Looks like a noble Macbook Air, but isn't one: With the Chuwi Aerobook, the online retailer Wish offers a really chic ultrabook that looks like the Apple Macbook Air.

The hammer: It only costs 351 euros.

For the Macbook Air, Apple estimates even the smallest configuration variant at 1249 euros, more than three and a half times as much.

Is the Chuwi Aerobook 13.3 inch Q256G a sham?

The “Computer Bild” test provides answers.

Chuwi Aerobook 13.3 with a limp keyboard bed

The testers were amazed at the first touch.

The 13.3-inch Chuwi Aerobook is in a pretty aluminum case and feels really classy.

There is nothing wrong with the case workmanship, but there is with the keyboard.


The bed is so soft that even a slight pressure pushes the entire input device two to three millimeters down.

Typing texts is so uncomfortable.

The touchpad, on the other hand, implemented inputs quickly and precisely in the test.

When you clicked the mouse in the middle of the touchpad, it crunched audibly.

The bed is so soft that even a slight pressure pushes the entire input device two to three millimeters down.

Typing texts is so uncomfortable

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“Computer Bild” wanted to make sure before further tests that the device was electrically safe at all.

After all, the editorial team has had extremely dangerous experiences with Wish notebooks like the LHMZNiY A7.

But there was nothing wrong with the Chuwi Aerobook: The power supply unit can withstand brief surges.

Live coils and cables are spaced enough apart so that there are no short circuits or users are literally live.

Chuwi Aerobook 13.3 with a good display


Chuwi is safe, but how good is the technique?

The testers experienced a tangible surprise with the display: on its 33.7 centimeter diagonal, it not only shows photos, videos and websites nicely sharp with 1920 x 1080 pixels, but also with very high color fidelity (97.1 percent) - rarely with 300 euro notebooks.

The use of Intel's slow Pentium or Celeron processors is more typical for this price range.

Although none of these CPUs work in the Chuwi notebook, the energy-saving Core m3-6Y30 model is not a much more powerful processor either.

On top of that, it's anything but current: Intel released it back in 2015.

After all, the CPU is supported by eight gigabytes of RAM - albeit of the old DDR3 type.

But the processor doesn't work with fast DDR4 memory anyway.

Windows 10, programs and data, however, are stored on a modern M.2 SSD with 238 gigabytes of memory.


It's just a shame that it has a lame SATA connection.

The Chuwi passed the tempo tests at a leisurely pace: it is enough for office and internet, users have to be patient for photo and video editing.

The Chuwi Aerobook 13.3 works silently

But great: The processor generates little heat.

After two hours of work, the testers measured a temperature increase of just under ten degrees on the underside of the notebook, and almost 25 degrees on the back.

The CPU therefore does not need a noisy fan to convey the waste heat out of the case.

On the left, the Chuwi notebook has a USB 3.1 socket (type A), the charging socket, an HDMI connection and a USB-C socket

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The pleasant result: the Chuwi notebook works completely silently.

It's a shame that the energy stored in the battery was not very efficient: In the test, the Aerobook lasted around three and a half hours for work and video playback without a power socket - that's okay, nothing more.

Chuwi Aerobook 13.3 has USB 3.1 socket with 2.0 speed

The variety of connections is also okay: there are sockets for a headset, for example.

External SSDs dock to a USB-C port, which can also be converted into an HDMI socket or a display port using an adapter (not included).

A USB 2.0 connection for a printer and two USB 3.1 sockets (Gen 1, Type A) are also available.

Shortcoming: The USB 3.1 port on the right side only delivered speed at the level of the slower USB 2.0 standard in the test.

On the right there is another USB 3.1 socket (type A), a headset connection and a memory card reader

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Blatant defects that endanger life and limb, as with the last Wish order LHMZNiY checked?

Fortunately none.

The Chuwi Aerobook did not make any serious mistakes in the test.

The display is even surprisingly good and the battery life is okay.

Sure, it is not the fastest notebook with its ancient CPU.

But the speed is sufficient and on par with the competition in this price range.


high image quality, acceptable battery life, works silently



somewhat slow work pace, tight memory, few ports, sloppy keyboard bed

Test grade:

satisfactory (2.7)

Test results Chuwi Aerobook 13.3 inch Q256G

Tempo with Office / video editing: a little slow (43.8%) / a little

slow (36.6%)

Game speed (1920 x 1080 pixels; DX 11 / DX 12): not playable (4/1 frames per second)

Color fidelity / brightness distribution (deviation): very high (97.1%) / somewhat low (22.1%)

Image quality (visual test on the display): very high (minimally pale color rendering)

Battery life (work / video) / charging time: a little short (3: 21/3: 41) / 2: 13 hours

Noises (office / video / full load / games): noiseless


Using the keyboard / touchpad: inconvenient / comfortable

Operation of the touchscreen: not available

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This article was first published in December 2019.