Laptop computers have gotten thinner and lighter in recent years, with a handful of major PC makers releasing models that weigh around 2 pounds or less. But the One Netbook One Mix 4 may be in a category of its own.
It’s a 1.7 pound notebook with a 10.1 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel touchscreen display, a 360-degree hinge that lets you flip the screen all the way around to hold the computer like a tablet, and it’s one of only a handful of devices powered by Intel’s Core i5-1130G7 Tiger Lake processor with Iris Xe graphics, a more energy-efficient sibling to the Intel Core i5-1135G7 chip.
The One Mix 4 is the latest in a line of tiny computers from Chinese PC maker One Netbook, and while it has a smaller screen than most competing laptops, it’s actually the company’s largest model to date. While it’s not small enough to slide into a pocket like some of One Netbook’s 7 inch models, the larger display makes it easier to use the One Mix 4 for real work. There’s also room for a nearly (but not quite) full-sized keyboard, which makes typing a little easier.
I don’t know how large a market there is for 10.1 inch convertible notebooks in 2021, but there’s certainly not a lot of competition in this space. So when One Netbook offered to send me a One Mix 4 to review, I was happy to get a chance to spend some time with the little laptop.
I’ve been using a One Mix 4 on and off for the past few weeks, and I’m very impressed with the computer’s performance. It’s faster than many of the larger laptops I’ve used recently and with an external display, mouse and keyboard plugged in I’d have no problem recommending it as a desktop replacement.
Mobile use is a bit more of a mixed bag. The keyboard and touchpad are more usable than those on some smaller mini-laptops, but there are still some quirks that take getting used to. There’s no webcam and the mono speaker isn’t all that great, so this probably isn’t the best device for video conferencing or media consumption on the go (unless you use headphones and/or a USB webcam). You may need a dongle if you want to connect a display, Ethernet cable, or other some other hardware). And battery life could certainly be better.
Given those trade-offs, the $1050 starting price for the One Mix 4 may seem a little steep. But again, there’s not exactly a lot of competition in this space. And as someone who has been covering small-screen laptops for a long time, I’m impressed at how far technology has come in the last 12 years – the One Mix 4 makes my old 10.1 inch Asus Eee PC 1000H look monstrously large, while offering significantly better performance on all fronts.
Where can I buy one?
The One Mix 4 is currently available from these vendors:
- AliExpress ($1235 and up)
- GeekBuying ($1035 and up)
- Amazon Japan (¥126,720 and up)
The starting price will get you a model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage, but One Netbook offers configurations with up to 16GB of memory and a 1TB SSD. The model the company sent me to test is a 16GB/512GB configuration that sells for $1160 at GeekBuying.
One thing to keep in mind is that GeekBuying is a Chinese store that ships products to international customers, while AliExpress is a Chinese marketplace sort of like eBay, where various sellers can run their own storefronts. The AliExpress link is for One Netbook’s official store on the services. But for the most part I’ve found that ordering from these types of stores is sort of like buying a product with no warranty. If there are problems with your product, there are limited opportunities for support.
|Display||10.1 inch LTPS LCD|
2560 x 1600
Pen support (sold separately)
|CPU||Intel Core i5-1130G7|
|GPU||Intel Iris Xe (80eu)|
|RAM||8GB / 16GB LPDDR4x-3200 (soldered)|
|Storage||256GB / 512GB / 1 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 2280|
|Ports||2 x USB 4 Type-C|
1 x USB 3.0 Type-C
1 x 3.5mm audio
1 x microSD card reader
|Battery||10,000 mAh, 3.85V, 38.5 Wh battery|
|Charging||45W fast charger|
|Dimensions||227 x 157.3 x 17mm|
8.94″ x 6.19″ x 0.67″
|Price||¥ 115,200 ($1088) and up|
Design, features & ergonomics
The One Mix 4 is about the size and weight of a small hardcover book, although it’s probably thinner than most books. The model featured in this review has a matte black aluminum body that’s a bit of a fingerprint magnet, but which which has a minimalistic design – the One Netbook logo on the lid is just a stylized number one in a glossy finish.
