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Jumper is definitely not a new kid to the block when it comes to tablets and laptops. They have been doing this for a long time but have mostly released products exclusively in China. Jumper has recently begun releasing products internationally and the Jumper EZBook 2 is their second stab at an international release. Take a look at the specs, nothing really jumps out as outstanding. So why am I so excited for this laptop? Well in my opinion it has one of the most well balanced specs of any laptop or tablet. 1080p screen, 4GBs of RAM, 10,000mAh battery. The specs are strong in all departments, at least in theory. However, specs can tell a different story from the user experience, so before you jump to a conclusion, let me tell you the whole story.
This is the Macbook Air 13, except it’s not. You place both devices side by side and the only differences are a small difference in size and the different logos on the cover. The Jumper logo even lights up, just like a Macbook, but the light inside is not very strong, you can barely see it indoors. Let’s talk about the size of the laptop. 3 months ago, I would have been completely happy with how big it is, almost the same size as the Pipo W9s and a little bigger than the Macbook Air. But not anymore. I have one friend who has the XPS13 and another friend who has the ASUS UX305, and both notebooks are way smaller than this laptop. I understand Jumper wanting to copy an Apple product since Chinese demand for Apple stuff is sky high, but those bezels are huge and honestly makes this laptop look a little dated, but that goes for the Macbook air as well. It is thinner than the Macbook Air though. It weighs 1.4kg, that’s more than light enough for me as a guy, but there are much lighter options out there nowadays, like the ASUS UX305.
You get 2 USB ports, 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0, MicroSD slot, microHDMI and a headphone jack.
Jumper made an interesting design decision here, the lid is made of aluminum, but the body is not, it’s plastic. I can see where they’re coming from, they want the laptop to look and feel nice when you’re carrying it, and there’s less volume in the lid than the body which translates into less metal used, but I honeslty would rather have it the other way around, because now the laptop is a tiny bit top heavy, not as much as 2 in 1 devices, but still noticeable.
There’s a little bit of flex on the screen, but that’s not much of an issue because it’s not a touchscreen either.
Now the keyboard. It’s a chiclet style keyboard and the keys themselves are OK quality, plastic, there is a little flex in the keyboard, but nothing too severe. The typing experience is not bad, I can easily achieve my normal typing speed which is about 60-70wpm. Key travel is pretty shallow, I bottom out fast but the keys are springy and jump back quick. One thing I absolutely love about the keyboard are the full size arrow keys. Literally on every other ultrabook, the arrow keys are super small but here, they are full size. One more thing I love is the extra row of keys on the right side with page up, page down, home end, they come in extremely useful. However, one thing that I absolutely detest is where they put the delete key, right beside the power button. I keep on accidentally hitting the power button instead.
Now the trackpad. Apple products have the world’s best trackpad, hands down. The Dell XPS 13 is actually very close to the Macbook’s trackpad in terms of quality, but not quite there yet. What about this one? Let’s put it this way, for a Chinese laptop, one of the best trackpads I’ve used. When comparing to the Macbook and the XPS? Meh, It handles Windows 10 gestures pretty well, scrolling in Edge is actually really responsive and accurate, almost as good as Safari on the Macbook, but scrolling in Chrome? Less good, but still not bad. If you do get this laptop and I hope you do, I like it a lot, change the mouse scroll settings from 3 to 1, as that makes the scrolling less fast so you can actually control where you end up on the page. If you got an earlier version of the Jumper EZBook 2, disabling pinch to zoom in the Windows settings does not work, as pinch to zoom is still enabled.
In my opinion I have pretty mixed feelings about the build quality. You have a high quality aluminium lid and then a not so high quality plastic body. In terms of size and weight, well, it’s been a long time since any of us have been blown away by how small and thin the Macbook air is. And lastly, the trackpad, one of the best Chinese trackpads around, but pretty average compared to the best in the world. It’s up to you guys whether you like the build quality or not.
Ah finally, a 1080p 14” LED screen. Even the entry level Macbook Air only has a 900p screen. I mean it’s no Quad HD screen, but 1080p is definitely more than enough for a 14″ display. The screen seems to be on the blue side, it might only be noticeable to a reviewer like me since I go through many devices, but it’s there. Other than that, the screen itself looks real decent, watching TV, reading articles and working on it generally looks good. Colours are actually not bad, as you can see in this Stardew Valley clip here.
The max brightness is around 300 nits, which is real decent, and the screen is matte. You have to look at the screen from the center otherwise colours are off as well, this not being an IPS screen. But still, no complaints.
The speakers are on the bottom of the laptop, so they do get muffled depending what you put the laptop on. Not the best speakers here, but definitely enough if you want to sit at home watching some TV or movies without headphones. The speakers themselves have enough treble and bass, treble sounds OK, but anything that’s bass sounds muffled. everything just kind of gets mixed together, but even then it’s still good enough for most things, unless you’re DJing or something. Check out the video review for audio quality.
I’m not too worried about battery life, there’s a big 10,000mAh battery here so let’s get right down to testing. I first reloaded a webpage every 10 seconds and the laptop lasted for 7 hours and 12 minutes, not bad. Then I looped a video and it died after about 7 hours and 25 minutes. Some good results and just a tiny bit below what I was expecting.
Real life battery use is also really decent. Unless you are an super heavy user, you don’t have to worry about plugging it in before the end of the day. For example, if you are a student with 5 hours of lectures, and then you work on a paper for 2 hours before going home, you won’t have to plug in before you reach home. No complaints, I’m very satisfied with battery life here.
Software & Performance
The software is what has me the most concerned, as I’ve been mostly satisfied with most everything else. And traditionally, software is where Chinese companies struggle. If Jumper nails the software, man this thing could be a complete runaway success.
So I’m happy to report that Jumper has done a great job with the software, it’s perfect, well almost. General UI stuff in Windows 10 is smooth and responsive, opening and closing metro apps are fast, and browsing with Edge is just a pleasure. Google Chrome is where the imperfections start showing. You can clearly tell that Chrome is less smooth than Microsoft Edge on the same webpage, and while part of the blame is on Chrome which has become real bloated, other similarly powered devices like the ASUS T100 run chrome better than this. To put that in perspective, I could stream 4k video from youtube on Microsoft edge no problem, but on Chrome? 4K video playback is jittery, stuttery, and just not very pleasant. Again this is not entirely the Jumper EZBook’s fault, as Chrome is partly to blame as well due to the video codec that Google Chrome uses.
The 4GBs of RAM and Cherry Trail processor are more than enough for web browsing, word documents, and even some light photoshop or GIMP because phtoshop is expensive and also some light gaming. I could play my favourite games like Hearthstone and Stardew Valley no problem, but it struggles with midrange gaming. Left 4 Dead 2 wouldn’t run and Goat Simlator was not playable. The laptop gets warm real easily right over the enter key, even when doing things like Chrome, but it never gets hot unless you’re playing something intense. I ran Crystalmark and the eMMC drive is decent, but not great.
While Jumper didn’t blow me away with some on point software optimization, they generally did a good job with the software. Just remember that this laptop has a low power Cherry Trail chip, good for internet, word and light gaming.
I’ve combined connectivity and the camera into one section because there’s not much to talk about here. You already know what kind of ports there are, and they all work fine, and both USB ports can power my Western Digital 2TB drive as well, the USB3 port is real as well and transfers at USB3 speeds. It had no problems reading my 32GB class 10 MicroSD as well. WiFi and Bluetooth also work as expected. There is only a front facing 2MP camera that is pretty bad, just about good enough for skype.
So for just $170 you get half an aluminum laptop, 4GBs of RAM, 1080p screen and a big battery.
- Durable and light
- Above average battery life
- Decently bright but sharp screen
- Speakers a tad unclear
I’m going to be honest, nothing really stands out in this laptop at all, sorry jumps out in this laptop at all, but it doesn’t have any weak points either, well except for the webcam, but that’s pretty minor. And that is what makes this laptop so compelling, it has no significant weak points, it is one of the most well rounded and carefully balanced Atom devices to come out of China. I very highly recommend this, and starting at $170, it’s pretty cheap. And it’s replacing my Chuwi Hi12 as my daily driver. And that is how much I like the Jumper EZBook 2. Thank you so much for watching and have a great day. Be sure to hit subscribe and check out any of my other videos as well.