Who doesn’t dream of coming out of lockdown with a big KUU K1? Put your KUU K1 on the table and make a lasting impression? The KUU K1 is a 15.6″ IPS laptop declined in 2 variants around the same Core i5-5257U processor.
A mobile chip that’s not new since it’s a fifth generation solution launched in 2015, with 2 cores and 4 threads. Clocked from 2.7 to 3.1 GHz with 3 MB of RAM. Its graphics circuit is an Intel Iris 6100 running from 300 MHz to 1.05 GHz. The whole works in a 28 watt TDP. This solution, although old, offers a very good level of performance in a classic use perspective: No recent 3D game nor too heavy calculation.
However, having tested this chip with a fanless MiniPC solution supported by 8Gb of ram, it has done very well on many tasks: Whether in 3D printing calculation, light photo retouching, video editing and even video games for old or not so old titles: Torchlight II, GTA V, League of Legends, CS:GO…
If you’re looking for a comfortable laptop for office work, surfing, watching videos and driving classic software without immediate rendering, the Kuu K1 is a solution to consider. All the more so as its chip is well surrounded here. On both models we find 8 GB of DDR3 memory. Enough RAM to offer a comfortable use of the engine despite the shared RAM for the graphics part. This memory is unfortunately not upgradeable.
From a storage point of view, the KUU K1 is available in 2 versions : One in 256 GB of NVMe PCIE SSD, the other in 512 GB. This very fast basic storage can be combined with a free 2.5″ SATA 3.0 slot. This way, an additional mechanical hard disk or SATA SSD can be easily added if needed.
The rest is very classic with a 15.6″ screen surrounded by thin borders that displays in FullHD thanks to an IPS panel. A tile with a nice brightness and wide angles of 178°. The frame of the machine is made of metal.
The keyboard is one of the strong points of the KUU K1, it takes up all the available space with a full numeric keypad. Delivered in QWERTY it is possible to obtain a set of AZERTY labels to stick on the keys at the time of purchase. These “stickers” allow to use the device with an AZERTY keyboard easily. The defect of this solution being that it will make useless the backlighting function of the keys that the machine proposes.
Connections are limited for a 15.6″ but the main elements are found with two USB 3.0 type-A ports, a 3.5 mm audio jack jack combining headphones and microphone, an HDMI output and a MicroSD card reader. The KUU K1 has built-in stereo speakers and the upper part of the keyboard houses a 2 megapixel webcam. A fingerprint reader is available on the large touchpad for easy authentication.
The battery may be the weak point in this configuration. With 38 Wh I guess the device will have a hard time exceeding 4 to 5 hours of nomadic use. This makes it a good sedentary solution that can move from room to room or from one place to another but not necessarily the ideal solution for frequent travelers. Its 1.8 Kilo and its correct dimensions could have been a good companion, the KUU K1 is 36 cm wide, 24 cm deep and 2.5 cm thick. The KUU K1 can connect via a Wifi5 module and offers Bluetooth 4.0.