Chuwi Ubook Pro 2-in-1 convertible laptop review


Where to buy?

Chuwi sells the Ubook Pro for $490 at the time of writing with the two accessories, the keyboard and the HiPen H5 Stylus. Note that, while this price includes delivery, it is exclusive of any taxes that may be levied by the relevant authorities or the courier companies on behalf of the vendor. 

Microsoft launched the Surface range, some might say, in order to provide a standard for others to follow, more or less faithfully. Some, like Chuwi, follow it almost to the letter; take the Ubook Pro, it is a 2-in-1 convertible laptop that looks a lot like the Surface Pro 7, complete with a lookalike keyboard.

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Design

The design language of Chuwi tablets has evolved significantly over the past four years. Premium material is now the norm as the Chinese manufacturer wants to move away from the bargain basement crowd and improve its margin.

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At 292 x 208 x 8.5mm, it has almost exactly the same dimensions as its Microsoft competitor and its weight, at 770g, matches it as well. Pure coincidence? More likely that they share the same supply chain. The integrated kickstand is a frame which looks more fragile than what the Surface Pro 7 offers.

Its angle can be set between zero and about 145 degrees; it remains firmly in place at any angle and represents a better solution than the rectangular plate in the Pro 7. The speakers are located on each side of the tablet, underneath the stand. 

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The Ubook Pro is particularly well equipped when it comes to connectivity, better than its rival. There’s two USB 3 ports (type-A), a Type-C connector, a dedicated power jack, a mini HDMI connector, a microSD card reader and a 3.5-mm audio port. Other than the volume rocker and the power button, you will also find a 2-megapixel camera at the front and a 5-megapixel one at the back.

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Overall the Ubook Pro feels solid yet light thanks to the combination of plastic, metal and glass. The display, a 12.3-inch model, has an oleophobic coating making it almost impervious to greasy fingerprints. Hurray! Its aspect ratio (3:2 with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels) means that the tablet looks taller – and feels squarer – than the 16:10 Windows tablets that usually come from China.

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Hardware

Spec Sheet

The Chuwi Ubook Pro that was sent to us contained the following specs:

CPU: Core m3-8100y

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615

RAM: 8GB

Screen: 12.3 inch IPS full-laminated,1920 x 1280, multi-touch screen

Storage: 256GB Netac

Ports: 1x USB-C, 2x USB-A 3.0, Micro-HDMI, audio jack

Connectivity: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 2.4GHz/5Ghz 

Camera: 2.0 MP Front Camera

Weight: 780g

Size: 292 x 208 x 8.5mm (closed)

Battery: 36.5Wh



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