Lift the lid and you’re greeted with a glossy, high-resolution touchscreen display surrounded by 4.5mm bezels on the top, left, and right sides. The bottom bezel is a bit thicker, but still pretty slim. One Netbook says the laptop has a 90-percent screen-to-body ratio, and that seems about right.
Keep in mind that the 2560 x 1600 pixel display means you’d see very tiny text and images if display scaling was set to 100-percent.
Out of the box, my One Mix 4 review unit was set to 250 percent scaling, but I found that I could go as low as 175 percent before the computer got difficult to use. This allowed me to fit more content on the screen at once, which comes in handy if you want to view more of a website at a glance or position multiple apps or windows on the screen at the same time.
The computer’s display supports capacitive touch input, and I had no trouble reaching up to touch the screen for taps, swipes, and other actions. This can be useful in laptop mode, but since the screen can also be folded back 360 degrees you can use your fingers as the primary form of input in tablet mode, or fold the screen 270 degrees and prop up the tablet in tent or stand modes and reach out to touch the screen.
It can also support digital pens with up to 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, but I don’t have a compatible pen handy, so I haven’t tested that feature.
One reason One Netbook was able to keep the display’s bezels slim was that the company opted not to include a webcam.
There is a built-in microphone, so you could use the One Mix 4 to make voice memos, talk to Cortana, or make voice calls over the internet – but the mic is pretty lousy. You have to get pretty close to the notebook for it to pick up your voice at a decent volume, and in my tests it also picks up a lot of background noise. I think the mic is placed too close to the laptop’s fan, so the fan noise is about as loud as my voice in most recordings.
If you go into the Device Properties for the microphone and choose “Additional device properties” there are optional “enhancements” for noise suppression and echo cancellation which help minimize interference from the fan. But it also tends to make the audio sound heavily processed and a bit distorted.
So I would definitely recommend picking up a headset and/or USB webcam if you’re planning to use the little computer for Zoom calls or other voice or video conferencing.
A good set of headphones or external speakers would also come in handy for playing games, watching videos, or listening to music. The One Mix 4 has a small mono speaker that’s not very loud, lacks bass, and sounds like it’s positioned off-center, which puts it in the “I guess it’s better than nothing” category of laptop speakers.
Around the sides of the computer you’ll find two USB 4 Type-C ports, a USB 3.0 Type-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a microSD card reader. There’s also a power button with an integrated fingerprint sensor on the right side. It does a decent job of detecting fingerprints, allowing me to login to the computer quickly – assuming I put my finger in the right spot.
Since it sits flush with the side of the laptop, it can be a little hard to find by touch alone, and may require you to glance at the side of the PC.
One Netbook describes the USB 4 ports as “full speed,” which suggests they’re basically capable of the same 40Gb/s data transfer speeds as Thunderbolt 4, but One netbook didn’t want to pay the certification fees to call them Thunderbolt ports.
I don’t have the hardware to test the data transfer speeds, but I can say that all of the USB ports, but I can confirm that the USB4 ports on the left side of the computer support video output (via a USB-C dongle) and charging, while the USB 3.0 port on the right side does not support charging and seems to have more limited support for video output (my HDMI monitor wasn’t detected, but Windows popped up a helpful message indicating that some screens that support DisplayPort technology might work).
The One Mix 4 has a backlit keyboard that’s almost the same size as one you’d find on a notebook with an 11.6 inch or 13.3 inch display. Almost.
While the letter keys on the One Mix 4 are about the same size as the ones on my HP Spectre 13 notebook, they’re positioned a little closer to one another, making the whole keyboard a little more narrow. That can take a little getting used to, but it’s not exactly a deal breaker.
