US life-style model Avita makes a comeback with the 14in Avita Pura as a comply with as much as final yr’s modern, premium-looking however finances Avita Liber. How does the Pura examine? We attempt it out.
Design & Construct
Although it’s a finances machine, there’s no disappointment with regards to appears to be like. Whereas I beloved the total metallic end on the Liber, the plastic chassis on the Pura convincingly pulls off trying like brushed metallic 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 could actually slide into baggage and backpacks with ease. Like a MacBook Air, the Avita tapers in form, getting thinner on the entrance.
You get a superb assortment of ports with two USB-A, one USB-C, HDMI, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot. Bluetooth connectivity is restricted to Bluetooth 4.2, however that shouldn’t actually be a difficulty except you’re used to connecting a number of gadgets directly with Bluetooth 5.Zero help.
The bezels look extra like finances plastic compared to the chassis, with half an inch across the 14in TFT show and an inch alongside the underside. In the event you don’t know what TFT is, it’s brief for Skinny-film-transistor, which is a kind of LCD display, 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 ratio.
The matt end on the Pura’s display retains it glare-free, however can appear fairly uninteresting, particularly when you’re in a battery-saving mode or out in brilliant 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 structure feels a tad too broad, with keys spaced additional aside than what’s snug. 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 desire this spacing – however it’s price noting when you’re somebody with smaller palms.
Whereas there isn’t a lot journey to the keys, it helps to press them with a certain quantity of decisiveness. This makes typing barely louder when you’re naturally a heavy-handed. College students within the library beware.
There isn’t a num pad, which could really feel barely proscribing however is regular for a laptop computer this measurement.
You do get a good measurement trackpad that’s comfortably near the keyboard, however the entire palm relaxation feels, once more, barely too broad, as if it’s a must to attain over to entry the keys.
Specs & Efficiency
Positive, the keyboard takes some getting used to, and the display isn’t fairly an Apple True Tone Retina show. I can dwell with that. Nonetheless, the place the Pura assessments persistence is efficiency.
The choice I reviewed provides 4GB RAM and a dual-core AMD Ryzen 3 3200U chip, which is on the decrease finish of the spectrum by way of efficiency – however that is additionally what retains the worth low.
However let’s be clear: you may choose up a Pura with a sooner processor and extra RAM. Avita has an choice 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 directly – 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 turned fairly loud, despite the fact that I wasn’t doing something too demanding. The overheating probably 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 3’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 3, 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 cases the Pura was so overwhelmed doing easy duties, like altering between home windows, the cursor began to lag. Twice, the Pura turned completely unresponsive and I needed to drive it to restart.
Whereas movies on YouTube look respectable, when you’re a gamer you’ll wrestle on the Pura. You may also overlook utilizing graphics-heavy software program like Photoshop or Illustrator.
In our 3D Mark graphics benchmarking assessments, the Pura scored 5688 which remains to be behind different finances choices just like the Lenovo V330 and Acer Aspire 3. Do not try to do something too demanding.
In our PC Mark 10 check, which measures how properly the machine can deal with day-to-day duties like phrase processing and video conferences, the Pura merely could not end, quitting after only a few minutes of beginning the check.
The Pura R3 is finest for phrase processing, social media searching, and lightweight leisure. In the event you desire a finances laptop computer that is higher suited to gaming, you are higher off with the Acer Aspire 3, which comes full of an Eighth-gen Intel Core i5 processor, one thing you’d discover on dearer machines given the Aspire 3’s £499 price ticket.
Whereas Avita claims an eight-hour battery life. Nonetheless, in our battery check the place we play a movie on loop at 120 nits brightness, the Pura lasted almost 6 hours.
In real-world circumstances, you will in all probability squeeze round 5 hours – or much less when you’re gaming.
The Pura operates in Home windows 10 Residence in S Mode. In the event 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-known Home windows expertise.”
Whereas that sounds nice, it additionally means you may’t set up apps outdoors the Microsoft ecosystem.
As Microsoft continues, “To extend safety, it permits solely apps from the Microsoft Retailer, and requires Microsoft Edge for secure searching.” In different phrases: no, you may’t use Chrome.
You possibly can opt-out however Microsoft threatens you with the lack of extra safety features. 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 obtainable in crystal blue, rose gold, purple, and silver gray from JD Williams (for £329.99) and Grattan (for £360).
The R5 mannequin is obtainable for £429.99/$499.99 immediately 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 finances laptop computer chart.
The dance between appears to be like, efficiency, and worth is a posh one.
The Pura ticks off two from that checklist with stable appears to be like and interesting worth however struggles with regards to efficiency – which makes it tough to suggest to anybody who needs to multitask work and play on the identical machine.
The Pura ought to meet your wants when you primarily intend to make use of it for mild streaming, emails and informal searching. However overheating seems to hamper issues badly.
Although if you’re actually tempted to purchase this vary, it might make sense to pay barely extra and go for the stronger Ryzen 5 processor – however at that worth, you may 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 Kind A
1x USB Kind C
1x Micro SD
1x 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Home windows 10 Residence in S mode
0.8W x 2 (Stereo audio system)