Ultrabooks are witnessing some sort of renaissance these days, fuelled by renewed interest in the general lightweight portable computing category due to Microsoft’s Surface line of laptops.
Ultrabooks refer to those laptops which are thin and lightweight, but punch in a lot of power and battery life to enhance productivity of the user. The term was first coined by Intel to promote various brands’ new thin laptops using the Intel chipset. Today we have the Livefan S1 laptop with us, so let us see whether its really a productivity-enhancing tool or an failed effort worth zero time.
Unboxing and First Impressions-
The Livefan S1 laptop comes in a white box with the Livefan branding in the middle. The dimensions of the product are 32.50 cm in length, 21.20 cm in width and 1.39 cm in height. It weighs 1.150 including the battery. The packaging feels secure and nice. It induces confidence in the consumer that the things inside are packed well are well protected. Opening the box, we find-
- Adapter according to region.
- User manual.
On lifting the laptop, it feels cool to the touch, which confirms its metal build. The overall fit and finish is great, with edges lined correctly and no sound of creaks and wobbles. The design is very similar to a MacBook Air, along with the feel and weight.
On the left edge of the laptop we have the USB type-C port, a USB 3.0 port and the DC-in jack, while on the right we have the 3.5mm audio jack, a USB 2.0 port and a Micro-HDMI port. The good thing about the laptop is the presence of USB type-C, which makes it futureproof.
The provided charger and adapter are of good quality too. Overall, the device feels well built and looks like a one made by a Tier-I big brand. We have the golden colored model, though the laptop is also available in silver color too.
The Livefan S1 laptop comes with Windows 10 pre-installed, which makes set-up a breeze. The laptop boots under 30 seconds, owing to the 8GB DDR3 RAM and the 256GB of SSD installed on the machine.
The laptop is also powered by an Intel Core-M 5Y10c dual-core processor with speeds upto 2.0GHz. The combination powers the ultrabook through heavy workloads and lags were non existent. On heavy usage, the Livefan S1 laptop does get warm though, but there is no fan noise as the processor is fanless. The Livefan S1 comes with a clean build of Windows 10 version 1511 with no bloatware installed.
The keyboard is not backlit, though the travel distance is pretty great for a thin keyboard. The keys feel clicky and the flex between keys are kept to a minimum. There is no separate number pad, though most of the ultrabooks ditch the number pad to get that thin look. The 1.3MP camera is good for video calls and is nothing home to write about. The laptop has dual speakers, which are located on the bottom of the laptop. The sound is pretty okay though a bit low and lacking bass.
The Livefan S1 laptop has a 13.3 inch 2K display with great viewing angles due to IPS technology. Watching content is a pleasure on the device, with popping colors and great color temperature setting. The 4800mAh battery powers the device upto 6 hours. Reducing brightness does increase the battery life by an hour, but the screen becomes very dim and viewing any content becomes a daunting task. The good thing about the ultrabook is that it charges under 2 hours and supports fastcharge, though we would have preferred a bigger battery to get more battery life.
Some video of the Livefan S1 in action-
Overall, in our experiences with the Livefan S1 laptop, we found it to be a competent performer, with lag-free performance, great 2K display, high speed memory and good amount of RAM. We only longed for a bit more battery life, although the battery life is expected from an ultrabook that thin. The speaker sound was okay and the typing experience was very good. In our opinion, the Livefan S1 laptop is a tough contender in the Chinese laptop space and it deserves a second look without doubt.