Trekstor Primebook C13
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Reviews for the Trekstor Primebook C13
Low price and good design. But what about performance? Everyone is supposed to be able to afford the Trekstor Primebook C13, which should come with a strong hardware configuration. We have reviewed the 13-inch convertible and reveal what you can expect from this bargain-bin device.
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Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/09/2018
Rating: Total score: 76% performance: 71% features: 69% display: 88% mobility: 68% ergonomy: 90%
Model: With the Primebook C13, the manufacturer Trekstor has a low-priced 13-inch convertible on offer. The price-to-performance ratio is aimed at buyers who pay attention not only to the cost but also to the design, and who can live with low hardware specs. The Primebook C13 is very well-built. All the joints are level and clean. Nothing creaks or wobbles. The matte silver case looks appealing. Two 360-degree hinges ensure that the display can stay in a set position. The device is usable in both tablet and laptop modes. The body is a mixture of aluminum panels and plastic panels and uses a 360-degree hinge to fold back completely on itself to enter tablet mode. The screen of the Primebook C13 has a resolution of 1.920 x 1.080. The display has a low brightness. However, this also applies to other low-priced convertibles. Because of a reflective screen surface, it can be difficult to read the screen content in brightly-lit environments. The contrast ratio is on the normal level for a device with this price tag. The Primebook C13 uses the Celeron N3350 as the CPU and Intel’s HD Graphics 500 as the GPU. With 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage space, this is the only hardware configuration in which the Trekstor Primebook C13 is available. To expand the storage capacity of the laptop, a user can either put in an M.2 SSD (an M.2 slot is located behind a maintenance hatch) or insert an SD card. SD cards with a capacity of up to 128 GB are supported.
As for graphics processor, it has Intel’s HD Graphics 500, a budget graphics adapter which is not fit for running demanding video games. However, simple, casual games from the Windows Store can be run smoothly. Because the Primebook C13 has no fan, there is no fan noise to talk about. When idle, the fanless Primebook C13 remains very cool. However, it can get quite hot under load. The user can play back audio content, with a few limitations. Even though the Primebook C13 lacks when it comes to bass, the mids and the highs are reproduced quite well. The Primebook C13 exhibits a moderate power draw. Sure, there are more energy-efficient devices out there, but when taking the screen size and the hardware configuration into consideration the power draw of this device appears to be quite acceptable. Under load, the energy consumption of this device rises to over 20 watts. The Primebook C13 offers only a limited set of options for connecting external devices. The convertible can be connected to an external monitor via Micro-HDMI. USB ports are also available. All USB ports use the USB 3.1 standard. One of the ports is a Type-C port. The Trekstor Primebook C13 measures 320 x 210 x 15 mm (12.6 x 8.27 x 0.59 inches), weighs 1.39 kg (3.06 pounds).
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Intel HD Graphics 500: Integrated low-end graphics adapter with DirectX 12 support, which can be found in some ULV SoCs from the Apollo Lake series.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Celeron N3350: An Apollo Lake family, dual-core, ultra-low-power processor (SoC) that saw the light of day in 2016. Its two cores run at 1.1 GHz to 2.4 GHz; these are not Hyper-Threading-enabled meaning there are no additional threads. This chip has a fairly competent integrated graphics solution, the Intel HD Graphics 500, and eats very little (~6 W). The Celeron N3350 is based on the Goldmont CPU microarchitecture that came to replace Silvermont (2013), bringing with it several welcome improvements. The CPU is Secure Boot-compatible; technically, it will have no issue running 64-bit Windows 11. The average N3350 in our database is just as fast as the venerable Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 is in multi-thread loads; the two cores of this Celeron trail behind a single core of any half-decent CPU such as the Intel Core i3-7130U.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
TrekStor GmbH is a German hardware company which sells entertainment electronics such as USB sticks, external hard drives, satellite receivers, MP3 players, e-book readers, tablet computers and smartphones. The predecessor company TrekStor GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 2001. After an insolvency in 2009 the renamed Trekstor GmbH became a subsidiary of the Chinese Telefield International Holdings Limited.
There were several reviews in 2014 and 2015, yet hardly any in 2016. The ratings tended to be below average to poor. The market shares are low (as of 2016).
74.85%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.