As the Chinese smartphones are gaining importance, so are the Chinese Notebooks such as Xiaomi Mi Air. Still, there are some brands from the Chinese land which are being ignored. BBen is such a high-end laptop manufacturer. Don’t believe us? Our protagonist ‘BBen AK13 Notebook’ will make you believe.
BBen AK13 is a 13-inch Notebook coupled with the ultra-thin premium body and breathtaking performance of an i7 CPU and 512SSD. Let’s get into the details of the notebook: BBEN AK13 Notebook Review – Is it Worth Spending $950?
Design & Appearance
As the title says, BBen AK13 is an expensive high-end notebook. It occupies an area of 32.80 x 21.90 cm. The 21mm thickness and 1.6 kg weight allow it to be super-thin and lightweight at the same time. Although, it’s not as light as it should be. There are about thousands of notebooks weighing 1.0 kg to 1.3 kg and are also cheaper than AK13 at the same time. But what makes BBen AK13 unique is its premium metal chassis. Plus, the sleek design further exaggerates its beauty. We can understand why it’s a bit heavier than its competitors because BBen AK13 is all metal.
The manufacturer has kept the notebook plain and straightforward. That’s why we don’t even find a logo neither on the top nor under the screen.
The bottom of the notebook is also clean. The four rubber stands are fastened with the chassis to attain the perfect grip on any surface. The most surprising aspect of the notebook is that even with metal body and i7 CPU there’s no ventilation at all. Still, the laptop remains silent and cool during work.
Keyboard & Touchpad
The best apart we relish about the notebook is the keyboard layout. The spacing between the keys is excellent. It’s a typical 13-inch MacBook type of keyboard with white backlight. The black keyboard is a perfect contrast to the silver colored body. The absence numeric pad may serve as one of the cons, but it’s fine for a 13-inch notebook.
The touchpad is responsive and supports pointing devices and gestures. But, on a 13-incher it’s still restricted to a small area. We might not feel comfortable with long drags. Still, we don’t need to use that touchpad too often as the screen is capacitive. In short, the keyboard and touchpad are designed for the best business and productivity experience.
Screen & Display
BBen AK13 Notebook has a large 13.3-inch touch capacitive IPS screen and Full-HD resolution. IPS is already famous for its incredible viewing angles. But the color saturation and contrast are also credible here.
The brightness was up to the mark and no glare was seen on the screen. The laptop is perfect to use outdoors. But, the edges were dull, especially the top ones.
Hardware & Performance
Under the hood, we witness the selling point of AK13 which is Intel i7-5500U Dual-Core (5th Generation) Processor. The SoC is accompanied by a moderate 8GB DDR3L RAM and a lightening fast 512 GB SSD which also serves as the highlights of BBen AK 13 notebook. Energy efficient SoC and SSD could be the sole reason for no ventilation as it’s not needed. Sadly, the notebook comes with DOS, and you have to purchase and install Windows 10 by yourself.
However, the notebook is still limited in performance because there’s no dedicated GPU. There’s built-in Intel HD 4400 graphics. So heavy gaming is not possible and never even think of trying it as there’s no ventilation in the notebook. You can play old games like GTA San Andreas but not mid and high-enders like GTA 5, Battlefield 1.
Connectivity & Ports
The connectivity of the Chinese AK13 is divided into two sections:
Speaking about the wired connectivity first, we have numerous ports available. On the left side, we have one standard USB 3.0, a TF card slot, 3.5mm audio jack and the power LED. Meanwhile, on the right side, DC charging port, RJ45 connector, USB 3.0 port, Micro HDMI port are situated. However, the traditional VGA port and Ethernet port is not present. Maybe it’s absence has to do something with the thickness of notebook. An RJ45 cable has also been given in the package.
BBEN AK13 Notebook 13.3-inch – Ports
BBEN AK13 Notebook 13.3-inch – Ports right
Heading to the wireless section, AK13 features a dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n along with Bluetooth 4.0. Now, BT 4.0 is fine as it’s the latest one in laptops, but still, the WiFi is still the outdated, not ‘ac.’ But, the option to replace is still there. There’s a 2MP camera at the top front and the image taken from it is satisfactory. In short, there are some drawbacks in the connectivity which are not ignorable under that price tag.
Battery & OS
A generous 7000mAh battery powers the BBen AK13 Notebook. With a U-series CPU and updated SSD, we can expect a good battery life around 6 to 7 hours. But the Full-HD IPS resolution nullifies this advantage and allows the notebook to run for 3-5 hours. Still, with the battery saver on, the user might expect 6 hours of battery life on a single charge. Even it takes 3 hours to top-up the battery.
- Metal Housing
- Sleek Built
- Incredible Performance
- Backlit Keyboard
- Full-HD, IPS display
- No dedicated GPU
|Dimensions||32.80 x 21.90 x 2.10 cm|
|Screen||13.3-inch, IPS, touch LED|
|Resolution||Full-HD (1080 x 1920 px)|
|SoC / Processor||Intel Core i7 (5500U), 4MB Cache, 4 Threads|
|Cores||Dual Core, 2.5GHz|
|GPU / Graphics||Intel HD 4400|
|ROM / Storage||512 SSD|
TF card slot: Yes
USB Host: Yes (2x USB 3.0 Host)
Mini HDMI slot: Yes
RJ45 connector: Yes
DC Jack: Yes
3.5mm Headphone Jack: Yes
WIFI: WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n wireless internet
WLAN Card: Yes
LAN Card: Yes
|Camera||2.0 MP Front|
|Battery||Battery Type: 7.6V / 7000mAh, Li-ion polymer battery
Charging Time (h): 3-4 hours
Standby time: 3-5 hours
AC adapter: 100-240V 19V 2.2A
|Contents||English Manual : 1
Power Adapter: 1
USB adapter RJ-45 Cable: 1
The BBen AK13 Notebook is best suited for business and productivity use. It delivers some incredible performance along with elegant appearance and metal touch. Although there are some cons but still you can’t desire for everything under this price tag. In short, BBen AK13 Notebook is a perfect example of: “A Beauty and a Beast“.