iBall CompBook Netizen 4G Windows Laptop Review
It’s really amazing that the built-in 4G laptops are not very common. We all use mobile data in our smartphones, and most tablets have SIM slots for this reason. The 4G and 3G USB dongles are very common and you will often see in the cafe or in the vehicles trying to get people to do some work. Those who do not have dongles can press their smartphones with wires or Bluetooth. With the cost of cellular data crashing in the past few years, there is no reason. All this, we wish we can slip a SIM card in our laptop so that we are automatically and permanently online.
Still, laptop manufacturers are not only adding cellular connectivity to laptops as a facility in India, but also not on premium ultrabook where the cost is not very high, port is disappearing, and mobility is everything. Qualcomm has promoted cellular data as a major value proposition for ARM-powered Windows laptops, but those people have not yet made any impact on the market. Some manufacturers provide cellular data only to corporate customers who buy in bulk. Effectively, a large market is undestined and dissatisfied.
For our great surprise, this is not a big international group that is picking up this opportunity, but the Indian affordable gadget and accessories brand iBall is. The new iBall CompBook Netizen officially costs only Rs. 25,000, but only Rs. Is listed in 16,990 on your exclusive retailer, shopping
CompBook Netizen is billed as India’s first “Always Connected PC”. This is a unique label that uses Microsoft, Intel, AMD and Qualcomm ultra-portable PCs that boot up immediately on the same charge and for the last several days. Let’s see what iBall has brought in the market, and whether it is the ideal laptop for work and entertainment.
iBall CompBook Netizen Design
We’ve reviewed a lot of iBall CompBook models, which cost about Rs. Is from Rs 14,000 to Rs. 22,000, and they are all very similar in terms of quality of design and materials. The new CompBook Netizen does not change much. It is made of bright gray plastic, with a spotty texture above and below. It does not seem to be cheap at all, but when you actually use it, definitely feel plastic. One improvement we saw was the metal logo on the lid, which is better than screen printing which iBall used in the past.
CompBook Netizen is relatively slim and portable at 24mm and 1.32kg in thickness. The low-power Intel Celeron processor has no vent after running the fan without running. The body is not very rigid, both the top and bottom flakes are easily applied with very little pressure. The hinges are rigid and you will need two hands to open and close this laptop.
We were happy to see the limitations of relatively narrow plastic around the 14-inch screen, but again, the lid strikes a lot of flex and a slight turn on the display. Our review unit was installed in a bright plastic screen protector, but it was loosened around the edges and corners. Some annoying air pockets also developed in the center of the screen because we had used this laptop for several days.
iBall’s signature red key i ‘key is a distraction in the gray plastic sea around it, and we want the brand to drop this small quik. The island-style keyboard is otherwise reasonably defined and there is also an FN-key combination on the right acting as a virtual numberpad. There is a power corner in the problem corner, which is easy to press with accidentally while aiming for a backspace key. There is no delay or resistance to preventing you from unknowingly applying CompBook Netizen.
On the left side, you will get Power Inlet, a USB 3.0 port and a mini-HDMI 1.4A video output. There are two USB 2.0 ports, one Ethernet port, 3.5 mm headphone and Mike Combo Socket, and a MicroSD card slot on the right. You will find a webcam at the top of the screen, although its resolution is only 640×480 pixels. Two mics promising stereo audio recording just above the keyboard.
The bottom of this laptop is really interesting enough. There are two flaps, each one has been protected by a screw. The larger of the two lets you add your 2.5-inch SATA storage device. Just like the Compubby Premio v2.0 and Compwp Marvel 6, you get a small kit in the box with the necessary screws and brackets for a 2.5-inch hard drive or SSD. A printed sheet warns us that we can not install an OS and can boot the drive, and the USB device can not work normally due to the extra load on the device’s battery when a drive is installed .
However this time we are more interested in second, very small flaps. This is where your SIM card goes. We were surprised to see that the slot requires a mini-SIM – which most people consider to be full size SIM. It was normal before Micro and Nano-SIM was introduced, but we have not seen this standard in use over the years. If you are using a brand new brand, you have to use an adapter, or you will not have to punch your SIM with plastic nearby. Still, this is not ideal, because an adapter can easily snooze on the spring contact pins within the slot.
Strange, there is a label that indicates that there is a MicroSD card slot under this flap, but there really is no such thing. It seems that iBall has used the prefabricated receptacle designed for any other purpose. You have to make sure that the laptop closes before the SIM is inserted, or it will not be recognized.
IBall CompBook Netizen’s manufacturing quality and overall experience are not great, 16,990 price points
iBall CompBook Netizen specifications and features
The Intel Celeron N3350 processor is just about entry-level because these days CPU can be found. It is somewhat dated and based on the Atom-Class Apollo Lake platform from 2016. It has two cores without hyper-threading and runs at speeds of 1.1GHz with a boost speed of 2.4GHz. There is a Basic Intel HD Graphics 500 integrated GPU which is very weak for gaming, but H.265 and VP9 make the video completely faster.
It is a pleasant surprise that the 14-inch screen has full HD 1920×1080-pixel resolution. This is a major step from the previous iBall CompBook model 1366×768. The viewing angles are not bad at all, but the colors are slightly sluggish and we saw that uneven backlight on the level of high brightness bleeding.
