Avita Pura 14 evaluation
US way of life model Avita makes a comeback with the 14in Avita Pura as a comply with as much as final yr’s modern, premium-looking however price range Avita Liber. How does the Pura examine? We strive it out.
Design & Construct
Although it’s a price range gadget, there’s no disappointment on the subject of seems. Whereas I cherished the total steel end on the Liber, the plastic chassis on the Pura convincingly pulls off wanting like brushed steel in an attention-grabbing Crystal Blue.
The Pura is not featherlight however at 1.3Kg it isn’t far off. It is bulk-free with a skinny profile, which suggests it may slide into luggage and backpacks with ease. Like a MacBook Air, the Avita tapers in form, getting thinner on the entrance.
You get assortment of ports with two USB-A, one USB-C, HDMI, a three.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot. Bluetooth connectivity is restricted to Bluetooth four.2, however that shouldn’t actually be a difficulty except you’re used to connecting a number of units without delay with Bluetooth 5.zero help.
The bezels look extra like price range plastic compared to the chassis, with half an inch across the 14in TFT show and an inch alongside the underside. When you don’t know what TFT is, it’s quick for Skinny-film-transistor, which is a kind of LCD display screen, so no shiny IPS panel just like the Avita Liber right here, however you do get a Full HD decision at 1920×1080 and a 16:9 display screen ratio.
The matt end on the Pura’s display screen retains it glare-free, however can appear fairly uninteresting, particularly should you’re in a battery-saving mode or out in vibrant lighting. Whereas the Pura wasn’t as memorably dim because the Lenovo V330 workhorse (from £399.99), which mustered a complete of 180 nits at its brightest, it was solely barely brighter at round 190 nits at full whack.
Regardless of being dingy, the Pura has good distinction and may pop with saturated colors relying on what you are watching. In different phrases, it isn’t very constant. You additionally do not get that tremendous crisp element which you would possibly on a extra premium show.
After all, this in all probability is not a deal-breaker except you are after a laptop computer that can double up as a media hub.
Keyboard & Trackpad
The Pura’s keyboard format feels a tad too broad, with keys spaced additional aside than what’s comfy. I felt I wanted to stretch my fingers greater than I normally do.
After all, it is a matter of desire and simply takes some getting used to. Some would possibly even choose this spacing – however it’s value noting should you’re somebody with smaller palms.
Whereas there isn’t a lot journey to the keys, it helps to press them with a specific amount of decisiveness. This makes typing barely louder should you’re naturally a heavy-handed. College students within the library beware.
There isn’t a num pad, which could really feel barely limiting however is regular for a laptop computer this dimension.
You do get an honest dimension trackpad that’s comfortably near the keyboard, however the entire palm relaxation feels, once more, barely too broad, as if you must attain over to entry the keys.
Specs & Efficiency
Certain, the keyboard takes some getting used to, and the display screen isn’t fairly an Apple True Tone Retina show. I can dwell with that. Nonetheless, the place the Pura exams persistence is efficiency.
The choice I reviewed gives 4GB RAM and a dual-core AMD Ryzen three 3200U chip, which is on the decrease finish of the spectrum by way of efficiency – however that is additionally what retains the value low.
However let’s be clear: you’ll be able to choose up a Pura with a sooner processor and extra RAM. Avita has an possibility with an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor and Radeon Vega eight Graphics for US$499.99 (we’re nonetheless ready on UK availability).
Throughout testing, the Pura struggled to do a number of duties without delay – which is how most individuals use laptops, particularly college students who use it as each a piece and leisure hub.
The Pura strained opening Spotify whereas I had an open browser. I additionally discovered that the underside began to get fairly heat, and the fan grew to become fairly loud, despite the fact that I wasn’t doing something too demanding. The overheating doubtless restricted the processor efficiency inflicting it to behave slowly.
