Micromax’s diversification into the notebook segment began with an entry-level netbook with a 10.1-inch display called the Lapbook. It was released a year ago and was meant for casual users and students. The Alpha LI351568W is their first full-fledged laptop with all the elements that a user looks for in a big-screen laptop these days. Priced at Rs23,990, the new notebook is available only on Flipkart as of now.
Design: Big but light
The Alpha is a typical budget laptop with very restrained looks. However, it is made of quality plastic and feels well-built. We liked the brushed metal finish on the lid, as it catches less dust and smudges. For a big-screen laptop, it is surprisingly sleek and light. It weighs just 2.1kg.
The side panel looks packed with ports and connectivity options. Flanking the left side are two USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI, one RJ45 and one LAN port. On the right side, it carries two USB 2.0 ports and an audio and mic. The only item that we missed is the optical drive. Though it is not something that you require every day, it still finds a place in most big-screen laptops.
Keyboard: Full keyboard with small touchpad
One of the advantages of big-screen laptops like this one is the full-fledged keyboard. It is a nice-looking keyboard with compact and flat sized keys. The keys don’t look very big but there is ample space between them, which makes typing easy once you get used to it. Despite the ample amount of space available below the keyboard, Micromax has gone with very small touch pad which makes navigation without a mouse difficult. The lack of backlighting in the keys means you won’t be able to use it in dark. However, we can’t really hold that against the Alpha as most big-screen laptops at this price point don’t support it either. The wide palm rest is good news for people with a lot of typing requirement.
Display: Looks dull, offers anti-glare coating
The 15.6-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1,3766x768p provides a wide canvas for watching movies and work. The anti-glare coating over it not only reduces stress on eyes but also makes the screen visible in bright light, something that you can’t say for laptops with shiny and reflective displays. Though user-friendly in some ways, it suffers from a few foibles common with budget laptops. The lack of resolution gives it a dull look and that shows during video playback. Visibility from odd angles is not one of its strong points. A slight tilt affects legibility.
Performance: Works for office users
Powered by Intel’s 5th Gen Corte i3 processor paired with 6GB RAM and Intel HD 5500 graphics card, the Alpha is adequately powerful to handle most day-to-day personal and professional chores without any niggle or heating issues. In terms of storage, you get about 500GB of HDD. It comes with Windows 10 Home edition preloaded on it. The laptop lasts about 4 hours on a single charge, which is at par with most other big-screen laptops selling at the same price point.
Micromax Alpha LI351568W looks like just another budget laptop. Some of its rivals such as Dell Inspiron 3558 (Rs29,990) and Lenovo IdeaPad 100 Core i3 (Rs27,990) have almost similar features. What gives the Micromax’s laptop a slight edge is the slightly lower price tag, non-reflective display and the light form factor.