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NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus (N3350, QHD) Laptop Review

Allen Ngo 👁, 01/22/2019

It doesn't even have an audio jack. The NuVision looks good, but that's about it. This super-portable and super-cheap subnotebook is dragged down by subpar processor performance, spongy keyboard, a very slow SSD, and the most limited selection of ports we've seen on any laptop.

The Nuvision Encite Book 12 Plus is an affordable 12.5-inch subnotebook retailing for $350 USD or roughly one-third the price of a standard Ultrabook. In order to differentiate itself from the sea of ultra-cheap 1080p or 768p subnotebooks, however, the Encite is equipped with a high resolution 2560 x 1440 display for crisper text and significantly more screen real estate.

Core specifications are otherwise run-of-the-mill for its category if not slightly worse as our review below will show. The passively-cooled Celeron N3350, 8 GB RAM, and embedded 64 GB SSD are comparable to competitors like the Acer Switch 3 SW312, Lenovo Flex 6 11, Lenovo Ideapad 120s, Trekstor Yourbook C11B, and even some Chromebooks like the Dell Chromebook 11 3181.

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NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 500, 22.20.16.4749
Memory
4096 MB 
, 1200 MHz, ?-15-15-34, Dual-Channel
Display
12.5 inch 16:9, 2560 x 1440 pixel 235 PPI, Sharp SHP142C, IPS, LQ125T1JX03, glossy: yes
Storage
SanDisk DF4064, 64 GB 
Soundcard
RealTek ALC269 @ Intel Apollo Lake SoC - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15 x 292.9 x 192.8 ( = 0.59 x 11.53 x 7.59 in)
Battery
31.9 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 1.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, USB Type-C Hub, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.04 kg ( = 36.68 oz / 2.29 pounds), Power Supply: 167 g ( = 5.89 oz / 0.37 pounds)
Price
350 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

At first glance, the NuVision laptop looks more expensive than it retails for. It's super thin and lightweight with smooth aluminum surfaces not typically found on cheap subnotebooks where plastic is predominant. The devil is in the details, however, as weaknesses become apparent when actually handling the device. Attempting to twist the base results in audible creaking and the hinge could have been more rigid. Fingerprints accumulate very quickly especially on the trackpad to be an instant eyesore. Webcam placement is subpar and the maximum hinge angle is narrower than on many other laptops. Thus, while the Nuvision looks better than most $300 to $400 laptops, it doesn't necessarily feel any stronger to hold.

Build quality is otherwise excellent on our test unit as we can notice no uneven gaps or defects. The lid is perhaps its strongest characteristic as it's quite resistant to any twisting or depressions relative to the more flexible base.

The NuVision benefits from something that most inexpensive subnotebooks don't have: narrow bezels. As a result, the system is lighter and has a smaller footprint than many other 12-inch and 13-inch laptops. Dimensions and weight are very nearly identical to the pricier EliteBook x360 1020 G2 for a very compact first impression.

Thinner than the MacBook Air 2018
Thinner than the MacBook Air 2018
Lid opened to maximum angle (~140 degrees)
Lid opened to maximum angle (~140 degrees)
Chassis looks good, but it's susceptible to flexing
Chassis looks good, but it's susceptible to flexing
Grease accumulates quickly on the matte aluminum surfaces
Grease accumulates quickly on the matte aluminum surfaces
318 mm / 12.5 inch 216 mm / 8.5 inch 17 mm / 0.669 inch 1.4 kg3.16 lbs305.1 mm / 12 inch 211.3 mm / 8.32 inch 21.4 mm / 0.843 inch 1.4 kg3 lbs305.5 mm / 12 inch 208.5 mm / 8.21 inch 20.3 mm / 0.799 inch 1.6 kg3.58 lbs304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 15.6 mm / 0.614 inch 1.2 kg2.73 lbs292.9 mm / 11.5 inch 192.8 mm / 7.59 inch 15 mm / 0.591 inch 1 kg2.29 lbs245 mm / 9.65 inch 175 mm / 6.89 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 523 g1.153 lbs

Connectivity

Available ports are limited to just 2x USB Type-C of which just one can be used to charge the laptop. The system does not even integrate a 3.5 mm audio jack. In comparison, the competing Lenovo Flex 6 11 has USB Type-A, HDMI, and a SD reader.

