RDP Thinbook Detailed Review
Launched as India’s cheapest 14-inch laptop by a Hyderabad-based company, the modest RDP ThinBook starts at Rs. 9,999 and does not pretend to be what it is not. Let’s see what this can do sub-10k laptop has to offer:
Out of the handful of laptops priced below Rs.15,000, the RDP ThinBook packs in a 14.1-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution. We won’t say that the display that RDP has chosen is one of the best. is, since the pixels are easy to notice when viewed very closely, but seriously how many laptops can you find with a 14-inch screen under this price range?
The Screen is sufficiently bright along with a fairly average color reproduction once you get it to the perfect viewing angle, but reading text on this screen isn’t very pleasant as the blurring around the text is noticeable. Our review unit came with color markings on the bottom left of the screen, along with a plastic screen protector that hung from the edge to another end of the screen, but we hope this defect was only with our review unit.
Design and build
The laptop has an acceptable build quality – it’s no marvel of industrial design. Weighing in at 1.4 kg, the plastic housing does not bend or feel weak. The reasonably sturdy hinges allow you to open the laptop without holding the base, but with a light movement the screen wobbles easily.
The screen can also be tilted back up to almost 180 degrees. The design and tapered body reminds us of a number of portable ultrabooksincluding the MacBook Air, but design aesthetic is the only thing borrowed from this high end notebooks† It cannot match better ultrabooks in terms of quality of materials.
Speaking of ports, you get a USB 3.0 along with a USB 2.0, a microSD card slot that can be used to expand the storage up to 128GB, a mini HDMI port and a 3.5mm audio jack. You also have a stereo microphone setup above the keyboard, along with an average VGA camera that can be used for video calls.
Ports on the right: microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack, 1xUSB 2.0
Ports on the left: DC adapter, 1 x USB 3.0, mini HDMI
The RDP ThinBook is powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 SoC clocked at 1.4 GHz that can also go up to 1.8 GHz. In addition, you get 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of eMMC flash storage that can be expanded up to 128 GB with a microSD card and runs. Speaking of communications, the laptop comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity. The RDP ThinBook comes with a 32-bit Windows 10 Home version at this price, but there is a DOS version available for a thousand dollars cheaper and a Windows 10 Pro version for Rs.12,999.
Starting with benchmark scores, PCMark 8 gave scores of 1364 in the home test, 1433 in the creative test and 1185 in the work test that are acceptable and can’t be complained about given the price of the laptop. Due to hardware limitations, all PCMark 8 tests were unable to run on the laptop, but the ones that did include Ice Storm which gave a score of 15202 and Ice Storm Extreme with 9139.
In our day-to-day use, the laptop was fairly average in performance, where tasks such as browsing web pages, watching videos in Full HD, and using office applications. However, copying files from an external device to the laptop or streaming/accessing files over your network can become very slow and test your patience.
Keyboard and trackpad
The chiclet-type keyboard has wide and well-spaced keys that have ample feedback. The keyboard has a little flex towards the center, but shouldn’t hinder your typing the more you start typing on this keyboard. The only feature we missed on the keyboard was shortcuts for adjusting brightness.
Beneath this keyboard is a full-sized trackpad, along with wide palm rests on either side. The trackpad is not very accurate and the integrated left and right clicks are stiff and take some effort to press. The trackpad comes with multi-gesture support for Windows 10, but your typing experience can be tedious as the cursor tends to jump around on the screen when your palm comes into contact with the trackpad or when you try to select and click things. tow.
The RDP ThinBook comes with dual downward-firing stereo speakers that aren’t that great either. The audio is loud but not clear and you have to plug in headphones or connect external speakers through the 3.5mm audio jack.
Thanks to its 10,000 mAh Li-Polymer Battery, RDP claims a battery life of 8 hours on the ThinBook, which is not difficult to achieve at all. PCMark 8 delivered a battery life of 5 hours and 30 minutes at maximum brightness and no Wi-Fi connection. However, we managed to run the machine for more than 7 hours with mixed use and at 25% brightness. However, the laptop is limited to only one power mode i.e. balanced mode and does not offer High Performance or Power saver mode as seen in other laptops†
With a handful of flaws, at a price of Rs.9,999, RDP ThinBook has a pretty good deal to offer. If you are looking for the cheapest Laptop available to you and can compromise the ThinBook’s shortcomings, the large screen and keyboard, portability, snappy base performance along with Windows 10 on a 14.1-inch screen offered by RDP is not bad at all. The trackpad, audio, storage, and a more optimized OS are some of the sectors that RDP needs to work on to deliver better performance overall, which we hope to see in the upcoming models.
Display: 14.1 inch
operating system: Windows 10
processor: Intel Atom x5-Z8300
Storage: 32GB eMMC
Battery: 10,000 mAh
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 Wi-Fi b/g/n