will allow you to open it with just one finger despite the device’s low mass. The display will open to 128°, which is a reasonable amount for a traditional notebook computer.

Anyway, with a half inch thickness and 2.6 pound weight, he UX305 is even thinner than the Dell XPS 13 and previous MacBook Air. Though personally I wouldn’t compare it with premium Ultrabooks like a MacBook Air or Dell XPS, but it’s all surprisingly good considering the price.


With grippy Chiclet style keys and plenty of space, the keyboard is quite comfortable. With a good spacious layout and nice key action. I had no problem getting up to full typing speed in good lighting conditions and was able to type consistently and quickly whether on move or sitting on a chair. The only downside is a lack of backlighting, making typing in the dark a possible pain. Though I didn’t expect it on a laptop at this price, but I still miss it.

Asus ZenBook UX305 keyboard


The touchpad of the UX305 is fairly large as well (almost similar to the MacBook Air 13″). However, it is not really that great. It is reliable and don’t have any big problem, but it sometimes misses touches, two finger gestures and often makes a click sound.


Considering the size and thickness, the UX305 sports a decent number of ports.

Asus ZenBook UX305 ports left

There are  two USB 3.0 ports on the left along with an SD card reader, while on the other hand the right side has another USB 3.0 port, the power connector, headset jack, and micro-HDMI port.

Asus ZenBook UX305 ports right

Sadly, there was no room for an Ethernet port on a device this slim.


To me, the screen of the UX305 is the best part. A 1080p IPS display on such an affordable laptop is quite something.

Asus ZenBook UX305 display 1

With sRGB color gamut of 85.2%, 1368:1 contrast ratio, This 13.3 inch screen has a pleasing quality to the and fine details. It has a 271cd/m2 backlight and easily visible even in brightly lit conditions, but this comes at the cost of a little fidelity; there’s a slightly messy grain over the screen coating that is sometimes noticeable when looking at light grays and whites.

Asus ZenBook UX305 display 2


The one area where the UX305 performed poorly was color accuracy. And considering all other aspects, personally I am totally pleased with the screen.

Asus ZenBook UX305 display 3


To be honest, audio quality of the UX305 is fairly average overall. The speakers positioned underneath the laptop base doesn’t cause a big issue with sound projection though, as I was expecting. The volume is sufficient, it’s just not nearly as loud or quite as punchy as our MacBook Air. Turn things up a little too loud and the Asus struggles to keep the quality too. It’s not bad audio by any means, just not as great as they advertised.

Asus ZenBook UX305 audio


The performance of the UX305 isn’t that incredible, but it’s more than a match for your spreadsheets, documents, family photos and favorite websites.

Asus ZenBook UX305 performance

The UX305 sports a Core M-5Y10 processor. It is a dual-core, quad-thread CPU with an 800 MHz base frequency, and 2 GHz boost frequency. The Core M processor has the added benefit of allowing Asus to create a completely Fanless system, so even under heavy load, this laptop will not make even a tiny bit of noise!


In terms of graphics horsepower, the UX305 has an Intel HD Graphics 5300. This is about as far from a gaming laptop as you can get. When I played skyrim, it was hard to get more than 30 fps, even at medium settings. Clearly, it’s not at all suited to extreme gaming. However, you probably will be able to play some light games on it.

Asus ZenBook UX305 gaming

On the other hand, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM is quite sufficient. The only problem is you won’t be able to upgrade your memory in the future. Also 256 GB of solid state storage is enough, considering, everyone nowadays has portable HDDs and often uses cloud storages.

Heat and Noise

Things couldn’t be simpler when it comes to Fanless laptops. They are always silent, no matter how hot they get. In case of UX305, the lid has a slight overhang on the back, to help keep the system cool.

As for just how hot it gets, the actual processor stays surprisingly cool, hitting just 60 C. However, the outer aluminum body does get warm when under load. And though it is nowhere near enough to be a concern, at least in most conditions, if it’s a hot day and you’re wearing shorts you may want to be careful about putting this laptop on your lap.


When it comes to customization, you don’t really have much choice. So far, there are only 2 versions available. The one I tested, sports a 13-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel matte display, an Intel Core M 5Y10 CPU, 8GB of RAM a 256GB SSD, and has a price tag of $699.

There is a QHD+ model featuring a glossy 3200 x 1800p touch screen for $999. The rest of the specs are same for both models.

Wrap Up

The Asus UX305 is one of the best economic Ultrabook, if not the best. Its stylish, well built, thin, light, awesome screen and battery life will attract any Ultrabook lover. It’s cheaper than the current MacBook Air, has more RAM, thinner design, and has a higher resolution screen, what could you expect more? If you don’t mind the Core M processor, and can live with it, the UX305 is literally the best ultraportable laptop you can get under $700!


Lenovo ThinkPad W550 Review

ThinkPad W550

Needless to say, currently Lenovo’ is one of the most reliable, reputed and leading brand in the tech market. In the past, Lenovo came with different ranges of Lenovo ThinkPad and not a single one of them was a letdown. And their latest ThinkPad W550 is no exception. So, if you want to get a detailed review of this new ThinkPad W550 laptop from the Lenovo, just stay with us.