We encountered performance issues on the USB Type-C ports as well. When attempting to plug in a USB-powered external HDD, the drive would suddenly disconnect when transferring large files. This behavior suggests that the ports are not capable of powering some external devices.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: USB Type-C Gen. 1
Right: USB Type-C Gen. 1
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: USB Type-C Gen. 1 + AC adapter
Left: USB Type-C Gen. 1 + AC adapter

Communication

WLAN is provided by an old 1x1 Intel 3165 with integrated Bluetooth 4.2. The module offers one-fourth the theoretical transfer rate of most modern Ultrabooks now that 1.73 Gbps options are becoming mainstream. We didn't experience any connectivity issues during our time with the test unit.

Non-removable 1216 WLAN module
Non-removable 1216 WLAN module
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Latitude 5290
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
611 MBit/s ∼100% +75%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
581 MBit/s ∼95% +66%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Broadcom 802.11ac
570 (min: 566, max: 572) MBit/s ∼93% +63%
Lenovo ThinkPad A275
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
475 MBit/s ∼78% +36%
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
350 MBit/s ∼57%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
309 (min: 299, max: 316) MBit/s ∼51% -12%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Latitude 5290
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
521 MBit/s ∼100% +64%
Lenovo ThinkPad A275
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
519 MBit/s ∼100% +64%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
476 MBit/s ∼91% +50%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Broadcom 802.11ac
461 (min: 216, max: 525) MBit/s ∼88% +45%
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
317 MBit/s ∼61%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
301 (min: 237, max: 351) MBit/s ∼58% -5%

Security

The Power button is a fingerprint reader with absolutely no tactile feedback in contrast to the Power buttons on the XPS 13 or MateBook X Pro. The lack of any feedback feels very strange as it takes some getting used to.

Maintenance

The bottom panel is secured by 12 T5 Torx screws plus 1 Philips screw. It pops off surprisingly easily since there are no latches around the edges or corners.

There are no upgrade options aside from the empty M.2 slot. Primary storage and system RAM are both soldered.

Easy serviceability with limited upgrade options
Easy serviceability with limited upgrade options

Accessories and Warranty

NuVision throws in a free USB Type-C hub to make up for the lack of integrated ports. The hub includes USB Type-A, HDMI, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

The standard one-year limited manufacturer warranty applies. Please see our Guarantees, Return policies and Warranties article for country-specific information.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard keys are very shallow and spongy even for an Ultrabook with no backlight available. They have softer feedback than the XPS 13, Spectre 13, and MateBook 13 for an inferior typing experience. Perhaps the only positive attribute is its quiet clatter as a direct result of the soft actuation point. Additionally, we suspect that the printed letters on each key will eventually fade over time.

Touchpad

The roomy trackpad (11.0 x 5.5 cm) is almost as large as the trackpad on the XPS 13 (10.5 x 6 cm) for hassle-free cursor control. Glide is smooth with almost no sticking when moving slowly or quickly.

Trouble arises during multi-touch inputs or when using the integrated click keys. Pinch-to-zoom is slow, laggy, and unreliable while the click keys are spongy and difficult to press. Accuracy is an issue as well because the cursor will likely jump when clicking.

Wide trackpad for the screen size
Wide trackpad for the screen size
Shallow and spongy keyboard keys
Shallow and spongy keyboard keys

Display

The Encite Book 12 Plus is notable for its high quality 12.5-inch QHD display as most other subnotebooks in this price range are limited to lower resolution 1080p or even 768p panels. In this regard, the NuVision is able to offer a brighter, sharper, and higher contrast viewing experience that's surprisingly comparable to most mainstream Ultrabooks over twice the price. The glossy overlay is fixed despite having no touchscreen features.

It's worth noting that the Sharp LQ125T1JX03 IPS panel in use here can also be found on the four-year old Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi convertible. We praised its display back then and it still holds up very well to this day.

We are able to detect pulse-width modulation on brightness levels 25 percent and under. Its frequency is low enough that users susceptible to onscreen flickering may want to avoid using the laptop at low brightness settings.

Backlight bleeding is minimal along the bottom edge of the screen. It's thankfully mostly unnoticeable even during video playback with black borders.

