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My Suggestions For Back To School PC Devices For 2017

We Test so you don’t have to!

We are about a month or so from back to school time and off to college time so these are my suggestions for great economical PC’s with Windows 10 or in 2 cases a Dual Boot Windows and Android. Remember most of these devices will be coming from China, so now is the time to order.

Now remember to choose your devices based on need and not  price or prettiness. Sure you can’t go wrong with a Samsung or Apple but you will probably spend far more than you should.

So let us get right to the list:

 

  • Number 1 on my list would be the Chuwi LapBook 12.3 with a whole slew of features. It has 6 gb of ram, it has a fantastic hi-res display and decent speakers and lots of ports. You can find the details and a great price on it at this link…right here. It is currently priced at $299 with coupon code Chuwi123. You can find the video review on this one right here.
  • Chuwi Hi12 with a K480 keyboard

    Next on the list is the Chuwi Hi12. This server is running on it right now and it has a great display (2160 x 1440)  and amazing battery life. Yes you may want to get a keyboard for it, but I would go with a Bluetooth keyboard and a case/stand., which is what I use.  You can find it right here for under $240. Yes it is a dual boot!

  • Third on the list is the absolutely super Chuwi HiBook Pro. Now I normally run this site on the original HiBook which is great but the Pro model gets you the incredible  super hi- res 2560 x 1600 display and a Z8350 Intel processor. This is possibly the best 10.1 inch tablet you will find with the specs it has which like the Hi12 include 4 gb ram and the ability to use it with an attached keyboard or Bluetooth (smarter), and a dual boot system. The best price I know of is right here.
  • Jumper EZBOOK 3 PRO

    One more device here and that is the Jumper EzBook Pro 3 which gives us an Intel Apollo Lake N3450 Quad Core  CPU and a 1920 x 1080 display. It also can be easily upgraded with an SSD to expand storage. Check the post I wrote last month for the video on how this is done. This one is currently selling for $280 on Gearbest.

  • As always I would also suggest checking out Refurbees.com as they carry quite a few decent/fast/low cost laptops!

Incidentally this post was written in the Chuwi HiBook using the Logitech K480 keyboard and yes it is getting a day off road trip!

The HiBook on a Road Trip!

That appears to be all I have for now, but keep tabs on us, we here at HiBook Labs never quit searching for cool stuff!

Tim

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The HiBook News: This Edition, New WLAN Drivers and General Info

This week’s HiBook News edition covers much of what was already posted in the last few posts. The most important being that I did manage to update the WLAN drivers on both the HiBook and the Hi12.

The update was easy to install and so far appears to have cured the occasional issues that the WLAN chip suffered, which was simply dropping out of existence and requiring a reboot.

This really isn’t a problem on the Hi12 because I generally use the handy ComFast dual-band (ac) USB adapter and it has no issues and the Hi12 battery doesn’t suffer like the HiBook does when running it.

Now on to a bit of good news about prices on the HiBook Pro model, which has the larger battery and the super hi-res 2560 x 1600 display. This one with the Z8350 processor is on sale at Banggood for a mere $180! That is a great price for this device!

Other than the above news I do not have much else to report, although it would be super if a few folks would register and post an article, or don’t register and post a comment or 5….just leave out any URLs or the system will auto dump it.

Oops, one last item, make sure to listen to the short welcome message in the right sidebar. These tablets crack me up sometimes.

That is all for now,

Tim

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This Week’s HiBook News: Dealing With Microsoft Edge and Great Battery Life on the Hi12

The past few weeks have found me switching over to the Microsoft Edge browser, which does a whole lot of things badly, is clunky and not at all intuitive. In short it isn’t Chrome. However because of some sort of memory issue on the Hi12 as far as Chrome goes I am stuck with it for the foreseeable future.

Of course if Chuwi would release a proper BIOS update for the version I have, which is the Z8350 processor version, then I could actually tweak the BIOS and set the ram speed to the proper 1600 MHz rather than the 1066 MHz it insists on using.

