Hello, Folks! Today I’m going to do a full specifications review of Chuwi SurBook CWI538 2 in 1 Tablet. So, this is their premium two-in-one tablet that has a Microsoft Surface Pro or the Surface Pro full screen, and it’s a lovely panel. So, let’s start-
Design & Build: –
The design is all made out of metal and weighs almost 1kg so it’s not super lightweight and you can see here a kickstand also made out of metal. The hinge is metal, and it folds all the way back like so. So, we can get quite a nice angle here for using a stylus on there which is an optional extra which I’ll show you later on.
So, the keyboard is very like a type cover that you’ll find on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The design is very similar to it; it is backlit. It has the suede-like material on the back that is a complete dust magnet, so it picks up every single piece of dirt on the table services when you put it down there. It comes in with magnets you can also prop it up slightly higher there. So, overall the build quality of it is excellent, it’s decent, and I’ll go into some more detail here. We’ll go through all the Pros and Cons of this too and one here from Chuwi.
On the bottom, you’ll find the inserts there for the keyboard and pogo pins and underneath that kickstand which by the ways has a metal hinge. We have the micro SD card sot here just like the Surface Pro series. So, all the ports located on the right side we have a 35mm Headphone Jack that supports microphones, 2 USB-3.0 plugs now, these will power external hard drives. Same goes for the Type-C port now this is type-C USB-3.1, so that means it supports data charging and video out up to 4K 30 Hertz.
The buttons at the top feel like they made out of metal quality feel. They don’t feel like they’re gonna come loose or break or anything like that and they don’t rattle around inside the housing. Now, I’ve got a minor complaint here with this Type-C port, and that is the plug because the housing slants off a little bit it doesn’t sit completely flat. I found that to get the plugs in for my hubs at least I have to push at a bit of an angle and quite hard then finally get it to clip in place and often it will pop out a little bit resulting in me losing the connection with my monitor and external keyboards. So, if it doesn’t do that click, then it won’t sit there in place.
On the back here we have a 5-megapixel autofocus camera the quality isn’t wonderful, but it’s okay for taking photos of texts and things. Now, it’s something that they’re not even the Surface Pro 3 could do as it didn’t also have an autofocus camera so up close text you can even take a photo of at least you can with this. Now, here’s one thing to note that while the back it all made out of alloy which is excellent and the build quality is excellent. There isn’t a plastic strip along here to aid the wireless antenna reception, so I feel due to this the range isn’t quite as good as it could be.
On the rear, we have got the Chuwi logo here which pressed into the metal kickstand and lastly up to the front a 2-megapixel front-facing webcam. So, the type cover comes in two colours you have got black, and I think the other one is a purple colour and it’s very similar to the design and even the quality of the Microsoft type cover three but you will get with thee or you can order extra for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
Now, the material of it is like a fake suede that is very prone to smudges fingerprints marks dust and dirt and everything it’s picking that up you can see even after two weeks of use. It’s already starting to look a little bit used and abused.
The Chuwi Surbook has 2736 by 1824, and that translates to 267 pixels per inch which are very sharp for a 12.3-inch screen, maximum brightness tops out at 450 Lux that I measured lovely panel that says really and a top-grade group that you will find indefinitely one of these cheaper. More budget oriented Chinese tablets do not have a quality screen like this ones. Beautiful black on here good looking colours. Now, the touch digitiser and the pen is all running with codecs technology so that’s the digitiser brand, the manufacturer there and it can play of course 4K videos. This is a native 4K video; it’s having problems with that just to start with I’m not sure what happened. So, you can plays back high bitrate HUV coded and VP9 as well as something that the Apollo lanes can handle natively.
So, the screen on 0% I find to be a little too bright ideally I would like this to be darker for late night time use.
It has modest kind of volume. I wish they were just a little bit louder; there’s little-hinted bass. Overall there are okay type speakers, they indeed aren’t the best however and not the premium speakers.
The Operating System comes with Windows 10 Home fully activates no problem, and it’s a more recent build. So, we don’t have to worry about downloading that important creator update since we already have it incorporated in that image they have used. It has 6 gigabytes of RAM now it’s in dual channel 1600 MHz, and we do have a 128 gigabytes EMC 5 spec drive on here. Those are the speeds of it here so very decent almost 190 reads, and 104 writes there, 4k is also not too bad for this kind of drive there. The other things of interest in here the wireless it’s all band wireless AC, the 3165 chipsets ubiquitous now with the Apollo Lakes and it’s so much better than the Realtek Wireless.
Now, a couple of other tests I ran here we’ve got Geekbench for CPU benchmark here so that’s more or less like other Apollo Lake in 3450s no real problems there perhaps a little bit slower there and then we have the OpenCL test here which is the computed score.