Narrow bezels for such an inexpensive laptop
Narrow bezels for such an inexpensive laptop
Edge-to-edge glass with no touchscreen option
Edge-to-edge glass with no touchscreen option
Relatively even backlight
Relatively even backlight
Subpixel array (235 PPI)
Subpixel array (235 PPI)
418.3
cd/m²
437.1
cd/m²
416.6
cd/m²
410.6
cd/m²
431.5
cd/m²
417.4
cd/m²
349.5
cd/m²
397.9
cd/m²
375.6
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Sharp SHP142C
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 437.1 cd/m² Average: 406.1 cd/m² Minimum: 8.82 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 80 %
Center on Battery: 431.5 cd/m²
Contrast: 1003:1 (Black: 0.43 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.56 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 3.34
ΔE Greyscale 2.9 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
98.9% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 66.7% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.2
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
Sharp SHP142C, IPS, 12.5, 2560x1440
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Sharp SHP14A6, IPS, 10, 1800x1200
Dell Latitude 5290
AUO B125XW01-V0, TN LED, 12.5, 1366x768
Lenovo ThinkPad A275
Len40E0, TN, 12.5, 1366x768
Chuwi LapBook SE
13.3, 1920x1080
Apple MacBook Air 2018
APPA039, IPS, 13.3, 2560x1600
Response Times
139%
18%
107%
3%
19055%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
37.6 (20.4, 17.2)
44 (22, 22)
-17%
46.8 (26.8, 20)
-24%
41 (22, 19)
-9%
39.2 (19.2, 20)
-4%
39.6 (20.8, 18.8)
-5%
Response Time Black / White *
31.6 (16.8, 14.8)
25.6 (11.6, 14)
19%
12.8 (7.6, 5.2)
59%
23 (19, 4)
27%
27.7 (14.8, 12.9)
12%
28 (15.6, 12.4)
11%
PWM Frequency
198.4 (25)
1020 (99)
414%
800 (30)
303%
200 (29)
1%
113600 (75)
57158%
Screen
30%
-101%
-79%
-47%
26%
Brightness middle
431.5
456
6%
232
-46%
255
-41%
227
-47%
320
-26%
Brightness
406
426
5%
218
-46%
244
-40%
210
-48%
315
-22%
Brightness Distribution
80
88
10%
86
8%
87
9%
89
11%
95
19%
Black Level *
0.43
0.31
28%
0.54
-26%
0.52
-21%
0.44
-2%
0.29
33%
Contrast
1003
1471
47%
430
-57%
490
-51%
516
-49%
1103
10%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.56
1.3
63%
11.8
-231%
9.76
-174%
6.6
-85%
1.2
66%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7
3
57%
23.2
-231%
14.53
-108%
12.2
-74%
3.2
54%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
3.34
1.1
67%
3.9
-17%
1.9
43%
0.5
85%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.9
1.4
52%
13.9
-379%
11.13
-284%
7.9
-172%
0.8
72%
Gamma
2.2 100%
2.24 98%
2.13 103%
2.38 92%
2.16 102%
2.2 100%
CCT
6572 99%
6687 97%
16629 39%
12214 53%
8879 73%
6548 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
66.7
62.3
-7%
37.6
-44%
40
-40%
62.1
-7%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
98.9
96.8
-2%
59.2
-40%
63
-36%
96
-3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
85% / 53%
-42% / -83%
14% / -36%
-22% / -35%
9541% / 4103%

* ... smaller is better

Color space covers sRGB almost in its entirety for deep colors. Gamut is much wider than we were expecting for such a cheap laptop. The TN panel on the ThinkPad A275, for example, covers just 63 percent of sRGB in comparison.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

While color space is impressive, color accuracy is another story. Red and magenta colors in particular become more inaccurate at higher saturation levels even after calibration. Finer calibration is likely required for users who want the most accurate colors possible. Grayscale is otherwise excellent out of the box.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
31.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.8 ms rise
↘ 14.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 81 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
37.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20.4 ms rise
↘ 17.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 36 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 198.4 Hz ≤ 25 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 198.4 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 25 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 198.4 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9266 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is better than most every cheap subnotebooks out there since the backlight on the Nuvision is so much brighter. Even so, prepare for some glare from the glossy overlay. Direct sunlight will still overwhelm the screen as one would expect. Viewing angles are very wide and significantly better than the cheaper TN panels found on most other laptops in this price range.

