Chinese manufacturer Jumper is part of a new wave of ambitious laptop/tablet startups that want to flood the world with affordable quality products straight from their factories in Shenzhen and elsewhere in mainland China.
Where to buy?
Online Chinese retailer, Gearbest, sent us the sample and sells the EZBook 3 Pro for just under $230 as of July 9th. Note that while this price includes delivery, it is exclusive of any taxes that may be levied by HMRC or the courier companies on behalf of the vendor. Want to buy tech from online Chinese retailers? Read this first.
The EZBook 3 Pro (otherwise known as the LB10) is the latest product from Jumper and is an iteration of the EZBook 3 and the EZBook 2 that we looked at last October.
Like its predecessor, the EZBook 3 Pro doesn’t hide the source of its inspiration. It is clearly very heavily influenced by Apple’s ground-breaking MacBook Air, more specifically the 13-inch model.
The EZBook 2 was cheap (£164 at the time of writing – that’s around $220) but the EZBook 3 Pro hikes the price up higher to £208 ($280).
Part of the reason why Jumper jacked up the price is that it has shifted to a full metal body with a chrome effect edge running all around the chassis, which reinforces the premium look of the device while making it even sturdier than the previous model. No complaints here – especially given the £200 price tag of this laptop.
It is both lighter and smaller thanks partly to the use of a 13.3-inch display, as opposed to the 14-inch screen of the EZBook 2. At 315 x 209 x 15mm, its footprint is slightly bigger than an A4 sheet, and at just under 1.4kg, it is still eminently portable.
Look at it sideways and you’ll recognize the tapered profile made popular by the MacBook Air. There are three ports on each side of the EZBook 3 Pro: two USB 3.0 ports, one microSD card, one HDMI and one audio port, along with a proprietary power connector.
As with most MacBook Air clones, the power button is located on the top right-hand side of the keyboard; expect no big surprises from the latter (or from the touchpad for that matter). A smaller screen has led to some unwanted compromises like the lack of Home/End/PageUp/PageDown keys (you can actually use the arrow keys for these instead) or the sad omission of the right CTRL key.
Note that the keyboard – a 78-key affair – is a US model and cannot be swapped for a UK version.
The three status lights are located just under the single hinge alongside two microphones. Underneath are four rubber feet, two speaker grilles and 10 screws which hold the bottom base together. Remove these and you’ll find the components and a big battery that occupies half the accessible area.
Brownie points to Jumper for choosing a thin bezel for the display in order to cut down on the device’s size as much as humanly possible. However, this is no Dell XPS 13 when it comes to bezel thinness.
Here is the Jumper EZBook 3 Pro configuration sent to TechRadar Pro for review:
CPU: Intel Celeron N3450 (quad-core, 2MB cache, 1.1GHz to 2.2GHz boost)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 500
RAM: 6GB DDR3 (800MHz)
Screen: 13.3-inch FHD display
Storage: 64GB eMMC memory
Ports: 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.0 w/PowerShare, SD card reader, audio jack, HDMI
Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0
Camera: 2MP HD webcam
Size: 315 x 208.5 x 15mm (W x D x H)
There are no surprises here. The components used by the EZBook 3 Pro are very similar to what we’ve seen from the likes of Chuwi’s LapBook 12.3, the Teclast X3 Plus, the Chuwi Hi13 or the Onda Xiaoma 31.
Blame this lack of diversity on economies of scale and the fact that Intel has quietly moved away from the Atom brand (the last X-series consumer processor dates back to early 2016), with the chip giant now pushing the Celeron CPU as the preferred entry-level processor.
A few points of interest: this notebook uses a generic nCard eMMC storage module and the Celeron N3450 is a cracking little processor which should be as powerful as a 5th-generation Core M CPU like the M-5Y31 which powered the first Apple MacBook, especially as it has four real cores and a higher base frequency.
With the processor having a 6W TDP and 2MB cache, along with integrated Intel HD Graphics 500 (clocked at 200MHz, bursting to 700MHz) plus dual channel RAM, the EZBook 3 Pro should provide a very decent entry-level laptop baseline.
Note that while Gearbest’s spec page says that you can upgrade the memory to 8GB, we doubt it given the size of the device, plus the fact that the two channels are already populated with 3GB of DDR-1600 system memory.