Perhaps the recent crop of wonderful 4K, 400+ nit notebooks have spoilt me. That aside, it is clear, crisp and easy on the eye. Word and Excel documents were clear, blacks crisp and contrast
The i7-8665U has 4 cores/8 threads and a 15W TPD (10-25W). It supports 4 lane PCI devices to a maximum of 16 lanes. Passmark is a respectable 9051 and throttles to about 70% on battery.
The i5-8365U version (1.6/4.1Ghz) is no slouch either at 8245 Passmark.
These are ideal business-grade processors with the security to match.
The M.2 PCIe NVme Class 35 (2 lane PCI) was able to achieve sequential read/writes of about 1000MBps. That is about 30% of the speed of a class 40 four-lane, M2 device.
Its perfect for business use and probably saves about $200 over a class 40 device.
Radeon 540X and Intel UHD Graphics 620
It defaults to Intel Graphics for most use. When you attach an external monitor (especially 4K), the Radeon kicks in.
What is is great for is running graphic intensive tasks on an extrenal monitor.
The review model was not backlit. It has large 19mm square chiclet scissor keys (no #MacBook Butterflygate here) with a 1.5mm throw and 50g actuation – perfect for productivity.
The 101 x 55mm trackpad annoyed me at first. It has an old-style left to right bar with left and right mouse keys under it. I tap the trackpad, and every time I did it, I hit the bar – it gets annoying until you get used to it.
You can get an optional fingerprint reader on the power button.
The review unit has an IR Windows Hello camera that was, as usual, fast to recognise and unlock Windows. It also has a sliding shutter. Maximum resolution is 1280 x [email protected] and has an 87° FOV – fine for Skype.
Don’t expect great sound from 2W RMS speaker. Maximum volume was 71dB (OK for personal use). There is no bass with mids peaking between 3-7kHz – this is distinctly mid-centric, clear voice sound signature for Skype.
MaxxAudio Pro software makes little difference to the speaker but provides up to 7.1 decoding for HDMI, cabled or BT headphones. The BT Codec is SBD – no hi-res music here.