Outdoors on cloudy day
Outdoors on cloudy day
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors on cloudy day
Outdoors on cloudy day
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

The dual-core Celeron N3350 is a low-power 6 W processor based on the Apollo Lake platform. It's generally reserved for inexpensive subnotebooks, tablets, and mini PCs where passive cooling is desired.

System RAM is fixed at 4 GB with no options to upgrade.

Processor

CineBench R15
CineBench R15

CPU performance is where we expect it to be at just within 1 percent of the average Celeron N3350 in our database taken from 7 other laptops. Multi-thread performance is disappointing as even the Atom x5-Z8350 is able to outperform it by almost 15 percent in CineBench R15. Single-thread performance is much faster, however, due in part to its higher TDP when compared to the Atom (6 W vs. 4.5 W). The dual-core Pentium Gold 4415Y in the Surface Go is almost twice as fast as our Celeron since it supports Hyper-Threading.

Performance is stable when running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop to suggest no major throttling. In comparison, many Ultrabooks like the MateBook X Pro based on 15 W ULV Core ix CPUs tend to exhibit dips in performance over time when running the same CineBench loop test.

See our dedicated page on the Celeron N3350 for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

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NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus HD Graphics 500, N3350, SanDisk DF4064; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø84.2 (83.38-84.84)
Lenovo ThinkPad A275 Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), PRO A12-9800B, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø195 (189.59-225.4)
Chuwi LapBook SE UHD Graphics 600, N4100, SanDisk DF4032; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø158 (150.45-161.13)
Chuwi GBox CWI560 UHD Graphics 600, N4100, SanDisk DA4064; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø186 (184.81-188.15)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Latitude 5290
Intel Core i5-8250U
147 Points ∼67% +206%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel Core i5-8210Y
132 Points ∼61% +175%
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel Celeron J4005
77 Points ∼35% +60%
Lenovo ThinkPad A275
AMD PRO A12-9800B
75 Points ∼34% +56%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100
69.8 Points ∼32% +45%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
65 Points ∼30% +35%
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
Intel Celeron N3350
48 Points ∼22%
Average Intel Celeron N3350
  (43 - 48, n=8)
46 Points ∼21% -4%
Chuwi Hi12
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
31 Points ∼14% -35%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
28 Points ∼13% -42%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell Latitude 5290
Intel Core i5-8250U
721 Points ∼16% +748%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel Core i5-8210Y
285 Points ∼7% +235%
Lenovo ThinkPad A275
AMD PRO A12-9800B
225 Points ∼5% +165%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
164 Points ∼4% +93%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel Celeron N4100
161 (min: 150.45, max: 161.13) Points ∼4% +89%
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel Celeron J4005
144 Points ∼3% +69%
Chuwi Hi12
Intel Atom x5-Z8300
99 Points ∼2% +16%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
97 Points ∼2% +14%
Average Intel Celeron N3350
  (81 - 92, n=8)
85.8 Points ∼2% +1%
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
Intel Celeron N3350
85 Points ∼2%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
48 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
85 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
10.15 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks rank the NuVision slower than the Celeron-powered Intel NUC7CJYH mini PC and the cheap Chinese-branded Chuwi LapBook SE. Indeed, the laptop feels very sluggish to use for even low-power tasks like word processing and web browsing. Overall performance feels like a netbook from a decade ago.