The number and Fn keys above the keyboard are both half-height, which also takes a little getting used to. But the trickiest thing to get used to is the placement of the apostrophe, quotation, colon, and semicolon keys, which are positioned to the right of the space bar rather than to the right of the L key.
Below the keyboard, there’s a wide touchpad with support for multitouch gestures. This is certainly a step up from the optical touch sensor used in some other mini-laptops like the One Mix 3 Yoga (which has an 8.4 inch display). But opting the touchpad obviously takes up more room, which probably helps explain why the One Mix 3 Yoga has full-sized number keys, while the One Mix 4 does not, despite having a larger footprint overall.
The good news is that since the One Mix 4 keyboard is about an inch wider than the one on the One Mix 3 Yoga, there’s room for full-sized Tab, Caps, and Shift keys, which makes it much easier to use those functions.
Overall I find it easier to type on the One Mix 4 than on some of the company’s smaller mini-laptops like One Netbook A1, One Mix 1S Yoga, or One GX1. But I do find my hands get a little more cramped and I’m a little more typo-prone on this computer than on larger laptop or desktop computers.
In a quick typing test, I managed to eke out 83 words per minute with a 96 percent accuracy score. That’s not too much worse than the 99 words per minutes and 97 percent accuracy I scored when using an external keyboard. But I can type for longer before my fingers get tired when using an external keyboard.
A few other things to mention about the keyboard: you can toggle the backlight by pressing the Fn + space bar keys. And you can press Fn + Tab to toggle the computer’s fan speed between normal/quiet and fast/noisy modes.
It’s nice to have the option to ramp up the fan, because the computer can get warm when you’ve been using it for a while, with the bottom, sides, palm rest, and even the keyboard area getting warm to the touch. But even in quiet mode, the fan emits a high-pitched whining sound that can be rather annoying if you’re using the computer in a room where there isn’t much other sound.
Speeding up the fan makes it much louder (although it’s more of a white noise than a whine), so it’s probably something you’re probably not going to want to do all that often.
Performance & usage notes
I thought my favorite thing about this computer was going to be its size. But after using it for a few weeks, I can say that by far my favorite aspect is the performance. This is a tiny computer that’s just as powerful as a full-sized notebook.
When it comes to size, I decided years ago that 10 inch displays were the sweet spot for netbooks, offering a decent compromise between size and usability. You may not be able to stuff a 10 inch netbook into your pocket, but it’s so small and light that you can throw it in your bag anytime you’re going somewhere you think you might need a laptop because it won’t weigh you down much even if it stays in your bag all day. But it’s also got room for a decent keyboard and enough screen space to do real work on the go.
As it turns out, the way I work these days makes it a little hard to work on a 10 inch screen. You can squeeze multiple windows side-by-side so you can look at two apps or two browser windows at once. But it’s a lot easier to do on a PC with a 13 inch or larger screen.
Despite its compact size though, this computer is fast. When connected to an external keyboard and display, it’s speedy enough to serve as a drop-in replacement for any other PC in my house when it comes to my typical daily workload, which involves opening dozens of Chrome browser tabs to research and write articles for Liliputing while editing images using GIMP and Irfanview, streaming music from the internet, watching videos on YouTube, and occasionally viewing or editing documents in LibreOffice.
The computer even has enough graphics horsepower to handle some light gaming duties. It struggled to exceed 15 frames per second when playing Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, but the One Mix 4 should be capable of playing older, less demanding games. Batman: Arkham Asylum runs at close to 60 frames per second.
That’s despite the fact that One Netbook’s uses an Intel Core i5-1130G7 processor running at 7 to 15 watts in this little computer rather than the 15 to 28 watt Core i5-1135G7 processor used in most larger notebooks (and which rival mini PC maker GPD uses for its entry-level GPD Win 3 handheld gaming PC), the One Mix 4 is able to handle most basic computing tasks with ease.
Both chips are based on 11th-gen Intel Core technology and both feature Intel Iris Xe graphics with 80 execution units. The only real differences are that the Core i5-1130G7 has lower power consumption and runs at slightly lower CPU and GPU frequencies.
