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Chuwi AeroBook Pro Laptop Review: Core m3 is Showing its Age

When "Pro" means "Ordinary". The AeroBook Pro is the 2020 refresh designed to replace the 2019 AeroBook. Despite what the name may suggest, however, both performance and the chassis remain almost exactly the same for no tangible year-over-year advantages.

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The 2020 Chuwi AeroBook Pro succeeds the original 2019 AeroBook by replacing the Core m3-6Y30 Skylake processor with the newer Core m3-8100Y Amber Lake-Y processor. The chassis is otherwise identical between the AeroBook and AeroBook Pro. We recommend checking out our existing review on the 2019 AeroBook since our comments on the chassis, keyboard, clickpad, ports, and other physical features all apply here on the 2020 model. This review will focus on any performance differences between the two systems.

Direct competitors to the AeroBook Pro include other budget subnotebooks like the Jumper EZbook, Asus VivoBook, or Lenovo IdeaPad S530. However, Chuwi likes to advertise the notebook as a cheap alternative to more well-known flagships like the Apple MacBook Air or Dell XPS 13.

Chuwi says it will give more details on the availability of the AeroBook Pro soon. AliExpress is currently holding a week-long sale on other Chuwi devices here.

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Chuwi AeroBook Pro (AeroBook Series)
Processor
Intel Core m3-8100Y 2 x 1.1 - 3.4 GHz, Amber Lake-Y
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 26.20.100.7262
Memory
8192 MB 
, 933.3 MHz, 10-10-10-28, Single-Channel
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, BOE NV133FHM-N6A, IPS, BOE07D7, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-Y + iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Netac SSD 256GB, 256 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: MicroSD
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.2 x 308.5 x 209 ( = 0.6 x 12.15 x 8.23 in)
Battery
38 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Additional features
Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.26 kg ( = 44.45 oz / 2.78 pounds), Power Supply: 191 g ( = 6.74 oz / 0.42 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
78 %
06/2020
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
m3-8100Y, UHD Graphics 615
1.3 kg15.2 mm13.3"1920x1080
88 %
04/2020
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
i5-1030NG7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.3 kg16.1 mm13.3"2560x1600
89 %
03/2020
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
1.2 kg14.8 mm13.4"1920x1200
85 %
01/2018
Lenovo Yoga 720-12IKB
i5-7200U, HD Graphics 620
1.2 kg15.8 mm12.5"1920x1080
68 %
04/2020
Jumper EZbook X3
Celeron N3350, HD Graphics 500
1.3 kg18 mm13.3"1920x1080
87 %
03/2019
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620
1.2 kg14.8 mm13.3"1920x1080

Case

The visually attractive chassis remains the best part of the AeroBook. The metal materials aren't nearly as strong as the ones used on higher-end laptops like the MacBook Air, XPS 13, or HP Spectre, but it's a step up from the ugly plastic designs that most other inexpensive laptops gravitate towards. Weight and dimensions are both comparable to the 2020 Apple MacBook Air that Chuwi is attempting to imitate.

Very strong visual design for a $500 laptop, but chassis still creaks
Very strong visual design for a $500 laptop, but chassis still creaks
No fingerprint power button
No fingerprint power button
Lid opened to maximum (~145 degrees). Hinge is satisfactory with some wobbling when adjusting its angle
Lid opened to maximum (~145 degrees). Hinge is satisfactory with some wobbling when adjusting its angle
Slightly roughened surface texture hides fingerprints well
Slightly roughened surface texture hides fingerprints well
Rounded edges and corners
Rounded edges and corners
Cooling is passive with no fans
Cooling is passive with no fans
315 mm / 12.4 inch 208 mm / 8.19 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.3 kg2.79 lbs308.5 mm / 12.1 inch 209 mm / 8.23 inch 15.2 mm / 0.598 inch 1.3 kg2.78 lbs308.3 mm / 12.1 inch 211 mm / 8.31 inch 14.8 mm / 0.583 inch 1.2 kg2.62 lbs304.1 mm / 12 inch 212.4 mm / 8.36 inch 16.1 mm / 0.634 inch 1.3 kg2.84 lbs296 mm / 11.7 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 14.8 mm / 0.583 inch 1.2 kg2.62 lbs293 mm / 11.5 inch 203.4 mm / 8.01 inch 15.8 mm / 0.622 inch 1.2 kg2.6 lbs

Connectivity

Port options are pretty good for a subnotebook, but most users are going to need a mini-HDMI to HDMI adapter. DisplayPort over USB-C is supported while recharging over USB-C is not.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: MicroSD reader, 3.5 mm earphones, USB 3.0
Right: MicroSD reader, 3.5 mm earphones, USB 3.0
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: USB 3.0, AC adapter, mini-HDMI, USB Type-C w/ DisplayPort support
Left: USB 3.0, AC adapter, mini-HDMI, USB Type-C w/ DisplayPort support

SD Card Reader

Fully inserted MicroSD card is difficult to eject
Fully inserted MicroSD card is difficult to eject
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
157 MB/s ∼100% +518%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
25.4 MB/s ∼16%
Jumper EZbook X3
 
24.3 MB/s ∼15% -4%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
195.6 MB/s ∼100% +614%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
27.41 MB/s ∼14%
Jumper EZbook X3
 
27 MB/s ∼14% -1%

Communication

The Intel 3165 WLAN has not changed. We experienced no issues when connected to our Netgear RAX200 test router.

