Chuwi Lapbook 12.3 – Killer Surface Pro 4 Screen

Hello, here is finally my overdue review of the Chuwi Lapbook 12.3, and probably this is one of my favorite budget Sub$300 Notebooks right now.

SpecsChuwi Lapbook 12.3
ChipsetIntel Apollo Lake Celeron N3450 1.1-2.2GHz Quad Core (14nm)
12 cores hardware decoding (4K Video)
GPU: Intel Graphics 500 (200-700MHz)
MemoryRAM: 6 GB LPDDR3 @ 1600MHz
ROM: 64 GB Toshiba eMMC
Expansion: Supports M.2 SATA SSD
OS64 bit Windows 10 Home Edition
Display12.3 inch IPS, non-touchscreen
2736 x 1824 Fully Laminated Matte Screen
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0
Dual Band WiFi 802.11 ac/b/g/n/a (Intel Dual Band Wireless 3165)
CameraFront: 2.0 MP
IO1x Mini HDMI Slot
1x USB 3.0
1x USB 2.0
1x DC Charging Port
1x 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Dimensions293 x 200 x 15mm
Weight: 1.4kg
Battery36.48Wh Battery
AC Adapter: 100-240V 12V 2A

Where to Buy?

Chuwi Lapbook 12.3 at $278 Use Coupon Code: GBTPC28

Killer Surface Pro 4 Screen

You seldom find Ultra High Quality screen on a budget tablet, but the Chuwi Lapbook 12.3 has that. The 2.7K Screen is absolutely gorgeous and probably one of the best that I have tested. It is fully laminated, matte with very good colors and contrast. Anyway, the whole notebook is a value too. The Build quality is top notch, the Apollo Lake Chipset and 6 GB RAM offers decent  performance and it also comes with fast and stable Dual Band Wireless Support. If you want a solid notebook at less than $300, then the Chuwi Lapbook 12.3 is your best bet.

Pros:

  • Premium all aluminum build
  • High Quality 2.7K Ultra High Resolution Screen (Surface Pro 4 Screen)
  • Fully Laminated Matte screen perfect and non reflective (usable even outdoors)
  • Activated Windows 10 Home Edition out of the box
  • Decent performance via the Intel Apollo Lake N3450 Quad Core Chip
  • Good Multitasking Performance (6 GB LPDDR RAM @ 1600MHz)
  • Toshiba eMMC Drive
  • Easy Expansion of M.2 SSD (Maintenance Hatch underneath)
  • MicroSD Expansion support (tested with Kingston 64 GB Class 10)
  • Chiclet keyboard with good spacing and travel (My typing experience were great)
  • Touchpad performance was good also, if only it could be bigger in size
  • Dual Band WiFi AC 3165 and Bluetooth 4.0
  • Good Battery Life (4-5 hours of casual use), gaming about 2 hours
  • Quickly charger (12V 2A) 2.5-3 hours
  • USB 3.0 Slot with Fast Read/Write speeds
  • Good Thermals and no Thermal Throttling: Idle Temps (35-40°C) and Heavy use (55-60°C)

Cons:

  • Lackluster Speakers
  • Terrible Camera
  • Not good for gaming
  • If only it came with SSD out of the box
  • Non touch Screen

This article has 2 Comments

  1. No, this notebook has *no* “SSD out of the box”: It has an eMMC installed, which is much slower than a SSD.
    And no, it has no “Easy Expansion of M.2 SSD”. Because it axcepts only 2242 SSDs which are hard to get these days. But fortunately it can quite easily be modded to accept the “normal” length 2280 M.2 devices.
    While the touchpad is good it is no very good precision type.

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