In synthetic PCU and graphics benchmarks, it scores only lower than a GPD Win Max handheld gaming PC with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 running at 20 watts, and in real-world usage I had no problem streaming 4K video from YouTube, opening two dozen Chrome browser tabs at once, editing images, or doing just about anything else I’d do with a full-sized laptop.
In fact, this laptop with a 4-core, 8-thread processor that runs at around 7 watts or less most of the time, offers better single-core performance than the 45-watt, 6-core, 12-thread Core i7-9750H processor that powers the Dell Vostro 15 laptop I picked up two years ago. The Dell laptop comes out ahead in multi-threaded tests, but the margin is a lot slimmer than I’d have expected.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you need sustained performance, you might be better off with a different processor. The One Mix 4 processor’s power consumption tends to hover around 7 watts under heavy load, occasionally spiking as high as 9 watts, or scaling down to 4 or 5 watts.
Under heavy load, I managed to get it to shoot all the way up to 25 watts by running Prime95, but just for a few seconds before throttling kicked in.
Opting for an energy-efficient processor often has a few benefits. Since the CPU generates less heat, it’s easier to keep cool, even in a thin and light laptop like the One Mix 4. And since it consumes less power than other members of the Intel Tiger Lake chip family, you should be able to eke out a little extra battery life.
Unfortunately the laptops has a relatively small 38.5 Wh battery. While that would be pretty good for a smartphone or tablet, it’s a bit on the anemic side for a notebook, and it shows in real-world battery life performance.
With screen brightness set to 50-percent, the One Mix 4 was able to stream 1080p video from YouTube for about 6 hours and 20 minutes before the battery died. And when I tried using the laptop to research and write content for Liliputing, the battery gave out after about four hours of moderate use.
I suspect you could get a little more run time if you’re using the computer for more casual tasks, or just running one application at a time. And I’m pretty sure that you should cut those battery life estimates in half (or more) if you wanted to use the little computer for gaming.
It’s a little disappointing that a computer designed to be small enough to use as a take-anywhere device doesn’t get longer battery life. But the good news is that it comes with a 45W USB-C charger that’s not much larger than a smartphone charging adapter, and it should be compatible with third-party chargers that support USB Power Delivery.
You can even use it with a portable power bank as long as you’ve got one that supports USB-PD. And while that means you may have to carry around some extra gear, it can let you keep working or playing for longer without looking for an AC outlet.
The One Mix 4 supports WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0. Overall the wireless features seem to work as expected, but I found that the WiFi range was a little better when connected to 2.4 GHz networks than 5 GHz networks. That’s not surprising, because while 5 GHz tends to be faster, it tends to lose strength over longer distances. But my 802.11ac router is located on the third floor of my house, and when I tried using the One Mix 4 in my first floor dining room, the 5 GHz connection dropped out periodically, so I had to switch to 2.4 GHz to maintain the connection. That’s not something I have to do with other devices.
Can it run Linux?
Yes. But the out of the box experience isn’t quite perfect.
I was able to load Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS on a USB flash drive, plug it into one of the USB4 ports, and then hit the F12 key during startup to enter the computer’s BIOS/UEFI settings. From there I was able to manually choose the flash drive as the boot device.
When Ubuntu first loaded, everything was sideways.
Opening a terminal window and typing “xrandr -o normal” caused the display orientation to switch from portrait to landscape, and the One Mix 4 became a pretty usable little Linux laptop.
In my quick test, I found that WiFi, audio, and video all work. The keyboard shortcuts for adjusting volume and screen brightness were functional, and I could toggle the keyboard backlight easily. I also had no problem using the touchscreen… until I tried to switch to tablet mode and rotate the screen.
Ubuntu did detect the screen rotation, but instead of switching seamlessly between landscape and portrait orientations, when I lifted the computer and rotated the display 90 degrees, everything went wonky – Ubuntu consistently treated the screen as if it were in landscape orientation when I was holding it in portrait, and vice versa.
