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CHUWI LapBook 14.1 vs. Lenovo IdeaPad 120s: Same low price, big display difference

When it comes to laptops that cost less than $300, the CHUWI LapBook 14.1 is considered one of the best available. Entering the ring to compete is the Lenovo IdeaPad 120s, bringing a similar price and size. If you have only a few hundred to spend on a laptop, let's decide which device is more deserving of your money.

CHUWI LapBook 14.1 vs. Lenovo IdeaPad 120s tech specs

CategoryCHUWI LapBook 14.1Lenovo IdeaPad 120s
ProcessorIntel Celeron N3450
Up to 2.2GHz
Intel Celeron N3350
Up to 2.4GHz
RAM4GB DDR3-1600MHz4GB DDR4-2400MHz
StorageSanDisk 64GB eMMCSanDisk 64GB eMMC
Display14.1-inch
1,920 x 1,080
IPS, matte, non-touch
14-inch
1,366 x 768
TN, matte, non-touch
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 500Intel HD Graphics 500
CameraFront-facing 2.0MPFront-facing 0.3MP
PortsUSB-A 3.0
USB-A 2.0
Micro HDMI
microSD reader
3.5mm jack
Two USB-A 3.0
USB-C
HDMI 1.4
microSD reader
3.5mm jack
Battery45WHr32WHr
Weight3.2 pounds (1.45kg)3.17 pounds (1.44kg)
Dimensions13 inches x 8.93 inches x 0.79 inches
(330mm x 227mm x 20mm)
13.14 inches x 9.25 inches x 0.73 inches
(334mm x 235mm x 18.6mm)
PriceAbout $270 (opens in new tab)About $270

CHUWI LapBook 14.1 vs. Lenovo IdeaPad 120s display

Both laptops have similarly sized displays, both are non-touch and have a matte finish, but the CHUWI LapBook uses an IPS panel and has an FHD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution. Compared to the IdeaPad 120s, which uses a TN panel and has a 1,366 x 768 resolution, it has much better color reproduction and delivers a clearer picture.

In his review, Executive Editor Daniel Rubino said:

The real standout feature though is the 14-inch IPS display. It's rare to find a decent screen in the sub-$300 price range, let alone one with IPS technology.

It's not that the IdeaPad's display is unusable; it's fine for productivity, but you'll no doubt notice the difference if you're coming from 1080p, 1440p, or 4K.

Bottom line: The CHUWI LapBook 14.1 wins hands-down in the display department.

CHUWI LapBook 14.1 vs. Lenovo IdeaPad 120s performance

Both laptops come equipped with 4GB of RAM, although the IdeaPad has DDR4-2400MHz while the LapBook is using DDR3-1600MHz. The processor (CPU) is also slightly different. The IdeaPad's Celeron N3350 has a burst speed up to 2.4GHz, while the LapBook's Celeron N3450 goes up to 2.2GHz. As for graphics, both share the same integrated Intel HD Graphics 500.

Although the IdeaPad's specs look slightly better on paper, the difference in performance in everyday tasks is negligible. As for storage, both devices are using the same eMMC storage from SanDisk, which can be supplemented using the built-in microSD card slot.

Bottom line: When it comes to performance, these laptops are tied.

CHUWI LapBook 14.1 vs. Lenovo IdeaPad 120s keyboard and touchpad

The keyboards on these devices are similar, both offering ample key travel and spacing. Typing for long periods of time on either device shouldn't be a problem, but working in the dark with either machine might be an issue due to the lack of backlight.

As for tracking, the IdeaPad 120s has a Precision touchpad that has excellent sensitivity and tracks well. The LapBook, on the other hand, does not have a Precision touchpad and the texture isn't exactly smooth. Clicking also feels stiff and is uneven across the surface.

Bottom line: The IdeaPad 120s has a much better touchpad, but the keyboards are tied.

CHUWI LapBook 14.1 vs. Lenovo IdeaPad 120s battery life

Budget laptops will often come with a subpar battery in order to cut costs, but both of these devices hit around the seven hour mark with regular usage. Stretching the life by changing the performance plan will no doubt get you more than eight hours from either machine.

Bottom line: With regular usage, expect to get about seven hours from both machines.

CHUWI LapBook 14.1 vs. Lenovo IdeaPad 120s ports

With a good selection of full-sized ports, including two USB-A 3.0, one USB-C, and one HDMI 1.4, the IdeaPad 120s makes it easy to connect both legacy and modern devices without worrying about extra dongles.

The LapBook does have a decent selection, including USB-A 3.0, USB-A 2.0, and Micro HDMI, but can't compete with that the IdeaPad has to offer. If you're looking to expand storage, both laptops have microSD card readers.

Bottom line: The IdeaPad 120s comes with a better selection of ports.

CHUWI LapBook 14.1 vs. Lenovo IdeaPad 120s webcam

Turning on the IdeaPad's webcam for the first time, it's hard not to be let down. It's only 0.3MP, and the picture is honestly quite awful for both video and stills. At 2.0MP, the LapBook's webcam isn't exceptional either, but it's at least much clearer than the one in the IdeaPad.

Bottom line: The LapBook 14.1 has a much better webcam.

CHUWI LapBook 14.1 vs. Lenovo IdeaPad 120s: Conclusion

Deciding between these two laptops will be easy, as long as you know what you'll be using it for. Need a device for web conferencing? The LapBook 14.1 has a much better webcam. Watching lots of videos or just can't stand the look of a display less than 1080p? You have to go with CHUWI's device. However, for a better selection of ports and for a better touchpad, Lenovo's IdeaPad 120s won't let you down.

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Cale Hunt
Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

7 Comments
  • The amazon reviews on the Chuwi are harsh. apparently not as nice as the model you reviewed   https://www.amazon.ca/CHUWI-1920x1080-Notebook-Processor-Redstone/dp/B01....
  • I think the Acer Travelmate Spin B1 would be a great option as well.  Its convertable with touch screen and comes with an active stylus.  Has 1920x180 IPS, 64 GB eMMC, 4 GB ram, N3450 .  It is $299 right now on Newegg and the one I purchased from them came with Windows 10 Pro.   https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/professional-series/travelmatespinb1
  • I bought the Chuwi a few months ago.  So far, I haven't run into any issues aside from the trackpad being hard to use (I have a separate mouse).  I like the key travel on the keyboard, the display is good for the price, it's thin and light while still being sturdy, and the performance is good enough for my everyday use.  Also, the white plastic body is still white after a few months usage.  Dan's review actually helped seal the deal for me.
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  • Too bad Chuwi is so poorly supported.   My Chuwi can now be found at the local dump.  Anything but Chuwi.
  • I live geographically in Asia, but I have never heard of the CHUWI brand before this. Lenovo however has presence in almost every country on earth, hence the expectation that they may be able to handle things better if services are needed.  I am using the 11" variant, and am quite happy with the portability, performance and all around use of the laptop. I wish that other manufacturers would come out with more 11" designs that is not one of those detachable designs (since in my opinion, most of the implementations are horribly designed in the first place).