Non-upgradeable WLAN module
Non-upgradeable WLAN module
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
1460 MBit/s ∼100% +352%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
612 (min: 576, max: 636) MBit/s ∼42% +89%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
323 (min: 255, max: 370) MBit/s ∼22%
Jumper EZbook X3
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
303 (min: 296, max: 313) MBit/s ∼21% -6%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
906 MBit/s ∼100% +216%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
550 (min: 546, max: 561) MBit/s ∼61% +92%
Jumper EZbook X3
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
312 (min: 251, max: 338) MBit/s ∼34% +9%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
287 (min: 210, max: 319) MBit/s ∼32%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø323 (255-370)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø287 (210-319)

Webcam

ColorChecker
14.5 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
13 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
15 ∆E
16 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
16 ∆E
17.3 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
ColorChecker Chuwi AeroBook Pro: 11.53 ∆E min: 7.84 - max: 17.28 ∆E

Maintenance

The bottom panel is secured by 12 Philips screws with 2 more hidden underneath the rear rubber footing. Upgrade options are limited to the M.2 2280 SATA slot only as RAM is soldered.

Accessories and Warranty

There are no extras included in the box outside of the AC adapter and small manual. Warranty claims may be difficult as returns are handled overseas.

Input Devices

Keyboard

Describe the keyboard: key size, keyboard layout. Does it clatter/yield under pressure? Characteristics (silver coating, keyboard light,...), haptics, key travel, tapping,...

No changes to keyboard layout or feedback. All symbols are lit when the backlight is activated
No changes to keyboard layout or feedback. All symbols are lit when the backlight is activated
Key feedback is firm and comfortable to type on. Clatter is louder than on the XPS 13
Key feedback is firm and comfortable to type on. Clatter is louder than on the XPS 13
Full-size arrow keys. The Shift key, however, is very small
Full-size arrow keys. The Shift key, however, is very small
Relatively large (11 x 7 cm) clickpad. The integrated keys are shallow in travel with firm feedback and a loud click when pressed
Relatively large (11 x 7 cm) clickpad. The integrated keys are shallow in travel with firm feedback and a loud click when pressed

Display

Interestingly, the AeroBook Pro uses a different 1080p BOE NV133FHM-N6A panel than the one found on the 2019 AeroBook. The biggest differences between them are that the display on the newer model is dimmer (242 nits vs. 307 nits) and pulse-width modulation is now even worse at 201 Hz on all brightness levels including maximum. Otherwise, other characteristics like response times, color coverage, and contrast ratio are almost the same. Chuwi laptops tend to have crisp and colorful displays relative to their cheap prices and the AeroBook Pro is no exception.

Glossy edge-to-edge glass display. Touch is not supported
Glossy edge-to-edge glass display. Touch is not supported
Narrow side bezels
Narrow side bezels
Only minor uneven backlight bleeding
Only minor uneven backlight bleeding
Crisp RGB subpixel array
Crisp RGB subpixel array
234.1
cd/m²
238.9
cd/m²
244.2
cd/m²
224.5
cd/m²
242.3
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
214.7
cd/m²
234.5
cd/m²
228
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
BOE NV133FHM-N6A
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 244.2 cd/m² Average: 232.8 cd/m² Minimum: 22.32 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 242.3 cd/m²
Contrast: 782:1 (Black: 0.31 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.72 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.9, calibrated: 3.95
ΔE Greyscale 6 | 0.64-98 Ø6.1
87.7% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 57.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.18
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
BOE NV133FHM-N6A, IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
APPA042, IPS, 13.3, 2560x1600
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
SHP14CB, IPS, 13.4, 1920x1200
Jumper EZbook X3
PBTB133F006 A, IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
BOE07D7, IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Response Times
19305%
347%
-7%
-10%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
31 (16, 15)
38.7 (19.6, 19)
-25%
60 (28.4, 31.6)
-94%
34 (22, 12)
-10%
41 (22, 19)
-32%
Response Time Black / White *
32 (16, 16)
30.44 (17.9, 12.6)
5%
33.2 (16.4, 16.8)
-4%
33 (21, 12)
-3%
30 (16, 14)
6%
PWM Frequency
201.6 (100)
117000 (75)
57936%
2500 (20)
1140%
192 (90)
-5%
Screen
47%
57%
-1%
18%
Brightness middle
242.3
430
77%
619
155%
209
-14%
306
26%
Brightness
233
405
74%
591
154%
203
-13%
287
23%
Brightness Distribution
88
89
1%
91
3%
95
8%
78
-11%
Black Level *
0.31
0.32
-3%
0.35
-13%
0.2
35%
0.21
32%
Contrast
782
1344
72%
1769
126%
1045
34%
1457
86%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.72
1.8
73%
3
55%
8.43
-25%
5.96
11%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
11.67
4.6
61%
8.2
30%
14.77
-27%
11.34
3%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
3.95
1.6
59%
1
75%
1.68
57%
2.69
32%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6
1.1
82%
5.2
13%
9.81
-64%
6.9
-15%
Gamma
2.18 101%
2.14 103%
2.46 89%
2.35 94%
CCT
7159 91%
6644 98%
6340 103%
10135 64%
7554 86%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
57.5
64.2
12%
66.9
16%
57
-1%
59
3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
87.7
97.6
11%
99.3
13%
89
1%
90
3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
9676% / 4174%
202% / 119%
-4% / -2%
4% / 12%

