Realme Book Slim (Laptop) Review

Realme Book Slim (Laptop) Review

realme entered the laptop division by launching its very first slim laptop named realme Book Slim in India, powered by the 11th generation Intel processor, running Windows 10, and offering a 2K Full Vision display. Let's take a look at the specifications, features and performance of the laptop in our realme Book Slim review.

Realme Book Slim Specifications

  • display: 14-inch 2K QuadHD display (2160 x 1440 pixel resolution), 60Hz refresh rate, 3: 2 aspect ratio, 100% sRGB color gamut, anti-glare protection
  • Software: Windows 10 Family SL (version 21H1)
  • Security: Fingerprint reader integrated into the power key
  • CPU: Up to 4,2 GHz (Turbo), 11th Gen Tiger Lake Core i5-1135G7, 8MB Cache (OR Core i3-1115G4 dual-core, quad-thread processor, 6MB Cache)
  • GPU: Intel Iris Xe graphics card (Tiger Lake)
  • Memory: 8 GB DDR4 RAM (up to 4 MHz), non-expandable
  • Storage room: 256 GB OR 512 GB NVMe SSD, non-expandable
  • Keyboard and touchpad: 3-level backlit keyboard, multi-touch trackpad
  • The audio: 2x Harmon Kardon stereo speakers, DTS stereo surround sound support
  • Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2 (5.1 on Core i3), 1 x USB Type-C for charging and data transfer, 1 x Thunderbolt 4 port, 1 x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1 , 1x 3,5mm combo audio jack, 2 built-in microphones
  • Camera: HD 720p
  • Other: PC Connect application (pre-installed)
  • Drums: 54 WH, up to 11 hours of battery life, 65W Type-C AC adapter (compatible with USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 4 ports)
  • AC adapter: Ultra-fast 65-watt PD charging
  • Dimensions: 14,9mm (thickest 15,5mm) x 307,21mm x 228,96mm
  • Weight: 1,38 kg
  • Price: Rs 46 (Core i999-3G1115 & 4 Go SSD), Rs 256 (Core i59-999G5 & 1135 Go SSD)

Design, display, ergonomics and construction

The realme Book Slim gives you a premium look and feel when it comes to design, the design is amazing, slim and compact, metallic design and lightweight at 1,38 kilogram. It has an impressive size of 14 inches and a thickness of 14,9mm, making it one of the thinnest laptops in its class.

The laptop has a high quality aluminum body and an excellent built-in 2K screen, it catches your eye when you look at its beautiful 2K screen. The screen here is a 2K QuadHD with a resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels, a refresh rate of 60 Hz, a 3: 2 aspect ratio, a 100% sRGB color gamut and is protected by an anti-reflective foil.

The screen is large with minimal bezels and gives you a great viewing experience. Its competitor, the Mi NoteBook Pro offers a slightly higher resolution screen, namely 2,5K (1560 x 1600 pixels) with more than 1B of colors (Mi TrueLife screen).

The front side has a realme logo, the back side has vents with speaker grilles on the sides, the laptop opens to almost 180 degrees, the overall design is solid and looks premium. The laptop offers 3-mode backlighting with an extra-large trackpad and an integrated fingerprint scanner on the power button. The keyboard and trackpad experience has been excellent so far.

The right side of the laptop offers a 3,5mm combo port (microphone + headphone) and a USB Type-A 3.1 Gen 1 port. The left side offers two USB Type-C ports, of which version 3.2 Gen 2 ( the higher version) and Thunderbolt 4 (the lower version) with an LED charge indicator in the middle. You don't have an HDMI port and RJ-45 LAN port, you will need to use a converter / adapter.

Software and Features

The realme Book Slim runs on the latest version of Windows 10 Home Single Language (version 21H1) preinstalled without any sign of bloatware, you will find a PC Connect app as well as some Microsoft apps preinstalled with the laptop, the interface is clean and free of bloatware.

Using it as an everyday laptop with multitasking, browsing, browsing, downloading files, streaming videos and music, and light gaming, it turns out the overall experience was excellent, fluid and responsive.

