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A Review On Haier Laptop From PM Laptop Scheme 2014

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It is one of those times when I actually sit down in TV lounge to watch TV with my father who is the only one interested in watching news. Nowadays, the best entertainment on TV is when a political drama is being broadcasted live and it becomes a home theatre when the event has stirred the whole nation in some way. Anyways, here I was wondering whether I am witnessing a freedom speech or a concert, but I don’t care, I was bored and this is the only time TV offers any real laughs.

My alliance was clearly defined, well if not before, then now up until three months ago when I attended PM Youth Laptop Scheme 2014. Why wouldn’t it be? I mean I got a free Haier Laptop.  😉

Haier_logo

I was not a big fan of Haier especially when my only close encounter with Haier products were their AC’s at my institution. Every time I walked past these, I used to think out loud to my friend, “Who makes a logo like this? I mean seriously orange kids, at least they could have chosen less bright colors.” So imagine my horror when I thought of the same logo on the back of the laptop.

It has been almost three months since I am using the laptop and now is the perfect time to write a review on it.

Here goes a detailed review for all the remaining 98,200 students who have still to get the Laptop under PM Laptop Scheme 2014. (Though I am not sure about the laptop distribution considering the political instability in the country.)

Haier Laptop 7

DESIGN

The laptop design is pretty good and no less than any other brand in the market. It is light weight, slim about a little over half an inch thick from the side and has a sleek “goldinish silver” color. A 12-inch wide display screen with 1-inch black bezel on the four sides. There is “Haier” written in silver at the bottom of the screen. The back of the laptop has a dark silver engraved “Haier” on the extreme left in the middle and a logo of  “PM Laptop Scheme” in the center.

Haier Laptop 2

The left side of the notebook has a Power Adapter Port to plug in the AC adapter in order to power it. Right next to it is Kensington Lock Slot with which you can lock your laptop to an immovable object with a security cable. Then comes the LAN (RJ-450) port which supports a Base-T RJ-45 plug compatible with 10/100/1000 Mbps data rates.

After that we have all the basics such as heat vent, HDMI port, 2 USB ports and memory card reader. The USB port supports a v.3 standard capable of transferring data at 4.8 Gbps.

Haier Laptop 1

I believe that the heat vent and the Power Adapter Port should not have been on the same side. The charging cable comes right in front of the heat vent and the heat released can damage the wire. Though you can change the position of the wire but still it was not a wise design move.

The right side of the notebook has an optical drive with another USB port and an Audio Combo Jack (Headphone & Microphone Jack). The front of the laptop has three LED status indicator lights for Power On state, AC adapter status and a Hard Disk Drive Activity state.

Haier Laptop 4

Right at the top of the screen is a HD/VGA camera (according to the user manual) and since they forgot to mention the pixels, I have to assume it’s a 1.3 MP camera backed by the image quality.

The Lithium Ion Battery is placed at the usual place but a word of caution; don’t grab your laptop from the back because a slight tug or force will leave you with the battery in your hand and your laptop will hit the ground. Be careful! The battery offers almost 4-5 hours of charge.

Haier Laptop 6

The keyboard is just like any other laptop and surprisingly it does not include Urdu alphabets. It was really irritating for me to use F keys by pressing Fn as well. Maybe because I have always used the F keys directly.  The keypad is not smooth and not easy to use. It feels like you need to drag your figure rather strongly on it and sometimes it does stuck.

PERFORMANCE

When you switch on the laptop, you are greeted with the PM Laptop Scheme logo and then the pre-installed Windows 8.1 Pro takes over. This Windows version boots the laptop pretty quickly, so this is an advantage. Well, I guess all of you know about the OS.

Haier Laptop 8 Windows 8.1 Pro

Overall the performance of the laptop is pretty good as long as you are not doing any heavy work. For the first 1-2 months I used this laptop for small tasks and installed no new software on it. A couple of days back when I installed this latest version of Matlab on it, not only it lagged but also started giving me “Less Disk Space” warnings. That’s when I realized that it’s C-Drive was given only 80 GB of the 500 GB hard disk in the laptop.

All the other original brands out there always have large C-drive space and a recovery image of the OS available. This laptop, however, had dedicated less than 100 GB to the C-Drive and there was no back-up recovery image. That’s when I divulged in the world of Hard Disk Partitioning for the first time. (By the way, the online tutorials suck.) Finally I was able to increase the C-drive space with EaseUS. I still have to make the recovery though. I have also read that this may be the problem related with Windows 8.1, but I am not sure about it.

Haier Laptop 5

During the partitioning and when I finally ran a half hour long simulation on Matlab, it not only heated up quickly but also became slow making it difficult to navigate with an already sluggish keypad.

If the Wi-Fi gets disconnected, it takes almost a minute to reconnect again. The sound quality is really bad, even with the full volume you cannot hear the sound properly in the noisy area. You will have to use the headphones to hear the sound clearly. However, if the audio or video is played using Windows 8 application; the sound quality improves and it also depends on how good the audio is on your music or movies.

QUICK SPECIFICATIONS 

Category: Notebook

Manufacturer: Haier Information Technology Co. Ltd

Model: Haier Win8.1 PC

Processor: Intel(R) Core™ i3-4010U CPU @1.70GHz

System Type: 64-bit OS

Operating System: Pre-installed Windows 8.1 Pro

RAM: 4GB

Memory Type: DDR3 1333MHz

Hard Disk Capacity: 500GB

CD-ROM : Built-in Optical Drive

Screen Size: 12”

Screen Resolution: 1366×768

Graphics: Intel ® HD Graphics Family

Audio: Microphone (Realtek HD Audio) & Speakers (Realtek HD Audio)

Camera: 720p HD Webcam

Wireless LAN: 802.11b/g/n

FINAL VERDICT

The laptop design is good and it seems an honest work has been done in its design. The overall design is commendable with the exception of the placement of heat vent and power adapter port on the same side. According to my three months experience with the laptop, the performance of the laptop was good when it was not pushed harder. When the work load was increased in terms of using heavy softwares and longer simulations, the laptop became a little sluggish and heated up. This problem might not be noticeable initially when it is still new but in the long run the laptop may start showing signs of problems a lot earlier than other competitors in the market. The battery time is amazing, however, the battery should have been more securely placed in the battery compartment. The fact that it takes a little over a minute to reconnect with Wi-Fi may indicate that the radio sensors installed are not strong enough. In addition, the sound quality fluctuates, a few times the audio is hearable and other times the sound is too low forcing to take your headphones out.

RATING : 3.3/5.0

 

* The background of Haier logo is that of a cartoon series based on two Haier Brothers who travel around the world to deal with disasters. The cartoon series was released in 1966 with 212 episodes and each episode was 11 minutes long. The orange description of the kids is as I remember them, though I was unable to find it over the internet.

* This article was written without any political influence and gives a personal experience of the author. Anything political mentioned was just part of making the article more informal and enjoyable.

* Image Courtesy: Prime Minister Laptop Scheme Official

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142 Responses to “A Review On Haier Laptop From PM Laptop Scheme 2014

  1. SADAM
    September 20, 2016 at 10:54 am #

    Sir me ne window recovery ki he bt ab wo activation key mang rhe he kya ap mujhe key bta sakte hoo…. my cell num is 03127073565

    • Iqra
      September 23, 2016 at 10:08 am #

      activation key laptop k nichy likhi hoe h….. product key

  2. Atiya
    September 29, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

    My laptop nawaz sharif scheme takes around 25 min to show screen aftr presing power buton i need help?

  3. Sohail
    October 3, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

    Sir, mujh se ghalti se perefrence language urdu ho gai he ab use kaise thek kare

  4. habib un nabi
    October 4, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

    activation key laptop k nichy likhi hoe h….. product key

  5. October 5, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    I want to install linux on my hair pm laptop the boot option of this laptop is way different from my old laptop. any one can help me on this

  6. Nazi
    October 12, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

    Sir my laptop keyboard has stop working since my nephew spreaded juice over ..I m unable to get it replaced because its not available anywhere in Rawalpindi or Islamabad..please help me out
    Thanks

  7. matteh
    October 26, 2016 at 10:31 pm #

    plz tell me activation key of microsoft office pre installed in pm laptop?

  8. Abdul Latif
    October 31, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

    Res. Sir,
    on 28 October I have received my prime minister’s scheme laptop from my University, and firstly I connect the charger to charge the laptop, after 3 hours when I torned on the laptop the charge percentage was just 13% ! and when I tried to connected while laptop was torned on than it wasn’t continue its charing !!!. Now what shuld do for this ?

  9. zainab
    November 3, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

    one week ago i recieve my laptop and now its keyboard is not attaching…shopkeeper at repair store claiming jack is not working has to be replaced 🙁

    • zubair
      November 20, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

      ap haier service centre sy repair krwyan one year warranty hy to

  10. shhaid
    November 10, 2016 at 5:24 pm #

    Activation key is not working. 0 or o is not valid to enter..what to do now?

  11. shahid
    November 10, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

    cant enter key words. 0 is not valid number to put. any universal key to activate window

    • November 11, 2016 at 9:19 am #

      hepl me sir

  12. November 11, 2016 at 9:17 am #

    sir me ny 1br use kiya laptop…2nd br on kiya to paaword lga howa..ab unlock ni ho rha..please help me sir

  13. momoo
    November 13, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

    office ki activation key kahn sy mily ge? mery laptop ky nechy ni likhi hoi!

    • zubair
      November 20, 2016 at 5:54 pm #

      nechy nai hy office ki key apko laptop box main alg sy ak note main ho gi

  14. November 16, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

    unfortunately on first time log on I have entered 3 times wrong user name and password and now my laptop is asking for window installation .

  15. November 20, 2016 at 2:33 am #

    sir , i have this hair PM laptop, mujhy ajeeb problem face krni par rhi hy… mere laptop ka password HAMIBALOCH hay jab on kron to thek say password enter hota aur on ho jata hay par on hony k bad i,o,p,j,k,lm… ye letter press krny py numaric keys press hoti hyn …….na pani gya na hi koi liquid….. chalty chalty asa hoa ha……..touch keyboard thk kaam krta hay ….nw what to do?
    please text me at 03127861368

    • MK
      November 25, 2016 at 6:27 pm #

      numlock off ker do
      ooper keyboard pe dekho ge tou numLk ki key hogi
      usko click karo aur phr chck karo
      phr bhi na ho tou phr neeche “Fn” k saath “NumLk” press karo aur phr check karo
      problem solve ho jaye gi

  16. Zain
    November 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

    Laptop keyboard fault. Mein ny ticket b submit kee v but no response, Is there any contact number whom i should contact for this issue ??

  17. asma
    November 29, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Can you please tell me the product key of this laptop?

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