* ... smaller is better

Color space covers approximately 88 percent of sRGB to be almost as wide as the color spaces on most flagship Ultrabooks. The color spaces on the MacBook Air and XPS 13, however, are measurably wider to cover all of the sRGB standard.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

Further measurements with an X-Rite colorimeter reveal a poorly calibrated display out of the box. Color temperature, for example, is overly cool which is typical of budget laptops. Calibrating the panel ourselves would improve both colors and grayscale significantly. We recommend applying our ICM profile above to get the most out of the your display.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
32 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 16 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 81 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
31 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 21 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.2 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 201.6 Hz ≤ 100 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 201.6 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 100 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 201.6 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 50 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18037 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is poorer than most other Ultrabooks due to the dim backlight. Even if you manage to find shade, glare form the glossy screen will be unavoidable.

Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Wide IPS viewing angles. Colors and contrast degrade if viewing from extreme angles
Wide IPS viewing angles. Colors and contrast degrade if viewing from extreme angles

Performance

Chuwi laptops are very inexpensive because they utilize slow or old processors. The AeroBook Plus, for example, uses a five-year old Skylake-U processor while our AeroBook Pro uses a Core m3-8100Y. The Core m series requires no fans for a completely silent laptop, but system performance suffers as our benchmarks below will show.

 

Processor

When compared to the Core m3-6Y30 that our Core m3-8100Y replaces, the newer processor offers essentially the same multi-thread performance while boosting single-thread performance by 40 percent. In practice, however, performance is still very slow and even laggy when simply browsing or word processing.

See our dedicated page on the Core m3-8100Y for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R15
CineBench R15
CineBench R20
CineBench R20
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Chuwi AeroBook Pro UHD Graphics 615, m3-8100Y, Netac SSD 256GB; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø161 (160.34-162.29)
Chuwi AeroBook 13 inch 2019 HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Netac SSD 256GB; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø198 (196.89-200.66)
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) m3 HD Graphics 615, m3-7Y30, Samsung PM971 KUS020203M; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø209 (160.17-256.05)
Apple MacBook 12 2017 HD Graphics 615, m3-7Y32, Apple SSD AP0256; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø223 (81.65-262.2)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit - CPU Multi 64Bit
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
479 (min: 475.43, max: 482.26) Points ∼100% +196%
Dell Latitude 3400
Intel Core i3-8145U
350 Points ∼73% +116%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
333 (min: 293, max: 333) Points ∼70% +106%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
Intel Core i3-8130U
320 Points ∼67% +98%
Lenovo Thinkpad 13-20J1001BUS
Intel Core i3-7100U
256 Points ∼53% +58%
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
Intel Core m5-6Y54
250 Points ∼52% +54%
Eve-Tech Eve V m3
Intel Core m3-7Y30
250 (min: 227.93, max: 249.83) Points ∼52% +54%
Medion Akoya P3401T 2in1
Intel Core m5-6Y54
213 Points ∼44% +31%
Chuwi AeroBook 13 inch 2019
Intel Core m3-6Y30
198 Points ∼41% +22%
Chuwi UBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4100
175 Points ∼37% +8%
Average Intel Core m3-8100Y
  (157 - 197, n=3)
172 Points ∼36% +6%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel Core m3-8100Y
162 (min: 160.34, max: 162.29) Points ∼34%
Jumper EZbook X3
Intel Celeron N3350
82.3 (min: 81.02, max: 82.28) Points ∼17% -49%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit - CPU Single 64Bit
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
166 Points ∼100% +73%
Dell Latitude 3400
Intel Core i3-8145U
154 Points ∼93% +60%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
141 Points ∼85% +47%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
Intel Core i3-8130U
139 Points ∼84% +44%
HP EliteBook Folio G1 V1C37EA
Intel Core m5-6Y54
111 Points ∼67% +15%
Eve-Tech Eve V m3
Intel Core m3-7Y30
105 Points ∼63% +9%
Medion Akoya P3401T 2in1
Intel Core m5-6Y54
103 Points ∼62% +7%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel Core m3-8100Y
96.2 Points ∼58%
Average Intel Core m3-8100Y
  (91 - 97, n=3)
94.7 Points ∼57% -2%
Lenovo Thinkpad 13-20J1001BUS
Intel Core i3-7100U
86 Points ∼52% -11%
Chuwi UBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4100
67 Points ∼40% -30%
Chuwi AeroBook 13 inch 2019
Intel Core m3-6Y30
66 Points ∼40% -31%
Jumper EZbook X3
Intel Celeron N3350
43.4 Points ∼26% -55%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core) - CPU (Multi Core)
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
1121 Points ∼100% +193%
Dell Latitude 3400
Intel Core i3-8145U
657 Points ∼59% +72%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
587 Points ∼52% +54%
Average Intel Core m3-8100Y
  (382 - 413, n=2)
398 Points ∼36% +4%
Chuwi UBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4100
386 Points ∼34% +1%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel Core m3-8100Y
382 Points ∼34%
Jumper EZbook X3
Intel Celeron N3350
190 Points ∼17% -50%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core) - CPU (Single Core)
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
412 Points ∼100% +70%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
348 Points ∼84% +43%
Dell Latitude 3400
Intel Core i3-8145U
296 Points ∼72% +22%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel Core m3-8100Y
243 Points ∼59%
Average Intel Core m3-8100Y
  (232 - 243, n=2)
238 Points ∼58% -2%
Chuwi UBook CWI509
Intel Celeron N4100
152 Points ∼37% -37%
Jumper EZbook X3
Intel Celeron N3350
100 Points ∼24% -59%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU - BMW27 CPU
Jumper EZbook X3
Intel Celeron N3350
6277 Seconds * ∼100% -149%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel Core m3-8100Y
2519 Seconds * ∼40%
Average Intel Core m3-8100Y
 
