PrimeBook Circular: Modular office notebook with i7-1165G7 and 16 GB of RAM
In our review process, the PrimeBook Circular made a decent impression with very good battery life and solid performance overall. However, the fundamentals are a little different than in conventional devices, for Prime Computer has installed an Intel NUC Compute Element. This houses the CPU, RAM and the Wi-Fi adapter. A successful combination, in our opinion.
For our review, we tested a sample device based on the Intel Core i7-1165G7 with 16 GB of RAM and Wi-Fi 6. Newer Compute Elements have been announced for the end of the year, which should also allow for the installation of Alder Lake SOCs. Exchangable SoCs are currently a rarity, so the use of Intel Compute Elements are a real alternative. Of course, the rest of the hardware also has to justify an upgrade. Here we can confidently state that the PrimeBook Circular offers a very good foundation for being a long-term companion. The display supports touch input and an average brightness of over 400 cd/m² is on a good level. The same applies to the low Delta E-2000 color deviations compared to the sRGB color space. You can't do much wrong with the PrimeBook Circular in terms of connectivity either. Thunderbolt 4 is available, and this interface alone expands the range of applications enormously.
Another pleasing aspect about the device is its low emissions. Both the fan noise and energy consumption are good, with the latter providing for very decent runtimes.
Further insights and numerous benchmark results can be found in our detailed review of the PrimeBook Circular.