Chuwi CoreBook Unboxing & Full Detailed Review
Now this is quite a large box because it also contains the keyboard and the stylus, so we’ll be checking those out in the review as well. So the battery capacity is 34 watt hours, which isn’t massive, so it’s going to be good for about five hours. Only unfortunately and I’ve noticed that most of the core m3 tablets so that’s all you tend to get I’ve, never seen really good battery life we’ve never seen seven or eight hours on any khorium device, and that includes the Microsoft Surface pro as well. So this model does have a type C port and it doesn’t have any full size, USB 3 ports, and that type cover that’s in here as well also acts as a stand for it. So it’s highly recommended to get that as well. So anyway, let’s check out and see what we get in the Box. The design of the tablet run through my normal tests and also my final opinion at the end of this review, with my pros and cons, so you can see. We’Ve got a large brown box here. This is Chuy’s typical packaging and they do put on the left side they’re, just the specs of it that I outlined so it’s using the chewy high pin 3, which I will show you, and it is well packaged up here. So there’s the tablet I’ll put that to the side for a second. So in this little box in the middle, we just got a few leaflets here.
So that’s your warranty user manual, another typical kind of paperwork. You will get with a new product. Now in the pouch on the side, you will find the power supply. So this is a type c1, as you can see there, black the cable length isn’t too bad it’s, not the longest, and it is rated to 12 volts, 3 amps and in the plug, of course, for whatever version you ordered. This is the EU model. So I have an e you plug this insert of course lifts else and under this we then find that we’ve got the keyboard and that h, i3 pin. So we take a look quickly at the stylus. It does come packaged out. You have a battery for it. So it’s one of those expensive quad a batteries and the stylus has a look to it very similar to the likes of say the surface pen well a little bit so it does have. The other end of think does work as well, but it will test that out. We’Ve got two buttons and then the tip the tip is not rubber. It is a hard plastic, so you obviously need to unscrew this and then insert that quad a battery and onto the cool book keyboard. So the keyboard has this felt fake, suede like material to it, so it’s almost like a a fabric and what it does is attract dust that’s, an absolute dust magnet. So this thing’s sharp dust and do it and the straightaway – and it can be a bit of a pain to keep clean it’s made out of like a plastic frame to that it’s wrapped over and we’ve got this in here to stop it obviously for the keyboard From getting damaged and the way this works is very similar again to that audio cube k.
Note that I reviewed so this is like a stiff hinge, and that gives you the various different positions when you dock the tablet to it. So we’ve got a a 10 pin, Pogo port right there, the connector and then a large touchpad right here with a status LED. So I can see we have a function shortcut to get media controls for those keys along the top for your volume and it doesn’t seem to be separate keys. Therefore, the screen brightness I, which is slightly disappointing – and I cannot see a Print Screen button, either and page up and down home. Our also missing from this keyboard, which is a minor but at least the shift keys, are normal kind of size on both sides. Often they’re sometimes cut down the shift key or they will cut down the arrow keys. That hasn’t happened here now, because it does sit flat. There is no other level. You can’t prop it up again: there’s no magnet along the top here, you’re not going to get any flex at least but it’s a flat keyboard, so typing it. It does feel perfectly fine those keys. Now this palm wrist is going to be a nightmare to keep clean because it does have that fabric as well. And I can see that with your hands with the oils from your hands and if it’s hot, dane things, and you have sweaty palms – that this is going to be very, very easy to get dirty now i can see that it does have left and right hardware.
Mouse button so it’s not just the gestures. Hopefully this is a Windows, precision touchpad, but I will check that so just pulled it out of the protective slip and straight away, Oh notice, that it has a applied screen protector. They often do this with the tablets. Out of China, because a people want them and the factories can normally apply them perfectly without any dust and B they don’t, which is the most important thing, normally use scratch resistant tempered, glasses, will probably just be soda lime glass which can scratch easily. So we do have a hardware home button here and yes, it is a click in type, but it also acts, of course, as a fingerprint reader. Now this is an eland fingerprint reader and there is the connector for the keyboard so that’s, those ten pins there with the Pogo port and these two little gaps. You can see that’s where it slots in to hold it in position and there’ll be magnets inside the case of this here now you notice that there’s, this funny white edge, is round here now, someone to my forum, in fact, two different people said that it was The screen, glass, elimination, failing that was a manufacturing fault and it’s, in fact not the case, because this is a screen protector it’s because it has 2.5 D glass, so it doesn’t actually sit right down on that curve. So the rear of the tablet has this unibody alloy housing, and it feels quite good in hand.
