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Topton L4 | Revenge of the Netbook?

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Posted 1 month ago | Reviews | Chris Tilley4 comments

The recent resurgence of a number of small form factor keyboard-equipped devices has been heartening to see over the last couple of year. The market place has been flush with several different manufacturers who have been jostling for a position in the market based upon a wide range of factors. Yet is price really a key factor in the decision making of those of us who appreciate such small footprint device? And just how low is too low when it comes to price?

Robert Jones dives into the Topton L4 (and its plethora of different third party brand identities) to assess the competencies and performance of what is perhaps by far the cheapest contender in the 2021 sub-notebook device category. Can the L4 live up to the hype of its Chinese no-brand (and completely anonymous) manufacturer and is it an effective competitor to the likes of the GPD Pocket at a killer pricing point in an increasingly crowded market?

Read Robert's review at the link below and let us know your thoughts on the Topton L4 (etc, etc, etc.) on the community forums

Read: Topton L4
Posted on 13 December 2021 at 14:02By Chris Tilley (C:Amie)

Comments on this article

C:Amie's Avatar C:Amie 14 December 2021 11:34:11 AM
Good job here Robert, it is a very insightful and honest overview - something that no one else is actually doing if you search for this online.

People need to know what they're getting themselves in to with this. It feels incredibly disappointing that they're putting something like this out into the environment, when it is effectively e-waste. Hardly what the IT industry, or the environment needs.
Jake's Avatar Jake 15 December 2021 2:39:03 AM
Robert, a fine, fine job. Informative, illuminative, fairhanded in every way.

Many thanks for the time and care you took. It was a perfect review.

Jake
fantablium's Avatar fantablium 19 December 2021 11:18:48 AM
Nice review, I am surprised by the poor battery life and will defiantly be sticking with my GPD pocket 7. Its a few years old but still gets a solid 6 hours on a charge!
C:Amie's Avatar C:Amie 20 December 2021 4:31:09 PM
It is most appalling to see in 2021 isn't it! Something is not right in there. I am left wondering if the battery is even electrically rated as advertised. That or one or more parts of it are not power managed. Given the mess they've made, I wouldn't be surprised if CPU C-States aren't working much more than the screen brightness is.
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