With a design strikingly similar to Lenovo Yoga, Onda oBook 11 features a 360 degree hinge that makes it possible to rotate the screen back. Powered by Intel Cherry Trail quadcore processor and featuring Windows 10 and Android Lollipop, the touchscreen notebook packs decent specs at an affordable price. The foldable display allows the notebook to be used in laptop, tablet, tent or stand mode, which especially comes handy if you want to use it while sitting in tight spaces such as a plane or bus. Support for both Windows 10 and Android gives users the best of both the worlds, while the Full HD touchscreen panel offers a sharp, crisp and vivid display.
Onda oBook 11 offers a similar user experience Lenovo Yoga offers, but costs significantly less. Its exterior is made out of sturdy plastic able to take some abuse over time. The internals are quite decent too and provide a smooth UI experience. Windows 10 allows staying productive on the go, while Android brings thousands of your favorite apps and games on a big display. It has been quite some time since the notebook was released and now there are many more capable alternatives out there. However, the unique 360 degree design has kept oBook 11 relevant and targets a niche very few other products are serving.
|Usage||Laptop, tablet, tent and stand mode|
|Operating System||Windows 10, Android Lollipop (Chinese and English)|
|Processor||Intel Cherry Trail Atom X-5 Z8300 quadcore 1.44-1.84, 2MB cache|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics Gen 8|
|Display||11.6-inch Full HD 1920×1080 touchscreen (10-point) IPS|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Connectivity||microSD card slot, 1 x USB 3.0+1 x USB2.0, Micro HDMI, DC Jack, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Battery||3.7v 30Wh, 5-7 hours of video playback time|
|Audio||Build-in speakers and mic|
|Notebook dimensions and weight||28.80 x 19.50 x 1.60 cm, 1.2 KG|
|Package weight and contents||2 Kg, Notebook and Charger|
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- Fully rotatable 360-degree display
- Windows and Android Dual Boot
- Full HD IPS display
- Easy to carry
- Sturdy build quality
- Decent keyboard
Pros and Cons
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- Can be used in different positions
- Decent performance
- Good selection of ports
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- Not suited for heavy gaming, heats up
- Only front camera
Design and Build Quality
The metallic-sheen painted plastic body is sturdy, built to last and helps reduce the overall weight. Power and volume buttons, a USB port, keyboard lock and a headphone jack are located at notebook’s left side, while the right side is where another USB and microUSB port and a SD card slot are located. The large bezels on the display might look ugly, particularly the bottom bezel, but they do help in supporting the 360-degree hinge. The keyboard can be rotated all the way back and locked to prevent accidental typing. The keyboard itself is surprisingly good and offers an excellent typing experience.
Display and Audio
The Full HD IPS touchscreen 11.6-inch display offers vivid colors and can get reasonably bright. However, it’s not meant to be used under direct sunlight, which isn’t something most users would do anyway. The company hasn’t mentioned use of any protective glass on the display, so it’s recommended to use a glass protector for better protection. The speakers are located at the bottom of the notebook and although they get reasonably loud, they lack the quality needed to fully enjoy music.
Performance and Battery life
The combination of quadcore Intel Cherry Trail Z8300 processor and 4 gigs of ram ensure a smooth UI experience and you should have no issues while performing basic tasks such as office work, internet browsing or watching videos. However, the processor won’t get you far if you want to game, do photo editing or heavy multitasking. The notebook alto tends to heat up after you play heavy games on it for long periods of time. The 8,000 mAh battery provides a decent amount of battery timing, but still less than what more recent convertibles offer. The Full HD display does take its toll on the over battery timing and you should expect around five hours of video play back on a single charge. The mostly-stock Android Lollipop comes with many preinstalled apps, but most of them can be removed.
The sharp and crisp Full HD display works well indoors, but won’t help when using the notebook under direct sunlight. oBook 11 lacks the kind of performance offered by more capable Core M processors, but offers an exquisite (although copied) design. The notebook also isn’t meant for gaming and long periods of heavy loads may result in overheating. If raw performance is what you are looking for, there are a number of better Core M-based alternatives available that cost slightly more than oBook 11. If you are particularly looking for an affordable multi-mode notebook with a display that can rotate all the way back, oBook 11 is one of the very few choices you have right now.
How to Buy
Onda oBook 11 is available at Gearbest on a special discount, but for a limited time period. The following link takes to the product page that provides more information about shipping and answers any question that you might have about the product.