When I published a review of the One Mix Yoga mini laptop from One Netbook last month, I noted that the 7 inch mini laptop had a lot of promise for folks that were looking for a pocket-sized convertible PC with tablet and laptop modes and a full version of Windows 10. But the prototype I was testing had a few showstopping issues.

After I finished the review I boxed up the One Mix Yoga and sent it back to the folks at GeekBuying, who then sent me a retail version of the little laptop. The store is currently selling the One Mix Yoga for about $475.

I’m happy to say that all three of the problems I had with the prototype have been resolved.

The One Mix Yoga features a 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS display, a 360-degree hinge that allows you to use it in laptop or tablet modes, an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of eMMC storage, and a 6,500 mAh battery.

The computer has a touchscreen display and an optical touch sensor that you can use instead of a touchpad. There are left and right mouse buttons below the space bar. And there’s also support for a pressure-sensitive digital pen.

On one side of the computer you’ll find a micro USB port (for charging), a USB 3.0 Type-A port, a USB Type-C port, a micro HDMI port, a headset jack, and a microSD card slot. On the back there’s a vent, and on the bottom there’s a speaker.

All of those things were true of the prototype, and they’re all true of the retail version. Here’s what’s new:

  1. The backlit keyboard didn’t work on the prototype. It works on the retail version.
  2. The prototype shipped with an unactivated version of Windows 10. The retail version has a valid Windows 10 Home license.
  3. Sleep didn’t work properly on the prototype. It works fine on the retail unit.

That last one caused most of my headaches with the prototype. Every time I tried to put the computer to sleep it just turned off. That meant it would close any currently running programs and I might lose any data in documents I hadn’t saved. Closing the lid caused the computer to turn off. Pressing the power button made it turn off. And using the Windows Power menu to put the system to sleep also made it shut down.

Now I can put the One Mix Yoga to sleep using any of those methods — although I still recommend going into the Power settings and choosing “do nothing” for what happens when you press the power button. Otherwise you might accidentally hit it while using the One Mix Yoga in tablet mode and put the computer to sleep while you’re using it.

The One Mix Yoga is still a device aimed at a niche market: it has a sluggish processor that makes the computer feel pretty slow when you’re doing anything more than running one app at a time. And the small keyboard feels a little too cramped to use for any heavy-duty work.

If you already have a laptop and a tablet, you might be better served with your current hardware.

But if you really want a pocket-sized Windows 10 convertible, the One Mix Yoga doesn’t really have any competition. The closest thing you’ll find is the $500-ish GPD Pocket, but that laptop doesn’t have a 360-degree hinge, backlit keyboard, or pen support (although it does have a faster processor).

The One Netbook One Mix Yoga is available from Geekbuying for $476 (oddly it’s cheaper to buy it with a digital pen than without one right now).

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24 replies on “Another look at the One Mix Yoga (retail version)”

  1. Hi Brad. Have you been able to find a setting or maybe something in the driver package on the OEMs website that can check the battery level of the Pen? Cause even the latest Windows 10 1809 doesn’t “see” the pen from its settings… I’ve had my first battery run out real quick… 🙂

  2. Hi can you confirm if the usb type-c port is running usb 3.1 or just usb 3.0

  3. I would go for this if they would just add an inch or so to the width in order to have a keyboard closer to standard layout (although I still would be incredibly annoyed if they don’t also swap the CTRL and Fn keys – sorry but decades of finger memory have the CTRL key always in the outermost spot & I’ll never understand why some switch them). They can leave the display as is and have wide bezels, or better yet forward-firing (optionally stereo) speaker(s) along side the screen. Otherwise, that keyboard would drive me absolutely bonkers.

  4. I just cannot accept a Micro USB for charging when there is a type c port available. They should have used 2 type c ports. Almost a deal breaker. Lets hope for a gen 2 soon

  5. This thing needs a faster processor. Give us Core M3 then it would be big hit.

  6. Have you run any benchmarks on the final unit? The prototype seemed to be running alot slower than other devices with the X5-Z8350. I was curious when I first saw the preview if it was something in the BIOS limiting it.

    1. The PCMark score jumped from 772 to 835, but that’s the only benchmark I’ve had time to run so far. It’s also still a lot lower than other devices with this processor.

  7. thx Brad for the follow-up review, much appreciated; question, are you able to thumb-type on this device? envisage using this while commuting in the train; would be great if thumb-typing experience is passable

    1. The keyboard is a little large for thumb typing, but if you’ve got big hands maybe it’d work. It’s really designed to be used more like a traditional laptop, albeit a really small one.

  8. I got my one mix yoga. Unable to activate windows on mine, says hardware was changed on this device

  9. Its sad that GPD didnt use this design. Love the design, HATE the CPU. If they dropped a CORE-M in this machine, I would absolutely buy one. The GPD Pocket 2 design is crap, so not buying it either…

  10. To me, the killer app for the Surface was the pen. I would not get this without ont

  11. Brad, do you know if this thing has a halfway replaceable battery? I love the novelty of this device but I couldn’t stand to lay down that much money on something that will only net a few hours use or less after exactly a year of use.

      1. Darn, I guess it’s a hard pass. I’m trying to buy less on novelty and a bit more on sustainability or long term servicibility. Still, this thing physically reminds me of something I would have dreamed up 20 years ago while punching away at my Apple eMate 300.

        As always, you’re the best.

        1. These are usually off the shelf batteries, but I would buy a spare before I needed one.

    1. I’ve said this before, but this device with the GPD Pocket 2’s guts would be a nearly perfect device. This looks wildly underpowered at this point but nails everything else, making GPD’s latest effort all the more frustrating.

      1. Not everything. No SD/microSD card = no sale.
        Saving my pennies for the GPD Win 2.
        The GPD Win 2 not only has a microSD card slot
        but it also has a replaceable m.2 SSD.

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