ZedAir Laptop: Owner Review
by Sonia Amadi
August 1, 2019
I am Nhaoma, a content writer from Nigeria, and it has been less than a year since I left University.
Circa 2018, I needed a laptop for a school project that required a lot of typing, and I needed it fast. I originally had quite a few requirements for my first-ever laptop, but the urgency of my need shrunk my list down to two things. These were functionality and super affordability. After making my need known to the appropriate party – my big brother – I chilled and waited. He was my choice because he was better versed in the techy arts, so I trusted his judgement more, and it did not hurt that he would be paying for it. A few days later, I took delivery of a large-pizza-box sized package and opened it up to discover a sleek silver ZedAir laptop.
Before this time, I had never heard of this product, but its weight, size, and colour already had me interested, so I went online and did some research. I didn’t find out a lot, because it’s a little known product. But it has been two years since purchase, and I have had quite a mixed experience using it. So, based on its specifications and particular features; here is an honest and detailed review of the ZedAir Laptop, self-acclaimed slimmest laptop in the world.
- Processor: Intel Quad-Core
- CPU: 1.44GHz
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home
- Installed RAM Capacity: 2.00 GB
- Internal Memory: 32GB
- Display size: 14inches
- Weight: 1.67 kilograms
- Size: 333 x 220 x 20 mm
- Camera(Front): 2 MP
- Battery Current Capacity: 10,000 mAh
- Battery Technology: Lithium-Ion Polymer
- Connectivity: HDMI(1), USB 2.0 (2), MicroSD, Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm Audio Jack(1)
Weight & Size
A portable system, its official weight is 1.67 kg; and although I haven’t weighed it, I can confirm that it is this light. Its weight is one of my favourite features, easy to carry around without straining your muscles or bag. And when working for hours without a table or desk, this device is comfortable to use; unlike other ‘laptops’ that leave your legs feeling like you just went through an intense cardio session
With dimensions of 333 x 220 x 20 mm, its size is another plus. This laptop is quite sleek, and its claim to be the slimmest laptop in the world is not far fetched. It can fit into your tote, bookbag, backpack, and even some well-sized briefs.
The battery capacity of the ZedAir laptop is 10,000 mAh, and while that might seem like a reasonable amount of juice, it does not perform so well. The first three months, its battery performed well, even exceeded my needs. But after those early months, the battery started acting worn out, and battery life was reducing pretty drastically.
While initially, I could use the Wi-Fi without being plugged into a power outlet, that wasn’t working anymore. If I tried that, my laptop would be dead within fifteen minutes. Watching movies on the go was no longer possible. Thankfully, without needing to charge at the same time, I could type all I wanted, but researching online at the same time just wasn’t possible.
Storage is one of the essential features of any laptop; it is one of the first specs a buyer would look out for. That is because you need to store documents, pictures, cat videos, bulky software applications, and much more. So you would expect that a serious laptop brand would pay great attention to storage, right? Wrong.
The ZedAir has a RAM of 2GB – Yes, there are phones with 2x that RAM size – and an internal memory size of 32GB. Quite impressive if all I need to store in your laptop are .docx and .pdf files, not so much if you were hoping to try your hands on some graphic designs, and play some video games while at it. This limitation has pushed me to get an external HDD. So I’m fine, or am I?
Build and Quality
In terms of construction, the ZedAir Laptop has a fragile look, but solid feel. That means because of its slimness and size, it looks quite breakable, but from experience, I know that it has a sturdy build. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about quality.
After less than a year of use, the keyboard on my ZedAir laptop stopped working. That was quite surprising, but I held on, and a day later the mouse stopped working too. It wasn’t a software issue; I got it checked. So, this shows the subpar quality of the hardware of this laptop. I had to get an external keyboard and an external mouse. Recall that I got an external HDD earlier? Well, this laptop has just two USB ports, great.
Major perk alert! Finally, some positivity. This ZedAir laptop was budget-friendly, that was a significant plus. I guess when its price is considered, it’s quite easy to forgive all the hangups. Compared to other well-known laptops, its price is quite a steal; you can buy one for less than 150 USD. This perk becomes moot when you add in the cost of my external keyboard, mouse, and HDD.
ZedAir laptop is a product of i-Life Digital Technologies, a tech manufacturing company based in the US. They have quite the collection of products in different categories, including Mobiles, Tablets, Laptops, Smartwatches, and more. Also, I noticed that their products are like affordable-but-functional versions of certain Apple products. But the operative word is affordable.
Now, for my verdict. The ZedAir laptop has excellent intentions; it is a dream if you know your limits. Pocket-friendly, light, easy to cart around and stow away. But its battery life is not impressive; neither is its storage anything to dance about. Also, the hardware quality of this device needs to be improved. With more attention to the quality of construction, I’m sure this product would be in higher demand.
In terms of weight and size, the ZedAir laptop gets an 8/10; Battery life has a rating of 5/10; Storage gets a poor 3/10; 5/10 for Build and Quality; and for its Price, 7/10. With an average rating of 5.6, I am not very impressed.