As a preamble to this test
Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Some computers have power, others have more basic features.We’ve put this LapBook Pro through some tests based on how you’re going to use it.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
LapBook Pro to surf the Internet?
What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. 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 the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 14.1 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. This model is designed the old-fashioned way, without 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, it remains a quality product with an easy to use trackpad. 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.
The manufacturer offers a processor Intel Gemini Lake 2.20 GHz; A mid-range orientation. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. 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. Very clearly, with only 8 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. 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.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. By offering only 256 Gb, this LapBook Pro is one of the smallest in its category. And if really this point was blocking for you, you can always buy an external hard drive and plug it into the usb port.
Last point about the autonomy. the LapBook Pro can work 8 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. 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 okay to watch videos ?
With this laptop, Chuwi offers a product oriented toward general 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 short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
Equipped with a small screen size, 14.1 inches, it has a resolution format 1920×1080. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 1.5 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish. Enhanced contrast, sharpness and color brightness are the main benefits you will get from this LapBook Pro. On the other hand, you may feel visually tired after 2 or 3 hours of viewing.
On the sound side, it LapBook Pro has good components: board and integrated speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. 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 2.20 GHz is now outdated. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. However, as long as you only run one application at a time, it may be enough.
You will do what you want for the applications, as it is not Chuwi installed by default. The operating system and that’s it. This is a Windows on which you can install the software you need. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
Equipped with the Intel® UHD Graphics 600 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Chuwi didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. The LapBook Pro only 3 ports only provides you with ports. Not enough to connect everything; you’ll have to choose.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this LapBook Pro may not be suitable. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. 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’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes LapBook Pro to be easily carried around. At least that’s what we find out a priori. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
With a weight of 1.5 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in this category. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. With a 14.1 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
Thin, lightweight laptops such as this LapBook Pro do not generally have touch screens. You’ll have to remember to always carry a mouse with you. Or you’ll have to deal with the trackpad.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. Its screen displays good image definition and beautiful colours. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
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.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 8 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 256 Gb. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who will need more space, this LapBook Pro will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. With a screen of 14.1 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
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.
According to our analysis, we think it is better not to bring this LapBook Pro on holiday.
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. This type of use requires power and memory, which this model lacks. Even if it would be possible to do audio or video cutting, it doesn’t seem to correspond to this need. Chuwi has favoured more standard uses, which require less computing speed. Note that this model is not of the latest generation. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
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 2.20 GHz does best. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
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 LapBook Pro allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 256 Gb. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
The autonomy of this LapBook Pro is of 8 hours in normal use; Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
For the connector part, the LapBook Prohas the USB3 format. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
As you will have understood, it LapBook Pro proposes a rather basic oriented use. You can use it for word processing or web browsing.
LapBook Pro the right choice to play online?
It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. Our tests have shown that yhis LapBook Pro wasn’t designed for video games. Clearly, Chuwi has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
With only 1920×1080, this model is below standard ones. This results in lower image quality when you are in game mode.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. 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.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.With 256 Gb it LapBook Prois below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. 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.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 1.5 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
One of the lowest battery life 8 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In the end, we do not recommend this LapBook Pro for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. But it can be a good choice for office functions.
The LapBook Pro for office automation.
This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Here are the main reasons.
Customary of this OS, Chuwi has chosen as usual. It’s Windows, last generation.
Not all basic office applications may be available on this model. You will have to download the applications you need, which implyies for some software a slight increase in the overall cost.
Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. 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. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
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.
Simply put, it’s not LapBook Pro the best choice for office use. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
What about 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.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks