Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Aldi Unisurf 14" notebook with Windows 10 for $222.

I noticed a tech blogger commenting on Aldi having a greater price computer for just $222. Getting a computer below the $300 is worth checking out.

Ultimately whether the Aldi Unisurf 14" notebook is a good buy or not depends on your needs. If you need a fast computer with plenty of storage then this computer is most likely not for you. If you want a cheap computer, limited storage, slow processor with a 14" screen, then this will do the job.

With any low priced computer I suggest that people first check the processor type. The Unisurf 14" notebook has an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 1.92GHz processor according to the Aldi catalogue. I'm perplexed with this as the Intel Atom x5-Z8300 only had a burst frequency of 1.84GHz and not 1.92GHz. The x5-Z8330 and x5-Z8350 both had a burst frequency so this may be a typo. Best to check the processor. In any case these processors are quite slow. If you have an older Core Duo, i3, or i5 notebook from five or more years ago, there's a good chance that old computer will run faster than the Aldi computer. The main point here is to recognise the Aldi Unisurf 14" notebook is a slow computer in today's terms.

The 4GB of RAM is low, but to be expected at this price. The 32GB of memory is something you need to watch. Windows 10 itself can take up nearly 20GB so that doesn't leave much space for your files. To give you more elbow room with this type of computer it's often best to look for 64GB or memory. However if you're frugal with space, use external drives, the computer can still be usable.

The one feature which means for some people this computer is better than than their five year or older computer is the 6-8 hours of battery life. Older computers were lucky to give you 1-1.5 hours of useful battery life. If you're travelling the 6-8 hours can certainly come in handy.

The 14" screen size is smallish for a notebook, but is larger than the many very small portable computers available which only have 10-11" screens.

The one piece of information that is missing that would be handy to know, is the weight of the notebook. If you're travelling lighter is often best. I suspect the only way to know the weight will be to wait until the notebook is in Aldi stores and then check the specifications on the box.

Overall if you're happy with a slow processor, small memory size, for the low price, then you may be happy with the Ultrasurf 14" notebook. If you're wanting to replace that older notebook with a faster modern notebook, then you really need to check the specs and processor speed carefully.

Kelvin Eldridge
IT support.

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