The N14X – Intel Atom x5-Z8300 fromCtroniq : for audio and video oriented use

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Is the N14X for you?Some computers have power, others have more basic features.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
After reading this article you will know if this model suits your needs.

N14X adapted to surf the internet?

Even if your use is limited to surfing the Web, writing e-mails and sometimes using an Excel spreadsheet, the minimum computer quality is essential.This laptop will ensure that the tasks you perform will be reliable and trouble-free for years to come.The key is to achieve balance with a cheap but solid laptop.This product will thus perfectly meet your needs.With this N14X, Ctroniq is well positioned in relation to other competing models.This model is a mid-range model with a screen size of 14.1 inches. Easy to take along from time to time. For all users who don’t appreciate the use of the mouse (with or without wires), it N14X is provided by default with a touch screen. The materials appear to be designed to last several years. Knowing that the visible parts are generally less important than the internal components of the computer, we can guess that a lot of care Ctroniq has been taken in the overall design of this model.
The manufacturer offers a processor Intel Atom x5-Z8300; A mid-range orientation. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. Very clearly, with only 4 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Your computer will work better and longer.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. For those who regularly work on a public or private cloud, the available 32 gigabytes will be enough. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 8 hours of tranquility. This is standard for this range of laptops, and for the type of battery it is equipped with. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.

The N14X- the right model for streaming and videos ?

The N14X will now allow you to go beyond the exclusive use for work and will also serve as a tool for digital entertainment. A blend of your TV, stereo and media players in one machine. And to put it simply, this model is clearly one of the best in its category for watching videos or listening to music. A quality of image and sound that allows it to achieve an excellent score in this category.
The computer proposed by Ctroniqis of average size. With its 14.1 inches and resolution of 1280×720, it can be suitable for a lot of uses including watching films. The rendered image is well detailed, with a bright and vivid rendering. Clearly, big enough to tire your eyes when watching movies, but also rather light (1.9 kg) when you have to carry it.
Offered with a glossy slab finish, this N14X product is particularly suitable for multimedia-oriented use. N14X will be ideal for movies, photos and games in a dark or half light environment because you will have the means to control light intensity. On the other hand, you may feel visually tired after 2 or 3 hours of viewing.
For the sound part, the N14X is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Intel Atom x5-Z8300 is now outdated. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel UHD Graphics 620, which with 4 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
In the connectivity part, you have 3 ports available. In the norm compared to most other computers in the competition.You will need to prioritize the devices you want to connect, as they will not all fit at the same time.
Finally concerning the battery life, you will have time before you have to think about reconnecting the power cable. Ctroniq promises 8 hours of battery life; that’s about average. 

The N14X- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?

It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes N14X to be easily carried around. This seems to be the issue that the Ctroniq didn’t really take into account in the design of this N14X. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
It N14X weights 1.9 Kg which makes it a computer in the average of its category. It’s still an easy-to-handle computer, even if it’s not an ultrabook. On the other hand, the large size will be an advantage to see photos during the holidays. One of the reasons is its 14.1 inches screen.
Note that the screen of this N14X being touch screen, you will be able to do without the mouse. Here you will be in a familiar environment; an ease of use that is identical to your smartphone. The selections are precise in the cursor movement, making navigation seamless.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. The rendering on screen is good. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
This model does not have a matt or anti-reflective tile. You will have to limit uses when the sun is too bright.
With the installation of the processor Intel Atom x5-Z8300, the power consumption is rather important.
Note that like all manufacturers, Ctroniq is optimistic about the autonomy of this N14X. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Ctroniq; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
As for the autonomy , the batteries will allow you to use it for about 8 hours.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 32 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Even if a portable laptop stays at the hotel 80% of the time, it is relevant to have a screen that is not too big so as not to be disturbed, but big enough to enjoy the image. The N14X is a fair alternative with iis 14.1 inches.
With 3 connectors, this N14X allows multiple connections. This is roughly equivalent to what the competition is offering.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
Finally with the N14X, Ctroniq deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.

The N14X- the right model for audio or video editing ?

The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. It appears that this N14Xmeets this need perfectly. With these components, Ctroniq puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10 system.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Atom x5-Z8300 does best. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 32 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
The designers of Ctroniq have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. Here with 32 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
As far as autonomy is concerned, it’s not extraordinary. For 8 hours of autonomy, you have a little time to work on your edits. A result in the average of the competitors.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it N14X receives the USB3 connection. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
By choosing this N14X, know that you will be well beyond what most laptops offer. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.

N14X for video games?

With this model, you will be able to move quickly in any game, without parasitic elements, screen freezing or image tearing. For a long time, laptops were not powerful enough to be used to play games. On this N14X, Ctroniq has implemented a cooling system perfectly dimensioned for advanced uses of online games.
With only 1280×720, this model is below standard ones. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.With 32 Gb it N14Xis below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
For Wi-Fi technology, Ctroniq decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
You’ll like this handy laptop, and rather light (1.9 Kg and 14.1 inches), comparable to most similar products.
Please note that with an autonomy of 8 hours, you will have enough time to play video games requiring few resources.
Clearly, a good quality rendering on the graphics, a size of 14.1 inches, thin and rather light (1.9 Kg), make this N14X an excellent one for a video game use. In addition, it is good value for money compared to competitors. Perfect for a sustained gaming session!

Is the N14X adapted to office automation ?

Although this does not affect the majority of users, it is important to know the OS of this hardware. For those who prefer Apple, there are MacBooks, free distributions for Linux, and Windows computers for the vast majority. This N14X is clearly intended for those who will use it for office use.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It is equipped with Windows 10.
In contrast to other larger models, this model is in the middle of the pack in terms of space requirements. Its weight of 1.9 Kg is not too high for a mobile computer.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
Equipped with a slab without specific treatment, we unfortunately see many reflections on this N14X. If you spend a lot of time on your computer, you will experience more eye strain. For bright areas, they are clearly cut out, the colours are intense, with a high degree of brightness and image sharpness.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
With only 32 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive N14Xcan be quickly filled.
In conclusion, the N14X is an excellent choice for office use. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.

The N14X in conclusion

The key to choosing a new laptop is to clearly define your needs; it’s good in almost any conditions of use. And it’s all at an affordable price – N14X from Ctroniq.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– travel use
In summary, we advise this model for :
– surfing on the internet
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks