Opinion

The Illegear Ionic Is a Lightweight, Long-lasting Ultraportable for RM3,899

Illegear is mostly known for its range of gaming laptops, so it’s a bit of a surprise when the company unveiled its latest product, the Illegear Ionic. For starters, this isn’t a gaming laptop; rather, it’s an ultraportable that would appeal to those who are looking for a long-lasting, lightweight productivity laptop.

Featuring a 15mm thin chassis and tipping the scales at only 1.45kg, the Illegear Ionic is a reasonably lightweight and slim productivity laptop. Sure, it’s not the lightest laptop in the market now, but that’s because it comes with a very generous 92WHr battery.

Although Illegear did not provide any battery life estimate for the Ionic, we reckon it’ll last for quite some time. After all, most productivity laptops are not packed with such a huge battery capacity. Take the 2019 Dell XPS 15, which only had a 56WHr cell.

Powering the Illegear Ionic is an Intel Core i7-10510U processor paired with 16GB of RAM. This chip should be powerful enough for most productivity work, and if you want to do some gaming on the side, this laptop’s Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU should be up for the task. Sure, the MX250 isn’t the most powerful dedicated graphics card, but it’ll do for a laptop of this segment.

Just like other Illegear laptops, the Ionic comes with very slim display bezels, reducing the overall footprint of the ultraportable; an important plus point for productivity machines. The screen itself, on the other hand, is a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS “iRIS” display, which supposedly covers 100% of the sRGB colour space.

Connectivity options of the Ionic are reasonably good as well. It has a USB Type-C port, an HDMI 2.0 port, three USB-A connections, an RJ-45 port, and a microSD card slot. Other specifications of the laptop include 512GB of fast M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD storage, an “ultra-tactile” keyboard with white backlighting, and a webcam with Windows Hello support.

The Illegear Ionic is now available for purchase and customisation on Illegear’s website from RM3,899. If you plan to pay with cash, you can get a 5% discount, reducing the price down to RM3,705. However, do note that this laptop does not come with an activated copy of Windows 10. You’ll need to pay additional RM439 for Windows 10 Home, or RM649 if you want Windows 10 Pro instead.