Sporting 5th generation Intel Core processor paired with NVIDIA Quadro K620M GPU and 3K (2880×1620) IPS display with optional touch panel, Lenovo has designed the ThinkPad W550 for a mobile workstation that would enhance their productivity which could be used both in the office and the field. If you are a professional user looking for a latest, trendy, affordable, smart yet beautiful, portable laptop, you must give W550 a shot! This monster will never fail you when it comes to performance and mobility. With a base price of $1133, it is one of the most innovative Ultrabook workstations available. Read More


Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Fellow readers, you probably noticed – instead of traditional one, most of our recent reviews were on 2 in 1 laptop ( Acer Aspire Switch 11 / HP Spectre 360 etc). As I was making comparisons, I mentioned about Microsoft Surface Pro 3 several times. So, I think, it is time I should review about this famous 2 in 1 device.  In terms of functionality and versatility, the Surface Pro 3 is far better than other hybrids and 2 in 1s, along with the popular MacBook Air. With a $799 starting price, Surface Pro 3 is surely the ultimate post-PC device.

With each generation of the Surface devices, Microsoft is getting closer to build a device that can replace both your tablet and laptop. With an i7 processor, IPS touchscreen and 800 grams weight, Surface Pro 3 is a perfect one. But, it still has some serious usability flaws, and the worst one is the keyboard. The keyboard offers a subpar typing experience and on top of it, the performance of the touchpad is also frustrating.  And because of these flaws, it is not the best laptop replacement of the market. However, the Surface Pro 3 is one of the best tablet currently available, and literally Microsoft’s fastest, thinnest, lightest machine to date. Read More


Acer Aspire Switch 11 Review

Acer Aspire Switch 11

The time of traditional laptop is over. People nowadays are attracted to laptops that can be used for multiple purposes. And that’s where hybrid laptops came in. Our reviewed Acer Aspire Switch 11 is one of them. And of course, a very good one!

Basically Acer Aspire Switch 11 is a detachable hybrid tablet and almost similar to  the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Without a doubt, Surface Pro 3 is superior, but it costs a lot. Also, most users don’t use demanding software on Phablet and would prefer a simple device for just little more than Microsoft Office on the move. And with an average performance and affordable price, a hybrid like Switch 11 can be the perfect choice. It can be used as a tablet when detached from the bottom part, or like a laptop when the two are attached. So, a fully functional Windows 8.1 tablet / laptop with a 1080p HD IPS touch screen and Core i3 processor and all that within $600, what could you want more. Read More


13 inch MacBook Pro Retina Review

When it comes to MacBook, Apple has managed to keep two things above everything, quality and performance. And with faster performance and longer battery life, stunning screen and comfortable keyboard, our 13 inch MacBook Pro Retina 2015 is no exception.

MacBook Pro Retina

Honestly, Apple’s new MacBook Pro is one of the most attractive and impressive premium laptops that the world has ever seen. There’s simply nothing out there as perfect as it is. If you love Apple products and planning to get a new Ultrabook, MacBook Pro 2015 edition is surely the best choice for you. You can get it from the Amazon for $1299. And for those who don’t know what is so special about the new MacBook Pro, please read our whole review. When you are done, you will learn everything you should know about this new apple Ultrabook. Read More


HP Spectre X360 Review

2015 is a very successful year for  HP. They gave us many surprises this year. And surely, HP Spectre X360 is one of them. It has everything a Lenovo Yoga or a MacBook lack.

Spectre X360 180

Basically, HP Spectre X360 is a thin, 13 inch convertible laptop having a full sized keyboard, large touchpad, a full HD touchscreen along with Intel’s latest 5th generation broadwell CPU. Though the laptop has the HP logo on it and they had the most contribution, it was partially designed  by the engineers from the Windows team. We can say, the outcome is really good, as the Spectre is a gorgeous looking laptop with top notch build materials, fast performance, long battery life and what not! Anyway, if this laptop has one weakness, it is the big size. Besides that, with a $900 base price, this laptop probably has one of the best price/performance ratio among the 2015 release. Read More


Dell XPS 15 Review

dell xps 15

Over the last 2 years, I have tested and reviewed many Ultrabooks. They are light, elegant and has powerful hardware. But almost all of them has a lacking in common and it’s the screen. Almost all of them sport a smaller 13 inch screen. And for the first time, Dell made a difference, with the New Dell XPS 15.

With 15 screen crystal sharp touch screen, amazing 4K resolution and 4th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, Dell XPS 15 is a perfect high end Ultrabook. If I had to chose between the XPS and MacBook Pro, I would definitely chose the XPS. I believe the XPS 15 can easily outguns the MacBook Pro from many aspects. Let’s take a look what it has inside and what made this XPS 15 this much desirable. And for those who already want to get one, it is available on Amazon already with a starting price of $1,599. Read More


Acer Chromebook 15 Review



When we think about “Chromebook,” the image that comes to our mind is a small and cheap computer with basic hardware. And to be honest, that’s exactly what most Chromebooks are. However, things have changed.

Acer Chromebook 15 is the world’s first Chromebook with a 15.6 inch display. So far, this laptop is not only the largest Chrome OS powered laptop to ever exist; it’s also the first Chromebook with Intel’s fifth generation processor. The Acer Chromebook 15 has a lot more than just a big display. A latest and powerful Intel processor, 4GB of RAM, a 1080p display along with a durable battery, these surely worth the $350 price. After all, if you like the Chrome OS and looking for a cheap desktop replacement, this could be the best choice for you. Read More

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