Earlier in May 2017, US technology lifestyle brand AVITA launched the AVITA LIBER laptop – a highly customizable and stylish notebook that combines fashion with performance. Building on the back of this successful launch and their subsequent entry into Hong Kong, AVITA is bringing the LIBER to Singapore. Already, AVITA is facing an uphill battle, as it has to fend off larger more established rivals in the space. The likes of HP, Lenovo, Dell, and Apple take up the lion’s share of devices shipped in 2017 and unseating them will not be an easy task. Does the LIBER have what it takes? Read on to find out.

*We would like to thank AVITA for sending us this production unit for review.

Design: Customize it

Avita Liber Laptop
Image Credit: AVITA

 

Without a doubt, this is one sexy laptop. The unit we received came in the vibrant Urban Ruby color, which is sure to stand out in a sea of monochromatic laptops. Currently, the laptop comes in Cloud Silver, Champagne, Gold, Matte Black, Pearl White, Princess Pink, Angel Blue, and Space Grey with more color options to be added at a later date. Moreover, build quality for this laptop is really solid as well, mostly due to its lightweight metallic body and slim chassis.

In addition, AVITA will be collaborating with local designers and design institutions to create and produce customized casing patterns. The company also plans to roll out a self-service customization platform in 2018 which enables customers to create their own casing to reflect their personal fashion and style.

In The Box

Laptop Box

AVITA LIBER Laptop Box

AVITA LIBER accessories

The LIBER came in a nice eco-friendly cardboard box that protected the laptop well without excessive packaging. Included in the box is its proprietary charger, mini HDMI to HDMI Adapter, microfiber cloth, standard literature and a cloth bag to cover your laptop. Despite the proprietary charger, this laptop charges via USB-C as well.

Specs

Series AVITA LIBER (13.3-inch / 14-inch)
Operating System Windows 10 Home
CPU Intel® Pentium® Processor to Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
Display 13.3” / 14” FHD (1920×1080) IPS
Memory 4GB / 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
Graphics Intel® HD Graphics
Storage 128GB SSD / 256GB SSD / 512GB SSD
Integrated Camera 720p HD
Audio 1W x 2 Stereo Speaker, Internal Dual Array Digital Mic
Keyboard Island-type Keyboard
Wireless IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
I/O Ports USB 3.0 x 2, USB 3.0 Type-C (Display out & Charging) x 1, MicroSD card slot x 1, 3.5mm Headphone/Mic-in Combo Jack x 1, Mini HDMI x 1
Dimensions 13.3” – 315(W) x 212(H) x 15(D) mm / 14” 333(W) x 222(H) x

16(D) mm

Weight 13.3” – 1.37kg / 14” – 1.49kg
Adaptor 40W AC Adapter
Battery Li-ion Battery, 36Wh
Battery Life Up to 10 hours
Color Cloud Silver, Champagne Gold, Matt Black, Pearl White, Princess Pink, Angel Blue, Space Grey and Urban Ruby will be launched at the first phase. More color options will be available soon.
Accessories AC Adapter, Mini HDMI to HDMI Adapter
Suggested Retail Price Starting from S$699 to S$1,699

 

Spec Comparison

The unit we received was the 13.3 inch model with Intel Core i5-7Y54 Processor, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD that retails on Hachi.tech for $1,199.00. The laptop also comes in other configurations that range from $699 to $1,699. However, we recommend the $1,1199.00 configuration as it hits the sweet spot between price and specifications. In addition, we will be looking at popular similarly priced notebooks and see how this laptop stacks up.

