Chuwi is a very popular brand around the globe. Many think its products can’t provide a stable and smooth performance due to weak hardware, and their only selling point is the appearance. But most likely those people have never owned a Chuwi-branded product. Especially this refers to the tablet PCs and laptops. There are many notebooks and 2 in 1 tablet PCs we can name to prove this brand always comes in with the best substitutes for the top brands. But why do that, if we can take a look at the latest addition to the very popular LapBook line and prove the truthfulness of our words. Though we have already reviewed the Chuwi LapBook Air, which is considered to be one of the best alternatives to the overpriced MacBook Air, this is a good chance to get acquainted with its key features. Moreover, this product has been initially priced over $400, but at this moment you can take your hands on it for only $349.99.
To understand whether the Chuwi LapBook Air deserves so many praises and the pricing it is available at, let’s take a glance at its key features, briefly. Actually, this is the improved variant of the Chuwi LapBook 14.1, which is in the middle of the LapBook 12.3 and LapBook 15.6. This means it sports a 14.1-inch IPS screen with a resolution of Full HD. A 2MP camera is placed above the screen. The keyboard is made of a high-quality plastic. The keys are placed at a comfortable distance. The keystrokes are soft.
This model is packed with an Intel Celeron N3450 SoC, which can be found on many devices from this niche. It is a quad-core SoC primarily for inexpensive notebooks. The maximum frequency it can reach is 2.2GHz, though it’s clocked at 1.1GHz regularly. This SoC is based on the Apollo Lake platform and runs on a 14 nm process node (P1273) with FinFETs. Besides four CPU cores, the chip also includes a DirectX 12 capable Gen9 GPU, which is capable of providing 4K video. The HD Graphics 500 graphics is also used for the Kaby Lake / Skylake graphics adapters (like HD Graphics 520). This card is equipped with 12 EUs and clocks up to 700MHz. So the performance should be roughly on par with the older HD Graphics. Plus, this chip comes with an advanced video engine, which supports VP9 playback as well as H.265 material (8-bit color-depth).
This is one of the most attractive selling points of this notebook, as it comes with an 8GB DDR3 RAM. Thus no app or game should run out of memory. However, if you are a heavy gamer, the processor should not meet your requirements. There is also a 128GB eMMC 5.1 flash storage. But if you think it’s slow or small, there is a special place on the bottom to install an M.2 SSD card up to 256GB.
The Chuwi LapBook Air comes with two USB 3.0 ports, micro HDMI slot, DC jack, TF card slot, WLAN card, and 3.5mm audio jack. But what’s more interesting, it supports dual-band WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac as well as Bluetooth 4.0.
Chuwi bets on the appearance first. In this sense, the LapBook Air is a great laptop ready to beat all of its rivals even if they from the same LapBook family. But this doesn’t mean the company has sacrificed the performance to come in with an affordable offer. On the one hand, the Chuwi LapBook Air doesn’t sport the latest 7th or 8th generation Intel chips. But on the other hand, the Intel Celeron N3450 has been appeared on many laptops at this pricing and justified itself.