The good news is that the touchscreen continued to work, so I guess you could theoretically disable auto-rotation and just do it manually with keyboard commands. Advanced users may also be able to find a way to keep this from happening at all, but that’s above my pay grade.
Sleep also seems to work with Ubuntu – I was able to close the lid and watch the status LED switch from solid blue to blinking blue after a few seconds. When I lifted the lid, I was able to get back to what I’d been doing. But since I didn’t install Ubuntu to the computer’s built-in storage, I can’t comment on long-term performance issues or battery life.
Can I upgrade it?
If you want to increase the amount of storage available, you can remove the six tiny screws holding the bottom panel of the computer in place using a Phillips screwdriver. With the lid off, you’ll be able to access the computer’s single M.2 2280 slot.
Just keep in mind that you’ll have to remove the pre-installed SSD to upgrade the storage, so you may want to clone the SSD before replacing it. This may not be an issue if you plan to switch from Windows to Linux or another operating system though.
When I opened the chassis, I didn’t see any obvious way to upgrade the memory or other hardware, but it’s worth noting that a lot of the hardware was covered up and I didn’t want to remove any adhesive and risk damaging components meant to help keep the system from overheating. But I’m pretty sure the RAM is soldered to the motherboard.
The One Mix 4 is a tiny laptop that’s small enough to take anywhere, but large enough to be useful for a wide variety of activities. It has a convertible tablet-style design, which further expands the number of ways you can use the little computer. And it’s surprisingly powerful for a PC this small.
But it’s also a rather expensive computer, selling for $1050 and up. That’s not really an unreasonable price for a thin, light, and powerful notebook. But it might be a tough sell for one that has no webcam, only gets around 4-6 hours of battery life, and which has a slightly awkward keyboard and an occasionally noisy fan.
That price puts the One Mix 4 in direct competition with premium 13.3 inch and larger laptops from major PC makers. And in terms of performance, the One Mix 4 can hold its own. But in terms of size, I can’t help but feel that this is a device that holds more appeal as a secondary PC than as a primary computer – its biggest strength is its small size, but that’s also its biggest weakness in terms of usability.
I’d have a hard time recommending the One Mix 4 as anyone’s only computer unless you plan to dock it to a keyboard, mouse and display for work at home or the office, and value small size over ergonomics and screen real estate when using a laptop on the go.
The One Mix 4 fills a niche that’s gone largely unfilled for a long time. It’s a 10 inch laptop that’s far smaller, and far faster than netbooks of yesteryear. It just also happens to be far more expensive as well.
One Netbook also continues to sell a variety of other small form-factor computers, so if a 10 inch convertible laptop isn’t your thing, the company continues to sell smaller models like the 8.4 inch One Mix 3 Yoga, 7 inch One Mix Yoga, One Mix 2 Yoga, and One Mix A1, and purpose-built devices like the OneGX1 mini-gaming laptop with a 7 inch screen, 10th or 11th-gen Intel processor options, and support for detachable game controllers.
Thank you to One Netbook for supplying Liliputing with the One Mix 4 demo unit featured in this review.
Thank you, Brad, for your extensive, well-written review. As tempting it is to me, a big fan of smaller but better PCs, OneMix4’s price comes a little too steep given Brad’s review of its shortcomings. One waay OneNetbook could address the price issue is to offer less in the way of memory and storage for users, such as myself, who have little or no need for 16Gb of RAM or 1T of storage, 8 and 256 work just fine.
Then buy the 8/256 version or a new Chuwi Minibook?
If you still have access to this device, has the display rotation support improved under linux, or does it still perform the same?
(random passerby) Sensor itself works under linux, needs rotation with an udev rule. Can’t comment on GNOME/KDE/… support for it though.
Got it, that is helpful. I am most interested in gnome support, but knowing there is a workaround available is satisfactory.