You get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of embedded storage. The MicroSD card slot allows you to add up to 128 GB of storage, and if you want to use it then the above is SATA Bay. In addition to 4G, Wi-Fi is 802.11 N and Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless connectivity. The battery capacity is 37Wh and you get a simple wall-wart adapter in the box.
CompBook Netizen comes with Windows 10 Home and there is no preloaded software except for the configuration shortcut for cellular modem. This is important because iBall has used a strange combination of hardware and software to run and run 4G connectivity. Windows 10 supports cellular modem and lets you configure them like any other network connection, but Iball has used some kind of internal wired USB adapter that appears as a virtual ethernet connection.
You can not use the normal Windows 10 settings panel. Instead, the desktop shortcut opens to your default web browser at http://192.168.0.1, which is an internal configuration page. You must sign in with the default password (“Admin”) which is printed on a very small leaf contained in the box. This is the only way to check the strength of your signal, connection type and position.
Here are some basic settings – you can change the default password (and can), choose whether to return to 3G and 2G networks, set the data limits by volume or duration, and manually use the APN Point Name) Configure You can also send and receive SMS messages and manage your SIM phone book, but there is no capability of cellular voice.
iBall CompBook Netizen Display and Usage
Let’s start with cellular data functionality, which is the main reason that anyone will buy this laptop. Our Eyeball Compub Netizen Review Unit initially did not recognize the SIM card of two different service providers despite many efforts and reboots. However, one day later, everything worked without a hiccup. We were automatically online with a stable 4G connection
Thankfully, you do not have to sign in to browser-based tools every time you get online. There is no Windows system tray icon that tells you whether you are connected or not, or what is the power of your signal. You must manually enable and disable cellular connections – it stays with any Wi-Fi network you have connected because Windows handles it as a wired network connection.
4G is still active when you are within the limits of your favorite home or office network and it is impossible to tell whether it is being used in the background or not. If you have a daily or monthly data limit below, you may want to manually turn off cellular connections manually via netizen utility or by completely disabling virtual ethernet adapters.
Said that cellular data connectivity worked very well. We used Compub netizens in an windowless office on an open balcony and in a windowless office in different rooms of a house, and we saw only the status indicator of Netizen Utility showing us 3G or EDGE instead of 4G. We started taking cellular service, just like we would inadvertently expect to work from my phone. There is no waiting to worry, no configuration and no dongle. In this sense, CompBook Netizen is a success.
Although it is still a very low budget notebook, and general performance was not very good. Windows 10 boot is relatively quick but dull. With more than five or more tabs open in Microsoft Edge, we found that there were occasional momentary freeze and frustrating stoutors while trying to do something while clicking on the browser’s address bar to type a URL. A simple JPEG image saved on the device’s internal storage often takes several seconds to open. If we stick to the full basics, then we were fine.
The benchmark test indicates how weak the Intel Celeron processor is. We get 44 and 81 points respectively in single-core and multi-core tests of Cinebrench R15. POVRay took 18 minutes, 18 seconds to present its internal benchmark. PCMark 10 gave us 1,056 points. It compresses a staggering 41-minute, 3.24GB folder of mixed files for 2 seconds, and 13 minutes, 1.3 seconds in 16 seconds, transmits AVI video to H.265.
Gaming is completely out of the question because 3DMark has illustrated with just 311 points in the original fire strik view. We tried Unigine Valley simulation at 1280×720 with all the quality settings at its minimum level, and still found only 9.1fps only. Finally, we started CrystalDiskMarker to check how well embedded storage performs, and successive reading and writing speed was achieved at 148.9MBps and 121.1MBps, respectively, in which random reads and rights are at 23.02MBps and 13.13 Mbps respectively.
Keyboard keys are not too hard or shallow. Arrow keys are a little tight but the overall typing comfort is really good. We found the trackpad enough in terms of comfort and sensitivity. The screen turns out to be one of the main attractions of Compbkut Netizen, with its full-HD resolution. The videos looked crisp and the text was very readable. Speakers are just plain horrible, however – the sound is scary and intense, in which there is no depth or prosperity at all. For the 480p webcam, you forget that it is also there.
Battery life is one of the principles of always promoting Intel, Qualcomm and Microsoft PCs. Eyeball Compub Netizon went into the 4 hour, 16-minute intense battery Eater Pro test. We managed to get through 12 hours of use and finally we had around 20 percent, but we naturally kept things light with just a bit of original web surfing and video streaming.
iBall clearly sees a market opportunity, and can always be a game changer for businessmen and frequent travelers on cellular connectivity. The way iBall has patched hardware and software together for cellular connectivity, it is an excellent example of simplicity – or gigad as we would like to call it in India – but this highly-polished end-user experience Not to be.
CompBook Marvel 6 had the same Celeron CPU and its price was almost identical. 14,299, hence cellular connectivity, a better screen and just twice for storage, 3,000 more is an excellent deal.
If you want a super-cheap laptop and need to do a lot online, then it is likely that you will be ready to deal with Bluetooth tethering or external dongles to save some money, but if this price works for you, So it would mean to lose less luggage and possibly lose.
CompBook Netizen’s overall performance means that not everyone will want to use this laptop to accomplish their work or not. Sadly, even though you’re ready to spend more for a more powerful and more polished laptop, it’s likely that you will not get many options with built-in 4G. With a more affordable data plan than ever before, CompBook Netizen can be a very interesting option for a lot of people, and we hope the big brands will get the message.
Price (MOP): Rs. 16,990
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