The Chuwi LapBook Air is a thin, light, and relatively inexpensive Windows notebook that was unveiled in September. Now it’s available for purchase from Gearbest for $400.

The laptop weighs 2.9 pounds, has a 14.1 inch full HD display, and features 8GB of RAM and 128GB of solid state storage.

While those specs sound pretty good for a $400 laptop, there are a few things to keep in mind before adding the LapBook Air to your cart.

First, while it has more storage space than some entry-level laptops, it uses relatively sluggish eMMC storage. Second, it’s powered by an Intel Celeron N3450 quad-core Apollo Lake Chip with Intel HD 500 graphics rather than a more powerful Kaby Lake or Kaby Lake-R chip. And third, Chuwi doesn’t have a habit of providing the same level of support for its products as you’d expect from a better-known laptop maker.

So you kind of get what you pay for… but on paper, the LapBook Air still looks like a pretty nice value for folks who don’t need  super-speedy machine.

The eMMC storage also seems to be an on a user accessible M.2 2242 card, so you could probably replace it with something faster if you want to provide your own SSD.

In addition to having a fairly large amount of memory and a fairly high-res display, the laptop supports 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, has two USB 3.0 ports, a microSD card slot, a micro HDMI port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The laptop has an aluminum alloy case, a 33.7 Wh mAh battery that’s said to be good for up to 8 hours of run time, stereo speakers, and a backlit keyboard.

The Chuwi LapBook Air is also up for order from several AliExpress sellers, but Gearbest seems to have the best price so far.

via GizChina



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11 replies on “Chuwi LapBook Air notebook now available for $400 and up”

  1. If it is like their 12.3″ laptop, the slot to add the M2 card is in addition to the on board RAM. I will let you have separate disks for Linux and Windows (I assume this will be Linux compatible like the 12.3 inch.

    1. Onboard RAM? Do you mean the 128GB eMMC? If you could install a second SSD in the slot we can see on the bottom (instead of having to replace the 128GB) that would be a nice plus.

      1. Yeah, sorry, I was careless with my terminology. Yeah, the eMMC. The 12.3 has 64 GB (I believe) eMMC, but the little door on the bottom allows you to add an M.2 drive. If you do, you might want to install Windows on the M.2 drive since it would be faster and then use the 64GB for stuff that doesn’t need performance. Or you could install Linux on the M.2 drive, change the boot order, and have a linux laptop without much fuss.

  2. I wonder if these are preloaded with Chinese government sponsored spyware like so many Chinese based products (most recently the OnePlus cell phone). Of course, I would probably rather have the Chinese government have all my private data than the US government.

    1. The US government has more than enough of your private data already to ruin your life, if that was their intent. It’s not the technology that’s important, it’s the rule of law and the strength of the societal foundations that underpin them. If those fail, then it won’t matter whether you have a house stacked full of cloud-based tech, or you’re living under a rock. Just as those who lived in Soviet era Russia.

      1. Rule of law? In the US? It is the rule of big business and their paid lackeys (politicians).

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