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DETAILED REVIEW after using this Laptop for a week !!!
Reviewed in India on 10 July 2020
@ There's NO option to upgrade the RAM, it is FIXED !!!
@ Storage used is SSD SATA 3 and NOT NVME, so speed will be limited to max 500mbps.
@ There's NO SD card slot.
@ Battery backup is max 6 hours. ( check the complete details below )
I have being using this laptop for a complete week now and following are the observations,
●● BUILT QUALITY ●●
➼ It has impressive built compared to the price and competitors in the segment.
➼ Has Metal chassis and still is relatively light in weight.
➼ Speakers has average output, nothing phenomenal.
➼ Connectivity is disappointment as there's NO SD card slot, Type C port; RJ-45 jack is also absent, though I didn't felt any need for it in a week.
➼ There's NO in-built webcam, which is bummer. You have to physical install it every time when needed, which also consumes 1 USB port unnecessarily.
➼ Finally, it looks good, but having more color option, especially black would have being great.
●● DISPLAY ●●
➼ Its a 14 inch FHD anti-glare LED display, which has decent viewing angles.
➼ Colour production is above average.
➼ Contrast is average.
➼ Auto brightness adjustment and no control whatsoever.
* Its not a touch screen (just a note)
●● SYSTEM PERFORMANCE ●●
➼ System speed is faster than conventional HDD devices, but its mediocre when compared to nvme devices, which is new normal in this segment.
➼ Light to medium games runs smoothly. Heavy games like GTA V & NFS Heat, too run on low to medium graphics, but Thermals are always sky high. With these thermals, I don't think laptop will survive even a month.
So in short, its NOT a proper gaming machine. You can enjoy the light games though.
➼ Video editing on Adobe premiere pro is seamless, office softwares works smoothly too. So you can use it for productivity, but absence of Numpad is felt every second when you are using it for productivity.
➼ Its indeed a good device for media consumption like online movies,etc as well as locally stored movies and web browsing. I didn't faces any issues yet, but RAM consumption was constantly in the range of 70-80%.
➼ Finally touchpad is smooth and support multi gestures, which is in synonymous with windows 10.
●● Battery backup ●●
# Charging takes less than 90 mins from 0 to 100 %
# Supports Fast charge of 0 to 50 % in 30 mins.
Following are backup data observed,
➼ On 50% brightness (B) with web browsing is upto 5.5 hours.
➼ On 50 B with editing or gaming is upto 4 hours.
➼ On watching movies online at 50B is upto 5 to 5.5 hours.
➼ On watching movies locally at 50-70B is upto 6 hours.
●●●● VERDICT ●●●●
This could have being the perfect laptop, but its NOT. It already has specs which are in the range of 50-60k machines like metal chassis, i5 10th gen processor, MX250 gpu, decent battery backup. But limitation on RAM upgrade and SSD SATA 3 type, are too significant to neglect.
I will personally opt for laptop with NVME SSD and upgradable RAM, even if it doesn't have MX250 or metal chassis, as like any typical Indian consumer I will invests into laptop to retain it for least 2-3 years. And looking at the media consumption level and softwares evolving these days, 8GB RAM and 600mbps SSD is certainly going to struggle in a year max.
So if you have 48k at disposal and don't bother for higher system performance, and want a laptop for normal media consumption, then go ahead with this. But if you are like me, an typical Indian consumer which prefers performance in long run, then stay away from this. There are better alternatives to this like Asus vivobook 14, Lenovo Slim 3i, Acer swift 3, etc.
Hope this help you make sound purchase decision.