Great post, Brad! Looks like a major upgrade of its predecessor – One Mix 3 Pro – especially in terms of thermal package design. On the ver. 3 the heat sink has a large coopper plate contacting directly with the battery! That plate intensively heats up the battery! Refer to this for instance: https://youtu.be/7p4Y0b716hk?t=312
The ver. 4 in contrary has no heat sink located on the battery (according to photos of its tear-down), so it will not get overheated.
But unfortunately due to repetitive heating the battery of my Mix 3 (I bought it about 1.5 years ago) currenty lasts only for half an hour! It was the only time in my life when the laptop has so stupid thermal cooling system so the battery has degradated so short.
The owners of Mix 3, a question to all of you: is it the only problem of mine Mix 3 laptop and thermal sink did not ruin your battery? Or it is the problem of all instances of the Mix 3?
I’m waiting for my One Mix 4 Platinium edition with i7 and 1To storage.
I was looking for a Macbook Air M1, but looks like to have a lot of screen problems…
And I found this one, tiny and powerful laptop.
Hope I’ll enjoy it!
i would like the same in 15.6 and 17.6 inch, and uhd. other brands do it
Speaking of external display support, you mentioned that “USB4 ports […] support video output (via a USB-C dongle)”. Is the dongle supplied with the laptop or just one you had around? Do you know if this is just a DP Alt to HDMI or DP dongle?
I’d like to run Qubes OS on this laptop but I doubt anything beyond DP Alt will be supported and having external display is critical considering main screen size.
I tested it with this USB-C dock: https://amzn.to/2PBbGgJ
I’m not sure exactly what technology that dongle uses, but it seems to work with most of the USB-C gadgets I’ve tested.
Is the wifi module upgradeable or soldered?
It seems to be soldered on the mainboard. For “regular” use, I’d expect WiFi 6 to be fully adequate for the next couple of years, considering his new the standard is and that most home routers (let alone in public places) haven’t been upgraded to it yet (I’m not even sure if we have WiFi 5 at uni in most places).
But yes, if you need something other than the built-in WiFi card, you’d have to go for a USB dongle.
I appreciate the reply. I am sure the wifi will be perfectly fine, but I like to be able to upgrade the wifi chipset when Intel releases their new chips. It’s an easy $30-$40 upgrade. Sadly, the last several laptops I have bought including the Huawei Matebook X Pro and Dell XPS 17 9700 both have soldered wifi chipsets and it locks me into whatever standard they come with. I would like to be able to upgrade to wifi 6e when the access points become more ubiquitous as it is a huge performance increase.
Bought one a week ago on geekbuying but they still haven’t shipped it yet. i5 + 16gb ram + 512gb ssd
Can’t wait to play with it though!
Wrote this comment a few hours ago and magically, they sent me shipping details.
This is one of my best purchases!
So, do the ports work as Thunderbolt or not? Could you, e.g., run boltctl and make sure?
Nothing comes up when I try boltctl list -a.
As mentioned in the review, One Netbook refers to the ports as USB 4 rather than Thunderbolt 4 though, so this just means the utility doesn’t recognize them.
Following this guide, it looks like the ports support at least 10 Gbps speeds, but I’m not sure if this method is capable of detecting/displaying details for USB 4/faster speeds. https://stackoverflow.com/posts/1962231/revisions
I think USB 4 includes at least Thunderbolt 3, so that should work. I don’t have any Thunderbolt devices yet, but I think Project-sbc mentioned either in one of his videos (eg https://youtu.be/o6pQy0S4qTk) or in the discord channel that his egpu is working fine.
In fact, on Linux lspci lists two devices (possibly the two ports?) PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Tiger Lake-LP Thunderbolt 4 PCI Express Root Port, which may mean that it’s even Thunderbolt 4! (There are also two additional entries mentioning Thunderbolt 4 –
USB controller: Intel Corporation Tiger Lake-LP Thunderbolt 4 USB controller
USB controller: Intel Corporation Tiger Lake-LP Thunderbolt 4 NHI #0)
Oh, also for me boltctl list -a does list a host, as generation it mentions USB 4 though (which, I think, should at least imply the availability of Thunderbolt 3)
Thunderbolt is optional for USB4 hosts to implement. And even if it’s there, it’s not meaningful for any practical purposes, it needs to work on Linux to be useful.
For what it’s worth, I had a Thunderbolt dock working with the device briefly, so support seems to be there. Unfortunately, the dock failed after about half an hour (I’d like to think that was due to hardware failure somewhere in the power system if the dock, not due to the omy4).
I’ve tested it on my new Platinum and it works. Boltctl starts listing devices when it has my Lenovo dock plugged in.
How would you compare this device to the current GPD P2 Max? In particular:
* The typing experience (lack of right shift on GPD P2 Max) versus what I assume is a more complete but slightly more cramped experience on the One Mix 4.
* Is the GPD’s underwhelming and awkwardly placed webcam worth it?
* Battery life for normal productivity uses?
Thanks for the great review.
I haven’t used a P2 Max in a while, but I do believe this keyboard is likely a little better. Looking at my P2 review, it looks like I got a slightly higher score on typing tests with the One Mix 4. I personally don’t use the right-shift key very much though.
As for whether a crappy, awkwardly positioned webcam is better than no camera at all, I guess that’s up to you. I personally wouldn’t use the P2 Max camera very often, but I did review it in pre-pandemic times. If it’s the only thing you’ve got handy and you need to make a quick video call, I guess it’s better than nothing. But as others have pointed out, a phone is probably even better.
Battery life is addressed in the review. I’d say around 4 hours for the way I work, but other users might get a little more or a little less depending on how they use a laptop.
Thanks for the detailed reply. In hindsight, the only real reason I asked about the webcam on the GPD P2 Max was for the Windows facial recognition sign in. Other than that, I’d probably use my phone or even just bring a small webcam for the few occasions I might need webcam capability when traveling.
Windows Hello facial recognition requires an infrared camera, which the GPD P2 Max doesn’t have.
Thanks again! Didn’t realize that an IR capable camera was required. I hadn’t really looked into the Windows facial recognition until it was enabled on my laptop (I’m mostly a Mac user). I guess the GPD P2 Max is a little less advantageous then. I wonder if there will be a GPD P3…. thanks again.
Still looking forward to another 7” to replace my gpd pocket 1…
Hopefully another intel with 2 tb4 ports…
Great review Brad, much appreciated as always.
I own a OneMix2 as well as a OneMix3 Pro Platinum, and for those concerned about webcams, I highly recommend DroidCam (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dev47apps.droidcamx&hl=en_US&gl=US). It allows you to use your phone’s camera in a pinch, and usually offers higher quality than even standard webcams (depending on how recent your phone is).
While you’re at it, may as well add on SpaceDesk (https://spacedesk.net/) to turn your OneMix + phone into a portable dual monitor workstation.
I can see why existing One Mix users looking to upgrade would be disappointed in this. It’s pretty much a completely different device category from previous generations.
Too big for too much money. I’d rather just get a slim notebook with thin bezels and a lot less compromise.
Contrary to others, I think the size is right. It’s iPad size. 7in is pocketable but the keyboard is too compromised. Anything above becomes non pocketable so at least this has a decent keyboard. This could be a nice iPad + keyboard combo replacement. For me the dealbreakers are the fan noise, the lack of after-sale support, and to some extent the lack of cellular and the smallish battery. I am too used to fanless devices like the iPad pro and the surface pro to buy anything that has an annoying fan…especially without a proper warranty.
Slap an ipega 9167 on that and you have yourself a Switch-killer.
This is at the awkward size where it’s not really that much more portable than notebooks while being much less usable.
When you go down to the 8″ and smaller screens (assuming small bezels), portability increases significantly especially if your travel bag is already packed which may make the design sacrifices more worthwhile.
