Jan 22, 2016
As I’ve warned, the Next Gen laptops (those running the new Intel Skylake processor) continue to evolve quickly with lots of new models coming out. Here are some more, starting with a new low cost Asus.
A few years ago I had a 13-inch Asus ZenBook, and I liked it a lot: it was remarkably thin and light for its time, and fairly powerful. Well, Asus has just released the SkyLake version of their budget ZenBook UX305, and it is at a pretty good price: $699 for 8GB and 256GB. But it lacks a few things, like keyboard back lighting, and these days other laptops are just as thin and light. But still, at its price it’s a contender, and I’ve long held that 13-inch is the sweet spot for a lightweight productivity laptop.
What’s the deal on a Skylake processor? The main advantage of this new (late 2015) processor is that its built-in graphics is ton better than previous built in graphic processors. Also, its low-voltage version runs at even lower energy levels than before, so you get longer battery life (or a thinner/lighter laptop with same battery life).
And another list of 2016 laptops: