Starmobile Engage Aura – What we love, and what we don’t

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3 Things We Love About the Starmobile Engage Aura

We’ve had more time with Starmobile’s affordable, 14-inch laptop, the Engage Aura, after writing its initial review — you can check out the video above — and our relationship with it has been somewhat rocky. Just like a strained relationship, at times it’s best to remember the good things. With that in mind, here are the three things we love about the Starmobile Engage Aura.

It’s Lightweight and Easy to Carry

I personally have a ginormous bag with me every time we have to head to an event or when we have to film videos for the site and, despite my hefty frame, it can be a bit of a hassle to carry around equipment and a laptop for editing our content. This made us really appreciate how easy it is to bring around the Starmobile Engage Aura on days where we don’t have to have the entire arsenal at the ready. Coming in it at just 1360 grams and its dimensions of 351 x 233 x 20mm, the Engage Aura fits in a much smaller bag and has been a great companion when our schedule is packed with meetings.

Sleek Design

Yes, we know. We said it ourselves in our initial review. It’s design is straight out of Apple’s playbook, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The notebook looks good and we’ve had our share of people telling us that they initially thought we were carry around a Macbook had they not seen the Starmobile logo on the lid, but you can always cover that up with a decal if you’re into that sort of thing. Gold also isn’t typically the color that I would choose for my devices, but there is a subtler silver variant of the Engage Aura.

A Good Deal at its Current Price

The Starmobile Engage Aura is currently available at Lazada for Php 7,488. We’ve poked around to look for other similar offerings on Lazada — who, by the way, we’re not endorsing with this post; a bit of a disclaimer there — and while there are a few items with comparable specs from other local brands, none of them have 14-inch displays. We said it in our initial review, the specs for the Engage Aura will not ooh and ahh, but just as long as you understand its limitations and know what you’re getting into, it’s pretty capable of handling work on-the-go.

There you have it, the three things we love about the Starmobile Engage Aura. We’re also listing down some of the laptops flaws in another article, so stay tuned.

3 Things We Hate About the Starmobile Engage Aura

Okay. Hate can be a very strong word, but we did let you know what Starmobile got right with Engage Aura, so its only fair to point out its flaws too. We likened our time with the laptop to a relationship, and just like any relationship you have to be willing to make certain compromises. To help you make an informed decision before purchasing the 14-inch laptop, here are the three things we didn’t like about the Starmobile Engage Aura.

Questionable Build Quality

While we certainly understand the decision to use polycarbonate plastic, and we weren’t expecting it to be made of aluminum in the first place given its price point, it’s a little unnerving to feel a little play when you’re typing on the Engage Aura and when you hear creaks here and there as well. We’ve only had this notebook for about a week, so we’re still unsure about the lifespan of the device or how much abuse the hinges can take. We’re really hoping to be proven wrong, but you’ll definitely have to give the Engage Aura a little extra care.

Requires Additional Py… More Storage

It’s not unheard of to see the amount of internal storage on a device such as this. In fact, if we were reviewing a similar product from another local brand, our eyebrows would be quizzically raised at the 32GB of ROM it would have as well. So far, we’ve only installed Chrome and a program to resize photos in batches and nearly half of the space has already been taken up. Granted that you can expand it via a Micro SD card, but not by much. If you’re planning to stock pile videos on this laptop, we would definitely advise against it. RAM seems to a bit of an issue with people complaining of crashes here and there. We haven’t experienced any crashes with the Engage Aura so far, but we’ve keeping the work load pretty light.

Tinny Speakers Can’t Handle the Bass

We weren’t expecting the sound quality of the Engage Aura to blow us away, but we were surprised to hear it crackle with minimal amounts of bass; we’re talking the bass in my voice when I do voice overs for videos here. While the Engage Aura has a pretty decent display for watching videos, we highly recommend using headphones, or speakers if you’re sharing, to ensure that you don’t blow out the speakers and you enjoy the content you’re viewing as well.

And, that’s pretty much it for the three things we didn’t like about the Starmobile Engage Aura. While it does have its flaws, we do have to remind you of one thing — it’s pretty much a steal at its current price on Lazada, which is Php 7,450; something we covered in our article that highlights the good in this laptop. At that price point, you definitely should expect a few caveats and adjust your expectations accordingly.

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