Chuwi Lapbook Review [4k]: Cheapest Apollo Lake Laptop yet?
Hey guys whats up, Zi here with Zi reviews tech, and i have here chuwi’s first laptop using the new apollo lake processor, the Chuwi Lapbook. so chuwi has released a 15″ version of the lapbook with an atom processor, this one is 14″ with the Apollo Lake N3450 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1080p matte display. I have to say my favourite thing about the laptop is the trackpad, i’ll talk more about that later. You can buy this for around $280-300, making this one of the cheapest apollo lake devices available. so lets see if its worth your money so the chuwi lapbook is plastic, its definitely not the highest quality but what i’m super impressed by is how light and sturdy it is, sure there’s a little bit of flex because it is plastic but overall its pretty decently made.
I like the colour combination as well between the white and the black it gives this laptop some contrast. you have two usb ports, a microsd card slot and the mini hdmi port as well. the bezels around the screen are really small so that’s very nice, but the first kinda downside you see is the keyboard. it has a lot of travel, on par with the old chuwi vi10 but the keys don’t feel high quality. I can type type fast on this keyboard though. But on the plus side, the trackpad here is really good for a chinese laptop. Its actually better than the Jumper EZBook 2 and almost as good as the xiaomi air 12 which is pretty impressive.
All the gestures work and they are pretty accurate. Definitely no complaints here. moving on to the screen, its a 14″ display at 1080p, so resolution is OK, but the screen colour is muted compared to glossy IPS screens. Still a decent screen though, the max brightness goes up to 300nits, which usually isn’t enough for outdoors but because its a matte screen i can actually see it as long as its not super sunny. the audio quality here is average, the audio is moderately loud, it does get drowned out if a loud person starts talking forever, audio quality is good and bad at the same time, you do get a little bit of bass, but the audio is not as clear as it could be, have a listen for yourself. the performance here is decent. the apollo lake processor makes things run pretty fast, but its slgithly slower than the Voyo VBook V3 because it uses the slower eMMC drive instad of an M.2 SSD, so starting up stuff like cHrome or Word is slgihty slower but once you’re in the program its fine.
So basically for light use you shouldn’t have any problem at all. I then tried gaming, I palyed COD:MW3 and I got around 25-28fps at 1080p which is not bad, slightly short of 30fps, i then tried league and i couljd play at 1080p around 30fps as well, so while its not a gaming laptop its OK for light stuff. When gaming the laptop doesn’t get very hot just warm, and the heat is concentrated beside the caps lock. in terms of benchmarks it falls behind my voyo vbook a1 a little bit but still way faster than atom processors. So my conclusion is that i actually like the build way better than the voyo vbook v1, its plastic sure but its light, its sturdy and its pretty compact. performance is not bad, its a bit slower because of the eMMC isntad of an SSD, but defintely still way better than atom processors.
THe bttery life is on the weak side, so keep that in mind when you’re considering this laptop. Its also cheaper the voyo vbook v1 as well, let me know what you think, be sure to like, subscribe and see you in the next one..