You possibly can see its middling efficiency mirrored within the benchmarks, which suggests you’re higher off with the Ryzen 5 mannequin. Whereas the Pura Ryzen three’s processing energy is marginally higher than the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 which shares the identical Ryzen three processor, it nonetheless tremendously underperforms in contrast towards the Lenovo V330 and Acer Aspire three, each of which use Ryzen 5 and Core i5 processors, respectively.
Avita’s Liber mannequin from final yr additionally outperforms the Pura, which had a stronger Core i5 processor.
In some situations the Pura was so overwhelmed doing easy duties, like altering between home windows, the cursor began to lag. Twice, the Pura grew to become completely unresponsive and I needed to power it to restart.
Whereas movies on YouTube look first rate, should you’re a gamer you’ll battle on the Pura. You can too neglect utilizing graphics-heavy software program like Photoshop or Illustrator.
In our 3D Mark graphics benchmarking exams, the Pura scored 5688 which remains to be behind different price range choices just like the Lenovo V330 and Acer Aspire three. Do not try to do something too demanding.
In our PC Mark 10 take a look at, which measures how effectively the machine can deal with day-to-day duties like phrase processing and video conferences, the Pura merely could not end, quitting after just some minutes of beginning the take a look at.
The Pura R3 is greatest for phrase processing, social media searching, and lightweight leisure. When you choose a price range laptop computer that is higher suited to gaming, you are higher off with the Acer Aspire three, which comes full of an Eighth-gen Intel Core i5 processor, one thing you’d discover on costlier machines given the Aspire three’s £499 price ticket.
Whereas Avita claims an eight-hour battery life. Nonetheless, in our battery take a look at the place we play a movie on loop at 120 nits brightness, the Pura lasted practically 6 hours.
In real-world circumstances, you will in all probability squeeze round 5 hours – or much less should you’re gaming.
The Pura operates in Home windows 10 Dwelling in S Mode. When you’re questioning what that’s, Microsoft defines it as “a model of Home windows 10 that is streamlined for safety and efficiency, whereas offering a well-recognized Home windows expertise.”
Whereas that sounds nice, it additionally means you’ll be able to’t set up apps exterior the Microsoft ecosystem.
As Microsoft continues, “To extend safety, it permits solely apps from the Microsoft Retailer, and requires Microsoft Edge for protected searching.” In different phrases: no, you’ll be able to’t use Chrome.
You possibly can opt-out however Microsoft threatens you with the lack of extra security measures. I opted out to run benchmarks and let’s face it: we’re all creatures of behavior, and my behavior is Google as an alternative of Bing. Sorry, Bing.
Worth & Availability
The Avita Pura with Ryzen three is on the market in crystal blue, rose gold, pink, and silver gray from JD Williams (for £329.99) and Grattan (for £360).
The R5 mannequin is on the market for £429.99/$499.99 instantly from Avita within the US and must be out there quickly from JD Williams and Studio within the UK.
Whereas the Pura is a budget-range laptop computer, you will get higher efficiency out of the less expensive Lenovo IdeaPad S340 (from £279) which sits within the high spot in our greatest price range laptop computer chart.
The dance between seems, efficiency, and worth is a fancy one.
The Pura ticks off two from that checklist with strong seems and interesting worth however struggles on the subject of efficiency – which makes it troublesome to advocate to anybody who desires to multitask work and play on the identical machine.
The Pura ought to meet your wants should you primarily intend to make use of it for mild streaming, emails and informal searching. However overheating seems to hamper issues badly.
Although in case you are actually tempted to purchase this vary, it could make sense to pay barely extra and go for the stronger Ryzen 5 processor – however at that worth, you’ll be able to simply purchase a laptop computer from a extra established model.
Avita Pura 14 Laptop computer: Specs
- 14in TFT Full HD show (1920 x 1080)
- AMD Ryzen three or Ryzen 5
- 2x USB Sort A
- 1x USB Sort C
- Full HDMI
- 1x Micro SD
- 1x three.5mm Headphone Jack
- Home windows 10 Dwelling in S mode
- VGA Webcam
- Bluetooth four.2
- 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- 7.6V 4830mAh
- zero.8W x 2 (Stereo audio system)