The laptop to browse the internet : N14X – Intel Atom x5-Z8300 from Ctroniq

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Is the N14X for you?What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
To make the choice easier, we have judged this Ctroniq N14X according to what you are going to do with it.
The detail of our analysis in this article.

N14X compatible with internet use?

Chances are that your daily use is not limited to surfing the Internet, and that you need the other functions as well.It is necessary to be able to count on a quality laptop that will not let you down in 2 years, due to obsolescence.The key is to achieve balance with a cheap but solid laptop.Here you have an almost perfect product.By putting on the market the N14X, Ctroniq offers a well thought-out product of very good quality.
This model is a mid-range model with a screen size of 14.1 inches. Easy to take along from time to time. Also note that this model is equipped with a touch screen; always interesting for when you get tired of the slippery mouse pad or when no flat surface is available when you have this N14X on your lap. The materials appear to be designed to last several years. Solid visible parts (the hull, the keyboard,…) and almost last generation internal components have been chosen by Ctroniq with a lot of care.
With a processor Intel Atom x5-Z8300, Ctroniq offers an already outdated technology. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. With less than a 4 Gb of RAM, it N14X is a fair one. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. With only 32 Gb, Ctroniq considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
In the end, with an autonomy of 8 hours, you won’t have too much time to surf the web. It is in the average range of what is done with today’s battery technology. It would be more interesting for the same price, to buy a desktop or a tablet, more powerful on the part autonomy and web surfing.

Is N14X one for watching movies and listening to music ?

High quality, the engineers of Ctroniq have chosen to make this N14X the top of the range for leisure uses: movies, music, photos. In the age of multimedia, this laptop has evolved and is a cross between a TV, radio and a desktop computer. We discovered through the tests we put it to, that it is one of the best on the market. The sound reproduction level and the display quality of this top-of-the-range model won’t be lacking.
Ctroniq decided to make this laptop a very versatile product. With its 14.1 inches and resolution of 1280×720, it can be suitable for a lot of uses including watching films. And in film display mode, you’ll have excellent visual quality with bright, realistic images. In the end, a homogeneous product that allows you to watch films and, with its 1.9 kg,it will be easy to take on the move.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish.  Ctroniq is primarily intended for film lovers the N14X. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. On the other hand, you may feel visually tired after 2 or 3 hours of viewing.
For the sound part, the N14X is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Intel Atom x5-Z8300, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
Equipped with the Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphic card, and with 4 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
On the connectivity side, you will have 3 ports. This is standard compared to computers currently available on the market.You will need to prioritize the devices you want to connect, as they will not all fit at the same time.
As for battery life, it N14X can allow you to have a multimedia use in nomadic mode. You have 8 hours of autonomy in unplugged mode, which is in the average. 

N14X compatible with on the move use ?

It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes N14X to be easily carried around. At least that’s what we find out a priori. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
It N14X weights 1.9 Kg which makes it a computer in the average of its category. It is easy to carry even if you prefer the ultra slim models of the competition. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails. The explanation mainly comes down to the size of the screen: 14.1inches.
Ctroniq has decided to provide a touch screen on the N14X. Always convenient, the operating mode is as simple as on your smartphone. The accuracy of touch in navigation is without problem.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
Equipped with a glossy slab, it provides very good visual comfort. A beautiful screen and quality images. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
No anti-reflective tile is provided on this model. Also, you will avoid using this laptop outdoors or with too much light.
With the installation of the processor Intel Atom x5-Z8300, the power consumption is rather important.
The result is a poorer autonomy. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Ctroniq; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
Concerning the battery part, the autonomy is correct with 8 hours before the breakdown.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 32 Gb. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
With this model, Ctroniq definitely designed a computer easily transportable, but not too small. The N14X is right in the middle compared to the competition with 14.1 inches and an acceptable weight.
This N14X allows external elements to be associated via 3 connectors. This is roughly equivalent to what the competition is offering.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not N14X really made for travelling.

N14X the right choice for audio or video editing ?

The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. Clearly, this N14Xcorresponds perfectly to the need related to this use. With these components, Ctroniq puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. The parallel processing of tasks with Windows 10 are perfectly suited for audio or video editing.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Intel Atom x5-Z8300. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 32 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Ctroniq made the choice to put only one SSD. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The N14X has only got one, with total 32 Gb storage for your movies and music. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
In terms of autonomy,the Ctroniqkept it simple. For 8 hours of autonomy, you have a little time to work on your edits. A duration which is on the other hand equivalent to the other machines at the moment.
For the connector part, the N14Xhas the USB3 format. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
With the N14X, you’re moving towards a very good product. Audio and video editing will be easier than ever. And at a price that is well ranked.

The N14X- the right model to play with?

Today’s most popular gaming titles require performance and can take up huge amounts of storage space: this laptop meets both of these requirements. Until recently, with rare exceptions, only desktop computers could be used. On this N14X, Ctroniq has implemented a cooling system perfectly dimensioned for advanced uses of online games.
Provided with a resolution of 1280×720, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
Ctroniq like most manufacturers, knows that intensive and extensive use of the computer in game mode requires performance. It corresponds to a median choice, neither extremely powerful nor too expensive.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 32 Gb.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
You’ll like this handy laptop, and rather light (1.9 Kg and 14.1 inches), comparable to most similar products.
For the autonomy, it is in the average of the other laptops, that is to say about 8 hours.
In conclusion, we have been seduced by the balance between performance and components. Be aware that in addition, you will benefit from an autonomy of 8 hours. Perfect for a sustained gaming session!

N14X the right choice for office automation ?

Although this does not affect the majority of users, it is important to know the OS of this hardware. The OSes available on the market are all different technical ecosystems with their own applications. This N14X is clearly intended for those who will use it for office use.
Ctroniq has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It is equipped with Windows 10.
It is one of the laptops available in the range. In short, an average laptop with 1.9 Kg that can be carried on holiday or to the office.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
This N14X has no matt slab. The Matte screen is ideal for use outdoors or near bright light. If you spend a lot of time on your computer, you will experience more eye strain. Concerning light intensity, is is: not so good for eye comfort and work, but powerful in the dark to watch videos.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
The storage of this model, 32 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive N14Xcan be quickly filled.
In short, it N14X is perfectly suited for word processing and spreadsheet use. It combines ergonomics with power, with an interesting price/quality ratio.

What about the N14X ?

This laptop is finally the one that allows you to enjoy its excellent performance whatever the use you will make of it. Compact, elegant and efficient, the N14X is the perfect tool for anyone who wants a mobile computer.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– travel use
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– surfing on the internet
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks