RDP Thinbook 1110 Detailed Review
In digits, we get a lot of questions for recommending laptops under the rupee. 20,000 Although there are plenty of machines in this range, it is difficult to recommend any of them. Sometimes the display isn’t good enough, while the performance won’t cut it at all. To be fair, a Sub-15K laptop leaves little room for decent (or powerful) specifications. Nevertheless, with the growing demand and steady decline in hardware prices, the Indian laptop market now offers various options in the sub-15K segment. One such laptop is the RDP Thinbook 1110. Its MRP is around Rs. 18,000, but is currently available at Rs. 13,999. Let’s take a look at what it has to offer.
Processor: Intel Atom x5-Z8350U
Display: 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768p
Battery rating: 8000mAh
Warranty: 1 year
Construction and design
The RDP Thinkbook 1110 is not a very expensive laptop and it looks straightforward. It’s made of plastic and it’s not very good. All body panels except display have different levels of flex. The display has no obvious flex as it is a touchscreen unit and has a glass touch panel. This means that the unit is a little heavier and the base rises above the desk as the display tilts more than 120 degrees. This is a problem because it lifts the whole rock up and down once you lift your hand from the keyboard.
It uses a two-part hinge method, which works, but it is a date design and is definitely different from what the company advertises on its website. Also, unlike the other mainstream convertibles, the Thinbook 1110 does not automatically turn off the keyboard and touchpad in tablet mode. So, you get a dedicated physical toggle to turn off the keyboard and touchpad.
Even when you consider the ultra-affordable price, all of this seems to be unexpected for any and all reasonable buyers, which is now easily matched with many of its peers like Acer Switch one and Micromax Canvas Laptab.
Display and port
If you look at the pictures on the company’s website, the Thinbook 1110’s display should have a thin bezel, but in reality it is not. The display has a thick bezel around it and the quality of the display can only be called sub-par. The 11.6-inch laptop has poor color fidelity and a very limited viewing angle. This becomes quite obvious after you use the laptop in portrait mode as a tablet. In portrait mode, the display puts a lot of pressure on your eyes and even if you finish buying this laptop we would advise against using it in that mode.
Since it is a touch-sensitive display, you can use it to browse the web or in various other “changeable” locations. While the touch response is reasonable, it is the unusable performance of the machine that disappoints you, but more on that later.
The RDP, however, has given some thought to port selection. The machine offers a USB 2.0 port on the left with a combo of headphones and a microphone. On the right side of the laptop is a microSD card slot, a micro HDMI port and, surprisingly, a USB 3.0 port.
Keyboard and touchpad
The machine’s keyboard is just average and can be considered on par with most sub-15K laptops out there. The keys on the Chiclet style keyboard offer unequal travel distances and are not very precise. Keys are smaller than regular style keyboards and may take some time to get used to. This can be a major problem for touch typists, although we suspect that touch typists will continue to look at this laptop. The keyboard also lacks some of the main shortcut buttons. There is no brightness toggle on the keyboard. Instead, it has a dedicated settings shortcut, which seems unnecessary.
At the bottom of the keyboard, there’s a small touchpad that doesn’t track well, has no palm rejection and turns on when not in use. As for gestures, they are not supported either and quickly discourage users from navigating Windows 10. During our week-long test period, the two-finger scroll only worked once. For left and right keys, they work well, but have a small click and insufficient response, which is frustrating, even at the cost of
Although the specification sheet seems like a list of compromises made to meet the budget, the performance of the machine is the worst we have seen this year. 2GB RAM is too low to run even 32-bit Windows OS and ideally, 50 percent is used when no active application is running. Things get worse as soon as you start using the Chrome browser. In our experiment, quad-core Intel Atom processors exceeded that limit by opening just five tabs in Chrome. Needless to say, 2GB of RAM was also running at full capacity, which made the machine extremely slow. You can get away with more open tabs in Microsoft’s Edge browser, but even then the laptop starts to slow down.
Tablet form factor is a similar pain to using a laptop. That being said, you can stream content up to 1080p on a laptop, which is run with some stuttering. Streaming video content to 720p is not a problem unless you have other tabs open in your browser. Touch feedback seems inadequate due to the slow processor and you can tap the menu or shortcut multiple times before opening it.
As for storage, you get 32GB of eMMC memory at your disposal, which is one third full when you drag this laptop out of the box. This leaves little room for any other application you may want to install, including essentials like Microsoft Word.
The only good thing about the RDP Thinbook 1110 is its battery life, which lasts about five to six hours with limited performance, including a 2W (SDP) processor and a small touchscreen. That being said, it’s still an average performance compared to what we’ve seen so far. The 30.4Whr battery is literally taped to the chassis and takes a long time to charge with the supplied 5W charger. After charging the system you will need to sit very close to the power outlet, as it is only 4 feet longer than a typical 8-10 foot charging cable currently available with most laptops.
The last row
The RDP Thinbook 1110 is a laptop that you should not buy even if you have a low budget Its performance is difficult to deal with, there are annoying issues with build quality and touchpad, average keyboard and battery life. The convertible function is also stunted due to the sub-per viewing angle of the display. The only aspect we feel is that the laptop comes on par with its peers is port selection, but that doesn’t change the fact that the RDP Thinbook is a poorly functioning laptop.