2519 Seconds * ∼40% -0%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
1814 Seconds * ∼29% +28%
Eve-Tech Eve V m3
Intel Core m3-7Y30
1809.1 Seconds * ∼29% +28%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
918 Seconds * ∼15% +64%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
4415 MIPS ∼100% +65%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
3438 MIPS ∼78% +28%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel Core m3-8100Y
2683 MIPS ∼61%
Average Intel Core m3-8100Y
 
2683 MIPS ∼61% 0%
Jumper EZbook X3
Intel Celeron N3350
1653 MIPS ∼37% -38%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 - 7z b 4
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
15667 MIPS ∼100% +217%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
7921 MIPS ∼51% +60%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel Core m3-8100Y
4937 MIPS ∼32%
Average Intel Core m3-8100Y
 
4937 MIPS ∼32% 0%
Jumper EZbook X3
Intel Celeron N3350
3267 MIPS ∼21% -34%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
1096 Points ∼100% +35%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
1096 Points ∼100% +35%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel Core m3-8100Y
809 Points ∼74%
Average Intel Core m3-8100Y
 
809 Points ∼74% 0%
Jumper EZbook X3
Intel Celeron N3350
310 Points ∼28% -62%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
3576 Points ∼100% +204%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
2028 Points ∼57% +72%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel Core m3-8100Y
1178 Points ∼33%
Average Intel Core m3-8100Y
 
1178 Points ∼33% 0%
Jumper EZbook X3
Intel Celeron N3350
591 Points ∼17% -50%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset - 4k Preset
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
4.01 fps ∼100% +182%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
2.23 fps ∼56% +57%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel Core m3-8100Y
1.42 fps ∼35%
Average Intel Core m3-8100Y
 
1.42 fps ∼35% 0%
Jumper EZbook X3
Intel Celeron N3350
0.65 fps ∼16% -54%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF - 20 Documents To PDF
Jumper EZbook X3
Intel Celeron N3350
281 s ∼100% +120%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel Core m3-8100Y
128 s ∼46%
Average Intel Core m3-8100Y
 
128 s ∼46% 0%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
97.8 s ∼35% -24%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
60.6 s ∼22% -53%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean - Overall mean
Jumper EZbook X3
Intel Celeron N3350
2.21 sec * ∼100% -84%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel Core m3-8100Y
1.204 sec * ∼54%
Average Intel Core m3-8100Y
 
1.204 sec * ∼54% -0%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
0.918 sec * ∼42% +24%
Dynabook Portege X30L-G1331
Intel Core i5-10210U
0.704 sec * ∼32% +42%
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
162 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
24.1 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
96.2 Points
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks are consistently higher than the 2019 AeroBook except in the Digital Content Creation benchmark since GPU performance between the two laptops are essentially identical.

PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
3281 Points ∼25% +126%
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Lenovo UMIS AM610 RPFTJ256PDD2MWX
3097 Points ∼24% +113%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1030NG7, Apple SSD AP0512
2174 Points ∼17% +50%
Average Intel Core m3-8100Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (1352 - 1909, n=4)
1551 Points ∼12% +7%
Chuwi AeroBook 13 inch 2019
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Netac SSD 256GB
1524 Points ∼12% +5%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
UHD Graphics 615, m3-8100Y, Netac SSD 256GB
1454 Points ∼11%
Jumper EZbook X3
HD Graphics 500, Celeron N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
835 Points ∼6% -43%
Productivity
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
6766 Points ∼65% +43%
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Lenovo UMIS AM610 RPFTJ256PDD2MWX
5931 Points ∼57% +25%
Average Intel Core m3-8100Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (4480 - 4972, n=4)
4750 Points ∼46% 0%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
UHD Graphics 615, m3-8100Y, Netac SSD 256GB
4730 Points ∼45%
Chuwi AeroBook 13 inch 2019
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Netac SSD 256GB
3531 Points ∼34% -25%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1030NG7, Apple SSD AP0512
3033 Points ∼29% -36%
Jumper EZbook X3
HD Graphics 500, Celeron N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1885 Points ∼18% -60%
Essentials
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
8568 Points ∼75% +48%
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Lenovo UMIS AM610 RPFTJ256PDD2MWX
7885 Points ∼69% +36%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1030NG7, Apple SSD AP0512
6746 Points ∼59% +17%
Average Intel Core m3-8100Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (5749 - 6806, n=4)
6045 Points ∼53% +5%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
UHD Graphics 615, m3-8100Y, Netac SSD 256GB
5783 Points ∼50%
Chuwi AeroBook 13 inch 2019
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Netac SSD 256GB
4931 Points ∼43% -15%
Jumper EZbook X3
HD Graphics 500, Celeron N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2833 Points ∼25% -51%
Score
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4122 Points ∼51% +68%
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Lenovo UMIS AM610 RPFTJ256PDD2MWX
3764 Points ∼46% +54%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1030NG7, Apple SSD AP0512
2540 Points ∼31% +4%
Average Intel Core m3-8100Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (2341 - 2876, n=4)
2539 Points ∼31% +4%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
UHD Graphics 615, m3-8100Y, Netac SSD 256GB
2447 Points ∼30%
Chuwi AeroBook 13 inch 2019
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Netac SSD 256GB
2138 Points ∼26% -13%
Jumper EZbook X3
HD Graphics 500, Celeron N3350, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1179 Points ∼15% -52%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
4832 Points ∼73% +27%
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Lenovo UMIS AM610 RPFTJ256PDD2MWX
4771 Points ∼72% +25%
Lenovo Yoga 720-12IKB
HD Graphics 620, i5-7200U, Liteonit CV3-8D128
4442 Points ∼67% +17%
Average Intel Core m3-8100Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (3700 - 4044, n=4)
3891 Points ∼59% +2%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
UHD Graphics 615, m3-8100Y, Netac SSD 256GB
3805 Points ∼58%
Chuwi AeroBook 13 inch 2019
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Netac SSD 256GB
3735 Points ∼57% -2%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
3988 Points ∼65% +75%
Lenovo Yoga 720-12IKB
HD Graphics 620, i5-7200U, Liteonit CV3-8D128
3699 Points ∼61% +62%
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Lenovo UMIS AM610 RPFTJ256PDD2MWX
3359 Points ∼55% +47%
Chuwi AeroBook 13 inch 2019
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Netac SSD 256GB
2650 Points ∼43% +16%
Average Intel Core m3-8100Y, Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (2209 - 3110, n=4)
2515 Points ∼41% +10%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
UHD Graphics 615, m3-8100Y, Netac SSD 256GB
2280 Points ∼37%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2280 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3805 points
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DPC Latency

LatencyMon reveals DPC latency issues when opening multiple browser tabs on our homepage. Thankfully, 4K UHD video playback is smooth and with no dropped frames.

DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
UHD Graphics 615, m3-8100Y, Netac SSD 256GB
22074.1 μs * ∼100%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1030NG7, Apple SSD AP0512
2635 μs * ∼12% +88%
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
1368 μs * ∼6% +94%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

The system ships with the same 256 GB Netac M.2 SSD as found on the 2019 AeroBook. Performance is excellent for a SATA drive since NVMe would have been overkill for a laptop such as this. The M.2 slot is easily accessible behind a small panel secured by two screws.

