The Chinese mail order company Gearbest has given us a new test device. This time it is a laptop from the unknown manufacturer AIWO. In Asia, however, products of this brand are quite widespread. The model AIWO I10 is a 15.6 inch laptop in the flat Ultrabook format. The device is really shapely and the case is completely made of aluminium.
It’s undeniable that the predecessor of the current MacBook was the inspiration. The most striking feature of this device is probably the illuminated AIWO lettering on the back of the device. Something that many MacBook enthusiasts miss about their new Cupertino device. So much for the similarities of the approx. $409.99 product with an Apple product. Let’s see what the AIWO has to offer.
The unpacking of the AIWO I10 went smoothly by the hand, the optically nice cardboard opened and the laptop together with charging cable taken out, more was not possible and does not have to be included with a product for the absolute low price. It should be mentioned that the laptop was packed in a very stable, air-filled case, which is not self-evident and protects the device from damage.
On the outside the AIWO I10 looks simple but sexy, which is of course due to the “MacBook” look. The matt FullHD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels delivers a sharp picture and comes without touch function. Even in strong light, it’s still easy to read and really like it. If you have the AIWO lying on your lap in a train, for example, you can write calmly; a neighbour sitting next to you has to lean conspicuously over to be able to read along. The workmanship of the case is pleasantly clean, there are no protruding corners or edges. Everything actually sits as it should and the hip flask withstood a torsion test undamaged, which is surprising considering the low price. The trackpad is big enough to be able to work reasonably with it. But this is the first point of criticism.
Unfortunately it feels a bit cheap and the mouse buttons below the pad are very loud. The keyboard is a QWERTY keyboard, so our umlauts are missing. The German keyboard layout can be installed via Windows 10, but you have to try out which keys now contain the umlauts. The device cannot be ordered with a German keyboard layout, this should be considered before a purchase. The keys themselves respond immediately, it is easy to write with them. For me personally, the pressure point could have been better, but I’m spoiled anyway thanks to the Surface keyboard.
We powered the AIWO I10 from an old acquaintance. We already know the built-in Intel Celeron J4105 with its Quad-core and a clock rate of 2.5 GHz. The CPU has 8 GB RAM at its side and 256/ 512GB SSD. Thanks to the two built-in full USB ports, you don’t have to do without the use of USB sticks or other USB peripherals on the go. The laptop can also be connected to external monitors or a flat-screen TV via a mini-HDMI connection. The built-in 0.3 MP camera is sufficient for a short Skype session with sufficient lighting. The built-in loudspeakers are practical, unfortunately you can’t call it any different because of the tinny sound. Those who like listening to music should definitely use headphones via the built-in 3.5 mm jack socket. The integrated microphone responds very well and (if activated), Cortana recognizes the given commands without any problems. The laptop connects to the outside world via Bluetooth 4.0 and the built-in WLAN module.