The new EZBook 3, the Pro version now comes with a new matte coated 13.3-inch IPS, 6GB of RAM (Two 3GB LPDDR3 Samsung chips running at 1600mhz dual channel). The second batch has the M.2 SSD slot so you can upgrade your storage capacity and speed. I’ve had it for a short time but it looks very promising indeed, the keyboard bounce and flex of the EZBook 3 is gone, it’s very thin (13mm) and the screen is an IPS not TN panel like the EZBook 3. Below is my first look video with my first impressions.
- Huge step up in build quality over the EZBook 3 & the build is better than the plastic Chuwi Lapbook 14.1
- The Laptop casing is all alloy, even the bottom.
- The touchpad feels decent, it’s usable. I don’t feel like I have to plug in a mouse like some touchpads.
- It’s not a precision touchpad, so no control over gestures in Windows 10 options
- The screen is matte anti-glare coated, it’s bright enough for indoor use but could be brighter.
- 36Wh battery, Looks to be good for around 7-8 hours (Initial testing)
- The two loudspeakers are downwards firing, sound okay, they vibrate a little at 100% volume
- USB 3 ports both power 1TB external drivers (Full USB 3.0 speeds)
- The MicroSD card slot is USB 2.0 speeds, later my card worked at 23 MB/s reads and 20 write.
- The SSD slot (Depends on the batch) works at full SATA3 speeds. Not like the EZbook 3 which ran around 250mb/s max.
- The internals look great, large copper heatsink and I can already see thermals are not going to be an issue (Unlike the Lapbook 14.1)
- My Linux Manjaro test USB 3 pen didn’t want to boot (Stable 17.0 release)
- The bios is fully unlocked, every option is there. Some that can render the laptop as a brick. So be careful messing about there.
- The screen hinge is firm, it doesn’t feel loose.
- 45GB free on the eMMC first boot.
- Windows 10 Home activated no issues
- RAM runs at 1600Mhz
- Camera is 2MP 720p 30fps. Okay quality, good enough for Skype in a well-lit room.
- MicroSD card slot uses USB 2.0 spec. So limited speeds of 23/24 MB/s.
- 37Wh battery, good for around 7 hours of mixed use. 10 hours of Edge only browsing.
7 hours and 39 minutes of real use to kill the EZBook 3 Pro's battery (40% brightness). This is the reason to get an Apollo Lake notebook ? pic.twitter.com/0VDD2RYzJn
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The biggest thing for me so far is it has no wireless AC, a real shame. The Lapbook 14.1 has it and the Onda Xiaoma 41. If only it had it, we could have the best budget Apollo Lake laptop yet. But still, I’m really liking it so far, great build, feels fast and the battery life and screen are good.