It doesn’t tend to show up the fingerprints too bad and it is all metal apart from this strip along the top, where you’ll find all the ports, so port location is rather poor. I don’t like the ports at the top don’t think this is a wise design. Move so you can see, we do have an auto focus: 5 megapixel camera. We have a micro SD card slot. Now those total two little dots there. You can see those are microphones. We have a micro USB 2 here and then we have 3.5 millimeter headphone jack. With a microphone support and then a type C port which supports data charging and display out and those two little girls they’re either side ad top firing loudspeakers. So I do like the location of the speaker’s, not either side, which you do find on some tablets and they’re rather easy to block when you’re holding it, of course, and then on the left side. You’Ll find a middle volume button power button and below that power. Button as a status LED, so the frame that around the glass is plastic and it clips in nicely and I’ve noticed that when you hold it – and I apply a little bit of pressure to the case in everything – there’s no creaks, there’s, no flex. So, overall, the build quality is good and it definitely is solid with no flex there. So the tablet is 9.33 millimeters thin, which isn’t bad considering it as a large 13.
3 inch tablet, and it weighs 1.1 kilos now that’s, just the tablet, so it’s quite heavy. As expected for a large tablet, if we add the keyboard, that brings it up now to 1.8 kilos and then the power supply which you’ll have to take along with you brings it up to 2.0, which I feel actually is not too bad. Considering now what I have noticed that this is about the third astern really push the screen back, because any third is, if you’re tapping on it you type really hard about. There is probably the maximum about there. It’S going to give up that hinge is not going to be able to support the weight of the tablet, then, and probably just collapse, as you can see, it just did alright, so I have removed the first layer of the screen protector and also the protector that’s On top of the touchpad gone straight into the BIOS say I wanted to check if it’s fully unlocked and unfortunately it isn’t. We do have some settings here, but there is no power limits or anything like that. Now I do believe we’ll still be able to use in towels XTU. If you want to tweak down or undervolt it increase power limits and things like that, but I will check that out. So we’ve still got our boot menu. Of course here, if you want to put Linux, which I will test in this review, but that’ll be towards the end now we’ll just save and get out of here and I’ll boot straight into Windows.
Alright, so we’re up and running here in Windows, just to point out that it does have not the recent most of today but one of the more up to date versions and builds of Windows here, because normally you see versions which are 1706 or 1708. I think it is, and this has 1803 so we do get things like down on the power settings you get now that, of course, where it just says, the battery level you’ve got best battery life, best performance, and things like that right here you can see. Now I just wanted to run through a few things here. I’Ve already done my testing now for two days and on first boot I had a hundred and three gigabytes free of data there, which is not a lot now. You could open this up, but it’s going to be very complicated because the case basically clips into the front outside housing, so it’s gon na be very difficult and then add your own MDOT to 2242 sized SSD, no don’t know the make of SSD, but I will Quickly show you the speeds, but just before that, I wanted to point out that the RAM is running in dual channel and it’s 1600 megahertz, but the timing of it actually seems to be alright, so the RAM isn’t at the fastest, but it doesn’t affect the Geekbench For scores or the performance, as far as I can tell, it seems to be good, so that’s, why the RAM time as I feel they’ve used it’s a little bit tighter than you get with the 1866 megahertz.
