Meenhong P8 2-in-1 convertible laptop
Was $399 Now $374 at Geekbuying
It's the sort of gadget that system administrators and geeks rave about. A laptop that's powerful and small enough to be carried easily carried around. It's perfectly usable thanks to a clever trick as well.
- Our review of the Meenhong P8 is here. We gave it a 4/5 star and said As cute as this machine is, the N100 is on the threshold of having sufficient power for Windows 11 to run smoothly. Maybe with an NVMe upgrade, it might run better, but the P8 will never win any performance tests. And another USB-C port would be appreciated.
Meet the Meenhong P8, one of the world’s lightest laptops with the added benefit that it can transform into a Windows tablet in seconds. It is available from online retailer Geekbuying for a mere $374, down from $399 thanks to a time-limited Black Friday deal ($25 off $300) and while its specifications won’t set the world on fire, they are good enough for the majority of users out there.
So what do we have here: a laptop that weighs 780g with a quad core Intel N100 CPU. Don’t underestimate this little guy; this is a 12-generation processor and will beat an eighth generation Core i7 easily while using far less power, especially as it packs a small 9.6Ah battery.
Alongside it is 12GB of fast LPDDR5 memory with a 512GB NVMe SSD, a physically smaller M2.2242 model. The screen is an 8-inch model with what looks like a FHD+ resolution 1920 x 1200 (16:10 aspect ratio), with 2048 levels of pressure - note that the digitizing pen is optional. It rotates to transforms the laptop into a tablet, similar to the original Lenovo ThinkPad Twist. There’s even a 2-megapixel webcam, making it a great choice for video conferencing.
Despite its size, there are two speakers to deliver audio; the keyboard though remains its biggest issue. In lieu of a touchpad, there’s a Super Optical Finger Navigation (SOFN) module which is a tiny square input peripheral. You have two mouse buttons as well below the space bar.
As I noted in the 2019 review of the Chuwi Minibook which uses the same setup, the SOFN module performed as expected. It requires a learning curve, which may be more or less steep depending on the user. It doesn’t feel as intuitive as a touchpad and it is probably - partly at least - why Chuwi added touchscreen functionality to this device.
Don’t be fooled by the size of the P8 as well: there’s a Gigabit Ethernet port, a full size HDMI connector, a Type-C USB port and a full size USB one - meaning it can support up to two external 4K monitors. What makes it a potential business laptop candidate is the presence of Windows 11 Pro as well.
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website builders and web hosting when DHTML and frames were in vogue and started narrating about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium.