Off to a great start
Realme has made a huge splash with the launch of its first laptop, the Realme Book (Slim). Starting at Rs 44,999, Realme Book (Slim) offers some unknown features in this price range. We’re talking about a slim and light form factor, a 14-inch 2K panel with a 3: 2 ratio, and more.
However, it is worth mentioning that the starting price of Rs 44,999 is for the base variant of the laptop which comes with dual-core Intel Core i3 processor. Okay, I’m using the base variant of the laptop for the better part of the month now and I think I’m ready to share my verdict. First let’s start with the specification-
Realme Book (Slim) Specification
The Realme Book (Slim) comes in two variants, both powered by Intel’s 11th generation core processors. In addition to the processor, there are other differences between the two, such as a separate integrated GPU, support for WiFi 6, a faster memory, and more. So you may want to check out the detailed specs sheet before picking a unit. For now, let’s take a look at the specifications of the base variant that were sent for review –
Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core i3-1115G4 Dual-Core Processor 3.0GHz Base Clock and Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz, 28W TDP
Graphics: Intel UHD graphics with 48EUs
RAM: 8GB DDR4 3733MHz
Storage: Samsung 256GB NVMe SSD
Display: 14-inch IPS 3: 2 2160×1440 panel with 100% sRGB
Realm Book (Slim) Performance
Using the Realme Core i3-1115G4, a dual-core unit with 4 threads based on 10 nm superfin process technology. The 28W TDP of the processor has a 3.0GHz base clock and all cores can turbo up to 4.1GHz. Core i3-1115G4 idle at 1.7GHz with 12W TDP to save energy. I was a little skeptical about carrying a dual-core processor for Realme’s first laptop. Yes, this is for the base variant of the machine but it is still an unusual decision in this kind of glasses-heavy market, especially when Xiaomi is so hell to use an H-series processor in its laptop.
So, should you bother looking at the Intel Core i3 variant of the laptop? OK, depending on what you plan to use this laptop for, but the Intel Core i3 variant is fully serviceable. The Core Clock Speed won’t capture the full picture, but the Core i3-1115G4 running at 28W is more powerful than other processors in this price range.
For certain uses, this dual-core processor can lock-horn with the Intel Core i7-10510U, which has been strengthening the Mi NoteBook 14 Horizon version since last year. On PCMark 10, the Realme Book (Slim) managed to score slightly higher than the Mi NoteBook 14 Horizon Edition powered by i7-10510U. I have found similar observations in contrast to the i7-10510U in the single-core test.
This is why the base variant of the Realme Book (Slim) is great for most people who shop for a laptop within this price range. In real-world usage, I had absolutely no problem working with a dozen Chrome tabs with other apps running in the background. Having good quality storage also helps and the NVMe drive from Samsung was able to lose the SSD score of almost every laptop when I run the CrystalDiskMark test.
Intel UHD integrated graphics are obviously not the fastest unit, so your gaming performance is going to be very limited, to say the least. You can run some support titles like Valerant and Dota 2 in low graphics settings, but don’t expect anything crazy. It’s not a gaming laptop in any way, so there’s no point in trying to limit it.
Without going into too much detail, I can confirm that Realme Book can be used for creative work like photo and video editing, but be prepared to compromise a bit. It took us longer than usual to render our normal set of test files in Adobe Lightroom but it worked. The same goes for video editing using Davinci Resolve. I recommend using a proxy for video editing to save time before the final render.
Realm Book (Slim). It has two fans inside the chassis for cooling despite its small form factor. Copper heat sinks help keep things cool even under heavy loads. When running the Cinebench R23, the CPU package temperature did not exceed 80 C. I did not see any unusual behavior from the processor during the test run. The Cinebench R23 kept the core clock count high at 4.1GHz throughout the test, except for dropping a few drops to 3.5GHz.
I was surprised to see that the processor did not throttle during a test that usually brings other CPUs to their knees. Even the iGPU load was nothing out of the ordinary and while I was running 3DMark’s Timespy test on the loop the package temperature kept running below 80 ° C.
