Ultra-thin Chuwi LapBook Air 14 shipping October 10th for $460 USD
Chinese manufacturer Chuwi has been slowly teasing its lineup of LapBook notebooks from the 12.3-inch model up to the 15.6-inch model. The middle-ground 14.1-inch model will finally be ready to ship early next month through major retailers including Gearbest and Amazon.
The catch, however, is that the LapBook 14 will cost more than what Chuwi initially promised. Currently, Amazon US is listing the notebook for $460 USD retail whereas the manufacturer advertised a $300 USD starting price back in December of 2016. Users who pre-order and subscribe through the manufacturer can knock off $50 USD for a final price of $410 USD. While still nowhere near $300, it is at least significantly cheaper than the MacBook Air that Chuwi is clearly marketing this against.
The LapBook Air 14 is shaping up to be a well-constructed device that should feel more premium than what its price would otherwise suggest. It even comes with a keyboard backlight which is an uncommon feature at this price range. The crux will be its slow Apollo Lake Celeron N3450 CPU that will limit usability to mostly browsing, word processing, or streaming purposes. Core specifications include:
- 14.1-inch FHD IPS display (320 nits)
- 8 GB RAM
- 128 GB M.2 SSD
- 33.7 Wh battery
- Dual-Band WiFi
- 8 GB RAM
- 6 mm thickness
- 1.3 kg