A laptop made for audio video editing: Chuwi Notebook – Intel Gemini-Lake N4100

As a preamble to this test

Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
The detail of our analysis in this article.

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.It is necessary to be able to count on a quality laptop that will not let you down in 2 years, due to obsolescence.In fact, it’s all about finding a product with the right price/quality ratio. This product will thus perfectly meet your needs.With this Notebook, Chuwi is well positioned in relation to other competing models.A medium-sized, 14.1 inches-sized screen that you can slip into a computer bag and take with you on the go. It Notebook comes standard with a touch screen; one more argument if you are not a regular mouse user, or if you don’t have a space available. The materials appear to be designed to last several years. Solid visible parts (the hull, the keyboard,…) and almost last generation internal components have been chosen by Chuwi with a lot of care.
The manufacturer offers a processor Intel Gemini-Lake N4100; A mid-range orientation. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. 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.
For hard drive sizing, Chuwi decided to put 256 Gb. This is the standard model. If, on the other hand, you are storing photos, video or music, it will be filled up quickly. 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.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 7 hours of tranquility. You will have a limited time of freedom, needing to have the power kit nearby. It would be more interesting for the same price, to buy a desktop or a tablet, more powerful on the part autonomy and web surfing.

Is Notebook one for watching movies and listening to music ?

The Notebook will now allow you to go beyond the exclusive use for work and will also serve as a tool for digital entertainment. 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. And in film display mode, you’ll have excellent visual quality with bright, realistic images. Clearly, big enough to tire your eyes when watching movies, but also rather light (1.7 kg) when you have to carry it.
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 Notebook. On the other hand, because of this, the screen requires the viewer to take a break every 2 hours or so.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Notebook. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Intel Gemini-Lake N4100, which today is rather light for this kind of use. 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.
Finally concerning the battery life, you will have time before you have to think about reconnecting the power cable. Chuwi promises 7 hours of battery life; that’s about average. 

Notebook compatible with on the move use ?

It Notebook 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 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.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
It Notebook is in the average, neither too light nor too heavy: 1.7 Kg. You can transport it easily, without too much effort. On the other hand, the large size will be an advantage to see photos during the holidays. One of the causes of its weight is related to the size of his 14.1 inches screen.
This Notebook is convenient with its touch screen that frees you from the mouse. Always convenient, the operating mode is as simple as on your smartphone. The accuracy of touch in navigation is without problem.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. A beautiful screen and quality images. On the other hand, this last characteristic will be less interesting for outdoor use because of the sun reflections that will occur.
No anti-reflective tile is provided on this model. Also, you will avoid using this laptop outdoors or with too much light.
With the installation of the processor Intel Gemini-Lake N4100, the power consumption is rather important.
Note that like all manufacturers, Chuwi is optimistic about the autonomy of this Notebook. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Chuwi; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
Concerning the battery part, the autonomy is correct with 7 hours before the breakdown.
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. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. 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.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
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.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this Notebook for travel use.

The Notebook to make audio or video editing. 

If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. 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 components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Intel Gemini-Lake N4100. 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. The Notebook has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
For the autonomy part, Chuwi proposes last generation batteries. Indicated for an autonomy of 7 hours by the manufacturer, it is preferable to keep your charger close by if you need to make changes while on the move or if you use a lot of resources for your audio or video editing. A duration which is on the other hand equivalent to the other machines at the moment.
For the connector part, the Notebookhas 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. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
By choosing this Notebook, know that you will be well beyond what most laptops offer. Perfectly designed for audio video use. And for the right price/quality ratio.

Notebook the right choice to play online?

Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. The tests we ran showed that the choices of Chuwi in terms of components – the chip, the processor generation, or the quality of cooling – make this an average laptop for gaming. But if you’re used to playing the latest games of the moment, you’ll soon reach the limits.
Provided with a resolution of 1366×768, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
With its 256 Gb of space, this Notebook is on a level playing field with its competitors. Not necessary for everyone who plays online, but convenient for those who prefer to play locally.
For Wi-Fi technology, Chuwi decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
You’ll like this handy laptop, and rather light (1.7 Kg and 14.1 inches), comparable to most similar products.
For the autonomy, it is in the average of the other laptops, that is to say about 7 hours.
In conclusion, it Notebook is good when used for local games or online games, although other competing models may be preferred in the same price range. And if necessary, you can use it for internet browsing and e-mail.

Is the Notebook adapted to office automation ?

Although this does not affect the majority of users, it is important to know the OS of this hardware. For those who prefer Apple, there are MacBooks, free distributions for Linux, and Windows computers for the vast majority. This Notebook is clearly intended for those who will use it for office use.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It is equipped with Windows 10.
In contrast to other larger models, this model is in the middle of the pack in terms of space requirements. 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.
This Notebook has no matt slab. The Matte screen is ideal for use outdoors or near bright light. The disadvantage of this is that the same light may tire you out over time. For bright areas, they are clearly cut out, the colours are intense, with a high degree of brightness and image sharpness.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
About storage, this model has average space . 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.

In short, is the Notebook, the right choice ?

Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. With the Notebook you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– travel use
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– playing video games
In summary, we advise this model for :
– surfing on the internet
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing
– office tasks