Most of the laptops which cost under Rs.15000 have display sizes of 11.6 inches. RDP ThinBook is India’s cheapest 14-inch laptop. RDP is a Hyderabad based company, they recently launched their first consumer laptop called the ThinBook (1430) at RS. 10,990. The product sounds good on paper with the specification for this price. Here is our RDP ThinBook review to test if the device is really good.
RDP ThinBook Design
The laptop looks decent considering the cost it was built to fit. The finish and the quality of plastic is good, which makes the laptop sturdy. Dimensions are similar to an Ultrabook, with the thickest part measuring around 20mm and the entire laptop weighing roughly 1.4kg.
RDP ThinBook Display
RDP ThinBook comes with a 14.1 inch display with a resolution of 1366×768 with decent colour reproduction. Brightness is decent, but the keyboard doesn’t have a brightness control shortcut. The glossy panel will get easily scratched in time which is very annoying. The vertical viewing angles are poor, but the horizontal viewing angles are not that bad. The hinge isn’t very sturdy and the display wobbles even if flicked lightly. This will become an issue if you use the laptop while moving, like in a car. The hinge can move almost up to 180 degrees, and it will useful for some users.
RDP ThinBook Connectivity
You will get one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, one Mini-HDMI port, one headphone jack, one MicroSD card slot and a charger socket. The MicroSD card is a good addition, but a full-sized SD card slot might be better. There is good space for palm rest and the trackpad is large enough. The trackpad’s surface is not that smooth, this effects usage of multi-finger gestures. The trackpad buttons are hard and we need to put some effort to make it work.
The chiclet keys have good gap between them, but the keyboard area has certain degree of flex, you will feel it while typing. LED status indicators are placed above the keyboard for power, caps lock and number lock, followed by two holes for the microphone.
Downward firing stereo speakers are placed at the bottom. There are no airvents at the bottom, it is completely sealed. The lid of ThinBook bends backwards nearly 180 degrees, giving you enough flexibility for any typing position. The RDP ThinBook comes with a 12.5W power brick, which is slightly larger than the average smartphone charger.
RDP ThinBook Specifications
RPD ThinBook is powered by a fairly efficient Intel Atom x5-Z8300 SoC, which can also be seen in the Notion Ink Able 10 (Review). This is a quad-core processor runs at 1.4GHZ with turbo up to 1.8GHz. The CPU is on the 14nm fabrication process and the TDP is under 4W, that is how this laptop works without any active cooling. The
Just like any other laptop in this segment, RDP ThinBook comes with 2GB DDR3L RAM and 32GB eMMC flash storage. For wireless connection, there is WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. If the build in storage is not enough, users can add another 128GB using the MicroSD card slot. The VGA webcam available on this laptop is pretty average.
RDP ThinBook comes with Windows 10 32-bit OS, RDP also sells a DOS version for Rs.8999. The OS comes without any bloatware other than the default windows apps.
RDP ThinBook performance
This laptop can be used for most general Windows tasks, but it will lag sometimes. Even while resizing or moving some windows around the screen, there is some noticeable stutter. The USB ports lose connection with the hard drive while copying files. May be it is an issue with our review unit only. As the OS is stored in a flash storage, the boot time is fast, the laptop gets ready within second after pressing the power button.
Benchmark results reflects the weak performance, PCMark 8 returned scores of 1329, 1354 and 1390 in the Home, Creative and Work test suites. These results are lower than what we have seen in the Notion Ink Able 10 with the same CPU. The read and write performance of the flash storage was also not very good, as the sequential write bandwidth averages to about 56MB/s, while other devices such as the Cloudbook 11 and Able 10 both averaged around 80MB/s. Copying files from an external device to the laptop will be a slow experience. 3DMark also returned a low score of just 192 points in the basic Fire Strike test.
Trackpad is not good, sometimes the cursor tends to jump around the screen. It was worse when we tried to use the left mouse button and drag to select anything. The display is good for watching movie, but not for reading, the text appears very jagged.
The speakers are loud but audio quality is not up to the mark, feeling tinny and shrill at high volumes. As a surprise the CPU was capable to render 4K video smoothly, thanks to the dedicated media decoding logic. The device didn’t produce much heat in our tests, even after hours of use, some parts of the laptop felt cool.
The laptop is backed by a 10000 mAh 3.7 v Li-ion battery as well. The company claims 8 hours of battery backup from the ThinBook, which is possible. In our PCMark 8’s battery test, we got 7 hours and 57 minutes. We got almost the same backup in our mixed usage.
For Rs.10,999 RDP ThinBook is the only laptop with a 14-inch screen in our laptop market. The device compromises in lots of areas, but it is not bad for what we pay. The build and finish is good, the device looks slim and feels light, display is good enough, and it can even play 4K videos. The 8 hours of battery life in really impressive from a laptop which costs just RS.10,999. The included Windows 10 is a good thing, if you purchase the laptop with DOS for Rs.1000 less, you will have to spend more than Rs.6000 later for original Windows 10.
RPD will launch more powerful models of the ThinBook, we hope it will cut down the cost further by shifting manufacturing in India. We would like to see a better trackpad, a fast internal storage. We don’t know why the Windows performance was a bit slow, may be the 2GB RAM is bottle necking the performance. RDP ThinBook is definitely one of the best in this segment and it won’t disappoint a user who want an inexpensive laptop for basic usage.