When iBall introduced its Compbook series of laptops, the intention was to offer good quality products in the budget segments. The company launched various models under the series within the price range of Rs 15,000. However, there seems to be a shift in the company’s strategy as its latest offering is priced considerably higher. The latest laptop, the iBall Compbook Aer3 is priced at Rs 29,999 and comes with a metal body design.
So is the newest offering from iBall any good? We played with the CompBook Aer3 for a few days and here’s the rest of our review.
Design and display
At first glance, the iBall Compbook Aer3 comes across as a really stylish looking laptop. The convertible comes with a metallic body design with Champagne Gold colour option. The laptop gives a very premium look and feel for its price. The pretty sleek iBall Compbook Aer3 comes with a matte finished body and the flap of the device consists of the iBall logo. It comes with a 360 degree rotatable hinge which enables the users to use the device in both tablet and laptop mode. The hinges are strong enough and also prevent the device from wobbling while typing. The device boasts of a 13.3-inch full HD display with 10 multi point touch support. The hinge of the device are also home to the speaker grill and ensures that the audio output doesn’t get affected while using the device in either of the modes. The convertible consists of a simplistic keyboard, which is not backlit. The keys come with rounded bottom edges and the keyboard is user-friendly and robust. As soon as you start using the device in the tablet mode the keyboard locks up, so that it does not register any rear key presses. The tablet mode is also a bit of a downer, as you end up pressing a lot of keys. Yes, the key presses do not register, but the tactile feel of a tablet is compromised.
The laptop comes with a button less trackpad that is great to work with on most occasions. However, sometimes you have to tap twice as it does not register with the first click. Put together, the keyboard and the trackpad are a good duo to manage things.
Coming to the connectivity ports, the laptop consists of the USB 3.0, 3.5mm jack, the charging port, microSD card slot and the power button on the right side. Whereas the left side has a mini HDMI port and the USB 2.0 port.
The iBall Compbook Aer3 features a 13.3-inch full HD display with 1920×1080 pixel resolution. The touchscreen display offers vibrant and natural colours with decent viewing angles. The touchscreen is also responsive. However, we faced some issues with the level of brightness. Despite offering sharp colours, we noticed that the blacks appeared to be greyish in low light conditions. Along with this, the display is also a bit reflective when used under direct sunlight.
The iBall Compbook Aer3 is powered by a quad-core Intel Pentium N4200 processor with Intel HD Graphics 505. The device offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage and the users can further expand the storage up to 128GB by adding a microSD card. During our testing, we felt that the iBall Compbook Aer 3 is suitable for daily routine tasks. The device worked well during app switching and is quite capable of multi-tasking. However, this is not a laptop for gamers. You cannot play graphic intensive games on the device as it will lag and will also heat up. It comes equipped with a fingerprint sensor which works very fast and we didn’t face any issue with it.
The laptop houses a 37Wh Li-Polymer battery which takes up to 4 hours to charge completely. If you are a regular internet user and use Google Chrome all the time, then don’t expect a very good battery backup from the laptop. The device functioned pretty well in the tablet mode and we enjoyed watching movies and videos on it. The audio experience was also decent and the speakers are fairly loud. The iBall Compbook Aer3 sports a 2MP front facing camera which can be used for video calling. The camera is quite mediocre and the video calling experience was also not that great. As for the benchmarks, the iBall CompBook Aer3 scored 2,346 and 1,142 on PCMark and 3DMark respectively.
Coming to the software, the laptop runs Windows 10 Home operating system. The device comes pre-loaded with MS office suite and there is no bloatware on the laptop. Along with this, all the standard Windows 10 features like Cortana and Microsoft Edge are included.