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This MacBook-inspired laptop has the highest screen resolution found on a cheap notebook

Alldocube Vbook
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What is it? Meet the VBook from challenger brand Alldocube. It is the equivalent of a Rolls Royce Ghost fitted with a 1L engine. A beautiful laptop inspired by Apple but marred by some very dubious choices.

What makes it special and why should I buy it? It has the highest screen resolution of any budget laptop we have come across with a spectacular 100% sRGB coverage. If you've found something similar with a lower price tag, let us know via Twitter!

How much does it cost? It is available from Banggood for $299.99 (about £220/AU$390) using the code BGVbook for the CN warehouse. That's an extra $40 off the current sale price of $339.99. Overall, you get almost 48% off its suggested retail price. Hurry up though as the deal ends on January 31 2021.

Alldocube VBook laptop
Laptop with best screen under $500

Alldocube VBook laptop: $539.99 $299.99 at Banggood
Save $40 using the code BGVBook for the CN warehouse. The VBook is a laptop that has a 6-megapixel display, the highest on anything under $500. Hurry up! This offer ends on January 31, 2021.

What else should we know? The 13.5-inch IPS display that adorns it has a 6-megapixel resolution and is probably the best you can settle for under $500, especially with a 100% sRGB coverage. That's the same as the PixelSense display on the Surface Book 3 from Microsoft, a laptop that costs five times more. We love the full metal body and the full HD webcam as well as the USB Type-C power delivery feature. However the Celeron N3350 is simply far too slow in this day and age and paired with 256GB eMMC, will deliver some painful user experiences that can be alleviated slightly by the presence of 8GB of RAM.

Any cons? The Intel Celeron N3350 is barely better than the Intel Atom x5-z8350. We'd prefer 4GB of RAM with 128GB SSD and any quad-core CPU like the Celeron N4100.

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Bear in mind

  • If this product ships from mainland China, it will take a month to reach either the UK or US (and potentially more). You may be levied an additional tax, either directly or through the courier.
  • If you've managed to get hold of a cheaper product with equivalent specifications, in stock and brand new, let us know and we'll tip our hat to you.
Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.