We experienced no crashes or software issues in spite of the molasses-like responsiveness.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo ThinkPad A275
Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), PRO A12-9800B, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
1790 Points ∼15% +164%
Intel NUC7CJYH
UHD Graphics 600, J4005, SanDisk Ultra II
990 Points ∼8% +46%
Chuwi LapBook SE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, SanDisk DF4032
949 Points ∼8% +40%
Average Intel Celeron N3350, Intel HD Graphics 500
  (678 - 792, n=6)
749 Points ∼6% +10%
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
HD Graphics 500, N3350, SanDisk DF4064
678 Points ∼6%
Productivity
Lenovo ThinkPad A275
Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), PRO A12-9800B, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3974 Points ∼41% +128%
Intel NUC7CJYH
UHD Graphics 600, J4005, SanDisk Ultra II
3289 Points ∼34% +89%
Chuwi LapBook SE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, SanDisk DF4032
2567 Points ∼26% +47%
Average Intel Celeron N3350, Intel HD Graphics 500
  (1690 - 1974, n=6)
1835 Points ∼19% +5%
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
HD Graphics 500, N3350, SanDisk DF4064
1743 Points ∼18%
Essentials
Lenovo ThinkPad A275
Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), PRO A12-9800B, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4716 Points ∼43% +53%
Intel NUC7CJYH
UHD Graphics 600, J4005, SanDisk Ultra II
4188 Points ∼38% +36%
Chuwi LapBook SE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, SanDisk DF4032
3776 Points ∼34% +23%
Average Intel Celeron N3350, Intel HD Graphics 500
  (3073 - 3510, n=6)
3214 Points ∼29% +5%
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
HD Graphics 500, N3350, SanDisk DF4064
3073 Points ∼28%
Score
Lenovo ThinkPad A275
Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), PRO A12-9800B, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2312 Points ∼30% +110%
Chuwi LapBook SE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, SanDisk DF4032
1502 Points ∼19% +36%
Average Intel Celeron N3350, Intel HD Graphics 500
  (1102 - 1220, n=6)
1175 Points ∼15% +7%
Intel NUC7CJYH
UHD Graphics 600, J4005, SanDisk Ultra II
1136 Points ∼15% +3%
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
HD Graphics 500, N3350, SanDisk DF4064
1102 Points ∼14%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad A275
Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), PRO A12-9800B, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4156 Points ∼64% +93%
Intel NUC7CJYH
UHD Graphics 600, J4005, SanDisk Ultra II
3188 Points ∼49% +48%
Average Intel Celeron N3350, Intel HD Graphics 500
  (2148 - 2703, n=6)
2437 Points ∼37% +13%
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
HD Graphics 500, N3350, SanDisk DF4064
2148 Points ∼33%
Chuwi Hi12
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8300, Hynix HCG8E 64 GB
1008 Points ∼15% -53%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Intel NUC7CJYH
UHD Graphics 600, J4005, SanDisk Ultra II
2212 Points ∼21%
Average Intel Celeron N3350, Intel HD Graphics 500
  (1814 - 1935, n=3)
1869 Points ∼18%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad A275
Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), PRO A12-9800B, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2925 Points ∼48% +100%
Intel NUC7CJYH
UHD Graphics 600, J4005, SanDisk Ultra II
2084 Points ∼34% +43%
Average Intel Celeron N3350, Intel HD Graphics 500
  (1462 - 1816, n=8)
1670 Points ∼27% +14%
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
HD Graphics 500, N3350, SanDisk DF4064
1462 Points ∼24%
Chuwi Hi12
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8300, Hynix HCG8E 64 GB
1039 Points ∼17% -29%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y, 64 GB eMMC Flash
741 Points ∼12% -49%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1462 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
2148 points
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Storage Devices

Storage options include the embedded 64 GB SanDisk DF4064 SSD and a secondary M.2 2242/2260 slot. This same SanDisk SSD can also be found on the competing Lenovo Flex 6 11. It's unfortunate that the more common M.2 2280 form factor is not supported.

Performance is very slow even for a solid-state drive. Sequential read and write rates are just 168 MB/s and 105 MB/s, respectively, to be slower than even SATA II SSDs.

See our table of SSDs and HDDs for more benchmark comparisons.

Expandable M.2 storage up to 2260
Expandable M.2 storage up to 2260
CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
AS SSD
AS SSD
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
SanDisk DF4064
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
64 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo ThinkPad A275
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Chuwi LapBook SE
SanDisk DF4032
Chuwi GBox CWI560
SanDisk DA4064
AS SSD
105%
619%
19%
Copy Game MB/s
116.51
76.48
-34%
Copy Program MB/s
72.79
44.34
-39%
Copy ISO MB/s
119.65
99.05
-17%
Score Total
103
225
118%
1177
1043%
120
17%
Score Write
31
92
197%
153
394%
36
16%
Score Read
48
88
83%
707
1373%
58
21%
Access Time Write *
1.136
0.233
79%
1.929
-70%
1.233
-9%
Access Time Read *
0.747
0.151
80%
0.094
87%
0.671
10%
4K-64 Write
12.15
44.48
266%
117
863%
9.11
-25%
4K-64 Read
27.74
40.27
45%
556
1904%
25.65
-8%
4K Write
8.42
35.07
317%
1.24
-85%
13.6
62%
4K Read
5.07
18.29
261%
21.53
325%
6.3
24%
Seq Write
102.39
126.65
24%
350
242%
131.8
29%
Seq Read
153.99
289.84
88%
1289
737%
264.1
72%
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
124%
804%
8%
142%
Write 4K
7.837
26.91
243%
76.36
874%
11.17
43%
38
385%
Read 4K
7.689
19.72
156%
36.38
373%
7.2
-6%
23.84
210%
Write Seq
104.9
126.2
20%
1208
1052%
87.7
-16%
226.7
116%
Read Seq
167.8
268
60%
1191
610%
247
47%
271.8
62%
Write 4K Q32T1
13.64
62.89
361%
101
640%
12.29
-10%
44.74
228%
Read 4K Q32T1
32.95
39.82
21%
133.9
306%
32.46
-1%
53.16
61%
Write Seq Q32T1
99.46
131.3
32%
1381
1288%
92
-8%
129.4
30%
Read Seq Q32T1
128.8
259.3
101%
1785
1286%
150.1
17%
189.4
47%
Write 4K Q8T8
12.36
Read 4K Q8T8
31.66
Total Average (Program / Settings)
115% / 112%
712% / 697%
14% / 14%
142% / 142%

