Most models are tinier versions of ultrabooks with wireless-only connectivity, but last year GPD MicroPC 6-inch mini-laptop added Ethernet and RS-232 COM port for IT professionals such as sysadmins. But there’s now another option with One Netbook A1 equipped with a 7-inch display, powered by an Intel Core m3-8100Y Amber Lake processor, and also featuring Ethernet and COM ports, plus the usual USB and HDMI ports.
One Netbook A1 specifications:
- SoC – Intel Core m3-8100Y dual-core/quad-thread Amber Lake processor @ 1.1 / 3.4 (Turbo) GHz with Intel UHD Graphics 615; 5W TDP
- System Memory – 8GB RAM
- Storage – 256GB or 512GB M.2 SSD; microSD card slot
- Display – 7-inch touchscreen IPS LCD with 1920 x 1200 resolution
IPS LCD; support for stylus with 4096 levels of pressure
- Video Output – 1x micro HDMI port
- Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, built-in speakers & microphone
- Webcam – None
- Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port
- Dual-band 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2
- User Input – Backlit (red) keyboard, infrared touch sensor (instead of a trackpad), fingerprint sensor
- USB – 1x USB Type-C, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A
- Serial – 1x DB9 RS-232 COM port
- Misc – Rope hole
- Battery – 6,000 mAh
- Power Supply – 12V/3A with USB PD 2.0 support
- Dimensions – 173 x 135 x 18mm
- Weight – 550 grams
One Netbook A1 is much faster than GPD MicroPC thanks to the use of an Amber Lake processor instead of Intel Celeron N4100 Gemini Lake, as well as more memory and storage capacity. The display is also a bit larger, so it might be a good upgrade if you already own the GPD model and would like something more powerful and a larger display.
The mini laptop ships with Windows 10, but Liliputing got a pre-production unit and also tested Ubuntu 20.04 with WiFi, keyboard shortcuts, and audio all working properly. Installation was a bit awkward though, as the BIOS and Grub showed in portrait mode, but once in Ubuntu, it switch to landscape mode without the need for any tweaks. If you planned to use the laptop in tablet mode, automatic landscape/portait mode rotation does not work well, and the pen does not work properly in Ubuntu due to confusion about the screen orientation.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.