So, what about the streaming 4K video? At the moment I’ve just gone into YouTube, and I’m just doing a 4K demo, and it’s keeping up here, but when I did go from the Windows 8 mode into full screen it dropped about 5 or 6 where seven frames here, but it’s running that perfectly fine. Now, this is using Microsoft’s edge here so overall the Apollo Lakes are not high-end chipsets. They’re useful for the light tasks like that so streaming 4K a little bit of Photoshop, but minor edits, minor kind of work like that is beautiful. Excel spreadsheets as long as they’re not massive they should run perfectly fine on this. So, I think it’s more or less a PC only for that kind of tasks. So, if you want to do heavy jobs like Video Editing, Games triple-A titles, then this is not the chipset for it.
The framerate is right, it’s over 30 frames per second. Some of the other Apollo lakes don’t get this kind of framerate. They get even lower than this. So, it is playable at this resolution now if you do the TDP power limit tweak. You’ll probably get an extra additional ten frames per second or so. So games from the Windows 10 store running in need of screen resolution like Asphalt Extreme. You will see run far too sow so you need to drop the decision down to something like 1080p, and then this game will have playable frames rates. Thermals excellent on this system, it does get slightly warm.
Now, the backlight on the keyboard isn’t armed by default for some reason you need to press function and delete to turn it on, and we’re missing some controls here. So, there are no controls for the volume you’ve got only mute, no Print Screen Button. The typing on this keyboard is not bad at all, but the key-travel is quite shallow. It’s about 1.17mm of travel so not a lot of travel there but overall quite good, not many typos and a soft keyboard to type on.
Now, the touchpad is a reasonable size considering despite they’ve got to work with, but I’m not particularly fond of this touchpad here. It’s sometimes a little oversensitive double tapping and trying to drag items doesn’t seem to work sometimes, and I in the end just use a mouse I don’t bother with it. You have the gestures, and unfortunately you’ll notice on the keyboard here I haven’t found it. If it’s not showing, but there is no functioning control or button shortcut to disable this touchpad which is another annoyance. You can also prop up the type cover, and when you type on it quite heavy, you will get a little bit of bounce there. Now, if you’re not happy with that bounce when typing then merely just place it down. Again, just like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 type cover and this is what the keyboard looks like when lit up when you turn on the backlight.
Stylus Pen: –
It supports a Stylus the same exact one as the Chuwi Hi 13 H3, so it’s the third version of their active stylus from Chuwi, 1024 of pressure sensitivity the tip on the end is hard plastic. So, it’s not like the quality styluses where you get rubber on the end of it. So, I’m just going to do a couple of quick tests here. There is a hover function like you get on other Styluses, so you hold it right about 5mm palm rejection also works so soon the pin is detected then palm rejection comes into play here. So, can you write proper text on it? It is not too bad one of the better ones. Now, you can use rulers and things, but I don’t happen to have one on me.
When it comes to the battery life here, I ran a couple of tests so in this test here I was gaming for around three hours and the brightness set to about 25% in autonomy. It’s gonna run for about 4 hours and 25 minutes with the discharge rate using around 10 watts. Now, when I decided to take it more comfortable on it, so it was a just light task but a YouTube streaming, some videos, each Chrome them I managed to get closer towards 7 hours but this does still fall short. So to fully charge the Surbook when in use all depends on if you’re doing something very demanding. It can range from about 2 hours 50 minutes anywhere up to about 4 hours If it’s very demanding task. Now, if you power off the Surbook and then charge it, it will fully charge in approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes.
Now, wraps up the review- the Surbook is a very well rounded to one tablet. Now, in the beginning, it was looking quite bad for this tablet because of the touchscreen issues the fact that the sensitivity just wasn’t there so luckily Chuwi released that driver updates. Now, the touchscreen is perfectly fine I’m able to select things I’m not getting those typos while using the on-screen keyboard like a burst with the first driver. So, good to see that they’re onto it, they’re fixing the problems as they should of course. The design well made, well put together. The speakers sound okay, but overall they’re not too bad. Typing on the type cover as well lovely experience, it’s very similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
Now, my biggest complaint and the worst area I would say about this particular model here is that touchpad. I just don’t like it; it’s not very good at all. And other second worst thing I would say it would be the battery life, we’re getting around 6 and half hours, so it’s not the best when it comes to battery life. And lastly a minor complaint here is the type-c port when I try to put in my hub for example sometimes it will make its way out a little bit causing the connection to be lost to my monitor, to my keyboard and mouse and I feel hopeful that they can improve on the way that the type-c port sits in there. Other than that it is an excellent tablet.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Chuwi Surbook Tablet||Geekbuying||Rs 27,371.67|
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|Chuwi Surbook Tablet||GEARBEST||$ 483.99|
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|Chuwi Surbook Tablet||Coming Soon||PKR 54,000|