The first thing that strikes at the opening is the format. With its very small size compared to a conventional laptop, its stylus, its hinge and its gray coating, the OneMix was quickly baptized “The DS” to the editorial staff.
If the set is not particularly elegant – the fault largely in its thickness (1.70cm) -, it is however far from being hideous and turns out to be remarkably finished. The metal casing inspires confidence, with zero play and twist, even when forcing the center of the keyboard or screen.
Under the device, the skids are also of good quality. It may seem trivial, but it’s always nice to have really non-slip pads, but not too much, to be able to push it sideways without having to lift it. It doesn’t sound like much, but with a little device like this that you’ll be pushing regularly, that’s a real bonus. And icing on the cake, they don’t leave a mark on light surfaces, even if they work hard enough.
On the right edge, there is a USB 3 socket, a mini-HDMI, a really welcome USB-C socket, and even a micro-SD reader with a Jack socket! If it will surely be necessary to equip yourself with a dongle to connect some peripherals to it, the OneMix has the merit of having all the essentials in terms of IO.
The hinge seems to be extremely well made, and has absolutely no play. achieve a 180° rotation and fold the keyboard behind the screen. Before doing it for the first time, this second section was so rigid that we hesitated before forcing it to rotate the assembly, for fear that it was in fact a different model without a hinge 180°. Once this milestone is passed, it turns out to be slightly more flexible, but still too rigid to be folded in a single fluid gesture. We will not hold it against him: with a device like this, the absolute priority remains the solidity of this fundamental part.
The One Mix 1s is only 400 euros at Geekbuying!
The first shock comes at the opening. When the OneMix 1s unfolds, it reveals an almost entire keyboard, quite unexpected compared to the size of the machine. But to want to do so much to fit so many keys in so little space, the manufacturer had to make some concessions.
The keys are really small and sparsely spaced which makes typing quite difficult. Their stroke is very short, as expected, the keystroke is really soft and the tactile feedback from the switches is quite unpleasant. Large fingers, in particular, may find it very difficult to type normally. One would expect this to improve after a period of adaptation based on the mechanical memory, but OneMix hasn’t just tweaked the size of the keys: the layout has been extensively revised by compared to a standard keyboard. This makes the transition all the more complicated, as some keys are arranged in really confusing places to save space. Special mention to A, located below the Tab key on the far left of the keyboard. The lack of backlighting makes it almost impractical in low light conditions. Failing to have room for a trackpad, we appreciate the presence of a small optical sensor. Not exceptional, it turns out to be sufficient to complete navigation using the touch screen.
Overall, this keyboard is probably the biggest weak point of the device.
The latter is also one of the main arguments of the OneMix 1s: the screen is reactive, and you quickly get used to operating with its 7-inch panel in 1920×1200. One of the only concerns is that it turns out to be very bright, and combined with the insufficient maximum brightness, this can make navigation uncomfortable as soon as you have a window behind or next to it. Too bad, especially since it turns out to be really very correct in good light conditions.
A very positive point, however: the screen rotates automatically according to the rotation of the machine. A little gimmicky, but quite interesting. We simply regret that the direction of the optical sensor does not change when switching to landscape mode, making it useless in practice in this configuration.
The other interesting aspect of this screen is the use of the stylus. With the keyboard, this is one of the rare points of this OneMix 1s to which there are very few positive points. For anyone who has ever had a dedicated graphics tablet stylus in their hands, it may look very imprecise with its entirely straight shape without any rough edges. Its completely smooth metal surface, without any adherent coating or notch, is quite unsettling as soon as you want to draw a light and precise sketch. We will add that the buttons are slightly too rigid, but that’s a matter of taste.
Last but not least: the stylus works with an AAAA battery, and cannot be recharged otherwise. But above all, the OneMix 1s has no storage slot to store it and you will therefore have to take it everywhere with you separately.
So we end up with a stylus that just does its job well as long as we want to scribble three notes or draw a rough diagram, provided you carry it in your pocket and have batteries on you… painful, not to mention not to say prohibitive.
