We live in the post-PC era and our smartphones and tablets have taken over as primary computing device but that does not mean PCs have turned obsolete yet. When it comes to getting things done, we always rely on PCs and what better proof than a mobile manufacturer entering the domain.
Micromax Canvas Lapbook
The Canvas Lapbook is the first ever laptop from home-grown Indian mobile manufacturer Micromax and there is a lot of reason that it exists. A look at it and you know it has mobility in its DNA. But does it get all the laptop tricks – good keyboard, responsive trackpad, fine display – right? Read on as we put the notebook through its paces:
Specs: 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 pixels HD resolution display | Windows 10 Home | Quad-Core Intel Atom Z3735F chipset | 2GB RAM | 32GB expandable storage | VGA front camera | 5,000mAh battery
Price: Rs 13,999
What is good?
The immediate attraction with Canvas Lapbook is its portable form factor which is hard to miss. The Canvas Lapbook is extremely compact and can easily slide inside a sling bag. Its comfortable to hold in one hand and comparatively lighter too.
Yes, I am jumping on to the battery part way too fast, but that’s definitely the biggest USP of this device. The compact form factor and simple functionality makes the battery life of this device really good, something I didn’t expect for this price. To put things in perspective, it lasted me well past a workday with constant work on Microsoft’s Edge browser (Hat Tip: Don’t struggle with Chrome on this one). The battery life drops a bit when you start streaming, but otherwise it has a solid backup.
While the display is not top quality, it still offers decent colour reproduction. The colours are not punchy, but they are not washed out either. The display can get adequately bright making it great to work outdoors.
Since it is a laptop, you are definitely going to spend a lot of time typing on it and with Canvas Lapbook you won’t be disappointed. I always found the keys easy to strike and that chiclet-style layout offers optimum travel between keys. I wrote this entire review on the Canvas Lapbook, definitely not bad for a tablet aspiring to be notebook.
A notable mention here goes to the charger which is not a micro-USB port like your smartphones, but is smarter than those clunky ones bundled with traditional notebooks.
What is not that good?
To get to this price, Micromax has cut down several corners and this is very obvious. There are two USB ports on either side but I found it too hard to insert my drive. While it is generally easier to plug-in USBs into the port, the same action is difficult on a Canvas Lapbook. In simple words, you are going to push it through hard and end up amused.
As is the case with every other Windows laptop, the trackpad is a big miss here. While gestures and two-finger scrolling work, they aren’t reliable. Way too often I found the scrolling to be non-responsive. So please invest in a mouse.
Should you buy?
If you are looking to buy a portable budget notebook or looking one for a teen about to start with a computer, Canvas Lapbook makes for a great choice. The fact that it comes with Windows 10 out-of-the-box makes the whole experience really smooth.
For the moment there is absolutely no competition for this device, but soon other OEMs would cash in on this idea. With Microsoft reaching out to OEMs with its support, the budget laptop is set to thrive and probably get even cheaper. An improved trackpad and better placement of ports is what I would like to see from the successor.
With Windows 10, Microsoft has smoothened the experience even on a barebones hardware and Micromax Canvas Lapbook makes for a great beginner’s guide.