There are many Chinese brands trying to come in with products identical to top brands. But only a few of them try to make innovative products. Say how many Chinese brands you know that make 360-degrees-rotatable notebooks. I am sure you will have real difficulties when trying to remember such companies. But this doesn’t mean there are not similar brands. At least, I know one. And I am going to share with you my experience related to the Voyo Vbook A1.
Voyo Vbook A1 Specs List
- OS: Windows 10
- CPU: Intel Celeron N 3450 (Apollo Lake)
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 128GB (SSD) + 32 GB (eMMC)
- Display: 11.6-inch IPS (1,920 x 1,080)
- Connectivity: 802.11 b/g USB 2.0 x 2, microHDMI, microSD, Bluetooth 4.0
- Battery: 12,000mAh
- Dimensions and weight: 290 × 196 × 16mm/1,200g
Voyo Vbook A1 Design
First, the notebook comes in a champagne gold color option, which is not the most common color for notebooks. But I have to state it looks amazing thanks to a good contrast with the black keyboard.
As you can guess, the material is made of plastic. Why I express so is mainly related with its price range. This is a cheap laptop. Therefore, the company has had to save on some features. The housing is one of them. The Voyo Vbook A1’s whole body is made of plastic but the hinges. Though the body has no matte effect, no fingerprints are left on it.
The overall design is simple, but perfect. I mean there is nothing to focus on, but there is everything you need. Say one of the USB 2.0 ports is located on the left hands said along with the 3.5mm audio jack. There are also a SIM card slot, volume rocker, and keyboard on/ off switch. So you can switch it manually or the laptop with do itself automatically depending on rotation. Well, this is not anything new, as we have seen this feature on other VBook series devices. It may sound odd, but there is nothing written about the SIM card slot. We have not tested it yet, but hope it works properly.
As for the right side, there are a few LED lights, DC-IN port, USB port, microHDMI port, and microSD card slot for memory expansion.
The Voyo Vbook A1 is a regular transformer. Therefore, do not expect to see anything on the back.
The bottom of the device shows how many screws should be removed to open the panel. If you wonder when you will need it, I have to say you can replace the SSD with DIY anytime you need. Other than that, there are rubber feet as well as stereo speakers located on the right and left sides.
Finally, you can look at the Voyo Vbook A1 when it’s fully tilted.
The device comes at dimensions of 290 × 196 × 16mm. it sounds good, but when trying to use it as a tablet you will have some inconvenience. Agree it’s not easy to hold a 1.2kg tablet in hands and operate with it quickly.
Voyo Vbook A1 Performance
The specs on paper look quite attractive. But we have to look closer and deeper to find out whether the manufacturer could get the most from hardware as well as software.
We have reviewed other notebooks from this niche, but this one seems to be a head higher. The Voyo Vbook A1 is packed with an Intel Celeron N 3450 (Apollo Lake). This is the same SoC found on the Chuwi LapBook 14.1, Onda xioma 41, and CIVILTOP Air. So as the latter are capable of providing a good performance like our hero, we have all reasons to think this chip has been made especially for notebooks. Though the Dragon Quest benchmark shows the same score (1867), I guess this chip is very close to the Atom X5 – Z 8300 in terms of performance.
Voyo Vbook A1 Display
As the notebook comes with a LCD display, it is capable of providing vivid colors. The same can be said for the viewing angle – when looking diagonally it is bit darkened. But I guess you won’t have any problem with it. The bezels are not too wide, but they are not narrow as well. So no complains and no praises as well. We can say, the display quality is satisfactory for a laptop from this price range.
Voyo Vbook A1 Keyboard
The keyboard comes at a good quality. The keys are placed on an acceptable distance. So when typing you won’t feel any inconvenience. Keystrokes are soft, but we can’t say they are made of a high-quality plastic. What I focus on when reviewing a Chinese product is the placement of ‘Delete’. It’s on its place. What I didn’t like on this keyboard is the ‘.com’ key. Why it’s placed there remains unknown. Plus, there is a key for enabling / disabling the touchpad. But it’s too big.
The Voyo Vbook A1 comes with a single-piece touchpad. It supports multi-tap. Thus you can swipe via two fingers for scrolling or make a two-finger-tap to perform right-click action.
Voyo Vbook A1 Touch Pen
As we have said at the beginning of the Voyo Vbook A1 review, this notebook is stylus-compatible. But be careful when buying this product from other retailers but GearBest, because they may sell them separately.
There is a special button to turn the stylus on. But do not try to turn it off in the same way. It doesn’t work. The touch pen turns off when it is not used for a while. You don’t have to worry about its batteries, because they are rechargeable. It’s done via microUSB cable. Here you have to worry about – there is no cable for this purpose included in the box.
The Voyo Vbook A1’s stylus provides regular writing and drawing experience. But it won’t be correct to say this is the best touch pen we have ever seen.
Voyo Vbook A Battery
The notebook is packed with a large capacity battery of 12.000mAh. We tested it by watching videos and surfing in the net for three hours at screen brightness of 40%. The battery discharged from 90% to 43%. So the 12.000mAh capacity is capable of providing up to 6 hours.
The charger supports 12V – 3A and 36W charging options. Therefore, it will be charged quickly. It takes about 2 hours to charge the Voyo Vbook A1 fully.
- Convertible Design
- Full HD LCD screen
- Large capacity battery
- Multiple ports and interfaces
- Large memory
- Replaceable storage
- Odd keyboard
- Uncomfortable use as a tablet
- Apollo Lake chip
If talking about the pros of the Voyo Vbook A1 we can say there are more than half a dozen of features making this device quite attractive. Among them we can mention the overall size and weight, acceptable memory combination, 11.6-inch LCD display and so on. Plus, it’s been made to compete with notebooks like the Lenovo Yoga. In this sense, we have no complains on the Voyo Vbook A1. But when it comes to using it as a tablet, not everyone can do it successfully. So seems this notebook has everything to grab customers’ attention. It’s even priced too low – only $324.63.