Realme Book Review: Off To A Great Start

  • The design received an 86 out of 100 point rating.
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  • performance 80
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  • Price-to-value ratio: 90
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  • features 85
  • PROS
  • Design that is very stunning.
  • The keyboard and trackpad are excellent.
  • The 2K display is very stunning.
  • Performance from the Core i3 processor is consistent.
  • CONS
  • There is a limited number of ports available.
  • Realme Book in-depth examination
  • After launching its debut laptop, the Realme Book, Realme has made quite a sensation in the IT world (Slim). The Realme Book (Slim), which starts at Rs 44,999includes features such as a tiny and light form factor, a 14-inch 2K display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, and other features.

It is worth noting, however, that the beginning price of Rs 44,999 is also for the lowest edition of the laptop, which is equipped with a dual-core Intel Core i3 CPU and other basic features. As of today, I have been using the laptop’s entry-level configuration for the better part of a month and am ready to express my thoughts on it. Starting with the parameters, let’s get this party started:

Specifications for the Realme Book (Slim).

The Realme Book (Slim) is available in two different configurations, both of which are powered by Intel Core processors from the 11th generation. Additional differences include a new integrated GPU, compatibility for WiFi 6, a quicker RAM, and a number of other features.

As a result, you might wish to look through the complete specifications sheet before purchasing a unit. For the time being, let us examine the technical parameters of the base model that was submitted for evaluation –

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-1115G4 dual-core processor with a base frequency of 3.0GHz and a turbo boost clock of up to 4.1GHz, with a total power consumption of 28W.
  • Display: Intel UHD graphics with 48 EUs.
  • 256GB NVMe SSD from Samsung RAM: 8GB DDR4 3733MHz Storage:
  • Display resolution: 2160×1440 pixels on a 14-inch IPS 3:2 panel with 100 percent sRGB colour gamut

Realme Book (Slim) Performance

Realme is employing the Core i3-1115G4, a dual-core processor with four threads that is based on the 10 nm SuperFin process technology, to power its phone. The CPU has a base frequency of 3.0GHz and a total power consumption of 28W, with all cores capable of turbo boosting to 4.1GHz.

In order to conserve energy, the Core i3-1115G4 runs at 1.7GHz with a 12W TDP while not in use. I was a little dubious about Realme’s decision to use a dual-core CPU for its debut laptop when it was announced.

It is true that this is for the entry-level model of the machine, but it is still a surprising choice in such a spec-heavy market, especially given Xiaomi’s insistence on employing an H-series CPU in its laptops.

So, should you even bother to look at the Intel Core i3 version of the laptop in the first place? It all depends on what you intend to use this laptop for, but the Intel Core i3 configuration is quite adequate.

Core clock numbers do not tell the whole story, but the Core i3-1115G4 CPU, which runs at 28W, is significantly more powerful than the majority of other processors found in laptops in this price range.

In some situations, this dual-core CPU may compete with the Intel Core i7-10510U that was used to power the Xiaomi Mi NoteBook 14 Horizon Edition from last year, according to the company.

PCMark 10 revealed that the Realme Book (Slim) scored marginally higher than the Mi NoteBook 14 Horizon Edition, which is powered by an Intel Core i7-10510U. When I ran single-core tests against the i7-10510U, I noticed a similar pattern of results.

This is precisely why the Realme Book (Slimbase )’s configuration is ideal for the vast majority of users looking for laptops in this price range. In real-world use, I had no problems running a dozen Chrome tabs at the same time as a number of other applications in the background.

Storage of superior quality also helps, and the Samsung NVMe drive managed to outperform practically every other laptop’s SSD score when I conducted the CrystalDiskMark test.

Because the Intel UHD integrated graphics is not the quickest unit available, your gaming performance will be severely hindered, to say the least, if you use it for gaming.

You should be able to play some esports games, such as Valorant and Dota 2, at low graphical settings, but don’t anticipate anything extraordinary. It’s pointless to attempt to push the limitations of this laptop because it isn’t designed to be a gaming laptop.

Without going into too many specifics, I can also affirm that the Realme Book is capable of doing creative tasks such as picture and video editing, but be prepared to make some concessions in terms of performance.

It took a little longer than normal to render our regular set of test files in Adobe Lightroom, but it was successful. The same is true when it comes to video editing using Davinci Resolve. If you want to save time before the final render, I strongly advise you to use a proxy for video editing.

Performance in the Thermal Domain

Despite its small size, the Realme Book (Slim) is equipped with two fans for cooling that are located inside the chassis. The copper heat sink also contributes to the ability of this device to remain cool even under severe load. In the course of running Cinebench R23, the CPU package temperature did not rise over 80 degrees Celsius.

During the course of the test, I didn’t notice any unusual behaviour from the CPU as well. With the exception of a few brief reductions to 3.5GHz, Cinebench R23 maintained a high core clock count of 4.1GHz throughout the test.

I was surprised to notice that the processor didn’t throttle during a test that would normally cause other CPUs to scream to their knees in frustration. Even the iGPU load was nothing out of the usual, and the package temperature remained well below 80°C even when I was running 3DMark’s Timespy test on a continuous loop.

