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Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
So we ran tests on Chuwi LapBook Pro to find out what it was worth.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
LapBook Pro enough for internet use?
If your need for a laptop comes down to surfing the web, whether on e-commerce or information sites, and to making a few tables in excel, you could be satisfied with this LapBook Pro. An inexpensive computer such as LapBook Pro may seem to be the solution. The material used by Chuwi are of average quality and the components have characteristics that are already dating. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 14.1 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. Unlike some competitors, this model does not have a touch screen. It’s a shame because, when you get this LapBook Pro on your lap, you’ll see that it’s not so easy to move the cursor with the touchpad.
Nevertheless, the trackpad is intuitive and simple to use. It is hoped that the other internal components of this laptop are future-proof; usually a lot of attention is Chuwi paid to the design of its products and the one tested should benefit from this.
With a processor Intel Gemini Lake 2.20 GHz, Chuwi offers an already outdated technology. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 8 Gb of memory. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the LapBook Pro, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 256 Gb. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Finally, the autonomy of 8 hours is one of the worst on the market. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. Not as good as what you can get on competing products, and that’s a pity, because in the end the laptop is pleasant to use.
Is LapBook Pro one for watching movies and listening to music ?
Chuwi has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this LapBook Pro is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In other words, a computer dedicated to “classic” uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 14.1 inches, with a 1920×1080. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 1.5 kilogram.
Offered with a glossy slab finish, this LapBook Pro product is particularly suitable for multimedia-oriented use. Chuwi is primarily intended for film lovers the LapBook Pro. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. On the other hand, you may feel visually tired after 2 or 3 hours of viewing.
For the sound part, the LapBook Pro is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Intel Gemini Lake 2.20 GHz, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
As far as applications are concerned, did Chuwi not install any. The operating system and that’s it. As a standard, you have some Windows on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel® UHD Graphics 600, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. The LapBook Pro only 3 ports only provides you with ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it LapBook Pro seems inappropriate. With its autonomy of 8 hours, don’t expect to do a movie marathon. Before the end of some movies in long version, you will have to put the power cable back on, otherwise this laptop will turn itself off. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.
The LapBook Pro to use while travelling.
It LapBook Pro is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. This seems to be the issue that the Chuwi didn’t really take into account in the design of this LapBook Pro. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
With a weight of 1.5 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in this category. It’s difficult to get a large screen and a light weight for a laptop. A 14.1 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
Thin, lightweight laptops such as this LapBook Pro do not generally have touch screens. The constraint being then to always have the mouse in the computer bag. Another possibility is to use the trackpad on the keyboard.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. On the other hand, this last characteristic will be less interesting for outdoor use because of the sun reflections that will occur.
The processor Intel Gemini Lake 2.20 GHz is inferior to other competitive products.
The result is a poorer autonomy. This figure is an estimate and consider instead that you will have 70% of this autonomy.
With 8 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 256 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. Thanks to this, Chuwi was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. Its 14.1 inches screen is so compact that it’s almost the size of a large tablet.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 3 connectors. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Following our tests, it appeared to us that it is not LapBook Pro really made for travelling.
LapBook Pro the right choice for audio or video editing ?
The publishing or the musical creation are not the uses that the engineers of Chuwi have thought of for this LapBook Pro. The weak point of this model is its processor, and its amount of memory. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. Note that this model is not of the latest generation. So use this laptop for simple tasks, otherwise you’ll reach the limits and very often you’ll have frozen screens .
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Intel Gemini Lake 2.20 GHz. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
The designers of Chuwi have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
As with most laptops, don’t expect incredible battery life (8 hours). This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. On this point Chuwi could have done much better.
On the connection side, the LapBook Proi s equipped with USB 3 technology. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
As you will have understood, it LapBook Pro proposes a rather basic oriented use. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.
The LapBook Pro for online or local games.
It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. Clearly, if your only need is to play games with this LapBook Pro, it may be better to go to other models. Clearly, Chuwi has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
This laptop has a resolution in 1920×1080, which is one of the poorest existing today. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
The technological evolution being wha it is, this model does much less than many other laptops. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 256 Gb.
For Wi-Fi technology, Chuwi decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.5 Kg.
One of the lowest battery life 8 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In short, an average rendering that makes this LapBook Pro a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. But it can be a good choice for office functions.
LapBook Pro for office automation ?
Not really designed for office use, LapBook Pro it’s still a good product. Here are the main reasons.
Chuwi has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It is equipped with Windows.
This laptop is mainly for office use and will require some work on your side of things. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. A weight of 1.5 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 256 Gb. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
So, in summary, it appears that it LapBook Pro is less interesting than its competitors. For the same price you will find more suitable and more powerful models.
Finally, the LapBook Pro….
This LapBook Pro will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks