•  Date Published: 21 Feb 2018
  • AMD A4-9120
  • AMD Radeon R2
  • 15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), TN
  • 1000GB HDD
  • 8GB DDR4
  • 2.10 kg (4.6 lbs)


  • Extremely affordable
  • Decent upgradeability
  • Doesn't use aggressive PWM for brightness adjustment (BOE NT156WHM-N44)


  • Poor build materials choice
  • Its TN panel has poor viewing angles, mediocre contrast ratio and covers only 53% of the sRGB color gamut (BOE NT156WHM-N44)
  • Dated hardware with a very low performance
  • No SD card reader and USB Type-C port


  • 1TB HDD
  • M.2 Slot
  • 1x M.2 NVMe slot 
  • RAM
  • 8GB DDR4
  • OS
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Body Material
  • Plastic / Polycarbonate
  • Dimensions
  • 382 x 259 x 22 mm (15.04" x 10.20" x 0.87")
  • Weight
  • 2.10 kg (4.6 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 2x USB Type-A
  • 2.0
  • HDMI
  • Card Reader
  • SD
  • Ethernet LAN
  • 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi
  • IEEE 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth
  • 4.0
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5 mm combo headphone/mic jack
  • Features
  • Web camera
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

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