Laptop AVITA LIBER (13.3-inch) Dell XPS 13 9360 MacBook Air 13 2017
Price $1199 $1,480 $1328
Operating System Windows 10 Windows 10 MacOS High Sierra
CPU Intel® Core™ i5-7Y54 Intel® Core™ i5-7200U Intel Core i5-5350U
GPU Intel HD 615 Intel® HD Graphics 620 Intel® HD Graphics 6000
Ram 8GB DDR3 8GB DDR3 8GB DDR3
Storage 256GB SSD 128GB 128GB SSD
Display & Resolution 13.3” FHD 1920×1080 IPS display, Non-touch with 72% NTSC Coverage 13.3” FHD 1920 x 1080 IPS display, Non-touch 13.3” 4:3 (1440 x 900) TN LED display, Non-touch
Weight 1.37 Kg 1.2 Kg 1.35 Kg
Speakers 2 Stereo Speakers 2 Stereo Speakers 2 Stereo Speakers
Warranty 18 months (18 months + 6 months for online registration only) 1 Year Warranty by Dell 1 Year Warranty by Apple

Comparatively, the AVITA LIBER provides good value for money. Specs for all three laptops are pretty similar across the board. However, the AVITA LIBER provides a bigger SSD at a lower price. One other thing to note is that although the MacBook Air is higher resolution, it is using a TN screen.

However, the only concerning thing about the LIBER is that it is running a 4.5-watt Kaby Lake-Y chip which is generally less powerful than comparable 15-watt Kaby Lake-U chips that the XPS 13 and MacBook Air are using. Further details about the performance will be provided in the Benchmark section.

Ports

Avita Liber ports
Image Credit: AVITA

The AVITA LIBER  provides a rather comprehensive port selection. On the right, there is the power port, a USB 3.0 A port, USB 3.0 Type-C port (Display-out and Charging), 3.5mm Mic/Headphone combo jack, mini HDMI port and a MicroSD card slot. The choice of the MicroSD card slot is puzzling because most photographers and videographers use cameras with full-sized SD cards. On the left side, it is much less crowded as there is only a USB 3.0 A port and a Kensington lock.

Display 

Avita Liber Display

As for the display, the LIBER boasts a bright full HD 1920×1080 IPS display that is sharp and has good viewing angles. As for color reproduction, the LIBER provides 72% NTSC coverage, making this good for photo and video editing. The best part, the display can bend back 180 degrees as seen in the picture. However, a downside of this is that the screen is quite wobbly in use, making the laptop feel a bit more ‘cheap.’

Audio

Audio wise, the AVITA LIBER’s stereo speakers are loud and crisp, albeit lacking in bass. Despite this, the speakers are more than good enough for watching YouTube videos, Netflix or listening to music.

Webcam

Webcam

Similar to laptops in this price range, the 720p webcam is nothing to shout about. Even in good light, there is a noticeable amount of grain in the picture. However, it is still a perfectly serviceable webcam for video calls.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Avita Liber

The LIBER features an island-style keyboard with keys that are spaced apart comfortably and offer up a decent amount of travel. On TypingTest.com we achieved a rate of 55 words per minute for the typing test. In addition, the keyboard has a back-light for use in dark places. As for the touchpad, the large surface area makes it a good experience. Performing gestures and scrolling were a breeze because of this.

Performance

To measure the performance, we put the laptop through PCMark 10, here are the results:

PCMark 10 Score: 2465.0

Essentials: 5382.0

Productivity: 4478.0

Digital Content Creation: 1687.0

PCmark10

From the results, it is clear that the Avita Liber is not a laptop built for gaming as it lags behind the average Office PC. Otherwise, this laptop is perfectly serviceable for everyday tasks such as word processing, spreadsheets, and consuming media.

Battery Life

AVITA rates the battery life at 10 hours of mixed use with its 36 watt-hour cell. To test this claim, we used the AVITA LIBER for this review. With the screen set at 60% brightness, we used this laptop to write this article, watch Youtube videos, run benchmarks and listen to music while connected to Wifi. This gave us 6 hours of use which is pretty average for an ultrabook in its class.

Verdict

The Avita Liber is a good first attempt at a laptop. With its stylish good looks, solid build quality, affordable price and endless customization options – this laptop can do the job for many. However, the notebook is hamstrung by its average battery life and its less than powerful processor. Despite these shortcomings, this laptop is still a good choice for the casual user who values good design and customization.

Availability

The AVITA LIBER laptop retails from S$699 to S$1699 and will be available exclusively at Challenger Singapore stores and on hachi.tech. What’s more, get deals, coupons and up 3% cashback when you buy your laptop on hachi.tech with ShopBack.


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