Chuwi presents thin and light 13.3-inch LarkBook with modest specs for just under $400
Chuwi is back with a new slim and light 13.3-incher that weighs just under 1 Kg (2.2 lbs) and is only 11.9 mm thick (under 0.5 inches). The Chinese company is notorious for including rather outdated specs for most of its products to keep production costs as low as possible, and the LarkBook clearly proves this point. At least you do not need to sell a kidney to afford this fancy piece of hardware as the estimated AliExpress price is around $450.
Speaking of outdated specs, the LarkBook is powered by a quad-core / quad-thread Intel Celeron N4100 ULV CPU with 6 W TDP, which is still decent for office work, while the UHD Graphics 600 iGPU can handle 4K decoding and output. You also get 8 GB of LPDDR4x of RAM and a 256 GB SSD that can be upgraded. The Wi-Fi 5 + Bluetooth 4.2 support feels dated too, and the included battery is quite small, limited to 34.8 Wh capacity, but at least it features fast charging.
There are, however, some pretty good features included with this model, as well. For instance, the stylish chassis is made of light aluminum and magnesium alloy and has a premium finish. The 13.3-inch IPS screen features FHD resolution, slim bezels and has 220 nits peak luminance. Interestingly enough, Chuwi offers quad DTS speakers and dual-array mics, which are usually featured on more expensive laptops. Port selection includes 1x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, 1x USB-A 2.0 and a USB-C 3.1 with DisplayPort and charging capabilities, plus a headphone jack and a microSD card reader.
The new LarkBook will be available for purchase on AliExpress starting December 15 and customers can now sign up for a $50 discount, lowering the final price to only $394.99.