That means I’m holding a piece of history here — a laptop that you can’t buy in the form of an EU Realme Book. I’d be daft to not at least tell you about my experience with it, right?
Realme Book: Price and compatibility
The first generation Realme Book is available in two variants in India: one with an 11th Gen Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD for Rs 44,999 (around $600), and the other with double the SSD storage capacity, a Thunderbolt 4 port and Bluetooth 5.2 at Rs 56,999 ($760).
However, the UK and Europe version was set to get a new configuration with 16GB RAM. No pricing was announced for this one before it was suspended, but it’s fair to say these are significantly cheaper than the
. M1 MacBook Air Realme Book: Design
Let’s get the numbers out the way first. At 12.1 x 9 x 0.6 inches (tapering down to 0.5 at its thinnest point), this wedge is extremely similar in size to Apple’s MacBook Air, bar a slight increase in the height and width because of the 3:2 display.
It is slightly heavier than the Air (2.8 pounds), coming in at 3.3 pounds. However, this is still a lightweight, portable chassis.
I have seen other reviews talking about the premium design of the Realme Book, such as the one by our sister site
. However, I clearly wasn’t ready for how surprisingly upmarket a laptop at this price point caould feel. The aluminum-alloy body feels great in the hand and I absolutely love the dark blue color used here. It’s a real difference maker that helps it to stand out from the metallic greys used by the competition. TechRadar
And much like the MacBook Air, this is a unibody construction in all but the display bezel, which gives it extra rigidity and fuels your confidence in its durability. One upgrade it makes is that the hinge is more flexible, giving you the option to open it to practically flat on any surface. Doing so reveals the generously sized touchpad and keyboard (more on those later) and the subtle Realme branding on the bottom of the slim screen bezels, alongside a power button that doubles as a fingerprint reader. Speaker grills can be found in the front corners on the underside of the chassis.
Speaking of which, vents and fans are on the bottom panel near feet to raise it off any surface and provide efficient cooling. Realme couldn’t resist subtly emblazoning the…