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Chuwi Aerobook Review Online

Chuwi Aerobook Review Online

The review video is now up for the Chuwi Aerobook a crowdfunded Core M3 13.3″ laptop. Overall this is a decent laptop and another step in the right direction with a slight improvement in certain areas, but stating the obvious it really needs a more recent more powerful CPU. The newest Intel Core M3-8100Y would be a perfect fit or the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U better still!

Chuwi Aerobook Review Index:

00:28 – Design & build
03:35 – Webcam & mic sample
04:15 – Speaker sample
05:45 – Performance & benchmarks
11:31 – Screen sRGB & Adobe RGB
12:10 – More real-world tests
14:37 – Battery life
15:45 – Light game tests
16:49 – Thermals
17:26 – Recap + Pros & Cons

The screen is bright, good color gamut, fully laminated so glossy and very reflective. But solvable with an anti-glare screen protector. Speakers, somewhat better sounding than the Lapbook SE’s maybe software tweaks? But still not quite as loud as I would like.

The build is great, the darker grey I really like, make it look more serious more business-like and no backlit Chuwi logo on the rear! The keyboard pretty much the same as the Lapbook SE’s. Backlit good key size 15mm x 15mm and good travel. There is a little more flex in the middle than the Lapbook SE for some reason maybe it’s to do with the weight reduction. It’s only 1.27 kilos so a good 150 grams or so lighter than the Lapbook SE.

Performance wise as so many wanted to know, yes it is faster than the Gemini Lake laptops, but at the cost of 1-2 hours+ of battery life.

Linux Mint has been tested and it runs well, everything works. Wireless, sound, display controls and the touchpad.

The Aerobook was $379 recently on Indiegogo, but that has now ended and now sold via Aliexpress here.

Video tech reviewer and tech blogger. I have a huge interest in the latest tech, tablets, laptops, mobiles, drones, and even e-scooters. Active in the tech community since 2008 days of the Omnia i900 Windows phone., founder from way back.


  1. Hi Chris,

    Thank you for the review. I got one of these laptops as part of the indiegogo campaign. Overall I am very happy with it, however, the screen has a very warm temperature color to it. Did you notice this in your review model? Do you have a recommendation on how to adjust the color temperature to something cooler?

    • Hi, you can tweak it in the Intel GFX settings, if too warm, increase the blue or try tweaking gamma a little. Just experiment. My unit reviewed was calibrated out of the box slightly blue in tint but overall not so bad. But all screens I use my Spyder Pro 5 to calibrate so I’m looking at the same thing.

      The other to note is that every panel is slightly different. They could also use various brands of IPS.

  2. @Chris G: Since a very long time i follow chinese tech and laptops now some years too. First off, thanks again for this one of a kind website with honest reviews like nowhere else!
    IMHO the current models are near perfect for the price: BUT as you say yourself, the CPU is a deal breaker for me.
    Would you be so kind to push Chuwi and Techlast to an answer, if they will offer decent CPUs? Like the Ryzen or a i3?
    I get for the chinese market they have to fight for every cent, and Intel is always expensive, even more now.
    But please push them for an answer for a Ryzen 3/5! I would be willing to pay extra for it, and i guess i am not alone that this would solve the major deal breaker for western customers! And of course if they plan to offer international keyboard like German maybe as option? Those 2 things would make their laptops finally real options!
    Thanks in advance!

    • While I was in Shenzhen I did get to speak to Chuwi, I asked them about this and all I got was they are considering it and all their possible options. The problem for the 8GB of RAM in other models is the cost and the CPU’s again the cost now since they said some Intel CPU’s the prices have gone up dramatically.

      Other keyboard layouts were mentioned by them and they said it would be coming. With plans for other layouts not just US English. When I don’t know.

  3. Excellent Review, Chris. You may download for Free from the Windows Store the HEVC Video Extensions

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    Hopefully that solves the problem about media playback on Windows.

    • Thanks, I didn’t bother as I use Mediaplay classic normally or VLC.

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