The commitment of this Chinese brand to the laptop market is solid. Competing with companies that have been in this sector for much longer and have a consolidated brand image as manufacturers of this equipment requires doing things right. Otherwise, it is impossible to deal with them face to face. But it seems that Realme is putting all the meat on the grill.
In the middle of last November, we analyzed its Realme Book, a laptop that left us with a great taste in our mouths due to its careful design, convincing construction, attractive screen, and, why not say it, moderate price. These qualities are present in the Book Prime featured in this article. We have tested it thoroughly, and we anticipate that it is a team that will not leave you indifferent.
Realme Book Prime: technical specifications
Its characteristics give it away. This laptop is designed to solve a usage scenario where productivity prevails successfully.
Its IPS LCD panel has a 3:2 aspect ratio, so it fits very well for browsing the internet, working with spreadsheets, or editing documents, among other applications. Still, it does not seem to us the ideal format for playing video or play games. These are the coordinates in which this team moves.
Its configuration does not impress, but it solves the vocation that we have just identified well. The version we have analyzed incorporates an 11th generation Intel Core i5-11320H processor with four cores capable of simultaneously processing up to 8 execution threads (threads), 8 GB of LPDDR4x type RAM at 4266 MHz, and an SSD manufactured by Samsung. With 512 GB capacity and PCIe 3.0 NVMe interface.
A liquid cooling system with a vapor chamber is in charge of keeping the integrated circuits that dissipate more energy in the form of heat below their maximum temperature threshold, such as the CPU or memory chips.
And for solving the graphics, Intel’s Iris Xe logic is responsible, a correct solution for productivity and content reproduction, but limited when faced with the graphics engine of a good part of the latest batch of games. The choice of this integrated GPU reminds us that this equipment does not aspire to allow us to play with any ambition.
This screen fits like a glove on this computer
As I mentioned a few paragraphs above, the screen of this laptop is committed to an IPS-type LCD panel with an aspect ratio of 3:2 and a resolution of 2160 x 1440 points that fits very well with its 14 inches. According to Realme, this matrix has a native contrast ratio of 1500:1 and a maximum brightness delivery capacity of 400 nits. The latter is not an impressive figure, but we have tested it outdoors and in direct sunlight, and it handles this usage scenario reasonably well.
To analyze the image quality of the screen of this laptop, I turned to Eizo Monitor Test, a handy free tool not only to check how a display device resolves color but also what its viewing angles are, if its sharpness is to the height, if the backlighting is completely homogeneous or if it has a defective pixel, among other benefits.
The geometric pattern test of the Eizo Monitor Test should not put any current panel of a certain quality in trouble, and the one of this laptop has come out well from this first challenge. Its high resolution helps it smoothly solve curves and hardly suffers from high-frequency noise.
Most of the IPS panels we’ve reviewed suffer from light leaks in the corners, and this one is no exception. However, they go unnoticed in a traditional use scenario, and it is only possible to identify them when we use an analysis tool. Beyond this, the light delivery is reasonably even.
In the following photograph, we can see that the reflections can be annoying if the background is homogeneous, but it is a rare circumstance in an actual use scenario.
According to Realme, the IPS panel of this laptop manages to cover 100% of the sRGB color space, a characteristic consistent with what we have observed in our colorimetry tests. I have nothing to complain about when it comes to color rendering and its viewing angles. Sion is excellent (in this field, IPS panels usually beat VA clearly).
Another point in its favor: its resolution is high enough to reproduce the characters very clearly, so the screen of this equipment allows us to work very comfortably with spreadsheets and text documents.