BMAX X15: A quad-core laptop with an M.2 2280 SSD and a large display for US$329
BMAX has released some intriguing devices in the last few years, including the MaxPad i10 and MaxBook Y11. While neither offer amazing performance, they are affordable and are well-built, at least in the case of the MaxBook Y11 anyway. The X15 can now be added to that list too, as it offers a reasonably-modern design at a budget price of US$329.99.
For one, the X15 has a 15.6-inch IPS display that resolves natively at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. BMAX has not disclosed how bright the 16:9 panel gets, but it should offer 178° viewing angles. The company also claims that 15 mm thick bezels surround the display, which would be 5 mm thicker than those on the Surface Laptop 3.
Moreover, there is a full-sized keyboard with a number pad, a 4.7-inch trackpad and what should be enough I/O for most people. We would have liked to see a USB Type-C port, but two USB 3.0 Type-A ports and a mini HDMI connection is acceptable.
An Intel Celeron N4120 processor powers the BMAX X15 though, which is rather underpowered in our opinion. The machine has 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and a replaceable M.2 2280 SSD, but these are not going to overcome the chipset's measly 6 W TDP and lack of Intel Hyper-Threading support. We suspect that the M.2 2280 slot is the SATA variety too, rather than the faster NVMe one.