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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.Your computer will not be limited to technical specifications, so we have built a test plan according to the use you will make of it.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
After reading this article you will know if this model suits your needs.
Notebook the right choice for surfing the internet?
Just because your use of a laptop is limited to e-mail and web browsing sessions, doesn’t mean you should buy any model.A minimum quality level is important to guarantee reliability over time. It is a balance between a 1st price and the latest multi-processor designed for professionals.A fairly powerful multi-processor, but one that won’t require you to take out a credit to pay for it.This product will thus perfectly meet your needs.By putting on the market the Notebook, Chuwi offers a well thought-out product of very good quality.
This model is a mid-range model with a screen size of 14.1 inches. Easy to take along from time to time. This laptop is equipped with a touch screen; always interesting for when you get tired of the slippery mouse pad or when no flat surface is available when you have this Notebook on your lap. The materials here are of such a high standard that they will last for many years. Knowing that the visible parts are generally less important than the internal components of the computer, we can guess that a lot of care Chuwi has been taken in the overall design of this model.
The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Intel Gemini-Lake N4100. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. With 8 Gb of RAM, it Notebookis a good product. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
With its 256 Gb of hard disk, you are within the average of other computers. In any case, it should be enough for a use like surfing the web. And when you reach the limit, if you get there, you can always buy an external hard drive or a local file server like Synlogy NAS.
In the end, with an autonomy of 7 hours, you won’t have too much time to surf the web. You will have a limited time of freedom, needing to have the power kit nearby. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.
Notebook for videos?
Making this Notebook a multimedia tool, such seems to have been the objective of Chuwi. You will benefit from an unparalleled comfort of use. Among all the laptops of the moment, it appeared to us as one of the best for multimedia use. In this section we will look at features such as screen size, resolution, built-in speakers.
Chuwi decided to make this laptop a very versatile product. With its 14.1 inches and resolution of 1366×768, it can be suitable for a lot of uses including watching films. The rendered image is well detailed, with a bright and vivid rendering. Clearly, big enough to tire your eyes when watching movies, but also rather light (1.7 kg) when you have to carry it.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. Chuwi is primarily intended for film lovers the Notebook. Taking full advantage of the backlighting, this tile benefits from the glossy coating which offers more contrasts. Also note that potentially this screen will be more stressful to the eyes, after 2-3 hours of use in a row.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Notebook. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it Intel Gemini-Lake N4100 is now outdated. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
Equipped with the Intel HD Graphics 500 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Regarding the connectivity part, Chuwi has made efforts with available 3 ports. Much better than most of the competition. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
About the batteries, be aware that you will have some time before you have to reconnect the power. Chuwi promises 7 hours of battery life; that’s about average.
Notebook the right choice for travelling connected ?
Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. This seems to be the issue that the Chuwi didn’t really take into account in the design of this Notebook. Difficult to store in a suitcase, not very suitable for transport, tests have shown that this laptop will be more in its element for very exceptional trips.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this Notebook of 1.7 Kg. You can transport it easily, without too much effort. On your lap, this laptop holds well, and the size of the screen and the base remain acceptable. One of the reasons is its 14.1 inches screen.
Note that the screen of this Notebook being touch screen, you will be able to do without the mouse. A few finger pinches to zoom in, side slides to test the comfort of use. The selections are precise in the cursor movement, making navigation seamless.
No backlit keyboard on this Notebook. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
The glossy slab offers better viewing comfort than the previous model. The rendering on screen is good. The disadvantage will come in the event of using it outdoors with a lot of light.
No anti-reflective tile is provided on this model. You will have to limit uses when the sun is too bright.
At the same time, the laptop processor Intel Gemini-Lake N4100 is struggling; in terms of power it does less well than its competitors, and consumes a lot of energy.
Note that like all manufacturers, Chuwi is optimistic about the autonomy of this Notebook. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
An autonomy of 7 hours allows this model to average what the competitors do.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 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. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who will need more space, this Notebook will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
With this model, Chuwi definitely designed a computer easily transportable, but not too small. Because of its size, 14.1 inches this laptop represents a good compromise.
On the connector side, it Notebook has 3 ports. That makes it one of the best equipped models on the market.
Bluetooth technology is great when you’re on the go, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of connecting easily to a phone or speakers.
Finally with the Notebook, Chuwi deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.
The Notebook to make audio or video editing.
The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. With this Notebook, you can be sure you have the right machine. With these components, Chuwi puts at your disposal a laptop whose computing speed has been improved since the last generation. The parallel processing of tasks with Windows 10 are perfectly suited for audio or video editing.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Gemini-Lake N4100 does best. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 256 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. The Notebook has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
As far as autonomy is concerned, it’s not extraordinary. The available battery life is of 7 hours in standard conditions of use, which means keeping the charger close at hand because the audio-visual assembly consumes a lot of power. That’s pretty much what the other laptops do.
On the connection side, the Notebooki s equipped with USB 3 technology. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
By choosing this Notebook, know that you will be well beyond what most laptops offer. Perfectly designed for audio video use. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
The Notebook for online or local games.
There are very few laptops today that do not allow you to play video games. It appears that in terms of performance or on the issue of general cooling, this Notebook is one of the models in the average. On the other hand, if you have to go through several hours, these same components will seem weak.
Provided with a resolution of 1366×768, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. 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. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
A space of 256 Gb to save your data; this is in the average of what other brands offer. Not necessary for everyone who plays online, but convenient for those who prefer to play locally.
A better access to wifi on this Notebook that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
As far as space requirements are concerned, this computer weighs 1.7 Kg and is 14.1 inches sized; it is in the average range of other laptops.
For the autonomy, it is in the average of the other laptops, that is to say about 7 hours.
It Notebook is finally an interesting compromise for those who want performance without spending too much on the purchase. You can also use it for word processing if you need it.
Notebook for office automation ?
Which operating system to choose? In fact, there are no bad choices any more today. For those who prefer Apple, there are MacBooks, free distributions for Linux, and Windows computers for the vast majority. Perfectly office oriented, this Notebook is efficient.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It is equipped with Windows 10.
It is one of the laptops available in the range. In short, an average laptop with 1.7 Kg that can be carried on holiday or to the office.
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.
No anti-reflective treatment on this Notebook. Testing the lamp next to the screen can affect the quality of work in office use. As far as the colour palette is concerned, it is well balanced even if they are less faithful than the colours your TV set gives you.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. It’s 256 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
Clearly, this is an excellent one in this price range. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.
The Notebook – in summary
Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. The Notebook corresponds to a product that is certainly average, but still effective.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– travel use
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– playing video games
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– surfing on the internet
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing
– office tasks