My Vbook V3 Apollo Lake N4200 arrived a few days ago, here the unboxing video with a detailed first look at the Voyo Vbook V3 in action. So far the speed of it is great, dual channel 1600mhz RAM + N4200 2,5Ghz and 128GB SSD means it feels quick and snappy, the keyboard however, hasn’t improved from the Core M3 version I reviewed and the Atom model. The keyboard has some bounce and flex, feels a bit cheap and the keystrokes aren’t the greatest feeling. And the screen is only 180lux bright, fine for indoors. But not in bright environments.
In a way I see why Intel dropped the Atom name from the Apollo Lake, the N4200 feels faster and a big improvement over the Atom’s, something below a Core M, but a big step up over an Atom X7 Z87X0. This unit I bought from Gearbest, currently going for $359.
- Poor keyboard, this one of my main issues with the Core M3 13.3″ version
- The RAM runs at 1600Mhz (Max speed) and dual channel
- 128GB Forsee SSD as the boot drive and 32GB eMMC just has the drivers already loaded onto it (Nice touch)
- The 1920 x 1080 13.3″ screen is IPS, large bezels and only 180 lux means it’s not very bright. Okay for indoors and that’s it.
- The touch screen is at least accurate and viewing angles, colors look fine for an IPS.
- All USB ports power external HDD’s
- The boot speed is quick and the system feels overall quick and responsive.
- The Pentium N4200 performance is much better than an Atom X7 Z8700. A nice step up from the Cherry Trail.
- Thermals, battery life, performance and gaming will all be covered in the full review I’m now working towards.