iLife is probably a brand you’ve never heard of, but the company has been making inexpensive Windows-based tablets and notebooks that are a great alternative for someone who wants the Microsoft Surface Pro but can’t shell out the money for it.
That’s what the Zed Book II is like – at first glance, you’d probably think that the device is a Microsoft Surface Pro, complete with the detachable keyboard. But iLife brands this as a 2-in-1 device, meaning that you can use it as a regular notebook, or use it as a normal tablet.
The Zed Book II has a strong plastic build and is sturdy enough to be used on a daily basis. Like the Surface, it has a hinge in the middle so that a stand can be extended. The hinge is strong and firm, and you can conveniently adjust the height in any way that you like.
There’s a couple of USB ports on the side, along with mini HDMI, an SD card reader along with the port for power. It uses a standard proprietary port for charging, so be careful because if you manage to break the charger you would need to source out another one from the manufacturer.
The Zed Book II’s specifications aren’t the best, but this 2-in-1 wasn’t designed to be a high-end device anyways. It’s powered by an Intel Atom CPU running at 1.44 GHz and Intel HD Graphics 400, along with 32 GB of internal memory. There’s 2 GB of RAM along with a 2-megapixel camera located on the front and at the back. The usual connectivity options are also present, which includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
The 11.6-inch touchscreen is more than enough to showcase the capabilities of Windows 10, especially with a full HD resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels. Additionally, there’s a 7,000 mAh battery that should give you around 6 – 8 hours of usage. On testing, we got around 6-7 hours on normal continuous usage and even lasted longer on intermittent usage.
The touchscreen was responsive on the Zed Book II, and it provided for an easy way to navigate Windows 10 without the need for a mouse. The specifications were also good enough to let us browse and chat online or even watch Netflix. Basic games should be playable on it, but don’t expect much.
The package also includes a handy stylus that you can use for drawing, which charges via micro USB. There’s also a detachable keyboard included in the package that also acts as the tablet’s cover. The keyboard quality is top notch, even matching the one that came with the Surface Pro. The island keys are easy to type on, and the built-in track is perfect for navigating if you don’t want to use the touchscreen.
But the best part of iLife’s Zed Book II – yes, for less than a thousand dirhams you have a decent and capable notebook/tablet that should be able to perform everyday tasks with ease.