Many people don’t like Chinese products because most of them are though not to have their own design. It’s true partly. Why partly? Just because there are many Chinese manufacturers trying to make a tough competition to top brands. As for smartphones and tablets, we have already seen many of such companies. But when it comes to laptops it becomes more difficult to come in with an own design. Probably YEPO is one of those manufacturers that like to imitate others. It has been founded back in 1998, but it’s more popular in the tablet market. So the YEPO 737S can be though to be the first attempt to enter the laptop market.
Honestly, I don’t like reviewing products copying others, but the YEPO 737S is another case. Something attracts me. And I hope you will like this ultrabook laptop as well, though it’s the budget version of the Apple MacBook Air. But do not hurry to think we are dealing with a dime device not capable to catch eyes with anything.
YEPO 737S Design
That’s not a secret top brands like Apple spent millions of dollars on design and promotion, because they understand marketing decides everything in the tech market (and not only). But small companies that save each cent can’t afford themselves to pay millions for a design of a product that even can’t be sold in neighboring countries. So what they do – they just look what devices are more popular and beloved by customers, and create their own devices with design of those top products but packed with different/weaker specs. This story is common for many devices, but it doesn’t mean they are not worthy to be reviewed and/or purchased. For example, the YEPO 737S looks very similar to the Apple MacBook Air, but it also has quite different specs list and has nothing common with the above mentioned giant.
Like its founding father the YEPO 737S comes with an all-metal cover, though the body is made of plastic. It’s slim and durable at the same time. I don’t think this laptop has the same high build quality as the MacBook Air, but it is still acceptable. Though this is not YEPO’s merit, the manufacturer was able to make the front end just a couple of millimeters thick.
The keyboard is also similar to the MacBook Air, but to be honest, I liked its keyboard too much as it was a pleasure to type on it. The keys are on acceptable and convenient distance, so you won’t get tired if you have to type on it all night long. They come at 15mm large KeyCap and 1.8mm of KeyPitch for all size fingers. The touchpad is quite large, so most likely you won’t need mouse or other peripherals, because it works very well and you will have no inconvenience when using it.
Anyway, there are some ports and slots located on the sides of the YEPO 737S. First, the power port, a USB 2.0 port, a 3.5mm audio jack alongside with two microphones for noise cancellation are located on the left side. As you guess, there are closer to the back, because the front side is too slim to carry anything. An HDMI and USB ports are located on the left side in pair with the SD card slot. And… and nothing, folks. This is a bit disappointing, because usually people get their hands on ‘copies’ due to more connectivity options or something like this.
The laptop comes with a plastic housing, and only the bottom side of the Yepo 737S is made of aluminum.
As for colors, the YEPO 737S comes in three colors – silver, black, and white. But if the first one is similar to the Apple MacBook Air, the rest of color options are standard, because Apple likes launching its products in colors such as space grey or rose gold. Want a surprise? The YEPO 737S weighs less than the Apple ultrabook – it comes at a weight of 1.12 kg, while the MacBook weighs 1.4kg. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the thickness – the YEPO 737S comes at 2cm against MacBook’s 1.7cm.
YEPO 737S Display
This ultrabook comes with a 13.3-inch screen at a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, thus it provides Full HD performance. It also has a 178 degrees of visual angle and low power consumption to help the battery serve you longer. Undoubtedly, this model can’t be compared with the Apple MacBook Air, because the latter sports a 1,440 x 900 pixel screen. This is not a Retina display, but it still provides a great displaying performance. By the way, the 13-inch MacBook Air is the only Apple product lacking Retina display, and this made many consumers turn away from this device.
Moreover, the YEPO 737S seems to sport a better display, as it’s IPS, while the MacBook Air comes with a TN screen. The latter stands for Twisted Nematic, which is the most common but the oldest technology at the same time. It provides the shortest response time, which can be good when playing games. TN displays also provide higher brightness and draw less power. And what’s more interesting they are cheap and don’t affect a product’s price. But as all technologies, TN has its disadvantages as well. It is the color shifts that occur at wider viewing angles. So most likely, you won’t find TN display laptops with a large viewing angle.
The YEPO 737S looks more attractive in terms of display, as it’s made by IPS technology, thus this screen offers a better color reproduction as well as much better viewing angles. But there is a real drawback – IPS screens have some difficulties when emphasizing blacks, which in turn meant problems with the contrast. Plus, they are more expensive and slow in the beginning. The latter makes many customers think the screen is TN (Twisted Nematic), but I guess we are dealing with an IPS panel. However, this should be proven in the future.
YEPO 737S Performance
There are three versions of the YEPO 737S – low, medium, and high. We have tested the high model, so everything we’ll say will refer to this model.
The manufacturer decided to pack it with powerful processor, and though many will not agree with me, those who have used this laptop for some times, know it works smoothly and doesn’t cause any issues while working. It’s implemented thanks to an Intel Cherry Trail X5-8300 quad-core chipset with a 32 bit architecture and run at 1.86GHz frequency. It’s paired with an Intel HD Graphic (Gen7) GPU, 4GB DDR3L of RAM and 128GB of eMMC internal memory. However, the latter has an expansion option up to 256GB via the SD card slot.
Its ‘competitor’ sports a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 CPU paired with 8GB of RAM, 128GB PCIe-based flash storage and Intel HD Graphics 5000. The CPU can automatically overclock to 2.7 GHz on demand through Intel Turbo Boost technology.
I guess, the YEPO 737S comes with a respectable CPU paired with acceptable hardware, but it has nothing common with the performance provided by the Apple MacBook Air.
Anyway, the YEPO 737S (High version) is equipped with a 8000mAh Lithium-ion polymer battery capable of keeping the laptop charged up to 5-6 hours when using normally, up to 11 hours of listening to music, up to 12 hours of web browsing, and up to 13 hours of watching videos. Not digging into many details, I have to say the MacBook Air showed almost 12.5 hours of web browsing. Thus we are dealing with two similar laptops in terms of power consumption.
The Low and Medium versions of the YEPO 737S features a Z3735F quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of eMMC storage, respectively. And the company packed the Low version with a 5,500mAh battery and kept the 8000mAh battery for the Medium version.
All three versions of the YEPO 737S come with 4K video playback support, Windows 10 OS, and a 0.3MP front camera.
The Final Words
As you see, the YEPO 737S ultrabook is quite similar to the Apple MacBook Air in terms of design, but the internals has nothing common with it. It turns out you can get your hands on a MacBook-like handset with cheaper hardware and running Windows 10. Moreover, you won’t have to fork out, as the YEPO 737S costs only $195. I said at the beginning of the review that something in this laptop attracted me. I guess it was its specs list and the price it is available for.
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- Thins and Light Design
- Full HD Display
- Powerful Processor
- Noise Free Working
- Affordable Price
- Many similarities with Apple MacBook Air
- Few Ports
YEPO 737S Review: Apple MacBook Air Comparison (Coupon Inside)
Design - 9/10
Display - 9/10
Hardware - 7/10
Software - 9/10
Price - 9/10