In this article, I give you my One-Netbook One Mix 4 10.1-Inch review with specs included. This device is now available on the market, sometimes named the One-Netbook 4 or 4 Platinum if you get the higher-end configuration.
So, this is a 10.1-inch 360-degree convertible laptop with Intel 11th generation Tiger Lake U lower-power CPUs inside. With 10-inches it’s a pretty unusual size.
This is the same company that’s made other miniaturized laptops, some of them in practically small like seven-inch size laptops.
The name is unfortunate really in English One-Netbook because it brings to mind netbooks from 2007 to 2010 or 2011 which were those plasticky affordable 10-inch screen Windows laptops that at the time seemed pretty cool but then tablets came out and later Chromebooks and surpassed them.
But this is no netbook this is not plasticky and this is not underpowered. This is 6000 series aluminum with the CNC chassis and a nice QHD IPS display supporting pen and touch.
Clearly not a plasticky netbook, this is a premium device just miniaturized. But, to my mind miniaturize the right amount for people who want something really portable. When you think you might need a laptop with you but you’re not 100% sure you want to commit to carrying that weight because you might not need it, versus the seven-inch and even the eight-point-four-inch models where the usability is really hard in those that small.
This one feels pretty much more like a laptop. And, thanks to the fact that component miniaturization has gone so far and bezels are so small, it’s pretty darn light. 769 grams which is 1,7-ish pounds or so and it’s pretty slim, so an easy carry.
I don’t think this is going to be a primary laptop for most people unless you use a keyboard and mouse on an external monitor on a desktop because we’re still talking about a 10-inch display.
And the display is QHD+ resolution because this is a 16 by 10 aspect ratio to hit all the things that people like these days.
It ships out of the box with 250% scaling for windows interface and you’re going to want to drop that down to like 200%. It’s still very readable and seeable but at 250% zoom some things just go off the screen like some dialog boxes and it’s awkward.
The hardware power on this is pretty impressive. Let’s put it this way, this is the same CPU that I’ve seen used in other recent reviews I’ve done of the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Nano, the X1 Titanium Yoga, and the X12 tablet pc. So that’s no slouch.
You got Core i5 and Core i7 options onboard with Intel Iris Xe graphics. In other words, it’s fast enough to be used as your main computer assuming you don’t need mobile workstation level performance. If a regular ultrabook will do it for you this one’s pretty good.
You might say what about thermals. Yes it does have a fan and pretty much the same size fan we would see in your usual 13-inch ultrabook. So you’ll hear it come on it’s not loud and screaming but it’ll come on. I for extended workloads you’re doing a video export that goes on for 10 minutes or something like that you’ll see the cpu clocks drop some.
So it’s not meant to sustain maximum performance for half an hour at a time. But again it’s not really performing worse than the lenovo thinkpad x1 titanium yoga. So it sounds pretty premium right which is cool. And the price is pretty premium too though.
It starts at around a thousand dollars for the core i5 version with eight gigs of ram and a 256 gig nvme ssd. That’s m.2 by the way. There’s a full-size slot for ssd in here. And we have the higher end version which they sometimes call the one netbook for platinum instead of the mix four like i said.
And that one is a 512 gig ssd and a core i7 inside and 16 gigs of dual channel ram. So that one’s about 1500. So this is certainly probably a luxury purchase for most people. Especially if you’re buying it as a second laptop.
But it’s a fascinating product so i just really wanted to cover for the fact that you see they don’t have to be underpowered and cheap and cheesy just because they’re small. In that way it’s pretty neat. In terms of the keyboard and the trackpad on this.
10 inches again like the netbooks of old although they were a little bit bigger chassis they had more room to work with. It’s not bad actually. You get used to it. It’s not absurd like a seven-inch version of one of these sorts of things is. The keys require a good deep press.
They actually are pretty firm and tactile. The key travel is not that bad on them. Better than say a dell xps 13. But you really have to hit until it hits the bottom of the key. So you got to get used to that i found that a little weird at first i was missing some keystrokes until i adjusted. It’s backlit and white.
Hit fn plus spacebar to turn on the white backlighting. The trackpad is microsoft precision. It’s on the small side though. So yeah i found that sometimes gestures weren’t the easiest thing. If you’re doing a two-finger scroll you really have to keep your fingers parallel and not off at an angle or it won’t pick up on them.
Otherwise they work fine. Given how compact the keyboard is a few keys like some of the punctuation keys like the the quote mark and the colon are in a different row than normal. They’ve been shifted one row from where they normally would be down.