More HDD and SSD benchmark comparisons can be found on our table here.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
Accessible M.2 2280 bay. NVMe drives are not supported
Accessible M.2 2280 bay. NVMe drives are not supported
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Netac SSD 256GB
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
Apple SSD AP0512
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
Lenovo Yoga 720-12IKB
Liteonit CV3-8D128
Jumper EZbook X3
64 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
Lenovo UMIS AM610 RPFTJ256PDD2MWX
AS SSD
73%
229%
-11%
-93%
132%
Copy Game MB/s
435.51
725
66%
Copy Program MB/s
204.43
363
78%
Copy ISO MB/s
410.75
1433
249%
Score Total
789
1528
94%
3189
304%
620
-21%
163
-79%
2200
179%
Score Write
408
321
-21%
1455
257%
175
-57%
60
-85%
781
91%
Score Read
248
793
220%
1180
376%
296
19%
65
-74%
950
283%
Access Time Write *
0.161
0.163
-1%
0.033
80%
0.067
58%
0.621
-286%
0.043
73%
Access Time Read *
0.113
0.295
-161%
0.085
25%
0.109
4%
0.246
-118%
0.141
-25%
4K-64 Write
281.53
159.51
-43%
1220.39
333%
89.31
-68%
22.73
-92%
611.21
117%
4K-64 Read
180.57
665.24
268%
899.28
398%
232.6
29%
22.45
-88%
767.47
325%
4K Write
83.34
24.52
-71%
120.63
45%
61.82
-26%
22
-74%
88.91
7%
4K Read
22.81
12.95
-43%
48.07
111%
23.81
4%
18.41
-19%
45.01
97%
Seq Write
418.93
1367.4
226%
1137
171%
240.81
-43%
155.78
-63%
804.72
92%
Seq Read
445.42
1152.6
159%
2328
423%
361.57
-19%
246.2
-45%
1377.17
209%
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
207%
-77%
55%
Write 4K
113.1
121.88
8%
19.21
-83%
101.5
-10%
Read 4K
30.21
50.01
66%
7.435
-75%
44.47
47%
Write Seq
439.8
1497.33
240%
138.8
-68%
603.3
37%
Read Seq
535.7
2110.65
294%
219.8
-59%
685.9
28%
Write 4K Q32T1
279.1
365.85
31%
24.39
-91%
298.1
7%
Read 4K Q32T1
227.3
384.57
69%
22.2
-90%
358.7
58%
Write Seq Q32T1
469.7
2748.2
485%
122.3
-74%
872.4
86%
Read Seq Q32T1
555.4
3119.1
462%
147.6
-73%
1611
190%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
73% / 73%
218% / 220%
-11% / -11%
-85% / -86%
94% / 100%

* ... smaller is better

Netac SSD 256GB
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 555.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 469.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 227.3 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 279.1 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 535.7 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 439.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 30.21 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 113.1 MB/s

Disk Throttling: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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: Ø419 (288.2-439.73)

GPU Performance

Even though the CPU has been upgraded from last year's model, the integrated GPU remains the same. Graphics performance is still very slow to be even slower than the already outdated UHD Graphics 620.

See our dedicated page on the UHD Graphics 615 for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Time Spy
Time Spy
 
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
2198 Points ∼10% +171%
Chuwi AeroBook Plus
Intel Iris Graphics 550, 6287U
2165 Points ∼10% +167%
Schenker VIA 15
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, R5 3500U
1958 Points ∼9% +142%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H
1783 Points ∼8% +120%
Dell Latitude 3400
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i3-8145U
1301 Points ∼6% +61%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (734 - 1294, n=9)
1022 Points ∼5% +26%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel UHD Graphics 615, i7-8500Y
1001 Points ∼4% +24%
Chuwi AeroBook 13 inch 2019
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
866 Points ∼4% +7%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel UHD Graphics 615, m3-8100Y
810 Points ∼4%
Trekstor Primetab T13B
Intel HD Graphics 505, Pentium N4200
420 Points ∼2% -48%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Schenker VIA 15
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, R5 3500U
3174 Points ∼6% +235%
Chuwi AeroBook Plus
Intel Iris Graphics 550, 6287U
2543 Points ∼5% +169%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
2443 Points ∼5% +158%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H
1744 Points ∼3% +84%
Dell Latitude 3400
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i3-8145U
1461 Points ∼3% +54%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel UHD Graphics 615, i7-8500Y
1288 Points ∼3% +36%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (821 - 1378, n=9)
1161 Points ∼2% +23%
Chuwi AeroBook 13 inch 2019
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
1041 Points ∼2% +10%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel UHD Graphics 615, m3-8100Y
947 Points ∼2%
Trekstor Primetab T13B
Intel HD Graphics 505, Pentium N4200
527 Points ∼1% -44%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Chuwi AeroBook Plus
Intel Iris Graphics 550, 6287U
1682 Points ∼4% +167%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
1550 Points ∼4% +146%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H
1189 Points ∼3% +89%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel UHD Graphics 615, i7-8500Y
943 Points ∼2% +50%
Dell Latitude 3400
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i3-8145U
942 Points ∼2% +50%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (563 - 976, n=9)
804 Points ∼2% +28%
Chuwi AeroBook 13 inch 2019
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
670 Points ∼2% +6%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel UHD Graphics 615, m3-8100Y
630 Points ∼2%
Jumper EZbook X3
Intel HD Graphics 500, Celeron N3350
364 Points ∼1% -42%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Chuwi AeroBook Plus
Intel Iris Graphics 550, 6287U
13329 Points ∼7% +170%
HP 14s-dq1431ng
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i5-1035G1
11485 Points ∼6% +133%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H
9873 Points ∼5% +100%
Dell Latitude 3400
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i3-8145U
7496 Points ∼4% +52%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel UHD Graphics 615, i7-8500Y
7205 Points ∼4% +46%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (4521 - 7568, n=9)
6337 Points ∼3% +29%
Chuwi AeroBook 13 inch 2019
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
5424 Points ∼3% +10%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel UHD Graphics 615, m3-8100Y
4930 Points ∼3%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Chuwi AeroBook Plus
Intel Iris Graphics 550, 6287U
67389 Points ∼9% +192%
Dell XPS 15 9500 Core i5
Intel UHD Graphics 630, i5-10300H
45176 Points ∼6% +96%
Dell Latitude 3400
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i3-8145U
32448 Points ∼4% +40%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (23099 - 35452, n=5)
27134 Points ∼4% +17%
Acer Swift 7 SF714-52T-76MR
Intel UHD Graphics 615, i7-8500Y
25826 Points ∼4% +12%
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
Intel UHD Graphics 615, m3-8100Y
23099 Points ∼3%
Acer Chromebook 514 CB514-1HT-P1BM
Intel HD Graphics 505, Pentium N4200
8531 Points ∼1% -63%
3DMark 11 Performance
1021 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
3689 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
588 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
232 points
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Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 40.8 17.7 8.5 7.6 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 10 7.2 fps

