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Redfox WizBook Razor XR133 Review




With all the laptop manufacturers introducing their own CULV line of notebooks, it’s becoming harder to choose from among a dozen or so contenders. Redfox’s Razor XR133 also wants to be near the top of the heap so we look at how it fares.

Among the CULV line, the most prominent feature of a notebook that’s been sacrificed is the optical disk drive (ODD). Redfox wants to prove you don’t need to drop the DVD drive altogether and the WizBook Razor XR133 comes with a built-in DVD+RW. The only other model I know of that has an internal ODD is Sony’s Php120k Vaio T.

The two-tone black and silver matte finish of the WizBook Razor gives it a nice looking appeal (the logo kicks ass too) that also prevents the surface from smudges and fingerprints. It’s thin but a bit on the heavy side (3.67lbs) probably because of the ODD, with a wide and comfortable palmrest and a trackpad.

The keyboard layout is nicely oriented, thanks to the well-proportioned keys for the Shift, Backspace, Ctrl and arrow keys as well as the extra-large Enter key. I think this is one of the nicest laptop keyboard I’ve ever used in terms of orientation and key size — Redfox really maximized the space here.

Like most other ultraportable notebooks in the 13.3″ category, the Razor XR133 is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo SU 7300 running at 1.3GHz. The specs are really pretty standard with 2GB of DDR2 RAM, an Intel GMA 4500MHD and 320GB HDD.

And because they’ve included an ODD, there’s little space left for the 2 USB ports, an HDMI port, and SD card reader on the side.

However, there’s an empty slot of the left side which I think could be as cradle for a 3G SIM card slot (probably an optional upgrade).

The screen is glossy and while that allows for a clearer and more crisp display, it’s really hard to use it in the outdoors when there’s glare. The screen resolution is also maxed out at 1280×800 pixels and not the usual 1366×768.

In terms of performance, we took a screenshot of the Windows Experience Index and got this. Results are pretty the same compared to a similarly spec-ed Neo Edge Z3265 we reviewed earlier.

The complete PassMark benchmarks are posted here.

The 6-cell battery is rated at 4400mAh and gives a decent 3.5 hours. Not that impressive but not bad at all.

The Razor XR133 also has a 1.3MP webcam and WiFi 802.11N but seems to be missing the Bluetooth (the specs say it’s Bluetooth capable so that must be an option).

For a price tag of Php42,999, the Redfox WizBook XR133 is competitively priced (about Php3,000 to Php7,000 less expensive than similarly spec-ed Asus UX30 and Lenovo U350). It’s definitely an option to consider. That missing Bluetooth is a bummer though and the cheaper 11.6″ version (XR116) is also interesting since they say it’s 3G-ready .



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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15 Responses

  1. The specs is suitable for gaming, like redfox always do. Simple design is also a good points of this gadget.

  2. Jhay says:

    How’s the sound quality on this one? If it’s spec’d nicely for gaming then it should put out some decent audio.

  3. joey says:

    Acer has just released Core i3 laptops for 34,000.

    Talk about BANG FOR THE BUCK.

    They are bundled with a very, very great GPU (NVidia GeForce 310m). It can even play GTA 4. Of course, there’s no OS bundled, but hey, there’s always Jack Sparrow.

  4. yuga says:

    @joey – saw that 14-inch Acer Aspire 4740G-332G50Mn at Villman for Php40,896, including Windows Home Basic.

    Actually, during the Intel launch last January, I saw Toshiba, Dell, Acer, Asus, and MSI showing off their Core i3 and Core i5 notebooks.

  5. Pusang Kulog says:

    “There’s always Jack Sparrow…”

    I love that punchline. He he he.

    I wonder when will software pirates refer to themselves as Davy Jones.

  6. @bi3L says:

    yeah… the Acer Aspire 4740G has more power than this model of redfox and it’s more cheaper.. depending on where you get your unit. The Acer Aspire 4740G has i3 and it cost anywhere between ₱34,900 with Free DOS or higher depending on the version of Windows 7 that is installed.

    http://abielonline.blogspot.com/2010/02/acer-aspire-4740g.html

  7. yuga says:

    @abiel – it’s actually the Acer Timeline 3810T and the Redfox WizBook Razor XR133 that’s on the same CULV category.

  8. StrayArrow says:

    Sir Abe, if you have to buy which of the one mentioned are you gonna buy? That is if you have 45 grand and youre gonna use it basically for blogging and web development?

  9. joey says:

    @yuga, Villman has outrageously high markups for their products. If you want the cheapest tech products, go to PCHUB.

    I just don’t know if they sell laptops.

    You could also try pccorner.com.ph. I think that company ships nationwide for free. The prices are fair too.

  10. yuga says:

    @strayarrow – I’m more into the 11.6″ category so I’m going for the Lenovo IdeaPad U150, Asus UL20, Acer Timeline 1810TZ, and Razor XR116.

    @joey – PCHub has very limited laptops while PC Corner does not often update their website.

  11. nitecrawler says:

    “The only other model I know of that has an internal ODD is Sony’s Php120k Vaio T.”

    Yuga,

    you forgot Asus UL80A CULV notebook. this also have a DVD+RW built-in..

  12. branded says:

    I rather buy the LENOVO or ASUS or other brand instead of this REDFOX brand. yes you could buy it at a very cheap price less Php3,000 to Php7,000 compared to the branded mentioned above, but check out the poor service of this brand, yes you get what you paid for, if this has really a good reviews, check the IT dealer’s in Mall or other store they dont carry this brand only order basis because on bad & Poor after sales of this brand.

  13. MArk says:

    Im going to buy redfox Laptop soon,
    I review this website for more information about this laptop. Does this laptop give a user in good quality?
    Please help me.
    Need more info about Redfox

  14. You have a lot of useful pointers on this web site

  15. NOT BRANDED says:

    @branded hmmm what you said is actually not intelligent coz redfox offers 3 YEARS WARRANTY nuff said….

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