We have had several articles on here on both the Chuwi LapBook Apollo Lake tablets this year and I thought it might be time to break down all the hoopla and get to the facts. Currently they are both on sale at Gearbest.com. The LapBook 14.1 is currently here for $236 and the LapBook 12.3 is available here for $299.
Both of these are excellent budget laptop/notebooks,(whatever your choice of naming is), and both offer both advantages and disadvantages. Most of this is dependent upon YOUR needs. Please always remember that premium and pretty isn’t always better. We know that from looking at Apple devices that look premium and offer substandard specs, batteries and ports.
So do read everything here and then make your choice based on needs, not looks nor size, nor aesthetics. Keep in mind that either of these devices are an excellent choice, but there may be one tiny item that will make your choice.
At the end of the article I will be linking all the best reviews on both these products. I would also appreciate comments on this post. It isn’t that difficult to do, just do not add a URL and make sure to do the ReCaptcha button below the comment submit button first!
Okay let us begin, display size? Who Wins?
- Chuwi LapBook 14.1 : 14.1 inches X
- Chuwi LapBook 12.3: 12.3 inches
- Chuwi LapBook 14.1 : 1920 x 1080
- Chuwi LapBook 12.3: 2736 x 1834 X
The winner here is hands down the LapBook 12.3 with 6 GB beating out the 14.1 by a full 2 GB
- Both have 64gb eMMC onboard
- The LapBook12.3 has a handy access door to insert an M2 SSD X
- The LapBook 14.1 has a slot but you must remove the entire back cover to add the SSD.
Both have WiFi a/b/g/n/ac
- The LapBook 14.1 sports plastic ?
- The LapBook 12.3 is mostly metal ?
Incidentally they are both quite light, so the last spec, unless you believe that bigger and heavier and metal is better, is absolutely irrelevant.
As far as webcams go, the LapBook 12.3 sports a slight edge, but neither are fantastic. They will suffice just fine for Skype, etc.
Both devices offer the same microSD port, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 full size ports and a 3.5 mm headphone jack and downwards firing stereo speakers.
- The LapBook 14.1, 7+ hrs X
- The LapBook 12.3, about 6 hrs
So now you have to ask yourself a few questions. So do you want a larger display? Or perhaps you prefer a bit more resolution and can deal with a smaller display? Are you a fan of metal builds or is plastic okay? Do you multitask a lot? Then RAM is your deciding factor here. Or perhaps you have limited space on your desk? Then size may be a deciding factor. Perhaps you would prefer the easier upgrade to the M2 SATA SSD drive?
There are a lot of questions involved. For instance the fact that the money you save on the LapBook 14.1 is enough to buy a 128GB SATA M2 SSD drive. But on the other hand, maybe you really do not want to take the entire ass-end off your new laptop/notebook, so you can deal with the better, but smaller display and higher price?
So all of the above being said, here are, in no particular order, all the reviews and upgrade videos on the aforementioned notebooks.
There are several other video related to both of these tablets that have been posted on this site, so feel free to do a search to find more.
But for now, that is all the typing I have left in me at this hour….goodnight America…and the world.
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