Chuwi Lapbook 12.3
Average of 8 scores (from 13 reviews)
Reviews for the Chuwi Lapbook 12.3
How much notebook do you need? The affordable Chuwi LapBook 12.3 is designed for everyday tasks. The metal chassis, the high-resolution display, as well as the silent operation are advantages of the laptop.
Although it might look good, it has a fundamental flaw where its core functionality is compromised. Sure, I made due with it for a week, but many times it would bring me to life's edge and would have me altering my usual behaviors to avoid using the trackpad as much as possible or not making any complex actions with it. This is perhaps the laptop's Achilles heel and is what kills the experience as a whole for me. Maybe the SurBook or LapBook Air will fix this issue, bringing consumers a laptop worth bragging about.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 65%
This all adds up to a pretty interesting option for anyone considering a Surface Pro 4. For the price — the Surbook is up for pre-order at a price of $428.99, with the keyboard dock adding another $90 to that total, along with an optional stylus for slightly more — it’s less than half of the price of Microsoft’s lower end Surface Pro 4. I wouldn’t recommend it as a substitute for an i7-equipped Surface Book — if you’re in the market for a multi-tasking monster, this isn’t the hybrid for you — but the Surbook is an incredible value for a mid-range hybrid.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/15/2017
The LapBook 12.3 takes everything that made the 14.1 great, and steps it up a notch. But the amazing thing is that it does this, and doesn’t take the price and put this laptop into another category. The Chuwi LapBook 12.3 isn’t going to be able to compete with Ultrabooks on many fronts, but it does offer a lot of an Ultrabook’s appeal in its thin, light, and sleek design, but with a much, much lower price point. Not very long ago, buying a laptop for under $500 meant it was going to offer several severe compromises, but Chuwi has proven, again, that a low-cost computer doesn’t need to be that way. If you’re ok with the smaller display on the LapBook 12.3, you end up with an amazing laptop for the price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/06/2017
Source: Laptop Mag
The Chuwi LapBook 12.3's uncomfortable keyboard, error-introducing touchpad and dim (though high-res) display place tough, nearly insurmountable hurdles in front of any user given the notebook. Still, we admire it for its sturdy-feeling magnesium aluminum design, which could fool an uneducated customer.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 40%
Source: Tech Advisor
It might appear to be the better of the two on paper, and physically the more premium device with its metal build and high-res screen, but we couldn’t recommend the Chuwi LapBook 12.3 over the LapBook 14.1 - the instant startup times, improved battery life and larger screen of the latter has won us over. But while it’s no better than the larger LapBook, the LapBook 12.3 remains an excellent budget buy if you’re looking for a cheap Windows 10 laptop.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/14/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
The Chuwi LapBook 12.3 is a definite upgrade from the LapBook 14.1, and should Chuwi solve the two outstanding problems we’ve highlighted, it will have a sure-fire winner on its hands. The Jumper EZBook 3 Pro or the Yepo N737A, both of which we’ve yet to review, are the closest rivals in terms of specifications, but still can’t offer the same 5-megapixel display.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/07/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
So you can know the main specs, features, design and release date about this Chuwi Lapbook 12.3 now. The other good news is that Chuwi will attend Global Source Mobile electronics to first unveil this Lapbook 12.3 from April 18 to 21, 2017, if you also attend this show, you can got to Chuwi booth 9C40, Hall 9&11. Besides, Chuwi will not only show its next coming Chuwi Lapbook 12.3 tablet pc, but also other tablet pcs and accessories such as Chuwi HI13, Surbook, Surbook Mini, Hibox Pro, etc. So are you looking forward to see all new arrivals?
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/14/2017
Source: Blick DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/25/2017
Source: Putoinformatico ES→EN
Positive: Compact size; good price; powerful hardware; light weight; good connectivity.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/30/2017
Source: HDblog.it IT→EN
Positive: Nice display; comfortable keyboard; light weight; beautiful design; great built quality. Negative: Weak hardware.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/01/2017
Source: Tweakers NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/03/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Tweakers NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/04/2018
Rating: Total score: 100%
Source: Tabletowo PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/18/2018
Rating: Total score: 75%
Model: At a glance, one can be mistaken that the Chuwi LapBook 12.3 looks familiar and if you guessed Apple you might be right. After all, as they say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Even Xiaomi has taken its design cues from Apple range of Macbooks. So, what exactly is this MacBook look alike and what are its guts made of? For starters powering this notebook is an Intel Celeron N3450, 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC flash storage. Just by its specs alone one can already see a common theme with budget platforms like these especially its CPU. In terms of its display the Chuwi LapBook 12.3 sports a 3:2 aspect ratio with a jaw dropping 2736x1824 pixels IPS panel which is quite similar to the Surface 4. The only disappointing thing about the display is the lack of touch functionality but then again usually those are reserved for convertibles. Looking at its chassis construction the Chuwi LapBook 12.3 is made out of an all metal brushed aluminium which makes it look and feel premium not only that this adds to its rigidity and solidness which it scores well. Going along to its IO it is safe to say that Chuwi might have omitted certain aspects of the Mac lineup mainly with its decent port count which is made out of 2 USB 3.0 ports, a HDMI connector and a microSD card slot. Turning the notebook over reveals its 2 speaker grills and a small slot where users can expand its already tiny storage with an M.2 based storage solution which is highly recommended as 64 GB storage for a laptop simply wouldn’t work in today’s world.
For user input the keyboard is about decent with excellent feedback and reasonable key travel. Overall typing experience could almost be close to Apple’s although there are some differences. This goes the same for its touchpad which is decent in size, sensitivity and precision. Despite being an Apple look alike there are some departments in which the Chuwi LapBook 12.3 falls short, one of them being battery life which tops out at only 3 hours and 30 minutes, this means it doesn’t even come close to the Apple MacBook in any regards. While its key features such as the display resolution are impressive it does have some glaring weakness with one being battery life and its performance. If you are looking for battery life and performance you should look elsewhere, but if you are looking for an Apple look alike with a stunning display, then this might be your choice. The Chuwi LapBook 12.3 is more of a ‘show it off’ device rather than an actual workhorse.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Intel HD Graphics 500: Integrated low-end graphics adapter with DirectX 12 support, which can be found in some ULV SoCs from the Apollo Lake series.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Celeron N3450: Frugal quad-core SoC from the Apollo Lake series for inexpensive notebook. Runs with clocks between 1.1-2.2 GHz and integrates a DirectX 12 capable graphics adapter. Compared to the previous Atom generation, the per-MHz performance of the CPU architecture was vastly improved and the graphics adapter was improved as well.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
75.45%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.