The Lapbook Pro has finally arrived, some lucky people have had it for a few weeks already. Just got mine and as expected the build is a bit like the Chuwi Lapbook SE. It weighs 1.47 kilos and 13mm thin without counting the bottom rubber feet. So the build is slim, all metal with no logos on the lid at all. Only on the bottom bezel, speaking of which these bezels are slimmer top and bottom giving it a bit more of a modern look to the laptop. The 14.1″ screen is fully laminated and has a maximum brightness of 350 lux. So brighter than the Lapbook SE.
My unit has the 64GB eMMC, speeds aren’t the fastest for an eMMC 5.1 flash drive. But there is an empty 2242, 2260 and 2280 sized bay taking all three of those sizes. Just be sure to use SATA3 spec as NVMe drives will not work or fit. The Celeron N4100 has a 12W TDP double the default power limit, the 4GB of DDR4 RAM runs at 2133Mhz and in single channel. Exactly the same as the Lapbook SE. Performance wise it feels faster due to the power limit and the battery looks to last the same 7-8 hours. Thermals so far check out no throttling.
So far my feeling is a bit mixed, it’s a nice laptop for sure. But the keyboard space bar doesn’t register well on the edges resulting in missed keystrokes on my unit. And the Type-C port that comes at the cost of a MicroSD reader and one more USB 3.0 port doesn’t even support power delivery. So my PD charger and PD power bank cannot charge it. Only the supplied 12v, 2A charger will charge it. Also, I noticed that the Type-C port will power SSD’s and flash drivers fine but not external spindle hard drives which need more power to run, they cut out transferring data. At least the other USB 3.0 port works.
So I think think the Lapbook SE is overall the best model for a cheaper Gemini Lake laptop. Still, the Lapbook Pro does have the brighter screen, better-looking screen bezels, slightly better speakers and no logo on the rear of the lid. But that isn’t enough I feel to make it better overall if the keyboard on my unit has space key issues on the far edges.
The Lapbook Pro sells for just over $300 on Aliexpress here and was recently on sale for $299.
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