I haven’t tested budget notebook models for a long time. Therefore, today I am planning to tell you about my experience with a new device model called Alldocube GT Book.
I have known this brand for a long time and I know that you should not expect high performance from its products. But how did the new laptop model perform in real life? Let’s find out the pros and cons in this detailed and complete review of the device.
But first, I want to tell you about the cost of the Alldocube GT Book laptop model, which did not exceed $350. Given its low price tag, it will be superfluous to wait for supernatural features.
Indeed, the new laptop model received a 14-inch IPS screen with Full HD resolution. Also on board the device was a new 10 nanometer processor of the new generation Intel Jasper Lake – Intel Celeron N5100. Powered by a processor along with 12 GB of RAM LPDDR4x and 256 GB of SSD internal memory. Not bad enough, huh?
In addition, the laptop has some modern features, for example, the presence of Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 version, keyboard backlight and much more. Therefore, let’s find out what the manufacturer saved on and what nuances I managed to find out during my testing.
Alldocube GT Book: Specifications
|Alldocube GT Book:||Specs|
|Display:||14 inches IPS with 1080 x 1920 pixels, 60 Hz|
|CPU:||Intel Celeron N5100 Octa Core 2.8 GHz|
|GPU:||Intel UHD Graphics|
|Inner memory:||256 GB|
|Expanding memory：||up to 128GB|
|Cameras：||1 MP front camera|
|Communication：||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual band, Bluetooth 5.1|
|Connections：||Type-C, USB 3.0, DC, 3.5 mm jack|
|Dimensions:||323 x 207 x 17 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
The device comes in a fairly budget package. This is a small cardboard box that shows a sketch of the device with the name of the model and company.
Inside the package, I found – this is, directly, the device itself. The laptop was packaged nicely in protective foam. Therefore, the laptop came to my test without much damage. In addition, I found a charging cable and power supply with a power of 36 W, and instructions for use.
Well, if the package bundle does not stand out in any way, perhaps the appearance or build quality can surprise me? Let’s now talk about design and its main features.
Design, build quality and materials
On the outside of the lid of the new Alldocube GT Book laptop, I found a small company logo that does not stand out much. In addition, I want to note that the device itself was made in gray. And as you can see from the pictures below, the design of the laptop was quite minimalistic.
Since this is a 14-inch laptop, its dimensions were not particularly bulky. That is, the dimensions of the laptop were 323 x 207 x 17 mm, and the weight did not exceed 1.4 kg. This means that you can easily transport your laptop for work or school purposes.
In terms of materials, the body of the Alldocube GT Book was made in a combination of aluminum alloy and plastic. For example, the laptop lid was made of metal, while the main body of the case was made of plastic. At the same time, the build quality was good, that is, during my testing, there were no extraneous squeaks and noises. But if you plan to transport the device frequently, then purchasing an additional laptop sleeve will not be superfluous.
As usual, I ran a test to open the screen lid with one hand. But as it turned out, the Alldocube GT Book was not ready for this test. I think this is not a big drawback, as most budget laptops do not open with one hand. It is also worth noting here that the hinges were not bad enough and opened the laptop lid without extraneous sounds.
Under the lid of the monitor, I found a keyboard with a touchpad. The keyboard itself had good keystroke responsiveness. Therefore, the typing was always accurate and I didn’t even get used to the location of the keys, since they were all located in the right place. In addition, I liked that the manufacturer installed LED backlighting in the keyboard. It will allow you to use the device in the dark without additional light.
Just below the keyboard is the touchpad itself. It did its job quite well and I did not see strong comments on its performance.
Also here you can notice that on the bottom edge of the screen, there is a front-facing camera with a 1-megapixel resolution. In practice, it has shown itself not in the best way, since your interlocutors will look up at you. In addition, the quality of the microphones was also not perfect. For example, during a conversation, I observed extraneous sounds and creaks.
On the right side of the device, I found a slot for a MicroSD card and a USB 3.0 port for data transfer. On the left side of the laptop, you can find a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a Type-C port and a DC port for charging. As you can see, the number of external connections is minimal. Therefore, without a USB hub it will be difficult here.
The bottom of the laptop was equipped with two speakers, two rubber strips along the entire length, ventilation holes for the cooling system and a slot for an SSD memory card. If we talk about the sound quality, then I did not really like it. Since the headroom of the maximum volume level was small and the sound quality itself was not particularly outstanding.
It is also worth mentioning that the very bottom of the case was made of an alloy of metals, which is a good thing. Okay, now let’s check how high-quality the screen has been installed on the Alldocube GT Book.
Display and picture quality
Considering that the laptop will cost you only $350, it would seem that the quality of the screen will not stand out much. But on the one hand it is so, on the other it is not. For example, a 14-inch IPS screen with Full HD resolution was installed on the Alldocube GT Book laptop model.
In addition, the screen itself has received a matte anti-reflective coating. But only if the screen brightness was slightly brighter than 160 nits. Then I would be completely satisfied with the screen quality on the new laptop model. That is, from this I can draw a small conclusion that using the device outdoors will be very problematic.
On the other hand, the screen received a good color gamut. For example, sRGB was within 96%, NTSC was 72%, and AdobeRGB was also 76%. Therefore, I did not find any special problems with the quality of color transfer, as for an inexpensive laptop device. Now let’s talk about performance and what the device is capable of in real life.
Performance, benchmarks, games and OS
As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, the Alldocube GT Book laptop model uses an 11th generation Intel Celeron N5100 processor. It was built on dual cores with a maximum clock speed of 2.8 GHz. Let me remind you once again that this chipset belongs to the 10nm process.
Naturally, I can’t show you the benchmark test results. For example, in the GeekBench test, the device scored about 2800 points in the single-core test and 7200 points in the multi-core test.
Compared to the previous generation of the processor, the result in the single-core test remained almost the same. But in the multi-core test, the 11th generation of the processor showed the result 20-25% better than its predecessor.
If we talk about the gaming capabilities of the device, then you will not find much playability here. Since the laptop uses a simple graphics accelerator Intel UHD Graphics. But I managed to play CS: GO and the number of fps was in the range of 25-30 frames per second.
At the same time, the processor temperature during gaming tests increased to 84 degrees Celsius.
On the other hand, the Alldocube GT Book has a large amount of RAM with 12GB LPDDR4x 2933MHz. There is also a built-in memory for 256 GB SSD format. At the same time, the read speed was about 520 MBps, and the write speed was about 410 MBps. This is not much, but given its cost and the presence of a slot for an SSD card, I was glad to see at least such a value for the speed.
Basically, the new laptop model Alldocube GT Book will be a good choice not for games and heavy tasks, but for office work. For example, working with text documents, web browsers and other simple tasks. Therefore, let me check how effectively the new laptop model will cope with the tasks at hand.
I launched my browser and opened about ten different tabs. After several transitions from tab to tab, I was pleasantly surprised by the smooth and fast operation of the device. In addition, I launched a YouTube video with a maximum resolution of 4K and 60 frames per second without any problems. From this I can draw a small conclusion that this model of the device will be useful for office tasks.
Also, the Alldocube GT Book laptop received good wireless connectivity. That is, here I found sixth generation Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.1 versions. All these features worked properly and I did not observe any major problems with them during my testing.
Now I want to talk about the operating system, the familiar Windows 10 shell is used on board the Alldocube GT Book laptop. I think many of you have already encountered this OS and will not cause you any special problems using it. During my testing, the device coped well with the assigned tasks, all processes were smooth and fast.
Battery and run time
Inside the case of the new model of the Alldocube GT Book laptop, a battery with a capacity of 5000 mAh was built. You may not think that much. But do not forget that a more energy efficient chipset with 10 nanometer technology is used here and the screen has a low brightness value.
In real life, a laptop can last about 7-8 hours with daily use and without heavy processes. Yes, if you play games, watch movies and load the laptop with other tasks, then the device can work for 3-4 hours.
With this, a full charge took me about 2 hours of my time and this is not as much as for a modern office laptop.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
Well, after several days of testing and using the inexpensive Alldocube GT Book laptop, I was left with both positive and negative emotions.
For example, I liked the device for its good performance. Comparing the new Celeron processor, it received a 20% increase in power over Gemini Lake processors. Also, I loved this laptop for its large amount of 12GB RAM with fast performance and Wi-Fi 6.
In general, a laptop from Alldocube is suitable for office work. But you can also watch high-definition videos without any problems. I also liked the battery life, which can achieve about 7-8 hours of battery life on a full charge.
Of the minuses, I can single out – this is not the highest quality and loud speaker. Also, I did not like the maximum screen brightness value and the terrible location of the webcam with the poor performance of the built-in microphone.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Currently, you can purchase and order the new version of the Alldocube GT Book laptop at a relatively low price of only $359.99.
Thus, if you need a small laptop for office tasks with pretty good performance and good battery life, then the new laptop model from the Alldocube brand will probably be a good choice.