You typically see I’ve seen on other devices like the cube sinker, so the Geekbench for scores here they are really quite good: the internal storage. Well, this is not the fastest SATA 3 SSD. You will see. However, it is faster than e. Mmc 5.1 speak that they were originally going to go for, but they reach certain goals with the crowdfunding and that’s when they put an SSD and they also increased the RAM capacity as well here so 400 readers and write sequential aren’t. The best do. Typically, you can see up to 500 550. The 4k reads: you can see there at 9 that’s a little bit low, but the writes are good and overall, the performance of the system does seem quite quick. That is also reflected in the antutu scores, a very good score care for the court, m37, wife, 30 of almost 220000 and then looking at the device manager. What we’ve got on board here so it’s using the dual band wireless AC 3165 from Intel and with my FTP tests you’re looking about ‘0 megabits per second, the maximum transfer speeds through this particular chipset. I mean this is ideal it’s good I’m. Getting the full speeds out of my fiber line with this. The range is good as well, and no trouble with that so good performance from the wireless it’s, just not the fastest chipset out there. Now, when it comes to the display it up as well, it has the Intel integrated, HD graphics, that is the 615 which they’re still using in the eighth generation corium 8100 Y, which is, I don’t, even think, that’s an any devices yet that’s just been recently announced That one’s coming through now for sensors, we do have an accelerometer, of course, for the screen, so it will flip around and then a Bosch.
Sorry, an ambient light sensor, that’s the Bosch, accelerometer and evident light sense, of course, is connected to the automatic brightness which you can see right here. So it son suggested at the moment that’s using the sensor and you’ve got the newer settings on here. So you’ve got brighter brightest and then darkest now to me darkest is still way too bright. This should be very dim for late time years and a lot of manufacturers. They don’t seem to tone this right down. Now there are our software apps out there they’re like filters for the screen. It can make it a little bit darker at least now the screens maximum brightness caps out at 240, Lux approximately, which to me, is falling short a little bit in peak brightness. Ideally, this is white I like to see at least 300 now it is aided by the fact it’s fully laminated, but you can see there’s a lot of reflection to see my hand now waving around the back and that’s, of course, because I do have the screen Protector on it now, I could remove this but I’m, leaving it on, because I don’t want to scratch up the screen, but overall the colors, the reproduction of the screen. I find to be good now, depending on what you’re looking at. If you have a complete dark background, I have noticed that this panel does suffer from a bit of light leakage on the end it’s to do with the bonding process.
So long on the black here, it’s a little hard to make out. You can see. Instead of being really really dark, there is a little bit of white that’s creeping in in this part here, there’s a little bit at the top and some on the other side as well it’s, just a characteristic of the screen, it’s, something you can’t really avoid, and It’S only really noticeable with the same exact color and mostly with dark backgrounds. Will you actually see it now? Touch response and accuracy does seem really good there’s, no complaints with the screen at all. In regards to that, it’s working, really fine, it’s, accurate it’s smooth and the same goes for when you’re, for example, looking at a webpage very, very smooth, the touch input so the core m37 Y 30. It handles a TVC codecs, just fine vp9. Now this is 4k encoded at a hundred and 40 megabits per second, so a very high bitrate and it’s playing it. Fine there are a few little stutters initially, but once it gets going, it is good. Now the output from the type C port I’ve tested it out is 30 Hertz, 4k maximum, so there’s no 60 Hertz. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support HDMI, not this chipset. The same goes for streaming and crime, so this is 4k streaming with youtube. Now that was just from me minimizing and maximizing, you will see a few drop frames, but other than that it really does work perfectly fine and does look really good on the screen, if only it was just a little bit brighter and moving on now to the Audio department, so the output from the 3.
5 millimeter headphone jack is reasonably loud: there’s no static, there’s, no hiss, it’s clean, which is great the speaker’s, so I pointed them out at the start, so top firing speakers. These do sound a lot better than the older cube tablets, I’ve tested out so that’s another corner eater. But the K note 5, the speakers on that one very poor. They are loudly here a little bit richer, just lacking a little bit of volume really, but I’ll give you a sample of them now. So a performance overall of the call book is good, going and swapping between tabs here I’m running. Quite a few things. At the same time – and I do have Chrome open with various different tabs, so obviously the eight gigabytes of RAM is helping. Now, what is also helping is the fact that cube have set a seven watt power limit. So the short turbo boosts the turbos max power is 7 and then the 15 watts as well. So now the manufacturers only recommends, I think, it’s 4.5 that’s, the lower level, so it’s at a nominal T, DP and quite a high setting ready for that. So this is why the performance is good for a core m3. So things like docks and all that editing documents, you tube, checking emails, very light games and all that as what this particular chipset is perfectly fine at what it’s not good at, of course, is Triple A games, editing 4k videos and things like that, that’s, where this Is going to fall completely flat on its face, but other than that the performance is good, it does keep up and I think most people will be very pleased with the performance of the court m3.
