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00:42 – Display
01:35 – Ram, Storage and Upgradeability
02:10 – Processor
02:35 – Weight and build quality
02:50 – Battery Life
03:16 – Keyboard and trackpad
03:43 – Ports and connectors
04:28 – Display hinge
04:43 – Audio quality
04:59 – Performance: YouTube / Netflix
05:29 – Performance: Web browsing
05:47 – Browserbench speedometer benchmark
06:08 – Performance: Office and Word
06:19 – Gaming: Minecraft
06:56 – Gaming: Half Life 2
07:34 – 3DMark gaming benchmark discussion
08:53 – Kodi and HEVC high bitrate video
10:08 – Linux support
10:26 – Conclusion and final thoughts
This fanless laptop performs quite nicely with the new Intel processor inside. Web browsing feels fast and snappy compared to prior generation laptops around this price point. It’s funny what a difference a year can make in low end PC performance. 4GB of RAM is good for multitasking.
While I like the performance I was disappointed that the laptop has so little storage. 32GB isn’t much and it will prevent the installation of more applications. SD cards inserted into the laptop’s card reader do not sit flush to the unit making carrying additional storage less convenient.
The 14th display, while large and at a nice 1080p resolution is a very low quality TN display. If the screen is not positioned properly the image will look washed out or lose its clarity.
Video playback is dramatically improved over prior generation hardware and it should have no issues playing back HEVC video : even the high bit rate stuff. I was impressed to see that on a low cost laptop.
Overall this isn’t a bad deal for the price tag. I would have liked to see more storage but if you’re looking for a Windows laptop to run a few applications and spend the rest of your time in the cloud this should be sufficient.
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