Just like my recommended tablet list, these are laptops I have owned, tested and reviewed that come recommended by me. Since it’s 2019 I don’t recommend anyone buy laptops powered by the older Apollo Lake chipset’s they are around 15-20% slower than the newer Gemini Lake don’t have DDR4 support or HDMI 2.0. The latest generation of laptops are not only better built (Some with full metal designs) But with options such as 2280 M.2 SSD slots, they have the faster Gemini Lake series of chips powering with better GPU’s, faster turbo clock speeds, native VP9, and HEVC decoding (since the Apollo Lake) and all support Intel Wireless AC with BT 5.0.
The Gemini Lake Celeron N4100 chipset is good for light tasks, such as editing docs, multi-tabs in Chrome, and Edge with many tabs open. Some light multitasking and older or light games such as Counter-Strike at 720p and League of Legends on low visual settings 1080p run okay. They are not good for video editing, heavy gaming, and any demanding 3D work. One of the best features of the Gemini Lake & is the great battery life of up to 8 hours and in some cases even more and of course their price. Most Gemini Lake laptops have HDMI 2.0A 4k 60hz support and are completely fanless.
And they make ideal for first notebooks, great for students, light school work and secondary cheaper travel notebooks where someone already has a powerful PC for heavy tasks like gaming and video editing.
Recommended Gemini Lake Powered Laptops:
#1 BMAX Y13:
The BMAX Y13 is currently my favorite for the build, a good backlit keyboard but harder to see keycaps due to the colour. However, the fully laminated IPS screen (74% Adobe RGB) supports touch with great touch response and touch accuracy. The screen also flips around 360-degrees converting it into a large WIndows 10 tablet. Unlike some of the Celeron N4100 laptops, this one has dual-channel DDR4 RAM, 8GB of it at 2133Mhz. The bios is fully unlocked and it supports SSD upgrades via an easy-access hatch. It comes with 256GB and a full spec Type-C USB 3.1 on the left that also supports power delivery.
#2 Jumper EZBook X3 Pro – Best Price. 8GB of RAM and Full spec Type-C port.
This late 2019 entrance comes with dual-channel 8GB of RAM most want and should get instead of the 4GB laptops. It has a backlit full-sized keyboard, full spec Type-C port on the left with power delivery support and a full-sized USB 3.0 on the right side. It has a full metal build. The screen is another 74% Adobe RGB IPS. But not as bright as the BMAX Y13 and isn’t fully laminated but the gap is only 1mm so not so distracting. Overall a great laptop for the $299 price but not suited to outdoor use or in very bright environments due to the 200nits screen. It comes with a faster Intel 180GB SATA3 SSD faster than the other laptops but less storage space. It can be upgraded via the easy access hatch. See my full review below for the complete story.
This laptop sells for $299 here on Gearbest making it one of the cheapest with 8GB and a proper type-C port.
#3: Teclast F15 – 15.6″ larger 8GB RAM laptop with a great keyboard & huge touchpad
The F15 from Teclast is the only Gemini Lake 15.6″ laptop around I know of, the screen is 1080p fully laminated and it has 8GB of RAM. It has a full-sized HDMI port on the rear, USB 3.0 x 2 and the keyboard is backlit with an enormous touchpad. The largest seen on these Gemini Lake Chinese laptops.
This laptop sells for $379 here on Gearbest.
#4: BMAX Y11 – Portable, Touchscreen & 360-degree hinge
The BMAX Y11 is another great Gemini Lake powered laptop that has 8GB of RAM. The Y11 is a 2-in-1 it has a great 1080p fully laminated touchscreen that can flip around 360 degrees. And the laptop is super light just over 1 kilos and very thin. It’s portable and it also supports a stylus. The main weakness of this machine is the battery life, you’ll struggle to get 5 hours out of it.
It sells for $289 with coupon BGBYL31 here: http://bit.ly/36eWRne
Recommended Core i5/i7 powered notebooks:
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro:
The largest of the Mi Notebook’s from Xiaomi. The 15.6″ Pro model has either 8th gen Intel Core i5 8250U or i7 8550U CPU’s which are quad-core. 8GB or 16GB of DDR4 2400Mhz RAM, super quick NVMe Samsung PM961 SSD’s and fast Intel Wireless AC 8265. Like the 13.3″ and 12″ models it also has a spare SSD slot inside for adding another SSD.
Recommended Core M3 powered notebooks:
The Core M3’s pack a lot more power than the Gemini Lake laptops and normally offer a more premium build and more RAM options. The only downside is the more powerful chip consumes more power so battery life isn’t as good as the Gemini Lake or Apollo Lake chipsets.
#1 Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12:
Now updated with the latest Core M3-8100Y or the Kaby Lake 7Y30, Xiaomi’s Mi Notebook Air 12, comes with 4GB 128GB SATA3, 256GB NVMe and 8GB 256GB NVMe options. The build quality, backlit keyboard, and touchpad are excellent. The 1080p screen is bright and vivid covered with Gorilla Glass for notebooks. Depending on what model you buy there is either a spare SATA3 or NVMe bay for adding your own 2280 drive. It has Wireless AC, USB 3.1 Type-C port and quick charging.
- You can find it selling for around $590-$700 here.
- Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12 Review
- Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12 Hub
#2 AllDoCube Thinker i35
The Cube Thinker i35, is a premium laptop from Cube. Powered by a Core M3-7Y30, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SATA3 SSD. Its standout feature is a brilliant fully laminated Surface Book screen. It also supports an N-Trig stylus, the same as the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. It has Wireless AC, a large touchpad and its screen folder back almost completely flat.
#3 Chuwi Aerobook
Chuwi’s Aerobook is a Core M3-6Y30 laptop with 8GB of RAM. A very good build, decent backlit keyboard, and touchpad. It has USB 3.1 Type-C, 128GB to 1TB storage options and comes in this great looking dark grey paint job. The laptop is mostly made out of metal, weighs 1.27 kilos. The IPS screen is better than the Mi Notebook Air 12’s. Fully laminated but with a much better color gamut. sRGB 96%, Adobe RGB 74%. This laptops downside is the older Core M3-6Y30.
The Aerobook can be bought from Chuwi’s official Aliexpress store here.