Apple’s MacBook Air is a pretty great laptop. Thus, it has spawned several look-alikes and copycats. However, not a lot of these copycat ultrabooks cost just $300. The Chuwi LapBook 123 is one of those that cost that little. However, this means that the device only compares to the MacBook Air in appearance.
Chuwi is not quite a household name, but the company has gained some attention recently for its budget computers. These are usually low on processing power, but also have surprisingly good build quality. The specs of the Chuwi LapBook are just what one can expect for the price range. The laptop is powerd by a 7th Gen Celeron N3450 processor, but comes with 6GB of RAM instead of 4. It also includes 64GB of eMMC storage, but comes with a MicroSD slot and an easily accessible M.2 slot. There’s also a 2MP front-facing camera, two USB ports, one of which is USB 3.0, and a mini HDMI port.
However, these stats pale in comparison to the display, which was described as “really good” by The Next Web. The Chuwi LapBook 12.3 sports a 12.3-inch IPS panel, with a 2736×1824 (3:2) resolution. It is rated at 450 nits of brightness, and it also has 99 percent sRGB coverage. These are almost identical specs to the Microsoft Surface Pro display. This is incredibly impressive, compared to the MacBook Air’s 1,440×900 display.
The battery life is another area where the Chuwi LapBook 12.3 falls short of expectations. It is reported to last just 6 hours. But then, intense activity at full brightness would drain the battery in 4 hours, so users would have to economize anyway.
One could look around for laptops as powerful as this at similar prices, but chances are that you won’t find one so easily. If you have a small budget and care about a great display and build quality, the Chuwi LapBook is worth a shot.