I got to review the Chuwi Hi10 Pro and having never heard of Chuwi before, I was, as anyone would be, skeptical. I tested out the tablet PC hybrid first before googling Chuwi (so that I wouldn’t be swayed) and I was impressed.
About Chuwi: Chuwi started out in 2004 and has since become an official Microsoft and Intel partner, supplies Huawei and continues to grow by working with Amazon, Alibaba and Google. These are impressive credentials.
You can easily switch between Android and Windows 10, use the entire Microsoft Office Suite (I use Excel and Word daily), Paint and even play Solitaire.
Side note: I recently downloaded Solitaire on my phone and have since spent way too much time trying to beat my high score.
The keyboard is small and takes a while to get used to (you know the feeling you get when you try and use some one else’s laptop or phone), but once you do it’s nifty.
You do need to charge it, but it can also be plugged into the tablet if power is an issue. It’s not a bluetooth keyboard, and has a proper attachment, which means no connectivity issues.
I don’t use a mouse and quickly got the hang of the track pad, but the touch screen works in both Android and Windows mode, so I used that more.
I never use my iPad, it is currently living its best life in a drawer somewhere. But this tablet is one I would use. The 10.1 inch screen that supports 1920 x 1200 pixels is crystal clear.
With a 2MP front and back camera, you can take pictures and use it for Skype calls. It is also really easy to switch between PC and Android mode (with or without the keyboard attached).
What I like:
I type a lot of mails, and using a keyboard makes it so much easier.
It connects via magnetic clip and not bluetooth, so connection issues won’t be a problem.
Easily switch between Android and PC mode AND both modes have touch screen functionality.
Speed isn’t an issue and the 4GB RAM allows you to multitask which is really important (I have so many programs and apps open at once).
2 USB ports, because you never know when you need to save or transfer something.
What I think is not so great:
While it does have a front and back facing camera, these are only 2MP so the quality is disappointing.
Should you buy a tablet PC hybrid?
If you’re on the go, need a light, reliable computer and tablet with a keyboard that won’t let you down at a great price (R3 500), then the Chiwi Hi10 Pro is a good option.
Technical Specs: Chuwi Hi10 Pro
Android 5.1 Lollipop Operating System and Microsoft Windows 10 OS Intel Cherry Trail Z8350 ( Intel Atom X5-Z8350 ) 64bit Quad Core 1.44GHz, Up to 1.92GHz Intel HD Graphic Gen8 GPU 10.1 inch IPS Touch Screen with 1920 x 1200 Resolution 4GB RAM 64GB eMMC ROM Storage Capacity and TF Card Expansion 2.0MP front and rear cameras Bluetooth 4.0 Interface Syncs with Compatible Devices
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