Emissions

Temperature

Surface temperatures are always warmer on the left half of the system than the right half due to how the motherboard is positioned. The difference is noticeable even during low loads like browsing or video streaming. At worst, the left palm rest can become uncomfortably warm and sweaty to the touch.

The difference between the warmest and coolest spots can be as much as 16 C.

AC adapter after running Prime95 for almost an hour
AC adapter after running Prime95 for almost an hour
Large copper heat sink over the CPU
Large copper heat sink over the CPU
Max. Load
 42.4 °C
108 F
34 °C
93 F
30.8 °C
87 F
 
 44.2 °C
112 F
35 °C
95 F
30.6 °C
87 F
 
 37.4 °C
99 F
33.4 °C
92 F
30.8 °C
87 F
 
Maximum: 44.2 °C = 112 F
Average: 35.4 °C = 96 F
33.6 °C
92 F
37.6 °C
100 F
49 °C
120 F
33.6 °C
92 F
37.6 °C
100 F
45.2 °C
113 F
33.4 °C
92 F
36 °C
97 F
39.2 °C
103 F
Maximum: 49 °C = 120 F
Average: 38.4 °C = 101 F
Power Supply (max.)  42 °C = 108 F | Room Temperature 23 °C = 73 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.4 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.2 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 49 °C / 120 F, compared to the average of 39.7 °C / 103 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.2 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(±) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 37.4 °C / 99.3 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.5 °C / 83.3 F (-8.9 °C / -16 F).
System idle (front)
System idle (front)
System idle (back)
System idle (back)
Prime95+FurMark stress (top)
Prime95+FurMark stress (top)
Prime95+FurMark stress (bottom)
Prime95+FurMark stress (bottom)

Stress Test

We stress the laptop with synthetic loads to identify for any potential throttling issues. When running Prime95, the CPU would boost to 2.7 GHz for the first few seconds before hitting a core temperature of 75 C. Thereafter, clock rates and temperature would drop and stabilize at 1.5 GHz and 62 C, respectively.

Running on battery will not impact performance significantly. A 3DMark 11 test on battery power returns Physics and Graphics scores of 2306 and 916 points, respectively, compared to 2361 and 947 points when on mains.

System idle
System idle
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95 stress (first few minutes)
Prime95 stress (first few minutes)
Prime95 stress (>5 minutes)
Prime95 stress (>5 minutes)
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C)
System Idle
Prime95 Stress 1.4 - 1.5 -- 61
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 0.5 400 63

Speakers

Pink noise at maximum volume. Roll-off begins early at around 1k Hz to represent very poor bass reproduction
Pink noise at maximum volume. Roll-off begins early at around 1k Hz to represent very poor bass reproduction
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2040.53940.5253739.2373136.336.636.34038.63738.65037.634.937.6633834.1388035.333.835.31003433.23412533.131.533.116033.631.333.620033.730.333.725036.528.736.53154128.94140044.727.944.750048.727.348.763055.227.355.28006026.360100064.925.764.9125066.625.266.6160068.724.768.7200066.324.566.3250065.824.265.83150662466400071.423.871.4500077.623.677.6630077.323.677.3800067.123.667.11000060.623.560.61250057.523.657.5160004423.744SPL82.837.282.8N47.9347.9median 60median 25.2median 60Delta11.62.411.635.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseChuwi AeroBook ProApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Chuwi AeroBook Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.7% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 7.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 9.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (12% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (36.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 96% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 2% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 97% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 2% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Idling on desktop consumes between 5 W and 10 W depending on the power profile and brightness setting. When running 3DMark 06, the AeroBook Pro consumes a bit less on average than the 2019 AeroBook.

