Chuwi is a pretty well-known brand for those who regularly buy electronics from Asia. Chuwi has managed to be established as one of the best brands for low-cost, budget options. The company has gathered attention for its value-for-money laptops and tablets. One of these, is the Chuwi Lapbook 12.3, which we are going to review.
Let’s start with the specs. The specs are not the typical you would expect at this price range. This laptop comes with 7th Generation Celeron N3450 and 6GB (yes, you heard right 6GB!) of RAM, providing enough speed for even demanding users. At this price range you would expect to see maybe 2 or 4GB of RAM if you were lucky. It includes 64 GB of eMMC storage but also comes with a MicroSD slot and an easily accessible M.2 slot, which makes this laptop easily upgradable. The front-facing camera of 2MP is of decent quality. It could be better, but don’t expect much at that money. As far as ports go, Chuwi Lapbook 12.3 comes equipped with one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, one 3.5mm jack, one micro TF Card and one micro HDMI port, covering all your basic needs.
Let’s move on with the the star of the show and the big selling point of this laptop, the display. The display is an outstanding 2k one (2736 x 1824), with a matte IPS panel at 12.3 inches as the name suggests. This resolution is unusual and is otherwise only used by Microsoft for the Surface Pro. Once again, Chuwi surprises us with an amazing display which you would hardly find in any other laptop at this price range.
To top it off, the build quality is very decent. The laptop uses a uni-body aluminum construction and weighs 1.3840 kg.
This laptop is a 100% buy. Does it have flaws? Certainly, but they are very subtle. Will you find specs like these on another laptop at this price range? Hardly.
|Processor||7th-Gen ("Apollo Lake") Intel Celeron N3450 at 1.1GHz with burst to 2.2GHz|
|Internal storage||Toshiba 64GB eMMC|
|Expandable storage||One M.2 2242 SSD slot|
LPDDR3 1600 MHz
|Display||12.3-inch IPS matte non-touch
|Resolution||2736 x 1824
|Ports||one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, 3.5mm jack, micro TF Card, micro HDMI|
|Wireless||Intel AC-3165 (2.4/5GHz)
|Weight||3.04 lbs (1.38 kg)|