Review: iLife ZED Note 2

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iLife has been quite a while on the local market churning out budget-friendly smartphones, all-in-ones and so on. The company now wants to aggressively get into the entry-level convertibles market and its first offering this year is the iLife ZED Note 2.

The ZED Note 2 is a budget-friendly 11.6-inch convertible that weighs just 1.08-kgs and measures 0.62-inches at its thinnest corner. The ZED Note 2 is a convertible which lets you swivel the keyboard area at 360-degrees thus turning the Note 2 into a tablet. Did we mention the device comes with a touchscreen display? All this at a very affordable price tag of AED 899!

Under the hood, the iLife ZED Note 2 is powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor running at a clock speed of 1.44-GHz. While you won’t find any super-powered competitors at the price, an Intel Atom CPU makes Windows 10 feel quite slow.

Considering the low price, however, iLife has done a good job of holding onto a few hints of higher-end design. The company has used a mix of metal and plastic for the outer shell of the device. As mentioned earlier, the Note 2 also comes with a touchscreen display that offers a resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels.

The keyboard of the ZED Note 2 feels quite comfortable to use, while the touchpad also houses a fingerprint scanner for added security. A great addition, considering that the Note 2 can also be used at a work place for day to day computing needs.

Other specs of the ZED Note 2 include 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of eMMC storage. In terms of connectivity, the iLife ZED Note 2 comes with 2.5mm headphone jack, USB 2.0 port, a MicroSD card slot and a lock notch on the left edge. Onto the right edge, you will find the power port, a USB 3.0 port, and a mini HDMI port.

The fingerprint scanner on the touchpad is used as part of Windows Hello to let you login to Windows 10 without typing a password or code. The fingerprint sensor was quite quick at recognizing registered fingerprints.

The iLife ZED Note 2’s display is really good to look at. Colour reproduction is very good considering that the Note 2 is a budget device. The touchscreen functionality worked really well without any glitches. In terms of performance, the iLife ZED Note 2 is also very good for day to day computing needs.

Storage capacity may not be a major issue if you only want the ZED Note 2 for basic tasks, but it’ll quickly get sucked-up if you start installing a lot of data-hungry apps or games. Stamina also benefits from CPU style. This is the grade of processor you might see in a phone or tablet and it lets the battery last for about 12 hours when playing back a HD video on loop.

All in all, the iLife ZED Note 2 is a very good convertible if you want a laptop for day to day computing needs. It is dependable, comes with bucket-loads of features and hits the sweet spot in terms of price tag.

Price: AED 899



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