The OneMix 1s features an Intel Celeron 3965Y (previously called Kaby Lake) clocked at 1.50 GHz, supported by 8GB of RAM (DDR3, unfortunately). Good surprise, the storage is provided by a 128GB PCI-E SSD of very good quality, and all the pre-installed drivers will ensure respectable transfer speeds right out of the box.
Not enough to tackle a heavy workload, however. We carried out a first test by tackling a game of League of Legends, with a fresh account created for the occasion. Result: Unsurprisingly, fans get to work right from the champ select screen. After a laborious loading (small consolation: we weren’t the slowest to load!), we finally arrived at the Rift and… surprise: the OneMix offered us no less than 64 FPS in Very High presets!
Obviously, the fans begin to howl with death as of the arrival of the first waves of monsters and the phenomenon of thermal strangulation (we will preserve the term of thermal throttling by convention) which hung in our face ended up arriving, with almost 100°c on the meter and the drastic drop in clock speed and FPS that goes with it. But, after almost 30 minutes of combat, League of Legends fell below 30 fps only once – during a team combat particularly loaded with animations and other graphic effects. Unexpected and impressive for a Celeron, and without a graphics card! Small problem, however: the unusual ratio of the screen that the interface of some games and programs will be truncated. Not disturbing in the majority of cases, but it could be annoying for a program with a side toolbar, for example.
Another notable fact: for a reason that we have not been able to isolate with certainty, we have suffered several connection losses. We suspect the network chip to be located too close to the processor, to the point of bearing the brunt of the rather brutal rise in temperature, because the loss of connection generally corresponded to episodes of thermal throttling treble.
In conclusion, it is therefore possible to pass the time on certain light games, provided you remain reasonable in terms of the duration of use and find a game adapted to the format.
There is no point, however, in trying to push it much further on productivity tasks. The OneMix 1s managed to keep up with some basic Blender operations, but you can’t hope to perform simulation, rendering, modeling or even “simple” video editing, unless you want to cook an egg on its metallic coating.
On the other hand, everything related to word processing, light photo work or navigation is perfectly within reach of this OneMix. It cashes without flinching a good hour of work with three common software (Slack, Word, and Mozilla Firefox with six open tabs on average), without heating, and in almost total silence. The limiting factor for these tasks is not the hardware, and your comfort will depend a lot on your affinity with the very particular keyboard (see above).
Autonomy and ergonomics
With a 6500 MAh battery, the machine can probably last between four and eight hours of very light intensive work, but this total melts like snow in the sun as soon as the processor is used. Inconceivable, therefore, to work a day with it without recharging it, but the support for fast charging via its USB-C port partly compensates for this lack.
In terms of ergonomics, the OneMix 1s navigates between two waters. The really dodgy keyboard layout and key size mean that typing will never be particularly comfortable in any position.
Out of curiosity, we also tried to use it by taking it with both hands, a bit like the first generation of Nintendo DS in its time. Curiously, the result is much less catastrophic than this very questionable idea would suggest. We manage to reach all the keys of the keyboard without being afraid to let go of the machine. But typing remains uncomfortable and extremely slow, due to the twisted layout of the keys.
Once folded, the “tablet” handles quite well, even if the weight will confuse those accustomed to graphics tablets or the Galaxy Note. However, we appreciate that the manufacturer had the presence of mind to deactivate the keyboard once folded back.
Who is he talking to ?
This little machine seems to have trouble finding its place, and we quickly understand why. Yet, does that make it a dull machine? Certainly not. In truth, it will greatly depend on what you will be using it for. If you can tame its peculiar keyboard, you’ll end up with a very capable little machine for such a compact contraption. It easily fits in the front pocket of a rucksack or in a handbag, and could make a decent assistant for a professional on the go, for example. Students could benefit from its small size and its touch screen to take notes while scribbling a few diagrams. It could also serve as a mobile pen-testing platform, provided you don’t overheat it, which led to malfunctions of the WiFi chip in our League of Legends test.
And finally, he could turn to… a hacker who would crack on a whim, for this very cute tiny computer.
The One Mix 1s is only 400 euros at Geekbuying!