Today I Realized That The HiBook Has Become My Daily Driver PC!

Of course the Chuwi HiBook is still the centerpiece here at HiBook Labs and is a great server with virtually zero reliability problems. The only exception being one day per month when Windows 10 decides to do an update.

Lately though you may have noticed that the tablet server here has been running on mostly the Asus or my little Zotac ZBox Mini PC and that is okay because I have been enjoying using the Chuwi HiBook for normal mundane tasks such as watching streaming TV and editing web sites and all that YouTube type stuff. I am currently writing this post on the Chuwi in LogiTab mode and it is working its usual magic by doing exactly what I need to do with a tablet/notebook device.

In other words I have realized that the HiBook lasts longer than my Asus Notebook battery-wise and is just as fast and efficient as my Zotac PC.  Now I am not saying that it won’t still be the primary server here, since that is the point of this web site, but it is such a damned nice notebook when combined with a wireless mouse and the Logitech K480 keyboard that it is hard to resist not choosing it for day to day chores.

Today’s mission is simply to go get a good lunch at my top secret restaurant with WiFi access and to just relax and perhaps check a few video reviews and the results so far are great.

So on that note I shall end this post with a short recommendation. Get a damned HiBook Pro for about $200 and a decent Bluetooth keyboard and a wireless mouse and you will be a happy computer user.

That is all,

Tim

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So Was the Zotac CI323 a Better Choice Than The Voyo V1 Mini PC?

Voyo V1 Mini-PC

A number of weeks back I wrote about how the Voyo V1 Mini PC seemed like an excellent choice to replace my aging Dell Desktop. Less than 30 hrs later I had ordered a Zotac CI323 Mini PC. The question is, did I make the right choice?

So before I  reach my conclusions, let us go over the prices and specs for these items The Voyo V1 Mini PC goes for roughly $234, (depending on color), on Gearbest.com.  So lets check the positives on it, listed below:

  • Windows 10 Home included
  • Faster Intel Pentium N4200 CPU
  • 4 gb ram
  • 32 gb ROM
  • 128 gb SSD
  • 3 USB 3.0 ports
  • mini HDMI port/cable
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • WiFi

The negatives on the V1:

  • No Bluetooth (this is huge for me!)
  • Has a fan, fans get dirty, fans make noise
  • HDMI Video ONLY, no choices.
  • Not nearly enough USB Ports, especially considering the lack of Bluetooth.
ZBox CI323

Now on to the Zotac Ci323 and the positives:

  • Fanless, N3150 Intel Celeron CPU, runs very cool
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 Ports, 1 USB-C Port
  • VGA, Displayport and HDMI video out
  • SD card slot
  • WiFi a/b/g/n/ac
  • 2 GigaBit Ethernet ports
  • SPDIF port
  • Incredibly easy to add ram/SSD
  • Free DisplayPort to HDMI adapter included

The negatives on the CI323:

  • It cost a few dollars more, (about $259), but that included a 240 gb SSD and 8 gb DDR3L ram
  • Needed to purchase a Win 10 Pro Activation key, eBay, $7.95, part of the cost listed above
  • Slightly slower than the V1, but no thermal throttling issues
  • Had to purchase an HDMI cable

So overall I believe I made the correct choice for several reasons. Those are the extra USB ports and the choice of video outputs and most importantly having Bluetooth! The Bluetooth allows me to use one keyboard, the LogiTech K480, for both my PC and my Tablet! For only a few dollars more I also ended up with a larger SSD and twice the ram!

So the bottom line here is that you might always want to look at several devices before becoming convinced that that one super cool one you first viewed is THE PRODUCT FOR YOU. The truth is, waiting to pull the trigger on a purchase can many times save you the agony of realizing what you could have had, versus what you ended up with.

Tim

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It is Time Again for The HiBook News, Today: Battery Life

So I left the house at roughly 8 am this morning to go to work and I did not arrive home until roughly 9:30 PM.

During that time span the Chuwi HiBook ran this server for roughly 13 hrs and 29 minutes on battery! When I arrived home I fully expected to see the tablet was shutdown, but, surprise, it was still running and still had 9% battery left.

Obviously this isn’t real world type usage, since the display is basically off all day, but there is still a virtual Linux server running and search engine bots hitting it all day long. Obviously when used in real world applications for video viewing or just web related activities and spreadsheets I normally get a solid 6 hrs out of the HiBook.

I just keep wondering how much longer it would run if I had bought the HiBook Pro, which has a larger battery.

Tim

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After some Serious Thought…Perhaps It is Time For a New Phone?

BLU Studio XL2

So tonight as I perused the offerings from the tablet folks out there and decided again and again against everything thrown at me, I began to think what is the one device I own that needs updating?

The answer was simple. What device do I use all the time and has never failed me? Why yes kiddies, it is the BLU Studio Energy 2 phone that is responsible for roughly half the posts on all my sites! It also happens to do all the videos I do for the local car lot!

The battery lasts forever and it has a great display!

So I ran across the BLU Studio XL 2 – 6.0 inch phone with a 4900 mAh battery.  The specs are roughly the same as my current BLU Energy 2 phone with only about 100 mAh less battery,(which will still let me scoff at iPhone users), but a larger display. The price is also reasonable at $135. The downsides, are an IPS display, versus my current AMOLED display and the upsides are a 13 mp rear camera, that gets pretty good reviews.  As usual it comes with lots of goodies at a low price.

So the display is offset by the camera. I am not certain I need a larger display/phone, but the camera sounds good, so once again, I require some feedback. I expect all registered users to leave some, because as promised, you will be deleted if you do not participate.

Thanks,

Tim

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It is Tax Return Time and I Do Not See Anything Worth Testing…Yet

I will be getting my usual tax refund in the next 2 weeks and I have yet to find a single product which grabs me and makes me want it!

The budget is roughly a few hundred, perhaps 3 hundred plus, should I sell the Dell PC I have mentioned in previous posts. But be it a tablet or perhaps even a laptop, nothing has really grabbed me. The closest item in the Chuwi Hi12, but I know that there will be something from Chuwi coming out in the next month or so and the Chuwi HiBook is working so well either as a server or as a notebook, when combined with the K480 keyboard, that I am not that excited about another Intel Atom device.

I have grown a bit spoiled due to the new Zotac ZBox Nano PC so much so that now I really fail to see why anyone would get anything with less than an N3150 Celeron processor in it. In fact, I now look at 4 gb ram as “low-end” even for tablets!

Now unlike some of the videos I have posted with reviews of various tablets or even my own videos, gaming is not a big concern of mine. I want a tablet like the HiBook or a notebook like my Asus X553SA, that gets the job done at work looking items up on the internet, finding answers on Google and publishing Excel documents, such as sales invoices when needed. In short, I am more concerned about the productivity end along with the ability to run a web server, because, face it folks, that is sooooo damned cool, need I say more.

However, I would like to try out a higher end 2 in 1 or perhaps a convertible sometime this year…so stayed tuned for news and updates, because right now, I don’t have a freaking clue as to what the next “tabletserver” will be!

Of course any of the dead-weight registered users from Russia, are welcome to offer their suggestions, as is anyone else reading this post!

Tim

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