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Chuwi's budget LapBook Air is now up for preorder

Chuwi, a company known for its budget range of laptops and tablets, has added another entry to its lineup. The new LapBook Air, which borrows a little inspiration from a certain fruit company, is now available for preorder starting at $429.

In terms of specs, the LapBook Air likely won't blow anyone's socks off, but it's not meant to. The laptop is powered by an Intel Celeron N3450 processor at a base clock rate of 1.1GHz. THat's backed up by 8GB of DDR3 RAM and 128GB of storage. A single 2MP webcam is on board as well, sitting just above the 14.1-inch 1080p IPS display.

In terms of connectivity, Chuwi says the LapBook Air packs an SD card slot, two USB 3.0 ports, a single micro HDMI port, and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

If you just need a simple, budget laptop to browse the web and do some word processing, the LapBook Air could prove interesting. Chuwi says the laptop's standard price comes in at $429, but it's currently listed on Amazon U.S. for $459. You can also enter to get a $50 off coupon for the LapBook Air at Chuwi's website.

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8 Comments
  • Great to hear it's available outside China. - Does it do stutter free 1080p playback?
  • The N3450 handles 4K video just fine.
  • Ok thx, that's kinda surprising @1.1 GHz.
  • The CPU will turbo-boost up to 2.2 GHz when necessary, and it drops to around 800 MHz at idle. I have no idea how Intel arrives at the "base clock" of 1.1 GHz, but more importantly, GHz stopped being a useful metric for CPU performance about 15 years ago. It's strange that Windows Central would bother to include that figure in this write up, because it literally tells you nothing about how the CPU performs. This is an "Apollo Lake" CPU, based around same cores of the Atom CPUs of a few years ago, but about 40%-100% faster (depending on whether you're comparing single-thread or multi-threaded performance). This will perform much better than an Atom or Braswell (Pentium or Celeron) systems from the last few years, but a good deal slower than Core M, i3, i5, or i7 systems, all of which are more expensive. For web surfing and video playback, the N3450 is fine. It's not fast, but it's good enough that most people won't complain.
  • Thank you for that extensive answer. I'll consider buying the chuwi.
  • The only question I have is whether it has a precision trackpad or not. There are laptops that match these specs for close to $200 (including Chuwi's own Lapbook 14), but the trackpads are usually terrible. The N3450 is pretty weak, but I could live with in a thin-and-light laptop as long as the trackpad works well.
  • I wish it had touch screen.
  • Me too. Looks nice