On the good side of course is the fact I still find it to be a completely useful PC for everyday use. Considering that the least amount of battery I have ever had left after a full work day is 32%, (normally I end up with 44-52%), it is an exceptional value! You can still find it on Gearbest for a mere $219 (make sure to choose the HK warehouse).

Now as for the Chuwi HiBook, it is still kicking ass and chewing bubble gum as far as being a web server or movie viewing tablet goes!  It is rock solid, has no memory issues and runs just dandy with the ram set to 1600MHz. The Pro version with the super hi-res  2560 x 1600 display is still available at Banggood for $216. That version has the same OGS type laminated screen and a larger battery than the original HiBook and the Z8350 CPU.

I would of course recommend either of these tablets to anyone looking for a good tablet, with a great display at a reasonable price. The HiBook is the better choice it you want something slim and light to use as a traditional tablet and the Hi12 rocks as a small notebook PC when combined with a mouse and Bluetooth keyboard. Not that the HiBook won’t function equally as well, but that extra 2 inches of screen real estate is sure handy on the Hi12 and the battery life absolutely rules!

Also last evening I updated the  Linux software on both this server and a bit later today the Zotac server to Debian Jessie 8.8, (and once again prior testing on the tablet here was a bonus) !

That is all for today,

Tim

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It is Saturday July 1, 2017 And Time Again For The HiBook News!

Today we are proud to announce for those who do not visit all that often we now have a greeting message from the tablet-server itself. It does change just about every day or when the tablet feels the urge to create a new audio file.

I would like to take the credit for these messages, but these are created by the actual computer itself. On a PC or tablet you will see the link to them in the right-hand menu, on a phone, well that depends on whether you are using a crap iPhone or an Android and which browser you are using.

I am completely disavowing any knowledge of the creation or editing of these audio files. Should any of them offend or otherwise cause you consternation, I do not care. Blame the HiBook or the Hi12. I will admit to teaching them a little English and of course imbuing them with the knowledge of my capabilities, but beyond that, they are on their own.

A word from the tablet…

So that is about it for now, still waiting on a few video reviews to post,

Tim

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We Are Nearly 11 Months Into Using The HiBook As a Server And It is Still Great! :HiBook News Edition, Oh Hell 30?

So after almost 11 months of testing I have reached several conclusions on the Chuwi HiBook tablet. They are exactly what one would expect from a pretty damned great, better specs tablet these days and that is, if you want a great  10 inch class, Dual Boot, tablet, buy one of these!

I am uncertain if you can find the original HiBook like this one but the Pro is better has a better display and a larger battery. The 10.1 inch screen on the original version is bright and to be frank, quite stunning when watch movies! It has it glitches here and there, but over all it is an incredible buy if you can find one on a flash sale at either Gearbest or Banggood.

The battery life is good and it can easily function as a notebook if you get the add on keyboard or use a Bluetooth keyboard available almost anywhere. I do like the K480 Logitech,  but there are a lot of decent Bluetooth keyboards available these days. Grab yourself an OTG adapter and you can use any wireless mouse out there.

No it isn’t a gaming machine, although N.O.V.A 3 does work well in Android. But if you are buying a 10 inch tablet for gaming I personally think you need to get a life.

The HiBook is certainly not as nice as the Hi12, but it is lighter, the ram runs faster, (BIOS tweak), and it doesn’t have nearly as many glitches as the Chuwi Hi12 that I am typing this article on. The HiBook has a USB C port the Hi12 doesn’t. On the flip side the Hi12 has  2 full size USB ports, 1 x 2.0 the other 1 x 3.0.  I am not entirely thrilled with USB C because it means if you have some older devices to connect you need to have an adapter.

The bottom line is that I am totally happy with both of the tablets we have here for testing and  including any adapters  and the super fast ComFast WiFi dual-band adapter I purchased, I am still about  $500-700 dollars below the cost of a single MicroCrap or Apple product, and yeah Samsung also!

That is all for now,

Tim

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