First Review: Kogan Atlas UltraSlim Pro: Top value $799 laptop

batting WAY above its average

If you’re shopping around for a laptop the most difficult thing you’ll do is compare one to another – it’s certainly difficult to compare apples with apples and we’re not even talking about Apple.  Just how good is a low-cost machine?  We’ve taken a look at Kogan’s latest offering the Atlas UltraSlim Pro and it’s bloody good value.

DSC06462

Now look, I’m not going to beat around the bush, there are plenty of laptops in the $700-$900 price range.  And comparing them to this is not at all easy, because while they can and do smash this Kogan device on some specs, the Atlas UltraSlim has a lot going for it.

What it’s lacking is a powerful processor.  For this price you can and will find Intel Core i5 powered laptops from the big brands.  And bigger screens.

DSC06458

What they don’t have in the majority of cases is a 256GB SSD hard drive, and the ultra-slim form factor of the Kogan device.

This device is basically a compromise between power and portability.  For the majority of people, the portability will be a huge win at this price point.  For $799 you’re getting a 13.3 inch QHD screen (2560×1440), Intel Core m3 processor, 256GB SSD hard drive, 8GB Ram and Intel HD Graphics.

DSC06450

It’s also go 2 x USB, a USB-C and Micro HDMI port, headphone and power.

DSC06452

Getting back to its key feature – at 14.6mm thin, it’s THIN.  Fits the UltraSlim name.

Here it is back to back with MacBook Pro 13″

DSC06448

And the Dell XPS 13″

DSC06449

The Apple Macbook Air 11″ (Kogan on Top)

DSC06456

So it’s really sitting in the right category for slim that’s for sure.

Battery life is quoted at 8 hours.  Though that is also stated at 25% screen brightness.  I streamed a YouTube video at 80% brightness and got more like 4 hours.  Sure you could push it with brightness and careful use of connectivity but I’d be amazed if on a normal day this thing did 6 hours.

DSC06467

Which does rule it out of Back-to-School contention frankly.

At $799 and carrying the Kogan name, I didn’t quite know what to expect.  But I was pleasantly surprised.

I would have expected a Full HD Screen – but it is higher resolution than that. Watching 4K videos on YouTube looked great – the screen wasn’t distorted and the colours looked great.

DSC06474

You might expect poor storage – but 256GB of SSD is fantastic at this price.

The keyboard feels comfortable, the performance is snappy using web apps and basic installed apps like Office.

Sound was less than impressive, so if that’s your thing – grab some headphones to take it all in – the speakers pump out of tiny slots on the bottom of the device.

DSC06472

It’s naked – no Kogan logo on the outside so nothing to be ashamed about there, all-in-all if you can cope with the battery life – it’s a winner.

DSC06469

I think more than anything this device represents a change in focus for Kogan.  Not just making stuff for the sake of selling it, but responding to the market and consumer patterns.  A device as well designed as this using great materials, yet at a price point – should not be appealing – the Kogan Atlas UltraSlim Pro is appealing – top work Kogan.

 

Categories
Tech

Trev produces two of the most popular technology podcasts in Australia, Your Tech Life and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He hosts a nightly radio show on Talking Lifestyle, 8pm Monday to Friday in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show and A Current Affair. Father of three, he is often found down in his Man Cave. Like this post? Buy Trev a drink!
5 Comments on this post.
  • sasindu
    3 February 2017 at 3:48 pm
    Leave a Reply

    I received my atlas ultraslim pro 2 days ago and could not be any happier! It is amazing value for money and the performance is impeccable for day to day use. I have noticed one issue however which is when the lid/screen gets opened back to a certain extent the laptpop immediately shuts down. This might be an issue with my unit, but overall I would recommend this laptop!

  • John
    13 March 2017 at 4:03 pm
    Leave a Reply

    A real dummies question….

    How do you achieve a wired (ethernet) connection to the Internet? Do you have to go to the extra expense of a USB>Cat5 adapter or make do with Wi-fi?

    • AWAR
      24 August 2017 at 12:17 am
      Leave a Reply

      WiFi is also called Wireless LAN aka Ethernet!

      • Trevor Long
        24 August 2017 at 7:43 pm
        Leave a Reply

        AWAR – what a useless comment – That’s not very helpful at all. John, YES, you need a USB adaptor if you must have a hard wired connection

  • Helen
    16 March 2017 at 3:54 pm
    Leave a Reply

    We bought this lap top and have issues charging . When we plug the charger in it doesnt work

    We have already send it back to Kogan and got a replacement however still the same problem?

    Any help would be appreciated

  • Leave a Reply

    *

    *