Analysis of the LapBook Pro – Intel Gemini Lake 2.20 GHz from Chuwi.

As an introduction to this analysis

Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.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.We’ve put this LapBook Pro through some tests based on how you’re going to use it.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.

LapBook Pro compatible with internet use?

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. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Chuwi; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. So you can understand that you will not keep this product for more than 4 years.
With a 14.1 inches size, you’ll be able to carry it easily. Even if it is not equipped with a touch screen, this model is still easy to use. A point that could be impeding, for some users,with this LapBook Pro if you have to work on the road.
The materials used for the screen, keyboard and touchpad still seem to be of good quality. An important parameter for those whose laptop is not a daily work tool but who wish to make it last for several years; Chuwi thought it over carefully in this case.
With a processor Intel Gemini Lake 2.20 GHz, Chuwi offers an already outdated technology. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. The compromise could be on a model with a smaller screen size but with a better processor. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 8 Gb of memory. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
Most other competing computers have more storage space. With only 256 Gb, Chuwi considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Finally, the autonomy of 8 hours is one of the worst on the market. Batteries store little energy, and the computer consumes a lot of energy when it is used. In other words, you will have to keep this LapBook Pro most of the time connected to the power cable.

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.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 14.1, in 1920×1080, and a good quality of colours. 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. 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.
Glossy screens are best suited to the indoor environment. LapBook Pro will be ideal for movies, photos and games in a dark or half light environment because you will have the means to control light intensity. On the other hand, because of this, the screen requires the viewer to take a break every 2 hours or so.
For the sound part, the LapBook Pro is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. 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 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.
You will do what you want for the applications, as it is not Chuwi installed by default. 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. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
With Intel® UHD Graphics 600, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Chuwi didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. Indeed, it LapBook Pro has only 3 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this LapBook Pro may not be suitable. With its autonomy of 8 hours, don’t expect to do a movie marathon. 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.

Is LapBook Pro planned for 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. 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.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
With a weight of 1.5 Kg, it is easily transportable. It’s one of the best in its class. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. The 14.1 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
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. The alternative could be the keyboard trackpad.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. The rendering on screen is good. The disadvantage will come in the event of using it outdoors with a lot of light.
At the same time, the laptop processor Intel Gemini Lake 2.20 GHz 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 LapBook Pro. 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.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 256 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. With SSD technology, however, you benefit from a considerable improvement in the time it takes your notebook to start up and get out of standby mode.And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. 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. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Finally with the LapBook Pro, Chuwi deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.

LapBook Pro the right choice for audio or video editing ?

Definitely not intended for audio and video editing. Indeed, to meet this need it is necessary to have a laptop with a high processor and RAM speed, but this is not the case here. 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 .
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Intel Gemini Lake 2.20 GHz that is almost obsolete. 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.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Chuwi made the choice to put only one SSD. 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 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. On this point Chuwi could have done much better.
For the connector part, the LapBook Prohas the USB3 format. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. 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.
Clearly, it’s not LapBook Pro designed for audio-visual editing. 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. With this LapBook Pro, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
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.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Since Chuwi has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.256 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 1.5 Kg.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 8 hours available.
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.

Is the LapBook Pro adapted to office automation ?

This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
Chuwi has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. It’s the latest version of Windows that’s running it.
It’s not LapBook Pro equipped with all the applications you’ll need. It’s up to you to download and/or purchase the software suite that suits you. Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. This model, with its 1.5 Kg is one of the ultra-compact ones.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
The storage of this model, 256 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive LapBook Procan be quickly filled.
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.

The LapBook Pro – in summary

The conclusion of the test LapBook Pro is that almost all its specifications are below the others. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks