Why You Should Probably Skip Buying a Keyboard When Purchasing That New Tablet! (video)

You are an idiot if you don’t go Bluetooth

Of course the latest tablets are great and super cool and we all want the PC ones to function as a small notebook, myself being among that crowd. But just because the tablet you are looking into offers a keyboard accessory, you might just want to step back and consider a Bluetooth keyboard.

I know that every video review you see, even the ones I share, shows off the keyboard dock, but let us look at cost versus common sense.

  • Keyboard docks do offer extra USB ports that is a plus.
  • Keyboard Docks do offer a trackpad, some not so good, some very good.
  • Keyboard docks generally run an extra $40-$50 and will only work with your device.
  • A Bluetooth Keyboard will work with damned near any device you own, won’t require the use of your USB/micro-USB or USB C ports and can be used with multiple devices.
  • There are downsides, such as the lack of a track pad…buy a mouse!
  • They may not have all the cool functions that the specifically designed keyboard does, such as brightness controls, etc. but is it that hard to right click the desktop and select display settings and lower the brightness?
  • Sure you won’t end up with 1 or 2 extra USB ports, but how much crap are you going to plug into a tablet?
  • I purchased my Logitech K480 in Nov of 2015 and have so far used it with my Dragon Touch X10, my Asus Z580CA, my Chuwi HiBook and currently my Chuwi Hi12. It even works with my BLU Studio Energy 2  smartphone. That is roughly $200 saved on purchases of a keyboard dock so that my tablet will “look” like a laptop. So far the only additional cost was 1 set of AA batteries.

In the end never forget that that nifty 10.1 inch tablet might someday lead to a 12 inch or 13 inch tablet and then what happens? Yeah, you need a new keyboard! (Don’t kid yourself, you will get a new one…in a year…maybe 2.)

So below you will find a crappy video extolling the reasons to go Bluetooth for keyboards on mobile devices.

That is all,

Tim

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Today’s Video Worth Sharing: Chuwi Hi12 vs Chuwi Hi13 (video)

Today we are comparing the Hi12 to the Hi13 Chuwi tablets. It might seem that the Hi13 is the obvious choice but there are considerations. Price and battery life being the most important.

The Hi12 costs about $235 while the Hi13 is about $319. Those of course do not include the cost of accessories such as a keyboard and a stylus if you are so inclined. However of course you can get an inexpensive case and a Bluetooth keyboard and save a boatload of money in the long run by reusing that keyboard with multiple tablets and even phones. My Hi12 works quite well with the cheap case/Logitech  K480 Keyboard and a mouse as pictured below.

Chuwi Hi12 with case/K480 Keyboard

So without further intro here is the video from Chris at techtablets.com.

That is all for now,

Tim

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It is Saturday April 29th and Once Again Time For The HiBook News!

Being that this is Saturday I am once again tasked with reporting on the news here at HiBook Labs. There isn’t all that much to report on right now, but I shall try to make up some good stuff.

First on the list is the Comfast WiFi ac adapter (USB) that I ordered from Gearest.com, incidentally the price has dropped to $9.99. At this point it has yet to arrive, but I certainly am looking forward to getting it and seeing how good it works. The good news is that it will work just fine with the new Hi12 because I do have a spare full size USB port to use it in.

Better news is that the Chuwi Hi12 has proven to be a great little notebook, (okay it is a tablet), along with the Logitech K480 keyboard which has now served me well with 4 tablets and avoided the expense of buying those pretty but not so great keyboard docks.  Bottom line here is that along with a cheap case the Hi12 is every bit as good as any laptop minus a track pad, but I hate those damned things anyway. There are some minor issues with it, but the display and battery make it a killer work tablet!

Of course once I figure out how exactly to update the BIOS on the Hi12 I will immediately boost the RAM speed to the full 1600 MHz if possible, which so far is not possible on the Z8350 processor version. More info on that can be found in my review.