So it’s a sample now of the front facing webcam, 720p 30 frames per second and the quality of the video is good. I feel it’s fine, okay, I’m in bright studio lights. At the moment, if you’re low light it’s going to be grainy, it could be choppy, but where it is falling short, you can probably hear it as the audio quality notes, not wonderful to me, but still this is going to be possible for Skype. I just wish that all you didn’t have so much hiss it. Hopefully that can be improved upon somehow now to briefly cover the keyboard after using it for a few days. So it is an OK keyboard to type on it’s. Definitely not a high quality keyboard. It doesn’t have a feel of, for example, the me notebook Pro that I have no nowhere near that, but overall the typing experience is good. I do miss having the shortcut for print screen. I have to use the window snip tool now for that so that’s, a minor annoyance. Now, at the start of the video I said there were no page up and down Keys there. Actually here, okay, they’re right there, there are shortcuts for that. We use the function. Key now the touchpad is a precision one with windows, precision drivers, but I don’t particularly like the surface of it, so this of it is quite textured and I’ve noticed that it just tends to not be as great as other windows.
Precision touch pads I’ve used. Now the size of it is good, and it probably is the first one to use the proper windows drivers in the setup compared to other type covers from Chinese manufacturers. So that’s one positive there. So, overall it is definitely a usable keyboard. Just don’t expect super high quality typing experience from this one, so we have that alone, fingerprint reader down the bottom, that a lot of tablets don’t have the cube key note: didn’t have it and what I’m going to do is just going to set it up again. So I can demonstrate to you, so you just have to use a finger like your mobile phone, that you want to set up and just get it to read it so I’m. Just using this finger right here and you need to just lift up your finger and it takes about ten attempts there and that will set it up now, just to quickly demonstrate the fingerprint reader in action. So the position I’m – not quite fond of, I think it should be on the side. However, it does actually tend to work nine out of ten times, which is the main thing, as you can see there, it’s very quick and straight into Windows without having to type out a password so much faster now on to battery life. So last night I tested it out from a full charge and you can see these are my results here. So this was mixed use.
I was watching some amazon, prime, so streaming and 1080p, and I managed to get five hours and seven minutes some doc edits. I was using Chrome editing my website as well so battery life on the core. M3S has never been wonderful for me, and this is on par, more or less with other devices I have tested out, perhaps maybe a little bit less, because it’s only a 38. What our battery now charge times, it’s around 3 hours and 30 minutes to fully charge that battery as well now, one thing I’m not fond of with this tablet is the port location at the top here. So you have to use dongles and adapters and they don’t include them in the box, because we don’t have a full size. Usb 3 port, and also with my unit I’ve, got a bit of a problem, so the micro SD card reader, you can see here they sit in flush, that’s, all fine and dandy. Then what happens is that I’ve noticed a lot of times. Windows will make the confirmation beep with my micro SD cards and I reinsert them, but then they don’t actually show up and I can’t access them and I have to reboot the machines. So I do have issues with my unit with the micro SD card reader right. So on to the stylus test now, so this is the stylus. Obviously I showed you in the beginning: we’ve got the two buttons, the tip at the end.
There is actually no support for the end so that the end of it will not work as an eraser. So this is one note, I’ve notice. The performance here seems to be pretty good, actually would help if I select the pin tool so do that now, however, function does work about three millimeters away from the screen that’s when it detects and if, of course, there’s palm rejection with this. So just going to draw a couple of lines: try and just do it a straight line there. If you go out to the edge it leaves about there, you go, you can see the straight line there you get a millimeter or so we’re. So won’t go right to the edge of the bezel, but the most important thing for me and a lot of people is how is the writing performance so just do a quick test. Now the palm rejection should come in. Hopefully yes, hello there and for some reason I cannot write there. Oh so that is not good. Do that again? What is going on? Okay, hello? No! This is not working too well. I’M, not sure what is up with this. The tool seems to be selecting or going up there for some reason, maybe I’m pressing the button. I think that’s my fault, and I will do this again. Okay, no hello, no I’m, not seeing it sleeping up there. So to me that the performance of this stylus is not good at all, if you want the best, honest performance on Windows, get a surface or something that supports.
