In just a few years, Realme has succeeded in establishing its smartphones in different price points and has also developed its offerings in other segments. The company has now entered the laptop market in India with the new Realme Book Slim. If you look at the datasheet you might think the laptop has an impressive set of features, but the real question is how does the Realme Book Slim perform on a daily basis? We looked at it to find out.
Realme Book Slim Review Price in India: 40 999 rupees
Realme Book Slim Specifications: 11th Generation Intel Core i3 | 2K display | backlit keyboard | Windows 10 | HD Camera | 256 GB SSD storage | dual speakers
Realme Book Slim review: design, display, build
The Realme Book Slim looks like the MacBook and has a good build quality. With the aluminum alloy cover and deck, the device is quite solid and high-end. Unlike some laptops (under the Rs 50,000 price bracket) which offer plastic construction, Realme Book Slim doesn’t feel flimsy. It is thinner than the Macbook Air and quite light. It can be transported easily. The cover can be tilted 180 degrees backwards, giving you good flexibility in the use position of the laptop.
The variant we reviewed is ‘Real Blue’ which makes it unique and attractive because you don’t often see this color other than black. The trackpad also has a glossy coating. Realme has kept the mark minimal to give users a subtle look, which is nice. There is little to no flex on the cover and bottom base. The Core i3 variant of the Realme Book Slim comes with a limited set of ports. It doesn’t have Thunderbolt 4, but comes equipped with a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, a USB-A 3.1 Gen 1 port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Realme Book Slim earns a few points for offering a 2K display with 100% sRGB color gamut in the 45,000 price range. It renders vivid colors and is good for the frenzy of watching. However, it has a 3: 2 aspect ratio, so we will see black bars on the top and bottom, which is not the case with laptops that have the standard 16:10 aspect ratio. But, the 3: 2 aspect ratio helps deliver a better productivity experience as you get increased vertical screen space for document viewing and navigation.
But Realme went for a glossy screen and the screen is very reflective, so you might get bored when working in a very bright environment. It is a bit difficult to see the screen when a harsh light hits the panel. The Realme Book Slim offers an almost edge-to-edge display, which is nice. You will rarely notice laptops with thin bezels in the Rs 45,000 range. In addition, it also becomes a bit difficult to work in dim light as the low light levels of the laptop seem a bit too harsh.
Realme Book Slim review: keyboard and touchpad
While it doesn’t have the Ergo lift design found on some of the Asus laptops, the typing experience on this laptop was still good. The keys are well spaced and there is enough room on either side of the keyboard for your palms. The power button also acts as a fingerprint scanner to unlock the laptop and it appears to be a lot faster than the phones that Realme offers.
The trackpad is large and quite responsive too. In addition, the keyboard also has a two-level backlight function, which comes in handy when you are working late at night in dim light.
Realme Book Slim review: general performance, battery life, software
The Realme Book Slim is powered by an 11th Generation Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, paired with Intel Iris Xe graphics, up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and up to 512GB of PCIe SSD storage. I had the Core i3 variant for review, which comes with 256GB SSD storage. It’s good enough for productivity and an average user with basic needs won’t be disappointed. It will give you fast performance on a daily basis.
However, the laptop did not respond when I tried to delete more than four high resolution photos at a time. This happened when Chrome was open in the background with over 34 tabs. This laptop is not for video editing, but surely you can do photo editing. I didn’t notice a lot of lag when browsing, opening programs, or multitasking. The laptop did not heat up even after using it for hours or while charging.
The fan was still silent even when everything was running in the background, files being transferred, 30 tabs open on Chrome, music playing, photo editing, etc.
During my period of use, I got about five hours of battery life with moderate use. I used the laptop to write stories, edit photos, and watch binge eating. The use also involved browsing the web with over 35 tabs and playing audio in the background. Brightness levels were mostly set at 60%. But, in your case, the results will vary depending on how you use it.
While I had an average battery life, the supplied 65W fast charger took less time to recharge the battery. The charger takes almost an hour and 25 minutes to fill the battery from zero to 100%. It should be pointed out that the charger supports 30W Dart Charge technology, so that users will be able to quickly charge their Realme phone or other compatible device.
Realme Book Slim ships with Windows 10 out of the box and the company has confirmed that this device will get Windows 11 later this year. There aren’t a lot of optimization options. There is a PC connection app, which one can use to transfer files to your phone and vice versa. It can also be used for screen mirroring and checking phone notifications. However, this feature is only available on the Realme GT series.
The Realme Book Slim has a 720p HD webcam, which is good enough for video calling or attending your office meetings. Even in slightly dim light, it can offer usable photos or decent quality for videos.
There are two Harman speakers that Realme says can deliver an immersive surround sound effect. Well I had a lot of fun listening to music on Spotify and watching intense movies. The speakers will offer enough depth, but don’t expect very high quality. You can certainly connect a separate speaker for this.
Realme Book Slim review: should you buy it?
Currently the Realme Book Slim is selling for Rs 40,999 on Flipkart due to the ongoing Big Billion Days sale. It was originally released for Rs 46,999 which means you get this laptop at a much lower price. It’s a great deal for those who want to buy a laptop for writing, web browsing, and basic office work with a premium design.
You also get an excellent 2K display, sufficient build quality and performance, all in a slim body. However, note that the Core i3 variant only ships with 256GB SSD storage, which might not be enough for those who don’t store data in cloud storage.