At this size, I’d rather just get a “regular sized” notebook. The One Mix primary appeal for me was that it was a UMPC. The One Mix 4 is too small to do things comfortably and too big to sacrifice that comfortability for portability.
Pass on the One Mix 4. I hope One Netbook goes back to making One Mix UMPCs.
I’ve ordered one, happily.
I’m mostly a Mac guy, but Apple hasn’t replaced the 12″ retina Macbook, and the Macbook Air is physically too large for my travel needs. A machine that runs desktop class software but is no larger than my iPad is a perfect add-on to my go bag, and if I need a webcam/audio for Zoom conferencing or watching movies? That’s the iPad’s job. Meanwhile, the M.2 SSD is upgradable, unlike any of Apple’s current line-up — and have you seen how much Apple want for an SSD capacity bump?!? At least with the One Mix 4 I should be able to upgrade to a 2Tb or 4Tb SSD halfway through its productive life.
Windows 10 is not my preferred daily driver but it’s less appalling than earlier iterations of Windows, even as macOS feels increasingly dumbed-down, and for my main use case (intensive work with Scrivener and Microsoft Word when business trips resume) Windows 10 will do.
Yes! This is exactly my situation. I’m hoping that Mac will release a new 11″ MBAir replacement with their new M chips, but seeing how their new products seem to be getting larger, I’m looking to these evolved UMPCs instead. It would be great if the iPad could eventually boot into regular OSX but I doubt that’s happening anytime soon. Whenever I’m at a conference, etc. it’s just so much more productive to have a desktop class device. Admittedly I tried experimenting with working with my iPad Mini, BT keyboard, and mouse, and it worked reasonably well. Still… I want to have my cake and eat it too. 🙂
For me, the biggest disappointment is the lack of webcam. For the laptop that seems to be aimed also at the traveling people, no webcam for videoconferencing just means no-go and I cannot understand the decision not to include one. I would not even mind the price tag, if it had the camera. I hope that something similar with the webcam will be released soon.
Yes, that could be a usable workaround. However, it seems to have some limitations – the phone and the laptop should be on the same wifi. When I tried to use the phone both as a mobile hotspot for the laptop’s internet connection as well as the webcam, on another laptop, it did not work. So to use the phone as a webcam, I’d have to be connected to my own hotspot (other than the phone) or another wifi. I have not tried it with the USB connection but it would already be quite inconvenient for me.
I like the larger 10.1 inch screen and larger keyboard. I think the smaller 7, 6 and 5 inch laptops would be too hard to use. Great that it can run Linux. My only problem is the $1000 price tag. A 15 inch laptop with the same specs would cost half as much.
That’s unfortunately true, but for some reason 15inch laptops generally seem to be available for lower starting points, even than corresponding 14inchers. I always found that kind of weird, but I suppose the idea is that you pay for enhanced portability and smaller footprint.
I’m not really in the market for 15 inch devices, but when I’ve been looking out for deals for friends and family, the 15 inch devices always get down to lower prices (and simple 17 inch devices may sometimes be even cheaper, although the comparison gets really strained there).
I think One Netbook missed the mark on this model. Despite all their attempts at keeping the footprint small (no webcam, minimal IO ports), it still isn’t a small enough size to convince me to buy a niche market laptop for over $1000, especially with no warranty.
Compared to a typical laptop, this has too many compromises for an insignificant increase in portability.
For this price just buy Surface Pro 7.
I hope the One Mix 5 is a 7″ UMPC again instead of this netbook that cost way more than it should. I guess I’ll keep using my One Mix 2s. They can throw in LTE while they’re at it as well.
Yeah, this is pretty disappointing for the One Mix line. At this size and price, it’s big enough where I’d rather just go with a larger notebook from another OEM. For me, this size is too large for my UMPC wants and too small for my primary notebook needs.
I can much better justify to myself paying for a 7″ screened or 8″ with slim bezels UMPC. I hope the One Mix 5 is UMPC again.
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