Of course, the intrigued stylus was a whack on start as well, because this for me, let’s, do this. This is bad, but I can’t even write that so the horrible status really so I pulled up a linux and you can see that, yes, it is working. Wireless works, the touchpad works and even the mouse buttons they work fine, but what is not working is the touch screen, and this is something of course. We need with the tablet so no touch screen, you’d, have to hunt around and try and find a solution and drivers to get that one to work so that maybe a bit of a mission there so not quite perfect when it comes to the Linux support testing. Our just a couple of games here so first up is counter strike. This is 720p on the lowest settings and you can see we are getting a very playable framerate here, no problems, it stays most of the time around 60 frames per second, if not over, and will dip down, sometimes in the higher 40. So, overall, good performance with these older light titles and other light engine games, for example, legal agents which I’m playing right here, 70 frames per second. This is 1080p on the medium high setting another title that is very playable no issues with this one and still games like asphalt, 9 legends here perfectly playable. It runs it fine, no massive stuttering. So taking a look at now the thermals – I was gaming for about 30 minutes and they check out.
They are actually quite good for this chipset, so we’re getting a maximum temperature of 73 degrees, which is good now does get warm on the back. I got my thermal probe out and you will see it reach about 42 to 43 degrees, so it does get hot to the touch it’s just around this area here so where the chipset is, where it’s going to heat up a little bit and you’ll, see also That the power consumption is maxing out right here at about 10 watts and the GPU gets up to 74 so 74 max on the core. M37 Y 30 is not actually bad at all, so good, thermals, alright. So there we go! That is the chewy core book. It has been some wait for me to get my hands on this, so I’ll start with the positives here. This screen is actually not bad at all it’s fully laminated. We do have some light leakage. The brightness tops out around about 240 250 lux. Ideally, I like to see around 300, but I find the fact that, because it’s fully laminated and most people will be using it indoors, the screen is going to be okay, it’s gon na be perfectly fine. Now the keyboard and the touch pad touch pads, a windows. Precision one I didn’t expect this, so that is good, but I’m, not too fond of the texture of it. It’S, not the best track pay out there. Now the keyboard typing experience, it’s good, it’s, fine, I haven’t noticed any typos.
Just don’t expect a super high quality keyboard. Now the fingerprint reader, the location is okay, maybe not the best, but it actually does. Work really well goes into Windows. Super quick, as I showed you so that’s good. I do like it the fact that’s working well. Another thing, that’s also good, is the performance of this tablet. It is very good one of the better corium three tablets that I have reviewed. Chewy has the thermals under control. They’Ve got obviously a large copper, heatsink and they’ve got some thermal pads and even though the Rams at 1600 megahertz it’s not affecting the performance compared to say 1866, which the likes of say, the cube thinker is running. But the timing seemed to be just a little bit better, so no performance loss there at all stream, 4k fine play 4k clips. The wireless range is good. The speeds also are good. The loudspeakers are better than the cube, so the all EQ, the K, note series. I have reviewed these ones are much better there, but when it comes to disappointments, well, the ports we don’t have a full size. Usb port on here we have a very poor port location don’t like that at all my micro SD card reader. It doesn’t seem to work properly. I still can’t get it to read any of my cards. I don’t know whether it’s drivers or it’s, just I have a faulty unit, perhaps here with my one. Battery life, not amazing, so five hours.
I expected this it’s a core M3 three I’ve, never gotten a good battery life out of any of the corium devices, the tech, the laptops, the tablets I reviewed, they all seemed to top out around five and a half hours six hours max that’s it so that, As an area of disappointment, the stylus as well it just for me it’s, not working good at all. I can’t write proper notes with it, so wouldn’t get it for the stylus, and I would if you can find a very good price. Yeah go for it if it covers all you need, but just be aware of those cons. I pointed out the battery life micro SD card reader is probably just my unit keyboards, not the best in the world, it’s a little bit heavy a little bit bulky if you’re going to use it without having it propped up in the stand, then, yet you do Tire quite quickly of using it, but overall it is a nice tablet, it’s just far from perfect with those floors. I have pointed out there. Thank you so much for watching this review. I hope to see you back and the channel with more up and coming reviews.