So whatever happened to the Gemini Lake laptops under $300? Most newer models are still well over $300, but there are a few good deals on Aliexpress now with their big 9th-anniversary sale which ends in 17 hours. The Jumper EZBook X1 is often forgotten about, it’s a Celeron N4100 2-in-1 laptops with 360-degree hinge and 11.6″ 1080p IPS screen. Very similar to an old Yoga 11 and the Tecalst F5. But unlike the Tecalst F5 which shares the same ODM with the X1, it’s selling for just $254 USD whereas the Teclast F5 is $399 but has 8GB of RAM.
A big price difference for the basically the same machine, but the F5 does have a slightly larger battery (27Wh Vs 26Wh) and it’s IPS is fully laminated. So if you’re in the market for a super portable light (only just over 1 kilo) and thin machine and don’t mind the fact the laptop doesn’t have a full-sized USB port, it has Type-C USB 3.1 and MicroUSB 2.0 then for the price it’s a great little machine apart from 4-5 hours max battery life. One of the faster N4100 laptops tested with a high 14W TDP out of the box and good thermals! Other specs are 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage (64GB eMMC 5.1 + 64GB SSD 2242). Its speakers are also better than Lapbook SE’s.
And then really my favorite budget laptop the Chuwi Lapbook SE, the 64GB eMMC 5.1 version is selling for $265 and the 64GB + 128GB 2280 M.2 SSD version is $299. This laptop is a very well rounded Celeron N4100 Gemini Lake laptop, its only real con like most is it still only ships with 4GB of DDR4 RAM like the Jumper EZbook X1 above. For light computing and the low-end SoC this is enough as demonstrated below in my review. And if you must have 8GB of RAM then there is the Teclast F7 Plus, a 14″ version with very similar looks but the screen isn’t fully laminated.