Chuwi Hi13 Review – What if Surface Book was $400?

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Lisa Gade reviews the Chuwi Hi13, a Windows 2-in-1 convertible tablet that’s clearly inspired by Microsoft Surface Book. The Hi13 is much less expensive at approx. $420 for tablet, keyboard dock and pen, or $350 if you just want the tablet. It has a 13.5” IPS display running at 3,000 x 2,000 resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio, just like Surface products. The Hi13 has dual band WiFi 802.11ac, a 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and 4 speakers.

The tablet runs Windows 10 on the 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron N3450 “Apollo Lake” CPU with 4GB LPDDR3 RAM and 64GB eMMC flash storage. It has a USB-C port that’s used for charging, and it can handle DisplayPort out. The proprietary active pen offers good tracking with very little parallax and it has 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity. Ports include USB-C, micro USB, micro HDMI, headphone and a microSD card slot. The keyboard dock adds two USB type A 2.0 ports.

Our review unit came from GearBest.com, a reputable Chinese exporter. Here are the product links:
Tablet link: http://www.gearbest.com/tablet-pcs/pp_557447.html?lkid=10681730
Keyboard link: http://www.gearbest.com/tablet-accessories/pp_619261.html?lkid=10681732
Pen link: http://www.gearbest.com/tablet-accessories/pp_620865.html?lkid=10681733

Comments

Elvis Castillo says:

Hi, Lisa. could you please review the HP ProDesk 400 G3 Desktop Mini PC?

Yu Ii says:

Greetings! I love to hear from you for once to say go, run buy Laptop X or PC Y! I have been waiting, holding on to my money to buy a third Laptop or PC (MacOS or Win10) to be faster than my juiced-up iMac (which has gotten really slow for my taste now) for my day-to-day work. May I live long enough to get your green light for that. Amen!

Louis Browne says:

Windows tablet brightness doesn't play well with the intel drivers.

watch tube says:

don't bother with this shitz. Just buy a decent 2 in 1. You'll just waste your money.

Ferdian Tanjung Mandahiling Koto says:

Yes finally my favorite "Lady Tech" is reviewing another good quality affordable product of Chuwi 🙂 Chuwi is well known for their dual boot tablet; Windows and Android in one device.

Erik liljeberg says:

damn 117 comments cheif would be proud

tiestofalljays says:

"This is Lisa from MobileTechReview, and.. oh, I just broke the laptop."

Agent Kallus says:

I'd say these trash export products really damage the real quality of Chinese products. Check Lenovo high-end products please, Huawei is also ok. If you really want a budget product, Hasee is the correct choice. But anyway, thanks a lot Lisa.

6maxwell99 says:

great review Lisa . very informative.

Victor Akerfelt says:

Chewies hybrid of choise

Lesley Harrys says:

I don't get why Chinese manufacturers make tablets with either a great screen and underpowered processor, or good processor and mediocre screen.

This thing would have been great with an m3, 8GB RAM and laminated screen, even if it were priced $150,- higher than it is now

Dara Ea says:

I would love to buy a surface pro if it's not that expensive. Money is the reason not to think about Surface pro.

Eduardo says:

now put a good procesor in it and i would buy it for 500 bucks and awesome!

Peter P. says:

we had surface book on clearance here in the supermarket for about $900 ,then all ended up on second hand advert sites for even cheaper. I think in this size and weight most people opt for a proper ultrabook

Anthony Yang says:

Review the Samsung Book 12 please!

Derb Gejiddelt says:

At 10:34 omfg kill it!

Rob S says:

Thank you. Haven't seen the flicker on others reviews. Brightness is higher on others reviews also. Wonder why?

CJ Van der Merwe says:

Please do the Xiaomi air 13…. actually something decent looking

Maximilian L says:

Isnt a chaeap Android tablet ( <3 note 12.2) a lot better? the processing power is just not suitable for Windows needs…

Random Stuff says:

If this had an internal pcie slot available (like some chinese core m tablets do) I would buy it, since storage speed is the worst bottleneck.

singlesoulful says:

Thank you Lisa. You provide thorough and entertaining reviews.

Vernal Scott says:

Not the best review of this tablet. Check Techtablets for that. Either way, these lesser known tablets represent great value for money. I own the earlier Hi12 model and it has replaced my desktop. Well done Chuwi. You can't get an Apple or Samsung toothpick for this kind money.

Martyn Rosenburg says:

I just bought a venue pro 11 with an m5 y71 cpu 8gb ram and 256GB SSD for $300. So happy with it. Even has LTE.

ezekiel cruz says:

Is that a bluetooth mic attached to her shirt? What's the brand name and model?

Freak Zoid says:

Sorry Lisa, this has more in common with Asus Transformer Book Chi T300 than Surface Book. It's a good review but the title is a bit click baity to me.
The Surface Book is still on a league of it's own and would like to see a 'real' alternative that cost (significantly) less.
Honestly I wouldn't get any of these things yet as they look a bit risky. I did in the past and never again until they get a bit of traction in the market. The only thing is, once they get traction then they become more expensive like Samsung.
For a little bit more money, I would probably go for a Xiaomi.

Tracy Lustick says:

Let's not forget where our precious Apple comes from .

East Coast Drones says:

On Flash Sale now for $319.00

scootosan says:

Might be good for the Toddlers to play with and when it dies and it will instant Frisbee.

momonyak says:

Hi Lisa, great video. I always appreciate reviews of not so famous brands. They are like diamonds in the rough or like discovering hidden treasures. As a person on a limited budget, I am always on the lookout for great value for money products.

Specs are expected for the price. Just what I need for browsing and media consumption. My concern is the after sales support though which is common for lesser known brands. The pen is surprisingly good though.

Thanks for the review. I always love your down to earth style. Kinda reminds me of my mom. I miss home. Anyway, keep up the great work! Regards from the Philippines.

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