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“Graviton” N15I-K2: a review of the Russian laptop

The 3Logic Group company has launched the Graviton N15I-K2 laptop on the market. Unlike numerous past attempts, where there was only a name from the Russian, this product can well be considered an import substitution. How this computer is arranged and what is ours in it – in the material of RIA Novosti.

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Design

Outwardly – a typical office model of the first half of the tenths. But in this case, it is more a plus than a minus. The N15I-K2 is distinguished by its verified ergonomics, which cannot be said about many modern products – a rather wide area under the wrists, the lid can be opened with one hand.

The laptop turned out to be very light for a 15.6-inch – 1.69 kilograms. The chassis is made of plastic with an interesting semi-matte finish that does not collect prints and dust: users will appreciate this practicality. Like spill protection, drainage is located on the bottom panel.

The keyboard is full size, with a separate numpad. There is no backlighting (but you can order it), and the substrate bends noticeably when typing vigorously. The buttons are made of plastic, pleasant to the touch – with a short stroke. The large touchpad, as expected, is made of the same material, with external buttons. The touchpad understands all Windows gestures, there are no complaints about it.

“Graviton” N15I-K2 – large, but light laptop / © RIA Novosti / Kirill Karimov

A full-fledged keyboard, draws attention to the absence of the Windows button / © RIA Novosti / Kirill Karimov

The laptop platform is based on the Intel processor / © RIA Novosti / Kirill Karimo

Display

The width of the frame around the screen is too big by today’s standards – it looks a little old-fashioned. But there are no “frills” like webcams in the keyboard: the sensor is above the screen, where it is supposed to be. By the way, a separate toggle switch was provided for the hardware shutdown.

Screen – 15.6-inch IPS-matrix. A resolution of 1920×1080 pixels is sufficient for this size. Thanks to the anti-glare coating, the laptop can also be used outdoors. But the maximum brightness is not high – you often want to increase it, but there is nowhere.

But the screen is of high quality – on the test product there was no light, no unevenness with a dark background, no dead pixels. And wide viewing angles.

Performance, memory and communications

The base for the “Graviton” was the American processor Intel Core i5-8259U – a chip for ultrabooks of the sample of 2018, belonging to the Coffee Lake family. But the motherboard is a Russian development.

Performance is sufficient for common tasks – and not only for them. In Geekbench 5, “Graviton” is gaining 998 (single-core test) and 3232 points (multi-core). Cinebench – 1259 points. Considering the integrated graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, it is clear that the device is suitable for office work and programming. But games and graphics applications are clearly not about this model. The overall system performance is quite high, it is obvious that versions with less resource-intensive operating systems work even faster.

The practicality of the laptop, which was developed not as a consumer model, but as a professional tool, is also manifested in the possibility of an upgrade. The rear panel is very different from the mainstream in laptop building – there are separate hatches that provide easy access to RAM and storage. To the fast SSD-NVME drive (in the “base” it is a 2280 format bar with a volume of 256 gigabytes), you can add a 2.5-inch solid-state device or a hard drive. It is also easy to expand and eight gigabytes of RAM – the platform supports up to 32 gigabytes of RAM.

Graviton is easy to upgrade / © RIA Novosti. Kirill Karimov

The set of ports raises no questions / © RIA Novosti. Kirill Karimov

Geekbench 5 / © RIA Novosti. Kirill Karimov

Cinebench 20 / © RIA Novosti. Kirill Karimov

CrystalDiskMark / © RIA Novosti. Kirill Karimov

The set of interfaces and ports is really universal – a scattering of USB, among which there is one USB-C, HDMI, and even considered outdated, but very useful VGA and RJ-45, as well as a fairly fast reader for SD cards. Wireless connections are fast and stable.

Operating system, information protection

Depending on the wishes of the customer, different operating systems are installed on the Graviton N15I-K2. Windows 10 does not need a special introduction, it is another matter – Astra Linux Common Edition in the releases “Eagle” and “Smolensk” or OS “Alt”. These operating systems, the result of import substitution, are widespread where Russian software is needed. It was within their framework that the support of applied software and data protection systems was implemented.

The laptop is aimed at the government and corporate segment, which means that it has many options related to security and privacy. So, you can add trusted boot hardware or a fingerprint scanner here.

Autonomy

Desktop use is provided by a small battery with a capacity of 45.6 Wh. But in reality, an economical platform and not the brightest screen allow the laptop to work up to eight hours at an average load, which is a full working day.

The set includes a 40 W charger. It took about four hours to restore the capacity. And in 2021, I would still like to see power through the USB-C port, and not a special connector.

Russian “iron” in “Graviton” will be more / © RIA Novosti / Kirill Karimov

Total

“Graviton” N15I-K2 is assembled, assembled and tested in Zelenograd at the “AltMaster” factory. 3Logic Group does not hide the fact that Russian electronic components, except for the motherboard, are not yet used. This is in the plans – developments are in full swing.

“Graviton” itself, if you forget about import substitution, looks like an actual device for which you are not ashamed. You can’t find it on the shelves – the computer is intended for companies and government orders. In particular, he is expected in educational institutions: at the desk he will become an indispensable assistant.

So the first pancake in the case of the “Graviton” is not a lump at all, especially if you remember that this laptop was not created to compete with consumer models. And I want to believe that the N15I-K2 will indeed have a continuation with domestic components.

Photo: © RIA Novosti / Kirill Karimov



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