Chuwi LapBook Plus – The World’s Cheapest 4K Laptop

The Chuwi LapBook Plus is now widely available internationally for a low price of $439 during its launch, making it the world's cheapest 4K laptop on the market in 2019:

At under $500, it costs half that of the second cheapest 4K laptop Lenovo Yoga 720, and that achievement is for the most part made possible by opting for an Intel Atom x7-E3950 processor whereas other 4K laptops are powered by Intel Core processor and often a with a Nvidia GPU.

The power of the Intel Atom x7-E3950 processor may be the highest in the Intel Atom range, but with Geekbench 4 benchmarks of about 1350 in single-core and 4100 in multi-core, it performs basically at the same level as a Intel Celeron N3450 processor. So that makes it sluggish, and it would only be good for browsing, reading, some spreadsheets, or watching 4K video, and not so much for production tasks, like editing 4K video, which would be a slow process.

World's Cheapest 4K Laptop 2019

It's a shame, because with 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and 256GB of SSD storage, this could have been a good budget 4K laptop in other respects, as the fast RAM helps a bit.

The resolution of the 15.6-inch 4K screen is 3840 x 2160. Chuwi's displays tends to be good, as we see on the 3000 x 2000 resolution Chuwi Hi13, where Chuwi even equipped it with the same display as in the Microsoft Surface Book. So there's more to the screen of this 4K Windows laptop than just high resolution.

With a weight of 1530 grams and a thickness of 15.9mm, it is keeping in line with the trends towards thinner and lighter laptops too, though it still has some way to go before it's record breaking thin and light.

But it has Wi-Fi 5, a backlit keyboard, and thin bezels too, and a 36.5Wh battery, so it's only the processor that holds it back. But at least the Chuwi LapBook Plus offers choice in the world of computers, and there's guaranteed to be people in this world who are going to find this 4K laptop useful and suitable to their needs all the same.

– Tom Bowen