I’m particularly interested about seeing how the Core i5-1135G7 performs in this chassis, but the Core i3-1115G4 appears to be a viable alternative, especially for workloads that aren’t too resource-intensive.

Display for the Realme Book (Slim)

The Realme Book (Slim) is equipped with a 14-inch 2K display, which I believe to be the laptop’s most impressive feature. It boasts a 3:2 aspect ratio, which is not something that is frequently found in most laptops.

In order to obtain a better understanding of the differences between the Realme Book’s display and the Mi NoteBook Ultra 3.2K panel, I recommend that you watch this extensive comparison video I put together. Take a look at this link –

The movie delves into a number of different characteristics, including resolution, colour accuracy, aspect ratio, and others, in great detail. It should also give you a better understanding of just how excellent the display on the Realme Book truly is as well

Realme Book (Slim) Keyboard, Trackpad, and Input/Output (IO)

My experience with the Realme Book (Slim) has been positive. It features the greatest keyboard and trackpad I’ve encountered on a laptop in this price range, in my view. To be honest, the keyboard and trackpad on the Realme Book are so terrible that they make even some high-end laptops appear bad.

It appears that you are looking at a three-level backlit keyboard with keys that have a 1.3mm travel distance. The keyboard on this device will be quite familiar to anyone who enjoys using the MacBook keyboard. The experience is nearly same, which I personally find to be quite appealing.

The trackpad is also far superior than the one on the Xiaomi Mi NoteBook Ultra, which I just reviewed as well. It’s a multi-touch trackpad with a surface area of 123.8 x 78.2mm with compatibility for Windows Precision drivers, among other things. Although just the bottom half of the trackpad is clickable, it performs admirably and does not seem flimsy in any way.

The selection of ports, on the other hand, might have been better. A 3.5mm headphone jack and two USB Type C 3.2 gen 2 ports are all that are available on the Core i3 model. A USB Type-A 3.1 Gen 1 port and one USB Type-C 3.2 gen 2 port are also included.

The Core i5 processor is the only one that can connect to the Thunderbolt 4 connection. This isn’t a deal-breaker because there is at least one USB Type-A connector, but it does leave me wanting more from the device.

Design and construction of the Realme Book (Slim) are of high quality.

After having used Realme’s cellphones in the past, I had high expectations for the firm when I learned that they were developing a laptop. And, to be quite honest, they delivered. For a laptop in this price range, the Realme Book is simply lovely, and it is undoubtedly one of the best-looking laptops available today.

Some people could refer to it as a MacBook Air clone, and I would respond by saying that there is nothing wrong with it. I’d rather have a fantastically thin and light chassis than a dozen other laptops whose design appears to have been done as an afterthought.

There is a high-quality aluminium body to the Realme Book (Slim), which weighs around 1.38 kg. Even while it isn’t built like a tank, the materials used in its construction are durable and the overall experience seems quite luxurious.

The weight distribution is also not optimal, which is why you are unable to open the laptop’s lid with only one finger on the left hand side. For the record, this isn’t a deal-breaker at this pricing.

The fact that Realme has included a fingerprint reader that is integrated into the power button is another something I appreciate. There’s also a 720p webcam, which puts it on par with or better than many other laptops on the market, including more expensive models.

I’d also want to emphasise the two HARMAN speakers, which are capable of delivering DTS Stereo Surround Sound. I compared the speakers on the Realme Book to the twin speakers on the Mi NoteBook Ultra, and they aren’t even close to being comparable.

Battery for the Realme Book (Slim). Life

The Realme Book’s 54Whr battery is capable of providing 11 hours of usage on a single charge. The battery life is enough for around 8-9 hours of regular usage, in my opinion. You can get a whole day’s worth of use out of the machine with just that amount of juice.

I’d expect the Core i5 model to last a bit less time because it’s a more powerful CPU, which also means it’ll dissipate more heat, which will require the fans to work harder to keep it running cool. The battery of the Realme Book may be recharged using a USB-C power converter that provides 65W of electricity.

Verdict

As previously stated, the Realme Book (Slim) is available in India for a starting price of Rs 44,999 for the basic model that we examined. In exchange for that amount, you will receive a superb computer that includes a 2K display, a delightfully thin and light form-factor, a fantastic keyboard and trackpad combo, and dependable performance for day-to-day tasks thanks to the Intel Core i3-1115G4 CPU from the 11th Generation.

The Realme Book (Slim) is unquestionably one of the greatest laptops available in this price range, if not the best. If you have a budget of RS 45,000 and don’t want to deal with any resource-intensive tasks, then you don’t need to look any farther than here.

It’s also going to be my go-to advice for professionals who are looking to purchase a dependable computer for office work in the near future. Xiaomi’s Mi NoteBook Pro/Ultra is a close second, and they should be on your shortlist as well if you are ready to stretch your budget a little further.

This is a terrific start for Realme in the laptop arena, and I can’t wait to see what more they come up with in the next months and years.

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