- Good Asthetics
- Good Performance
- Runs Hot
- No Backlit Keyboard
- Fingerprint Attractor
- Poor Battery Life
The balance between portability and power has been a challenge since the inception of laptops. Intel changed the game a few years ago when it introduced Ultrabooks to the world. Since then, companies across the globe have brought laptops to market that strive to be ever lighter and more powerful. Continuing that theme, we bring you the INHON CarbonBook. As its name implies, this laptop is crafted from carbon fiber. We put the CarbonBook to the test to see if its performance is as impressive as its design.
When it comes to computing power, it seems as if you can never have enough. The problem has always been that more powerful CPUs consume more power, thus the lower the battery life. On the other hand, you have long lasting, low energy consumption devices that cannot handle some of the more demanding applications. The CarbonBook looks to answer that problem by outfitting a thin laptop with an 11.6-inch screen with a 3rd gen Intel Core i5, which is not too energy demanding while providing more than enough processing power.
Build and Design
So much of buying a product is based on its appearance and feel. In this area, the CarbonBook comes out ahead of much of the competition. It certainly looks good with its glossy carbon fiber finish on both top and bottom shell covers. The sides, keys, bezel, and palm rest are all still plastic but have a nice matte black finish. We did find that the shell as well as the interior quickly became fingerprint magnets. On the upside, INHON does sell a matte black finish version of the CarbonBook which should be a bit more fingerprint resistant.
Holding the CarbonBook is a pleasure as it is noticeably light, but feels sturdy. There is no chassis flex, and the lid closes shut very tightly thanks to some internal magnets. This is nice, but can make it difficult to open. We carried the CarbonBook in a lightweight backpack for a full day in place of our more powerful Asus UX32VD and the difference in weight was very apparent.
Screen, Ports and Features
The CarbonBook is super lightweight and has a glossy 11.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. I generally prefer a larger resolution screen, but at this size it would be difficult to read text at a full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Other specs for the CarbonBook include a 128GB SSD, wireless N, a microSD card reader, DisplayPort out, two USB ports (one USB 2.0 and one USB3.0), and a 720P camera.
The port selection is respectable for an ultraportable but we would have liked to see at least one more USB 3.0 port. Some users might also find the microSD card slot problematic because it means they can’t use standards SD cards like the ones used in most digital cameras.