Review: Micromax Lapbook Is Affordable but Not up to the Mark

Micromax introduces its affordable Windows 10 laptop that is perfect for low usage.

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Micromax Lapbook. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)

India’s Micromax is willing to spread its wings across different streams in the tech world. The brand might have made its case with the smartphone, but television and personal computing are some of the other areas up their alley.

The affordability factor has been kept in place with the Micromax Lapbook, the company’s first-ever Windows-powered laptop. The Lapbook is priced at Rs 13,999 and reminds us of the netbook that Acer, HP used to have a couple of years back. It’s the most affordable Windows 10 running laptop that one can buy right now. But should you?

Micromax Lapbook. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Micromax Lapbook. (Photo: The Quint)

Key Specifications: Micromax Lapbook

  • Display: 11.6-inch HD 1366x768 pixels
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • CPU: Quad-core Intel Atom
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: Front HD
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Price: Rs 13,999

What’s Good?

The price may get everyone excited and with Windows 10, chances are there will be many takers for the Lapbook. The 11.6-inch size on offer fits in perfectly with the ethos of today’s youth; portability & mobility. It’s light on weight (1.3 Kg) and size (18-mm thickness) which makes it conducive for on-the-go workhorse users. Asus Eeebook comes closest to what Micromax Lapbook offers for the price.

Micromax Lapbook. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Micromax Lapbook. (Photo: The Quint)

The chiclet keyboard delivers tactile results and the spacing between the keys ensure typing lapses are not a usual sight. We found the trackpad to be responsive as well. There are enough connectivity ports on the Lapbook; 2 USB 2.0 and micro-HDMI port for external display support.

Micromax Lapbook. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Micromax Lapbook. (Photo: The Quint)

You can connect your external storage drive to free up the onboard space available. The display’s brightness is at par with most notebooks that you get between 20 to 40K in the market.

Micromax Lapbook. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Micromax Lapbook. (Photo: The Quint)

The Lapbook will last you for more than five hours on moderate usage with help from the built-in 5000mAh battery. The company promises a day-long battery life which is not true, but we can’t complain about that. Pre-installed Windows 10 is a tough nut to crack (for laptops with the previous version of Windows) and we’re glad that Micromax manages to offer the latest with its product, for once.

What’s Bad?

The sight of the Lapbook running on Intel’s quad-core processor brings out mixed emotions. The reason for the Lapbook’s affordability is the low-end chipset that has been designed by Intel for low-cost 2-in-1 PCs or laptops.

Micromax Lapbook. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Micromax Lapbook. (Photo: The Quint)

The tried-and-tested Atom processor does well when the work is minimum. The moment you push the limits of multi-tasking, the laptop lags, showcases ‘freeze’ moments that makes working an irritating experience. The processor does not hold the blame on its own, as the 2GB RAM does not justify the kind of work Micromax claims the Lapbook is capable of doing. The Lapbook lacks a competent processor and that manages to overshadow its price factor for us.

Why Buy It?

Micromax has made a decent attempt with the Lapbook, an affordable laptop that runs on Windows 10. You can carry it and work on-the-go without worrying about its battery running out quickly.

With Intel Atom quad-core processor, the Lapbook is a mixed bag performer that can fail the moment you push its limits. For Rs 13,999, the Lapbook is merely going to work for you as a lightweight work companion, for everything else you might have to spend more.

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