One Netbook A1 Pro is an improved 7-inch mini laptop for IT professionals (First Look)

the An A1 Pro netbook is a mini laptop with a 7-inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel touchscreen, a 180-degree swivel hinge that lets you flip the screen and fold it over the keyboard for tablet-mode use, and a selection A decent amount of I/O includes full-size Ethernet and RS-232 serial ports that might be useful for IT professionals.

If the A1 Pro looks familiar, that’s because its physical design is virtually identical to the original One Netbook A1 that launched in 2020. But the new Pro model features a few key upgrades, including support for supports an Intel Core i7-1160G7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. The One Netbook A1 Pro is available for purchase from the One Netbook AliExpress store for $1079 and up.

That’s a significant price hike over the original, which currently sells for around $650 if you can find a store that still has it in stock. But the new version has a significantly more powerful 11th Gen Intel Core processor than low-power 8th Gen chips, and supports up to twice as much memory as the original (although entry configurations range have the same 8 GB of RAM).

Here’s how the new model compares to the original in terms of specs:

An A1 Pro netbook (2021) An A1 netbook (2020
Display 7 inches
1920 x 1200 pixels
IPS-LCD screen
Stylus support (2048 pressure levels)
7 inches
1920 x 1200 pixels
IPS-LCD screen
Stylus support (2048 pressure levels)
CPU Intel Core i5-1130G7
Intel Core i7-1160G7
Intel Core m3-8100Y
GPUs Intel Iris Xe 80eu (1130G7)
Intel Iris Xe 96eu (1160G7)
Intel UHD 615
RAM 8 GB LPDDRX4
16 GB LPDDRX4
8 GB
Storage 512GB M.2 SSD 256 GB or 512 GB M.2 SSD
Ports
  • 1 x USB4 Type-C 40Gbps
  • 2 USB 3.0 Type-A ports
  • 1 micro HDMI 1.4
  • 1 x 3.5mm headphones
  • 1x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 RS-232 serial port
  • 1 microSD card reader
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 2 USB 3.0 Type-A ports
  • 1 micro HDMI 1.4
  • 1 x 3.5mm headphones
  • 1x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 RS-232 serial port
  • 1 microSD card reader
Drums 6000mAh 6000mAh
loading 15V/3A (45W USB PD) 12V/3A (30W USB PD 2.0)
Wireless WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
WiFi 5
Bluetooth 4.2
Keyboard Backlit, red Backlit, red
Security fingerprint reader fingerprint reader
Dimensions 173 x 136 x 19mm (6.8″ x 5.4″ x 0.7″) 173 x 136 x 19mm (6.8″ x 5.4″ x 0.7″)
Weight 550 grams (1.2 pounds) 550 grams (1.2 pounds)
Price Core i5/16GB/512GB for $1079
Core i7/16GB/512GB for $1199
8GB/256GB for $649
8GB/512GB for $689

A netbook sent me a demo unit with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for testing. I haven’t seen the price for this particular model yet, but I imagine it will cost a little less than the Core i5/16GB version.

While One Netbook targets IT professionals with the A1 series, the One Netbook A1 Pro is truly a fully functional computer that can be used by anyone. The unit I’m testing comes with Windows 11 Home software pre-installed and also supports booting from a USB drive. So I plan to test one or two Linux distros on it soon.

The keyboard is rather small and cramped, but it’s barely big enough for touch input. Unfortunately, One Netbook made at least one unfortunate change to the keyboard layout for the Pro model: the @ key was moved to the right side of the keyboard to make room for a few performance profile keys that you can trigger by pressing Fn+1, Fn+2 or Fn+3.

While it’s nice to be able to change CPU and fan behavior to prioritize performance or quiet computing, it was a little infuriating to fumble for the @ key when trying to enter an e-address. -mail to finally find out that I had to press Fn + ` to trigger it… and the ‘ key was on the opposite side of the keyboard where you would usually find it.

That said, it’s hard to fit a full keyboard on a laptop that’s only 6.8 inches in diameter, so it was inevitable that One Netbook would have to compromise.

Another thing to keep in mind about the One Netbook A1 and A1 Pro is that they have microphones, but no webcams. That’s far from ideal in a world where video conferencing is increasingly important, but chances are you’ll probably be able to take calls on a phone if you really need to.

There’s also no room for a full-size touchpad, so One Netbook instead uses a small optical touch sensor under the spacebar. It doesn’t support multi-finger gestures, but it will allow you to move a cursor around the screen without touching the screen and there are left and right buttons on either side of the sensor.

One Netbook isn’t the only company playing in the mini-notebook and full-size port space. It’s likely the One Netbook A1 was an answer to the GPD MicroPC, a $399 handheld released in 2019 with a 6-inch screen, thumb-sized keyboard, and HDMI, Ethernet, USB, and USB ports. Full size RS-232.

This year, GPD launched the GPD Pocket 3 mini laptop with an 8-inch swing-hinged display, pen support, and a larger keyboard designed for touch input. If the One Netbook A1 is a bigger and more versatile alternative to the MicroPC, the Pocket 3 is a bigger, more powerful and more versatile alternative to the A1 thanks to the improved keyboard, the included touchpad and the webcam, among other things. .

Left: An A1 Pro Netbook / Right GPD Pocket 3

GPD’s Pocket 3 also has a modular port section that allows you to replace a USB port with an RS-232 cable or a KVM module with HDMI and USB-C inputs. And the Pocket 3 comes with several pricing/configuration options ranging from a $699 model with an Intel Pentium Silver N6000 processor to $999 for a Core i7-1195G7 version.

Left: GPD Pocket 3 / Right One Netbook A1

Now that I have both the A1 Pro and the GPD Pocket 3 on my desk, my first impression is that the Pocket 3 is probably a better computer in many ways…but at 198 x 137 x 20mm (7. 8″ x 5.4″ x 0.8″) and 725 grams (1.6 pounds), it’s a much larger device. So if you’re looking for something smaller but haven’t found the original One Netbook A1 powerful enough, now there’s another option.

It is also harder to find the original A1 in stock than before, so it may be one of alone other options.

I’ll have more details on performance and battery life soon. In the meantime, here are some additional photos of the One Netbook A1 Pro:

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