The latest budget laptop from Chinese PC maker Chuwi features a 13.3 inch, 2160 x 1440 pixel pixel IPS display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a 180 degree hinge, 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM, a 256GB solid state drive, an all-metal body, and a backlit keyboard.

Available from Chuwi for $349 or from Banggood for $370, the Chuwi GemiBook would seem like a steal at that price if it wasn’t for the laptop’s least impressive feature: an Intel Celeron J4115 processor.

That’s the same 10-watt, 4-core, 4-thread chip used in the Chuwi LarkBox 2.4 inch mini desktop computer I reviewed this summer. While it outperforms the 6-watt Celeron N4100 Gemini Lake chips found in some other low cost computers in certain tests, the Celeron J4115 processor isn’t exactly a speed demon. You’ll get better CPU and graphics performance from pretty much any Intel Core i3 or better chip released in the last few years, or from Y-series processors like the Core m3-8100Y.

Still, you could do worse if you’re looking for a thin and light laptop for web browsing, document editing, and other light tasks that sells for less than $400.

Chuwi says the notebook has a 38 Wh battery, a user upgradeable M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD.

The notebook supports WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.1 and features a USB Type-C port, a USB 3.0 Type-A port, a headphone jack, and microSD card reader. There’s a separate DC charging port, but you should also be able to charge the Chuwi GemiBook with a USB-C power adapter.

The notebook measures about 0.7 inches thick and weighs less than 3 pounds.

via and MiniMachines

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5 replies on “Chuwi GemiBook is a budget laptop with a few stand-out features”

  1. I purchased this LT and the do not send you a legit copy of Windows 10 so know that. They also do not respond to requests for info.

  2. Wi-fi 5 and BT 5.1 …quite an unusual combination … so its a new but low end network card ? 😀

  3. I wish Chuwi would launch a spin-off brand in North America, with local warranty service. Perhaps they could minimize the cost increases that our market would normally add by eliminating (or minimizing) distribution channels. Sell directly to the consumer. Kinda like the old Gateway/Dell business model.

    Somehow, I think the appeal of Chuwi (their low prices) would be lost if they entered the American market in the typical fashion. I get the sense that their low prices are mostly due to the way the Chinese market works.

  4. Yeap this is lottery with the (no) warranty. Come on major US/Taiwan brands do something 🙂 pretty please.
    Go go chinese brands!

  5. Good luck sending your laptop to Hong Kong at your expense for warranty claims.

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