* ... smaller is better

SanDisk DF4064
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 128.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 99.46 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 32.95 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 13.64 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 167.8 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 104.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 7.689 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 7.837 MB/s

GPU Performance

The integrated GPU is not designed for gaming. 3DMark benchmarks rank it 75 percent slower than the common UHD Graphics 620 found on most Ultrabooks. 4K streaming at 30 FPS on YouTube is possible with no dropped frames albeit with CPU utilization at 100 percent. Thus, don't expect to multi-task smoothly if playing any sort of high quality video.

See our dedicated page on the HD Graphics 500 for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Smooth 4K30 playback on a Nvidia test video
Smooth 4K30 playback on a Nvidia test video
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y
1472 Points ∼7% +235%
Dell Latitude 5290
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1288 Points ∼6% +193%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y
1134 Points ∼5% +158%
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel UHD Graphics 600, J4005
593 Points ∼3% +35%
Average Intel HD Graphics 500
  (343 - 588, n=11)
490 Points ∼2% +11%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, N4100
455 Points ∼2% +3%
Chuwi GBox CWI560
Intel UHD Graphics 600, N4100
445 Points ∼2% +1%
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
Intel HD Graphics 500, N3350
440 Points ∼2%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350
392 Points ∼2% -11%
Chuwi Hi12
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8300
360 Points ∼2% -18%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell Latitude 5290
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1616 Points ∼3% +292%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y
1572 Points ∼3% +282%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y
1257 Points ∼2% +205%
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel UHD Graphics 600, J4005
579 Points ∼1% +41%
Chuwi GBox CWI560
Intel UHD Graphics 600, N4100
484 Points ∼1% +17%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, N4100
482 Points ∼1% +17%
Average Intel HD Graphics 500
  (368 - 584, n=11)
479 Points ∼1% +16%
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
Intel HD Graphics 500, N3350
412 Points ∼1%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350
349 Points ∼1% -15%
Chuwi Hi12
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8300
299 Points ∼1% -27%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y
286 Points ∼2%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, N4100
85 Points ∼1%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell Latitude 5290
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
960 Points ∼2%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y
947 Points ∼2%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y
819 Points ∼2%
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel UHD Graphics 600, J4005
448 Points ∼1%
Average Intel HD Graphics 500
  (293 - 444, n=7)
355 Points ∼1%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350
234 Points ∼1%
Chuwi Hi12
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8300
193 Points ∼0%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell Latitude 5290
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
8194 Points ∼4% +206%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y
7231 Points ∼4% +170%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y
6602 Points ∼4% +147%
Lenovo ThinkPad A275
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), PRO A12-9800B
5481 Points ∼3% +105%
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel UHD Graphics 600, J4005
3513 Points ∼2% +31%
Average Intel HD Graphics 500
  (2578 - 3693, n=8)
3030 Points ∼2% +13%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, N4100
2826 Points ∼2% +6%
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
Intel HD Graphics 500, N3350
2677 Points ∼1%
HP x2 210 G2
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350
1841 Points ∼1% -31%
Chuwi Hi12
Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), Z8300
1727 Points ∼1% -35%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y
35452 Points ∼5%
Intel NUC7CJYH
Intel UHD Graphics 600, J4005
16594 Points ∼2%
Average Intel HD Graphics 500
  (12299 - 18200, n=3)
15195 Points ∼2%
3DMark 11 Performance
461 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
1932 points
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Temperature

Surface temperatures are warmest toward the top left quadrants of the notebook since that is where the processor is positioned. When under extreme loads, this area can become as warm as 40 C. In comparison, the MacBook Air 2018 is warmer at up to 46 C when subjected to similar conditions. The palm rest and main QWERTY keys never become uncomfortably hot.