I’m really curious to see how the Core i5-1135G7 performs on this chassis, but the Core i3-1115G4 seems to be a tough choice, especially not for the resource-intensive workload.
Realm Book (Slim) display
Realme Book (Slim) plays a 14-inch 2K display which I think is the highlight of this laptop. It has a 3: 2 ratio which is not very common on most laptops. Comparing Realme Book’s display with Mi NoteBook Ultra 3.2K panel I encourage you to watch this detailed comparison video which I was able to put together. Here, check it out –
The video dives deeper into resolution, color accuracy, shape proportions, and more. This will help you to understand how good the Realme Book display is.
Realme Book (Slim) keyboard, trackpad and IoT
Realme Book (Slim), in my opinion, is the best keyboard and trackpad I’ve used in a laptop in this price range. The Realme Book’s keyboard and trackpad, frankly, look bad on some premium laptops. You see a 3-level backlit keyboard with 1.3mm key travel. If you prefer to use the keyboard in MacBooks, you will simply enjoy it. The experience is almost the same and I personally like it.
The trackpad is even better than the Mi NoteBook Ultra which I reviewed recently. It is a multi-touch trackpad with Windows 123.8 x 78.2 mm surface and Windows Precision driver support. Only the bottom half of the trackpad is clickable but it works very well and doesn’t seem cheap.
The port selection could have been better, of course. You will find only 2 USB Type C 3.2 gen 2 ports, a USB Type-A 3.1 Gen 1 port and a 3.5mm headphone jack in the Core i3 variant. The Thunderbolt 4 port is limited to the Core i5 variant. It’s not a deal-breaker since it has at least one USB type port, but it leaves me wanting more.
Realme Book (Slim) Design and Build Quality
After using Realme’s smartphones in the past, when I heard that they were making a laptop I was expecting nothing but the best from the company. And indeed, they have distributed. The Realme book is absolutely stunning and arguably one of the best looking laptops you can buy at this price range. Some people might call it a MacBook Air clone and to them, I say there’s nothing wrong with that. I would pick up a stunningly thin and light chassis on top of dozens of other laptops for which the design seemed like a thought.
The Realme Book (Slim) has a high-quality aluminum body that weighs approximately. 1.38 kg. I wouldn’t say it’s built like a tank but the construction certainly feels sturdy and super premium to use. It also lacks the optimal weight distribution which is why you can’t open the lid of a laptop with one finger. Again, this is not a deal-breaker within the price range.
I also like the fact that Realme has added a fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button. There’s also a 720p webcam that makes it better than most laptops on the market, which have a higher premium. I would like to mention the dual Harman speakers with support for stereo surround sound by DTS. I’ve compared the Mi NoteBook Ultra’s dual speakers to the Realme Book speakers, and it’s not even close.
Realm Book (Slim) Battery Life
The Realme Book’s 54Whr battery lasts 11 hours on a single charge. I would say it is good to use for about 8-9 hours on a daily basis. It is enough to get the value of full day use from the machine. I guess the Core i5 variant might be a little less durable as it has a more powerful processor which means it will lose more heat which needs to be cooled with the fans. The Realme Book’s battery can be charged via a 65W USB-C power adapter.
Realme Book (Slim) judgment
Realm Book (Slim), as I mentioned earlier, the base variant we reviewed in India is priced at Rs 44,999. For that price, you get a great machine with a 2K display, a nice slim and light form-factor, a great keyboard and trackpad combo, and reliable performance thanks to the 11th Gen Intel Core i3 for the daily workload. 1115G4 processor.
The Realm Book (Slim) is arguably one of the best laptops in this price range. If you have a budget of RS 45,000 and you don’t want to worry about any resource-intensive workload, look no further. This is also going to be my recommendation for professionals who want to buy a reliable machine for office work Xiaomi’s Mi NoteBook Pro / Ultra comes close and they should be on your list if you want to increase the budget. This is a great start for Realme in the laptop space and I can’t wait to see more laptops from them in the future.