Despite this low price, the Book 14 Go appears to be fairly well equipped starting with a metal frame and slim bezel. The laptop is just 1.3kg in weight making it very portable and TCL says it’s one of the thinnest in its price range at just 13.95mm. The Book 14 Go has a 14.1in display and it’s just HD in resolution (1366×768). There’s no mention of anything regarding colour reproduction and brightness so like many cheap laptops, the display could be the main downside.
TCL’s first laptop is only $349, but it comes with a metal frame, a 12-hour battery life, and 4G connectivity. TCL is best known for TVs and smartphones, but the Chinese company is expanding into laptops with the Book 14 Go, which runs Windows 11 and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. While TCL just launched eight new 30 Series phones, the Book 14 Go is the company’s first entry into the realm of laptops. It’s intended at students and young adults, and it’s available for just $349.
TCL states a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c ARM-based architecture “makes it easy to turn the laptop on in a flash” but doesn’t comment on what kind of performance to expect apart from the mention of virtual desktops on Windows 11. The laptop will offer up to 12 hours of battery life, though, along with 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. There’s also Bluetooth 5.1, USB-C and a 1Mp webcam. Surprisingly for this price, the Book 14 Go has both Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity and can seamlessly switch between them depending on what is available.
This is likely what helps the TCL laptop stand out in the budget market where it will compete with rivals like the Acer Swift 1, Lenovo IdeaPad 3i 14 and Microsoft Surface LE. In fact, the price and inclusion of 4G make the Book 14 Go very similar to the Samsung Galaxy Book Go.