If you happen to be a regular visitor you have realized that for almost 2 weeks straight the HiBook has been doing the bulk of the server duties here, which was what I bought it to do. So I am completely satisfied with the original HiBook which has good battery life and since I updated the BIOS and the RAM speed and Windows 10 and the wireless Realtek driver, seems to quite stable. It will remain the primary server at this URL for the foreseeable future, only being allowed to sleep during the evening recharge, when the Chuwi Hi12 takes over.

So that is all I have for today,

Tim

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Chuwi HiBook: More Tests, Making Sure All Cores Were Being Used! (Answer Was Yes.)

Originally posted 2016-11-15 22:33:08.

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HiBook Labs, Where we are still curious about what is in those cabinets!

Tonight is day 2 of testing and more testing on the HiBook Tablet. This time I was concerned by the fact that if I right-clicked “This PC” and checked properties I only saw 2 cores.

After an hour or so of reading I realized I could check it in both Linux and using the Task Manager in Windows. This small bit of research paid off and I found out that you can pretty much ignore that properties screen in Windows 10, because MicroCrap’s task manager shows 4 cores.

This was further confirmed by logging into the Linux server here via telnet and running the simple command: cat /proc/cpuinfo. That output is pictured below, although it is only showing Processor 3 info, (yeah, processors are numbered 0-3 in Linux). As usual, click image to see full size.

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Why yes, Linux is reporting 4 CPU’s!

For the curious, here are some images from the Windows 10 side of things, taken from the task manager. Click images to see full size.

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The Chuwi at idle
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The Server is running a search at this moment.

 

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Extra High CPU Speed, while someone loads the site from scratch.

The bottom line is that my curiosity was satiated and I found out that I really was running all 4 cores. I have no clue how helpful this might be, but, it damn sure made me get interested in that search for the latest inexpensive, killer tablet.

Don’t forget, it can take awhile to get those new devices delivered, so make sure to check out Amazon and Gearbest sites NOW!

Tim

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My Review of The Chuwi Hi12 Tablet, Dual Boot (With the Z8350 CPU): Video

Since I have had my hands on this tablet for a good deal of time, I thought I should write a review and include one of my crappy videos shot on the BLU Studio Energy 2 phone, which incidentally is on day 3 of a charge and still has 28% battery.

So the new tablet has performed as expected and works extremely well in Windows 10, although the Android portion is just so-so. It has a lot of positives and a few negatives and I shall now list those below.

Positives:

  • Stunning display, incredibly bright! Sharp and can be run comfortably at 25% unless in bright lighting.
  • Battery life is stellar. I never bring a charger with me to work and get through an entire day of web editing, image editing, using Office and Paintshop Pro and I go home at no less than 48% battery!
  • Speed is good, apps open quickly and running multiple apps is not an issue.
  • Works perfectly with my K480 Keyboard and is essentially a 12 inch notebook when used this way.

Now on to the negatives:

  • When the screen falls asleep it can be a pain to wake it up. It can take 2-3 seconds to respond to a mouse click or to pressing the Windows button. I have learned to click once on the mouse or Windows button and be patient so this is not a major issue.
  • I have been unable to increase the RAM speed to 1600 MHz as this may require a BIOS update which I have yet to find.
  • The Touch screen does not allow me to choose an operating system on boot-up, although I can switch to Android or back once booted in.
  • The Chuwi Forum is a horrible place to find info on this device. The downloads/tutorials are almost indecipherable and just joining the forum took me over a month to get a link to verify my email address.

However, considering the $235 price tag, I would still recommend this tablet to anyone looking for long battery life and a great display. Sorry, you won’t see any game testing results here because I sort of outgrew those when I became an adult.

Below you will find the usual crappy video…enjoy!

Last but not least this post was written on the Chuwi Hi12 running a VM perfectly in Linux, just thought I would point that out.

That is all for now,

Tim

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