A serviceable entry-level notebook that will get your work done in style, if nothing else.
Ah, there aren’t enough notebook choices… said no one ever. And yet, here we have a new player trying to make a name for themselves in a crowded market. What exactly can Avita—a US tech lifestyle brand—oﬀer that’s unique from the myriad of notebook brands already available? Well, colorways apparently, and lots of it.
The Avita Liber series comes in no less than 14 diﬀerent colors, and in Singapore, the Liber was initially launched with 8 colors (depending on the configuration you go for), including very bold and bright options like Urban Ruby, Princess Pink and Angel Blue. The idea is that most productivity notebooks, regardless of design, only come in boring black or silver. The Avita Liber is designed for the average user who has that one device for everything: study, work, a little play, and would like to stand out.
It also helps that the Liber is very aﬀordable, with models starting from just $699. And yet, the Liber boasts of a full aluminum chassis that feels solidly constructed with very little flex. It is as slim as the best ultrabooks out there, with the thinnest point being just 5mm. It is also relatively lightweight at 1.37kg. Imagine a MacBook Air in rainbow colors if you will.
A rarity these days, the Liber also has a full complement of ports, including two USB 3.0, a USB Type-C, and mini HDMI.
Of course, at this price point, the specs are equally low. The cheapest $699 option features a 13.3-inch Full HD display and only comes with a Pentium N4200, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD. Our review unit, which features a Core i5-7Y54, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD goes for a more modest $1,199. You can configure it up to a Core i7 and 512GB SSD, but while the Liber uses Intel’s 7th Gen Core processors, it’s the low power ‘Y’ parts. They run much cooler and last longer; ours lasted a little over 4 hours and 30 minutes in battery tests. However, you’ll be looking at sub 15fps if you plan on any kind of gaming with its integrated Intel HD 615 graphics, so it’s really only suited for basic computing, homework, web surfing and some movies.
The unusually large trackpad
seems cool, but actually gets in
the way as your palms are almost
always resting on it while using the
AT A GLANCE
Intel Core i5-7Y54
(1.2GHz, 4MB L3,
13.3-inch, Full HD