The maximum consumption we're able to record is 27.2 W during the first few seconds of running Prime95 before falling due to thermal limitations. The small AC adapter (~9 x 4.4 x 3 cm) is rated for 24 W.

Power consumption is highest during the first few seconds of running 3DMark 06
Power consumption is highest during the first few seconds of running 3DMark 06
Prime95 initiated at 10s mark. Consumption spikes to 27.2 W for only a few seconds before falling and stabilizing at 16.6 W
Prime95 initiated at 10s mark. Consumption spikes to 27.2 W for only a few seconds before falling and stabilizing at 16.6 W
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 1.5 / 1.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.7 / 8.2 / 9.2 Watt
Load midlight 17.5 / 27.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
m3-8100Y, UHD Graphics 615, Netac SSD 256GB, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
i5-1030NG7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Apple SSD AP0512, IPS, 2560x1600, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G, IPS, 1920x1200, 13.4
Lenovo Yoga 720-12IKB
i5-7200U, HD Graphics 620, Liteonit CV3-8D128, IPS, 1920x1080, 12.5
Jumper EZbook X3
Celeron N3350, HD Graphics 500, 64 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, Lenovo UMIS AM610 RPFTJ256PDD2MWX, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Power Consumption
0%
-27%
3%
32%
-27%
Idle Minimum *
5.7
2.4
58%
3.4
40%
3.7
35%
3.3
42%
2.8
51%
Idle Average *
8.2
6.8
17%
6
27%
5.7
30%
6.4
22%
5.6
32%
Idle Maximum *
9.2
10.5
-14%
10.2
-11%
6.9
25%
7
24%
7.4
20%
Load Average *
17.5
25.7
-47%
36.6
-109%
29.6
-69%
13.4
23%
41.6
-138%
Load Maximum *
27.2
30.4
-12%
49.3
-81%
29.4
-8%
14
49%
55
-102%
Witcher 3 ultra *
24.5

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Battery capacity hasn't changed from last year's model. We recorded almost 5 hours of real-world WLAN use compared to over 6 hours on the 2019 AeroBook when under similar conditions.

Recharging from empty to full capacity is very slow at almost 3.5 hours.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
4h 57min
Chuwi AeroBook Pro
m3-8100Y, UHD Graphics 615, 38 Wh
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i5
i5-1030NG7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 49.9 Wh
Dell XPS 13 9300 i5 FHD
i5-1035G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), 52 Wh
Lenovo Yoga 720-12IKB
i5-7200U, HD Graphics 620, 36 Wh
Jumper EZbook X3
Celeron N3350, HD Graphics 500, 34.9 Wh
Lenovo Ideapad S530-13IWL
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
Battery Runtime
108%
137%
21%
59%
33%
Reader / Idle
688
807
WiFi v1.3
297
617.7
108%
703
137%
359
21%
472
59%
396
33%
Load
173
205
89
77

Pros

+ crisp 1080p display with good color coverage
+ passively-cooled; completely silent
+ comfortable backlit keyboard keys
+ smooth 4k video playback
+ visually attractive design
+ large arrow keys
+ MicroSD reader

Cons

- no webcam shutter, IR camera, or fingerprint reader
- pulse-width modulation on all brightness levels
- very slow processor and system performance
- display in need of color calibration
- below average battery life
- display could be brighter
- very slow recharge rate
- chassis tends to creak
- very small Shift key

Verdict

In review: Chuwi AeroBook Pro. Test unit provided by Chuwi
In review: Chuwi AeroBook Pro. Test unit provided by Chuwi

Going from the AeroBook to the AeroBook Pro should mean upgrades across the board. Unfortunately, the AeroBook Pro is essentially the same despite the processor swap and the display changes are actually a downgrade. System performance remains incredibly slow to the point where even light multi-tasking will feel like a slog.

If you're looking for a cheap Ultrabook to get you by, then consider investing in an older generation Core U-series laptop like the Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre 13, or Asus ZenBook 13. Even a Core i3 2016-era configuration will both outlast and outperform the AeroBook Pro without costing all that much more.

The AeroBook Pro has a great display, great chassis design, and a great keyboard especially for the price. The very slow Core m3 processor drags down what could have otherwise been a decent budget deal.

Chuwi AeroBook Pro - 06/04/2020 v7
Allen Ngo

Chassis
72 / 98 → 73%
Keyboard
77%
Pointing Device
75%
Connectivity
47 / 75 → 63%
Weight
72 / 20-75 → 94%
Battery
63%
Display
76%
Games Performance
29 / 78 → 37%
Application Performance
67 / 85 → 79%
Temperature
87%
Noise
100%
Audio
64 / 91 → 70%
Camera
30 / 85 → 35%
Average
66%
78%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average
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Allen Ngo, 2020-06-15 (Update: 2020-06-19)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.