Previously called the Aerobook Pro, the Chuwi Aerobook Plus was sent out to me a few weeks ago to test and review. It’s a loan pre-production unit, so not perfect or reflecting the final product. Still, I had plenty of time to test it out, get to the bottom of if the Aerobook is something you might consider or not. A lot of people were put off by the 6th Gen CPU they are using. It’s the Core i5 6287U. The same very chip found in the older MacBook Pro’s back in its day (5 years ago now) it wasn’t too bad, but times have changed and most laptops with 4k screens would use a quad-core SoC.
As I mentioned in the full review I feel a Core i5 8250U (Now a few years old) would have been perfect still in 2018. Better yet an AMD SoC and I’m sure many would have been happy to pay a bit extra for it. The build is similar to the Aerobook the first Core M3 model, Lapbook SE or the Laptop Pro. Alloy full metal body, backlit keyboard with nice key travel, and keycaps. Although my unit did have an issue with the space bar I was told won’t be in the production model. The touchpad is larger and not bad however some of the finer movements the cursor moved about a bit to much making finer work a bit too fiddly. This again, I was told would be corrected in the final version.
The screen is the star of this 15.6″ laptop, 4k BOE panel with 340nits. It’s very sharp and has good color reproduction with 95% sRGB and 74% Adobe RGB but it’s glossy. Below is the in-depth review covering, the design and build, internals, screen, keyboard, touchpad, performance, benchmarks, audio test, fan noise sample, thermals, and battery life.
02:08 – Internals
03:11 – Build & Design
06:00 – Bios
06:29 – Config
07:23 – Screen
08:54 – Webcam sample
09:15 – Performance
14:13 – Light gaming
14:53 – Thermals
16:07 – Linux Test
16:36 – Speaker test
17:07 – Fan noise
17:31 – Recap
17:53 – Pros & Cons
Aerobook Plus specs:
- 15.6″ 4k screen with 340-350 nits max brightness (whites)
- Intel Core i5 6287U with Iris Pro 550 graphics.
- 8GB or 16GB DDR4 RAM (not upgradable)
- 256GB Netac SSD SATA3 spec
- Empty M.2 2280 NVMe or SATA3 SSD slot (user-accessible)
- Intel wireless AC 3165 with BT 4.1 non-replaceable
- 55Wh battery
- D/C 19V charging included in the box
- USB 3.0 x 2, MicroSD slot (USB 2.0 spec)
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Type-C USB 3.1 video out up to 4k60hz, power delivery 2.0 support
- HDMI 1.4A
- 2MP HD web camera with dual array mics
- Full metal build
- Full-sized backlit keyboard with number pad.