Inexpensive laptops often lack system memory and internal storage – which often flips over to provide a good user experience.
We climbed onto the world’s cheapest laptop, the Thomson X5 Neo 10, with its 2GB system memory and 32GB built-in storage. That’s barely enough to run Windows 10, let alone Windows 7. But not all cheap laptops are the same. The Lhmzniy A9 Pro, although a bite in name, costs only $349.99 at Gearbest.
Finally – a provider that made sense by combining a decent processor with lots of storage and a fast SSD. The A9 has as much memory and storage capacity as a leading laptop and even if the processor is on the weaker side, it should be powerful enough for most tasks.
It comes with 16GB of RAM and a massive 1TB (M.2 SATA) SSD disk, matching the best specifications of the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3.
However, there is no Core i7 processor here, as the A9 Pro contains an Intel Celeron 3867U processor, although one of the fastest launched in 2019, which can be 80% faster than an Intel Core i3 (from 2010 and on the Passmark test).
Other than that, there are not many corners cut. We were surprised to find that it has an all-metal and magnesium aluminum chassis with a 15.6-inch Full HD screen (TN, not IPS unfortunately) and super narrow glasses. On the connectivity side, the only disappointment is the lack of C-type connectors.
There are also two USB 3.0 ports, a mini HDMI, an audio connector, a card reader and a proprietary power port. The datasheet contains three additional features typically found on more expensive laptops; a backlit keyboard, two batteries and a privacy cover for the webcam. In the past, 16GB of memory was reserved for mobile workstations – see how far we’ve come.