Chuwi is a Chinese company known for running a campaign on the IndieGoGo crowdfunding site and produces laptops, including theereoBook subject of this review.
The AeroBook is a thin and light notebook that boasts interesting features. The display is a 13.3 ″ wide screen (16: 9) Full HD (1920x1080p) IPS that covers 80% of the body (the side edges are 7mm), the processor is an Intel Core M3 series, the battery is 38Wh, the integrated SSD is 256GB, the RAM memory is 8GB, the keyboard is backlit, there is no lack of Bluetooth, webcam (2MP) and the system is offered as standard with Windows 10 Home.
The company explains that the notebook with the 13.3 “display occupies the area normally occupied by a 12” overall, allowing for a compact machine that is easy to carry even in small bags.
The CPU is an Intel Core M3 6Y30 with 14nm lithography of the Skylake series: it offers 2 cores and 4 threads, a base frequency of 900MHz which with Turbo Boost reaches 2.20Ghz, cache memory 4MB and boasts a TDP of 3.8W to 7W. It is not a very recent CPU but it does its job well, especially if the primary need is to have a machine to surf the internet, manage e-mails, prepare documents, edit images.
The 8GB RAM memory is of the LPDDR3-1866, DDR3L-1600 type and is not expandable. This is a good balance in terms of performance and the machine is perfect for home / office use.
The external packaging in which the computer arrives The external packaging in which the computer arrives The foam that protects the computer inside the packaging The computer open on a table Detail of the right side The upper part Detail of the left side Detail of the keyboard Bottom side The power supply The SSD is easily removable The SSD is easily removable
The computer arrives in a cardboard box perfectly protected by soft foam rubber. Inside the package we find: the actual computer and the power supply (110 / 220V, 12V, 2000ma). The computer is very nice and undoubtedly resembles a MacBook Pro (the satin dark gray color is practically identical). It is very light (1.26 kg) and thin (308.5 x 209 x 15.2mm).
On the left side we find: a USB 3.0 port, the connection for the power supply, a Micro HDMI, a USB Type C port; on the right side we have: the TF Card slot, the 3.5mm jack for audio and another USB 3 port. The lower part allows access to the SSD (M.2 connection) by simply unscrewing two screws (it is For example, the stock unit can be replaced with models up to 1 TB).
The car is beautiful and elegant. The laptop in question does not look like the traditional Chinese notebook but it is studied in detail. The outlines of the power button are colored red and the (regular sized) keyboard seems to respond well with sensations not unlike what you get when typing with the MacBook Pro.
The trackpad is large and responds well to commands (not as perfect as the one on the MacBook and MacBook Pro but it is certainly better than many other notebook PCs we have had the opportunity to try).
At the top we find the lights (blue LED) of the power supply, of the caps lock, and it is possible to activate / deactivate various functions (brightness, volume, multimedia playback) with the function keys in the other. The hinge for opening / closing the display is solid and the computer is comfortable to carry and very light to hold on your lap.
The chassis is made of plastic masquerading as metal; Although a cheaper material, the palm rest and keyboard shell have a premium look and feel.
The overall quality is excellent and the overall appearance does not look like that of a budget notebook – it looks like it has to do with a laptop in the price range of MacBooks but actually costs a fraction of the cost that Apple requires.
At the first start up (you have to hold down the button at the top right for a few seconds). Windows configuration starts. You choose your preferred language (including Italian), and in a few minutes you complete the various steps to complete the configuration.
At the end of the first configuration: we find only Windows without the dozens of useless demo applications and various crap that many (too many) PC manufacturers have the habit of installing. On the 250GB SSD, 219GB remains free for the user. From Control Panel> System, we learn that Bluetooth and WiFi are offered by Intel.
The processor, as mentioned, is a 14nm Intel Core M3 6Y30 with Intel HD Graphics 515 graphics. It performs well in situations where high power is not required but can also play high resolution (4K) videos without problems.
It is a low power consumption processor. The battery was a pleasant surprise and in our tests we were able to use the notebook for up to six hours in a row with traditional office work, brightness at 50% and with WiFi on.
Benchmark Chuwi AeroBook
Chuwi's AeroBook is a well-made notebook with a price / performance ratio. It is an elegant machine, very easy to carry in a bag, built with attention to detail. The battery lasts on average around six hours (obviously depends on actual use).
It does not heat up very much, it is quiet and it is an ideal machine for general use. The passive cooling system did not affect performance – the processor always works properly. It is not a machine suitable for games and 3D graphics but it perfectly supports multitasking using even various demanding applications open at the same time.
The price / performance ratio with the discounts in place is exceptional: it is a refined object and a great portable machine that is difficult to criticize. One could perhaps criticize the audio perhaps not too powerful with the volume at maximum but you cannot expect too much from two speakers integrated in such a thin device.
For us it is passed with flying colors. Highly recommended for students, but also professionals without major needs who need a low-cost laptop for daily office tasks.
The Chuwi AeroBook notebook normally costs 526.95 euros (which is already a price with an excellent price / performance ratio) but at the time of writing on Gearbest you can buy it for only 389.15 euros. Definitely a bargain for what is offered and as explained above.