When comparing Chromebook Pixel 2015 vs Asus Zenbook UX305FA, the Slant community recommends Asus Zenbook UX305FA for most people. In the question“What is the best laptop for programming?” Asus Zenbook UX305FA is ranked 9th while Chromebook Pixel 2015 is ranked 29th.
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Pro 3:2 touchscreen 2560 x 1700 IPS LCD
The Google Chromebook Pixel LS has a 2560 x 1700 touchscreen IPS glossy display that is 3:2, which is great for programming giving more vertical space for text.
Pro Encourages cloud-oriented programming habits
With other OSes, one can get into the bad habit of writing code that runs strictly locally, or to write code that isn't backed up in a repository. Using Chrome OS as one's primary development machine forces one to get into better programming habits, designing code that will run on some cloud hosting environment and ensuring that code is committed to a repository.
Pro Able to replace Chrome OS with a full Linux install
The Chromebook Pixel uses a combination of SeaBios and processor that is able to install Linux fully on the hard drive, replacing Chrome OS.
Pro Two USB-C and two USB 3.0 type A
There are two USB-C ports on the Pixel LS, one on each side. This means that the included USB-C charging cable can plug on either side making it easier for the user to sit where they like without a cord going in the wrong direction to the nearest outlet. There are also two USB 3.0 ports on the left side of the device.
Pro Uses Coreboot / SeaBIOS rather than proprietary firmware
Pro Great value for money
Pro Reasonable performance
UX305 comes in 2 CPU configurations (0.8 GHz M 5Y10 that can be overclocked to 2GHz or 1.2 GHz M 5Y71 that can be overclocked to 2.9 Ghz), has an Intel HD Graphics 5300 GPU and options of 4 and 8 GB of RAM. While it won't be enough for gaming, it provides enough power for most office and development tasks. For example, the base model is capable of streaming an 1080p video without stutter.
Pro 10-hour battery life
The 1080p laptop drains the battery in about 10h of typical use while the QHD display reduces that time by about 2h.
Pro Reasonable matte screen
UX305FA offers two options for screens - FHD (1920x1080px) and QHD+ (3200x1800px). Both are IPS displays that offer great viewing angles.
Pro USB charging port
You can charge your phone, etc, from the dedicated USB charging port, even when the laptop is sleeping. By default, it will only keep charging while the laptop battery is above 20%.
Con Storage cannot be upgraded
The SSD is literally soldered on to the board, so it cannot be replaced or upgraded without some very advanced tooling.
Con Cannot develop for iOS directly
While one can write web apps targetting iOS on a Chromebook or other development machine, one can only develop native iOS apps on a Mac.
Con Cannot run Android development tools
Although some online IDEs make it possible to develop for Android, the Android development tools like "fastboot" and "adb" cannot be run on Chrome OS, making it difficult to install built apps on an actual phone.
Con Expensive for how limiting the default OS is
While cheaper than the last model, the Chromebook Pixel is pretty expensive at $999 or $1299. Considering how limiting the OS can be, both are a pretty high price point.
Con Keyboard is not backlit
Con Only 8GB RAM
8GB RAM is way too little these days (becoming completely hopeless if you happen to need VMs).
Con Poor color accuracy
According to tests performed by NotebookCheck.net, UX305FA has color accuracy issues that can be seen with the naked eye. A DeltaE deviation of over 3 can be easily noticed and the screen has a deviation of 6.5.