So that’s another thing to get used to there are some accommodations. In terms of connectivity this has two usbc four ports. Now they didn’t pay for the thunderbolt certification and given the price of this i’m kind of surprised maybe they should have.
But they say it’s 40 gigabit per second and even supports egpu. Those are on the left side and on the right side there’s usbc 3.0 port. You have a headphone jack and a micro sd card slot. We can forgive a bit of dongle life here and you’ll need a usbc the usb a adapter for usb-a peripherals because the thing is so darn small.
The display quality on this is quite good actually. It gets reasonably bright. You can see the display metrics on screen. Has good contrast and near full srgb coverage. And experientially speaking it’s just it’s nice when you look at. It it seems actually brighter than it is.
Uh the calibration out of the box is there’s too much blue and you can tell that when you look at it it seems a little bit harsher because of that. So you can adjust those settings yourself in windows color settings or if you have a colorimeter you can adjust that as well but it’s nice.
Obviously it’s glossy it’s a touch screen which is perfect for something this small. And it supports pen. They didn’t send us their pen but it’s your basic older entry technology that supports 2048 pressure levels not 4 000 and 96 like newer machines like say surface pro or something like that.
And it’s decent enough it’s fine for note-taking and all that sort of thing. You could use it for sketching too um you know it’s not the highest n pen experience but it’s certainly adequate. And again given the fact that it’s about the size of a notepad it’s pretty natural use case for it as is ebook reading as a matter of fact.
It’s really good at that or for well looking at comics. The speaker on this it’s a mono speaker it’s not so great it’s small we’re not surprised. It does have a microphone but there is no webcam so you’ll need to buy an accessory webcam if you need that.
There is a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button which is on the side. It’s a fairly decent sized one it works most of the time. Intel wi-fi six ax201 so everything you would expect to see on a big name laptop. Obviously one netbook is not a household name.
And speaking of that where do you buy one of these. Well if you’re in japan you can buy one on amazon. I’m sure because other of their products have been on amazon us you’ll be able to buy in the united states too. This thing is just supposed to be shipping in may to give you an idea.
Otherwise chinese import export sites like geek buying and aliexpress are other sources for it. So it’s sounding other than well you know it’s a nice product and a price tag that matches an expensive nice product sort of thing pretty good right. What about battery life.
We have a 38.5 watt hour battery and a 45 watt compact charger not much bigger than a lot of cell phone chargers. Uh that’s not a bad battery capacity actually. It’s at the lower end of what you see on 13-inch ultrabooks give you an idea. Now this display gets pretty bright.
But we set the brightness down to 200 nits when we test our usual test of mixed productivity work with ms office doing some video streaming on either netflix or amazon prime and doing a few photoshop edits on this. Although the screen’s a little smaller for a whole lot going crazy with photoshop.
And it lasted about six hours run time. So it’s not amazing but it’s not terrible. Now if you drop the brightness down if you’re more careful about managing your battery power settings we leave it on the balance setting you could probably get about seven hours on this.
Maybe even a little bit more. So it’s decent it’s not amazing. All right to open this up to get inside first off boy does this finish show fingerprints it’s very pretty dark blue. We’ve got ventilation here there’s also ventilation out the rear just like well gee a real laptop.
You unscrew little teeny tiny phillips head screws. Boy these are small like jewelry sized or if you have an ifixit tool kit or something you’ll be all set. And then you just lift it off it’s easy to grab it from the hinge and take that off. And there we have the internal.
So you see what i mean about the ultra book size fan that’s about the same size fan. Heat pipe running here underneath here is the heat sink area. There really isn’t anything to see here. I have pulled this up so i’m not even going to bother tearing that off again.
This is the battery right here so if you need to replace that you could. Here’s our m.2 ssd so that’s upgradable perfectly normal size style ssd. And the wi-fi card is soldered on board here. So like many of today’s ultrabooks it’s no different pretty much other than swapping the battery or re-pasting it if you wanted to pull the whole thing apart or replacing your ssd that’s about all you’re going to do.
Ram is soldered on board you can get it with either 8 or 16 gigs of ddr4 ram. So there it is the one netbook one mix 4 or just the one netbook four depending on they use the name both ways right. And it’s a fascinating little product.
And it’s the kind of thing you just want one but you know you probably in most cases don’t need one. But you just want it because it’s so well done. It’s nicely built it has a great screen. The performance on this is probably suitable for a lot of people to be well their main ultrabook. Uh interesting right what do you think let me know in the comments.
One-Netbook One Mix 4 10.1-Inch