System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)

Stress Test

We stress the laptop to identify for any potential throttling or stability issues. When subjected to Prime95 stress, the CPU can be observed running at 2.3 GHz for the first few seconds before dropping and stabilizing at 2.0 GHz. Core temperature plateaus at about 65 C. Clock rates are well above the 1.1 GHz base clock rate of the Celeron N3350.

Running on battery power will not impact performance. A 3DMark 11 run on batteries returns essentially the same scores as when connected to mains.

System idle
System idle
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
CPU Clock (GHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C)
System Idle -- 33
Prime95 Stress 2.0 - 2.1 65
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.5 62
Max. Load
 33.8 °C
93 F
41 °C
106 F
25 °C
77 F
 
 30 °C
86 F
33.2 °C
92 F
24.4 °C
76 F
 
 27 °C
81 F
25.6 °C
78 F
24.4 °C
76 F
 
Maximum: 41 °C = 106 F
Average: 29.4 °C = 85 F
28.4 °C
83 F
35.6 °C
96 F
36.4 °C
98 F
27.4 °C
81 F
32.8 °C
91 F
33.4 °C
92 F
27 °C
81 F
28.8 °C
84 F
30.4 °C
87 F
Maximum: 36.4 °C = 98 F
Average: 31.1 °C = 88 F
Power Supply (max.)  32 °C = 90 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.4 °C / 85 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 41 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 35.8 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 36.4 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 40 °C / 104 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.2 °C / 74 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 27 °C / 80.6 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.6 °C / 83.5 F (+1.6 °C / 2.9 F).

Speakers

Unsurprisingly, the integrated stereo speakers are lacking in bass as shown by our pink noise graph below. Maximum volume is lower than expected as well and not loud enough to sufficiently fill a small conference room.

Pink noise at maximum volume
Pink noise at maximum volume
Upward-facing speaker adjacent to the fingerprint power button
Upward-facing speaker adjacent to the fingerprint power button
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.2362536.333.63133.132.44029.933.55029.531.46329.930.58030.230.910028.829.312527.328.216026.327.220026.326.625024.827.531525.130.440024.834500243963023.843.280023.747.7100023.350.9125023.356.5160022.961.1200023.157.6250023.156.1315022.854.640002354.9500022.953630022.856.2800023.158.51000022.855.31250022.947.11600022.838SPL35.367.8N2.420.2median 23.3median 47.7Delta1.111.135.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseNuVision Encite Book 12 PlusApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (61.06 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.5% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.8% higher than median
(-) | mids are not linear (17.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (43.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 98% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 1% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 99% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 0% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Idling on desktop demands anywhere between 4 W and 8 W depending on the power profile and brightness setting. This jumps to about 14 W if streaming online content. We are able to record a maximum draw of 27 W, but this is short-lived due to the limited Turbo Boost.

The small (~8.0 x 4.8 x 3.4 cm) USB Type-C AC adapter can output up to 36 W and it can be used to charge other USB Type-C devices including smartphones and tablets.

