No country wants to face devastating sanctions that could hamper entire industries. But when challenges like this arise, governments often look inward and look for domestic companies that might fill the gap. That’s exactly what Minsk, Belarus-based state-owned Horizont is trying to do this week with the introduction of the H-book Mak4 notebook.
“This is a domestic product developed based on state-of-the-art know-how and technology. C-news“Laptops can compete with notebooks from world-class brands.”
on the other hand, Horizont H-book Mak4 (T32E3W) has been dubbed “the first Belarusian laptop”, the 15.6-inch notebook runs Microsoft Windows and is based on Intel’s Core i3-1115G4 processor combined with 8 GB of DDR4 memory and a 256 GB SSD. increase. However, these four critical system components were developed and manufactured outside Belarus.
In fact, when the machine was first demonstrated in September, its developers admitted that only 12% of the parts were made in Belarus, but decided to increase the share of domestic parts to 30% by the end of the year. Unfortunately, I do not know if the company has succeeded in increasing the proportion of Belarusian components in its machines.
Aside from the political agenda designed to show an unfamiliar audience just how sophisticated Belarusian tech can be, the Horizon H-book Mak4 notebook is a somewhat outdated but sophisticated entry-level A workhorse (especially when compared to the Bitblaze Titan running a “Russian” SoC).
15.6″ laptop with full HD IPS display, Wi-Fi 5 + Bluetooth combo adapter, 1 USB 3.0 Type-C port, 2 USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, HDMI output and SD card reader . With a maximum thickness of 18.9 mm and a weight of 1.8 kg, it can last up to 8 hours on a single charge.
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Horizont is a relatively well-known manufacturer of consumer electronics, so they likely order parts from suppliers and assemble everything in their own facilities. However, I am not sure if they are surface mounting the motherboards themselves or source them from a partner in China, a country that is very friendly with Belarus.
AMD and Intel don’t officially supply parts to the Republic of Belarus, so Horizon, like dozens of other companies, has to buy CPUs from various China-based resellers ( very risky, so to speak), tend to sell. old component.
On the other hand, Intel’s Tiger Lake isn’t a bad processor. Windows is the most popular operating system in the world, used by about 90% of the population, so the Horizon H-book Mak4 is a universal machine. The only question is, why is it called a “Belarusian laptop” if it is still primarily based on American technology?