One of the reasons I don’t usually accept product reviews is that I have this pretty bad case of separation anxiety. I just get too easily attached to something. This explains why I rarely borrow anything and why I still have a lot of old and worthless stuff, which I can never throw away.
So, I was really quite hesitant to accept the laptop RedFox sent me to review. My laptop had just turned three and we’ve been through a lot of memorable times, so weird as it may seem I felt like I was going to be cheating on my Missy (I told you I was sentimental). But work was work and I was confident that despite being a newer model, I would never think of replacing my Missy with it.
Boy, was I wrong.
For the three weeks I had the RedFox WizBook WR113, I totally neglected my Missy as she stayed wrapped and locked in her glass cabinet. I did all my work, blogs, research and (simple) photo editing on the WR113 and despite having lower specs than Missy, it did an amazing job.
Like at first sight
As soon as I opened the box, I was immediately impressed by its looks. Its slick shiny exterior complemented its inner black and silver combination quite well. It has a brushed alloy c-side case that is resistant to fingerprints and it definitely looked more elegant than its closest competitors. The chiclet type-keyboard also felt so much better to type on, and it had an ample sized wrist rest, which was a good thing since I tend to type for several hours straight.
To make sure that I wasn’t the only one charmed by its design, I did what every new laptop owner would do—bring it to Starbucks. There, it blended quite well with the Macs, Vaios, and Toshibas. It also managed to draw several glances and a few people even approached me to ask about it. I initially had trouble connecting with the WiFi network, but once I did, it was a smooth three hours of web surfing.
It’s 13.3-inch LED screen was very clear and was just the perfect size for browsing the internet. I once tried my sister’s netbook, but because of it’s small screen I had to move all around just to view a single article—not a very good experience especially if your eyesight isn’t that good.
Sleeping with the enemy
Like I said, it’s been three years since I used any other laptop instead of Missy, so I decided to subject the WR113 to my working conditions. After installing the usual programs that I used, (Office, Photoshop, file downloaders and a few basic games) I left it on for 48 hours straight without using any fan. After several gigabytes of file downloads, a couple of movies, edited and uploaded pictures, Facebook games and tons of research, never did the WR113 restart and its temperature remained quite normal throughout the two-day ordeal.
Although I consider myself a basic user when it comes to the computer applications, I do tend to use my laptop on an average of eight to 10 hours a day especially when I am doing research or writing articles. In the three weeks that I had the WR113, I really did try to abuse it to check its limits and it really did surprisingly well.
I would admit to being a bit biased with the RedFox brand as the first every desktop I bought had a RedFox motherboard and it lasted over six years before it went to tech heaven. I was actually looking for a RedFox laptop before I got Missy, but during that time the company wasn’t too keen on producing laptops. Missy also gave me a lot of problems during the first five months and I even had to send a complaint letter to the manufacturer before all the issues were finally resolved.
After sales service is often overlooked, but is actually a very important aspect when buying a laptop or any gadget for that matter, and RedFox has a commendable support team. I tried calling them several times to ask the most basic of questions and they patiently answered everyone of them, they will also advise you on the capabilities of your laptop to save you from the frustration of trying things it was not meant to do.
End of an affair
The P35,000 price range is a bit tricky with a lot of branded laptop makers lowering their prices to become even more competitive. And while the specs of the Wizbook WR113 may not be something to rave about it does a pretty good job and makes full use of its capabilities. As the company says, “RedFox’s best feature isn’t in its specs. What really sets the brand apart from the rest is its ability to make these technological innovations affordable, allowing most anyone to enjoy the advantages of owning a their product.
The Wizbook WR113 is a good choice for students and people who do regular stuff with their notebooks like web surfing, email, social networking, research and watching DVDs. The built-in webcam is just average and the sound is loud enough although it gets better with a good set of earphones.
With a heavy heart, I returned the WR113, which I had already named Wizzy, just as the Comelec was starting to proclaim the winners and the losers were looking for loopholes to protest. And despite the short time I’ve spent with it, I can say that RedFox truly has a winner in the WR113. This is one notebook I definitely want to have.
Pros: Sleek design makes it look like the more expensive brands
Very clear screen, nice ergonomic keyboard
Perfect for web browsing, blogging and Facebook gaming
Easily connects to WiFi
Excellent customer support
Cons: No Bluetooth
Tricky price range
Only 2 USB Ports
Average battery life (3 hours)
Not suited for serious gaming
Score: 8.0 out of 10