Chuwi HeroBook Pro: New version of the MacBook clone available for US$259
Chuwi is a manufacturer that prioritises affordability over performance, whether that be something like the LapBook Pro or the Hi10 X, its imitation of a Surface Pro. The company also sells the HeroBook, a US$250 Intel Atom x5-E8000 powered laptop that we reviewed last year. While we not enamoured with its performance, we still felt that the HeroBook offered a decent experience for the money.
Now, the company has refreshed the device, adding more RAM, a faster processor and a Pro moniker too. The HeroBook Pro still costs just US$259 on Amazon US, though. Specifically, Chuwi has upgraded the Atom x5-E8000 to a Celeron N4000, while the 4 GB of LPDDR3 has changed to 8 GB of LPDDR4. The Celeron N4000 is still a low-end processor, but it features more L2 cache, a higher TDP and higher clock speeds than the Atom x5-E8000 does.
The HeroBook Pro also has a 256 GB SSD, an upgrade over the 64 GB SanDisk drive that Chuwi solders to the motherboard of the HeroBook. There is also an SD card slot that supports up to 512 GB cards should you need to add more storage.
Elsewhere, the HeroBook Pro still has a 14.1-inch IPS panel, along with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports. The device features the same 38 Wh battery as last year's model too, which fared poorly in our battery tests.