Prime95 initiated at 20s mark. Power draw appears to cycle between 10 W and 15 W
Prime95 initiated at 20s mark. Power draw appears to cycle between 10 W and 15 W
Power consumption when running 3DMark 06. Consumption spikes during the first few seconds before dropping to a steady 13 W
Power consumption when running 3DMark 06. Consumption spikes during the first few seconds before dropping to a steady 13 W
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 1.7 / 1.7 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.7 / 7 / 8 Watt
Load midlight 14.1 / 27.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
N3350, HD Graphics 500, SanDisk DF4064, IPS, 2560x1440, 12.5
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
4415Y, UHD Graphics 615, 64 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 1800x1200, 10
Dell Latitude 5290
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN, TN LED, 1366x768, 12.5
Lenovo ThinkPad A275
PRO A12-9800B, Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, TN, 1366x768, 12.5
Chuwi LapBook SE
N4100, UHD Graphics 600, SanDisk DF4032, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Apple MacBook Air 2018
8210Y, UHD Graphics 617, Apple SSD AP0256, IPS, 2560x1600, 13.3
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
6Y30, HD Graphics 515, Apple SSD AP0256, IPS, 2304x1440, 12
Power Consumption
14%
-44%
-43%
16%
-10%
16%
Idle Minimum *
4.7
2.88
39%
2.68
43%
4.2
11%
2.7
43%
2.2
53%
2.7
43%
Idle Average *
7
4.8
31%
4.3
39%
8.2
-17%
6.3
10%
5.7
19%
2.7
61%
Idle Maximum *
8
7.5
6%
5.2
35%
10
-25%
7.6
5%
10.3
-29%
7.2
10%
Load Average *
14.1
16.9
-20%
40.3
-186%
34.5
-145%
12.6
11%
25.6
-82%
22
-56%
Load Maximum *
27.1
23.8
12%
68
-151%
37
-37%
24.6
9%
30.6
-13%
20.5
24%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Battery life is respectable at just under 7 hours of real-world WLAN use. This is still shorter relative to other subnotebooks mostly due to the very small 31.9 Wh battery capacity.

Charging with the included AC adapter is extremely slow at about 3 hours from empty to full capacity. In comparison, most laptops takes 1.5 to 2 hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
11h 16min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 49min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 34min
NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
N3350, HD Graphics 500, 31.9 Wh
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
4415Y, UHD Graphics 615, 28 Wh
Dell Latitude 5290
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 51 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad A275
PRO A12-9800B, Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), 71 Wh
Chuwi LapBook SE
N4100, UHD Graphics 600, 37 Wh
Apple MacBook Air 2018
8210Y, UHD Graphics 617, 50.3 Wh
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
6Y30, HD Graphics 515, 41.4 Wh
Battery Runtime
3%
48%
29%
36%
19%
15%
Reader / Idle
676
771
14%
961
42%
WiFi v1.3
409
448
10%
606
48%
538
32%
444
9%
721
76%
501
22%
Load
214
180
-16%
243
14%
347
62%
131
-39%
231
8%

Verdict

Pros

+ bright QHD display, high contrast, high color gamut
+ thin, small, and lightweight aluminum design
+ empty M.2 2242/2260 expansion slot
+ silent with no coil whine
+ free USB Type-C dock
+ fingerprint reader
+ narrow bezels
+ inexpensive

Cons

- no integrated SD reader, audio jack, USB Type-A, HDMI, or Kensington Lock
- power delivery issues through USB ports
- soldered primary SSD and RAM
- fingerprint-loving surfaces
- slow system performance
- spongy keyboard keys
- no touchscreen option
- no keyboard backlight
- old Intel 3165 WLAN
- very slow charging
- PWM present
- flexible base
In review: NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus
In review: NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus

The NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus is an unbalanced machine. We applaud its focus on delivering a bright high resolution display and attractively thin aluminum chassis for under $400, but this comes at the cost of almost everything else. Port options are severely limited, webcam placement is not optimal, keyboard keys and trackpad are spongy, base and hinge ridigity could be better, charging is very slow, and SSD performance is not all that better than a standard mechanical drive. The crisp display and deep colors aren't enough to make up for the rest of the laptop.

Users intrigued by the small form factor and price would be better off investing in a last generation Core i3 Ultrabook. Older models of the Dell XPS, HP Spectre or Envy, Lenovo Ideapad 720s, or even the Chuwi LapBook are able to offer much more than the NuVision in almost every aspect.

A great display hindered by spongy keys and super-slow system performance. NuVision had to make a lot of noticeable cuts in order to offer a QHD display at this low of a price range.

NuVision Encite Book 12 Plus - 01/21/2019 v6(old)
Allen Ngo

Chassis
67 /  98 → 68%
Keyboard
58%
Pointing Device
64%
Connectivity
28 / 80 → 34%
Weight
75 / 35-78 → 92%
Battery
89%
Display
86%
Games Performance
45 / 68 → 66%
Application Performance
47 / 87 → 54%
Temperature
94 / 91 → 100%
Noise
100%
Camera
29 / 85 → 34%
Average
65%
77%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2019-01-22 (Update: 2019-02-23)
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Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.