Pros: 14 inch Full HD display, Windows 10, 64 GB SSD storage, 4GB of RAM, 6 hour battery life, very low price point, very lightweight.
Cons: Suited for basic computing tasks, no optical drive.
One of this summer's biggest surprises in the tech world came from a relatively unknown company under the name of Jumper. Said company has launched a new low-cost laptop that's practically a clone to the popular MacBook Air under the name of Jumper Ezbook 2 Ultrabook.
Typically something like this would go unnoticed if not for the extremely low price tag attached to said laptop: roughly $200. At around $200 you're getting a laptop with a premium look, a Full HD 14 inch display, long lasting battery life, 4 gigs of RAM and quite a bit more. Today we're determined to get to know this new laptop in depth and therefore we've developed this full review of the Jumper Ezbook 2 Ultrabook.
Jumper Ezbook 2 Ultrabook review with Pros and Cons
Display and design
As we mentioned earlier, one of this laptop's biggest claim to fame is it's aesthetics. Hell, we probably wouldn't even be talking about the virtues of the Jumper Ezbook 2 if not for it's nearly identical design to the MacBook Air.
It's similarities go above and beyond when we take a glance at the posterior of the laptop which features the name of the company; "Jumper" backlit by the screen as it happens with the MBA. It's weight isn't too shabby either, managing to keep it very lightweight with just 2.6 pounds under its belt and a thickness factor of barely 0.69 inches.
However, one of its most prominent features differentiates itself quite heavily from the MacBook Air. Specifically, we're talking about its screen: a 14 inch LED display with a 16:9 image ratio and a Full HD resolution.
In a day and age where even laptops that cost twice as much have trouble packing a Full HD display this is definitely a key feature and one that is likely to be a main deciding factor for many users, regardless of the overall performance.
Where this laptop doesn't take a page out of Apple's book is when it comes to the keyboard which, in this instance, is not backlit, something we hardly expected either way.
How does it perform?
Let's get one thing out of the way; this is an entry level laptop and saying otherwise would be a flat-out lie. That said, it's not a bad entry level model. On the inside it houses an Intel Atom Z8300-X5 processor with a base frequency of 1.34 GHz that can go up to 1.88 GHz.
This is a low voltage, 14nm, quad core mobile processor with 2MB of cache, designed to be used mainly with Windows 10 laptops as well as the nearly defunct netbooks. Couple that with 4GB of DDR3L RAM and a rather impressive 64GB of SSD storage and you've got yourself an incredibly portable entry level laptop.
In terms of the Jumper Ezbook 2 performance we're quite pleased. For basic computing tasks it's quickly gone to show that it's more than apt. Stuff like browsing the web, watching high definition videos and editing documents on office apps are all tasks that this laptop can take on without hesitation.
On the flip side, demanding tasks to the tune of gaming and editing videos are not really an option, especially when you consider the fact that it comes with an integrated GPU and a basic one at that.
That said, we're quite happy with overall performance and while we prefer to to err on the side of caution and recommend basic tasks, you could go a bit beyond with this laptop and do some light coding and compiling without it posing much of an issue.
What about battery life?
There's no point in designing a portable laptop that will force you to take the power cord everywhere you go. On Jumper they know this and that's why we were very pleased when on our review of the Jumper Ezbook 2 Ultrabook we came to discover that it's featured 10000 mAh battery can withstand up to 6 hours of usage per charge.
On a market where most entry level laptops hardly make it past 3 hours, having up to 6 hours of battery life on the Ezbook 2 is definitely a breath of fresh air and one that will be heavily appreciated by most users.
More stuff worth noting
While we've already fallen head over heals for this new ultrabook, we still haven't mentioned the connectivity options. To this point we've got a USB 2.0 port, a 3.0 port, an audio jack, miniHDMI port and, what's more impressive; a microSD card reader. This means that you could effectively increase the in house storage in a rather simple manner.
As expected, there's no DVD reader but there is a 2 megapixel webcam with an integrated microphone to skype with all your long-lost friends.
Is it worth buying?
We've arrived at the end of the line in our review of the Jumper Ezbook 2 Ultrabook and our answer to this question is rather simple: Yes! Obviously this is not a desktop replacement and if you're expecting it to be one then you'll be quickly disappointed. It's not a powerhouse laptop to do some heavy duty photoshop editing or hardcore gaming. However, it is a perfect student laptop, or an ideal travel laptop.
If your computer use is limited to streaming movies, checking facebook and writing your memoirs on word while budgeting on excel and you don't wanna break the bank with your next laptop purchase then this laptop is just what you need.