When comparing Surface Book 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 Surface Book is ranked 13th.
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Pro Great touch display
Surface Book has a detachable, 13.5”, 3000x2000, 10 point multi-touch PixelSense display. It has good viewing angles, color reproduction and strong, 1700:1 contrast ratio.
Pro Great performance
Can be equipped with the latest specs in terms of processors, graphics cards, etc.
Pro Versatile design
It can be used as a standard touch laptop, the hinge allows it to be used in a tent configuration and the screen can be detached from the rest of the body to be used as a standard tablet.
Pro Comes bundled with a great stylus
The stylus can be magnetically attached to the side of the screen.
Pro Good trackpad
The Surface book has a large, accurate 5-point multitouch trackpad.
Pro Zero bloatware
Pro Great laptop battery life
Laptop battery life lasts for an excellent 12 hours on a single charge.
Pro Great key spacing
Microsoft's years of experience creating keyboards are noticeable in the keyboard's layout as keys are spaced in a way that will be intuitive to most users.
Pro Magnetically sealed lid
The lid of the Surface Book is, when closed, magnetically sealed.
Pro Durable design
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 Comes with Windows that lacks developer tooling
Developer tools under Windows are lacking compared to OSX and Linux. And while it's possible to replace the OS, dual-boot or run a VM environment for development, it's extra hassle that you have to deal with.
Con No USB-C port
USB-C will be the prominent new port used, as it can manage much more than previous USB ports. While it isn't widely adapted yet for accessories, some computers being sold today only have USB-C, which will really help push for more USB-C devices down the road. For now it isn't a big issue, but in a few years the lack of a USB-C port could limit the accessories you use to older options (unless you want to carry adapters around).
Con Far too expensive for specs
Con The screen and keyboard isn't protected from dirt when laptop is closed
The laptop leaves a gap on the side when it's closed allowing for dust and dirt get to the screen and keyboard.
Con Keybord might not be for everyone
Surface Book has a keyboard with a uncommonly low travel that might require some getting used to.
Con 3K, not 4K display
Most laptops in this price range have 4K laptops.
Con No Kaby Lake CPU options
Kaby Lake is Intel's 7th generation processors, which weren't available when the Surface Book was first released. As such, it isn't possible to get the current Surface Book with these newly optimized processors.
Con 3h of battery in tablet mode
According to a TechCrunch video, 3/4 of the battery is stored in the base and 1/4 in the tablet. That 1/4 of the battery will last you about 3h.
Con Screen's aspect ratio might require some getting used to
Surface Book uses a 3:2 aspect ratio compared to the more traditional 16:9 or 16:10 used in most other laptops. The aspect ratio also means that most videos will be letterboxed.
Con The hinge is not as resistive as a typical hinge of common laptops
The hinge can slightly wobble when the Surface Book is used in a lap. This is especially important on this computer as it has a touchscreen you'll want to use and also a pressure sensitive pen which won't work great in laptop mode without support.
Con Hinge scratches any surface it touches.
The hinge when the screen is open will scratch the surface that the Surface Book is sitting on. That nice glass table you're working on? Ruined. Your antique table? Worthless.
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.