A few years ago, Microsoft debuted with the first Windows-powered convertible laptop series known as Surface. At the moment, the Surface Pro 7 is one of the most powerful models on the market. But we guess most of you can’ afford yourself to get your hands on it. For all those users who are looking for a budget convertible laptop with a decent specs list, here is a good option that has been already accepted by a number of customers. At the moment, the Chuwi UBook Pro is offered at a discounted price tag of $415.99.
Of course, we are not naïve to say the Chuwi UBook Pro is comparable to the Surface Pro 7. But in fact, we are dealing with one of the best replicas. On the other hand, it’s way better than the Surface Go. Before starting to get acquainted with the key features of the UBook Pro, you should know the stylus and keyboard should be bought separately.
As for design and build quality, the metal back and glass front are held together by a rigid plastic frame. So the Chuwi UBook Pro looks more robust than expected. The plastic chassis also helps keep the weight down at 770g. Moreover, the metallic back panel has a CNC finish, making it pleasant to hold even for prolonged periods. The integrated kickstand is well-engineered too, supporting 95-145 degree range.
There are two USB 3 Type-A ports, one on each side, plus one USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack, a mini-HDMI connector and a DC power jack. We can even find a fully-recessed microSD card slot on the top.
The UBook Pro also sports a 2MP webcam at the front and a 5MP at the back. The stereo speakers sound a bit brittle and lacking in bass. But they are quite loud.
As said, we are dealing with a 2-in-1 convertible tablet PC. Thus, there is a connector for the keyboard. The latter can be connected securely with a magnetic fold that gives it a 10-degree slope. We can also work with this tablet through the battery-powered stylus. It’s not a real rival to the Surface Pen, but it’s quite good.
The Chuwi UBook Pro features a 12.3-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,280. Thus, its aspect ratio is 3:2. Unfortunately, the pixel density is not too high – 188ppi. That’s fine, but it can’t match the Surface Pro 7, whose 2,736 x 1,824 panel delivers an impeccably sharp and smooth 267ppi.
However, its maximum luminance of 390cd/m2 is impressive, as is the sRGB coverage of 97% and its contrast ratio of 1,049:1. Agree viewing angles great for a tablet-style device where you might not always be sitting directly in front of the keyboard. The screen supports ten-point touch, responding flawlessly to multi-finger gestures in Windows.
Under the hood, our protagonist carries an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor, currently the newest Core m chip on the market. So it won’t face any issue with the latest UHD video codecs or high frame rate output. Though it doesn’t belong to the flagship series, it’s powerful enough to deliver a perfectly fluid user experience. Especially, this statement is true when compared to the Celeron-based or Atom-based machines. The chip is paired with an 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SATA3 SSD, which comes from a company called Netac. However, we should state this product is not much suitable for gaming because of the limitations coming our way from integrated Intel HD 615 GPU.
As for other features, the Chuwi UBook Pro supports dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, Windows 10 out of the box, and a 5000mAh battery, which lasts for around 6 hours on a single charge.