The built-in PC Connect app connects to your realme smartphone with the laptop and allows you to access files on the phone, transfer files and perform certain activities on both devices.

On the connectivity side, it comes with a dual-band Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) 2,4 GHz and 5 GHz, a more recent Bluetooth version 5.1 (5.2 on Core i5 models), 1x USB Type-C port for charging as well as for data transfer, a Thunderbolt 4 port on the left and a USB Type-A port on the right

This can be an inconvenience, no HDMI and RJ-45 LAN outputs are found on the laptop due to its slim profile. You can use Type C to HDMI converter, but without the converter in hand, you are out of luck.

The speakers are ok, the audio output is ok, you get 2 Harman Kardon stereo speakers with DTS Audio Stereo Surround support. You will also find an HD webcam with 2 built-in microphones right next to it using the Vocplus AI noise cancellation algorithm.

Hardware, performance and games

realme offers the laptop in two processor variants, namely Intel Core i3 and Intel Core i5, both 11th generation. The realme Book Slim is equipped with the latest 11th gen Intel Tiger Lake processors: Core i3-1115G4 dual-core (quad-thread) and Core i5-1135G7 quad-core (quad-thread), but no Core i7 variant.

Also, digging further into the processors, the Core i3-1115G4 is clocked at 3,0GHz (base frequency) and 4,1GHz at its Turbo, and 6M of cache while the Core i5-1135G7 is clocked at 2,4 GHz (base frequency) and 4,2 GHz at its Turbo, and 8M of cache memory.

The laptop does not have other variants in the area of ​​storage and RAM, you will have to choose either the Intel Core-i3 model with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage or the Intel Core-i5 model. with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage.

The realme Book Slim comes with 8 GB of DDR4 RAM with a massive RAM frequency of 4 MHz (266 MHz for the Core i3 model) and NVMe-type SSD storage of 733 GB (Core i3) or 256 GB (Core i3).

One downside is that the RAM is not scalable, you will end up with only 8GB on the laptop, which could be a setback for those considering upgrading RAM in the future. You also don't have 12GB or 16GB RAM variants.

SSD storage performance is blazingly fast, it's an NVMe, the fastest type of SSD, after all it has better performance among regular SSDs and much better than its HDD counterparts. SSD storage plays an important role in the overall performance of the system.

On the graphics and gaming side, the GPU is from Intel, no dedicated GPU is available, the Intel Iris Xe Graphics is an on-board GPU and is faster than Intel UHD in 11th generation graphics named after Intel Tiger Lake code.

The GPU is capable of light to medium gaming which can be good for casual gamers. Note that you will get Intel UHD graphics if you choose the Intel Core i3 model. You also don't get variants with a dedicated GPU like NVIDIA or AMD graphics.

Battery life and charge

The realme Book Slim offers long battery life and fast charging capabilities. One of the impressive aspects of the laptop is its battery life, although it is a Windows laptop, it can reach up to 11 hours of battery life on a single charge. According to realme, you can play 1080p local video for 11 hours on a fully charged battery. Battery life will vary depending on usage of the laptop.

Moving on to its charging capabilities, the realme Book Slim comes with a 65W fast charging PD adapter to charge its 54Wh battery. Charging takes about 30 minutes to charge the battery from 0% to 50%, you can expect it to fully charge in about 60 minutes. It can also be charged with a 30W dart charger. Charging is really fast and equivalent to today's fast-charging smartphones.

Verdict

The realme Book Slim is compact, thin, light, powerful and blazingly fast in terms of performance. It looks premium and its metal design provides a solid build quality. On top of that, you get a gorgeous 2K display, large trackpad, backlit keyboard, and fast charging capabilities that make the realme Book Slim a complete package. The downside is the HDMI port and RAM + SSD upgrades you will end up with only 8GB RAM, a 12/16GB RAM option would be ideal, otherwise nothing beats the realme Book Slim. The realme Book Slim is a recommended buy, check out the notebook on Flipkart below.

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